Guiding Principles and Lute Pledge

Pacific Lutheran University’s policies and protocols for responding to the COVID-19 pandemic are rooted in our care for the safety and well-being of our students and faculty, of our staff, and of the public with whom we interact. These policies and protocols are designed with our vulnerable community members foremost in mind, understanding that our care for them is core to our care for the community.

The primary goals for PLU’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic are to protect public health and continue the institution’s mission to educate students for lives of thoughtful inquiry, service, leadership, and care—for other people, for their communities, and for the earth.

PLU’s plans will be aligned and consistent with the local orders and ordinances of Pierce County, as well as with the State of Washington’s “Campus Reopening Guide.” PLU’s plans will also follow recommendations from the Tacoma/Pierce County Health Department, the federal government (Opening Guidelines), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the PLU Emergency Coordination Team.

Our knowledge and understanding of the COVID-19 virus continues to evolve, and our policies and plans will be updated as more information becomes available. Refer to the latest updates to the PLU Community section of the PLU Coronavirus web page to stay up to date on announcements and find answers to frequently asked questions.

What we do confidently know is that the health and safety of the community and your individual health are inseparable. With that in mind, we are asking you to actively participate in and uphold the Lutes Care Pledge.

LUTES CARE: A PLEDGE TO CARE AND TO STOP THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 

As Lutes, we are committed to “educating students for lives of thoughtful inquiry, service, leadership, and care—for other people, for their communities and for the earth.”

And today, as the effects of this pandemic impact our friends, our families, and our world, we must work to care for and protect the health, safety, and inclusion of every member of our campus community. This fall will look different and require a daily commitment from all of us—students, faculty, staff, and campus guests.

We care for ourselves.
We care for others.
We care for our PLU community. 

TOGETHER, WE WILL TAKE EVERY SMALL STEP TO PROTECT THE PLU COMMUNITY.

The LUTE CARE PLEDGE: 

Being a part of the PLU community means that each of us must take extraordinary steps to stay well and persistently care for each other, on campus and in the community. 

Accountable together, I pledge to take responsibility for my own health and the protection of others, and to help keep the PLU community safe from the spread of COVID-19 and other infections, as identified and instructed by the university. 

I PLEDGE TO: 

CARE FOR MYSELF

  • Monitor myself for the symptoms of COVID-19, and report to a medical professional if I experience a fever of 100.4º F (38º C) or higher, a cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain/aches, headache, sore throat, runny nose or new sinus congestion, fatigue, new loss of taste or smell, or new G.I. symptoms (e.g., loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea)
  • Wash my hands often with soap and water, and use hand sanitizer
  • Get vaccinated for the flu in the fall 

CARE FOR OTHERS

  • Wear a face mask
  • Maintain appropriate physical distancing on campus (in residence halls, classrooms, meeting rooms, dining areas, etc.)
  • Stay home if I feel ill, or after exposure to someone who is ill or has tested positive for COVID-19, or if I have tested positive for COVID-19