Guiding Principles

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 local orders and ordinances of Pierce County, as well as with the State of Washington’s Phased Reopening Model, “Safe Start Washington,” and “Campus Reopening Guide.” PLU’s plans will also follow recommendations from the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, 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 also continue to evolve in response. 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.