Visitors on Campus Policy

Updated March 25, 2021:

The following requirements for visitors/guests on campus are in effect while Pierce County is in Phase 2 or 3 of the “Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery.” Should the Puget Sound Region enter Phase 1, the University will follow local and state guidelines.

Definition of a visitor:
Someone that is not a currently enrolled student or currently employed faculty and/or staff member at PLU.

Defining types of visitors:
Visitors are defined in an Allowed, Limited, or Prohibited capacity. Visitors listed under Allowed will be able to access campus like normal. Campus departments bringing these guests should have a formal tracking system in place to track who and when a visitor is coming to campus, but these visitors will be allowed as needed. Limited visitors will still be allowed limited access to the inside of campus buildings (see list below) and will need a formal RSVP or planned visit to campus. Visitors under Allowed and Limited will need to comply with various levels of health attestation, check-in policies, mask wearing, and other university policies. Prohibited visitors will be discouraged from visiting campus and will be prohibited from entering the inside of campus buildings.

PLU departments bringing Allowed and Limited visitors to campus should be prepared with the following:

  • A way to collect a health attestation (download unvaccinated form or vaccinated form) and require a response due before the visitor comes to campus. Should a visitor spend multiple days on campus, they will need to fill out a health attestation each day. The department bringing the visitor to campus will be charged with tracking and collecting this information and holding onto recorded information for at least one month. The only exceptions to the health attestation or having a check-in process would be visitors coming to campus for 15 minutes or less or vendors & contractors.
    • After a 4-week period visitor logs and forms can be sent to Risk Services via campus mail.
  • A way to gather contact information on the visitor, and any guests they may bring (in the case of admission visitors for example) beforehand, i.e., visitors should not be allowed to walk-in to campus, but should instead RSVP or notify the department ahead of time. If needed, the department should also keep a visitor log.
    • Offices who welcome visitors (for example, Admission, Alumni, Athletics, etc.) should have clear language on their website and office spaces discouraging walk-in visitors. Buildings that welcome visitors frequently should also have adjusted signage on the outside of each building entrance.
  • PPE if the visitor is unable to provide their own. It is likely only masks will be required at this point in time, but if needed each department can require more.

Departments bringing limited visitors to campus should limit indoor exposure outside of their main building, and should the need arise to enter multiple buildings the buildings entered should be recorded with the visitor’s health attestation form or in the visitor log.

Allowed & Limited Visitors may enter these buildings (not classroom spaces), as long as they are guided by a PLU staff or student staff member:

  • Anderson University Center
  • Hauge Administration Building
  • Mary Baker Russell Music Hall (no performance spaces)
  • Olson Auditorium and Gymnasium
  • Names Fitness Center
  • The Pool
  • Xavier Hall
  • Karen Hille Phillips Center for the Performing Arts (no performance spaces)
  • Rieke Science Building (on limited, and by request, basis)
  • Morken Center for Learning and Technology (on limited, and by request, basis)

Other buildings can be added to this list with approval of the Recovery Taskforce.

Should allowed or limited visitors visit multiple buildings on campus for deliveries or other circumstances, their check-in space should be either campus safety or facilities depending on the nature of their visit. The buildings they plan on entering should be tracked upon check-in.

Allowed:

    1. First Responders
    2. Food/Vendor Deliveries (catering, food suppliers, mail services, i.e. UPS, Fed Ex, Amazon, gifts to students, etc.) and external repair/maintenance companies
    3. Move-out Days
      1. Limited number of family/support guests [2]
    4. Admission Visitors for campus tours (including Athletic and SOAC recruits)
      1. Update: Max 4 people from the same household and up to 2 households per tour (excluding PLU staff and/or student staff)

Limited:

    1. Interviews on campus with approval (with limitations on space and planning in advance)
    2. Visiting family members (outdoors only)
    3. Members & groups visiting campus that receive approval from the Vice President of their division and require notice in advance following state health & safety guidelines.
    4. Alumni Members: Max 4 people from the same household and escorted by PLU Staff Members (indoors)
    5. Any educational, student life events (including commencement related events), and recruitment events over 15 people following state guidelines for capacity & approved by Hospitality Services and/or the University Recovery team (outdoor and indoor)
      1. Exception: Student Senior Recitals (MBR & KHP) are allowed up to 6 audience members from the same household due to the size of the space and event.
      2. Exception: Athletics will follow NW Conference Guidelines for visitors.
    6. PLU Guests in Residential Halls (see Residential Life Guidance)
      1. Exception: move-out days Limited number of family/support guests [2]

Prohibited:

    1. Someone visiting for recreation or a social activity (indoors)
    2. Guests to view Athletic/SOAC events
      1. Student Senior Recitals following ‘Limited’ guidance in #5.a above.
      2. Athletics events follow “Limited” guidance in #5.b above.
    3. Guests to campus to visit classrooms, visit clubs/orgs
    4. Walk-In Community Members
    5. Recruiters (i.e. people/companies who want to set up table in UC)

Large groups of visitors
Events with large groups of visitors will not be allowed through the end of May 2021.* Large PLU events, such as student recognitions, capstones, and other PLU gatherings are limited to PLU community members (faculty, staff, and students) only. External guests require access to indoor spaces for restrooms and other facilities which are not allowed at this time. PLU will follow COVID capacity limits from Fall 2020 for all spaces.

*The only exception is the community vaccination clinics.