Please Be Aware of Our New Policies

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement – updated May 2023

The federal Public Health Emergency initiated at the beginning of the COVID pandemic is ending on May 11, 2023. Despite this important benchmark, the CDC, Washington State Department of Health, and other public health entities continue to emphasize that the pandemic is not over, but has entered a next phase. For this reason, PLU is continuing to require COVID-19 vaccination among students in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19 on campus, to anticipate the emergence of new variants, and to reduce health risks to students, staff, and our community. This requirement can be fulfilled by the initial monovalent series, but PLU strongly recommends that all students receive a single primary or booster dose of the bivalent COVID vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna – released 8/31/2022)**. A single dose of the bivalent vaccine is now understood to provide sufficient protection against significant infection from COVID, even without having received any other prior COVID vaccines

If a student chooses NOT to receive a bivalent COVID vaccine, a completed primary series of an approved monovalent COVID vaccine (the first COVID vaccines ever to be released) is then requiredSee the full PLU COVID-19 Vaccine Policy)

Request for Light Box

Any student interested in borrowing a light box must make an appointment with one of the Health Center providers to discuss whether their symptoms are consistent with SADD. If appropriate, a student may borrow a box for 2 weeks, in which time most people are able to determine whether it is helping to ease the symptoms of their depression. The light boxes we carry will not be available to purchase, but we can guide a student to resources to purchase one, and if necessary, provide financial assistance toward the purchase of a box.

Requests for records/refills

Patients must allow 48 hours for requests to be completed for the following:

  • Medication refills
  • Copy of medical records
  • Copy of immunization records
  • Completion of paperwork for another source

Attendance Policy

  • Cancellations
    • If an appointment is cancelled less than 24 hours in advance, this will be considered a “no-show”.
  • Late check-in
    • If a student arrives more than 6 minutes late, they will be unable to check-in for their original appointment, and will be rescheduled and listed as a “no-show”
  • No-shows
    • Students receive a warning for their first infraction (or no-show) each academic year, and will be charged $30 for each subsequent infraction. Infractions are counted separately for the Health Center and Counseling Center.

To cancel or reschedule an appointment, call (253) 535-7337 at your earliest convenience.

No Sick Notes

As a reminder to students, it is against PLU Health Center policy to write sick notes for patients or notes for missing class or work.

Stimulant Medication Policy

We have a new stimulant medication policy. Please click the following link for more information: Stimulant Medication Policy

Eating Disorder Policy

PLU Health and Counseling Centers are able to provide screening and referral assistance for students with existing eating disorders or those who are concerned about disordered eating. Please refer to the policy for details regarding the level of support we are able to offer.