Archived news updates
(April 3, 2020) Given the uncertainties of the COVID-19 outbreak and in light of Gov. Inslee’s extension of the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order, traditional in-person graduation celebrations at Seattle Pacific this June will be canceled. The decision to shift to virtual Commencement celebrations affects Ivy Cutting, Undergraduate and Graduate Commencement, hooding ceremonies, and more. In an email today, SPU President Dan Martin detailed what students can expect. Read the email here.
(April 1, 2020) What about SPU students who will live on campus Spring Quarter? Where will they stay? What about meal plans? Will they be able to cook for themselves? Will visitors be allowed? In his latest email, Vice President for Student Life Jeff Jordan outlines many of the details and support options on-campus students can expect in weeks to come. Read his email here.
(March 31, 2020) Seattle Pacific received its first notification today that an employee has tested positive for COVID-19. This person has not been on campus since March 24, and all close contacts have been notified. Learn more in the email notification from Sally Thunselle, director of Student Health Services, and Jeff Jordan, vice president for Student Life.
(March 26, 2020) SPU has taken steps to comply with Governor Jay Inslee’s “stay home, stay healthy” order.
Students who need or wish to live on campus may do so, and will be housed in configurations that best address social distancing guidelines. We’re developing interim residential policies, and will post updated meal pricing soon. Housing and meal plan rates are being adjusted to account for the shortened quarter.
A new Spring Quarter 2020 website is expected by next week, with resources, an academic calendar, FAQs, and more.
Read more about these updates in the latest email from Jeff Jordan and Cindy Price.
(March 25, 2020) On March 23, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee issued a “stay home, stay healthy” order, except for essential workers and businesses, in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The order will remain in effect until April 6.
Spring break for students is March 20-30, and most students and faculty are off campus. SPU made the decision to keep residence halls open during spring break to accommodate some students who may not be able to travel or have plans that changed.
Last week, SPU President Dan Martin asked that all employees work remotely, except those essential for campus operations and the care, safety, service, and support of the student residential population. The University is not closed, just temporarily shifting its broad mode of operations online. Offices and departments can still be reached by phone or email.
Spring Quarter classes will be offered remotely and will not meet on campus. The start of Spring Quarter will be delayed by two weeks to give faculty the time and resources they need to deliver classes remotely. Remote learning for undergraduates begins April 13. However, students will be asked to check their online course syllabi by April 3 to review any pre-class assignment or activity. The beginning of remote learning for graduate students is determined by their individual program.
(March 24, 2020) SPU’s Director of Athletics, Jackson Stava, sent a note of encouragement to Falcon fans, families, and friends today. In it, he shared reflections on the cancellation of athletic activities this year, lessons learned, and his vision of hope for the future. Read the email here.
(March 23, 2020) In an email today to SPU undergraduates, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Cindy Price outlined many of the specifics students will need to know about the upcoming Spring Quarter.
Remote learning begins Monday morning, April 13. Before then, students are asked to complete an online tutorial to cover the essentials of remote learning.
Classes are expected to continue until Thursday, June 11, with no formal finals week schedule. Each professor will determine the best way to conclude classes.
Faculty advisors, counselors, and all other campus offices will be available to support students — even if it’s by Zoom, phone, or email.
Read Cindy Price’s full email here.
(March 19, 2020) A new FAQ page has been posted with answers to recent questions about academics, financial aid, housing, and campus visits. The existing COVID-19 FAQ page, focusing on health-related questions, will continue to be updated, as well.
Faculty are preparing revised syllabi for Spring Quarter classes, and students can expect pre-class assignments as well as online resources for the new learning environment.
Financial aid will be distributed as planned on March 31.
You’ll find more details in the most recent email update from Cindy Price, vice provost for academic affairs.
(March 16, 2020) How do recent proclamations from the Washington state governor’s office affect SPU? In-person instruction is limited, as well as onsite dining. Fitness centers are closed, while bookstores must follow new retail guidelines. Events with more than 50 people are prohibited, and smaller gatherings strictly regulated or discouraged.
Meanwhile, faculty are working on the transition to remote learning for the Spring Quarter, with support from the office of Education, Technology, and Media. Spring Quarter is expected to conclude June 11.
The Office of Residence Life has detailed instructions for students in its March 13 email.
In Brougham Pavilion, the weight room, cardio room, and shell house are closed until further notice. The library is open on a revised schedule but requires card access.
Learn more details in the latest email from Jeff Jordan and Cindy Price.
(March 13, 2020) Residence halls will be open for all students who wish to stay through Spring Quarter.
In a short video to students, President Dan Martin offers encouragement and an update on remote learning for Spring Quarter.
(March 12, 2020) Classes for Spring Quarter will all be conducted remotely and will not meet on campus. The start of the quarter will be delayed until Monday, April 13.
All students and employees who travel to or through a CDC-identified Warning Level 3, Avoid Nonessential Travel country should not return to SPU’s campus until 14 days after returning to the United States (or longer, if the individual becomes sick). The CDC has updated its list of Level 3 countries to include most European countries.
The SPU winter sports season ended with the cancellation of the NCAA championships, which impacted men’s basketball and indoor track & field. Regular season competitions for spring sports, including outdoor track & field and rowing, have been suspended by the GNAC until further notice.
The Downtown Business Breakfast and campus lecture with Peggy Noonan have been cancelled.
See the latest communication from Dan Martin for further details.
(March 10, 2020) Residence halls will be open and available at no extra cost during spring break to accommodate students who may not be able to travel, or whose plans have changed. See Jeff Jordan’s latest communication to students and parents for application criteria and details. Students in campus housing and apartments (CHA) may also apply to stay over the break.
Dining Services has revised their hours for the remainder of the quarter. The Office of Safety and Security is revising access control settings to several campus buildings that would normally be unlocked on a regular academic schedule.
(March 6, 2020) Beginning Monday, March 9, classes and finals at SPU will not be held in person. Faculty and deans are working closely to best determine how to finish class instruction and conduct finals so students will be able to complete the quarter. Learn more in President Martin’s latest email update. Meanwhile, campus offices and departments will remain open, though some employees may arrange with their supervisors to work off campus if necessary. Campus dining outlets also remain open and on normal schedules. The Library remains open on a revised schedulefor the remainder of Winter Quarter. Admissions offices are postponing large events and tours until April 3.
(March 6, 2020) We have several community members who have symptoms of illness, which is common this time of year. The Office of Health Services evaluates patients and works closely with Seattle & King County Public Health as needed and follows the agency’s recommendations. Health Services has performed preliminary testing with some individuals. Occasionally, individuals will be asked to self-quarantine as a precautionary measure.
At this time, we still do not have any confirmed cases of coronavirus COVID-19.