COVID-19: What it means to the SPU community

updated: May 11, 2021

Report to Health Services if you think you have COVID-19 or have been exposed:

Our priority: Your health

At SPU, our students’ and community’s health is our priority, and we continue to closely monitor the local and global outbreak. Find out the facts about this viral illness and get answers to FAQ’s. You can also seek reliable information and current updates on COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease ControlWashington State Department of Health, and Seattle King County Department of Health.

COVID 19 Vaccine

Announcement from SPU Senior Leadership Council - May 7, 2021

Our goal is to return to in-person instruction, housing, and campus activities in Autumn Quarter as fully as we can with appropriate health and safety protocols. We have made the decision to require COVID-19 vaccinations for students this Autumn 2021. 

The decision is based on many factors, including the latest federal, state, and local guidance, as well as the increasing availability of vaccines, and our continued desire to protect the health and safety of our community. We know getting vaccinated does not completely remove the risk of infection with the COVID-19 virus, but we believe vaccines are a vital piece in moving closer to resuming our normal way of living, working and teaching here on campus. 

  • All registered undergraduate and graduate SPU students must be fully vaccinated by August 1, 2021. This aligns with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendation for effectiveness of the vaccine and is consistent with the recommendation from the American College Health Association  for fall term 2021. 
  • Exemptions will be considered for medical, disability, and religious reasons. 
  • Specific details for COVID-19 vaccination documentation for students will be communicated to all registered students. 
  • All employees are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated. A decision about vaccine requirements for employees will be made after further consultation and additional review of applicable guidance. 

We know you have many questions, and we have provided a FAQ page to address as many anticipated questions as possible. 

We continue to be encouraged by the increasing availability of vaccines in our area. The Washington State Department of Health provides a helpful website which includes a vaccine locator, a discussion of vaccine safety and effectiveness, and other resources about COVID-19 vaccines. Public Health - Seattle & King County also has information about vaccines, eligibility and access. Additional information about vaccines can also be found in emergency use authorization fact sheets

Finally, a heartfelt thank you to the entire SPU community for your continued vigilance in following our COVID-19 guidelines while on campus. 

Senior Leadership Council

Is it safe to travel?

SPU recommends that anyone considering domestic or international travel should consult the CDC COVID-19 Travel Information webpage.

Please refer to the CDC precautions for what to do after you have traveled.  

If you develop symptoms, at any time, call Health Services (206-281-2231) or your primary care provider for information. Talk about your recent travel and symptoms and avoid contact with others. 

Precautions to prevent illness: Even when fully vaccinated!

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Limit close contact with people who are not in your immediate household.
  • Wear face coverings in public spaces. 
  • Stay home when you are sick, even if your symptoms are mild. 
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash, and wash your hands. 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Contact Health Services

Posted: Wednesday, March 4, 2020

What you need to know

  • We’re keeping a close eye on the situation. A cross-departmental team is tracking developments to keep you informed.
  • We’re closely following Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Washington State Department of Health (DOH) guidelines.
  • SPU’s Health Services department is tracking updates for you.