COVID-19: What it means to the SPU community

updated: September 17, 2020

If you think you have COVID-19 or have been exposed:


Reports from SPU leadership

What will Autumn Quarter look like? President Dan Martin addresses an often-asked question in this email to the SPU community: What will Autumn Quarter look like? The update includes details related to scheduling, classroom strategies, residential living options, and support services. Read the May 29 email here.

Updated health and safety expectations. In an email to the SPU community, Vice President for Student Life Jeff Jordan introduced updated health and safety expectations for anyone on the SPU campus. The expectations went into effect Monday, May 18. Read the email here.

Emergency grant applications. In an email to SPU’s undergraduate and graduate students, Associate Vice President Jordan Grant announced the availability of the COVID-19 Federal Emergency Grant Application, and explained more about which students may be eligible for assistance. Read the May 1 email here.

(View archived updates here.)


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.

Precautions to prevent illness:

  • 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.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

What about the flu?

Influenza is still a very serious concern for public health. In addition to the steps above, the flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself from getting the flu. SPU students can contact Health Services (206-281-2231) to learn more about getting a flu shot. 

Is it safe to travel?

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

After travel to an area with widespread, ongoing community spread of COVID-19, you should stay home for 14 days from the time you left that area, monitor your health, and practice social distancing. See CDC precautions here.

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

Posted: Wednesday, March 04, 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.