COVID-19 Information for Residents

Updated, October 2020- A temporary change has been made to the Residential Living Requirement to exempt all students from living on campus for the entirety of the 2020-2021 Academic year if they feel living at home or off-campus would best support their academic journey. Students may still live on campus as space allows with the University’s “de-densified” residential capacity, but students who do not wish to do so will not need to submit an exemption form for approval. 

All students are encouraged to update their personal contact information (including their address during Autumn Quarter) in Banner to assist the University with contact tracing and other health-related matters.

Housing capacity has been revised to support student safety and in alignment with public health guidance.

  • Traditional residence halls — Ashton and Hill — will be single occupancy with no more than 23 students sharing a community bathroom. Due to the number of students choosing to study from home fall quarter, Moyer will not be occupied.
  • Suite-style halls — Arnett and Emerson — will be single or double occupancy with no more than four students sharing a bathroom.
  • Campus houses and apartments (CHA) will operate at full capacity, with no more than two students per bedroom and no more than five students per bathroom.

Rooms in the traditional halls (i.e., Ashton and Hill,) will be single occupancy and priced at the current double rate. Rooms in the suite-style halls (i.e., Arnett and Emerson) will be no greater than double occupancy. Students in doubles will be charged consistent with the double rate for these buildings; students in singles will be charged the single rate. Campus Houses and Apartments will be charged at their original room rate. View 2020–21 room rates.

Students living in the Residence Halls are expected to return home for the duration of the break. If there are reasons that might prevent them from doing so, students may file this petition form to remain on campus in one of the very limited number of available spaces. Any petitions are due by 5:00 PM on Wednesday, November 4. If the petition is approved be aware that there is a $750 fee to stay on campus during the break, regardless of the amount of time a student is present.

Students whose petitions are approved will be asked to relocate to another space for the duration of the break period. We intend to assign these students to temporary housing in any open units in the Campus Houses and Apartments (CHA) inventory. Students will be assigned two to a bedroom. Each student will be responsible for obtaining food and preparing their own meals during the break. No meal plan will be offered. Students can find what they need to pack for living in CHA here.

As usual, students who live in the Campus Houses and Apartments (CHA) must register the dates when they are staying in order to remain in their apartments over the break. This information allows the University to be aware of occupancy in the case of emergency while the institution is closed. CHA residents will not be charged to stay in their spaces over the break, providing that they have registered by midnight on Tuesday, November 24.

Isolation and quarantine protocols and processes will be followed during the break period. Although there will be reduced staffing around campus, students are expected to contact Health Services or the Office of Safety and Security with any concerns or symptoms related to COVID-19. We will follow our current guidelines regarding isolation and quarantine.

You can apply for winter quarter housing in early November and spring quarter housing in mid-February. The application will be available in the Housing Portal

Dining locations are operating under take-out service and an on-site social distancing model to mitigate coronavirus exposure opportunities. Meal plans will be charged at their original rates. Service schedule changes will be posted on the Dining Services website as soon as they are confirmed.

With student safety in mind and in alignment with guidance from Washington state and King County, the Residential Guidelines have been revised. Information may be updated from time to time, including based on new guidance. Residents are expected to abide by these guidelines (in addition to those that always exist for students). Students who are unwilling to abide by these expectations will be subject to the Student Accountability Process and may lose the privilege of living on campus.

SPU staff may instruct residential students to isolate in specific units on campus if they are exhibiting symptoms associated with COVID-19, or may instruct residential students to quarantine in their on-campus units if they may have been exposed to COVID-19 but are not exhibiting symptoms. Students quarantining in an apartment may be required to remain in the apartment for two weeks or more.

Likewise, placing a residence hall floor in quarantine may mean that no student may leave the floor for two weeks or more. SPU staff would work with students in isolation or quarantine to address academic and other living needs, but students who do not follow quarantine and isolation instructions will be subject to the Student Accountability Process and may lose the privilege of living on campus.

We Are In This Together

The choices that each of us make can have lasting impacts on the people we encounter, connect with, join for classes, and live alongside. Students are expected to work together for the health and safety of the whole academic community.

As a part of our efforts to ensure that all members of our campus are safe, residential students and those taking classes on campus students are asked to self-quarantine for ten days (and ideally up to 14 days) immediately prior to arriving to the University. This should include the following:

Limiting contact with others and staying home as much as possible, as well as following recommendations for physical distancing and facial coverage if outside the home during this time.

Monitoring your health each day, being sure to note any unusual symptoms that cannot be attributed to another health condition.

As you may be aware, the symptoms of Covid-19/Coronavirus can include the following:

  • New cough
  • New shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever over 100.4
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

If students test positive for COVID 19 or experience COVID-19 symptoms within the TEN days prior to coming to campus or are in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 within the 14 days prior to coming to campus, students are asked to not come to campus and contact Health Services to discuss a plan for next steps.


All students are permitted to move in on Monday, January 4, 2021.

Students new to SPU or students who did not live on campus for Fall Quarter are invited to move in beginning at 11:00 AM on Monday, January 4. 

Returning students may begin moving to their housing locations beginning at 1:00 PM on Monday, January 4.

Dining service in Gwinn begins with Dinner on Monday evening.

All students are encouraged to put together a “care kit” that includes the following items:

  • Reusable face coverings (view SPU’s face covering guidelines). It is recommended that you bring more than one to allow for washing in between uses (or some disposable face coverings for back up).
  • Personal care kit: Hand sanitizer, thermometer, tissues, over-the-counter products (e.g., Tylenol, throat lozenges, tea, etc.).
  • Small first aid kit.
  • Prescription medications: If possible, having an additional month's supply is recommended.

Students should also be sure to have access to their medical insurance card and make sure that their emergency contact information in Banner is up to date.

Demaray Hall

Resuming campus operations

Reducing the risk of infection on campus is a shared responsibility, and we ask all members of our community to do their part. For the most up-to-date information for students, visit the Resuming campus operations website.