COVID-19 protocols quick info

The health of the SPU campus community and visitors is important to us at Seattle Pacific University. To give you information you need while on campus, this page includes highlights from the COVID-19 health and safety expectations and other important news from Stay Smart. 

Reducing the risk of infection on campus is a shared responsibility, and everyone needs to do their part. No university can guarantee an environment free of COVID-19, and even with all of SPU’s policies and protocols, it is still possible that people could contract COVID-19 on campus. However, by collectively taking precautions, we can promote each other’s health and well-being.

Subject to permitted exceptions, students, faculty, and staff are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

In general, campus visitors are not required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination as a condition for being on SPU’s campus. However, the University reserves the right to require verification of vaccination at University events and activities, including if required by law to do so.

Visit Health Service’s vaccination FAQ for more information about vaccinations and the exception-request process, or visit the COVID-19 Health and Safety Expectations.

As of March 12, 2022, face coverings are not required on campus, except in limited circumstances. Specifically, face coverings are required in the following situations:

  • Visiting Student Health Services
  • Utilizing the Athletics Trainer area
  • When you see a sign posted by the Office of Facility and Project Management within spaces that still require face coverings
  • Meeting in an individual office when requested by the employee who works in that office and signage is posted
  • When directed by Health Services personnel

Visit the COVID-19 Health and Safety Expectations for more information.

SPU generally does not require physical distancing for people on campus. However, SPU may impose physical distancing requirements in certain circumstances (e.g., buildings with limited air circulation). Also, anyone who is not recently vaccinated or boosted against COVID-19 is encouraged to maintain at least 6 feet of distance from others when possible.

Visit the COVID-19 Health and Safety Expectations for more information.

At this time, the University generally does not require vaccination verification at University events. Exceptions will be clearly stated prior to the event. However, vaccination verification may be required under the guidance for overnight camps and similar overnight activities.

Visit the COVID-19 Health and Safety Expectations for more information.

The Residential Living Requirement has been reinstated for the 2022–23 academic year.

For the most up-to-date information about residential guidelines — including meal-plan information, housing capacity, and quarantine and isolation protocols — visit COVID-19 Information for Residents.

To find the current numbers of coronavirus cases reported at SPU since March 2020, visit the COVID-19 cases at SPU.

Questions about vaccination records may be directed to Health Services at 206-281-2231 or Other questions may be emailed to SPU’s COVID-19 Decision Group at