University Response to COVID-19

Loggers care about the community and each other. By following these required safety protocols, we are all doing our part to slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep our community safe.

New for spring

All students, faculty, and staff on campus this semester are required to participate in asymptomatic surveillance saliva pooled testing.

Learn more about spring COVID-19 testing


Get tested.

Students: Testing twice a week is mandatory for all students living both on and off campus in the Tacoma area.
Faculty and staff members: Frequency of testing (once or twice a week) depends on the amount of time spent on campus and the nature of your work.

Wear a mask.

Masks are required indoors and out by everyone learning, living, or working on campus, including visitors. (Bandanas and vented face masks do not meet this requirement.) 

Keep your distance. 

Stay at least 6 feet apart from others when possible. Avoid gathering in groups greater than five people, and avoid gathering or conducting activities on pedestrian walkways, near build entrances and exits, and other easily congested areas. If you feel sick, stay home.

Wash your hands frequently.

Use soap and water, and scrub for at least 20 seconds (about the time it takes to hum the alma mater). You also can use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

Disinfect objects and surfaces.

Use disinfecting wipes to clean surfaces and frequently touched objects like doorknobs and phones. 

Have a (meal) plan.

All campus dining locations are open. Pick up grab-and-go options when possible and order ahead via the GET Mobile app to help reduce congestion at dining venues. Avoid sharing food and dining items with others. 

Be stingy with your stuff.

Avoid sharing items or setting down your items in common areas, such as bathrooms. Use a tote to carry your items. If you need to share something, clean and disinfect it first. 

Additional Precautions

  • All students, faculty, and staff must complete their daily self-screenings on myPugetSound
  • Enhanced cleaning and sanitizing is conducted for all high-touch surfaces, and physical barriers, such as plastic screens are installed between bathroom sinks, work stations, reception desks, and other high-contact areas. GPS auto cleaning systems have been installed on the air-handling systems in Wheelock Student Center and in high-traffic buildings on campus to improve air quality and eliminate airborne pathogens.
  • Campus buildings are closed to the public and locked. Your Logger Card will open buildings to which you have access. 
  • We are making efforts to greatly reduce the number of people on campus. Keep campus visitors to a minimum. View COVID-19 visitor guidelines and procedures.