Your Guide to Fall 2020

University of Puget Sound is moving forward with a remote learning environment for fall 2020, working to ensure that students can continue their educations without interruption and benefit from an academically rigorous curriculum and vibrant cocurricular opportunities, building relationships with each other and their professors, and receiving the support they need to succeed. 

Campus communications about fall

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • THANKSGIVING BREAK. On Nov. 13, 2020, Gov. Jay Inslee issued a travel advisory that recommends that people arriving in Washington from other states or countries, including returning Washington residents, practice self-quarantine for 14 days upon return. The university also has a temporary travel policy that strongly discourages international travel and non-essential domestic travel during the pandemic. We are following guidance from the Washington state governor’s office, including restrictions that are currently in place through Dec. 14. Please note:

    --All residential students are required to quarantine after the Thanksgiving break until they receive a negative test, and are required to test during our Dec. 3 testing day on campus. Students may leave quarantine to get food and to be tested (and should wear a mask and stay 6 ft. away from others).

    --CHWS recommends that anyone (students, faculty, or staff members) traveling out of state quarantine for 14 days upon return, and that those who gather with people outside their households quarantine until completing COVID-19 testing and receiving a negative result (either at the Dec. 3 campus testing or at a testing location of your choice). It is best to wait to test until at least five days after potential exposure. Additional testing resources are available at Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department website. Staff members may use their accrued sick leave or vacation hours while they are in quarantine.
  • ACADEMICS: Fall break will be canceled and Thanksgiving break will be extended to a full week. Classes began remotely on Aug. 31, and final exams will conclude Dec. 18.
  • ATHLETICS: The Northwest Conference Presidents' Council announced on Aug. 17 that all conference competition and championships will be suspended until Jan. 1, 2021. In compliance with directives issued by Gov. Inslee on Nov. 15, our fitness center and athletic facilities remain open to student-athletes, trainers, and coaches for supervised training purposes in alignment with current public health guidelines, but are closed to the general student population, the faculty, and staff members through Dec. 14.
  • HOUSING: Limited campus housing has been assigned with priority given to students who experience housing or food insecurity; are unable to effectively participate in remote learning from their homes, even with accommodations; or have a compelling academic or cocurricular reason to be on campus, such as students who need access to specialized facilities, equipment, or other resources for their academic work.
  • SPRING: Our intent, as conditions allow, is to resume in-person instruction and operations. Learn more at pugetsound.edu/spring2021
  • TESTING: All students, faculty, and staff members are required to be aware of and participate in COVID-19 screening and testing.
  • TUITION: Adjustments were made to the cost of attendance to assist families at this unprecedented time, including reducing fall semester tuition, maintaining full merit aid, converting work-study awards to grants for those unable or ineligible to work, and more.

What you need to do

For First-Year Undergraduate and Transfer Students

Get updates on Orientation, academics, housing, student life, tuition and fees, health and safety, and more.

For Continuing Undergraduate Students

Get updates on academics, housing, student life, tuition and fees, support services, health and safety, and more. 

For Graduate Students

Get updates on academics, health and safety, tuition and fees, support services, and more.

For Faculty Members

Get updates on the COVID-19 Work on Campus plan and important developments about fall 2020.

For Staff Members

Get updates on the COVID-19 Work on Campus plan and other information related to fall 2020 operations.

For Neighbors and the Community

Get updates on campus access and safety protocols for all guests and visitors.