Fall 2020 Frequently Asked Questions



Library Services

Student Life

Tuition and Fees


What training are faculty members receiving?
A series of faculty training sessions covering topics such as teaching experiential content online, conducting virtual assessments, conferencing tools, Google Suite tools, and more, was offered over the summer by Educational Technology and Technology Services; the Center for Writing, Learning, and Teaching; the Center for Speech and Effective Advocacy; and more. Additional workshops to assist faculty members in planning for an entirely remote fall will be offered by Technology Services in August. 

How will this be better than spring 2020?
Faculty members have spent the summer preparing for the possibility of continued remote learning this semester. Courses have been adjusted to the virtual format, and faculty members have attended a series of trainings with educational technologists to inform the planning and delivery of course material. In addition, cocurricular and academic support services have been developed and are ready to launch for the fall, including online Orientation for new students and initiatives to connect and engage the campus community. 

When will the updated class schedules be available?
Class schedules will be finalized no later than Aug. 7.

Can I take a leave of absence?
Yes, but we encourage you to avoid delaying the completion of your academic program so that you can graduate on time with your class and pursue postgraduate opportunities.

Can I defer my enrollment for a semester or a year? 
We understand that some students may wish to defer their enrollment for a semester or a year. Puget Sound has extended the deadline to request a deferral to Friday, Aug. 14. Please reach out to your admission counselor if you would like to discuss deferring your enrollment.

How can I request computer equipment or internet access if I don’t have the tools I need to take remote classes?
Those who need loaner devices or who don’t regularly have access to computers or the internet should contact Technology Services for assistance.

Can I take courses online somewhere else and transfer them to Puget Sound?
Please consult with the Office of the Registrar to be sure that your course credit will be eligible for transfer. 

How do I get my textbooks and course materials? Will the Logger Store be open?
The Logger Store is open and available to process your textbook orders. See below for hours of operation and ordering specifics. If you have any questions, email books@pugetsound.edu.

Hours of Operation
Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Extended hours Aug. 24–Sept. 4: Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Curbside pick-up and shopping by appointment available upon request

Course Materials

  • Order online at bookstore.pugetsound.edu (best viewed in Chrome), if possible, as the textbook section will be closed to customer traffic. 
  • We will offer rental options, when possible, and provide prepaid return shipping labels at the end of the semester.
  • Our return policy is available on the Logger Store website. 
    • We offer free UPS Ground shipping on all textbook orders for the fall 2020 semester.
    • Use discount code FREESHIP at checkout. If you forget to use the promo code, we will remove the shipping charges before we process your order and charge your method of payment.
    • Shipping charges still apply for expedited (two-day, next-day) requests.
    • Please pace your orders as soon as possible. Your order will take several business days to process. We may hold your order until it is complete. The United Parcel Service Guarantee is suspended for all shipments from any origin to any destination, and delays are common. We will make every attempt to get your books to you before classes start. 
    • Please place your order as soon as possible. Your order will take several business days to process.
    • Do not visit the store until you receive your “Online Order Processed” email.
    • Counter service is available if you cannot order online. Bring your schedule to the Logger Store, and we will select your books for you. We may need you to return at a later time to make your purchases, depending on in-store traffic volume.

Visiting the Logger Store

  • You will need your Logger Card to enter Wheelock Student Center. Face coverings and physical distancing are required.
  • Please go to the lower level entrance to the Logger Store and knock for assistance. You may experience a wait time during peak hours, as our maximum customer occupancy is 26.



What will spring 2021 look like?
Our hope is that our campus community will be back together again—on campus—for the spring semester. We will continue to monitor conditions in Pierce County and states where current students live. Look for additional information after the start of the fall semester.

How can I find an off-campus lease or sublet?
Some students may choose to return to the Tacoma area and may be looking for sublets or off-campus housing. There are several unofficial avenues to find this kind of housing, such as the Puget Sound Collective on Facebook. Staff members in the Yellow House are available to help and will put together a fall sublet connection to support students with off-campus leases looking to sublet for the fall and students looking for a sublet. We are not approving subletters, those looking to sublet, housemates, or landlords. We are not providing details about available dates, costs, methods of payment, or other details. Students will need to negotiate these details together. Our goal is to connect students to alternative housing options. If students want to access the list of potential sublets, please email yellowhouse@pugetsound.edu. Please note that it is early in this process. The list will populate as we get more entries from students living off campus.

Can I sign an off-campus lease that runs through the spring semester?
We have rolled the fall housing assignments to the spring semester. Therefore, you have housing in the spring. If you are looking for an off-campus lease, we encourage you to negotiate with your landlord for a lease that ends in December. 

If you have already signed a lease that overlaps with your spring housing assignment, please complete the housing appeal form to appeal your spring housing agreement. Filling out the appeal form does not guarantee that students will be able to end their housing agreements with the university in the spring, but we will do our best to accommodate students.

Will students be tested for COVID-19?
All students approved to live on campus will be tested on Saturday, Aug. 29. You will receive more information about your test time in your fall housing assignment letter on Aug. 14.

Will students have to move out at the end of fall semester?
Yes. The Office of Residence Life will honor the original fall housing assignments for the spring semester. Any student approved to live on campus for the fall will move out of their fall assignment to their spring assignment before leaving for winter break. If you are living in your spring assignment, you do not have to move.

When we return for spring semester, will I be placed back in my original room?
Yes, we will honor your original housing assignment.

Will Facilities Services clean in-suite bathrooms or only shared hall bathrooms? Will cleaning supplied be provided?
The Office of Residence Life and Facilities Services are working to establish a plan for the single-use bathrooms to be professionally cleaned on a regular basis. More details to come. However, students are still responsible to clean the bathrooms in between the professional cleaning.

Do I have to wear a mask in my campus residence?
Students who live on campus must wear face coverings in all residential areas outside their bedrooms, including bathrooms, lounges, hallways, and all other common spaces in the residence hall. The only space in the residence hall where a student can be without their mask is their bedroom, and this is possible only if the only people present in the bedroom are assigned roommate(s) (not suitemates, housemates, or flatmates). Wearing masks in bathrooms is generally required, but they may be removed while doing personal grooming that is not possible with a mask on (e.g., showering, brushing teeth, washing face, etc.). Students are advised to stay 6 feet apart from others while their masks are removed for this purpose.

Face coverings are not required is when students are (1) in their bedroom with only their roommate(s) who share the same bedroom, (2) when eating, and (3) when doing personal grooming.

Students are expected to launder and care for their own cloth masks. Students are responsible for any costs associated with cleaning their cloth masks. Instructions on the use of and care for face coverings is available from the CDC. Puget Sound will provide two cloth masks, but encourage students to bring a week’s worth of cloth masks.

What are the expectations for social distancing in the campus residences?
Students will follow campus guidelines for social distancing. Students should remain 6 feet apart even in their campus residences.

What will be the arrangement for the bathrooms?
By housing students in the campus houses, as well as Oppenheimer, Thomas, and Trimble halls, there is a better student-to-bathroom ratio. You will either be assigned or choose a bathroom for those residences with more than one bathroom when you arrive.

Will I be able to visit friends in other residences or have guests?
While Pierce County is in Phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan, students are not allowed to have guests outside of their residence in their residences. However, students can gather in common areas in the residence (lounge or study rooms) in groups of fewer than five people or follow the size posted in the room. 

How do I get my stored items?
If your items were packed and stored in Warner Gym:

  • You may continue to store in Warner Gym until spring semester.
  • You may return to campus to retrieve your items at a scheduled time. Contact the Office of Residence Life (reslife@pugetsound.edu) to schedule a time.
  • You may have them shipped. As the items are boxed and ready to ship, you may work with Mail Services to have them shipped. Students are responsible for shipping costs.

If you stored your belongings in on-campus storage rooms in the residence halls:

  • You may continue to store until the spring semester.
  • You may return to campus to retrieve your items at a scheduled time. Contact the Office of Residence Life (reslife@pugetsound.edu) to schedule a time.
  • You may have them shipped. As most items stored in the on-campus storage in the residence halls are not packed to be shipped, you may hire the UPS Store in Proctor to retrieve, pack, and ship your items. Contact the staff at the UPS Store by emailing store2374@theupsstore.com.


Library Services

If I live in Tacoma can I still borrow library books? 
Yes, you can. The library offers a “lobby pickup service.” You are able to request a book online through PRIMO, the library’s online catalog. Library staff members will retrieve the book and check it out, and you can come to the library to collect it at designated times. Visit our remote resources page for updated information. 

I don’t live in Tacoma but need a library book. How can I get help? 
The library will be implementing a digitization service in September. This service will offer you the opportunity to request portions of the book you need to be scanned. You can also work directly with a liaison librarian to learn about alternative sources or even locate an online version of the book. If you have questions, email libref@pugetsound.edu

I am working on my senior thesis and require special resources from the Archives and Special Collections. How can I get access?
Please email archives@pugetsound.edu and the archivist will work with you directly. 

Will the library building be open this fall?
We are currently working on a phased plan in accordance with health and safety guidelines. You can always check the library webpage for updates.


Student Life

What will Orientation look like?
Orientation will be delivered remotely, including our Convocation and Matriculation ceremonies. We are developing other programming throughout the semester to help new students form deep connections to the campus community.

Will clubs continue to meet?
Yes, ASUPS Senate, clubs, and organizations will continue to meet virtually, as they did in the spring. There will also be range of career services and events offered remotely throughout the fall. 

What about fraternities and sororities?
Puget Sound Greek life chapters will continue to meet virtually and explore ways to connect and engage members, including virtual informal recruitment and other potential activities. IFC and Panhellenic will not invoice chapters for dues this fall. (Chapters also were not invoiced for dues for the spring semester.)

What forms of support will be available to students?
A number of academic and cocurricular support services will be available to students.

What if I need to print something?

  • Students in residence halls will be able to print in their respective labs or in the library.
  • Students living locally off campus will be able to print in the library using vDesk.
  • All students may send their print jobs to Print and Copy Services, and staff members there will print their assignments and hand deliver them to faculty offices, debiting student green accounts.

Will there be fall or winter sports? What about training?
The Northwest Conference (NWC) Presidents’ Council announced on Aug. 17 that all conference competition and championships will be suspended until Jan. 1, 2021. In addition to the fall sports of crew, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis, and volleyball, the winter sports of basketball and swimming also are suspended. The NWC is continuing to work to develop a schedule for competition for these sports in the spring semester. Currently, team training and practice across all sport programs has been postponed. Puget Sound continues to monitor information from the NCAA and NWC, as well as local and state public health agencies, regarding issues of the safe return to participation. Decisions are pending regarding the reopening of campus recreational and athletic facilities based on a thorough review of state guidelines for such facilities and additional guidance from the NCAA.  ‚Äč 

Per the message sent to campus members on July 22 with guidance from the Northwest Conference (NWC), fall sports including crew, football, soccer, and volleyball have been postponed. Member institutions can make the decision to move forward with the sports of cross country, golf, and tennis, and currently Puget Sound is planning for the return of student-athletes in those sports for training and competition. No decision has been made yet about a return to campus for training or competition for winter or spring sports. Puget Sound continues to monitor information from the NCAA and NWC, as well as local and state public health agencies, regarding issues of the safe return to participation and rules governing student-athlete eligibility. 

For the winter sports of basketball and swimming, housing will be available on campus if the NWC Presidents' Council approves the resumption of practice and competition during the fall semester and public health conditions allow. If state and local conditions permit it, student-athletes in all other sports will be permitted to utilize campus facilities to train on a voluntary basis within the safety guidelines established for each venue. 


Tuition and Fees

Will there be a tuition discount?
We are making adjustments 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. 

Full-time fall 2020 undergraduate tuition will be reduced to the amount charged in fall 2019 (a reduction of $1,025) with a comparable reduction for graduate students.

Graduate program per unit tuition rates will be adjusted for fall 2020:

  • M.A.T.: $3,757
  • M.Ed.: $4,064
  • M.S.O.T./O.T.D.: $6,503
  • D.P.T.: $4,877

When will financial aid packages be updated?
We are in the process of making updates and adjustments to the cost of attendance that may impact financial aid packages and will share that information as soon as we can. To accommodate these changes, we will be extending the fall payment deadline from Aug. 15 to Aug. 20.

How will my aid package be affected?
Full merit awards will be maintained, despite the reduction in tuition.

Per federal guidelines, we will recalculate the cost of attendance (for lower tuition and living expenses) and adjust need-based awards (grants, work awards, loans). A portion of fall 2020 need-based work awards will be converted to grants for students not eligible to work under modified operations/policies during the fall semester.

I’m a student employee. Will I still have a job?
Students who live in Washington state may maintain work-study positions if deemed essential or able to work remotely.

We are not able to employ students who live outside the state of Washington. A portion of fall 2020 need-based work-study awards will be converted to grants for students not eligible to work under modified operations/policies during the fall semester.

Are there any changes to the academic calendar now that classes will be offered remotely?
The academic calendar announced in mid-June will remain in place: Fall break will be canceled and courses held during those two days in order to extend Thanksgiving break to a full week. Classes will begin Aug. 31, and final exams will conclude Dec. 18.

Class schedules will be finalized no later than Aug. 7.