For Faculty Members

What you need to know

What you need to do

  • Continue to complete daily online screening forms, available in myPugetSound.
  • Talking with students considering a leave of absence? Here are some talking points to help (university credentials required).
  • Attend the following Ed Tech Essentials seminars Aug. 11–27 via Zoom. The first hour of each session is the same every week, but the Q&As are bound to be different. Attend all three!
    • Canvas Overview and Basics: Tuesdays, Aug. 11, Aug. 18, and Aug. 25, 2–4 p.m.
      Hour One: We will look at best practices for Canvas courses. Is your syllabus posted? Have you introduced yourself and set clear student expectations for your course? Are links to your video conference sessions and virtual office hours clearly identified? We will review how to add content to modules, how to use communication tools and the discussion board, and show you how to build assignments and quizzes. We will also look at SpeedGrader and the Canvas gradebook. You will be given a “checklist” to review before publishing your course. 

      Hour Two: Canvas Q&A with the educational technologists
      Join the session

    • Google GSuite: Wednesdays, Aug. 12, Aug. 19, and Aug. 26
      Hour One: We will look at Google docs, sheets, Jamboard, and slides, and review setting permissions and sharing files. 

      Hour Two: Google GSuite Q&A with the educational technologists
      Join the session

    • Video Conferencing: Thursdays, Aug. 13, Aug. 20, and Aug. 27
      Hour One: We will look at best practices for video conferences, showing you how to create conferences using Zoom or Google Meet. We will discuss polling, breakout rooms, and the Zoom whiteboard, and we will show you how to use virtual backgrounds. You will learn how to record, save, and share meetings. 

      Hour Two: Video conferencing Q&A with the educational technologists
      Join the session

  • Miss our 2020 fall info session? Watch the recording (university credentials required).
    Town Hall Recording



Academic Calendar

The academic calendar announced in mid-June will remain in place: Fall break will be canceled and Thanksgiving break will be extended to a full week. View the complete academic calendar for 2020–21

Important Dates

  • Aug. 31: Classes begin
  • Sept. 7: Labor Day (no classes)
  • Oct. 16: Midterm
  • Nov. 6–13: Registration for spring
  • Nov. 23–27: Thanksgiving holiday
  • Dec. 9: Last day of classes
  • Dec. 10–13: Reading Period
  • Dec. 14–18: Finals


Athletics and Athletic Facilities

The Northwest Conference (NWC) Presidents’ Council announced on Aug. 17 that all conference competition and championships will be suspended until Jan. 1, 2021. Fall and winter sports are suspended. The NWC is continuing to work to develop a schedule for competition for these sports in the spring semester. 

Currently, athletic facilities are open to members of the campus community (students, faculty, and staff) only. Reservations are required one day in advance for 50-minute time slots (with 10-minute transition periods between reservations). Everyone using the facilities will receive a temperature screening to ensure a reading of less than 100.4 F. Face coverings and social distancing requirements must be followed.

Fitness Center, Tennis Pavilion, Upper and Lower Courts
Open Monday–Friday, 5–8 p.m. (limited capacity)

Wallace Pool
Opens Sept. 8

More about athletic facility use


Dining Services

Puget Sound is committed to providing a wide variety of delicious and nutritious food and beverages, and will operate according to State of Washington and Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department COVID-19 requirements.

  • The Diner, The Cellar Market, Diversions Cafe, and The Cellar will operate regular hours through the fall. 
  • Meals may be ordered via the GET Mobile ordering app or online to further support physical distancing.
  • Menus for The Diner are available seven days in advance. 
  • The Dining and Conference Services and Logger Card office will be open Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
  • Dine-in and take-out options are available. Physically distanced seating is available in Marshall Hall, Upper Marshall Hall, the Loft, and Rasmussen Rotunda.

More about Dining Services


Library Services

  • The entire Collins Library team is here to support your teaching and to facilitate student learning. Visit the remote resources page to learn more about the ways the library can support you. If you have questions, email, and a librarian will respond.
  • The library has scores of ebooks that are available without simultaneous use restrictions. Contact your liaison librarian regarding ebook access and purchases, or review our eBook Guide. Ben Tucker, digital services and outreach and reference librarian, is available to help you identify Open Educational Resources (OER) and Open Access materials that might work well in lieu of, or in addition to, traditional textbooks.


Zoom Pro Licenses

Faculty and staff members may now access professional Zoom licenses as part of the University of Puget Sound’s enterprise license. Professional licenses support up to 300 active participants and include breakout sessions, chat, and more.

Accessing your pro license:

  • Visit and log in with your university credentials OR download the Zoom app on your computer, smartphone, or tablet and use your university credentials to log in.
  • If you have been using a personally owned Zoom license, please transition further use to the university’s Zoom license, as this affords us the security and legal protections of the enterprise license.
  • If you previously set up a personally owned Zoom account using your email address, you will need to remove that address from your personal account prior to authenticating with your Puget Sound credentials.
  • If you were already using a university-issued Zoom account, you will continue to have access to your account.

Zoom also will be integrated with Canvas, should you wish to take advantage of the integration for classes. Zoom/Canvas integration is expected to be completed in the coming weeks.

Google Hangouts/Meet will remain available and may be used alongside Zoom. You may choose whichever platform best fits your individual needs. Please be sure to use your university credentials for Google Hangouts and Meet, as well.

If you have any questions, please contact Technology Services at or 253.879.8585.