Core and COVID-19 FAQ

Core and COVID-19 FAQ

Information and Updates for Spring Quarter 2020

All Seattle University courses, including UCOR classes are being offered online in Spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We know this is a challenging time for everyone, and both students and faculty have to make rapid adjustments in how they work together in classes. We can do this! We’ve collected some helpful resources and information here and will continue to add to this page. If you have a question that is not answered here, please email and we will work to find the information you need.

Will online Core classes meet online at the regular times?

Your professor will notify you of how the class is being scheduled. Look for an email or a notification via Canvas. Class schedules will vary. Some classes will include synchronous sessions, when everyone will meet online at the same time, in addition to other online work. Other classes will be asynchronous, with no times when everyone is online together. Until you hear otherwise, keep the times the class was originally scheduled for open on your calendars to be safe.

How will the “hands on” parts of the Core work (lab science, art)?

The direct experience of scientific inquiry and artistic creation are important parts of the Core, and faculty are working in creative ways to create excellent learning experiences online. There are some great web-based tools for collaborating in the arts and outstanding scientific simulations available, as well as projects students can do while away from campus. Students will NOT need to attend in person lab or studio sessions for these classes.

What do I need to do differently to study online?

You probably already know how to use the technology and tools used for online learning, but the online environment may require some adjustments of your study habits and approach to your learning. Here are some resources to help you make the adjustment and be successful as an online student.

What academic resources are available online?

  • For your class: Use your class Canvas site. Check out the CDLI student help page for support with Canvas and distance learning.
  • SU Library: In addition to their main page, check out their COVID-19 Update. The library is offering a wide range of remote services, including research consultations. They also have some laptops available for checkout. 
  • Writing Center: The Writing Center is finalizing plans for Spring Quarter. Check for updates at their web site. 
  • Learning Assistance ProgramsLearning Assistance Programs are finalizing plans for Spring Quarter. Check for updates at their web site. 
  • English Language Learning Center:  ELLC is providing online tutoring in Spring Quarter.  Information and schedules are available here:
  • Career Engagement: The Career Engagement center offers a variety of online tools, including online career coaching appointments via Zoom.  
  • Math Lab: Plans for the Math Lab are not yet available. This has previously been an entirely in-person service. 
  • Campus Store: Textbooks and other academic supplies are available through their web portal

What if I need additional support outside of my academics and course work?

Seattle University remains committed to supporting the whole person, especially during this pandemic.

  • The College of Arts and Sciences Advising Center has put together a resource page with information on financial assistance, food, housing, health and wellness, and more.
  • SU Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS): Phone appointments for SU students currently located in Washington state. Referrals for SU students not located in Washington state. Call 206-296-6090 during business hours or visit their website.
  • Campus Ministry is available for pastoral care and conversation for all students, regardless of religious or spiritual background. Use the form on this webpage to connect with a Campus Minister for a video or phone one-on-one conversation. Campus Ministers are available Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm PDT and will respond to you within one working day.
  • Virtual Community Building: The Center for Student Involvement has compiled a growing list of ways for students to reduce social isolation and encourage connections while on-campus activities are suspended.

How do I contact the Core or submit paperwork while the office on campus is closed?

Email us at We’re monitoring that email and will respond within 1-2 days during regular business hours (Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm). We are able to resolve almost all issues via email and if we are unable, we will schedule a Zoom video appointment to assist you.  Paperwork can be emailed to us. Registrar forms, including many electronically fillable forms, are available at the Redhawk Service Center site. Please feel free to contact us for assistance.  We’re here to help!