Seattle University is committed to delivering an education and student experience that is distinctive and true to our Jesuit mission while assuring that all members of our academic community are safe and well.
Academic courses will now be primarily virtual, with some in-person and hybrid instruction for performance-based, clinical and laboratory courses and for students living on campus. Additionally, with the exception of some programs that include licensure requirements, every student will have the option to take their courses virtually and every faculty member will have the option to teach remotely. As announced in late May, the fall quarter is starting early on Wednesday, September 9, and ending on Tuesday, November 24. (The School of Law, which is on a semester system, starts on August 24 and ends on December 18.)
Maximum flexibility continues to be built into our planning for the fall. Seattle U is well positioned to deliver an impactful and highly engaging education regardless of the mode of delivery. In our end-of-year survey, students expressed high levels of satisfaction with their virtual courses this past spring. It starts with our great faculty who are deeply committed to the development and success of each individual student and is made possible virtually through their creative and innovative ways of teaching and the technology support, training and resources provided by our leading-edge Center for Digital Learning and Innovation.
Updated Aug 24, 2020
While we will adjust some fees and are able to lower the single room housing rate, fall tuition rates will need to remain as published last January. As a private, nonprofit university, we are dependent upon tuition to fund faculty and staff salaries and meet other obligations in support of the student learning experience. Additionally, the university has made significant investments in technology and equipment to support faculty in delivering our high-quality education virtually—in ways that are significantly better than most—and fund critical, yet costly, health and safety measures and equipment for reopening campus this fall.
Posted July 29, 2020
The university has a comprehensive plan to support the health and safety of all members of the campus community, including the expectation that students, faculty and staff take responsibility for the wellbeing of our university family. Visit Health and Safety to learn more about what the university is doing as well as the responsibilities we all have to one another as a campus community.
The Reopening Taskforce working group focusing on instructional continuity is addressing a number of complicated issues as they finalize plans. We expect those plans will be ready soon to share with campus. Faculty will also receive a report specific to their needs in the near future. Some key considerations for determining specific course delivery modes include: