Information for Faculty as We Return to In-Person Instruction

January 28, 2022

Dear Colleagues: 

As we prepare to return next week to primarily in-person instruction, I want to share additional information that may assist you in your transition.  

I want to make you aware of a letter from the Dean of Students that went to all students yesterday. This letter updated students regarding the declining COVID case counts in this area, outlined the rationale behind the return to in-person instruction, and clarified university expectations relating to student engagement in the classroom and adherence to vaccination and booster, entry testing, and face covering standards. Regarding the latter, it is our hope, through this and ongoing communications, to increase student awareness of these as institutional expectations and help reduce these as classroom management challenges for our faculty members. 

As you return, you should expect that campus activity and offices will be operating at a level comparable to last fall quarter (before Thanksgiving). Staff will be back to their regular Flexwork schedules. The university has purchased a supply of ASTM 3 and KN-95 disposable masks and delivered a limited number of these to key points on campus. Should you find yourself in need, these should be available at each of the deans offices and at the Campus Assistance Center located on the first floor of the Student Center.

It is our expectation at this point that the remainder of winter quarter instruction will proceed in the modality originally scheduled. We recognize and have advised students that individual faculty may need to change individual class sessions to virtual; we do ask that any lengthy changes in modality be discussed with the appropriate dean. 

We recognize the significant ways you continue to adapt to this changing landscape, and remain grateful for your dedication and creativity. Although 97% of our faculty and staff are vaccinated, we know that you continue to face challenges and stresses, particularly if you or people in your immediate circle are members of more vulnerable groups. We also recognize that one of the most significant challenges for you right now is how to support our students through the challenges and stresses they face. The flexibility you are providing to students is appreciated and please remember that support is available through Wellness & Health Promotion and Counseling & Psychological Services.  Also, if you have concerns regarding the well-being of a particular student, please contact the Seattle University CARE team using this referral form

Please note that, while we encourage you to continue to be flexible with students who miss class due to illness or quarantine, there is not an expectation that you teach both in person and virtually. If you have any questions, please make use of the FacultyCovidQs email and we will get you a timely response.  

Thank you for all you are doing amidst the challenges of your own lives and the ongoing changes we are experiencing to educate and support our students. 


Robert Dullea
Deputy Provost