COVID-19 Policies & Protocols

Seattle University continues to base its decisions and policies on the latest public health guidance. Any changes to the university’s policies and practices relating to COVID-19 will be shared as soon as the university reviews the updated guidelines and determines what steps will be needed or remain in place to continue protecting our campus community as we return to an in-person learning environment.

COVID-19 Face Covering Policy

Seattle University has lifted its face covering requirement, effective March 21, 2022. 

On March 28, the university updated its guidance to encourage face coverings indoors, regardless of vaccination status.

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COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

Seattle University requires all students, faculty and staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with an authorized vaccine, unless the individual has an approved authorized exemption. All students, faculty and staff are required to be fully vaccinated and expected to stay up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines, and therefore to receive any recommended COVID-19 vaccine booster dose(s) when eligible to do so.

Our policy is in place in an effort to help protect the health and safety of the Seattle University community and general public by preventing the transmission of COVID-19 through effective and safe authorized vaccines and to allow the University to engage in in-person instruction, lectures, research, operations, co-curricular activities and other activities by being a “fully vaccinated campus” under Governor Inslee’s Proclamation for Institutions of Higher Education (20-12.3).

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Travel Policy

Seattle University encourages you to follow the guidance and protocols of the CDC in regard to pre and post travel, as well as adhere to our University Travel Policy Updated as of 11/24/2021.

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Role of Faculty in Contact Tracing

As announced here, the university is using a self-serve, automated process for contact tracing. Once a person reports that they have tested positive for COVID-19 by e-mailing covid-19-report@seattleu.edu, they will be asked to complete an online form. That information will generate notifications to close contacts.

In addition, faculty members are asked to assist in the notification process by informing students of a positive case in their class. Faculty can use this template to send an e-mail to their students:

Email Template: Word
Email Template: pdf