Thanksgiving Guidance

We want to ensure everyone has a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday. Please review our guidelines and recommendations for community members.

Current Guidance

The health, safety and welfare of our students, faculty, staff and local community is the number one shared priority as we work to fulfill our educational mission and manage university operations during the global pandemic.

  • Our approach, rooted in our Mission, provided flexibility for students and families to choose if they wish to attend the Fall semester remotely or on campus. Our Frequently Asked Questions cover many common questions. 
  • Our plans were developed by a campus-wide Pandemic Response Task Force, based on guidance from local, state and federal agencies. Read the Student Arrival & Return to Gonzaga Guide for details.
  • No matter the discipline or mode of course delivery, our goal has been to continue to foster the tight-knit and supportive community that is a hallmark of the Gonzaga experience.
  • Undergraduate classes began Tuesday, Sept. 1 and conclude Friday, Dec. 11, with the last day of finals Friday, Dec. 18.
  • Students will have the option to return home for the Thanksgiving Holiday (Nov. 27–25), or stay on campus through the end of the semester.
    • All instruction after the Thanksgiving Holiday will be distance delivery.
    • We will ask students who elect to travel outside of Spokane County for the Thanksgiving Holiday not to return to campus for the remainder of the semester.

Spring 2021 Return to Campus

  • Removes Spring Break from Spring 2021 calendar.
  • Pushes the start of the semester back by 1 week to January 19th.
  • Adds an additional Reading Day in-between President’s day and Good Friday. This was chosen to be Friday, March 12, 2021. No classes will be held.
  • Changes the Spring Faculty Conference to Thursday, January 14th.
  • Information about on-campus housing move-in is forthcoming
  • These changes do not necessarily pertain to Law or Online Graduate Programs
We believe that together, we can achieve a thoughtful and carefully-managed educational experience.

Essential Information

Dashboard on mobile phone

COVID-19 Dashboard, Testing and Contact Tracing

Regularly updated information on cumulative COVID-19 confirmed positives and current active positives, as well as information about Testing and Contact Tracing.

COVID-19 Compliance & Reporting

GU community members are expected to comply with all COVID-19 expectations. Get information on the compliance, reporting and response process.

Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to some of the most common questions students and families have had about the University's plans for the Fall semseter and coronavirus response.

Student Arrival and Return to Gonzaga Guides

These guides detail the principles, expectations, and responsibilities of all students as we prepare for the Fall 2020 semester.

Important Message about Parties and Social Gatherings

Zags: On- or off-campus parties and social gatherings risk your health, the health of others in the Spokane community, and our ability to keep the Gonzaga campus open. Please heed this important message from President McCulloh.

ZagCheck Self Screening App

Student and employees Use ZagCheck to honor the shared commitment to care for ourselves and each other as we navigate the Fall Semester. (myGU login required)

 Recent Updates

November 18

November 16

November 13

November 9


October 29

October 21

  • Published latest COVID-19 Newsletter from the Kent Porterfield, Vice Provost for Student Affairs. 

October 14

October 6

October 2

September 25

  • Updated COVID-19 Dashboard with weekly data from student testing, including cumulative tests, positives from tests, and infection rates.

September 18

Added the following updates about Alumni Reunions to the Alumni, Donors and Friends FAQ page:

September 11

  • Added message: COVID-19 Testing from Kent Porterfield, Vice Provost for Student Affairs.

September 3

August 21

August 20

August 19

August 12

August 10

Updated the following in the International Students FAQ:

  • Updated If I am unable to arrive on campus in time for classes to begin and I do not want to defer my start, do I have the option to begin my first semester of courses for Fall 2020 online?
  • Updated How will courses be held this fall?
  • Updated What will Fall 2020 International Student Orientation look like?
  • Updated When I arrive on campus for Fall 2020, do I need to go into quarantine?
  • Added When I arrive at the Spokane airport after traveling into the US, how will I get to campus?
  • Updated How will I know if there is a travel restriction into the US?

August 7

August 4

  • Added FAQ page for Dining & Meal Plans.
  • Updated answer to "Since many classes will include a remote learning component, will Gonzaga offer tuition or other refunds and discounts?" in the Tuition & Finances group on the New & Returning Students page.
  • Added question "Does Gonzaga have a plan for on-campus work study students whose jobs have been affected by COVID? How is the work study program impacted if classes go online-only?" in the Tuition & Finances group on the New & Returning Students page.

July 31

July 28

July 24
Added Message from President McCulloh Regarding Plans for Fall Semester 2020 to Announcements & Messages

July 23
Updated the following in the Health and Safety FAQ:

  • Updated "If I am unable to arrive on campus in time for classes to begin and I do not want to defer my start, do I have the option to begin my first semester of courses for Fall 2020 online?"
  • Added "Can I defer attending admission to Gonzaga until Spring or Fall 2021 and still keep my scholarship?".

July 20
Updated the following in the Health and Safety FAQ:

  • "Should I wear a face covering?" and "Will PPE be supplied for students and employees?" updates to note that one face covering will be supplied for students.
  • "Are there confirmed cases of COVID-19 on campus?" updated to reflect one confirmed case as of July 17, 2020.

July 17

July 16
Added the following to the Questions About Housing & Residence Life page:

  • "Will Plant Services deliver stored items to rooms prior to move-in?"
  • "Will students and parents be able to adjust their student’s assigned move-in date and time to avoid conflict with other summer plans, or if they have already made travel arrangements?"
  • "If the university goes online after Thanksgiving, will library and other academic support services still be available to students if they remain on campus?"
  • "If I am required to quarantine/isolate, will I be able to bring my Emotional Support Animal to the quarantine/isolation room?"

July 7

July 1
Added FAQ pages for International Students and University Events.

June 11-12
Updates to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

June 3
Added Important Message from President McCulloh Regarding Fall Semester 2020. View versions for:

April 27
Added Fall 2020 announcement to students & families.

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