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Campus Visitor Guidelines

CAMPUS VISITOR GUIDELINES

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the safety, health and welfare of our students, faculty, staff and community members remain our number one priority. Furthermore, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that higher education “limit any nonessential visitors, volunteers, and activities involving external groups or organizations as possible – especially with individuals who are not from the local geographic area.”  Finally, the higher education-specific guidance issued by the State of Washington indicates that visitors should be limited or prohibited.

 

In an effort to mitigate the risk of exposure, Gonzaga University, with the exception of the ZagShop, is limiting access to campus buildings and facilities to students, employees and invited visitors only. A visitor is anyone other than an enrolled student or employee, who is on campus for more than 10 mins (per CDC guidelines).

Here is what you need to know before visiting campus:

VISITOR REQUIREMENTS

Gonzaga is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our entire community, including our students, employees and visitors. The following health practices are essential to our efforts, and we ask our visitors for compliance:

  • Please reschedule your visit and do NOT come to campus if you are ill, experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, awaiting results of a COVID-19 test or if you have recently been exposed to an individual diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • Please wear a cloth face covering at all times while on campus (unless you are eating or drinking) in accordance with Washington State mandates, available online HERE. Cloth face coverings are available for purchase at the ZagShop.
  • Practice good hygiene while on campus, including washing hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using hand sanitizer. We have ample washrooms and hand sanitation stations throughout campus.
  • Follow social distancing requirements and keep at least 6 feet of distance between yourself and anyone who is not a member of your immediate household.
  • All visitors are required to check in at the start of their campus visit and check out before leaving campus. For a list of visitor check-in locations click HERE

CHECK IN/CHECK OUT PROTOCOL

Zags Helping Zags

The fact that we are operating in the context of a virulent pandemic cannot be refuted or ignored. Taking this seriously by working actively, consistently and responsibly to prevent the transmission of the virus is a requirement of every individual. At Gonzaga, we have a saying that takes on new meaning in this circumstance: “Zags Help Zags.”  To this end, we will wear face coverings, we will increase hand washing, we will maintain physical distance, we will follow the directives of public health authorities and we will ask our visitors to campus to be very much part of this effort, as well.  

At check in, visitors who will be on campus for more than 10 mins will:

  • Sign in on a digital or paper visitor log.
  • Complete a digital self-certification form certifying that:
    • The visitor or a member of their household has not been diagnosed with, or knowingly exposed to a positive case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
    • The visitor or a member of their household is not experiencing any of the COVID-19 symptoms such as fever, shortness of breath, dry cough, new loss of taste or smell.
    • The visitor or a member of their household has not been asked to self-quarantine or self-isolate in the last 14 day.

**Visitors will be encouraged to do this before arriving on campus, through an online form. This will be provided to a visitor prior to their scheduled visit.  

Please note:

  1. After completing check in, visitors will be given instructions and guidance for navigating their visit. Visitors will then be escorted to their destination by the host.
  2. To check out after the visit has concluded, visitors should return to the same location where they checked in.

*Our visitor program is drawn from the Washington SafeStart guidance in partnership with state and local health departments and in alignment with the Higher Education SafeStart proclamation.

Frequently Asked Questions

At this time, visitors for indoor activities are restricted to invitation-only. Many of our publicly available resources are currently closed or limited to appointment only in order to promote the health and well-being for our campus community. Campus visits from prospective students and their families will be limited in number and may be scheduled by contacting the Office of Admission.
 
Yes. Following guidelines from Spokane Regional Health District, Gonzaga University is conducting limited campus tours and admission visits by appointment. Please contact the Office of Admission for details at gonzaga.edu/visit 509.313.6531, or visit@gonzaga.edu
 
Yes, the ZagShop is open. Please visit the shop online at www.zagshop.com or call 509.313.6390 for more details such as hours of operation and wellness requirements.
 
Currently, all athletic events, practices, and games are restricted from visitors. Please contact Athletics at 509.313.4202 for more information.
 
While the Hemmingson Center is open for student and employee dining (including Starbucks and The Bulldog), we are asking visitors to reschedule their visits in order to maintain a safe and healthy environment for our campus community. Visitors to the Hemmingson Center should check in at the front desk. Individuals dining in The Bulldog may be asked to present a GU ID prior to being seated. Visitors currently cannot dine in the COG unless they are part of a scheduled University function. 
 
We want our visitors to have the best experience possible when visiting Gonzaga University, so we encourage everyone to consider postponing non-essential visits to our campus. If you do visit and remain outside, please be sure to practice physical distancing by remaining at least 6 feet apart from others and wearing a cloth face covering at all times. Please be aware that non-invited visitors will not have access to campus buildings, and therefore, will not have access to bathrooms or other facilities. 
 
Please contact the Parish Office for visits to Saint Aloysius at 509.313.5896.  
 
Please contact the Office of Mission and Ministry at 509.313.4242 for questions regarding access to chapels and worship spaces on campus.