On June 10, 2021, Gonzaga announced that all campus-based undergraduate, graduate, and law students will be required to submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination to participate in in-person, campus-based programs and activities, including eligibility to study abroad. Read the full announcement for more details.
Answers to some of the most common questions about the student vaccine requirement can be found on this page. View our general COVID-19 FAQs for answers to other common questions.
Spring Semester 2022 Booster and Pre-Arrival Testing Requirements
Gonzaga remains vigilant in its response to COVID-19 to ensure students and employees return safely to campus for the 2022 Spring Semester. In his message to the Gonzaga Community, President McCulloh has outlined the following guidelines for all on-campus students and employees.
- Booster Vaccines are Required for all Eligible Vaccinated Campus-Based Students, Faculty and Staff: All eligible, vaccinated campus-based students and employees must receive a COVID-19 booster shot with students updating their Medicat status with booster information, including both a photo of their CDC Card and the date of the booster, as soon as possible but no later than Friday, January 21, 2022 (note: if your second Moderna or Pfizer vaccine occurred less than 6 months ago or you received a J&J vaccine less than 2 months ago, you will be required to submit documentation of your booster within 14 days following your eligibility). We strongly recommend that you receive your booster shot before the end of holiday break if you are eligible to do so. However, campus booster clinics are planned for January, February, and March as an option for those who are not currently eligible for, or cannot obtain, their booster shot. Learn more about the COVID-19 booster and eligibility from the Washington State Department of Health. Those who have received an approved exemption from COVID-19 vaccination for medical or religious purposes should have already submitted a verified exemption form and may be required to complete additional COVID-19 testing.
- Required testing prior to arrival on campus: All students, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, boosted or not boosted, must test for COVID-19 within 48 hours of their planned return to campus. If the results are positive, we ask that you remain at home (or your current location) until the end of your isolation period, as defined by current CDC guidance. While we will not require you to submit your test results, it is expected that all students take this step towards protecting yourself and others. Please begin scheduling a testing appointment or obtain an at-home test as soon as possible in order to meet this requirement.
While these two requirements are new, there are many things this spring that will remain the same:
- There are no changes to the academic calendars for Undergraduate and In-Person Graduate and Law students (note: Online Graduate Student academic calendars remain the same as well). The first day of classes will continue as scheduled.
- As of this communication, we are planning for in-person instruction for those courses that have been designed for in-person modes. However, some faculty may elect to begin the semester utilizing a remote-delivery (i.e., “online”) approach. Please note that course delivery modes could change at any time. (Note: If the number of COVID-19 cases rise to unsafe levels, we may need to shift to online instruction for a period of time, especially to provide reasonable accommodations for students who are isolating or in quarantine).
- Dining services and residence halls will reopen, as scheduled, on Sunday, January 9, 2022.
- Masks will continue to be required in all indoor and group settings (including classrooms, library, study rooms, etc.) unless an individual is studying/working alone.
- Quarantine and isolation space will continue to be evaluated as needed.
- Faculty will work with students who are unable to attend class due to quarantine or isolation to help facilitate successful completion of necessary coursework.
- For additional information and resources, visit the ZagOn website. (Please note that the COVID-19 hotline is on break until Monday, January 3, 2022.)
If you receive a positive COVID-19 test before your arrival to Spokane or the GU campus, please do not come to campus. Call the Contact Tracing team on Monday, January 10 at (509) 313-7070 ext. 1 and communicate directly with your professors to let them know about your situation.
If you receive a positive test after arriving to Spokane or the GU campus, please see "What should I do if I test positive for COVID-19?' in the General COVID-19 FAQs section below.
General Student Vaccination FAQs
Yes, unless you are a student who is never going to visit campus. To participate in in-person, campus-based programs and activities, Gonzaga University will require all campus-based undergraduate, graduate, and law students to submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or an approved exemption (along with other required vaccines*). New students entering the Spring 2022 semester must submit documentation by Friday, January 7th.
- Students in graduate-level online programs who do not ever come to campus are not required to submit COVID-19 vaccination proof or documentation.
- Students in programs that are offered partly on campus/in person, including online graduate students who come to campus at any point in the academic year for an immersion, commencement ceremony, or any other reason must submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination.
- Students who wish to study abroad must submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination.
* First-year students will submit their proof of COVID-19 vaccination along with proof of other required vaccines to Gonzaga's COVID-19 Student Vaccination portal (online health portal). Returning students will only need to submit proof of their COVID-19 vaccination; other required vaccines will have already been submitted prior to their first semester at GU.
Starting on November 8, non-citizen, non-immigrant air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to fly to the U.S., with only limited exceptions. International students who have received a World Health Organization authorized COVID-19 vaccination will be considered vaccinated.
There are a very limited set of exceptions from the vaccination requirement for students traveling to the US. These include exceptions for students under 18, certain COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial participants, those with medical contraindications to the vaccines, and those who are traveling on non-tourist visas from countries with low-vaccine availability (as determined by the CDC). International students who are concerned about their ability to meet this requirement are encouraged to work directly with the Center for Global Engagement for assistance.
Students in graduate-level online programs who do not ever come to campus are not required to submit COVID-19 vaccination proof or documentation.
Our goal is for all our faculty, staff and students to be vaccinated, with exemptions accommodated or those who have submitted approved religious or medical exemptions.
The COVID-19 Student Vaccination portal (online health portal) is accessible to provide documentation for vaccination status and any exemptions for either religious beliefs or medical reasons, as is the case for other required vaccinations.
This decision was not taken lightly. Gonzaga leadership, including a dedicated work group, spent many months discussing and researching this decision. Here are some of the reasons why this decision was made:
- It is Gonzaga’s goal to resume as near-normal of operations in the fall as possible in order to deliver the holistic educational experience to which we are committed. This includes in-person instruction, shared residence hall spaces, communal dining, student sports, recreation, and performance activities.
- We concluded that this decision is the best way to fulfill our moral, ethical, and legal obligation to endeavor to create and support a reasonably safe and hazard-free campus and work environment for our students, faculty and staff.
- The decision aligns with our University’s Catholic, Jesuit, and humanistic mission, which focuses on the common good as well as one’s own thriving and development.
- Vaccination is supported by local, state, and national public health agencies as the primary tool for preventing COVID-19, and ending the pandemic.
- This decision allows Gonzaga the necessity to channel more resources into creating an inclusive, in-person experience and less on COVID-19 testing, isolation and quarantine services.
- Vaccinations are readily attainable on campus and in communities throughout the country. Since February, Gonzaga has partnered with local healthcare providers to make COVID vaccines more widely available here in Spokane, and vaccines are now available for not only adults, but children age 12 and over.
To upload your documentation, visit Gonzaga's COVID-19 Student Vaccination portal (online health portal). Once you go to this link, enter your student ID and password and follow the steps to uploading your documentation.
The deadline for uploading your documentation for the Spring 2022 semester is JANUARY 7. This means documenting that you have received both shots of Moderna or Pfizer, or one shot of Johnson & Johnson or submitting an approved exemption by January 7.
New students must be fully vaccinated to attend Gonzaga in the spring, or have an approved medical or religious exemption, which must also be declared to the University by January 7. Students who do not upload documentation of full vaccination or a verified religious or medical exemption by January 7, will have their accounts placed on hold, which means they will not be able to drop or add classes, attend class, or access facilities on campus. Once students begin the vaccine documentation process or submit their documentation, the hold on their account will be released.
If you have questions about your COVID-19 vaccination verification, or are experiencing difficulties uploading your documents, please contact Medicat’s Compliance Services. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or use the Messages tab once you are in the portal.
If you have problems with login, please contact the Gonzaga University IT Support Center at (509) 313-5550.
Notification takes approximately 5 business days and you will receive a confirmation email that your status has been approved. Once you upload your documentation, you do not need to do anything else.
Gonzaga’s primary mode of academic delivery for undergraduate students for Spring 2022 will be in-person. Therefore, the ability for undergraduate students to attend remotely as they did last academic year will not be possible.
We want to underscore the significance of wearing of masks and maintaining distance where possible. Face coverings, when appropriately utilized, can be incredibly effective at reducing viral spread.
We are requiring all students and employees (vaccinated or not) to wear face coverings (e.g., masks) in congregate indoor spaces. Unvaccinated students and employees must continue to wear masks and practice physical distancing, unless outdoors and separated from people not of their immediate household by at least six feet.
Those who are vaccinated may choose to wear masks for any reason. Assumptions about vaccine status should not be made based upon whether a mask is being worn, or not.
As of 9/13/2021, masks are required for all attendees of outdoor gatherings of more than 500 people. In addition, we will ask community members to consider wearing masks in crowded outdoor settings and for activities with close contact with others who are not fully vaccinated.
Please see the ZagOn page for up-to-date guidance on mask requirements.
Yes, it is completely acceptable to wear a mask and physical distance if you have been vaccinated. We understand there are many reasons why someone may wish to do this. Gonzaga will strive to make it clear to the campus community that this is completely acceptable, and that no one should be discriminated against in any way due to the observance of masking, distancing, or other health and safety measures.
The widespread adoption of vaccines is considered the primary method of bringing the coronavirus pandemic to an end.
Due to the incredible, decades-long work of scientists and pharmaceutical companies on coronaviruses and mRNA research – and with the massive financial support of the federal government – COVID-19 vaccines are now a reality.
Students are instructed to download and print the University medical or religious exemption form available on the COVID-19 Student Vaccination portal (online health portal). They should schedule an appointment with their healthcare provider to discuss the requested exemption and obtain their healthcare provider’s signature.
The University exemption form must be signed by both the healthcare provider and the student and uploaded through the portal. Students with an exemption are required to wear a mask indoors at all times and outdoors in group settings and when 6ft of physical distance cannot be met.
Yes, COVID-19 vaccination is required for all faculty, staff, and administrators, contract partners and volunteers, by order of the Governor. These requirements apply to adjunct faculty and event staff as well. Exemptions to this requirement may be requested for medical or religious reasons. . You can find out more about the Governor's directives here, and read his recent Proclamations here and here.
Employees can access the Benefits portal to submit documentation of their vaccination or exempt status. Find step-by-step instructions for using the benefits portal to upload your vaccination status here.