The Top 10 Things You Need to Know for Your Return to Campus

The Student Arrival and Return to Gonzaga Guide is significant, and as such we wanted to break down some of the most important elements for you to ensure that you understand and are aware of all proposed plans for fall semester:

1. 7-Day Quarantine At Home

Given rising national rates of COVID-19 cases, and to ensure we have the healthiest and safest campus possible ahead of spring semester, we ask that you quarantine at home for at least seven (7) days before your arrival to campus. You must be extra vigilant and employ COVID-19 public health measures (stay home, wear a mask, limit contact with other people, practice physical distancing, and no attendance at large gatherings or parties, etc.). This preparation can make a significant difference in mitigating the potential spread of COVID-19 to you and is an important part of keeping others healthy as we come back together again.

2. Move-In Weekend & Orientation

Student Affairs will be sharing additional information about both virtual and in-person orientation activities for new students (including transfers) just prior to the beginning of 2021 spring semester.  Information will also be going to First Year students who took classes virtually this Fall but will be moving on-campus this spring about some welcome and orientation activities to take place on Sunday, January 17. More information about this is available on the Orientation website. Before spring orientation, please check out list of all the things to do before coming to campus. Additionally, the How to Zag Guide provides you all the details you need to know before coming to campus.

3. Living on Campus

Under ordinary circumstances, first and second-year students have been required to live in an on-campus residence facility. In view of the current circumstances, we are suspending the on-campus residency requirements for this academic year, and you can therefore make the decision about what kind of living situation is best for you and your family. Please indicate in your survey response what your plans are for this academic year. For those students moving into Residence Halls, there are new plans in place to create as safe and healthy living situations as we can. The Return to Gonzaga Guides provides extensive updates on residence life plans including building access, cleaning and sanitation practices, expectations for common areas, and more.

4. Learning in New Ways

Our faculty are preparing to offer their courses in an interactive “live” remote mode where possible, even if they have chosen face-to-face/in-person, or a hybrid teaching, approach. As such, it will be possible for students who wish to do so to pursue their studies remotely for Spring semester. Please indicate in your survey response whether you are choosing to study remotely from home or if you are intending to pursue a hybrid model with on-campus opportunities. Course descriptions online will begin to indicate which mode our faculty have selected for their particular courses. If you have any questions about this process, please do not hesitate to contact your advisor. We have put together some great resources about remote and online learning (GU login required) and there will more resources developed over the next few weeks.

5. Daily To Do’s for Spring 2021

  • Complete a Daily Self-Certification: You will be provided a mobile app to complete your daily self-certification. This app will help us all monitor our health, and it will provide you with next steps and advice if you develop symptoms or have concerns. Protection of your personal health information is a top priority and all data will be treated in a secure and confidential manner.
  • Wear a Mask: You will be provided two masks and must wear a mask at all times when around others (indoors and outdoors).
  • Wash Your Hands: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after being in a public place, blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing or touching your face. If soap and water are not readily available, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until dry. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and wash your hands after touching your face.
  • Physically Distance: 6 feet of physical distancing substantially reduces the spread of COVID-19. While staying physically apart from one another feels very counter to the “Gonzaga Way,” it will be a very helpful behavior in keeping ourselves as healthy and safe as we can.

6. Dining on Campus

All dining locations, including The COG, have undergone updates to maintain a safe and healthy environment. The COG, Welch Hall, 1887, The Globe Room, The Marketplace, Starbucks, Wolfgang Puck, The Bulldog, Duff’s Bistro, Margie’s and Café Lawte will be open with varieties in meal options and dining setups. In addition, we recommend you download the GrubHub app for mobile ordering and signing up for the campus portion to see all on-campus locations available for ordering ahead. This option will be available at all retail locations and will further assist in alleviating long wait times in line. For more information, visit our Zag On site.

7. Engaging Outside the Classroom

Student Affairs staff have worked diligently to ensure that you have the care and support you need, whether you are here in Spokane or participating in programs remotely. Our Health & Counseling Services will be open and operating with both virtual and in-person appointments. Our Center for Cura Personalis is here to provide one-on-one support and connection to resources via phone and Zoom for those who may be going through a challenging time. Our Health Promotion team will be delivering a variety of virtual educational experiences to learn about living a healthy lifestyle.

Additionally, we have been busy preparing in-person, and virtual, involvement and engagement opportunities. In lieu of the pandemic, we are shifting events and activities to work within the guidelines of the university and the state, while increasing the number of small and outdoor events. Residence hall programs will be more robust than ever as departments bring their programs and services right to the floor. Our 100+ student clubs and student government will be operating in a hybrid model with a mix of in-person and virtual activities. At Gonzaga we believe there is no right way to Zag, and that includes how our Zags engage with involvement opportunities.

8. Isolation and Quarantine if Needed and Testing Available

We all recognize that we cannot fully protect ourselves from COVID-19, even with the most proactive behaviors. Given these circumstances, isolation and quarantine spaces have been identified and testing protocols are in place. More information is available on our Zag On site.

9. Notice & Acknowledgement of Student Risk

The last three pages of the Return to Gonzaga Guide are a Notice & Acknowledgement of Student Risk that provides additional information about the COVID-19 pandemic and your responsibilities as a student. We ask that you review this content closely and contact our COVID-19 Hotline (509) 313-7070 with any questions or concerns.

10. We Are Here For You

Most importantly, know that we are here for you ready to welcome you back in the best ways that we can this academic year. We know 2020 couldn’t be farther from what any of us expected, but just as we always do, we will face this challenge head on and focus on having a good year despite the challenging circumstances. We know that you have a lot on your mind and this time is incredibly confusing and, at times, frustrating. We have many resources available to you as you prepare for the start of the spring semester. Here are some contacts for you to reach out to if you have questions as the summer draws to a close:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information & Resources

The last few months have shown us all how unpredictable this world is. But I, and the rest of our incredible team here at GU, know that if we all work together, we can take this unmatched situation on just like Zags always do: with heart, courage, conviction, and a strong will.

Together, we Zag On!

Kent Porterfield, Ed.D.
Vice Provost for Student Affairs 

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