April 22 Fall Planning Campus Message

Thank you for your continued diligence in reducing the spread of Covid-19 and keeping our case count low. Spokane County has seen an uptick in positive cases, along with hospitalizations, so it is important to continue following public health practices: wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, sanitizing spaces, and staying home if you don’t feel well–even if you are vaccinated. We are currently in Phase 3 of the Governor’s “Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery” plan. Our region could roll back to Phase 2 if positive case counts and hospitalization rates continue to stay high.

Free Covid testing is available on campus. Visit the EWU Coronavirus website for dates, times and locations. All Washington state residents ages 16 and older are eligible to receive their vaccination. Visit the Vaccinate WA website to find a site and schedule your appointment. We would like to know your thoughts about such a clinic before committing to the idea. If you have not done so already, please take just a minute to complete this vaccination clinic survey

Like many universities around the country, EWU is evaluating whether or not to require students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated to start the fall ‘21 semester or quarter. At this time, no decision has been made as we are consulting with the state and other public universities in Washington to determine the best path forward. We will let you know as soon as a decision is made.

Commencement ceremonies will be held virtually again this year. Both semester and quarter programs will have various ceremonies:

  • For all graduates in semester programs with masters and doctoral degrees, as well as those in the Communication Disorders bachelor’s degree program, ceremonies will occur at the individual department level via Zoom during May 6-7. Please contact Cindy Chadwick or your department chair for further information, including your program’s specific date and time.
  • All graduates in quarter programs, including baccalaureate and master’s degrees, will celebrate through five online, live-streamed ceremonies on June 12. All students who graduated from fall of 2020 to those graduating this summer 2021 will have their names read live during their specific college ceremony. More details will be forthcoming.

If you have questions about the ceremonies, please refer to the university’s Commencement website.

EWU is planning for in-person new student orientation in the Fall with campus traditions such as Pass Through the Pillars and Rec-Splosion. Visit the New Student Orientation website for the latest information.

As recently announced by Human Resources, if you are high-risk and have previously received COVID-19 related accommodations you must submit a request for a new plan to be effective beginning July 1, 2021. To ensure a new COVID-19 alternate work arrangement plan is in place before July 1, we encourage you to initiate this process as soon as possible.Learn more here.

Please join Dr. Levin-Stankevich for a Town Hall on Tuesday, April 27, noon-1 p.m. via Zoom. The provost will be discussing plans for academic operations this fall.

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