EWU Begins a Spring Quarter Like No Other

Spring quarter at Eastern Washington University is going to be different than any other term in the university’s 138-year history. Classes will be conducted online and, for now, many campus buildings are closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Washington Governor Jay Inslee has extended the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order until May 4, which requires most faculty and staff members to work remotely until then.

Nevertheless, EWU staff and faculty worked diligently over the extended spring break to ensure that students can still access necessary services. Below is a list of some of the most important changes you should know about as you begin the quarter. Please remember, the EWU Coronavirus Website will remain the most up-to-date resource on campus operations throughout the quarter. The site will address your most frequently asked questions.

Campus Buildings and Dining

The Pence Union Building (PUB) will operate with modified hours for the duration of the academic year. Hours are posted at ewu.edu/pub.

Residence Halls are open to current residents only.

EWU Dining Services will operate with limited hours and offer only take-out service. Spacing has been marked on the floors to control lines and social distancing measures will be monitored for all customers. Grocery and convenience items will still be sold at the Union Market in the normal fashion.

  • Union Market
    8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday-Friday
    9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday
  • Einstein’s Bagels
    7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Monday-Friday
    Online ordering offered through the Grub Hub app

All spring meal plans have been adjusted to include $250 in Flex dollars to give residential students additional options through Cheney merchants.

The EWU Food Pantries will continue to be stocked, but pantries will be accessible on a limited basis due to the closure of most campus buildings. At this time, the Central Pantry in Tawanka Hall will be open 1-4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. Please contact the office of Community Engagement with questions.

STA Bus Service

Because fewer people will be traveling to and from the Cheney campus, Spokane Transit Authority will operate its Cheney routes on the “non-school schedule.” Please check STA’s website for updated schedule time.

Academic Calendar

While the quarter is starting one week later than originally scheduled, academic terms will NOT be extended. The finals dates for both semester and quarter programs remain the same. The university has, unfortunately, been forced to cancel the semester graduation ceremony scheduled in May. As of today, the June commencement date has not changed, and semester graduates are encouraged to take part. If this changes, the university will provide timely notification.

Key dates to remember:

  • May 8 — final day of semester
  • May 18 — fall registration begins for quarter and semester programs
  • May 25 — Memorial Day, EWU closed
  • June 12 — final day of quarter
  • June 13 — commencement

Again, please be sure to check the EWU Coronavirus Website if you have additional questions and for campus updates throughout spring quarter.

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