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Resources for Fall 2021 Semester

Here’s what we know right now about the upcoming semester, but please check your WSU email often; all communication regarding course work, labs, clinicals and programmatic changes will be sent that way. As you know, the situation continues to be fluid, and this website will be updated as new information becomes available.

COVID Testing

The College of Nursing will provide Covid-19 testing on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and other days by appointment, to WSU students, faculty and staff on the Spokane campus.

Covid testing will be offered on the ground floor of the College of Nursing building.

Testing is available from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays, and 7-9 a.m. on Wednesdays. Sign up for testing at this link.

This service is available to asymptomatic people only. Symptomatic people need to seek medical attention.

Unfortunately we cannot offer testing to students, faculty and staff of other universities on the Spokane campus.

Vaccination Requirement

Read the latest announcement from the university published August 25, 2021.

Based on Gov. Jay Inslee’s recent declaration and on guidance from the the Washington state Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission, ALL students enrolled in coursework at the College of Nursing (didactic or clinical) must be fully vaccinated by Oct. 18. or submit a medical or a religious exemption request. That means all must have their last injection by Oct. 4 in order to considered “fully vaccinated” by the Oct. 18 deadline. ALL faculty and staff, including TAs and GAs, must also complete vaccination no later than that date or submit a medical or religious exemption request. No personal exemptions will be permitted.

Mask Mandate

In light of Washington state’s new universal face covering mandate, WSU requires all students, faculty, staff, volunteers, contractors, and visitors over the age of 5 to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces, including classrooms, effective Monday, August 23, 2021. Please find answers to a few frequently asked questions about masking below.

Read FAQs posted August 20, 2021

If you are exposed, please follow the CDC Guidelines

From the CDC website –

  • Quarantine if you have been in close contact (within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone who has COVID-19, unless you have been fully vaccinated.
  • People who are fully vaccinated do NOT need to quarantine after contact with someone who had COVID-19 unless they have symptoms. However, fully vaccinated people should get tested 3-5 days after their exposure, even if they don’t have symptoms and wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until their test result is negative.

Academic Instruction

Classes will begin on time as scheduled and pre-licensure BSN classes will return to in-person instruction this fall in Spokane, Yakima and the Tri-Cities. Please see the message published July 2 from Dean Mary Koithan: Message from Dean Mary Koithan July 2, 2021 – BSN Program Resumes In-Person Instruction Fall 2021

Dean Koithan made this announcement following WSU President Kirk Schulz’s communication of June 30 and Gov. Jay Inslee’s proclamation concerning higher education.

All other programs will remain as previously published.

We will continue to observe recommendations and university/campus/state regulations, remembering that these may change over the course of the semester.

Vaccination Locations – Spokane

Everyone 12 and over is eligible to receive a vaccine, as of July 19, 2021. Check the Washington Department of Health’s Vaccine Locator for vaccine appointments.

Sign up to Volunteer at a Vaccination Clinic

Students and most faculty should be eligible as health care workers, verifiable with student ID.  Staff are increasingly eligible with availability. We will notify students of opportunities to volunteer at vaccination clinics as they arise.

Note: Prior to attending and volunteering at one of the vaccination clinics, training is required of all students, faculty or other approved preceptors. Requirements are listed here.

Academic and Student Support

We realize some of the necessary changes to course delivery will affect our students, especially those with limited resources and/or access to resources. We are here to help. Below you will find a list of resources to ensure a successful fall semester.

Laptops – If you do not have access to a laptop, please contact your instructor as soon as possible. Visit our Computer Loan Program page for more information.

WiFi access – If you do not have access to WiFi or high-speed internet, please contact your instructors as soon as possible. More information regarding technology assistance can be found on the Student Care Network website.

Library access 

Resources for virtual learning


Student Resources

Student Care Network
WSU’s Student Care Network is dedicated to supporting student success across the system through access to resources and early intervention. Each WSU location has a designated Student Care Team comprised of professionals who can recommend appropriate resources and services that can help students succeed.

Food Assistance

Financial Assistance

Campus Health & Safety Measures

Each campus has a safety plan. Please refer to your campus of registration for more information.
Campus Safety & Security

Campus Alerts

Academic Advising

Until further notice, all academic advising appointments will be held via phone, email, or Zoom videoconferencing. Please contact your advisor to schedule an appointment.