COVID-19 Information

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-19 Vaccine Requirement for Students

Current Nursing Students

WSU requires proof of COVID vaccination for students system-wide with limited exemptions for medical or religious reasons. If an exemption is approved, the student can participate in educational activities within WSU so long as they follow all health and safety requirements (e.g., masking, social distancing, etc.) subject to their accommodation. However, even with an approved exemption/accommodation from WSU, students may still need to obtain approval from a clinical training site to engage in a clinical experience at that site per the Governor’s and Department of Health Mandate.  Clinical training sites may deny an unvaccinated student’s request for an exemption, which may impact their progression in the program.  Clinical training sites that have approved exemptions previously may discontinue exemptions in the future at their own will.

Incoming Nursing Students

Please review the Vaccination Admissions Policy.

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement for Employees

In accordance with Washington State Governor’s Proclamation 21.14.2, as a condition of employment, WSU employees must be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical/religious accommodation by time of hire. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving their final dose in a vaccine series. Vaccine or an approved accommodation will be verified prior to first day of work. Should you not be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical/religious accommodation you will not be able to start employment with WSU. Information regarding vaccine verification and/or requesting a medical/religious information is available on WSU HRS website. Please contact HRS at hrs@wsu.edu or 509-335-4521 if you have questions.

COVID Testing

Student testing:  Any student at WSU Health Sciences should seek testing (asymptomatic, screening, post-exposure, symptomatic) at Spokane Falls Community College Testing Site in the parking lot off of West Whistalks Way. The site is open from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and closed on Wednesdays. Drive up does not require an appointment although appointments are available online.

Faculty/staff testing: Faculty/staff post-exposure or symptomatic testing is available at Spokane Teaching Health Clinic by appointment. Appointments are available at 509-626-9900. Faculty/staff requiring asymptomatic testing and general screening should go to Spokane Falls Community College and access the drive/in or appointment services.

The College of Nursing will no longer have testing services available on-site unless conditions change or services are needed once again after the first of the year.

Mask Mandate

In light of Washington state’s 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

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) announced updates to state isolation and quarantine guidance for the general public, in alignment with the newly released recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

View updated COVID guidance from the DOH (pdf).

Academic Instruction

Pre-licensure BSN classes returned to in-person instruction this fall in Spokane, Yakima and the Tri-Cities. All students will receive information via their WSU email if/when plans change.

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 5 and over is eligible to receive a vaccine. 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.

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

Counseling

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.

Research