Frequently Asked Questions about Employees Returning to Campus

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June 12: Added two questions related to scheduling events and contacting Gonzaga University Event Services Team (GUEST) at the bottom of this page.

Updated June 12, 2020, 8:15 p.m.

This is dependent on several factors:  

  1. Whether you need to remain at home for the health and safety of yourself or a family member who would be especially susceptible to the COVID-19 virus if exposed
  2. Whether your work can be completed effectively while remaining at home
  3. The plans and needs of your individual department
  4. Updated information and guidelines from county and state health officials

In early summer, supervisors will be developing plans to slowly transition employees back to campus when Spokane's Phase 3 begins. The goal is to incrementally increase on-campus staffing up until start of academic year in accordance with State and public health authorities. Supervisors should be providing employees with the Return to Campus Guide which will provide details.


In support of the campus community health and safety, access to Gonzaga University facilities will remain restricted for the Fall Semester. Beginning Aug. 25, your Gonzaga ID card will provide you access to the buildings where you work, academic buildings, and facilities that provide services to all employees. All facilities will be locked and only accessible with your ID card, therefore you must carry your Gonzaga ID card with you at all times in order to gain access. Gonzaga is operating in this way in order to reduce the density of people in facilities, reduce the incidents of non-community members access, and to aid in COVID-19 contact tracing. Similarly, students will only have access to common facilities as well as their own residence hall and all academic buildings. There will be a brief pause on these restrictions during New Student Orientation and move-in from August 25-August 30, but then restrictions will resume.

Common spaces all employees and students can access with their ID Card:

  • Cataldo Hall
  • College Hall
  • Crosby Center
  • Foley Center
  • Hemmingson Center
  • Rudolf Fitness Center
  • Duff’s in Kennedy
  • Mail Room

If you have questions or concerns about access, please call Campus Security and Public Safety at 313-2222.

Added August 19, 2020


Yes. In accordance with recommendations from county health partners, employees reporting to campus will conduct symptom monitoring every day before coming to campus. Employees living on campus should conduct symptom monitoring every day before departing their residences for work-related purposes. Employees should be ready to attest that they:

  • are free from COVID-19 symptoms;
  • have not been diagnosed with COVID-19;
  • have not been exposed to COVID-19; or
  • have been informed to self-isolate/quarantine until they have consulted with their medical provider.

Attestations, which is a confirmation of your health status, will be available through an online/mobile form or verbally with your supervisor.


In short, yes. Face coverings must be worn by all employees working on campus in the presence of others (i.e. not working alone) and in public settings where other physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., common workspaces, meeting rooms, classrooms, etc.). Appropriate use of face coverings is critical to minimize risks to others near you. You can spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick. The face coverings are not a substitute for physical distancing. The University will provide two (2) cloth face coverings and one (1) face shield per employee.


Our Facilities task force is evaluating areas where workstation modifications or plexiglass shields may be installed, and we’re asking department directors to assess their space and submit requests for specific workstations where modifications are appropriate.


Virtual meeting options will continue to be supported and offered for all meetings. University departments need to evaluate equipment needs. All ordering should be in consultation with ITS to ensure appropriate devices are being ordered, as well as any bulk purchasing considerations.


We have a 3-part plan for thorough and regular cleaning: Custodial staff will continue sanitizing all buildings according to COVID-19 guidelines; each department will have some responsibility in common areas; and individuals are asked to regularly sanitize their own phones, computers, desktops, etc.


GU is in close collaboration with the Spokane Regional Health District, which coordinates contact tracing for COVID-19 positive cases and for individuals who may have been exposed. The university is developing processes to more readily support SRHD contact tracing in preparation for our students returning to campus. Two primary steps will ensure we know how to reach people who may have been in contact with a person who is infected:

  1. All buildings are accessed by card key only, which tracks who enters and at what time; we’ll also ask employees to swipe cards when exiting, in order to have complete information on a building’s occupants at any time.
  2. All departments will keep visitor logs to record guests to the area (including campus visitors, vendors, and on-campus staff from other departments).

We will provide regular updates to this website and the myGU ZagOn 2020 site. Also, Human Resources will offer online trainings and Town Hall meetings via Zoom. Watch your email for upcoming dates/times.


Please do your part by washing your hands, keeping 6 feet apart from others, staying home when necessary, and taking extra precautions not to touch common surfaces. For example, press the automatic door opener button with an elbow rather than grabbing the door handle. When you are working on campus, wipe down shared equipment and areas before and after use (copiers, conference rooms, etc.).  These simple measures make a difference.


As always, start with your supervisor or your department director. If necessary, reach out to your HR Partner in Human Resources.


At this time, both the internal and external reservation inquiry portals at are temporarily inactive due to the uncertainty of space assignments for the new academic year 2020/2021.

If you have an urgent request, please contact GUEST directly at (509) 313-6854 or (509) 313-7202.


Please reach out to any of the following GUEST team members for questions or concerns. We look forward to hearing from you.