July 21, 2020

Dear Faculty, Students, and Staff,

I hope that everyone is staying well and safe during these difficult times. I know there is a great deal going on in the world and much uncertainty. I write today in hopes of providing at least one point of certainty about our fall quarter of instruction. We continue to pay close attention to guidelines from government and health officials about exactly when we can return to campus and what guidelines we must follow when we do. While certain areas are beginning to reopen, it is clear that a full return to campus for students and classes is not likely in the near future. We believe it is in the best interest of our students, faculty, and staff to plan to offer all courses normally schedule as in-class or mixed-mode via synchronous video (online) throughout the fall quarter as we have done for spring and summer quarter.

If more clear guidance suggests we are able to safely return to campus at some point in fall, we will announce a comprehensive plan to begin doing so. Until then, please plan for our current delivery in the fall quarter.

However, we will be offering in-person or face-to-face classes for international students. We are committed to supporting our international students in maintaining their studies, and despite recent positive news from Homeland Security if necessary, and allowed by the state and county, we will provide face-to-face instruction to maintain international students’ visa status. We have plans in place to be able to do so safely and ensure health and safety guidelines are followed.

Thank you and stay well,

Scott Carnz, City University of Seattle Provost

March 31, 2020

Paid Sick Leave & Expanded Family Medical Leave Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

On March 18, 2020, the federal government enacted landmark legislation providing paid sick leave and additional FMLA protection in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The legislation, which becomes effective April 1, 2020*, is intended to ease the economic impact of the global pandemic on employees.

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) is intended to help the United States combat and defeat COVID-19 by giving businesses (with fewer than 500 employees) funds to provide employees with paid leave, either for the employee’s own health needs or to care for family members.

In the link provided below, you will be directed to the Federal Poster that outlines who is an eligible employee and the available paid leave entitlements under the FFCRA. Emergency paid sick leave and paid family leave benefits will be available for employees to take beginning April 1, 2020*.


March 26, 2020

Dear Faculty, Students, and Staff,

City University of Seattle faculty have been preparing courses for the Spring Quarter these last two weeks. As you know, the Spring Quarter starts April 6, and face to face and hybrid courses will be delivered virtually through video conference through May 4, at least.

We know there is a possibility that we will need to provide remote learning for face to face and hybrid course for the entire quarter, and we are prepared to do so. CityU was among the first universities to embrace “online” teaching. We first started it in the 1990s; we got this, and we will help you get it, too.

With spring coming quickly, we are looking forward to providing students with a new experience, especially for those who previously only did courses only in person. If you have any questions about your courses, please talk to your advisor or faculty member. We are excited about what we have created for you, and we look forward to seeing you online on April 6th.

Thank you and stay healthy!

Randy Frisch

March 18, 2020

Dear Faculty, Students, and Staff,

We are closely monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and are doing our best to keep everyone safe. The situation is rapidly changing, but we know there are ways to decrease your risk of exposure, such as washing your hands for 20 seconds at least every hour and social distancing, which is keeping at least six feet away from others. As part of our effort to keep faculty, staff, and students safe, CityU’s Seattle campus staff will be working remotely until further notice. The building will not be open for students or the public. Our campuses in Everett and Tacoma will be open, but with a reduced staff. Please call ahead for an appointment with a faculty member or advisor.

We will continue you to provide updates to CityU’s main campus and our spring quarter as the situation continues and please visit the FAQ section below for more information.

Thank you, and please wash your hands hourly and practice social distancing! Let’s all stay healthy!

Randy Frisch

March 12, 2020

Dear students, faculty, and staff,

I want to update you on CityU’s response to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Currently, no members of the CityU community have been diagnosed with COVID-19. The University has thorough emergency procedures, and will continue to do everything we can to ensure the health and safety of our community. More information on our emergency procedures can be found at my.cityu.edu, under announcements. The University Epidemic/Pandemic plan is on SharePoint.

King County recommends that people who are at high risk, however, take additional precautions. You can get additional information from King County’s website.

It is important to emphasize that thus far the vast majority of people who have become ill with COVID-19 have experienced relatively mild symptoms, such as fever and cough. However, people who are at higher risk of illness should speak with their health provider about ways to lower their risk of infection. This includes people age 60 and older, those with underlying health conditions such as heart disease and lung disease, pregnancy and those who are immune-compromised. If you fall into one of these groups, or care for someone who does, please work with your advisor, manager and/or HR. Together you can determine leave options or other accommodations available to you.

As a reminder, we are following the precautionary measures from the WHO that are listed here. We will continue to assess the situation and update you as our recommendations change.

President Randy Frisch


Health and Wellness

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The novel coronavirus known as COVID-19, is a virus strain that has only spread in people since December 2019. COVID-19 is a new disease, and there is more to learn about how it spreads, the severity of illness it causes, and to what extent it may spread. For more information please visit the websites for the CDC and California Department of Public Health.
Patients with COVID-19 have reported mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms including fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure. Information suggests that older people and those with certain underlying health conditions like heart disease or lung disease, for example, seem to be at greater risk of serious illness.
COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly from person to person. This includes being within approximately 6 feet of an individual with COVID-19 for a prolonged period of time and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It may also be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it, then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.
If you are experiencing fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you live in or have recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread, tell your health care professional about your recent travel or contact. Your health care professional will work with your state’s public health department and the CDC to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19. Of course, if you feel like you need immediate help, call 911.


Take the CDC-recommended precautions to reduce your risk of exposure, including proper handwashing; avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in a trash receptacle; cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces; and avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

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