Evergreen's Response to COVID-19

Find out about rules and policies as we come together more in person this fall. We want to keep our community safe while delivering the best possible teaching and learning experiences at Evergreen.

Fall 2021: What You Need to Know

We know that vaccination is the most effective weapon against this virus. In pursuit of that important goal, we are following guidance from the Washington State Department of Health (PDF) for higher education.

If you want to attend in-person or hybrid Evergreen programs and courses, or teach and work on our campuses, you must provide proof of vaccination or apply for a religious or medical exemption.

We are also using strategies such as masking, distancing, ventilation, monitoring, and testing. Read more detail about Evergreen's strategies for a safe Fall 2021.

Vaccination requirements

Mask Policy

As of August 27, Evergreen is now requiring masks for everyone indoors, regardless of vaccination status.   

Please note that this is a change from our previous practice that allowed fully vaccinated and verified groups to operate without masks.  

There are a few exceptions to the masks-for-all-indoors policy. If you are working solo in a space with the door closed, operating a vehicle alone, inside your assigned dorm room, actively eating and drinking in designated places, you may be unmasked. You can read the full policy, which includes guidance on mask wearing and enforcement, here.

Our hope is that we can adjust this policy as the situation around the pandemic improves.

Late Summer 2021: What You Need to Know

*Subject to change based on current guidance

Additional information is available for current students, staff and faculty on Community Ready, Evergreen’s COVID-19 Health and Safety website.

Community ready: closing the distance, preparing together

Campus Services

We are committed to supporting students with the resources needed to learn and thrive at Evergreen. Over the summer, most offices on campus are offering services remotely. Some other important details:

  • Student housing is open. Dining is available to-go only.
  • The Library is open to students, staff, and faculty (we offer curbside pickup to alumni/community members). Media Loan also offers extended loan periods and contact-less pickup by appointment.

  • Limited access to the cashier is available by appointment.

  • The Greener Bookstore is offering mail and curbside service.

See the current students page or the campus directory for other services and offices on campus.

COVID-19 Cases in the Evergreen Community

Current case counts and reporting information are available on the COVID-19 Health and Safety website.

General Information About COVID-19

Please refer to these local, state, and national agencies for current information:

Emotional and Mental Health

We know this has been a tough period, especially for those already facing health disparities and inequities. If COVID-19 is impacting your ability to handle daily life and you would like to talk with someone:

Resisting Stigmatization, Bias, and Xenophobia

  • Rely on and share trusted sources of information.
  • Speak up if you hear, see, or read stigmatizing or harassing comments or misinformation.
  • Show compassion and support for individuals and communities more closely impacted.
  • Avoid stigmatizing people who are in quarantine. They are making the right choice for their communities.
  • Do not make assumptions about someone’s health status based on their ethnicity, race or national origin.
  • Evergreen Non-Discrimination policy and Social Contract
  • Find out more from the CDC about how to reduce stigma and fight misinformation.

If you have questions

General questions about the status of campus services or other issues related to COVID-19 can be sent by email to covid@evergreen.edu.