New Student Orientation 2020
We are eagerly awaiting your arrival here on campus. Preparing for New Student Orientation Week makes us all the more eager to see you! Speaking of New Student Orientation, we want to let you in on a few details that will be good to know. New Student Orientation Week starts with move-in day, which will be held Friday, Sept. 4, and Saturday, Sep. 5. The week following will be filled with some seriously fun and exciting events – events that will start the process of getting to know Whitworth and getting to know each other. You will jump right into college life the moment you move in, and we are so excited to share this journey with you! Keep an eye on your Whitworth email account – we will be sending more information your way in the months to come.
Be sure to follow us on Instagram @whitworthorientation for giveaways, campus introductions and inside information about Whitworth life. Use the #NewPirates2020 to share your photos leading up to move-in day and during Orientation.
Get excited! We certainly are.
–The New Student Orientation Team
The Whitworth Office of Student Activities is working to take special safety precautions in regards to orientation and the student move-in process amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Below are some FAQs that we hope will be helpful to you.
How is Orientation coming along?
The Office of Student Activities is diligently working on planning Orientation for Fall 2020. Follow our office on Instagram (@whitworthorientation) for updates and inside information regarding Orientation and what to expect. Our webpage at www.whitworth.edu/orientation is another good place to check for information.
Who should I contact if I have questions about Orientation?
When will students be allowed to move onto campus, and how has this processed been changed as a result of COVID-19?
We are currently looking to hold a two-day move-in process for new (Sept. 4 and 5) and returning (Sept. 7 and 8) students. Because of COVID-19, we are making some adjustments to how this process would normally work. For instance, we will be assigning students move-in times and limiting the number of people a student can bring to help them move in. Students and their families will be required to wear masks in public and hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout campus. We are also working with our custodial and residence life staff to do extra cleaning on these days so that high-touch areas will be wiped down multiple times a day. Our hope in adjusting elements of the move-in process is to limit the amount of interactions one has with people outside their family unit while in the residence halls. We are working with the Spokane Regional Health District on this process and believe we are making good decisions to keep everyone safe as they arrive. Look for more information this summer.
Will Whitworth be offering the shuttle service this year?
Due to student safety concerns this fall, the Whitworth Shuttle Service is suspended until further notice. We understand that this may be concerning and inconvenient for some students. We have negotiated a discounted rate with Spokane Taxi Cab for students who need transportation from the airport or bus/train station.
In order to get the special rate, students should let the driver know they are a Whitworth student when they are organizing their ride. A trip from the airport will cost $39 and a trip from the bus/train station will cost $20. Spokane Taxi Cab recommends that students call or go online in advance to schedule a ride.
As always, Uber and Lyft are also options to get to campus. Students can estimate the costs of these services on those apps. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate through this challenging time. Please don't hesitate to contact email@example.com if you have any questions.
What will the larger events during Orientation Week look like with new COVID-19 safety measures in place?
People will be seated in groups of four or less, so each student can have up to three people join them. Masks will be required at all events. Events like the Campus Worship Service will be held outdoors in The Loop using a box method. This means 10-foot boxes will be painted on the ground. Family units or members of the same "crew" will share a box and remain physically distanced from others. This box method will be utilized throughout Orientation Week.
Will parents be invited to Orientation Week events?
Parents will be invited to the Campus Worship Service on Sunday, Sept. 6, at 9:30 a.m. They will be asked to depart campus that day at 1 p.m. and may not attend the Crossover Ceremony.
How will traffic be managed on move-in weekends?
On all four move-in days (Sept. 4, 5, 7 and 8) the Loop Road will run one-way between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Enter at the main (east) entrance and exit on the west. All entering vehicles will be directed through health screening in the HUB parking lot. There will be cones, signage and traffic controllers in place at both entrances and around The Loop: Move In Map.