COVID-19 Info

Great Northern University has published a Safe-Back-to-School Plan that describes the precautions the University is taking as we begin in-person instruction for the 2020-2021 academic year. 

GNU is asking members of the university's community (students, staff, faculty, volunteers, etc) to voluntarily notify the university administration if they have a confirmed case of COVID, if they COVID-like symptoms, or if they have been exposed to COVID. Voluntary notification greatly improves the University's ability to maintain the health and safety of our campus. To notify, please send an email to

Please visit our COVID-19 Info page for more information about COVID-19, The University's response, and COVID related resources.  


Update: Friday, April 24, 2020: The GNU Campus continues to be closed in accordance with federal and state guidelines. Great Northern University will not return to in-person classes for the remainder of the semester, and will not re-open to the public until state and federal guidelines permit it. 

GNU staff and faculty continue to work and teach remotely, performing the essential functions necessary for students and their families. GNU is accepting applications for the 2020-2021 academic year, and classes will be held, in-person if permitted, or online if required. 

This page will be updated whenever possible with additional details of GNU's operations, including information regarding the resumption of normal, on-site, in-person, operations. 


Update: Tuesday, March 24, 2020: The GNU Campus is now closed to the public and will not be providing any public services in person, in compliance with President Trump's March 16th guidance. We will re-evaluate this on April 1st, in accordance with Federal, state, and local guidance at that time. 


Friday, March 13, 2020

Dear Great Northern University Students,

Good afternoon. First, I hope that you have enjoyed your Spring Break and that you have had the opportunity to relax, rest, and refresh.

Today, at 1:45 pm on Friday, March 13, Washington's Governor Jay Inslee restricted in-person classes, non-essential meetings, and activities at all public and private colleges and universities in the State of Washington, in response to the continued spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). This emergency proclamation extends from March 17th through the 24th of April. Thus, in order to continue our spring semester, we will need to transfer from in-person classes to online and/or distance instruction for the next six weeks. 

As of today, we are extending your Spring Break for one more week. Campus will be closed this next week. We will resume spring semester classes in this different format on Monday, March 23rd. The end of our spring semester will be the same.

In the upcoming week, we will finalize our plans for this transition. We will also provide additional training and coaching for our faculty members. In addition, we will  provide you with the needed training and resources for this transition. Our goal is to ensure the highest quality educational experience for you as possible. 

We will continue to correspond with you in the upcoming week. In addition, we will provide additional information about commencement and other details. Here are some additional facts about COVID-19 and how GNU is responding to the public health concern it presents. 

During the coming weeks, I would encourage you to be faithful and loving. We trust that God has allowed this season for His purposes, and I do not want you to miss Gospel-opportunities provided by this time of difficulty. Please continue to be faithful to your obligations such as rent and utilities. Be a supportive team player for your employers as they are making difficult decisions. All K-12 public and private schools in Washington State were cancelled today during the same time frame; if you have an opportunity to serve a family in your church or your neighborhood, please volunteer to help them during this time with childcare. Please seek ways to love people like our Savior does, who selflessly loved us. Please be praying for one another.

Thank you for your understanding during this time.

Please do not hesitate to connect with me if you have questions or concerns. 


Wendy L. Liddell