Coronavirus Information for the PLNU Community

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Our Plan for Fall 2020: Authentically Loma

Our Commitment to You: While many things may change, the important things will not.

October 5, 2020: The fall semester at PLNU is underway. After considerable evaluation, close conversations with the County of San Diego, experiences from peer institutions, and consultation within the PLNU community, the decision has been made to maintain virtual instruction for the remainder of the Fall 2020 semester. This includes graduate and adult programs. PLNU has expanded the number of undergraduate students permitted to reside on campus through The Office of Residential Life’s housing exemption process.

While San Diego has been placed in the red tier ("substantial") of Governor Newsom's Blueprint for a Safer Economy, we are still waiting for the release of an official state public health order to implement the tiers. Beyond that, the County of San Diego continues to prioritize virtual instruction.

The Spring 2021 semester will mark a return to campus in a modified face-to-face learning experience and increased housing for students. We anticipate that there will be some limitations that will require hybrid formats and experiences. But based on our conversations with the County of San Diego, we are confident that our decision to begin the Spring 2021 semester on March 1, places PLNU in a strong position to begin the semester together, learning and living together in community with appropriate health and safety measures.   

As an institution that prides itself on fostering community, connection, and relationship, this change in plans is deeply disappointing. Nevertheless, we are confident that we will be able to continue providing the full, holistic PLNU experience you’ve come to expect.

Our students’ academic progress is as important now as ever. That’s why we’re combining what we’ve learned from the spring 2020 semester, as well as the careful planning and creativity of faculty and staff, to continue providing an education focused on academic, personal, and spiritual growth.

With your continued input, we will continue to learn and perform even better until we can come back to campus together as soon and as safely as possible. In the meantime, we will continue to provide the most up-to-date information below. Thank you for your understanding, feedback, and prayer.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the plan for limited residential housing on campus?

Based on updated guidance from the California Department of Public Health and clarity from the County of San Diego, PLNU provided an option for additional, limited residential housing on campus. Nearly all residence hall rooms are occupied with only one student. Students that were approved by the PLNU Office of Residential Life for increased on-campus housing have been contacted and moved in on September 12 and 13. All students were tested upon arrival to PLNU and before moving into any PLNU residence hall.

Students living on campus have access to all typical support and services, with some modifications, including:

  • Public Safety (24/7/365)
  • Package Pick Up (M-F, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.)
  • Food Services
    • Based on San Diego County Health regulations, Sodexo will provide takeout dining, extensive outdoor dining, and indoor seating opened at 25% capacity.
    • Dining Hall Hours:
      • M-F: Breakfast 7 – 9 a.m.; Lunch 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.; Dinner 5 – 6 p.m.
      • Sat. & Sun.: Brunch 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Dinner 5 – 6:30 p.m.
    • Bobby B's is open M-F, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (online orders only)
    • Breaker's Market is open M-F, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • RLC Computer Lab & Printer (open daily from 9 a.m. – 11 p.m.)
  • Ryan Library Virtual Services
    • Librarians are available by phone or email to assist with exploring e-books, online videos, or other digital resources. Contact information for all library faculty and staff is available in our Library Directory.
  • Nicholson Commons ARC (open daily from 7 a.m. – 11 p.m. for study; WiFi available)
  • Commuter/Veteran Lounge (open daily from 7 a.m. – 11 p.m. for study; WiFi available)
  • Bookstore (M-F, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
  • IT Help Desk (view hours and contact information)
  • Prescott Prayer Chapel (open daily from 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.)
  • Soccer Field / Track (open daily, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 7 – 9 p.m.)
  • Tennis Courts (open daily, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 7 – 9 p.m.)
  • On and Off-Campus Shuttle Service

More details on expanded residential housing.

How is PLNU maintaining a safe and healthy campus?

We have instituted robust protocols for all PLNU campuses to remain safe environments. These protocols required significant investments in testing equipment, tracing resources, sanitation supplies and schedules, technology enhancements in our classrooms, plexiglass protection, and extensive changes and additions to our campuses to accommodate social distancing.

PLNU's COVID-19 Reporting and Data page is updated weekly by noon PST and includes the number of positive COVID-19 test results reported among members of the PLNU community. Ongoing COVID-19 testing for students, faculty, and staff on campus will continue indefinitely.

Face coverings are required to be worn by all individuals (faculty, staff, students, and campus visitors) in ALL buildings on a PLNU campus and in ALL outside campus areas where social distancing is not possible, when in groups or where congestion is likely. This includes Caf Lane, the entrance to Nicholson Commons, and outside of the ARC on the Point Loma campus.

All PLNU students, faculty, and staff who visit a PLNU campus are asked to complete a daily symptoms check via CampusClear. You can complete the daily check via the CampusClear app on your smartphone or on a desktop at the following CampusClear link

More details on our plan for campus safety.

What does virtual instruction look like?

Within virtual instruction and learning, the only things that have changed regarding the academic experience are the different blended modalities that engage students with content. Faculty still actively engage students in the classroom (through new smart classroom technology) and within online Canvas courses (which face-to-face classes are normally built within).

In some cases, students will need to complete some online work in advance of the face-to-face/synchronous class sessions so they can follow the professor’s teaching or productively engage in the classroom discussions — this work ahead of class and often submitted online also happens in the face-to-face environment. Quizzes and tests may be given online using the Honorlock proctoring software or assessments of student learning may be accomplished through other papers or assignments.

Remote learning provides an opportunity for faculty and students to remain engaged with one another while working through the content of their classes across different locations and time zones. Many of the same classroom strategies used in a face-to-face environment can translate well to the virtual classroom. This includes live lectures, discussions, group work, testing, and Q&A.

Read more about our specific changes and plans regarding virtual instruction and learning.

Learn more about what the remote learning experience looks like this fall for the following programs:

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