Our Plan for Fall 2021:
PLNU has returned to a hybrid or face-to-face learning modality in the Fall 2021 semester in accordance with state and county guidelines for those programs that were hybrid or face-to-face prior to the pandemic. Programs that were fully online before the pandemic will remain online.
This return to hybrid or face-to-face learning is dependent on particular programs, cohorts, and individual partner site expectations. For this reason, students will receive specific updates from their individual Program Director.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Find answers to frequently asked questions about PLNU operations for GPS students. These FAQs will be updated as new information becomes available. (Last update: September 7, 2021)
Will GPS students be able to opt for a fully remote fall?
In response to the pandemic, local, state, and federal guidelines, and to support the health and well-being of our students, we provided remote learning in the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters.
We believe we have made significant progress over the past year toward providing our students, faculty, and staff with a safe learning environment. A return to hybrid and face-to-face learning for those programs that were hybrid or face-to-face before the pandemic will provide a higher level of engagement in the classroom as well as provide space for in-person learning interactions between faculty and staff. Programs that were fully online before the pandemic will remain online.
This return to hybrid or face-to-face learning is dependent on particular programs, cohorts, and individual partner site expectations. More details will be provided to students from their Program Directors.
For students who have health concerns related to in-person learning, please reach out to PLNU’s Educational Access Center (EAC) at EAC@pointloma.edu. The EAC, formerly known as the Disability Resource Center (DRC), supports students in regard to accessibility issues at the university and will continue to operate in the same way as we emerge from the pandemic. Students will be required to provide information from their medical provider regarding specific health restrictions so that the university can evaluate potential reasonable accommodations.
Will the COVID-19 vaccination be required?
PLNU is currently not requiring a COVID-19 vaccination for the Fall 2021 semester, however, we strongly encourage it.
Individual academic programs may have additional or different immunization requirements due to the nature of the program or the requirements of external partners. This includes, but is not limited to, internship, clinical/field experiences, or PLNU programs offered at partner sites. All students participating in such programs will be required to meet all applicable requirements. External partners may restrict a student’s access to its facilities and/or activities if immunization requirements are not satisfactorily met. If necessary, students may request accommodations through PLNU's Educational Access Center (“EAC”), formerly known as the Disability Resource Center (DRC). Please consult with PLNU program directors and/or Student Success for more information.
What is PLNU's current masking policy?
Our updated masking policy effective August 4, 2021:
- Individuals on all PLNU campuses, regardless of vaccination status, must be masked indoors
- Individuals on all PLNU campuses who are unvaccinated should remain masked outdoors when 6 feet of distance cannot be maintained
- Individuals on all PLNU campuses who are vaccinated may remain unmasked outdoors
Testing will be required for all unvaccinated PLNU students enrolled in an in-person or hybrid program.
What does regular COVID-19 testing look like?
All unvaccinated PLNU students and employees will be required to participate in weekly COVID-19 saliva testing for Fall 2021. Graduate and Adult Degree Completion students who attend class more than twice per week will be required to take part in this regular testing. Fully vaccinated individuals do not need to participate in testing.
Proof of vaccination is required to bypass testing. If you have already been vaccinated, please remember to submit your vaccine records to the PLNU Wellness Center either through the QuickBase app or by email at email@example.com.
I’ve been fully vaccinated. What do I need to do?
To be considered “fully vaccinated” means the PLNU Wellness Center has documentation that the person received, at least 14 days prior, either the second dose in a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series or a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine.
Vaccines must be FDA approved; have an emergency use authorization from the FDA; or, for persons fully vaccinated outside the United States, be listed for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The PLNU Wellness Center does plan to offer limited vaccination appointments on the Point Loma campus. Walk-up appointments are readily available at public county sites and local pharmacies.
Contact PLNU Student Services:
All Student Services teams continue to be available virtually full-time to support students enrolled in PLNU’s GPS programs. This includes:
Student Success Counselors
Student Financial Advisors
Our Student Services team will continue to reach out to you — please continue to connect with them.