Coronavirus Information for the PLNU Community

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For Our Graduate & Degree Completion Students

As of Tuesday, July 28, PLNU has determined to commence with remote instruction for the fall 2020 semester. It is our understanding that higher education institutions in California will not be allowed to move beyond a virtual modality until the state moves into Stage 3 of recovery. The most up-to-date direction from Governor Gavin Newsom, as well as the County of San Diego, makes clear that all public and private colleges and universities, just as public school districts, need to continue classes online.

Guidance from the Governor is crucial to PLNU’s fall operations because it provides the County of San Diego and those counties where PLNU operates, with sufficient information and context to potentially amend their public health order that currently limits colleges’ and universities’ operations and modality of instruction. Without the Governor’s guidance, the County of San Diego has indicated they will likely not amend their health order and we cannot resume any in-person or hybrid instruction until that happens. This includes graduate and adult programming. 

*Final exams, semester start and end dates, etc. will remain the same.

Many of our Graduate and Professional Studies programs, including adult degree completion programs at regional community college sites, were already scheduled to be remote through the fall. But this decision does represent some changes for certain programs as formats vary by program type.

While we are still a month from the start of GPS programs, we continue to await higher education guidance that could allow us to modify these fully remote plans. If we are approved to return to our hybrid modality for specific programs, before or during the fall term, we are prepared to do so as appropriate. No matter what, we will also accommodate those students choosing to continue with remote instruction for the entire fall term. 

GPS Program Town Halls

To learn more about PLNU’s approach and what remote learning will look like this fall, all GPS students will be invited to a series of GPS Program Town Halls hosted by their program directors over the next two weeks. In addition to any program format changes, students will have the opportunity to learn more about ongoing support services and ask program-specific questions. 

More information on these events will be shared by program directors and placed on the website on Monday, August 3.

Virtual Student Services

All Student Services teams continue to be available virtually full time to support you in this virtual transition. This includes:

Student Success Counselors
(619) 563-2850

Student Financial Advisors
(619) 563-2882

Career Services

Pastoral Care

Director of ADC Spiritual Care
Gordon Wong
(808) 429-1129

Graduate Program Chaplains:

Bakersfield: Brent Kall
(530) 933-9979

Liberty Station: Dave Hazel
(913) 231-3975

Mission Valley: Gordon Wong
(808) 429-1129

You may also feel free to join us for virtual chapel every Wednesday at 9:45 a.m. PDT on Instagram (@PLNUchapel) and YouTube.

Our Student Services team will continue to reach out to you — please continue to connect with them.

Additional Learning Remotely Resources

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