For Traditional Undergraduate Students
PLNU has planned for an in-person Fall 2021 semester in accordance with state and county guidelines. The completion of the Spring 2021 semester, marked a successful return to campus and this experience will ensure that our students, faculty, and staff are together and safe.
What you have to look forward to at Point Loma:
- Engaging academics
- Meaningful interactions between students and faculty
- New improvements in classroom gathering options and technology
- Comprehensive wellness resources as we continue to navigate COVID-19
- Transformational spiritual life opportunities
- New ways for students to engage and connect
As the Delta variant continues to spread nationally and within our own community of San Diego, PLNU’s medical team in partnership with our COVID-19 Task Force has updated our policy for masking in response to the CDC’s latest guidelines and California Department of Public Health Recommendations.
Our updated masking policy effective August 4, 2021:
- Individuals on a Point Loma campus, regardless of vaccination status, must be masked indoors
- Individuals on a Point Loma campus who are unvaccinated should remain masked outdoors when 6 feet of distance cannot be maintained
- Individuals on a Point Loma campus who are vaccinated may remain unmasked outdoors
Other Fall 2021 FAQs
Find answers to frequently asked questions about PLNU operations for students and parents. Faculty and staff can find additional updates here. These FAQs will be updated as new information becomes available. (Last update: September 7, 2021)
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.
Accordingly, the CDC recommends that Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) with mixed populations of individuals who are fully vaccinated and those who are not, should:
- Implement entry screening testing at the beginning of the term. Individuals given the entry test should be required to receive a negative result prior to accessing campus; and
- Provide serial screening testing for asymptomatic and unvaccinated individuals without COVID exposure to reduce transmission.
Individuals with questions regarding vaccinations should contact the PLNU Wellness Center at email@example.com.
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).
Will COVID-19 testing be required?
All unvaccinated PLNU students and employees will be required to participate in a weekly C19 saliva testing for Fall 2021. Testing will be stratified based on housing/office location. There may also be other requirements for those not vaccinated such as mandatory quarantine in the event of an outbreak. Our medical team within the Wellness Center is closely monitoring data on a daily basis to ensure our approach is metrically informed.
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 Wellness Center either through the QuickBase app or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will masking be required for vaccinated people?
Individuals on the Point Loma campus who are vaccinated may remain unmasked outdoors. All individuals regardless of vaccination status must be masked indoors with the exception of students in their personal residence hall room or when you are alone in an office or contained space.
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).
If you have already been vaccinated, please remember to submit your vaccine records to the Wellness Center through the QuickBase app.
The PLNU Wellness Center does plan to offer limited vaccination appointments on the Point Loma campus this Fall. Walk-up appointments are readily available at public county sites and local pharmacies.
What will the classroom experience look like?
We plan for in-person classes as much as it is compliant with and possible within county and state guidelines. Even within California’s tiered system this Spring 2021 semester, we welcomed students in-person for indoor labs, studio courses, and clinicals; we expanded our academic delivery to offer fully face-to-face outdoor courses; and we offered hybrid courses as well as fully virtual courses.
Will large gatherings/meetings be allowed?
To some extent, yes, with modifications. At PLNU we anticipate continuing to put appropriate health and safety measures in place to protect against widespread transmission. Given the high transmission rate of the Delta Variant in San Diego County, PLNU will follow CDC Food Service and Communal Dining guidance for higher education to limit campus-based transmission. This policy is subject to change based on the current rates of COVID-19 in San Diego County.
- Masks are required for ALL attendees at any indoor event.
- Indoor events may remain at capacity without distancing when all attendees are masked at all times.
- Communal dining will be staggered to offer outdoor seating and reduced occupancy indoors.
- University events where food or drinks are served indoors should be limited to 25 guests. Events hosting more than 25 people should be moved to the outdoors where ventilation aids in reducing transmission.
- Any events indoors serving beverages only are permissible with no capacity limits. Masks should be worn except when actively drinking.
Will students be able to opt for a fully remote fall?
While the vast majority of our classes will be taught in person, a few courses will be available in an online-only or a hybrid format. You may find these in Workday, under the “Delivery Mode” section.
For students who have health concerns related to in-person learning, please reach out to PLNU’s Educational Access Center (EAC) at email@example.com. 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 their specific health restrictions so that the university can evaluate potential reasonable accommodations.