Coronavirus Information for the PLNU Community

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COVID-19 Information & Resources

Point Loma Nazarene University is responding to the COVID-19 outbreak in coordination with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the California Department of Public Health, the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency, and the broader higher education community in San Diego. This is an evolving situation, and updates are available from the California Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

For resources regarding COVID-19 please see the relevant FAQ sections below.

  • About COVID-19
  • Health, wellness, and prevention
  • University operations
  • Information for staff, faculty, and student workers
  • Information for parents
  • Classes and academics for students
  • Travel and study abroad
  • Student & scholar visas
  • Public health response and testing

 

Read the most recent updates to the PLNU Community.

 

Please note, this page is not intended to be all-encompassing and should not be considered to be providing medical or legal advice. In all instances, you should consult with a relevant expert for guidance specific to your circumstances.

About COVID-19

What is coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing respiratory illness in people and others circulating among animals. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can evolve and infect people and then spread between people. Previous coronavirus outbreaks have included severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believes the risk to the American public of becoming infected with this novel coronavirus is currently low. Because this is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation, the CDC will provide updated information as it becomes available, including any changes in the risk assessment.

How does it spread?

Although we have a lot to learn about this virus, it is currently believed that it spreads like other respiratory viruses- by people with the infection coughing and sneezing. These droplets are inhaled by other people or moved to the eyes, nose or mouth by contaminated hands.

What are symptoms of this infection?

Symptoms of COVID-19 may include the following:

  • Fever
  • Coughing
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

If you have returned in the past 14 days from travel to a country with a COVID-19 outbreak OR have been exposed to someone with confirmed COVID-19 AND are experiencing fever and respiratory symptoms (such as fever with coughing or difficulty breathing/shortness of breath), the CDC advises you to seek medical advice and call ahead to your health-care provider or nurse advice line.

Additionally, if you have NOT returned in the past 14 days from travel to a country with a COVID-19 outbreak OR have NOT been exposed to someone with confirmed COVID-19, but do have fever and respiratory symptoms seek medical advice and call ahead to your health-care provider or nurse advice line. Please do not show up at a clinic, urgent care, emergency room or other health facility without calling first. Your provider will need to take special measures to protect other people in the clinic. Telemedicine may also be available, enabling you to consult a provider from home.

I feel anxious about coronavirus. What should I do?

We recognize some members of our campus community are directly affected by the virus without themselves being sick. The news, and especially the uncertainty, can feel scary. Some also have concerns regarding family members and friends in other areas who are sick, or who are at increased risk.

If you feel distressed in any way, we want to help. Students can call Counseling Services at (619) 849-2574 to schedule an appointment with a counselor or to hear more about counseling resources on campus. Mental Health Crisis Consultation Services are available in the Wellness Center, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. PLNU employees can utilize the Employee Assistance Program. 

We should also come together as a campus to reject any and all xenophobia, bigotry, or racism brought about by the virus.

You can help prevent the spread of colds and other viral ailments by doing the following:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Wash your hands often and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched.

Where can I get more information on COVID-19?

For current information about this evolving public health situation, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2019 Novel Coronavirus page.

Other resources include:

Health, wellness, and prevention

What do I do if I feel sick?

If you are sick, stay home.

Practice good hygiene.

  • Avoid contact with others.
  • Do not travel while sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing, and immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean your hands by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol immediately after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.

Monitor your symptoms closely. Take your temperature daily.

Stay home from school and work until at least 72 hours after your fever ends, without the use of fever-reducing medications. If you must go out of the house or be around others, wear a mask and avoid close contact. Be especially careful around people who have compromised immune systems, underlying health conditions and/or are age 60 and older.

You should take steps you normally would when sick, including focusing on caring for your health, contacting your healthcare provider if you feel you need to, not attending class if contagious, and in the event you miss class due to illness, working with your instructor on any necessary arrangements for making up coursework. 

Take care of yourself. Rest as much as possible. Drink lots of fluids.

What do I do if I have confirmed or suspected COVID-19?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises you to:

  • Restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care.
  • Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home.
  • Do not go to work, school or public areas.
  • Avoid using public transportation, taxis, or ride-share.
  • Monitor your symptoms and call before visiting your doctor. If you have an appointment, be sure you tell them you have or may have COVID-19.
  • If you have one, wear a facemask around other people, such as sharing a room or vehicle, or around pets and before entering a healthcare provider’s office.
  • If you can’t wear a mask because it’s hard for you to breathe while wearing one, then keep people who live with you out of your room, or have them wear a facemask if they come in your room.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and throw away in a lined trashcan. Wash hands thoroughly afterwards. Soap and water is best.
  • Avoid sharing personal household items like dishes and glasses, or bedding.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. If you can’t wash your hands, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Rub hands together until dry.
  • Clean all “high touch” surfaces every day, such as counters, tables, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, phones, and keyboards.
  • Use a household cleaning product to clean, following the manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • If you are having a medical emergency, call 9-1-1. Notify dispatch that you have or may have COVID-19
  • Remain in home isolation for 7 days OR until 72 hours after your fever has resolved (and symptoms get better) whichever is longer.

Any member of the PLNU community suspecting they have contracted influenza or coronavirus should stay home. Students should call the Wellness Center at (619) 849-2574 — or their primary medical provider — prior to arriving at the medical office. This will allow us to provide you with information on your illness and plan for your visit to the clinic, if needed. 

The Wellness Center​, based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, has developed additional screening (by phone and at front desks) and has implemented additional protocols to help identify possible cases of coronavirus to provide optimal care for those with symptoms and to protect other patients and staff.

PLNU students should call the Wellness Center at (619) 849-2574 to speak with an advice nurse.

PLNU faculty and staff should call their health care provider immediately for care.

I have been in close contact with someone who has a confirmed case of COVID-19, what should I do?

Close contact is defined as being within approximately 6 feet (2 meters) of a person with confirmed COVID-19 for a prolonged period of time, or having direct contact with infectious secretions of a COVID-19 case (e.g., being coughed on) without wearing personal protective equipment.

If you had close contact with a person with confirmed COVID-19, but you do not have any symptoms (fever, coughing, shortness of breath):

  1. Stay at home for 14 days after your last contact with the ill person. Do not go to school or work. Avoid public places.
  2. During the 14 days, monitor your health for fever, cough and shortness of breath.
  3. Students should notify the PLNU Wellness Center at (619) 849-2574 by speaking with an advice nurse. PLNU faculty and staff should call their health care provider immediately for care.

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 infection — such as a fever, cough or shortness of breath — within 14 days of your return from personal or official travel to a country with a Level 3 Travel Health Notice (due to the novel coronavirus) OR have been in close contact with someone who has confirmed COVID-19, please take the steps listed below.

First: Call your health provider in advance. Please do not show up at a clinic, urgent care or other health facility without calling first. Your provider will need to take special measures to protect other people in the clinic. Telemedicine may also be available, enabling you to consult a provider from home.

Second: Check in with the Wellness Center at (619) 849-2574 for symptom monitoring among PLNU community members.

More information about potential exposure to COVID-19 can be found on the San Diego County and on the California Department of Public Health website.

I have COVID-19 symptoms but have not been around anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19. What should I do?

  • The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, and shortness of breath. These can be symptoms of other respiratory illnesses as well as COVID-19.
  • If you are in a high-risk category, and have symptoms of COVID-19, call your healthcare provider for advice. If you are at risk for serious illness, your healthcare provider may arrange a test for COVID-19.
  • If you do not have a high risk condition and your symptoms are mild, you do not need to be tested for COVID-19. Do not go out when you are sick, practice excellent hygiene, and wear a facemask when you are around other people if you can.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes. Avoid sharing personal household items. Clean your hands often. Clean all “high-touch” surfaces like doorknobs often.
  • Monitor your symptoms and call your health care provider if symptoms worsen.
  • Stay home and avoid others for 72 hours after your fever goes down and symptoms get better.

I want to get tested for COVID-19. Where can I go?

Testing is typically conducted by taking a swab at a health care provider’s office. Call ahead before visiting your healthcare provider.

Healthcare providers may test any patient in whom they suspect COVID-19. While testing is becoming more available, there are limitations in health care providers’ capacity to obtain samples and process lab results rapidly.

While there are no restrictions who can get tested, not everybody who feels ill needs to be tested, particularly if you have mild illness. If you are sick with fever, cough or shortness of breath and are in a high risk group, call your healthcare provider to discuss whether you should be tested for COVID-19.

People at high risk for complications from COVID-19 are:

  • People older than 60 years
  • People with chronic medical conditions
  • People with weakened immune systems
  • Pregnant people

If you are experiencing respiratory symptoms, please do not go to a health care provider before calling first. Please follow the directions in the “What do I do if I feel sick?” question if you are ill.

How do I help prevent the spread of viruses, including coronavirus?

You can reduce the risk of spreading coronaviruses by taking the same steps as you would to prevent infection from the flu and the common cold:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for a least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer, with 60-95% alcohol if water is not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow or a tissue when coughing or sneezing, and immediately dispose of the used tissue.

Should I wear a mask?

Public health agencies currently do not recommend that people wear masks when they are in public. Additionally, scientists are not sure whether wearing a mask in public actually keeps healthy people from getting sick. It’s most important for people who are sick to wear a mask in a healthcare setting (such as a waiting room) to avoid exposing other people when they cough or sneeze.

In some parts of the world, mask use is customary. People wear masks often for a variety of reasons, including to avoid pollen and air pollution, as a courtesy to others when they have the common cold, and for other cultural and even social reasons. Keep in mind that if we see our friends, neighbors or other community members wearing a mask we should not assume that they have been exposed to coronavirus or any other illness. Because mask use is customary in some cultures, it’s not appropriate to make assumptions about why someone is wearing a mask or to stigmatize or discriminate against people who choose to wear masks.

Are there steps individuals, families, and communities can take to help prepare if there is widespread transmission of COVID-19?

The CDC has a guide for individuals, families and communities on prevention and mitigation of the spread of viruses, including COVID-19. These steps include many of those listed above for personal health, as well as others relevant for broader community efforts.

I have family and friends in an area directly impacted by COVID-19. How can I manage my concern for them?

We recognize some members of our campus community are directly affected by the virus without themselves being sick. The news, and especially the uncertainty, can feel scary. Some also have concerns regarding family members and friends in other areas who are sick, or who are at increased risk.

If you feel distressed in any way, we want to help. Students can call Counseling Services at (619) 849-2574 to schedule an appointment with a counselor or to hear more about counseling resources on campus. Mental Health Crisis Consultation Services are available in the Wellness Center, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. PLNU employees can utilize the Employee Assistance Program. 

We should also come together as a campus to reject any and all xenophobia, bigotry, or racism brought about by the virus.

How should I clean and disinfect communal spaces?

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces (e.g., door knobs, tables, computer keyboards, handrails, exercise rooms).

Departments should use a disinfectant on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s list of Antimicrobial Products for Use Against Novel Coronavirus, an alcohol solution with at least 70% alcohol, or a 10% bleach/water solution to disinfect hard, non-porous surfaces. It is also recommended that all departments purchase single use disinfectant wipes for touch points within their work spaces.

Please avoid putting disinfectant gels or liquids on electronics and other equipment, including elevator buttons, unless they have been indicated as safe to use on those devices.

University Operations

Is PLNU cancelling classes? (updated 3/16/2020)

For Our Traditional Undergraduate Students on Our Point Loma Campus

Beginning March 23, all courses will be conducted by virtual instruction for the remainder of the spring semester. This includes labs and studio courses. The majority of practicums, clinicals, and other experiential learning opportunities have been paused and canceled. 

Given the availability of remote learning and continued guidance from state and federal officials as recently as this afternoon, we have made the difficult decision to close residence halls, with limited exceptions. We know that living in close proximity to others during a pandemic increases the possibility of transmission of a virus. Therefore, all PLNU students who live in the residence halls are encouraged to return home as quickly as possible and no later than March 20 at 10 p.m.

Since this transition extends to the end of the semester, students must take all personal items with them so that they can be fully engaged and ready for the academic remote learning experience.

We understand there are some students who may have personal hardship, financial hardship, or employment reasons to stay on campus, so we are preparing for a limited number of students to remain on campus for the foreseeable future and we will work closely with these students in the transition. Should you find yourself in this situation, please fill out this application to petition to remain on campus. These will be approved on a limited, case by case basis.

Residential Life staff will follow up with residential students to provide additional details and support for the move out process as well as support for those students who need to remain on campus.

This is a significant change for a residential community like PLNU. We will work to provide prorated refunds for room and board following the individual calculations regarding financial aid. Our team in Student Financial Services is already hard at work, but this will take some time as each account must be processed individually

These changes will not change the university academic calendar. Final exams, semester start and end dates, etc. will remain the same. 

For Our Adult Degree Completion Students on Our Community College Partner Campuses

The following hybrid adult degree completion programs on community college partner campuses and the PLNU Mission Valley Regional Center will begin fully online programming as of March 23: 

  • Business Administration at MiraCosta College
  • Criminal Justice at Southwestern College
  • Child Development at Cuyamaca College, MiraCosta College, PLNU Mission Valley Regional Center, and Southwestern College
  • RN-BSN at San Diego City College, Grossmont College, Palomar College, and Southwestern College
  • Computer Information Technology at Grossmont College, and MiraCosta College
  • Organizational Leadership at Cuyamaca College, PLNU Mission Valley Regional Center, and Southwestern College

Student Services: All PLNU admissions counselors formerly on-site at community colleges and student support services will now be available virtually should you have any questions. 

For Our Graduate Students 

As of March 23, the following programs will be fully operational online: 

  • Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Christian Ministry (English and Spanish)
  • Master of Arts in Education (Counseling and Guidance, Educational Administration, and Leadership in Learning)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching
  • All School of Education Certificate and Credential Courses
  • Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership
  • Master of Science in General Biology
  • Master of Science in Athletic Training
  • Master of Science in Kinesiology
  • Master of Science in Kinesiology, Integrated Wellness
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MBA (Evening and Daytime)

Student Services: PLNU student support services remain open and in operation virtually.

Will the chapel experience still be offered?

All chapel credit requirements have been waived for the spring semester, which will be reflected in the student portal. However, spiritual development will still be hosting virtual chapel on Instagram (@PLNUchapel) and YouTube. For more information, please visit pointloma.edu/chapel.

Are campus tours on our Point Loma campus being canceled?

We have cancelled our "Get to the Point!" Preview Day event as well as all admitted preview events in April. We will be in communication with all registered guests shortly. Regular weekday visit experiences and daily tours have also been cancelled for the foreseeable future. However, we will continue to work with students who are planning for their educational futures, with plans for a series of online “visit” options including in-depth dorm tours, chats with current students, financial aid workshops, and more coming soon via email and PLNU’s ZeeMee community. In the meantime, please feel free to email preview@pointloma.edu with any questions. 

Are you cancelling all of your events?

We are planning in line with California Governor Gavin Newsom’s March 11 announcement and updated policy on gatherings: “Non-essential gatherings must be limited to no more than 250 people, while smaller events can proceed only if the organizers can implement social distancing of 6 feet per person.”

How does this impact commencement? (updated 3/25/20)

After much deliberation and taking into account the health and wellbeing of our students, guests, staff and faculty, PLNU has made the decision to postpone the May commencement ceremonies and related celebrations to a later date. Specifically, we have rescheduled commencement ceremonies to take place on August 21 and 22 ahead of the fall 2020 semester. Additional details will be forthcoming as campus partners work, together with students, to build out this celebration weekend.

We recognize that the dynamic changes brought about by COVID-19 have impacted all of us in different ways. However, for those students expecting to graduate this May, this situation has been all the more difficult. Commencement is a monumental event that represents the culmination of significant academic achievement for PLNU students and their families. Given its significance, the decision to reschedule the ceremonies and surrounding events was weighed very carefully in line with public health guidelines.

As we move forward, we are grateful for your understanding and patience as we make decisions for the good of all of the PLNU Community commensurate with the global challenge of this health crisis. We know that this decision, in particular, may cause disappointment, frustration and deep sadness. As we move through this difficult time, we look forward to August when we can gather together in the Greek Amphitheatre to celebrate and honor the Class of 2020.

I’m a student-athlete; what should I do?

The athletics department staff and coaches should already be in communication with athletes and can provide the most up-to-date information for student-athletes and their families. Parents and student-athletes should reach out to the coaching staff with any further questions.

Will the semester be extended due to the transition to virtual instruction?

The transition to virtual instruction will not change the university academic calendar. Final exams, semester start and end dates, etc. will remain as scheduled. 

I don't live close by to move out all my things. What should I do? (updated 3/16/2020)

Based on guidance from state and federal officials, PLNU has made the difficult decision to close residence halls, with limited exceptions. We know that living in close proximity to others during a pandemic increases the possibility of transmission of a virus. Therefore, all PLNU students living in residence halls have been encouraged to return home as quickly as possible and no later than March 20. Residential Life staff will continue to follow up with residential students to provide additional details and support for the move out process as well as support for those students who need to remain on campus.

For those who may have been unable to fully move out prior to the March 20 deadline, PLNU Residential Life will be working with students and families to do so. Here are a few helpful clarifications:

  • If you are able to get your belongings and move home, please do so as soon as possible! Everyday our local, state, and national government are coming out with new restrictions. We cannot guarantee you will be able to get here or get home later. Now is the time to move out if you can.
  • If you cannot return to move your belongings out of the residence hall, please email your Resident Director about your situation as soon as possible. PLNU Residential Life will work with you to either set a later date to return for your belongings or find another solution to get you your things. Please do not put your safety at risk or buy plane tickets with exorbitant costs. We will work with you and students will not be fined or charged more as long as communication and coordination occur with Residential Life. 
  • If you are seeking an exemption to stay on campus, please click HERE to fill out the link if you have not already done so. Please note that PLNU will only be able to approve people with significant extenuating circumstances. 

If you have additional questions, please reach out to your Resident Director.

How does PLNU clean and disinfect?

We will continue the use of CDC-recommended cleaning materials that are effective against numerous pathogens and have increased the frequency of cleaning throughout campus, specifically high touch and traffic areas and other common areas.

Information for staff, faculty, and student workers

How does this impact on-campus student workers?

Student workers will soon receive communication from supervisors if they have not already. Students should communicate with supervisors regarding work as they move off campus. Regarding summer on-campus employment, PLNU is continuing to evaluate all summer programs in light of state and CDC recommendations. Supervisors will continue coordinating with human resources and student employees regarding all summer employment.

Are employees able to work remotely?

As of March 26, most of PLNU employees who are able to have transitioned to remote work opportunities. Any employees who do remain on campus, are adhering to state and CDC social distancing guidelines as PLNU falls under the higher education classification of an essential sector. As the situation continues to unfold, PLNU continues to evaluate the option to accommodate staff members as they work from home. Consistent with CDC guidelines, staff members over age 60 or with health conditions that may be at increased risk to contract COVID-19 are encouraged to contact your health provider for recommendations. If you have medical restrictions or other concerns and want to discuss additional work accommodations, please contact Human Resources. Remote work is to be coordinated with the supervisor and Human Resources.

We will continue to evaluate further remote work options as campus conditions change. Employees and supervisors who have additional questions are encouraged to reach out to HR for further assistance.

Information for Parents

Parent & Student Meeting 3/26/2020

Classes and academics for students

Will PLNU cancel classes? (updated 3/16/2020)

For Our Traditional Undergraduate Students on Our Point Loma Campus

Beginning March 23, all courses will be conducted by virtual instruction for the remainder of the spring semester. This includes labs and studio courses. The majority of practicums, clinicals, and other experiential learning opportunities have been paused and canceled. 

Given the availability of remote learning and continued guidance from state and federal officials as recently as this afternoon, we have made the difficult decision to close residence halls, with limited exceptions. We know that living in close proximity to others during a pandemic increases the possibility of transmission of a virus. Therefore, all PLNU students who live in the residence halls are encouraged to return home as quickly as possible and no later than March 20 at 10 p.m.

Since this transition extends to the end of the semester, students must take all personal items with them so that they can be fully engaged and ready for the academic remote learning experience.

We understand there are some students who may have personal hardship, financial hardship, or employment reasons to stay on campus, so we are preparing for a limited number of students to remain on campus for the foreseeable future and we will work closely with these students in the transition. Should you find yourself in this situation, please fill out this application to petition to remain on campus. These will be approved on a limited, case-by-case basis.

Residential Life staff will follow up with residential students to provide additional details and support for the move out process as well as support for those students who need to remain on campus.

This is a significant change for a residential community like PLNU. We will work to provide prorated refunds for room and board following the individual calculations regarding financial aid. Our team in Student Financial Services is already hard at work, but this will take some time as each account must be processed individually

These changes will not change the university academic calendar. Final exams, semester start and end dates, etc. will remain the same. 

For Our Adult Degree Completion Students on Our Community College Partner Campuses

The following hybrid adult degree completion programs on community college partner campuses and the PLNU Mission Valley Regional Center will begin fully online programming on Monday, March 16

  • Criminal Justice at Southwestern College
  • Child Development at Cuyamaca College, MiraCosta College, PLNU Mission Valley Regional Center, and Southwestern College
  • RN-BSN at San Diego City College, Grossmont College, Palomar College, and Southwestern College
  • Computer Information Technology at Grossmont College, and  MiraCosta College
  • Organizational Leadership at Cuyamaca College, PLNU Mission Valley Regional Center, and Southwestern College

Remaining PLNU face-to-face programs have some fully online courses within them and those online courses will continue during the week of March 16. These programs will be fully operational online by March 23:

  • Bachelor in Business Administration at MiraCosta College

Student Services: PLNU remains open and in operation with student support services available both virtually and in-person at the PLNU Mission Valley campus. All PLNU admissions counselors formerly on-site at community colleges will now be available virtually should you have any questions. 

For Our Graduate Students 

The following programs will begin fully online programming on Monday, March 16: 

  • Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership
  • Master of Arts in Christian Ministry (English and Spanish)
  • Master of Science in Kinesiology, Integrated Wellness
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice

Remaining PLNU face-to-face programs have some fully online courses within them and those online courses will continue during the week of March 16. These programs will be fully operational online by March 23:

  • Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Teaching
  • Master of Arts in Education (Counseling and Guidance, Educational Administration, and Leadership in Learning)
  • All School of Education Certificate and Credential Courses
  • Master of Science in General Biology
  • Master of Science in Kinesiology
  • Master of Science in Athletic Training
  • MBA (Evening and Daytime)
  • Master of Science in Nursing

Student Services: PLNU remains open and in operation with student support services available both virtually and in-person at the PLNU Mission Valley campus and Bakersfield campus.

Should my student stay home since all classes will be online? (updated 3/16/2020)

Beginning March 23, all courses will be conducted by virtual instruction for the remainder of the spring semester. This includes labs and studio courses. A faculty-led teaching transition team continues to develop plans for innovative instruction and course delivery in this virtual context.

Given the availability of remote learning and continued guidance from state and federal officials, we have made the difficult decision to close residence halls, with limited exceptions. We know that living in close proximity to others during a pandemic increases the possibility of transmission of a virus. Therefore, all PLNU students living in the residence halls have been encouraged to return home by March 20.

Since this transition extends to the end of the semester, students must take all personal items with them so that they can be fully engaged and ready for the academic remote learning experience.

Residential Life staff will follow up with residential students to provide additional details and support for the move-out process as well as support for those students who need to remain on campus.

After recently returning from a country with a Level 3 CDC travel notice due to coronavirus, I am following the guidelines to stay at home for 14 days. What will that mean for my coursework?

Since PLNU is making sure all of our lecture courses can be conducted virtually, you will have the ability to continue your coursework virtually.

Is PLNU continuing to accept applications for the summer term due to community college closure, etc,?

Yes! PLNU is continuing to accept applications for summer term. Please contact an enrollment counselor for additional information. 

Will PLNU be offering in-person appointments?

In place of in-person appointments, PLNU’s Graduate and Professional Studies team will be providing virtual appointment options. Please contact gradinfo@pointloma.edu for more. 

I’m currently renting textbooks from PLNU’s bookstore. Can I still use them? How will I return them when I’m done?

Though PLNU’s Common Knowledge bookstore will be closed after Friday, March 20 until further notice, students can take their rental books home with them to continue their studies through the end of the spring semester. You may return all rented books to the bookstore via a free mailing return label, which can be accessed through the rental portal at pointloma.bncollege.com.

In coordination with Barnes & Noble, PLNU’s bookstore will also be offering free shipping on any new online textbook or general merchandise orders. Bartleby is also offering free access to their online tutorial services through the end of the spring semester.

What services is Ryan Library still offering?

Ryan Library’s physical location will be closed after Friday, March 20, until further notice. However, reference staff will continue to remain available online to answer any research questions, provide curriculum support, and offer a variety of other services. For research help, email reflib@pointloma.edu, or message via pointloma.edu/ryanlibrary or text at (619) 592-8884.

Will PLNU consider relaxing its online class transfer policy?

Current PLNU policy regarding the maximum of 12 transfer units from online courses will be relaxed for the spring and summer sessions. All online courses to be transferred to PLNU must be approved by the Office of Records prior to registration.

How will PLNU's summer school courses be affected?

PLNU will still be offering summer school, however, all scheduled courses will be moved online. Fortunately, most courses were designed for online instruction, and all others will be transitioned to virtual instruction as well. Further information will be coming soon about which courses will be available over the summer. As of right now, summer school courses will continue to be graded on a traditional grading system, though we are committed to being as understanding as possible to what is most fair for our students.

I’m having difficulty with one or more of my online courses. How can I submit feedback to improve my virtual instruction experience?

As we transition to #VirtualPLNU, we want to ensure we stay consistently connected as a community and provide the opportunity to hear your voice. As we strive to improve our virtual instruction, we are asking you to please help us learn and share your experiences, including successes, challenges, open questions, and how you think we can improve at this traditional undergraduate student feedback link or this graduate and ADC student feedback link on your Canvas dashboard. These are live links that you can continue to provide feedback through for the remainder of the semester.

Travel and study abroad

Are there restrictions on travel by PLNU employees?

PLNU has temporarily postponed university-sponsored travel to China and all CDC Warning Level 3 countries until further notice. 

Effective immediately, faculty and staff are prohibited from all university-sponsored travel, including domestic, through April 30. This includes attendance at academic and professional conferences. Any appeals to this policy must be approved by the provost, chief financial officer, or the president.

This does not apply to personal travel. However, we strongly recommend reviewing the travel warnings that advise against travel to China and other high risk areas at this time. The following travel advisories are currently in effect:

In addition, a number of U.S. and international airlines have suspended flights to and from China. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has either barred or severely restricted entry to the U.S. for travelers from China.

What should I do if I traveled to a country with a Level 3 Travel Health Notice due to COVID-19, such as China, Iran, Italy, or South Korea?

If you are a PLNU student or employee who has chosen  to travel to a Level 3 Travel Health Notice country, in order to safeguard community health and wellness, the university will restrict returning travelers — students, employees, and campus visitors, including students enrolled at the Early Childhood Learning Center (ECLC) — from coming to campus for 14 days.

  • If you are an employee who plans to visit or has returned from a CDC Level 3 Travel Warning Country, please contact: humanresources@pointloma.edu.
  • If you are a student (not currently on study abroad) who plans to visit or has returned from a CDC Level 3 Travel Warning Country, please contact: president@pointloma.edu.

How does this impact study abroad?

PLNU’s Office of Global Studies (OGS) is in touch with students in regard to their particular program and location. Some students remain in programs that are active while others are trying to transition to completion programs, but not all are finished with their plans. Students should be in contact with their provider and communicate with OGS.

Based on the most recent developments and CDC guidelines, all third-party study abroad partners have suspended their programs in Italy, effective immediately. Given these decisions to suspend programming and continued guidance from the CDC, PLNU has strongly urged any remaining PLNU study abroad students currently in Italy to return home. Both of PLNU's partner providers are in the process of developing remote learning options for these students to complete their academic coursework.

How is PLNU helping students who aren’t in Level-3 countries come home?

PLNU’s Office of Global Studies (OGS) is in touch with students in regard to their particular program and location. Some students remain in programs that are active while others are trying to transition to completion programs, but not all are finished with their plans. Students should be in contact with their provider and communicate with OGS.

I'm currently outside the U.S. on official travel for PLNU or planning an overseas trip. Who can I contact for support or questions?

If you are an employee who plans to visit or has returned from a CDC Level 3 Travel Warning Country, please contact: humanresources@pointloma.edu.

If you are a student (not currently on study abroad) who plans to visit or has returned from a CDC Level 3 Travel Warning Country, please contact: president@pointloma.edu.

Student & scholar visas

If the PLNU decision on March 23 is to move to remote teaching, can I return home for classes; will my F-1 SEVIS record remain valid?

Beginning March 23, all courses will be conducted by virtual instruction for the remainder of the spring semester. This includes labs and studio courses. The majority of practicums, clinicals, and other experiential learning opportunities have been paused and canceled. 

Universities nationwide are waiting for clarification from the U.S. government about this question of SEVIS/I-20 validity. We will post updated information as soon as the government provides an answer.

The government provided general guidance earlier this week that made accommodations for students already/currently in the U.S. regarding online study. It is currently unclear whether SEVIS records/I-20s can remain active if students exit the U.S. for online study.

Public health response and testing

Can you tell us more about any PLNU community members who are being screened for coronavirus?

As you are aware, the situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19) is evolving rapidly across the United States. To date, there have been no confirmed cases of the virus on PLNU’s campus. 

However, on March 9 the County of San Diego announced the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in San Diego, which resulted from international travel. Health officials reiterated that there have been no cases detected in which novel coronavirus has moved from person to person in the broader San Diego community. 

We remain in close contact with local and national public health authorities, including: San Diego County Public Health Services, the California Department of Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Please continue to review this information, practice daily preventative care, and remain calm.

How are you following up with people who were in contact with anyone being tested?

The PLNU Wellness Center is a member of the California Health Alert Network and we receive immediate notifications and alerts from county and state public health authorities. PLNU is also an active member of the San Diego College and University Public Health Coalition. As a result, we are linked to a network of higher education institutions with a real-time database and have protocols in place.

PLNU has implemented measures to protect our community should a patient be identified in the future. In such a case, we would have immediate engagement with San Diego County Health. Additionally, all students seeking care at the Wellness Center are being asked about recent travel or contact with people who have traveled to the area impacted by COVID-19

Local health departments closely monitor people who are at potential risk and have protocols for contacting individuals who may have been in close contact with PLNU community members being screened for the novel coronavirus, such as roommates.

Should any PLNU community member be diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, the relevant local health department and the PLNU would initiate appropriate protocols to protect the health of anyone deemed to be at risk.

This isn’t that big of a deal. Why are you taking such drastic measures?

The COVID-19 situation is a serious and global concern that our government and public health agencies are addressing with several actions. The presidential administration, through the Center for Disease Control, has been issuing guidance for many different organizations and individuals. Additionally, San Diego Public Health Services has been advising the steps to be taken in our community, even though the community risk is still low. However, all universities in San Diego and many across the country have taken actions similar to PLNU. We are continuing to operate the campus and provide services and support for students.

Who can I contact for media purposes?

For media inquiries, please contact Jill Monroe, Director of Public Affairs, at jillmonroe@pointloma.edu or (619) 813-0679.