Coronavirus Information for the PLNU Community

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Point Loma Nazarene University Coronavirus Updates

This resource page provides the latest updates on COVID-19 and any impact to the PLNU campus and/or university-sponsored travel. More information about COVID-19 is available on the CDC website at cdc.gov/covid19.

PLNU leadership is closely monitoring the worldwide situation regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the changing advisories and conditions which may affect the university. We are doing everything we can to mitigate our campus exposure and to be prepared to respond quickly should conditions change. 

For general questions about COVID-19 and PLNU operations please reference our Information & Resources page. 


UPDATES

3/25/20
4 p.m. PST

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.


3/16/20
3 p.m. PST

President Bob Brower shares an important update with the PLNU community.

PLNU is closely monitoring the worldwide situation regarding COVID-19 and how that may affect the university. We are doing everything we can to mitigate our exposure and to be prepared to respond quickly should conditions change.

Send questions and feedback to covid19info@pointloma.edu

 


Campus Events

We are limiting campus events and access to campus from outside groups. PLNU is canceling or postponing non-essential events with an expected attendance of 100 or more through April 13. This includes chapel services. 
Alternative modalities for chapel are being developed, including online opportunities. 


Spring Commencement

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.

 

Enhanced Campus Cleaning

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.


Campus Decision Making

Please know, the PLNU campus remains safe. The transition to online learning while maintaining regular campus service - including residence halls - is in line with other colleges and universities in our region and allows our community to practice “social distancing” as recommended by public health officials.

We fully appreciate that these steps are inconvenient, disruptive, and disappointing for many. We understand the significant value of learning face-to-face in the classroom and our strong student-faculty engagement. We also recognize that this situation is rapidly changing and calling on us to implement extraordinary and temporary measures to support the wellbeing of our community. 


We will keep you informed of any developments.

Campus Updates

March 16, 2020 - PLNU Semester and Class Update

We have no information indicating that we have, or have had, any individual infected with COVID-19 on any of our campuses or at any of our partner sites. Nevertheless, we are taking proactive steps for our community. The following decisions are informed by 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.

As per our previous update, 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

Regardless of where our students reside or how they learn, PLNU remains committed to shaping students’ academic, personal, and spiritual growth, even in this unusual time.

This past week, a faculty-led Teaching Transition Team began work to develop innovative means of instruction and course delivery in this virtual context. Additionally, our teams in Student and Spiritual Development are currently identifying and creating opportunities for student involvement and engagement to further extend the PLNU experience throughout the semester. 

March 13, 2020 - PLNU Semester and Class Update

For Our Traditional Undergraduate Students on Our Point Loma Campus

The university is taking careful steps to best serve our community in these challenging days by moving toward a remote class environment in light of COVID-19. We have engaged in extensive conversations and sought expert advice and counsel in order to arrive at the best protective options possible. We would like to announce a few important decisions and provide an update on virtual instruction and housing.

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. 
  • Clinical, practicum, and student teaching courses may reopen in April at the discretion of the host providers. Students should consult with faculty regarding these courses.
  • Residence halls, the Caf, and all student support services will remain open. Our teams in Student and Spiritual Development are currently identifying and creating opportunities for student involvement and engagement to further extend the PLNU experience. These uncommon times call for us to find unique ways to engage with our students. We would love for all of our students to play a role in building this together.
    • ALL STUDENTS, whether you wish to remain in residence halls or move out of residence halls, MUST notify PLNU by Friday, March 27, at 9 p.m. PDT. Residential Life will follow up with additional details to all residential students. 

What does this mean
 

Virtual Teaching and Course Continuity: PLNU has the ability to implement remote teaching by using platform tools such as Canvas. As our hybrid programs utilize online learning, students and faculty are familiar with this modality. 

  • Virtual teaching will continue through the term.
  • Information and additional details about specific courses and their formats will be provided to students by professors and/or program directors over the next week.

This temporary class cancelation 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

What does this mean
 

Virtual Teaching and Course Continuity: PLNU has the ability to implement remote teaching by using platform tools such as Canvas. As our hybrid programs utilize virtual learning, students and faculty are familiar with this modality. 

Virtual teaching will continue through the term.

Information and additional details about specific courses and their formats will be provided to students by professors and/or program directors over the next week.

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


What does this mean


Virtual Teaching and Course Continuity: PLNU has the ability to implement remote teaching by using platform tools such as Canvas. As our hybrid programs utilize virtual learning, students and faculty are familiar with this modality. 

  • Virtual teaching will continue through the term.
  • Information and additional details about your specific courses and their formats will be provided to you by your professors and/or program directors over the next week.

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. 

March 10, 2020 - PLNU Semester and Class Update

Conditions subject to change 

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 our 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.

Traditional Undergraduate Course Update:

  • Classes on the Point Loma campus will resume on Monday, March 16, as scheduled. 
  • We are actively preparing for the potential that classes could move to an online format. 
  • Additionally, for the week of March 16, PLNU undergraduate chapel services will be voluntary. 
  • We will continue to assess community gatherings and adjust should the situation change.  

Adult Degree Completion Course Update:

  • PLNU Adult Degree Completion in-person courses at the PLNU Mission Valley campus and community college partner sites will continue as regularly scheduled.  
  • As these programs operate in a hybrid model of in-person and online instruction, we are actively preparing for class instruction to move completely online if necessary.

Graduate Student Course Update:

  • PLNU graduate courses at PLNU's Mission Valley and Bakersfield campuses will continue as regularly scheduled. 
  • Should conditions change, we are actively preparing for class instruction to move online.

March 6, 2020 – Spring Travel Considerations

To date, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 among San Diego residents or within the PLNU community and there are no plans to cancel classes at this time. However, on March 5, 2020, an Orange County resident employed in Chula Vista was presumed positive for COVID-19 and is currently under quarantine. The County of San Diego Department of Public Health remains the lead local authority on the situation. 

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

Spring Travel Considerations:

  • With spring travel, many members of the PLNU community have made travel plans. Please use your best judgment and practice preventative care throughout your personal travels and reconsider those plans as necessary.
  • Due to the CDC recommendations currently in place, PLNU is prohibiting university travel and strongly discouraging personal travel to countries with a current CDC Level 3 Travel warning. These countries include China, South Korea, Iran, and Italy and updates are ongoing as conditions change. 
  • Should a student or employee choose to travel to these countries, 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 

March 3, 2020 – Study Abroad Update

PLNU Students on Study Abroad in Italy

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.

All Other PLNU Study Abroad Students

PLNU's Office of Global Studies is in close communication with all study abroad students, their families and our partners in areas not currently impacted by COVID-19. This is a rapidly developing situation in the United States as well as abroad. As we continue to monitor and implement guidance from the CDC and local public health authorities, PLNU will communicate directly with students and families should the conditions in their host countries change.

February 29, 2020 – Italy Level 4 Travel Advisory Update

We are aware that as of this afternoon, the USDOS Travel Advisory has been elevated to a Level 4: Do Not Travel for two regions of Italy: Lombardy and Veneto. Due to this escalation, PLNU’s third-party provider, Study Abroad Italy (SAI), chose to close their Milan programs, and instructed students to return home. PLNU is actively working with the two students impacted by program closures. 

Given continued changes in Italy, PLNU remains in direct contact with SAI and all PLNU students currently on study abroad in Italy.

February 28, 2020 – Italy Level 3 Travel Advisory Update

We have just received word that Italy has been raised to a Level 3 Travel Advisory by the CDC. We are in conversation with both PLNU study abroad providers, SCI and AIFS, as this is a swiftly developing situation. 

Given the recent change by the CDC, both programs have indicated they are finalizing contingency plans. While we do not have those details at this time, PLNU is advising that students and families prepare to return to their personal homes as quickly as possible. 

Our providers on the ground are assisting students with travel and program completion arrangements. The Office of Global Studies is also a resource for students and parents. 

We understand that there is a great amount of concern, uncertainty, and anxiety around this disease and this recent development for our study abroad students. The safety and wellbeing of our students is our highest priority. We will continue to monitor and communicate ongoing developments.