Health and Safety
Led by the APU Student Health Center and Medical Director, Dr. Todd Emerson, our comprehensive health and safety plan for students and employees incorporates COVID-19 monitoring, testing, and contact tracing. Though many in our community will be studying and working remotely this fall, all employees, students, and visitors at Azusa Pacific campuses must adhere to physical distancing, sanitation, and personal hygiene recommendations and protocols provided by public health experts and adopted by APU.
The success of creating a safe and healthy campus for those who are on-site is a shared responsibility. Our entire community must come together to be part of the solution, caring for one another and our neighbors. Please review the following information on training, COVID-19 testing, contact tracing, facial coverings, physical distancing, guidelines for vulnerable populations, and more.
If you believe you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, see our If You Feel Sick guidelines.
Health and Safety Training
All students and employees will receive training on health and safety protocols and practices prior to returning to campus.
Review the university’s physical distancing guidelines for information on the university’s preparations for physical distancing and what will be required when you are on campus, including the Azusa campus or any APU regional campus.
Wearing a face covering is a mandatory requirement for anyone in shared spaces on any APU campus or property. This includes the classroom setting.
If you are among those approved to work or live on campus, please bring a supply of at least five cloth face coverings to have on-hand when you arrive on campus. Note: A face covering is not a substitute for physical distancing; continue to keep about six feet of distance between yourself and others.
Symptom checks are required before students, faculty, staff, or guests come on campus for any reason, including attending a lab or meeting, touring campus, or other scheduled campus activities where they may come in contact with other students or employees. This is a critical part of how we share in the responsibility to keep one another safe and reduce the spread of the virus.
Students will fill out a COVID-19 symptom check questionnaire each day prior to being on campus premises. Symptom checks include assessing for cough, shortness of breath or fever, and any other symptoms the student may be experiencing. These symptom checks and a temperature check should be done remotely before arriving on campus. For those who live on-campus, the symptom check should be done every day prior to leaving the student’s private residence. We recommend you bring your own thermometer; if you do not have a thermometer and think you may have a fever, you will need to set up an appointment with the Student Health Center to get it checked. If students do not pass the symptom check, they will be responsible for notifying their professors and/or on-campus employment that they will not be attending class or work that day.
Faculty and Staff
All employees must complete a symptom check before arriving on campus for work. View the Employee Health Screening Process for additional information.
On-Campus Testing for COVID-19
Our new APU COVID-19 Testing Center is funded by $1 million in generous support from APU friends and donors. The center enables all students, faculty, and staff to obtain testing for COVID-19 at reduced prices and faster turnaround times at APU campuses. Testing will be performed on those who are experiencing potential COVID-19 related symptoms as defined by the CDC.
On August 8, the Student Health Center will begin expanded hours for testing.
Azusa Main Campus
- Students can use the MyCougar Health Portal to schedule a COVID-19 phone screening. A provider will call you to discuss your situation and schedule an appointment.
- Faculty and staff may schedule testing appointments by calling (626) 815-2100.
Outside Testing from County Departments of Public Health
All county health departments in Southern California are currently offering free testing. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to evaluate these opportunities as well.
If you are a student, faculty, or staff member who is diagnosed with COVID-19 (by testing or symptoms) or you have been exposed to COVID-19, you must notify the university by emailing email@example.com. You will be assigned a contact tracer by APU. The contact tracer will reach out to you and work with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health to identify anyone with whom you may have had close contact.
Guidance for Vulnerable Populations
Some populations may be more vulnerable to serious illness from COVID-19. Learn more about the high-risk categories identified by the CDC. These include older adults (age 65 or greater in particular) and those with underlying medical conditions, including:
- Chronic kidney and liver problems
- Chronic lung disease such as moderate to severe asthma
- Immune compromised (HIV, cancer, immune deficiencies, prolonged steroid use, etc.)
- Obesity (BMI 30 or higher)
- Serious heart conditions
If you will be joining us in the fall for any in-person classes and have a condition that may put you at risk, we invite you to apply for accommodations. In addition, your professors will be informed that you may need instructional modifications or to miss class occasionally.
Options to reduce risk for those that are at an increased risk:
- Online classes
- Telemedicine visits
- Reduced cost testing available through the Student Health Center
Please also consider the following steps to mitigate your risk:
- Limit the number of people you interact with to 6-8 people who are also limiting their interactions outside this group.
- Wear your face covering consistently when around others, especially when in enclosed spaces.
- Wipe down your desk routinely before you use it.
- Obtain the flu shot and encourage your friends to do so as well.
Faculty and Staff
If you are a faculty or staff member with one or more of the above conditions, please consult your doctor and reach out to your department leader or supervisor before you return to work on campus.
As we embark on remote learning for fall and toward a strong spring return to campus, protocols will be in place to determine appropriate work arrangements for both faculty and staff. Employees seeking accommodations for disabilities will work directly with the Office of Human Resources. Accommodations may include continuing to work remotely or taking a leave of absence. Decisions regarding faculty and staff in-person or telework practices for each area ultimately reside with the respective dean or vice president in consultation with human resources and/or the provost as appropriate.
Cleaning and sanitation of buildings, classes, and public spaces occur frequently and according to strict protocols and health and safety guidelines. Also, hand sanitizing stations are available in numerous accessible locations.
Our individual actions can help stop the spread of COVID-19. Members of the APU community share the responsibility to do our part and are encouraged to:
- Frequently wash your hands with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer.
- Bring your own disinfectant wipes to sanitize your desk or workspace before use.
- Regularly clean high-touch surfaces in your room or space.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, unless you have just washed your hands.
- Avoid touching objects and surfaces if you have not recently washed your hands.
Arrivals from Within the U.S.
If you will be traveling to APU from a location in the United States, please consider quarantining at home for 14 days prior to leaving. This increased level of caution will help reduce the risk of COVID-19 cases on campus at the start of the fall semester.
If you are traveling to APU from a location outside the United States, the federal government requires you to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. If you are unable to arrive 14 days prior to the start of classes, please notify your professors that you will be in mandatory quarantine due to the federal travel requirements.