Student Resources Update (4-17-20)

Dear Parents and Families,

We hope this email finds you well. We recognize the challenges that come with your student completing their courses through distance education, creating new routines, and finding the motivation to end the semester strong. We are committed to continue assisting them and providing resources to help.

Together APU

Together APU is an online platform dedicated to providing continued connection and support as your student completes the spring semester. New content is added every Monday. Your student can even watch the turtles in the Segerstrom Science Center pond from our livestream turtle cam.

Upcoming events include:

  • Instagram Live Interview with Diamondbacks Catcher Stephen Vogt ′07 on Friday, April 24, 12:30 p.m. (PDT), APUCampusLife
  • Year-end Surprise Chapel Celebration, Monday, April 27
  • Graduate and Professional Contests
  • Weekly Wellness Tips

APU CARES for Students

The Student Affairs team and Academic Success Center want to make sure our students are connecting with the right people and resources. If your student is in distress and in need of academic or emotional support, please encourage them to use the "I'd like to request help" widget on their dashboard to let us know.

COVID-19 Updates

Please visit APU’s website for timely updates and resources to assist your student in successfully completing the spring semester.

The APU Student Health Center (SHC) staff created helpful video for our students. SHC remains open for telemedicine appointments and afternoon office appointments, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-4 p.m. To schedule an appointment, please have your student access My Cougar Health Portal.

Follow the APU Health Center on Instagram for tips on ways you and your student can stay active, eat well, implement self-care routines, do mindfulness exercises, and more.

Honoring May 2020 Graduates

We know our graduating seniors were looking forward to celebrating their accomplishments with their families and friends on May 2, 2020. Although we had to cancel the May 2 Commencement exercises, President Ferguson and the Cabinet are working with student representatives to find a meaningful way to honor our graduates in light of county and state public health orders and guidance. We hope to share a decision soon.

On-campus Housing—Summer Extension Program

In response to challenges and restrictions caused by COVID-19, and with summer courses offered virtually, we have modified our traditional summer housing program. Those students who already petitioned and were granted exceptions to remain on campus may request extensions to stay in university housing for all or part of the summer. Those who do not request an extension must move out by May 3, 2020. Specific information will be communicated directly to on-campus students.

Our spring semester ends in just two weeks. Know that all our students and their families remain in our prayers. We are looking forward to welcoming you back this fall.


Shino Simons, Ph.D., Vice President for Student Affairs