Preparation for Spring Semester

Dear Students,

As fall quickly draws to a close and the holidays approach, we understand the importance of spring semester planning and want to give you as much information as currently available. As we share our process with you, we will also provide updates to help you prepare for a possible return as well.

Return to Campus Planning: We are actively developing plans for our hopeful return to campus in Spring 2021. Based on current Los Angeles County Department of Public Health directives, university campuses must remain closed. Making a decision ahead of additional guidance would require APU’s Spring 2021 semester to remain in remote learning. In an effort to prioritize an in-person academic experience, we are waiting to make our decision until this guidance is clarified, with the hope that the orders will enable a Spring 2021 return with appropriate safety measures in place. We continue to engage with the county alongside a complement of other academic institutions to advocate for an in-person return and to submit strategic proposals for consideration of a safe reopening. Further county guidance is anticipated by late November.

Given that approval to reopen in Spring 2021 remains uncertain, we are preparing for all options—including a physically distanced, in-person spring return, as well as a spring semester in remote learning. Chairs, Program Directors, and Faculty are strategically developing multiple spring semester schedules. APU plans to make a decision by December 1 to provide sufficient time for student housing placements and any scheduling changes. The APU Community can expect communication in the week following this decision.

Updates will continue to be posted on Destination APU. A recent update includes a Return to Campus timeline with critical dates for your awareness.

COVID-19 Training: All students returning to campus in spring must complete the training module prior to their January return. This training module will be sent to you ahead of the spring semester start. If you have questions or concerns about this training, please contact the Office of Student Affairs.

Vaccination Requirements: Please remember that the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has announced that any students who are physically on campus this fall or will be on campus in the spring are required to show evidence of a flu vaccination. The Student Health Center currently has a limited number of flu shots available, so please make an appointment as soon as possible, or contact your local provider.

Please continue to refer to our website for any additional information.

Together, Student Affairs