Physical (Social) Distancing

Azusa Pacific University’s Physical Distancing Protocol is prepared and adopted pursuant to the County of Los Angeles and State Executive Orders as outlined below. For those who may be physcially on site at any of the Azusa Pacific campuses, please review the following information ahead of coming to campus.

Revised Protocol for Spring 2021

This Social Distancing Protocol (SDP) is prepared and adopted pursuant to the County of Los Angeles’ April 10, 2020, Safer at Home Order for Control of COVID-19, and is effective April 15, 2020. It will be amended from time to time as needed to implement changes to relevant public agency health orders and guidance.

The protocol applies to Azusa Pacific University’s two campuses in Azusa, California, located at 901 East Alosta Avenue and 701 East Foothill Boulevard and the university’s office buildings at nearby locations in Azusa and Glendora, California, at the following addresses: 568 East Foothill Boulevard; 680 East Alosta Avenue, Azusa; 777 East Alosta Avenue, Azusa; 918 East Alosta Avenue, Azusa; 750 West Route 66, Suite U, Glendora; and 511 West Citrus Edge Street, Glendora, as well as, all Azusa Pacific University regional campus locations as follows: Located at 3580 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 200, Los Angeles, CA 90010; 1915 W. Orangewood Ave., Suite 100, Orange, CA 92868; 40508 Murrieta Hot Springs Rd., Murrieta, CA 92563; 15283 Pahute Ave., Victorville, CA 92395; 375 W. Hospitality Lane, San Bernardino, CA 92408; and 5353 Mission Center Road #300, San Diego, CA 92108.

The Student Health Center comprising 5,000 square feet on APU’s East Campus is located in Magnolia Court at 901 East Alosta Avenue.

This SDP does not apply to the interior of student’s housing on campus, but it does apply to any common areas and open business offices for student housing units that are adjacent to those locations.

For purposes of this SDP, “Social (Physical) Distancing” means:

  1. Maintaining at least six feet of physical distance from individuals who are not part of the same household;
  2. Frequently washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol;
  3. Employees must wear a face covering at all times, except when in an office by themselves with the door closed, or when eating or drinking.
    • To ensure that masks are worn consistently and correctly, all employees are discouraged from eating or drinking except during their breaks when they are able to safely remove their masks and physically distance from others.
    • When eating or drinking, employees must maintain at least a six-foot distance from others. When eating or drinking, it is preferred to do so outdoors and away from others, if possible.
    • Wearing a cloth face covering over both the nose and mouth reduces the risk of transmission to others from people who do not have symptoms and do not know they are infected; and
  4. Avoiding all physical interactions outside the household when sick with a fever, chills, aches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or cough, except for necessary medical care.


Signage has been placed at each open public entrance of the campus to inform anyone entering that they should avoid entering if they have fever, chills, aches, cough, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, and maintain a minimum six-foot distance from one another. A copy of this SDP has been placed at all public entrances of the university for buildings that are open for business.

Measures to Protect the Health of the APU Community

All employees, students, and visitors should avoid entering this campus if they have fever, chills, aches, cough, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, and they are expected to check themselves for symptoms before entering. Prior to coming to any university property covered by these Protocols, all persons must submit a daily symptom check provided by APU. Entry screenings are conducted before any employees may enter the workspace. Screenings include a check-in concerning coughing, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing and fever or chills and whether the individual is currently under isolation or quarantine orders.

If employees do not have a device for measuring their temperature, the Student Health Center, located in the Magnolia Court building on the East Campus can conduct a symptom check for those employees during regular business hours, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. The SHC will also provide disposable thermometers for anyone that needs them in order to enter their workplace and will have some placed by the front door for those that work after hours. While in the workplace, employees must maintain a six-foot distance from one another.

Everyone who can carry out their duties from home has been directed to do so effective March 23, 2020. Work processes are being reconfigured to the extent practicable to increase opportunities for staff to work from home. Even those who cannot carry out their duties except in the office have been directed not to come to the workplace unless they have been told by their supervisor that they have essential duties. Information on APU or government-sponsored leave benefits employees may be entitled to have been communicated to all employees.

Daily symptom and exposure check, as well as questioning that pertains to whether one is supposed to be in isolation or quarantine, should be completed by those with essential duties. Employees are not to come to work if they are sick and should notify the Student Health Center via Total Access and follow Department of Public Health guidance on self-isolation, if applicable. Vulnerable staff (those above age 65, those with chronic health conditions) are assigned work that can be done from home, wherever possible. Employees with essential duties have been informed they need not come to work if they are 65 or older or have existing medical conditions.

There are travel restrictions as of December 30, 2020, which require person(s) to quarantine in place for 10 days after arrival in any region of California but there are exceptions and that order could change. For your convenience, a copy of the Mandatory Directive on Travel is available on the L.A. County Public Health Department website.

Please note that this directive may be updated. For up-to-date information on the Health Officer Order, visit the L.A. County Public Health Department’s website.

All employees and contracted workers that have contact during their shift(s) with the public or other employees are offered, at no cost, one cloth face covering to be used at work when interacting with those persons. To arrange for pick up from the Facilities Management Office, employees should email As of the effective date of this SDP, APU encourages anyone on campus to utilize their own cloth coverings if they have them. Employees are instructed to wash or replace their face coverings daily.

Those who have been instructed by their medical provider that they should not wear a face covering should wear a face shield with a drape on the bottom edge, to be in compliance with state directives, as long as their condition permits it. A drape that is form fitting under the chin is preferred. Masks with one-way valves should not be used.

Where feasible, desks or individual workstations must be separated by at least six feet. If two or more employees with essential duties are assigned to workstations that cannot be separated by six feet, they are permitted to move workstations to work at least six feet apart.

Break rooms, restrooms, and other common areas are disinfected frequently, on the following schedule:

  • Break rooms: Nightly
  • Restrooms: Hourly when open
  • Other: All areas used daily, (i.e., break kitchens), sanitized nightly
  • Sanitization fogging occurs nightly in areas where essential staff are located.

Disinfectant and related supplies have been made available to a designated person in every department with authorized personnel on campus performing essential duties. Those individuals received one container of Clorox wipes for their essential personnel. Hand sanitizer stations, effective against COVID-19, are available to all employees at all major buildings in over 125 locations.

Employees are allowed frequent breaks to wash their hands. Soap and water are available to all employees at the following location(s): public restrooms and kitchenettes that are open, and food prep areas. To find the locations of these offices, please see the campus map.

Measures to Prevent Crowds from Gathering, to Encourage Appropriate Social Distancing, and to Prevent Unnecessary Contact

APU has limited persons on campus at any one time, which allows for employees, students, and visitors to easily maintain at least a six-foot distance from one another at all practicable times. The campuses are closed with the exception of designated employees with essential duties and students who may be educated in person consistent with applicable public agency health orders and guidance.

Posted signage has been placed at the following locations where employees with essential roles or students might have business, in order to keep the six-foot distancing protocol: Student Health Center, Facilities Management, Mail Services, Azusa Print+Design, timekeeping areas, student housing areas with occupants, and IMT Support Center.

Tape or other markings have been placed at least six feet apart in line areas and walkways for faculty, staff, or student areas, to include essential employees, at public entrances with signs directing persons to use the markings to maintain distance.

All employees have been instructed to maintain at least a six-foot distance from visitors and each other, except employees who may momentarily come closer when necessary to accept payment, deliver goods or services, or as otherwise necessary. Measures were taken to prevent people from self-serving any food-related items as of March 25, 2020, and shortly thereafter all on-campus food service venues are now closed. Limited take away food services will be available at Paws ’N Go on East Campus Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m.-4 p.m., starting Monday, January 11, 2021. Food is prepared and served in accordance with applicable county health department orders related to food service.

Where applicable, contactless payment systems are provided; when not feasible, sanitizing of payment systems happens regularly.

Restrooms needed for essential personnel and designated students remaining on campus remain open. Hand sanitizer, soap, water, or effective disinfectant is available at or near the open entrances of the campus and anywhere else inside buildings or immediately outside where people have direct interactions. APU disinfects all high-contact surfaces frequently using EPA approved disinfectants. HVAC systems are being maintained in good working order; to the maximum extent possible, outside air and ventilation has been increased, and the building’s air filters have been upgraded to the highest efficiency possible.

Measures to Increase Sanitization

Restrooms needed for essential personnel and designated students remaining on campus remain open. Hand sanitizer, soap, water, or effective disinfectant is available at or near the open entrances of the campus and anywhere else inside buildings or immediately outside where people have direct interactions. APU disinfects all high-contact surfaces frequently.

Business Contacts

  • Dr. Todd Emerson, Medical Director and COVID-19 Compliance Officer, (626) 815-2100

  • Paul Dennis, Executive Director/Chief, Department of Campus Safety, (626) 815-3898

  • Critical Incident Response Team,

Effective: April 15, 2020; Updated: July 29, 2020; Last Revision: January 25, 2021

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