Social Distancing Protocol

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.

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 of the effective date of this SDP, those locations largely are closed to the public and students and are to be frequented only by workers who have essential duties as determined by APU in compliance with applicable state and county health orders.

The Student Health Center comprising 5000 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 housing on campus, but it does apply to any open business offices for student housing units that are adjacent to those locations. It does not apply to APU’s regional campuses, all of which are closed to APU’s students and workforce and to the public as of the effective date of this SDP.

For purposes of this SDP, “Social 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) Wearing a cloth face covering while out in public when in contact with others, not including members of a single household or living unit; and (4) Avoiding all social interaction outside the household when sick with fever, chills, aches, cough, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.

Signage

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 Employee Health

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. 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. to 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. 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. Employees are not to come to work if they are sick. Employees with essential duties have been informed they need not come to work if they are 65 or older or have existing medical conditions.

All employees that have contact during their shift(s) with the public or other employees are offered, at no cost, a cloth face covering to be used at work when interacting with those persons. To arrange for pick up from the Felix Event Center Ticket Window, employees should email cirt@apu.edu. As of the effective date of this SDP, APU awaits delivery of cloth masks and has decided, in consultation with the L.A. County Department of Public Health, to make dust masks available each day at the same location until the cloth masks arrive. APU encourages anyone on campus to utilize their own cloth coverings if they have them.

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: Twice daily during business hours—early morning and afternoon
  • 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 18 designated persons in various offices. Those individuals received one container of Clorox wipes for their essential personnel. Hand sanitizer effective against COVID-19 is available to all employees at the following locations: Felix Event Center Lobby, IMT Support Center, 1899 Dining Hall, Wilden Hall, School of Music, Campus Safety Department, Engstrom Residence Hall, Facilities Management, University Bookstore, Mail Services, Department of Physical Therapy, and Segerstrom Science Center. To find the locations of these offices, please see the campus map.

Employees are allowed frequent breaks to wash their hands. Soap and water are available to all employees at the following location(s): 196 Public Restrooms, 50 Kitchenettes, 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 campus is closed with the exception of designated employees with essential duties.

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, 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 all on-campus food service venues are now closed.

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

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 Contact

  • Director Paul Dennis, Department of Campus Safety, (626) 815-3898
  • Ms. Valerie Floyd-Davis, Interim Emergency Response Coordinator for Coronavirus Preparedness and Response, (626) 733-1345
  • Critical Incident Response Team at cirt@apu.edu

Our Response at a Glance

Student Health Center

The Student Health Center team is available Mon.-Fri. for telemedicine appointments from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and in-person appointments from 1-4 p.m.

Classes

All summer lecture-based courses will move to a Canvas-based learning environment.

Housing

Students who were granted exceptions to remain on campus may request extensions to stay in university housing for all or part of summer. The move out deadline is May 3, 2020 for students who did not request an extension.

Commencement

We sincerely regret the need to cancel the commencement ceremonies scheduled for Saturday, May 2, 2020, including all related events. We realize the importance of this significant milestone for our students and their loved ones. The university has announced plans to honor Spring 2020 graduates at the December 2020 commencement ceremonies.

Staff

Most staff have moved to telework. Essential employees remain in place to ensure location-based university services remain active.