Academics

Our goal is to safeguard the health and wellness of our university community while providing our students with the unmatched transformational learning experience characteristic of an Azusa Pacific education.

Fall 2021 Semester Dates

Safety

Our in-person classes are supported by our comprehensive health and safety plan that incorporates county, state, and federal health agency directives. Cleaning and sanitation of buildings, classes, and public spaces in accordance with strict protocols and health and safety guidelines will be employed.

If you will be joining us 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 take the following steps to mitigate your risk:

  • 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 COVID-19 vaccine, and encourage your friends to do so as well.

Classroom Guidance

Daily Screening

All students, staff, and faculty should self-screen prior to coming on campus and stay home if they experience any of the symptoms below. If someone in their household is experiencing any of these symptoms, they should consider not coming to campus until the affected family member has obtained a negative COVID-19 test.

  • Cough or sore throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Chills
  • Diarrhea
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Feeling feverish or temperature greater than or equal to 100.0F
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Known close contact in the last 14 days with a person who has COVID-19

All unvaccinated members of our community will take part in weekly COVID testing. All unvaccinated members of our community will also be required to submit a self-screening prior to coming to campus every day.

COVID Monitoring

Faculty and staff will not be expected to monitor students, but should a student state that they have symptoms, the faculty or staff member should refer the student to the Student Health Center (SHC). The best way for the student to notify the SHC that they are experiencing symptoms is via the Symptoms Tracker in the MyCougar Health Portal.

Classroom Supplies

Each classroom will be supplied with disinfectant wipes to be used for sanitizing high-touch areas, work surfaces, and shared objects. Classrooms will have access to the following basic supplies:

  • Access to refillable alcohol-based hand sanitizer stations.
  • Access to disinfectants to sanitize working surfaces.

If your classroom does not have access to these supplies, or if you have concerns about classroom cleaning or cleanliness, please contact Facilities Management at (626) 815-6000, Ext. 3002.

Classrooms will be cleaned each night and if any additional cleaning is needed, as per CDC guidelines, Facilities Management or Risk Management will notify you.

Classroom Practices

Faculty and staff should remind students to wear face masks that cover both the nose and mouth. If a student arrives at class maskless, the faculty member should ask the student to put on their mask or, if they forgot one, to obtain a mask at a university distribution location immediately. As an instructor would in any other heightened situation, the appropriate campus safety entity may be called in the very rare possibility a confrontation begins to develop.

Faculty should consider the following efforts where feasible:

  • Read the following statement to your class or place it in the syllabus to clarify expectations for students: Due to health and safety guidelines, we are all required to wear masks in indoor settings. If you do not have a mask, please proceed to [choose as is appropriate: the parking kiosk on East Campus, University Bookstore on West Campus, or the front desk of the regional campus (except in San Diego, where they will be in Suite 300)]. Masks must be worn over the mouth and nose. For additional information, please review the Student Training Guide (PDF). Thank you.
  • Keep classroom doors open, when possible, to improve circulation and reduce the touching of door handles.
  • Provide access to disinfectant wipes to sanitize high-touch, working surfaces, and shared objects regularly.
  • Encourage students to use hand sanitizer upon entering the classroom and to wipe down work surfaces.
  • Wipe down any shared surfaces used within the classroom.

APU faculty must protect the privacy of students by not sharing the identity or any medical information other than APU prepared messaging.

Positive Case(s)

  • If a student exhibits symptoms (cough or sore throat, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, etc.), ask the student to notify the SHC via the Symptoms Tracker in the MyCougar Health Portal.The student should then isolate and wait for a provider to call them.The SHC will provide a clinical assessment to determine if the student is experiencing symptoms of a contagious illness (COVID-19, flu, strep throat, etc.), and whether the student will need to be sent home. Resident students will be sent back to their residence.
  • If a student tests positive for COVID-19, they will be isolated at home for 10 days from the date of the positive test if they are asymptomatic or from the first day of symptoms. Resident students will isolate in their residence or designated isolation rooms. If the student is able to, they may attend class virtually if that option is available. The student may not return to class until they receive clearance from the SHC.
  • If SHC determines a class was in the exposed group, all individuals will be notified through contact tracing (students and faculty) to undergo testing at the SHC and follow quarantine or isolation instructions if any.
  • If a faculty member is positive for COVID-19 or under quarantine due to an exposed group and has permission to teach class virtually, they may continue to do so. If not, the chair/program director and dean should be contacted immediately in order to make alternative arrangements. The students will then be subsequently contacted and provided the alternative plans for keeping students current in the course.

Educational Equity

In partnership with Keith Hall, EdD, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, and APU’s Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence and Center for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment, student-centered practices are being cultivated and expanded for fall courses. All faculty are tasked with providing the most inclusive classroom experience possible.

Keeping You Informed

For APU students, the Office of the Provost will continue to provide direct communication regarding any future decisions that impact learning experiences. For all faculty and staff, the Provost’s Newsletter will likewise continue to provide weekly fall updates regarding academics.

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