Health and Safety
Led by the APU Student Health Center and Medical Director, Dr. Todd Emerson, our comprehensive health and safety plan for students and employees incorporates COVID-19 monitoring, testing, and contact tracing. All employees, students, and visitors at Azusa Pacific campuses must adhere to recommendations and protocols provided by public health experts and adopted by APU.
The success of creating a safe and healthy campus is a shared responsibility. Our entire community must come together to be part of the solution, caring for one another and our neighbors. Please review the following information on training, COVID-19 testing, contact tracing, facial coverings, guidelines for vulnerable populations, and more.
If you believe you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, see our If You Feel Sick guidelines.
All employees, students, and visitors at Azusa Pacific campuses must adhere to recommendations and protocols provided by public health experts and adopted by APU.
Health and Safety Training
All students and employees will receive training on health and safety protocols and practices prior to returning to campus.
Wearing a face covering is a mandatory requirement for anyone in shared indoor spaces on any APU campus or property. This includes the classroom setting.
Please bring a supply of at least five cloth face coverings to have on-hand when you arrive on campus.
Symptom Tracker and Surveillance Tracking
While vaccination is not required, we are committed to creating a safe environment for our community members; therefore, in line with state and county public health guidance, we have different expectations for those who are vaccinated from those who are not. Those students and employees who are unvaccinated are expected to complete a daily health assessment and participate in surveillance testing.
Unvaccinated Student Requirements:
If you do not submit either vaccine documentation or attestation of COVID-19 infection through the MyCougar Health Portal, you are expected to complete your daily health assessment as well as participate in regular surveillance testing.
- Weekly Surveillance Testing: Starting the first week of the spring semester (Monday, January 10, 2022), students who have not submitted proof of full vaccination or attested to having had COVID-19 infection demonstrated by a positive test will be required to complete a weekly surveillance test, and upload the test result to the MyCougar Health Portal. You may obtain a test on your own or utilize the “self test” which is available at all of our campuses.
- Daily Symptom Tracker: You are required to complete the Daily Symptom Tracker everyday. Please follow the instructions in the MyCougar Health Portal and complete your process by 1 p.m. everyday.
COVID-19 Required Training
All students are required to complete COVID-19 training prior to coming to campus by reviewing the Student Training Guide (PDF).
Unvaccinated Employee Requirements:
If you do not submit either vaccine or COVID-19 infection attestation through Total Access, you are expected to complete your daily health assessment as well as participate in regular surveillance testing.
- Weekly Surveillance Testing: You may obtain a test on your own or utilize the “self test” which is available at all of APU’s campuses.
- Daily Symptom Tracker: You are required to complete the Daily Symptom Tracker everyday before coming to work.
- Testing requirements may change depending on circumstances and expert recommendations.
- Results take 24-48 hours and will be sent to your phone and email.
- Upload all test results to the MyCougar Health Portal.
- Self-test kits will be available for pickup at multiple locations on the Azusa campus, including the Student Health Center, the dorms, the hall by Sam’s Subs, and the lobbies of Mary Hill Center and Segerstrom Science Center. Instructions are provided with each self-test kit. Your health insurance company will be billed for the test, and in general they have been paying for the test without students or employees receiving a bill.
- After administering the test to yourself, place it back in the bag it came in and drop it off at one of the drop boxes around campus, or at the Student Health Center by 3:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, on the day you take the test. There will be drop boxes located in the lobbies of Mary Hill Center and Segerstrom Science Center on West Campus, and in the dorms and by the Undergraduate Enrollment Services Center on East Campus.
- If you are unable to drop it off at the Azusa campus, you may swing by the Student Health Center and pick up a UPS envelope in which to ship it.
- At regional locations, test kits will be at the front desk, except for San Diego, where they will be in Suite 300.
- For those at the regional locations, pick up a UPS envelope when you collect your test kit. Results take 24-48 hours.
Vaccinated Students and Employees:
Although you are not required to complete the daily symptom tracker when you are accessing campus, you should fill out a COVID-19 symptom check questionnaire if you develop concerning symptoms prior to being on campus premises, or if you develop symptoms after coming to campus. Employees should do that via Total Access and students should fill out the Symptom Tracker in the MyCougar Health Portal. Then you should isolate, and a provider from the Student Health Center will call you back. Employees should also let their supervisor know.
Students can use the MyCougar Health Portal to schedule a COVID-19 phone screening. A provider will call you to discuss your situation and schedule an appointment. Faculty and staff may schedule testing appointments by calling (626) 815-2100.
Outside Testing from County Departments of Public Health
All county health departments in Southern California are currently offering free testing. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to evaluate these opportunities as well.
If you are a student, faculty, or staff member who is diagnosed with COVID-19 (by testing or symptoms) or you have been exposed to COVID-19, you must notify the university by emailing [email protected]. You will be assigned a contact tracer by APU. The contact tracer will reach out to you and work with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health to identify anyone with whom you may have had close contact.
Guidance for Vulnerable Populations
Some populations may be more vulnerable to serious illness from COVID-19. Learn more about the high-risk categories identified by the CDC. These include older adults (age 65 or greater in particular) and those with underlying medical conditions, including:
- Chronic kidney and liver problems
- Chronic lung disease such as moderate to severe asthma
- Immune compromised (HIV, cancer, immune deficiencies, prolonged steroid use, etc.)
- Obesity (BMI 30 or higher)
- Serious heart conditions
If you will be joining us for any 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 the COVID-19 vaccine, and encourage your friends to do so as well.
Faculty and Staff
If you are a faculty or staff member with one or more of the above conditions, please consult your doctor and reach out to your department leader or supervisor before you return to work on campus.
Protocols will be in place to determine appropriate work arrangements for both faculty and staff. Employees seeking accommodations for disabilities will work directly with the Office of Human Resources. Accommodations may include working remotely or taking a leave of absence. Decisions regarding faculty and staff in-person or telework practices for each area ultimately reside with the respective dean or vice president in consultation with human resources and/or the provost as appropriate.
Cleaning and sanitation of buildings, classes, and public spaces occur frequently and according to strict protocols and health and safety guidelines. Also, hand sanitizing stations are available in numerous accessible locations.
Our individual actions can help stop the spread of COVID-19. Members of the APU community share the responsibility to do our part and are encouraged to:
- Frequently wash your hands with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer.
- Bring your own disinfectant wipes to sanitize your desk or workspace before use.
- Regularly clean high-touch surfaces in your room or space.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, unless you have just washed your hands.
- Avoid touching objects and surfaces if you have not recently washed your hands.
Arrivals from Within the U.S.
If you will be traveling to APU from a location in the United States, please consider quarantining at home for 10 days prior to leaving. This increased level of caution will help reduce the risk of COVID-19 cases on campus at the start of the spring semester.
If you are traveling to APU from a location outside the United States, the federal government requires you to quarantine for 10 days upon arrival. If you are unable to arrive 10 days prior to the start of classes, please notify your professors that you will be in mandatory quarantine due to the federal travel requirements.