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. Though many in our community will be studying and working remotely this spring, all employees, students, and visitors at Azusa Pacific campuses must adhere to physical distancing, sanitation, and personal hygiene recommendations and protocols provided by public health experts and adopted by APU.

The success of creating a safe and healthy campus for those who are on-site 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, physical distancing, guidelines for vulnerable populations, and more.

If you believe you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, see our If You Feel Sick guidelines.

Health and Safety Training

All students and employees will receive training on health and safety protocols and practices prior to returning to campus.

Physical Distancing

Review the university’s physical distancing guidelines for information on the university’s preparations for physical distancing and what will be required when you are on campus, including the Azusa campus or any APU regional campus.

Facial Coverings

Wearing a face covering is a mandatory requirement for anyone in shared spaces on any APU campus or property. This includes the classroom setting.

If you are among those approved to work or live on campus, please bring a supply of at least five cloth face coverings to have on-hand when you arrive on campus. Note: A face covering is not a substitute for physical distancing; continue to keep about six feet of distance between yourself and others.

Spring 2021 Vaccination Requirements for Students On Campus

In compliance with the Los Angeles County Public Health Department order, all students living in university housing and/or coming onto campus for face-to-face classes, participating in clinical rotations, or taking part in internships are required to get the 2020-21 flu vaccine. Failure to provide proof of vaccination will result in a hold being placed on the student account due to noncompliance. Medical waivers will be considered by the Student Health Center Chief Medical Officer by appointment only.

Symptom Checks

Symptom checks are required before students, faculty, staff, or guests come on campus for any reason, including attending a lab or meeting, touring campus, or other scheduled campus activities where they may come in contact with other students or employees. This is a critical part of how we share in the responsibility to keep one another safe and reduce the spread of the virus.

Students

Students will fill out a COVID-19 symptom check questionnaire each day prior to being on campus premises. Symptom checks include assessing for cough, shortness of breath or fever, and any other symptoms the student may be experiencing. These symptom checks and a temperature check should be done remotely before arriving on campus. For those who live on-campus, the symptom check should be done every day prior to leaving the student’s private residence. We recommend you bring your own thermometer; if you do not have a thermometer and think you may have a fever, you will need to set up an appointment with the Student Health Center to get it checked. If students do not pass the symptom check, they will be responsible for notifying their professors and/or on-campus employment that they will not be attending class or work that day.

Faculty and Staff

All employees must complete a symptom check before arriving on campus for work. View the Employee Health Screening Process for additional information.

On-Campus Testing for COVID-19

Our new APU COVID-19 Testing Center is funded by $1 million in generous support from APU friends and donors. The center enables all students, faculty, and staff to obtain testing for COVID-19 at reduced prices and faster turnaround times at APU campuses. Testing will be performed on those who are experiencing potential COVID-19 related symptoms as defined by the CDC.

Residents in University Housing

  • Obtain testing once every two weeks.
  • Testing must be done Monday-Friday, available on campus at the Testing Center.
  • Required testing is free of charge.
  • Opt out of the required testing if you fulfill one of the two options below:
    • Have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since October 1, 2020. Just upload your test result to the MyCougar Health Portal (Upload tab) and the Student Health Center will let you know if it is approved (if you were diagnosed by the SHC, this has likely already been done).
    • Receive the COVID-19 vaccine and upload documentation to the MyCougar Health Portal.
  • If experiencing symptoms, processes remain the same. Either select ‘yes’ to a question on the Symptoms Tracker or schedule a Phone Screening appointment via the MyCougar Health Portal.

Prelicensure Nursing Students

  • Required to test every two weeks. If your clinical site requires more frequent testing, then that is fine.
  • Testing must be done Monday-Saturday, available at any APU campus or at another location.
    • Please upload the result to the MyCougar Health Portal (Upload tab), if testing is done at a non-APU location.
  • Required testing is free of charge when done at APU.
  • Opt out of the required testing if you fulfill one of the two options below:
    • Have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since October 1, 2020. Just upload your test result to the MyCougar Health Portal (Upload tab) and the SHC will let you know if it is approved (if you were diagnosed by the SHC, this has likely already been done).
    • Receive the COVID-19 vaccine and upload documentation to the MyCougar Health Portal.
  • If experiencing symptoms, processes remain the same. Either select ‘yes’ to a question on the Symptoms Tracker or schedule a Phone Screening appointment via the MyCougar Health Portal.

Licensed Nursing Students

Licensed nursing students should have either already obtained the COVID-19 vaccine or will likely obtain it in the near future.

Non-Nursing Face-to-Face Students

  • Required to test every two weeks. If your clinical site requires more frequent testing, then that is fine.
  • Testing must be done Monday-Saturday, available at any APU campus or at another location.
    • Please upload the result to the MyCougar Health Portal (Upload tab), if testing is done at a non-APU location.
  • Required testing is free of charge when done at APU.
  • Opt out of the required testing if you fulfill one of the two options below:
    • Have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since October 1, 2020. Just upload your test result to the MyCougar Health Portal (Upload tab) and the SHC will let you know if it is approved (if you were diagnosed by the SHC, this has likely already been done).
    • Receive the COVID-19 vaccine and upload documentation to the MyCougar Health Portal.
  • If experiencing symptoms, processes remain the same. Either select ‘yes’ to a question on the Symptoms Tracker or schedule a Phone Screening appointment via the MyCougar Health Portal.

Scheduling Appointments for COVID-19 Testing

Please use the Inspire Community Health app to make a testing appointment. If you do not have a smartphone, then you may schedule appointments online.

After downloading the app from the app store, then:

  • Select Register
  • Use Group ID code: APU2021

To schedule an appointment, select the menu button in the upper right corner. Then select the date, location, and time.

  • You may test at any location.
  • You may schedule only one appointment at a time.
  • Testing is free of charge for those with required testing.
  • You may test more frequently if you wish, but fees apply.
  • More frequent testing is permitted, with no additional cost, if required by your clinical site.
  • Please show your appointment in the app at the time of testing.
  • If an appointment slot is not available, it has been booked.
  • If you are unable to register the app and have recently registered for classes, then wait a day or two as files are regularly uploaded. If still unable, then contact the SHC (healthcntr@apu.edu).
  • If you are experiencing COVID-related symptoms, please either notify the SHC via the Symptoms Tracker or make a COVID-19 Phone Screening appointment.

Testing Hours

Testing will be available at the following times, and may be expanded if needed:

Azusa Main Campus

  • Monday: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

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.

Contact Tracing

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 healthcntr@apu.edu. 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
  • Diabetes
  • Immune compromised (HIV, cancer, immune deficiencies, prolonged steroid use, etc.)
  • Obesity (BMI 30 or higher)
  • Serious heart conditions

Students

If you will be joining us in the spring 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 required flu shot 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.

As we continue remote learning for spring, 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 continuing to work 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.

Sanitization

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.

Personal Hygiene

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.

Travel

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 fall semester.

International Arrivals

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.

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