What to Do if You Aren't Feeling Well

Dear Students,

Thank you for working diligently last semester to keep our campus community safe. We want to have another wonderful semester in community. A critical component of safety includes your response to feeling ill, potential exposure to someone with COVID-19, and quarantine and isolation requirements. If you are taking any face-to-face courses or accessing any of our on-campus resources or facilities, please review this process, follow the steps, and take these situations seriously.

What to Do if You Are Feeling Sick (even if you think it is a cold or allergies)

  1. Do not go to class or any other areas of campus if you are feeling sick.

  2. You must notify the Student Health Center (SHC) by filling out the Symptom Tracker on the MyCougar Health Portal.

  3. Go to the Student Health Center immediately during normal business hours and complete the rapid test. Hours are as follows: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. After hours, please isolate and limit contact with others until you are able to complete a COVID-19 test. If you would like to purchase a rapid home test, Paws N Go will have self kits available ONLY on weekends for $20 each test.

  4. Contact your professors about the classes you will be unable to attend and follow up with them regarding any missed academic requirements.

  5. You are REQUIRED to limit contact with others until cleared by the Student Health Center.

What to Do if You Have Been Exposed (have close contact) to Someone with COVID-19

  1. Per Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Order, you must quarantine immediately if you have been in close contact with a person who was diagnosed with COVID-19.

  2. Do not go to class or any other areas of campus even if you are not feeling sick.

  3. Contact your professors about the classes you will be unable to attend and follow up with them regarding any missed academic requirements.

  4. Regardless of vaccination status, you are required to contact the Student Health Center by reporting the exposure through the MyCougar Health Portal (Symptom Tracker).

  5. SHC staff will determine the level of exposure and if testing is needed. If a student had a high-risk exposure, the individual will be placed in quarantine and must test immediately.

  6. Test on Day 5 after your last contact with the person who has COVID-19 (Day 0 is the day of your last exposure and Day 1 is the first full day after your last exposure). If you are exposed in an APU setting, testing for COVID-19 will be provided free of charge when the test is performed by APU.

  7. Stay home and self-quarantine from others for at least 5 days and up to 10 days.

  8. You are REQUIRED to remain in quarantine until cleared by the Student Health Center.

  9. Quarantine:

    1. Unvaccinated: You must quarantine if you are not vaccinated and are exposed (have close contact) to someone who has, or is presumed to have, COVID-19.
    2. You may be exempt from quarantine if you are “Fully Vaccinated AND Boosted with NO Symptoms.” You may qualify for this exemption if you received all recommended doses of the primary COVID-19 vaccination series and a vaccine booster dose OR you are “fully vaccinated but not yet booster-eligible."
  10. Having recovered from laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 within the last 90 days no longer excludes you from quarantine.

  11. If a student is required to quarantine, students must inform all their professors and follow up regarding any missed academic requirements. Students who do not comply with Student Health Center directives will be subject to an accountability/judicial process.

What to Do if You Have a Positive Lab Test for COVID-19

  1. Per Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Order, you must isolate immediately if you have a positive lab test for COVID-19, are awaiting test results, or develop symptoms of COVID-19.

  2. All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, previous infection, or lack of symptoms, who have tested positive or been diagnosed with COVID-19 are required to isolate.

  3. Do not go to class or any other areas of campus even if you are not feeling sick.

  4. All students, regardless of vaccination status, are required to contact the Student Health Center by reporting their positive COVID-19 test result through the MyCougar Health Portal.

  5. If you see another provider and they tell you that you have COVID-19, please let the Student Health Center know by emailing [email protected]

  6. You are required to isolate for a minimum of 5 days and remain in isolation until cleared by the Student Health Center.

  7. Students who do not comply with Student Health Center directives will be subject to an accountability/judicial process.

  8. Follow the instructions on Homecare Isolation in the LAC DPH handout. Where do I isolate or quarantine?

If a student tests positive for COVID-19 or is exposed to the virus, APU will follow the CDC quarantine guidelines, while supporting our students. Students who meet criteria for isolation (i.e., active infection or close contact exposure to COVID-19, respectively) will be required to comply with disease mitigation procedures.

  • Commuter students are expected to isolate themselves at home.
  • Residential students who meet criteria for isolation must isolate themselves at home if their home address is less than 200 miles from the Azusa campus.
  • Residential students whose home address is more than 200 miles from the Azusa campus will be offered isolation accommodations, if available.
  • Residential students who occupy single rooms with private bathrooms, may be permitted to remain on campus.
  • Students assigned on-campus isolation accommodations will receive regular contact from university staff.

What if I am taking all my courses online?

You are exempt from reporting your illness to the health center if you are attending all classes remotely this semester, and will not be physically accessing any on-campus resources or coming to any of our campus facilities.

Thank you for doing your part to uphold the health and safety of our community.

God bless,

Dr. Emerson and the SHC Staff