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Message from Dean Fraden

March 23, 2020

After an extended week break, the College of the Pacific is back to school — virtually! 

Our faculty have taken a week to convert all of their assignments so that they can be delivered through a computer, with different forms of chats held in real time or not, and labs being offered in the cloud to our students. We recognized that not all students would have all the necessary electronics at home, so the university mailed computers, webcams, and headphones to students who needed them. 

I am very proud of our faculty and staff, most of whom are working remotely, to ensure that students will graduate on time. 

In a time of great stress, over our health and the economy, we here at the College of the Pacific will do everything we can to meet the needs of all of our students. 

Please send questions and concerns to COVID-19_information@pacific.edu. 

And I am always eager to hear from families and students. Email me at rfraden@pacific.edu  and I will help in any way I can to make the rest of this semester run as smoothly as possible.

Rena Fraden
Dean, College of the Pacific


March 17, 2020

We find ourselves in a situation not seen in a lifetime. The COVID-19 pandemic is a serious matter, one that requires sacrifices and adjustments. These adjustments are not how any of us hoped to end the semester, but in the interest of our health and safety and that of our communities, friends and families, we, like so many other schools, colleges and universities have moved all of our classrooms online.

Although we have extended spring break for one week, we will not extend the spring semester. Faculty are communicating with students about revised syllabi and updated assignments. Finals will take place on their original timeline. All students should reach out to their professors with any questions or concerns about course work.

In order to protect our community, the university is asking only essential personnel to report to work, but staff have been given the means to work remotely from home, and everyone will do their best to continue to advise students, teach them and register them for a fall semester when, we sincerely hope and believe, we will be back to a face to face existence!

The well-being of students, faculty and staff is a top priority at University of the Pacific. The university continues to monitor the situation closely and posts updates at Pacific.edu/CoronaVirus.

Rena Fraden
Dean, College of the Pacific