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Stockton, California 95211
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Fall 2020 Plans FAQ

Updated July 23, 2020

As COVID-19 cases have rapidly accelerated over the past month, the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff must continue to take precedence. Therefore, University of the Pacific will conduct nearly all teaching and learning remotely for the fall semester. Here are the details:

Classes and Learning

How will classes be taught in the fall 2020 semester?
Nearly all of our teaching and learning will be conducted remotely for the fall semester. We will provide our students the same superb Pacific education delivered by our dedicated and caring faculty and staff. Students will be enrolled in the same classes with the same professors and the same classmates, immersed in the same material and achieving the same learning goals. The only difference will be the place of learning.

How will remote learning for the fall be different than it was in the spring?
Our faculty have spent the past several months refining their remote classes. They are leveraging new technologies and best practices and working with the Center for Teaching and Learning to provide a Pacific-quality education.

What about labs and other learning that is typically done in person?
Deans will provide students detailed plans on how labs and research will take place.

Will there be opportunities to have personalized interactions with others?
Yes, faculty, departments and schools are developing additional learning environments for our students to enhance the course experience, including small cohort study and discussion groups and regular one-on-one meetings with faculty and advisers.

Will there be additional information for my specific degree?
Yes, you will be hearing directly from your deans shortly on specifics about your coursework.


Library Services

Will there be services provided by the university libraries this fall?
Yes, the university libraries will continue to offer services to help students succeed, including the virtual delivery of the Student Writing Center, one-to-one tutoring services, research consultations and sessions on effective note taking, reading strategies, study groups and supplemental instruction for gateway courses in biology and chemistry. Students, faculty and staff on all campuses will have remote access to the library’s nearly 400,000 e-books and e-journals plus publisher databases and 40,000-plus streaming videos. Print books and journals will be mailed to remote users on request. For more information, visit the Online Learning Resources webpage.


Bookstore

Can I still get my books from the university bookstore?
Yes, the university bookstore remains available online and offers express shipping.


Student Life

Will Pacific offer any learning experiences outside of the classroom this semester?
Yes, we are creating a robust selection of co-curricular learning experiences. Pacific students from across the country and around the world will be able to gather virtually to participate in dozens of activities, conversations and panel discussions each week featuring leading Pacific faculty, alumni and other worldwide experts. Our schools and colleges will host weekly events focused on the most important issues facing future engineers, teachers, musicians, lawyers, pharmacists, dentists, business leaders, health care professionals and more.

Will there be regular events to participate in?
Yes, we are launching a new book club series featuring top professors and academic leaders exploring an array of topics from leadership to diversity, equity and inclusion. And we will have a weekly series exploring different cultures around the world.

What events does Student Life have planned?
Student Life plans to offer a rich series of virtual events, including Saturday Socials, game nights, eSports, Mindfulness Meditations, a civic engagement series and gatherings for students of color, first generation college students and gender identity workshops. ASuop will continue the strong tradition of activities large and small to promote community and engage with friends across the globe. Additionally, many of our 150 student clubs, organizations and associations are planning activities and events throughout the semester.

Will there be any career development opportunities?
Yes, Pacific will have offerings around virtual career fairs, remote internships and other professional and research experiences as well as sessions on how to find a job, how to create a resume, how to effectively use LinkedIn and how to leverage the Pacific alumni network.

Will there be any on-campus events?
Pacific will host a robust array of virtual events and activities through the fall semester and will not hold on-campus events.


Housing

Can I live in university housing on the Stockton campus?
We will have to significantly reduce the number of students allowed to live in residence on the Stockton campus for the fall semester. We are working with county health officials to see how many of our university-operated campus apartments can be used this fall. Residential Life and Housing will email residents with current housing contracts via their Pacific email address to provide additional details.

What is the housing policy for the Sacramento and San Francisco campuses?
Our residential apartments on the Sacramento Campus will remain unaffected and in San Francisco students will continue to live in apartment-style housing.

Who can I contact for housing questions?
Please email iamhome@pacific.edu.


Finances

What financial support is available for the fall semester?
We understand that COVID-19 has inflicted significant financial hardships on many students and families. In addition to new grants for graduate students, Pacific announced in spring undergraduate scholarships of $1,450 a year for up to four years for all eligible undergraduates. Those are among the largest and most comprehensive COVID-19-related scholarships in the nation. Pacific also distributed more than $2 million in federal COVID-19 aid directly to students earlier this year.

For the fall semester, we are eliminating all course fees and the Stockton campus recreation fee. Pacific will continue to employ as many students as possible remotely through the Federal Work-Study Program. Finally, for students who need assistance in connecting remotely for their Pacific classes, there are limited funds available to help subsidize personal technology needs.

How do the housing and dining refunds work?
If you have a housing contract, your housing contract will be canceled and a refund will be administered as a credit to your student account. We encourage you to work with Student Accounts to make arrangements on how your refund will be handled or if you prefer to be credited.

Will Pacific reduce tuition or fees for the fall semester?
We are eliminating course fees for the fall semester, largely because most labs will not be available. We are also eliminating the recreational fee for the fall semester because our recreational venues will not be available. But the most important elements of learning and the value of a Pacific degree remain unchanged. Therefore, tuition will not be reduced for the fall semester. Students will have the same outstanding professors teaching the same curriculum with the same learning outcomes, delivered the same days and times as traditional classes. The only difference is the venue. Students will also have the same access outside of class to their professors, to library and research services, to academic support and counseling services.

It is worth noting that our tuition and fees are the second lowest among our eight California peer institutions (Pepperdine, Chapman, Santa Clara, University of San Diego, Redlands, Loyola Marymount and University of San Francisco). Only St. Mary’s is lower, by $400.

Additionally, Pacific has had the lowest increases in tuition and fees among the California peer institutions in recent years (by both dollars and percentage). Tuition and fees at Pacific are $3,000 less than the average peer university and nearly $7,000 less than the most expensive.

Most importantly, the return on investment (lifetime salary) of a Pacific degree was higher than all but one of Pacific’s California peers in a recent study by Georgetown University of every four-year college and university in the country.

I have questions about my financial aid package. Who can I talk with about it?
Because each student’s financial aid package is unique, we encourage you to contact your campus’s financial aid office. Financial aid staff welcome inquiries from all students regarding their aid for next year and especially encourage students whose circumstances have changed to contact them directly:

Stockton: financialaid@pacific.edu, 209.946.2421


Health and Wellness

Will Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and university wellness services be available?
Yes, CAPS remains available remotely to all Pacific students, as well as the nurse advice line (209.946.2315, option 4) and Care Managers (caremanagers@pacific.edu or 209.946.2177). More student health services information can be found here.

Information on faculty and staff resources, including the Employee Assistance Program, can be found here.


Technology and Resources

What technological changes has the university made since the spring?
Pacific Technology continues to make improvements to technology available to students, faculty and staff learning and working remotely.  Storage spaces have been moved to the cloud and tools that enable remote Helpdesk support have been deployed.

What if I need equipment to learn remotely?
The university has some equipment and limited funding to help subsidize personal technology costs. For assistance with funding, email Financial Aid. For assistance with equipment, email Remote-Equipment-Request@pacific.edu.

Who can I contact if I have any technology related question?
Support for technology issues or questions can be found here.


International Students

Will international students be able to study in the U.S. with the fall semester now delivered remotely?
Yes, the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement rescinded its proposal and international students will be able to take remote classes this fall and remain in the U.S.


Visiting or Working on Campus

Do I need to wear a mask if I am on campus this fall?
Yes, all individuals are required to wear face coverings when they are with other people as detailed here. Face coverings significantly reduce the spread of respiratory droplets from coughing, sneezing or talking, and are important to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Do individuals need to social distance while on campus?
Yes, all individuals are expected to stay six feet (or two arms’ lengths) apart from one another as detailed here. Generally, respiratory droplets can travel about this far when coughing, sneezing or talking, although this distance can be increased by wind, vents and other air currents.

Do I need to complete a screening process before going on campus?
Yes, all individuals are required to conduct a self-screening prior to arriving on campus to assess their risk of being COVID-19 positive or having been exposed. This screening will include submitting a self-reported temperature and answering questions about symptoms through Pacific’s web-based application system/smartphone application which will be made available soon. Visitors wishing to conduct essential business on any Pacific campus should follow university protocols and schedule their visit with the hosting unit.


Athletics

Will fall sports still be played?
Pacific and the West Coast Conference (WCC) will delay the beginning of fall competition in all conference sports until at least Sept. 24, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The WCC will continue to discuss options for fall sports and any further action will be shared at the appropriate time.

Can Pacific athletes and teams still train?
Student-athletes should contact their head coaches for details.


Spring 2021

Will students be able to attend class in-person for the spring 2021 semester?
With California leading the nation in COVID-19-related standards and regulations, we believe our region will be well positioned for Pacific to fully open all three of our campuses for the spring semester with on-campus learning and full residential living. We will continue to carefully monitor the situation and make plans centered on the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and community.