This plan is based upon the interim guidance issued by the State of California COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Institutions of Higher Education (PDF). Requirements of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the public health departments of San Joaquin, San Francisco and Sacramento counties have been included where appropriate.

The university is delivering instruction in a primarily remote learning environment through the spring semester. The majority of employees (faculty and staff) and students will remain remote. A small number of students will be residing in campus housing during the spring semester and a small number of employees come to campus intermittently to perform essential duties. Students and employees associated with health programs are on their campuses for activities related to clinical skills and patient care.

 A return to pre-COVID on-campus activities for students and staff will be dependent upon local conditions, with the guidance of the local public health officials, the state of California and with attention to the health and safety of the campus community.

The Health and Safety plan for the university includes both county, state and federal guidelines as well as programmatic specific requirements. 

Since patient care activities are permitted and performed on the San Francisco Campus, there is a separate Health and Safety Plan and other supporting documents to address pandemic protocols specific to those programs.

Before Coming to Campus

All members of the Pacific Community will be required to complete an online training course. 

Stockton and Sacramento Campuses: (use password for initial login: Welcome1!)

San Francisco Campus (Pacific login required)

Daily Health Screening

Students and employees are required to conduct a daily self-screening to assess their risk of being COVID-19 positive or being exposed to another person who is COVID-19 positive. The screening tool is not intended to diagnose COVID-19, but to identify possible signs of the virus and to raise awareness of wellness. This daily screening includes questions about symptoms such as a fever or cough, travel history or contact with someone who is COVID-19 positive. If any questions are answered in the affirmative, the student or employee will receive an email or text with further instructions. If all questions are answered negative for risk, the application generates a “You Pass” + QRR email for Sacramento and Stockton.

For the San Francisco campus ONLY, the application generates a bar code for entrance to the building if all questions are answered as negative for risk. Automated temperature screening kiosks are in place to measure the temperature of all individuals entering the building.

Conduct my daily health screen

Stockton/Sacramento | San Francisco

You can also download and screen through the Pacific App

Apple Store | Google Play

Social Distancing

One of the first lines of defense in the fight against COVID-19 is social distancing. Social distancing is defined as staying at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from people who are not members of your household. 

Social distancing in all university areas, including outdoors is a priority. University spaces have been rearranged, modified occupancy limits signs have been posted, meeting spaces and common areas are closed off, clear circulation patterns for high traffic and/or narrow path facilities have been identified and facility changes have been made to enable appropriate distancing. In areas where social distancing is not achievable, such as open office spaces, reception desks, cashiers and other high traffic areas, physical barriers have been installed.

To practice social distancing:

  • Stay at least 6 feet from other people
  • Do not assemble in groups and avoid large gatherings
  • Comply with visual cues such as occupancy limits, building traffic flow and distance markers

Wear a Mask

Face coverings help reduce the transmission of COVID-19 by limiting the spread of respiratory droplets from coughing, sneezing, or talking.  

Masks or face coverings must be worn at all times by students, employees, visitors and vendors on campus indoors, except when employees are alone in their office or when students are in their own campus dorm and outside, in accordance with the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

The university provides three cloth facial coverings to students and employees on each campus. These will be distributed through Student Life and division managers. Students will also be able to obtain additional or “emergency” facial coverings in Student Health Services, through Public Safety officers, or Residential Life & Housing staff.

The CDC recommends that people: 


  • Wear masks to help protect yourself from getting or spreading COVID-19
  • Wear masks with two or more layers to stop the spread of COVID-19
  • Wear the mask over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin
  • Wear a mask in public settings when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when it may be difficult for you to stay six feet apart

Do Not

  • Put masks on someone two years and younger
  • Put masks on people who have trouble breathing, or people who cannot remove the mask without assistance
  • Wear masks intended for healthcare workers, for example, N95 respirators 
  • Wear masks or facial coverings with valves, they will not be allowed

How to Wear

Wear a mask correctly and consistently to limit the spread of the virus.

  • Wash your hands before putting on your mask 
  • Put it over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin 
  • Don’t put the mask around your neck or up on your forehead
  • Try to fit it snugly against the side of your face
  • Make sure you can breathe easily

How to Take off a Mask

  • Carefully untie strings or stretch the ear loops
  • Handle only by earloops or ties 
  • Fold the outside corners together 
  • Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose and mouth when removing and wash hands immediately after 

How to Clean

Cloth face coverings should be washed regularly. Always remove masks correctly and wash your hands after handling or touching a used mask.

  • Include your mask with your regular laundry 
  • Use regular laundry detergent and the warmest appropriate water setting for the cloth used to make a mask 
  • Use the highest heat setting and leave in the dryer until completely dry
  • Use soap and warm water and air dry if you are not able to machine wash 

Note: Persons exempted from wearing a face covering due to a medical condition must wear a non-restrictive alternative, such as a face shield with a drape on the bottom edge, as long as their condition permits it.  Individuals should request accommodations either through the Offices of Human Resources or Services for Students with Disabilities.

See the CDC’s Use of Masks to Help Slow the spread of COVID-19

See the university's policy on face coverings

Healthy Hygiene

Adopting and applying health hygiene practices will ensure your own safety and the safety of others in managing the spread of COVID-19.

Hand Washing

  • Frequently wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water.
  • When hand washing is not practical, students and employees should use alcohol-based hand rubs (ABHR) containing at least 60% ethyl alcohol or 70% isopropyl alcohol. Hand sanitizing stations have been placed throughout campus.

Respiratory Hygiene/Cough Etiquette

Students and employees should practice the following respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette measures to limit transmission:

  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use the inside of the elbow.
  • Used tissues should be thrown in the trash and hands washed immediately with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, ABHR containing at least 60% ethyl alcohol, or 70% isopropyl alcohol is recommended.

Cleaning and Disinfecting

Sharing items (e.g. computer equipment, microwaves, etc.) should only occur when absolutely necessary and such items should be sanitized between uses.