Page updated May 20, 2022
NOTE: The Cal OSHA Emergency Temporary Standards expire on April 14. The University of the Pacific’s Health and Safety Plan is currently under review to ensure alignment with current and upcoming public safety guidelines and requirements.
The health and safety plan is the overarching plan for University of the Pacific. However, there are some important campus-specific policies and protocols, specifically for the San Francisco Campus that should be carefully reviewed by all members of that campus. Health and Safety Plan last updated January 6, 2022. Please be aware our Health and Safety Plan is undergoing revisions based on updated public health guidance.
Individuals who submit declination forms or do not provide proof of vaccination (including booster dose when eligible) are required to follow the unvaccinated guidelines, including mandatory weekly testing.
Effective March 25, 2022 (Stockton and Sacramento) and April 4, 2022 (San Francisco), all individuals who are unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, or booster eligible and have not received their booster dose will be required to test weekly. Employees and students who are fully vaccinated + boosted (if eligible) are not required to test weekly but may do so if they wish.
Testing Hours & Locations
(Pacific ID Required)
Reception Desk, 2nd floor
No appointment required.
Mon. | 8 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Wed.* | 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Thu. | 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
*Closed Wed. | 1-2 p.m. for lunch
No appointment required.
Students who may have symptoms of COVID-19 should contact the Student Health Center to schedule an appointment for a test (Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., 209.946.2315 Option 1; after hours 209.946.2315 Option 4). After hours telehealth is available via phone or video appointment at LiveHealth Online.
Employees can only be tested if they do not have COVID-19 symptoms. Symptomatic employees should contact their primary healthcare provider. To maintain data integrity and allow us to track completion of testing requirements, we will not accept test results from other providers for the purpose of Weekly Testing compliance. Pacific will not reimburse any expenses related to off-site testing.
Testing After COVID-19
Those who have recovered from a diagnostically confirmed case of COVID-19 are not required to test for 90 days.
When Someone Has COVID-19 Symptoms
Individuals who are showing possible symptoms of COVID-19 (vaccinated or unvaccinated) should isolate immediately and follow appropriate next steps.
When Someone Tests Positive for COVID-19
If you had COVID-19 in the previous 90 days and then came into close contact with someone with COVID-19, you do not have to quarantine or get tested if you do not have symptoms. But you should:
- Wear a well-fitting mask indoors in public for 10 days after exposure.
- Monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and isolate immediately if symptoms develop.
- Consult with a healthcare provider for testing recommendations if new symptoms develop.
If you had COVID-19 and continued to test positive 5 days or later you should continue isolation through day 10. Testing to end isolation after day 10 is not recommended in most cases (see note on immunocompromised individuals below).
You do not have to test weekly for the next 90 days. But you should:
- Make sure you are up-to-date on your COVID-19 vaccine, including booster
- Report any symptoms of COVID-19 and isolate immediately if symptoms develop
- Consult with your healthcare provider regarding the possibility of prolonged infection if you are moderately to severely immunocompromised. Follow their instructions on when to end isolation.
Contact tracing for all COVID-19 positive cases will be implemented regardless of vaccination status. Unvaccinated/partially vaccinated individuals are required to quarantine if identified as a close contact of a COVID-positive person. Students should notify the Student Health Center. Employees should notify their supervisor and Human Resources for next steps.
Effective March 25, 2022 (Stockton and Sacrament) and April 4, 2022 (San Francisco), masks will no longer be required indoors on Pacific campuses. Specific healthcare and patient care (clinical) settings may have more stringent requirements and those will be communicated by the program. Individuals may, of course, continue to wear a face covering.
For the convenience of our students and employees who wish to voluntarily wear an N95 respirator mask, N95 masks are available at the Stockton and Sacramento Weekly Testing Clinics (limit 5 per person per week). Surgical masks can be requested by departments/schools/colleges for use by students and employees.
For individuals who continue to wear masks on campus, Pacific is following CDPH guidelines for face coverings, including strongly recommending surgical/procedural masks (also known as "disposable") made of 3 layers of non-woven material with a nose wire and proper fit and N95 or KN95 masks (known as "respirators"). If cloth masks are worn, they should include 2 layers of tightly woven cotton plus 1 later of non-woven fabric, nose wire and adjustable ear loops.
- Face coverings that have visible holes, slits or punctures or openings or do not snugly cover the nose and mouth.
- Gaiters unless they have two layers of fabric or are folded to make two layers.
- Face shields or clear barriers (that cover the face and is typically open at the sides and bottom) alone, without another face covering.
- Any of the following, used alone as face coverings: scarves, ski masks, balaclavas, bandanas, turtlenecks, collars or masks with a single layer of fabric.
For additional information on types of masks, the most effective masks, and ensuring a well-fitted mask, individuals should refer to CDPH Get the Most out of Masking and see CDPH Masking Guidance Frequently Asked Questions for more information.
- 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
- Do not wear masks or facial coverings with valves, they will not be allowed
- Carefully untie strings or stretch the ear loops
- Handle only by ear loops or ties
- Fold the outside corners together
- Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose and mouth when removing and wash hands immediately after
- 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.
Looking to host an event on-campus? Outlined below are essential requirements for the health and safety of our communities. If you have a special event with unique considerations, email the COVID Council at COVID-19_information@PACIFIC.EDU.
- Mega events require masks, proof, testings - indoors = 1,000 or more / outdoors = 10,000 or more. Note the change for indoors occurs 4/1/2022
- Contact the COVID Council for the latest mask guidelines for events.
- All event publicity or communications should include appropriate COVID-19 requirements (e.g. masks requirements, proof of vaccination/testing [if required], etc) in advance of event.
- Pacific encourages all event planners to consider including a vaccination/testing requirement for any large, indoor event. Special considerations for vaccination/testing requirements include:
- Sufficient staff or volunteers to check vaccination/testing status before entry.
- Do not copy or retain any medical or vaccine documentation.
Per the State of California, these are defined as crowds greater than 1,000 (indoors) and 10,000 (outdoors). Vaccine verification / negative testing required for all attendees of mega events. Effective December 1, 2021, all attendees 18+ must provide identification to confirm the individual presenting proof of vaccination or negative test if the attendee is entering the facility or venue.
Beginning December 15, 2021, individuals who cannot provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 must provide a negative test result (taken no more than 1 day in advance for rapid antigen or no more than 2 days in advance for PCR).
Pacific’s COVID Council must be notified of mega events prior to any publicity.
Working differently in response to COVID-19
We have completely reinvented how we do business and have adopted a new philosophical approach to cleaning for the Fall 2020 semester and beyond.
- Health and Wellness: Daily self health screenings for all essential employees working on campus
- Shift Workload: Reduce office space cleaning in order to clean high-traffic areas more frequently
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Confirm we are using EPA-registered disinfectants
- Technology: Adapt the use of new cleaning technology including electrostatic sprayers
- Faculty Collaboration: culture of continuous improvement to clean more efficiently
- Air: Increased preventative maintenance including MERV 13 filters and increased air flow through buildings
- Water: Flushing all plumbing systems frequently even while campus buildings have been less populated
All Facilities Management staff are screened in accordance with guidelines published by the State of California –Cal-OSHA summarized as follows:
- Do not report to work if you have a temperature > 100º Fahrenheit
- Do not report to work if you are sick
- Do not shake hands or engage in any unnecessary physical contact
- Wash your hands vigorously with soap and water (minimum 20 seconds) often throughout the day
- Mask or face covering is required to be worn anytime in campus buildings
- All Facilities Management staff are required to perform daily self-screening before coming to campus
Follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guideline that we use EPA-registered disinfectants. Our primary cleaning product is Suprox-D:
- Hilliard-Suprox, Hilliard-Suprox-D, and Diversity-Virex
- For use in hospitals, nursing homes, schools, colleges, medical and dental offices, etc.
- Virucidal performance: effective against Human Coronavirus as well as numerous other pathogens
- All products on this list meet the EPA’s criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19
Priority and Focus: The Assistant Vice President for Facilities Management meets weekly with housekeeping and custodial supervisors specifically to review and discuss (and update, if necessary) all cleaning and disinfecting operations and protocols.
Quality Control: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfection states, “Clean and disinfect frequently touched areas at least daily or between use as much as possible.” Our cleaning and disinfecting protocols meet or exceed CDC guidelines.
Readjusted Staffing and Schedules: Facilities Management includes 62 housekeeping and custodial staff who regularly maintain 95 campus buildings (approximately 1.2 million GSF) and support other campus buildings on an as-needed basis. On a typical day, this translates into a maximum of 52 custodians covering approximately 91 classrooms and 175 labs, plus public restrooms and other high-traffic areas.
- Housekeeping and custodial staff are on campus Monday through Friday, with supplemental staff on weekends as needed, summarized as follows:
- 52 Custodians (dayshift): coverage for approximately 95 campus buildings (500,000 + GSF)
- 8 Custodians (nightshift): specialty cleaning and floors
- 23 Housekeepers: devoted exclusively to supporting Residence Life: 32 buildings (700,000 GSF)
- Custodial teams are supplemented with other staff as needed and other workloads permitting
Operations Cleaning: Custodial essential workers methodically deep-clean all campus buildings and residence halls — this has included detailed cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting – and all buildings have continued to receive ongoing cleaning without interruption.
- High-traffic areas (building lobbies, public restrooms, etc.) in prominent buildings across campus and frequently touched surfaces (door handles, push bars, elevator buttons, drinking fountains, faucet handles, etc.) are cleaned and disinfected with much greater frequency
- Public restrooms are maintained continuously throughout the day, including focused cleanings minimum twice daily during daytime hours
Focus on Classrooms: Hand-sanitizing stations at all entrances and exits of all campus buildings; it is also our intention to provide disinfecting wipes for students to clean and disinfect their desks or work surfaces at the start and conclusion of each class. We have ordered significant quantities (more than ever before) all of which are subject to availability as supply-chain logistics are significantly disrupted.
- We recommend discouraging food or drink in the classroom to the extent it is practical; this will enable our custodial staff to work more productively and efficiently whenever they are able to access classrooms during breaks throughout the day.
- Similarly, we recommend against rearranging classroom furniture; this will help allow our custodial staff to devote more of their time to cleaning rather than resetting classroom furniture at the start of each day.
Adopting New Technology: We adopted the use of electrostatic sprayers to apply a misting disinfectant as we have methodically cleaned all campus buildings and residence halls. Electrostatic sprayers will also be used throughout campus as needed.
Building Plumbing Systems: Our building plumbing systems are sealed or closed-loop systems with treated water provided by the Cal Water, whose tap water supply meets all state and federal health standards.
- While many employees have been working remotely the past few months, it is not the case that our buildings have been completely vacant or that building systems have been unattended. Facilities Management’s building maintenance technicians have been working (and running systems) in every building across the entire campus.
- As a further precaution to ensure against the possibility of stagnant or standing water inside any building system, Facilities Management’s housekeeping and custodial staff have been continually running water through the buildings by flushing toilets and opening the faucets every time they are working in restrooms.
Building Ventilation Systems (HVAC): It is important to remind everyone that the protocols of washing hands vigorously with soap and water (and doing so frequently), combined with wearing a mask or face covering, maintaining appropriate physical distancing, coughing or sneezing into a handkerchief or sleeve, etc. are by far the most effective measures to lessen the likelihood of any airborne transference of infection or illness. The majority of filters have been upgraded to MERV-13
- Facilities Management’s HVAC technicians have performed extensive predictive and preventative maintenance to ensure our building ventilation systems are not only well maintained and running properly but are also operating per the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) recommendations and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.
- The American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) is universally recognized as the authority in building ventilation systems. ASHRAE leadership has stated the following regarding transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and the operation of HVAC systems during the COVID-19 pandemic:
- “Changes to building operations, including the operation of heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems, can reduce airborne exposures.”
- “Ventilation and filtration provided by heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning systems can reduce the airborne concentration of SARS-CoV-2 and thus the risk of transmission through the air. In general, disabling of heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning systems is not a recommended measure to reduce the transmission of the virus.”
- Rooftop air-handlers, indoor air-handlers, variable air volume (VAV) units, fan coils, exhaust fans, chilled-water actuators and heating-water actuators have been inspected and serviced and all filters have been and will continue to be replaced as scheduled.
- Rooftop Air-Handlers: Remove and replace pleated air filters. Power-wash chilled water coils, heating coils, supply plenums, air return plenum and complete air-handler enclosure. Align belt and pulleys for each supply and return fan assembly. Replace belts and pulleys in several air handlers. Perform electrical safety check on all motors and controls including wiring rotation and amperage. Clean and service all strainers. Clean and calibrate all chilled-water actuators and heating-water actuators. Test fresh outside air damper and clean bird screens. Clean grease inserts and grease bearings on motors and blower wheels. Check, test and calibrate airflow to match automated graphics.
- Indoor Air-Handlers: Remove and replace pleated air filters. Clean all return and supply registers throughout hallways and classrooms. Align belt and pulleys for each supply and return fan assembly. Replace all belts and pulleys in air handlers as needed. Perform electrical safety check on all motors and controls including wiring rotation and amperage. Clean and service all strainers. Clean and calibrate all chilled-water actuators and heating-water actuators. Test fresh outside air damper and clean bird screens. Clean grease inserts and grease bearings on motors and blower wheels. Check, test and calibrate airflow to match automated graphics.
- Indoor Variable Air Volume (VAV) Units: Clean air supply registers. Clean air supply return registers. Check outside air dampers. Test CFM to match airflow. Remove, test and clean actuators for proper airflow. Test CFM to match automated controls. Test and seal air leakage on each VAV. Inspect clean, flush and calibrate heating valve and actuators. Perform electrical safety check on controls and automation. Replace heating valve actuators as needed. Replace air volume damper actuators as needed.
- Exhaust Fans: Align pulleys, replace belts, grease bearings, replace bearings and motors as needed. Clean air supply exhaust registers. Clean electrical motor enclosure. Test automation controls and wall switches. Perform in-depth electrical safety check. Test all large motors for grounding issues.
- Building ventilation systems are the primary means by which fresh air is introduced into a building and continuously exchanged throughout the day. Automated building control systems have been programmed to provide maximum airflow per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines recommending increasing the fresh air brought into buildings through air handlers.
Adopting and applying health hygiene practices will ensure your own safety and the safety of others in managing the spread of COVID-19.
- 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.
- 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.
This information is based on the most current CDC guidelines as of December 3, 2021. Travel restrictions are impacted by location including current levels of COVID-19 at the visited location and at the campus location, as well as vaccination status. These guidelines are subject to change based on local, state and federal public health regulations and guidelines. These guidelines do not replace existing university travel policies but provide guidance to assist programs in responding to travel requests during the COVID-19 pandemic. Always follow any state, territorial, or local health department rules regarding travelers since these may differ even within the United States. The CDC has a travel planner to assist in finding local requirements. Individuals required to quarantine upon their return to California should make appropriate arrangements in advance. Any faculty or staff requesting to travel on Pacific business internationally must complete this COVID-19-specific International Travel Resource form and have it approved by the appropriate academic dean, provost, or vice president.
Current CDC guidelines for domestic travel are available on the CDC’s website. A brief summary of requirements is included below:
- Check local travel restrictions.
- Wear a mask.
- Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms after your trip.
- Test 3-5 days after arrival in California (regardless of vaccination status)
Not fully vaccinated
Traveling while unvaccinated is highly discouraged.
Before you travel
- Check local travel restrictions.
- Get a viral test 1–3 days before your trip.
- Wear a mask while traveling
After you travel
- Test 3-5 days after arrival in California (regardless of vaccination status)
- Self-quarantine for 7 days after traveling if you have a negative viral test 3–5 days after returning.
- Self-quarantine for 10 days if you do not get tested.
- Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
- Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements.
- Visit your state, territorial, tribal or local health department’s website to look for the latest information on where to get tested.
Effective November 8, 2021, international travelers coming into the United States must show proof of vaccination (FDA- or WHO-approved only). Current CDC guidelines for international travel are on the CDC’s website. A quick reference guide for travel to the United States is also available. Be aware that travel requirements differ based on US citizenship/residency. Anyone traveling internationally should review the CDC’s guidelines for international travel prior to departure. A brief summary of requirements is included below:
- Traveling while unvaccinated is highly discouraged.
- Know the risk assessment level before you travel.
- Wear a mask.
Returning to the United States
- Fully vaccinated must show proof of vaccination AND a negative COVID-19 test result taken no more than 1 day before travel.
- All non-U.S. citizens and non-U.S. immigrants traveling to the United States by air are required to show proof of being fully vaccinated.
- Not fully vaccinated must show a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 1 day before travel.
- Get a viral test 3–5 days after your trip.
- Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms.
- If you are not fully vaccinated, self-quarantine for 7 days after traveling if you have a negative viral test 3–5 days after returning or self-quarantine for 10 days if you do not get tested.
Vaccinated individuals may travel for University Business while adhering to travel guidelines and protocols.
The CDC had identified 4 levels of risk ranked from 1 (low) to 4 (high). See current risk levels for all destinations. People requesting university-related travel to countries with level 4 warning should delay travel until conditions improve. People requesting travel to countries with level 3 warning should also delay travel until conditions improve, but consideration can be given to the nature of the travel, the locations within the country where the person will spend time, since it may be a regional concern rather than a country-wide concern. All international travelers are strongly encouraged to enroll in the U.S. State Department Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) found at Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. STEP is a free service to allow U.S. citizens and nationals traveling and living abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
Before undertaking any international travel, travelers should check the information regarding any country-specific requirements. Some may require testing, quarantine, or both. The U.S. State Department provides information at COVID-19 Country Specific Information.
COVID-19 Travel Policy Exemption Request
The university has made the decision to prohibit unvaccinated employees from traveling on university business, however, we do recognize there may be extraordinary circumstances where travel by an unvaccinated employee may be critical to operations or the educational program.
Unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, or those who have not submitted their vaccination status to the University of the Pacific Health Portal will be required to submit a COVID-19 Policy Exemption Request form to be reviewed before traveling on university business. This form should be completed by the employee, and submitted to Human Resources by the supervisor. Requests from individuals who have not submitted proof of vaccination or a declination form will not be considered.