Page updated Sept. 7, 2021

Health and Safety Plan

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 August 18, 2021.

Unvaccinated

Individuals who submit declination forms or do not provide proof of vaccination will be required to follow the unvaccinated guidelines. Practice social distance (6 ft') when removing their mask to eat or drink.

Weekly Testing

Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated students and employees will be required to undergo weekly testing. Individuals who have filled out a declination form or received one vaccine of a 2-dose series are considered unvaccinated. Fully vaccinated individuals who were a close contact of a COVID-19-positive person must test 3-5 days after the exposure and can utilize Pacific’s Stockton or Sacramento on-site testing locations if they do not have symptoms of COVID-19.

Effective Sept. 11, 2021, Stockton and Sacramento campuses will offer Weekly Testing hours on Saturday mornings.

Testing Hours & Locations

(Pacific ID Required)

Stockton

TriDelta House (map)

Monday through Friday | 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday | 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

No appointment required.

San Francisco

Student Health Center

By appointment only.

Sacramento

McGeorge House (map)

Tuesday through Thursday | 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday | 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

No appointment required.

Students

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

Employees can only be tested if they do not have COVID-19 symptoms. Symptomatic employees should contact their primary healthcare provider. Employees may choose to use an off-site healthcare provider for weekly testing and submit the results to human_resources@pacific.edu. Pacific will not reimburse any expenses related to off-site testing.

Testing After COVID-19

Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals who contract COVID-19 (confirmed or suspected) are required to continue Weekly Testing after recovering from the illness and completing isolation requirements. Pacific's Weekly Testing sites utilize rapid antigen tests which look for active virus and not antibodies.

COVID-19 Symptoms, Close Contact or Positive Test

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.

Quarantine and Isolation Guidelines >

When Someone Tests Positive for COVID-19

Students who test positive for COVID-19 should stay in their room and notify Student Health Center within 24 hours by phone, email or text. SHC will provide next steps.

Faculty and staff should stay home, notify Human Resources and their supervisor within 24 hours of their diagnosis. HR will provide next steps.

Contact Tracing

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.

Wear a Face Covering

Masks are currently required for everyone while indoors (including during course instruction) and should only be removed when eating/drinking, when in a room alone or with your roommates in your residence hall. Unvaccinated individuals must maintain social distance (6’) from others whenever they remove their mask to eat/drink.

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

Pacific is following CDC guidelines for face coverings, including at least two layers of material and a snug fit. In addition to disposable, N95, and 2-layer cloth masks, CDC’s current guidelines allow cloth masks with clear panels or masks made of clear panels, however, the mask must still have a snug fit and be breathable without valves.

Face shields are not considered an acceptable alternative to masks unless they have a drape that fully encloses the wearer’s face and neck.

For more information, see the CDC Guide to Masks.

  • 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
  • You are encouraged to 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

  • 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.

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.

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

  • 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.

Travel Protocols

This information is based on the most current CDC guidelines as of July 26, 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.

Fully Vaccinated*

While you are traveling:

  • Wearing a mask over your nose and mouth is requiredon planes, buses, trains and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and while indoors at U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations. Travelers are not required to wear a mask in outdoor areas of a conveyance (like on a ferry or the top deck of a bus). CDC recommends that travelers who are not fully vaccinated continue to wear a mask and maintain physical distance when traveling.
  • Follow all state and local recommendations and requirements.

After you travel:

  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms
    • Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days.
    • Follow all state and localrecommendations or requirements.

 

Unvaccinated or Partially Vaccinated

If you are not fully vaccinated and must travel, take the following steps to protect yourself and others from COVID-19:

Before you travel:

  • Get tested with a viral test 1-3 days before your trip.

While you are traveling:

  • Wearing a mask over your nose and mouth is required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and while indoors at U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations. Travelers are not required to wear a mask in outdoor areas of a conveyance (like on open deck areas of a ferry or the uncovered top deck of a bus). CDC recommends that travelers who are not fully vaccinated continue to wear a mask and maintain physical distance when traveling.
  • Avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet/2 meters (about 2 arm lengths) from anyone who is not traveling with you.
  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).

After you travel:

  • Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel.
    • Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days.
    • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
  • If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
  • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not.
  • 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 localexternal icon health department’s website to look for the latest information on where to get tested.

 

Returning to campus

 

Fully Vaccinated*

  • Do not have to quarantine
  • Do not need to test

       Unvaccinated or Partially Vaccinated

  • Required to wear mask while traveling if using public transportation
  • Required to take a COVID-19 test 3-5 days after arriving on campus
  • Must quarantine for 7 days after arrival on campus

Quarantine = May only participate in essential activities with mask and physical distancing

*Fully vaccinated with FDA/WHO approved vaccines.

Fully Vaccinated

Before you travel

  • Make sure you understand and follow all airline and destination requirements related to travel, mask wearing, testing, or quarantine, which may differ from U.S. requirements. If you do not follow your destination’s requirements, you may be denied entry and required to return to the United States.
  • Check the current COVID-19 situation in your destination.

While you are traveling:

  • Wearing a mask over your nose and mouth is required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and while indoors at U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations. Travelers are not required to wear a mask in outdoor areas of a conveyance (like on open deck areas of a ferry or the uncovered top deck of a bus).
  • Follow all recommendations and requirements at your destination, including mask wearing and social distancing

Before you arrive in the United States:

  • All air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens and fully vaccinated peopleare required to have a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 3 days before travel or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months before they board a flight to the United States.

After travel:

  • Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel.
  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
  • Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements after travel

Unvaccinated

If you are not fully vaccinated and must travel, take the following steps to protect yourself and others from COVID-19:

Before you travel:

  • Get tested with a viral test 1-3 days before your trip.
  • Make sure you understand and follow all airline and destination requirements related to travel, testing, or quarantine, which may differ from U.S. requirements. If you do not follow your destination’s requirements, you may be denied entry and required to return to the United States.
  • Check the COVID-19 situation in your destination.

While you are traveling:

  • Wearing a mask over your nose and mouth is required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and while indoors at U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations. Travelers are not required to wear a mask in outdoor areas of a conveyance (like on open deck areas of a ferry or the uncovered top deck of a bus). CDC recommends that travelers who are not fully vaccinated continue to wear a mask and maintain physical distance when traveling.
  • Avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet/2 meters (about 2 arm lengths) from anyone who is not traveling with you.
  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).

Before you arrive in the United States:

  • All air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens and fully vaccinated people, are required to have a negative COVID-19 viral test result no more than 3 days before travel or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months before they board a flight to the United States.

After you travel:

  • Get tested with a viral test3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel.
    • Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days.
    • If your test is positive, isolateyourself to protect others from getting infected.
  • If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
  • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illnessfor 14 days, whether you get tested or not.
  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
  • Follow all state and localrecommendations or requirements.
  • Visit your state, territorial,tribal, and localexternal icon health department’s website to look for the latest information on where to get tested.

 

Returning to Campus

Fully Vaccinated*   

  • Do not have to quarantine upon arrival to campus
  • Must have negative COVID-19 viral test three days before arrival to the United States as stated above
  • A second COVID-19 test (rapid test) conducted 3-5 days after arrival in the US will be required
    • If positive, Student Health Center will provide guidance for students and Human Resources will provide guidance for employees.

Unvaccinated or Partially Vaccinated

  • Must have negative COVID-19 molecular test three days before arrival to the United States and Pacific campus.
  • A second COVID-19 test conducted 3-5 days after arrival in the US will be required
    • If positive, Student Health Center will provide guidance for students and Human Resources will provide guidance for employees
  • Must self-quarantine for 7 days after arrival on campus

Quarantine = May only participate in essential activities with mask and physical distancing.

*Fully vaccinated with FDA/WHO approved vaccines.

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.