Page updated January 6, 2022
Students who are not compliant with Pacific's vaccination requirements are subject to progressive discipline. This process is currently underway through the Office of Student Conduct. In order to remain at Pacific and retain all privileges, students must submit proof of vaccination or a declination form.
Questions about progressive discipline can be directed to the Office of Student Conduct.
Before Coming to Campus
- Students are required to complete COVID-19 Awareness and Prevention Training
- Daily Self Screen - Students are encouraged to conduct a daily self-screening prior to coming to campus.
- Submit Vaccination Status - Pacific requires all students to get vaccinated. Read more
Wear a Face Covering
Masks are 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.
Due to local case rates, all individuals will be required to undergo weekly testing for COVID-19.
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS): On-call therapist available 24/7. During business hours, call 209.946.2315, option 2 and ask to be transferred to the on-call therapist. On nights and weekends, call 209.946.2315, option 2 and wait for the CAPS voicemail to begin, then option 4 and you will be connected to a licensed therapist.
Student Health Center nurse advice line: 209.946.2315, option 4
Care Managers: email@example.com or 209.946.2177
Religious and Spiritual Life: firstname.lastname@example.org
The progressive discipline of individuals who refuse to comply with university health and safety standards will be managed in a manner consistent with university compliance standards. For more information about student compliance please refer to page five of the Tiger Lore Handbook (pdf).
These policies may change depending on future guidance from the county public health departments in Sacramento, Stockton and San Francisco.
If I am unvaccinated, will I have to test for COVID-19 while I am on campus?
Yes. All unvaccinated individuals on campus are required to participate in weekly testing.
When we return to campus will students have to do the Daily Health Screener app every day?
No, the daily screening using the Pacific app is no longer required before coming to campus, but you are encouraged to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms before coming to campus or leaving your residence hall. If you have COVID-19 symptoms, please stay home or in your room, and contact the Student Health Center and your health care provider.
I am unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, do I have to wear a mask indoors or outdoors?
Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals must wear a mask when not eating or drinking. Masks may be removed while eating, but a 6-foot physical distance must be maintained from all other individuals.
Is Pacific requiring vaccinations?
Yes, Pacific is requiring that all students and employees be vaccinated, with exceptions for health or religious reasons. Students and employees can upload their vaccination status through the Pacific Health Portal. The Declination Form, used to state health or religious exceptions, can be found here. Declination forms can be uploaded through the Pacific Health Portal.
I submitted a Declination Form for health or religious reasons, do I still need to wear a mask indoors?
Yes, masks must be worn by individuals who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, including in residence hall rooms or classrooms when others are present.
How do we respond if someone refuses to follow Pacific’s COVID-19 protocols?
Non-compliance can be reported directly to the Dean of Students. As with all safety rules, failure to adhere, especially when asked, will result in progressive discipline per Tiger Lore Student Handbook (login required).
Who knows my vaccination status?
Your vaccination status is shared on a need-to-know basis to ensure compliance with health and safety rules.
How should we respond when others indicate they do not want to be around those who are not vaccinated?
It is important that Pacific students uphold our value of respect and civility.
What health and wellness services are available to students on campus?
- The Student Health Center remains open for all students from Monday through Friday, with the Nurse Advice line available 24/7 at 209.946.2315 option 4.
- Counseling and Psychological Services are available for informal consultations, single solution sessions, individual and group counseling. A therapist is available 24/7 at 209.946.2315 option 3.
- The Care Managers can assist students in managing personal or medical emergencies. Examples of concerns that a Care Manager can help with include housing insecurity and acquiring basic needs (e.g. toiletries, diapers, etc.). Interested students or families can contact them at email@example.com.
I have a family member that is immunocompromised, can Residential Life & Housing ensure that my roommate is vaccinated?
Students who are uncomfortable in their room should talk with a member of the Residential Life & Housing team; the student is welcome to submit a request for a room change. Residential Life & Housing will do their best to resolve concerns brought to their attention. The student requesting the room change will be the person who relocates.
Are employees, vendors, contractors, faculty and staff working on campus vaccinated? If not, will they always wear a mask around me?
All members of the university that are unvaccinated and partially vaccinated must follow guidelines included in the Health and Safety Plan.
Who holds staff/faculty accountable for following the Health and Safety Guidelines?
California Occupational Health and Safety Administration (Cal/OSHA) requires that Pacific employees follow their mandatory safety requirements. Human Resources should be informed if an employee does not follow Pacific’s Health and Safety Plan. The Dean of Students and Student Conduct office should be informed of a student who does not follow Pacific’s Health and Safety Plan. If the requirements are not followed, employees and students will be subject to a progressive disciplinary process outlined in the Disciplinary Action Policy for Compliance Misconduct and Tiger Lore.
My parents and I feel safer with me staying home—will I be given the option to continue online learning?
No, we are a residential university for undergraduate students and our faculty are offering courses in-person. Accommodations for medical reasons can be requested through Services for Students with Disabilities.
Will I be able to opt out of on campus housing even though I live outside the 30-mile requirement?
We are a residential undergraduate campus. Residential Life & Housing will enforce the University Residency Requirement. Students always have the right to submit a housing petition, along with supporting documentation, requesting an exemption to the residency requirement policy. Residential Life & Housing, in conjunction with select campus colleagues, will review all petitions and communicate with the student about their petition request.
How will academic policy (e.g. absence policies) be altered in each syllabus for symptomatic students?
Students can expect to follow normal absence protocols outlined in their course syllabi.
Will classes continue to be offered online for those who are not able to be vaccinated for health or religious reasons, or unable to return to campus due to travel restrictions, or students on campus who are diagnosed with COVID-19 and unable to return to campus for an extended period of time?
We are a residential campus for undergraduates. Students who are not vaccinated or partially vaccinated will need to wear masks in class or when not alone and follow additional safety protocols as outlined in Pacific’s Health and Safety Plan. Students with specific concerns should contact the Care Managers Team or their faculty directly. Students who are ill with COVID-19 and are unable to attend classes for extended periods of time should contact the Care Managers Team and/or their course faculty members to determine if alternatives for making up missed courses are available.
If I become ill while on campus due to COVID-19 and am not able to continue with my academics for the semester, will I be given a refund?
Students will follow the normal refund policy.
If I am not vaccinated, are there any other restrictions imposed upon me outside of needing to wear a mask, such as participation in intramural/contact sports?
Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated individuals must follow guidelines included in the Health and Safety Plan, including wearing masks.
If I live off of campus and become exposed and test positive, but am not able to go home to quarantine due to family matters, will the university provide me temporary housing?
While the university will not provide temporary housing, the Office of Dean of Students can assist students in finding alternative housing arrangements off campus.
I received my first vaccine dose of a 2-dose series, can I receive my second when I get to Pacific? Do I have to have the same vaccine for the second dose?
Vaccines are not interchangeable. You must complete the second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine series with the same brand as the first vaccination. Information about vaccination clinics, including Pacific’s, can be found at MyTurn. Partially vaccinated students must follow the same protocols as unvaccinated students. Any student who receives a second vaccine dose after arriving on campus will be considered unvaccinated/partially vaccinated until two weeks after the second dose. Currently, the CDC considers fully vaccinated to be two weeks after completion of a 2-dose series (e.g. Pfizer or Moderna) or a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen.