Page updated June 16, 2021
Starting May 12, 2021, every Californian 12 and up is eligible for vaccination. Read more.
Before Coming to Campus
All members of the Pacific Community will be required to complete an updated online training course. Link will be provided soon.
Daily Health Screening
Students are encouraged 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.
COVID-19 Vaccination information for students
All students will be required to be fully vaccinated before returning to campus by:
- July 6, 2021 for San Francisco Campus
- July 15, 2021 if participating in Back to Pacific: Ready, Set, Roar!
- Aug. 1, 2021 for the Stockton and Sacramento campuses
If you have been fully vaccinated at one of Pacific’s COVID-19 vaccine clinics, we already have recorded this information in the university’s secure medical records system. You do not need to do anything at this time.
If you have been fully vaccinated somewhere other than one of Pacific’s COVID-19 vaccine clinics, please upload your COVID-19 vaccination information into the University of the Pacific Health Portal (Pacific ID login required) under the Medical Clearances tab. All data and information is confidential and protected under HIPAA guidelines.
Visit Pacific’s COVID-19 Vaccination Resource Page for resources on finding a vaccination site.
Fully Vaccinated is defined as:
- 2 weeks after a second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
- 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine
If an individual does not meet these requirements, they are NOT fully vaccinated. All precautions provided by the CDC should be followed until fully vaccinated.
COVID-19 Vaccine Exemption
If a student chooses to not be vaccinated, for health or religious reasons, he/she/they must complete a declination form (pdf) and submit to Pacific’s Student Health Portal (Pacific ID login required). Students with vaccine exemptions will be required to follow more stringent health and safety protocols specifically designed for unvaccinated individuals.
To upload declination form:
- Log into the University of the Pacific Health Portal
- Click Downloadable Forms Tab
- Submit the declination form under additional Immunization Records tab
Testing Information for Students
The university will continue to follow state and county surveillance testing guidelines that will vary depending on academic programs, on-campus residency, and COVID-19 activity in the campus’ county. Vaccinated individuals will no longer be expected to participate in surveillance testing unless symptomatic.
COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements
All students must be fully vaccinated upon arrival to campus, or begin the vaccination process upon arrival.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines fully vaccinated for COVID-19 as:
- 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
- 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine
If you don’t meet these requirements, regardless of your age, you are NOT fully vaccinated. Keep taking all precautions until you are fully vaccinated.
People who were vaccinated outside the United States with a FDA-authorized World Health Organization (WHO) approved COVID-19 vaccines and have received all the recommended doses do not need any additional doses. People who received the first dose of an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine that requires two doses do not need to restart the vaccine series in the United States but should receive the second dose as close to the recommended time as possible.
People vaccinated outside the United States
People who were vaccinated outside the United States with an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine and have received all the recommended doses do not need any additional doses. People who received the first dose of an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine that requires two doses do not need to restart the vaccine series in the United States but should receive the second dose as close to the recommended time as possible.
Some people may have received a COVID-19 vaccine that is not currently authorized in the United States. No data are available on the safety or efficacy of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine currently authorized in the United States after receipt of a non-FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine. However, in some circumstances people who received a COVID-19 vaccine not currently authorized in the United States may be offered revaccination with an FDA-authorized vaccine:
- COVID-19 vaccines not authorized by FDA but listed for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO)
- People who have received all recommended doses of a COVID-19 vaccine that has been listed for emergency use by WHO do not need any additional doses with an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine.
- People who have not received all the recommended doses of a COVID-19 vaccine listed for emergency use by WHO may be offered a complete FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine series.
- Current WHO authorized vaccines include
- BioNtech Tozinameran COMIRNATY (Pfizer in US)
As of June 16, 2021. Due to frequent updates newly approved vaccines may not be listed.
- COVID-19 vaccines neither authorized by FDA nor listed for emergency use by WHO
- People who received all or some of the recommended doses of a COVID-19 vaccine that is neither authorized by FDA nor listed for emergency use by WHO may be offered a complete FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine series.
The minimum interval between the last dose of a non-FDA authorized vaccine or a WHO-listed vaccine and an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine is 28 days. Only people who have received all recommended doses of an FDA-authorized or WHO-listed COVID-19 vaccine are considered fully vaccinated for the purpose of public health guidance.
- When first arriving on campus, provide a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of entry into the US.
- If fully vaccinated with U.S. FDA-authorized or WHO approved vaccine all students may return to campus and residential housing.
- If unvaccinated, students with on-campus housing will be instructed regarding any need for alternative housing, which will be provided by the university.
- Additional testing will be offered by Student Health Services in accordance with current public health guidelines for unvaccinated people, or for people arriving to the US from international locations.
- 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 your home country requirements. If you do not follow your destination’s requirements, you may be denied entry and required to return to your country of origin.
- Check the current COVID -19 situation in your destination.
- During 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 in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.
- 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 people are 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:
This document is intended to assist in determining which university-related travel may be approved. It is based on the most current CDC guidelines as of April 22, 2021. Travel restrictions are impacted by location, current levels of COVID-19 at the visited location and at the campus location and vaccinated or unvaccinated 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 individuals may travel within the United States if approved by their supervisor, manager, program director, department chair, or dean. They are not required to quarantine or have a COVID-19 test upon return unless it is part of an existing testing or quarantine policy (e.g., testing at the beginning of an academic term for all people coming to campus).
People who are not fully vaccinated should delay travel until they have had a chance to complete vaccination and wait until two weeks after their final vaccine injection to travel. If unvaccinated individuals must travel, the following precautions should be followed:
- Get tested with a PCR test 1-3 days before the trip.
- During travel, wear a mask over both the nose and mouth and maintain at least 6 feet of personal distance from others who are not traveling with you.
- Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds often, or when soap and water is not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub with at least 60% alcohol.
- Get tested 3 – 5 days after travel and quarantine for 7 days at home, even if your test is negative.
- If you don’t get tested after travel, quarantine at home for 10 days after return from travel.
All travel must be approved in advance according to the school, program, or unit policies.
Most nonessential international travel is discouraged at this time. 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 (state.gov). 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 (state.gov).
Upon return to the US, for people who do travel internationally and have been fully vaccinated, they should have a viral test 3-5 days after travel, and isolate if the test is positive. There may be additional state and local recommendations that should be followed. This is required even if it is not university-related travel.
For people who do travel internationally and have not been fully vaccinated they should have a PCR test 3-5 days after travel and stay home to self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel. If they do not get tested, they should quarantine at home for a full 10 days after travel.
For both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals there may be additional state and local recommendations that should be followed. This is required even if it is not university-related travel.
CDC: After International Travel | CDC Updated May 3, 2021
CDC: Travel | CDC Updated April 2, 2021
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).
Students can request a laptop, headset or webcam by sending an email to Remote-Equipment-Request@pacific.edu.
When sending a request include:
- Name and 98#
- Mailing address where the equipment should be shipped
- Statement you will otherwise have no computer to use for your classes to participate in remote learning
- Commitment to return the laptop/webcam when requested by the University (headsets do not need to be returned)
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University Events calendar — Includes all University events including religious and spiritual celebrations, various information sessions and how-to webinars.
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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
For any additional technology assistance including login issues, you can contact the Pacific Technology Helpdesk or submit a request through Service Now.
Pacific Technology Helpdesk (Stockton & Sacramento)
Primary Support Hours: Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Extended Support Hours: Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. and weekends
San Francisco Campus Helpdesk
Hours: Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Night Clinic Support Hours: Mondays and Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.