COVID-19: Most Instruction will be remote until Jan. 31

Dear Pacificans,

As we shared Jan. 1, the university continues to closely monitor the evolving situation with COVID-19 and the omicron variant. Scientists and health officials are projecting omicron to peak in our Northern California communities through this month. Therefore, as we continue to prioritize the health and safety of our communities while maintaining the quality of our educational enterprise, we will keep most of our classes remote through Jan. 28.We plan to return to fully in-person instruction across all three campuses in three weeks—on Jan. 31. We will continue to closely monitor COVID-19 in our communities, provide regular updates and make adjustments as conditions warrant.The following will be in place until Jan. 31:

  • Clinical operations and simulation labs at the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, McGeorge School of Law, School of Health Sciences and Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy will continue in person following COVID-19 protocols.
  • All other instruction will occur remotely and synchronously with a few specialized exceptions for unique learning environments (these students and faculty will be notified by their dean).

Along with the updates we shared Jan. 1, please note the following:

  • University services are open as previously shared.
  • University housing and dining services are opening as scheduled. Look for separate communications from Student Life/Residential Life and Housing.
  • Employees who need to be in person have been directed by their supervisors. All others are working remotely. Employees who are not required to be on campus before Jan. 31 but wish to return earlier may do so as long as they follow the university’s COVID-19 requirements (see below and the COVID-19 website). Please coordinate with your supervisor before returning to campus early.
  • When you return to campus for work or instruction, you are required to test on campus on your first day of return before going to your workplace or classroom, and then on a weekly basis until further notice. Find testing clinic days/times on our COVID-19 website. Testing is on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • We continue to require masks on campus indoors and now are strongly recommending the use of surgical/procedural masks or N95 or KN95 masks rather than cloth masks, following California Department of Public Health guidelines. A supply of masks will be available on our campuses by mid-week (details to follow).
  • As a reminder, Pacific requires students, faculty, staff and other members of the Pacific community to be fully vaccinated and to receive a COVID-19 vaccine booster as soon as you are eligible. Find your nearest vaccination location. We are planning campus vaccination clinics later this month and will provide details when they are scheduled.

We appreciate your flexibility and your commitment to keeping our Pacific community safe as we continue to navigate and respond to COVID-19. If you have further questions, please email us at

Sincerely,Maria Pallavicini Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs COVID-19 Council Co-chairMaria Blandizzi Vice President for Student Life COVID-19 Council Co-chair