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Reopening Fuller’s Pasadena Campus

The Senior Leadership Team and Pandemic Planning Committee have been carefully developing extensive COVID-19 protocols to ensure a safe return to campus in January. In light of an exponential increase of transmission, driven by the Omicron variant, we are, effective immediately, moving all Pasadena-based classes completely online at least through Monday, February 7, 2022. We are also asking that those Pasadena-based employees that can work remotely for these next two weeks do so.

Upon return to campus, Fuller will continue to require all staff, faculty, students, non-Fuller employees using Fuller space, contractors, guests, and others who visit and/or use the Pasadena campus, and student residents to be fully vaccinated (defined as two weeks after a single-dose vaccine or the second dose of a two-dose vaccine) or submit to weekly COVID-19 testing.

For the Winter 2022 Quarter, all students and employees are required to provide a negative COVID-19 test prior to returning to the Pasadena campus, regardless of vaccine status. Learn more here.

To help guide you in your planning, we offer this list of Frequently Asked Questions. For more information, review Fuller’s COVID-19 Vaccination or Testing Policy.

GENERAL INFORMATION

What procedures are in place to help protect us against the COVID virus?

The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff are extremely important. The following measures are being taken to minimize the risk of infection:

  • A vaccine or weekly testing requirement for all staff, faculty, students, non-Fuller employees using Fuller space, contractors, guests, and others who visit and/or use the Pasadena campus, and student residents
  • Faculty, staff, and students must complete symptom checks before arriving on the Pasadena campus
  • Masks will be required while indoors and encouraged outdoors while on campus, with only a few exceptions*
  • In-person classes and work activities will continue to require distancing protocols wherever possible
  • Regular cleaning protocols have been implemented and will be maintained
  • Food and beverages will not be allowed in classrooms, with the exception of water
  • Each building’s air filters are upgraded to the highest efficiency possible and other modifications have been made to increase the quantity of outside air and ventilation
  • View the full outline of Fuller’s Higher Education Reopening Protocols

WINTER QUARTER 2022

The Senior Leadership Team and Pandemic Planning Committee have been carefully developing extensive COVID-19 protocols to ensure a safe return to campus in January. In light of an exponential increase of transmission, driven by the Omicron variant, we are, effective immediately, moving all Pasadena-based classes completely online at least through Monday, January 17, 2022. We are also asking that those Pasadena-based employees that can work remotely for these next two weeks do so.

We hope to return to on-campus classes on Tuesday, January 18. However, we may decide to delay the return past the January 18 target date, if necessary, to keep our community safe. Please stay alert for updates over the coming days.

COVID-19 Testing Required Prior to Returning to the Pasadena Campus

As a way to contribute to a safer campus environment following holiday gatherings and travel, we will require all Fuller community members (faculty, staff, and students) to submit a negative COVID-19 test taken up to 72 hours prior to their return to campus, regardless of vaccination status. Tests are required for all community members prior to their first return to campus any time in January.

Proof of a negative test should be uploaded prior to coming to campus, regardless of vaccination status, to the COVID Concerns Verification Portal. LA County and the City of Pasadena continue to offer free testing. In addition, many pharmacies offer testing, such as CVS, Walgreens, and Rite Aid.

 

Which modalities will be available for Winter Quarter?

We will have classes available in residential, fully online, and hybrid modalities.

I am an international student. How will this opening affect me and my visa?

Pasadena-based course offerings in Winter Quarter ’22 will allow sufficient campus-based units for new and returning international students to maintain their residential visa eligibility.

My program requires me to attend in-person classes in Pasadena, but I have health concerns. What can I do to address my health concerns while not falling behind in my coursework?

You can ask for a pandemic-related academic adjustment if you have:

  • received a positive COVID test requiring isolation
  • a COVID exposure or symptom expression requiring quarantine
  • a CDC-recognized high-risk factor such as diabetes, cancer, or immunosuppression
  • another high-risk condition such as age over 65, obesity, or pregnancy
  • a documented physical or mental health condition affected during the pandemic
  • a situation where you are living with or caring for a high-risk individual, as defined by CDC guidelines

If your situation falls into one of the above categories, please read more about the Pandemic-Related Academic Adjustment process.

I’m a staff or faculty member scheduled to return to the Pasadena campus in a full-time or hybrid in-person modality, but I have health concerns. Who should I contact to address my concerns?

For all pandemic-related work adjustments, please email covidconcerns@fuller.edu.

Vaccines and Weekly Testing Requirement

What percentage of our faculty, staff, and students are fully vaccinated?

Based on responses to a recent survey, approximately 90 percent of our Pasadena-based faculty, staff and students are fully vaccinated. According to the latest information from the Los Angeles County Department of Health, approximately 80 percent of Pasadena residents 12 years of age and older have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccination.

Why is Fuller taking this additional step of requiring vaccinations or weekly testing?

The Delta and Omicron variants have reinforced what had already become abundantly clear: COVID is not something we can expect to eradicate any time soon. Instead we must learn to live with the virus while mitigating its risks. Consequently, our strategy must change to include tactics and best practices that will help protect our community in the face of this ongoing threat. In addition to our existing safety protocols (masking, distancing, symptom checks, etc.), vaccination or a weekly testing requirement is one more way to help reduce the spread of COVID amongst our community.

Does Fuller’s requirement replace the City of Pasadena’s vaccination order for healthcare workers?

No. If you are a healthcare worker in Pasadena or perform any physical work within Fuller’s healthcare facility (180 N. Oakland Avenue building, not including Travis), you still need to follow the City of Pasadena Health Officer Order for the Control of COVID-19: Order Requiring Vaccination of Health Care Workers.

I am unwilling or unable to get vaccinated. What alternatives do I have?

Staff, faculty, students, non-Fuller employees using Fuller space, contractors, and guests who plan to visit and/or use the Pasadena campus, and student residents who are not vaccinated must submit to weekly COVID-19 testing.

Who exactly will be required to follow this policy? For example, what about a student who takes all their courses online and visits campus occasionally to use the library, or an employee who lives out of state and only visits campus once per year—are they exempt?

Anyone planning to be physically present on our Pasadena campus must comply with this vaccination or weekly testing requirement. For an occasional visit, employees, students, or student residents can submit proof of vaccination status or a COVID-19 negative test result (from a test taken 72 hours prior to a campus visit) through Fuller’s COVID Concerns Verification Portal. Campus visitors who fall into other categories must be prepared to present physical or electronic proof of vaccination or proof of a COVID-19 negative test result.

Where can I go to get vaccinated and how do I submit my proof of vaccination?

Vaccinations are available at no cost at various health centers and select pharmacies nationwide. Please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website vaccines.gov to schedule an appointment. Employees, students, and student residents can securely submit proof of full vaccination through Fuller’s COVID Concerns Verification Portal. These groups can start uploading proof of vaccination over the coming week. Campus visitors who fall into other categories must be prepared to present physical or electronic proof of vaccination or proof of a COVID-19 negative test result.

Where can I go to get weekly tests and how do I submit my results?

COVID-19 tests are available at no cost at health centers and select pharmacies nationwide. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act ensures that COVID-19 testing is free to anyone in the US, including individuals without health insurance. Please visit the US Department of Health and Human services page Community-Based Testing Sites for COVID-19 for more information. We are also looking into providing an on-campus testing site option.

This policy goes into effect September 27th and employees, students, and student residents will be able to upload their first negative test result from a test taken 72 hours prior into the COVID Concerns Verification Portal. Campus visitors who fall into other categories must be prepared to present physical or electronic proof of vaccination or proof of a COVID-19 negative test result.

If someone on campus violates this policy or other COVID-19 safety policies (e.g., visits campus without being fully vaccinated or without having a negative COVID test, does not submit to a symptom test, or doesn’t wear a mask where required), what will happen?

We are hopeful that the motivation to keep our community safe will result in voluntary compliance with the institution’s vaccine or weekly testing policy, as well as other policies and protocols in place to reduce the risk of COVID-19. We will be monitoring vaccination status and weekly test uploads to ensure compliance. Those who fail to comply will be asked to leave campus immediately for the safety of other students and employees. If necessary, additional disciplinary action may be taken, up to and including termination of employment or student status (expulsion).

Does this requirement apply to all of Fuller’s campuses?

No, this requirement applies only to Fuller’s Pasadena campus.

I work on the same floor as employees of The Fuller Foundation. Does this vaccine or weekly testing requirement apply to employees of that organization?

Yes. Fuller is requiring all staff, faculty, students, non-Fuller employees using Fuller space, contractors, guests, and others who visit and/or use the Pasadena campus, and student residents to be fully vaccinated or submit to weekly COVID-19 testing.

I plan to visit the Pasadena campus as a prospective student for a visit with an admissions counselor and a campus tour. Does this vaccination or testing policy apply to me?

Yes. Fuller will require all staff, faculty, students, non-Fuller employees using Fuller space, contractors, guests, and others who visit and/or use the Pasadena campus, and student residents to be fully vaccinated or submit to weekly COVID-19 testing. Proof of vaccination status or a COVID-19 negative test result (from a test taken 72 hours prior to a campus visit) should be submitted to the Welcome Center in advance of your visit or brought to campus with you for verification. Please visit the US Department of Health and Human services page Community-Based Testing Sites for COVID-19 for more information.

What are Fuller’s procedures for responding to a COVID-19 case on campus?

Students and employees should email covidconcerns@fuller.edu to report COVID-19 symptoms, if they test positive, or if they are a close contact to someone who has COVID-19. Fuller has an exposure management plan that includes notifying the Pasadena Public Health Department of positive cases, implementing contact tracing, and providing additional cleaning/disinfecting to applicable areas. Fuller will also follow the procedures outlined in Fuller’s COVID Prevention Program as it relates to the workplace.

Where can I go for more information about reopening?

The most up-to-date information can be found at this webpage, Fuller.edu/Covid19. Further information can be viewed in Fuller’s Higher Education Reopening Protocols. To talk to a staff member about additional questions or concerns, please email covidconcerns@fuller.edu.

Past Updates

Fuller has released regular updates to the community as the pandemic as progressed.

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For questions or concern, please contact
covidconcerns@fuller.edu.