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Reopening Fuller’s Pasadena Campus

The beginning of the new academic year is around the corner, and we are hopeful as we prepare to welcome students, staff, and faculty back to campus this fall. For residential students and Pasadena-based faculty and staff, in-person interaction with the Fuller community has often resulted in rich, meaningful formation, and we are eager to welcome such experiences again while learning to live with this coronavirus and mitigating its risks. Accordingly, our Pandemic Planning Committee, as well as the Senior Leadership Team, have been closely monitoring the current situation regarding COVID-19 and the Delta variant, as well as federal, state, and local public health guidelines and health orders.

Effective Monday, September 27, 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 (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.

As we move forward with our plans to reopen the Pasadena campus in the fall, we offer this list of Frequently Asked Questions to help guide you in your planning. For more information, review Fuller’s COVID-19 Vaccination or Testing Policy.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Where are we in the reopening process?

At present, we are in Phase 2 of our reopening process. We plan to begin moving into Phase 3 starting September 2021. Employees will begin returning to work on campus in September, with start dates determined by department needs, and Fall Quarter classes begin on September 27.

What does Phase 3 mean?

When fully implemented, Phase 3 will be a return to full campus access, including a robust slate of in-person courses, full library access, and in-person meetings and events, all in accordance with public health guidance.

What procedures are in place to help protect us against the COVID virus as we transition into Phase 3?

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

Are our local sister schools opening their campuses for the fall?

Yes. For example, Biola University and Azusa Pacific University have formally announced their plans to reopen fully in the fall. They are also strongly recommending (but not requiring) COVID-19 vaccination. Pasadena City College and Caltech are opening for the fall and requiring their students and employees to be vaccinated.

FALL QUARTER 2021

Will Welcome Week activities occur on campus as planned?

Yes, we look forward to welcoming new and returning students to campus and online during Welcome Week—including those students who enrolled last year and were unable to visit the campus due to the pandemic. Learn more about Welcome Week.

When can I register for Fall Quarter classes?

Returning student registration for fall classes will start on August 23, 2021. New student registration for fall classes will begin on August 30, 2021.

Which modalities will be available for Fall Quarter?

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

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

Pasadena-based course offerings in Fall Quarter ’21 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 variant has 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 the fall opening?

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.