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COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

April 2, 2020

New Exposure Guidelines

COVID-19 patients are considered infectious 48 hours before their symptoms started. If you are symptomatic and infectious with COVID-19, you must identify all persons you came in contact with 48 hours prior to becoming symptomatic and notify them of their exposure. If you were in close contact with someone while they were infectious with COVID-19, you must self-quarantine for 14 days.

April 1, 2020

LA County Residents Urged to Wear Face Masks

LA County health officials began urging residents to wear homemade, non-medical grade face masks whenever they go out in public. Officials emphasized that residents should not buy surgical or high-tech N95 masks typically used by front-line health-care providers, but can instead use household items such as scarves, bandannas, or fabric. Individuals should still adhere to the Safer at Home order and only leave home for essential matters.

March 30, 2020

New LA County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Guidelines

Individuals who test positive for COVID-19, and those who are told by a clinician they are presumed to be positive for COVID-19, are required to self-isolate for a period of 7 days and 3 days of being symptom free. Those who have been in close contact with someone who is positive or presumed positive must quarantine themselves for 14 days from their last exposure to that person.

March 29, 2020

Social Distancing Extended to April 19

President Trump announced that social distancing guidelines have been extended to April 30th. These guidelines advise that all Americans must continue to avoid nonessential travel, going to work, eating at bars and restaurants, or gathering in groups of more than 10 for at least another month.

March 27, 2020

Congress Passes the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act

The COVID-19 stimulus bill was passed by the federal government with many financial provisions for individuals, small businesses, states, and healthcare organizations. These provisions include recovery checks of up to $1,200 for American adults, small business loans, expanded unemployment benefits, new federal work study guidelines, and other additional relief benefits. Read more to see how you may benefit from the CARES Act.

March 25, 2020

Fuller Physical Campuses Remain Closed Until April 30

In congruence with the Safer-at-Home order from the State of California and local officials, Fuller campuses will remain closed until at least April 19. We will update the community once city, county, and/or state officials make further decisions regarding Safer-at-Home beyond April 19.

March 24, 2020

Fuller Psychological and Family Services Announces Launch of Telehealth Service

Fuller Psychological and Family Services (FPFS), the clinical training and community mental health outreach arm of Fuller’s School of Psychology, has launched a new service to reach students and other clients who find it impossible or inconvenient to come to the Pasadena clinic. “Fuller Telehealth” will allow FPFS to provide therapy and related services to Fuller students and other clients no matter where they live within the state of California. Development of this service began in October 2019.

According to Dr. Joy Velarde, SOP project manager for this initiative, Fuller Telehealth will extend FPFS’s reach far beyond Los Angeles County. “In the past, FPFS, like other clinics, provided therapy to local populations in person,” she said. “Now, we can reach students and other clients throughout California through their laptop, phone, or tablet, in the safety and privacy of their homes.”

The COVID-19 crisis our community is facing has accelerated the need and utilization of Fuller Telehealth, according to Irene Rapp, FPFS director of training. “Because of the current crisis, most of our clients prefer not to leave their homes and come to our clinic for therapy. By giving them the opportunity to receive therapy in their homes, we are helping them feel safe while still providing them the services they value.” She added, “The same applies to our student clinicians, who can now provide therapy services safely from their own homes.” 

Fuller Telehealth is available immediately. Please contact the clinic at 626-584-5555 or submit an online request for more information.

March 23, 2020

Transcripts for Winter ’20 and Spring ’20

In an effort to continue serving and responding to student needs and concerns during this period, in addition to the previously announced Pass/Fail: Changes for Winter and Options for Spring, all transcripts will be annotated to indicate that Winter ’20 and Spring ’20 grades reflect the seminary’s changes in Pass/Fail policy in response to the current public health emergency.

March 20, 2020

Update on Campus Closure

In congruence with the Safer-at-Home order from the State of California and local officials, Fuller campuses will remain closed until at least April 19. We will update the community once city, county, and/or state officials make further decisions regarding Safer-at-Home beyond April 19.

March 19, 2020

Local and State California Governments Announce Sweeping “Safer-at-Home” Orders

This evening, Thursday, March 19, 2020, Governor Newsom declared a “safer-at-home” order for the state of California, to go into effect between midnight tonight until at least April 19. This announcement was made shortly after similar ones by Mayors Eric Garcetti and Terry Tornek for the cities of Los Angeles and Pasadena, respectively. Those announcements can be found below. 

More details will follow here in the coming days as the restrictions are fleshed out and Fuller is able to judge the implications for our campuses and community.

Pasadena: https://www.cityofpasadena.net/city-manager/news-releases/city-of-pasadena-issues-safer-at-home-order-for-control-of-covid-19/

Los Angeles: http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/COVID-19_SaferAtHome_HealthOfficerOrder_20200319_Signed.pdf

California: https://covid19.ca.gov/img/N-33-20.pdf

March 17, 2020

Student Information Update

Winter ‘20 Coursework and Registrar’s Office Information

We recognize that recent COVID-19 developments have likely affected our students’ professional, family, and personal lives in significant ways. Juggling the demands of finals week can be a challenge all its own; yet many students have also had to devote time and resources to arrange for unexpected child or elder care, to prepare to shelter-in-place, to transition to remote work set-ups, or simply to cope with the anxiety, stress, and uncertainty of the last couple weeks.

In response to these unforeseen disruptions, Fuller has permitted each professor to independently approve up to one week of additional time for students to submit their Winter 2020 coursework and/or Fall 2019 Incomplete coursework (through 11:59pm PT, Friday, March 27th). We encourage any student who feels they might need this special accommodation to connect with their professor as soon as possible. As these up-to-one-week extensions are granted at the Professor’s discretion, no forms or additional processing are required.

Should you need other routine services from the Registrar, all standard Registrar’s Office forms can be accessed in PDF format at fuller.edu/registrar/forms. Completed forms may be emailed as an attachment to reg-services@fuller.edu. We regret that requests to mail, fax, or walk-in form submissions, as well as requests to pick up documents in-person cannot be accommodated at this time.

The following Registrar Services will be temporarily impacted during remote operations:

  • Enrollment Verification fulfillment will be temporarily suspended, pending the development of a suitable digital ordering and fulfillment process.
  • Degree Verifications received from outside credentialing agencies will be processed as usual. Responses will be returned at least once per week, no later than Tuesday of each week. All initial diploma orders and requests for replacement diplomas we receive during this time will be queued for processing upon our return.
  • Transcript Request processing will continue under an adjusted fulfillment schedule. Emergency Service processing and requests for hard-copy (mailed) transcripts will be temporarily suspended. Additionally, the fee for ordering an eTranscript (delivered via secure PDF) will be adjusted to $5.00 per copy until hard-copy transcript fulfillment has resumed. eTranscripts will be processed on Wednesday and Friday of each week.

Student Financial Services Information

The Student Accounts Office is available to answer any questions students may have about tuition payment options, loan refund checks, or any other inquiries related to their student account. Inquiries may be directed to sfs@fuller.edu. Students are still able to make payments on their student account portal and are encouraged to make electronic payments and set up e-refund accounts to receive refunds.

Tuition Payment Options 

  • ACH/Debit – There are no fees with this option and transactions are posted immediately to the student’s account.
  • Credit Card – There is a PayPath credit card service fee (2.85% with a minimum of $3.00 fee) with the transaction also posted immediately to the student’s account.
  • Check by Mail – Students should provide their full name as well as their G-Number on the memo line of the check and mail to: 135 N Oakland Ave, Pasadena CA 91182 (Attn: SFS). The transaction will be posted within a week. **
  • Cash – We are currently not able to accept cash in person at this time. However, students can mail in a money order, cashier’s check, or traveler’s check instead. Students should provide their full name as well as their G-Number on the memo line of the check. The transaction will be typically posted within a week. **
  • Direct Aid (Third Party Checks) – These will be processed as usual and the transaction will be posted to the student’s account within a week. **
  • Payment Plan – Choose the plan that best applies: (Quarterly or the DMIN Payment Plan). There is a $40 set-up fee for this option and payments are due on the 5th of each month within the quarter. Please run step 7 on the online Registration Menu before signing up for a payment plan in order for pending financial and institutional aid to be reflected.

Refund Checks

Loan Refunds and check requests will be processed as usual, however, they may be unavoidably delayed at this time. The safest and quickest way for students to receive funds from Fuller is to set up an e-refund on their student account center. When submitting a request for a refund check, other than a loan refund, students should email sfs@fuller.edu with their name, G-Number, exact amount requesting, and method of refund (i.e., e-refund vs. mailed check to a specific address **).

** Note: Option to mail in payments may be unpredictable if local, state, or national lockdowns take effect as postal service will possibly be unavailable. 

Federal Work Study Program

The Office of Human Resources and Student Financial Services are partnering closely to ensure students with federal work study eligibility who are employed in work study roles are able to continue receiving federal work study payments to the extent it is allowed by federal law.

On March 5th the Department of Education sent out guidance related to Federal Work Study and how the effects of the COVID-19 would impact the program participation.

It was made clear that federal law allows institutions, such as Fuller Theological Seminary, to continue to make Federal Work Study (FWS) payments to students unable to continue working their federal work-study positions, under certain limited circumstances. This provision includes events such as COVID-19 as it currently affects our institution.

For federal work-study students at Fuller who are currently enrolled and affected by the changes being made to on-campus positions due to COVID-19, please refer to the following information:

  • If currently working a FWS position during the Winter 2020 quarter, Fuller will continue to pay FWS students for their normally scheduled weekly hours, even if they are not able to work on-campus or remotely, as long as they maintain the federal requirements listed for the award.
  • If the FWS student is fulfilling their FWS hours at an off-site location, they will report to that location as usual unless they, too, are closed due to COVID-19.
  • Federal work-study positions will be relocated from on-campus to remote as assigned. Individuals who do work, on-campus or remote, should indicate the actual hours worked on their timecards; individuals who are unable to work should enter the number of hours they would have regularly been scheduled to work and should select “Emergency Close” as the Pay Code on the timecard.
  • If students have questions regarding their position, we ask that they reach out to their supervisor or the Office of Human Resources for more detailed information.

We understand that for some of our students currently enrolled and utilizing federal work-study funds this change can be devastating. Please know our Student Services team is here to offer support in this time of uncertainty. If students have any questions regarding any of the above information, please email sfs@fuller.edu.

We are deeply committed to partnering with our students in this challenging season, and will continue to provide updates along the way with any changes that may arise due to the COVID-19 outbreak as Fuller moves quickly to adjust.

Students are encouraged to reach out to their academic advisor or faculty advisor for any questions or concerns they may have. Academic and faculty advisors are available and prepared to assist students via email, phone calls, or video conferencing, and can walk students through their options for the remainder of the Winter quarter as well as options for Spring 2020.

Please take care of yourself and support each other in the coming weeks.

Your Student Service Team

Welcome Center and Student Service Team: welcomecenter@fuller.edu
Office of Academic Advising: advising@fuller.edu
Student Financial Services: sfs@fuller.edu
Registrar’s Office: reg-services@fuller.edu

March 16, 2020

Campuses Virtual by EOD Wednesday

  • All campuses will move to virtual workplaces by end of day March 18
  • Campuses will remain closed until April 13 with an update no later than April 6 with any changes
  • The seminary remains fully operational and we are continuing business as usual virtually

All Fuller campuses—Pasadena, Houston, and Phoenix—will move to virtual workplaces by end of day Wednesday, March 18. (The Hubbard Library’s physical location will remain open through Friday, March 20 for finals week and will then close; Fuller Psychological and Family Services will remain open and begin transitioning most clients to teletherapy). Provost Mari Clements is working with faculty and students so that finals will not be impacted by this closure. Our physical campuses will remain closed until at least April 13, but we will update the community no later than April 6 with any changes.

It is important to repeat that the seminary remains fully operational and we are continuing business as usual virtually. Through the brilliant work of our faculty and the Teaching and Learning office, Fuller classes will continue online even though we are temporarily closing our physical spaces. Moreover, our amazing HR and IT teams have identified core business functions across campus and have ensured a process by which their essential work can continue remotely. \

To the best of our knowledge there are still no cases of COVID-19 on campus, so this announcement is in no way meant to communicate that the campus environment is unsafe: we are simply reducing the traffic on our campuses to minimize exposure of our community to the Coronavirus and do our part to stem the exponential spread of the COVID-19 disease.

This is the plan for now, until we are required by either local, state, or national governments to shift yet again. HR will be sending a survey to managers to gather information that will help answer specifics, especially related to remote work and pay. Please fill it out! I will continue updating the community as we know more. For now, continue following CDC and government recommendations, stay home as much as possible, implement social distancing, be patient with one another, and pray for God’s protection over the vulnerable people in our lives.

I’m right here—we’re in this together. Praying God’s grace over you,

Mark Labberton, Clifford L. Penner Presidential Chair
Fuller Seminary

March 13, 2020

THIS IS THE TIME TO ACT COMMUNALLY:

Everything I am reading—and people I am talking to—indicates that what has hit the US and the world through COVID-19 is not even near the apex of its medical and financial devastation. Like many others, I trust in Jesus Christ whose power is far greater than anything in life or in death, whose love pursues people in all times and places. AND, this is the time for us to act as communally as possible in calling one another to save lives by acting with loving immediacy.

For pastors, churches, and leaders of any public or private enterprise, I urge you and any networks you can reach, to move as much and as quickly as possible to any and all forms of social distancing—including virtual worship, work, meetings, and social gatherings. This means, for example, on the cusp of this weekend, take all steps available to move worship and fellowship gatherings or events into virtual spaces. Then, ask all those you know and touch to encourage similar and immediate action by all they know and touch. The strongest and most immediate actions could save thousands of lives.

When we are facing these extraordinary circumstances, let’s serve our safety and the safety of others as aggressively as we believe we can or should—and then decide to do more. Let’s specifically remain as ready as we can to serve and prioritize the most vulnerable.

Read, watch, listen, pray, act. I believe there is little doubt that America will very soon look like the dire situations we are seeing in Asia and Europe. Lives everywhere and in every circumstance are beloved. Let’s give up blame, skepticism, and panic. Instead, let’s choose daily to have no regrets if there is something more we can do to respond with positive, useful actions of love.

Mark Labberton, Clifford L. Penner Presidential Chair
Fuller Seminary

March 13, 2020

Spring Quarter Classes and Other Updates

Across many different settings, it has become abundantly clear the unprecedented impact COVID-19 is having across the world. We continue to pray for those who are ill, those who are in high risk categories and most susceptible to COVID-19, and for the brave individuals on the front lines fighting the spread of this disease.

I want to express my deep appreciation and gratitude for the Fuller community and how you are responding to the disruption COVID-19 has posed in our day-to-day lives and operation. These extenuating circumstances are forcing Fuller to alter some key academic and operational decisions. Each step of the way, your safety is the most important concern and we are making decisions with your well-being in mind. Equally important are the people in our lives who could be placed at risk by decisions Fuller does or does not make. As such, while some of us may not be in high-risk categories, we have a responsibility to ensure we are taking all precautionary steps to prevent the virus spreading to our loved ones and those most vulnerable. Thank you for your ever-generous spirit of cooperation and understanding as we make difficult decisions that will undoubtedly impact your academic experience. While these changes can be challenging for many of us, we are confident these are the right decisions.

To be clear, there is not a confirmed case of COVID-19 on Fuller’s Pasadena campus. Nonetheless, Fuller is taking preventative steps that will thin the campus population in order to flatten the curve of transmission within our community. These decisions were not made lightly and are the result of diligent, thoughtful, and deliberate consideration from senior leadership. Additionally, it is crucial to note that we will continue functioning operationally, though in an altered form, unless otherwise instructed by the California Department of Public Health to temporarily close. Fuller Psychological and Family Services will remain open to the public.

Here are current decisions that affect employees, with the proviso that changes will be made ongoing. These decisions are intended for the Spring quarter:

  • First, and most important: the seminary is open and fully operational. Some employees will continue working on campus while others, where possible, will begin working remotely. This structure allows us to reduce the number of employees present on campus and to ultimately lessen the possibility for transmission per CDC.

  • Virtual Classes: All geophysical, intensive, and hybrid courses scheduled to meet in-person on the Pasadena, Houston, or Phoenix campuses in the Spring Quarter will be conducted in a virtual modality for the entire Spring Quarter. This means there will be no in-person classes scheduled to meet on any Fuller campus in the Spring Quarter (with very limited exceptions detailed below). Rather, you will meet synchronously with your professor and classmates on a virtual platform. Faculty are working with our very talented Teaching and Learning team for any technical needs that may arise in order to make this transition as smooth as possible. Additional information and details about your specific courses will be provided by your professors over the coming days. All off-site intensive courses for Spring Quarter will be cancelled. No audits of any courses will be allowed for Spring Quarter.

  • Exceptions to On-Campus Classes:
  • PC806 – Practicum 0 (doctoral)
  • PC820 – Practicum I (FPFS; doctoral PsyD)
  • FT550 – Practicum (MFT)
  • FT530C – Clinical Foundations 3 (MFT)
  • FL501 –  Family Life Education (MFT)
  • PE804 – Neuropsychology II: Assessment (doctoral)
  • FT522 – Assessment (MFT)
  • Oral Comprehensive Exams (doctoral students)
  • Online Classes: All online classes in the Spring Quarter will not be affected and will convene as previously scheduled.

  • Student Housing: All student housing will remain open. Students currently residing in student housing who choose to return home or leave Pasadena will have the option to vacate their housing unit without any penalties.

  • Library: The Hubbard Library remains open, but we will be carefully evaluating hours and days of operation as the situation continues to develop. Although book check out and E-reserves will be available, physical Interlibrary Loan will be suspended for the Spring Quarter. Faculty with hard-copy reserves will be encouraged to seek alternatives, and if not available, students may need to purchase these books.
  • While we are trying to reduce the number of people on campus, faculty and staff are welcome to come in to their offices and do their work as needed. This decision is in no way meant to communicate that the campus environment is unsafe—no special accommodations need to be made, though we continue to encourage disinfecting your workspace and observing increased hygiene habits recommended by the CDC.

  • Virtual Work Rollout: We are preparing for and testing remote workplace options. We urge managers to determine the critical functions of their offices in order to be sure that essential work continues whether in a remote location or on campus. With those functions in mind, we encourage managers to coordinate with HR who will assess and plan this process with you to be sure that workflow is uninterrupted and resources necessary for that assurance are provided by the seminary. Some offices have begun this process already. We will monitor and confirm no later than April 30 in case we are going to return earlier than the end of Spring quarter.

  • Campus events: All large events on the Pasadena campus where 50 or more people are expected to gather in person will be postponed, cancelled, or moved to a virtual space effective March 12 through the end of Spring Quarter. This includes Payton Lectures, All Nations Food and Arts Festival, chapel, and other events that will be updated on Fuller’s master calendar. If an office or department responsible for an event determines to move forward with a virtual event, this decision should be made in consultation with the Strategic Events team and IT.

  • Commencement: Given the international make-up of our student body, it is necessary to consider the implications of having families travel in from across the globe and gather in a large crowd. In order to honor our students and their families and the immense sacrifices they have made, we are carefully considering Commencement in light of these new realities. We will update graduates and the community by April 15.
  • In-person Meetings: Unless in-person attendance is critical, all meetings should be conducted virtually. Extra-campus meetings are discouraged, as per CDC guidelines. Dissertation hearings and similar student meetings are encouraged to be conducted virtually.

  • Travel restrictions: Travel to CDC-health advisory countries or areas requires a 14-day self-quarantine prior to return to campus (which includes student housing). If you are returning from any international travel, all students, staff, and faculty will be strongly encouraged to work remotely for 14 days prior to returning to campus. Fuller discourages all non-essential and unnecessary travel, domestic as well as international, at this time. CDC recommends and urges extreme caution and judgment for any travel undertaken.

  • In this extraordinary time to protect our community, individuals with a fever are prohibited from campus, and individuals with other COVID-19 related symptoms are strongly encouraged to stay home.

Fuller will continue monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and is in regular conversation with the Pasadena Department of Public Health, Los Angeles Department of Public Health, and our accreditors. Much of life in the U.S. is in flux because of the COVID-19 outbreak so it is difficult to know fully what to expect, but we will continue updating the community on any changes that may occur. Please continue checking this page for any updates.

Please continue taking all necessary precautions to protect yourself, your family, and your loved ones. Thank you for your willingness to join us on this confusing, difficult, and galvanizing time. We will continue making decisions with your care and safety as our utmost concern, and I urge you to think generously of your neighbors and our opportunities to show the love of Christ wherever and whenever we can.

Grateful for you,
Mark Labberton

March 12, 2020

Large Events Cancellation

In order to limit the number of people on the campus and encourage social distancing, all large events on the Pasadena campus where 50 or more people are expected to gather in person will be postponed, cancelled, or moved to a virtual space effective March 12 through the end of Spring Quarter. This includes Payton Lectures, All Nations Food and Arts Festival, chapel, and other events that will be updated on Fuller’s master calendar. If an office or department responsible for an event determines to move forward with a virtual event, this decision should be made in consultation with the Strategic Events team and IT.

March 11, 2020

Restrictions and Protocol for Admissions Campus Visits

Fuller is suspending all campus visits indefinitely.

There are alternative ways to connect with an admissions counselor to learn more about Fuller’s programs and opportunities, including video chats and phone calls.

March 5, 2020

COVID-19 Subcommittee

Fuller is working to provide proactive care for all our students, staff, and faculty as the COVID-19 outbreak continues to evolve. We are committed to the safety of our community and are taking steps to address the challenges posed by this virus.

As you may know, the State of California, Los Angeles County, Orange County, and the City of Pasadena have each declared a “state of emergency” related to the COVID-19 outbreak. While this may be alarming and disconcerting to many, this is a proactive step each city/county is taking to address the spread of the virus in an efficient manner. Declaring a state of emergency is part of an ongoing response by the county that empowers local governments to more effectively respond to COVID-19. It allows them to prepare for a potential spread of the virus in the community, maintain coordination with local health organizations and partners, seek and utilize federal aid (e.g. like funding and testing kits), obtain reimbursement for city expenditures where applicable, and ensure health professionals and other local stakeholders have all the necessary tools at their disposal to prevent escalation of contagion. As such, these declarations are part of the normal function of a city/county working toward prevention. 

At the time of this writing, neither the City of Pasadena nor Fuller Theological Seminary have any reported cases of COVID-19. 

As situations evolve with COVID-19, Fuller is prepared to address and respond. The Emergency Management Committee, comprised of representatives from various Fuller departments responsible for business continuity protocols—in situations like natural disasters, active killer events, and pandemics—has developed a Pandemic Planning Committee (PPC) to address COVID-19. For the foreseeable future, this committee will meet on a weekly basis and provide updates to the Fuller community as new information becomes available.

The subcommittee met this morning and, in coordination with and receiving approval from senior leadership, is providing the following recommendations to the Fuller community. 

Students

  • Students should contact their advisors with concerns related to class attendance or other factors that may impact their course work. 
  • Follow all CDC recommendations related to travel (at this time, the CDC has issued advisories limiting non-essential travel to China, Italy, Iran, and South Korea). In addition, the CDC states that older adults and those with chronic medical conditions should consider postponing non-essential travel to Japan. Travel advisories may vary by country so please follow any government restrictions and travel advisories that have been put in place. 
  • If you are currently or have recently traveled to one of the above locations, please follow CDC guidelines (which in certain situations requires a 14-day quarantine). 
  • As a regular practice, if a student feels sick for any reason, please do stay home to minimize the spread of any colds, flus, or other contagious illnesses. 

Staff and Administrators/Managers

  • Staff and administrators should work with their managers and division leaders regarding all business-related travel. As of this writing, staff travel to CDC Level 3 countries should be restricted and only allowed with prior approval from the Provost or COO. Currently, these countries are China, Iran, South Korea, and Italy. Staff travel to CDC Level 2 countries be limited and only allowed with prior approval from the Provost or COO. Currently, Japan is the only Level 2 country.
  • If you are currently or have recently traveled to one of the above locations, please follow CDC guidelines (which in certain situations requires a 14-day quarantine). 
  • Any employee who feels uncomfortable traveling to any location or attending any event (whether at Fuller or a work-related event elsewhere, external or internal) should feel empowered to work with their supervisors to make decisions that are best for them and their family.
  • As a regular practice, if a staff member or administrator feels sick for any reason, please do stay home to minimize the spread of any colds, flus, or other contagious illnesses. See Section 9.4 of the HR Policy Manual for Fuller’s Sick Leave policies. 

Faculty

  • Faculty should work with their deans on all business-related travel. As of this writing, faculty travel to CDC Level 3 countries should be restricted and only allowed with prior approval from Provost Mari Clements. Currently, these countries are China, Iran, South Korea, and Italy. Faculty travel to CDC Level 2 countries be limited and only allowed with prior approval from Provost Mari Clements. Currently, Japan is the only Level 2 country.
  • If you are currently or have recently traveled to one of the above locations, please follow CDC guidelines (which in certain situations requires a 14-day quarantine).
  • As a regular practice, if a faculty member feels sick for any reason, please do stay home to minimize the spread of any colds, flus, or other contagious illnesses. See Section 14.19 of the Faculty Handbook for Fuller’s Sick Leave policy. 

Fuller references, and adheres to, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and LA County Department of Public Health for any updates and changes. This includes advisories and restrictions imposed by health authorities and governments. Fuller will be looking cautiously at our event calendar to determine whether events should be canceled, maintained, or shifted to digital-only experiences. The PPC will work with decision-makers in determining the best path forward and update the community accordingly through the

February 28, 2020

CDC and LACDPH Guidelines for Prevention, Symptoms, and Treatment

As COVID-19 continues spreading across the globe, it is understandable that this will cause trepidation and concern within our community—especially as cases in the United States, South Korea, and Central America become more numerous. Fuller’s policy is to adhere to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and LA County Department of Public Health recommendations, and we will continue monitoring the CDC and LACDPH for updates and alert the Fuller community to any changes so you are aware of risks, prevention methods, symptoms, and treatments. The Student Engagement and Success office, in particular, has been intimately engaged in this evolving situation and have been in regular contact with students and residents, and the HR office is doing the same with employees. To clarify, there have been no cases of COVID-19 on Fuller campuses and we will continue monitoring the situation.

Updated information from the CDC (as of Feb. 26) has indicated that over the coming weeks, the U.S. should be prepared for additional cases, and the possible scenario of sustained community transmission in some areas. Current public health data indicates that the risk of casual contact with an asymptomatic individual in public spaces is very low. The majority of cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. will be mild and treated with self-care at home.

For the most up-to-date information, please visit the CDC and LACDPH. The latest in prevention, symptoms, and treatment includes:

Prevention

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Stay home when you are sick.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) does have specific guidance for travelers.

Symptoms

Common human coronaviruses, including types 229E, NL63, OC43, and HKU1, usually cause mild to moderate upper-respiratory tract illnesses, like the common cold. Most people get infected with these viruses at some point in their lives. These illnesses usually only last for a short amount of time. Symptoms may include

  • Runny nose

  • Headache

  • Cough

  • Sore throat

  • Fever

  • A general feeling of being unwell

Human coronaviruses can sometimes cause lower-respiratory tract illnesses, such as pneumonia or bronchitis. This is more common in people with cardiopulmonary disease, people with weakened immune systems, infants, and older adults.

Treatment

There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19 infection. People infected with COVID-19 should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms. For severe cases, treatment should include care to support vital organ functions. People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact your healthcare provider immediately. See Interim Guidance for Healthcare Professionals for information on patients under investigation.

Travel

Fuller is following the CDC’s recommendations regarding travel. For updates, visit the CDC Travelers’ Health webpage.

Contact information:

For updates, students should contact Student Engagement and Success at student@fuller.edu or 626.584.5433

For updates, employees should contact HR at hr@fuller.edu or 626.584.5454

Staff are encouraged to contact the Staff Committee at staffcommittee@fuller.edu for general information or advice

Any student, faculty, or staff who is feeling worried or concerned about COVID-19 and would like mental health services should contact Fuller Psychological and Family Services at 626-584-5555.