Coronavirus (COVID-19) News and Information

Fresno Pacific University looks forward to students, faculty and staff returning to work and study at all campuses this fall as the university transitions from a hybrid working and learning environment back to face-to-face interactions.

Staff will be back in their offices by August 2, the end of the current hybrid plan. Faculty also have their return dates, all in anticipation of welcoming students back in person on August 16, for those in degree completion programs, and on August 23, for those in traditional undergraduate and graduate programs.

Throughout the pandemic the university has sought out and acted upon regulations and guidelines from the federal, state and local authorities, and we will continue to do so, recognizing that the fight against this disease is not over. The plan FPU will follow—reflecting the consensus among the experts—is that people who are fully vaccinated may be safely together without wearing a facemask, and that people who are not vaccinated may be safely with both those who are vaccinated and those who are not while wearing a mask. Therefore, everyone who has not completed vaccinations is required to wear a mask while indoors on campus.

As of today, social distancing is no longer required, and COVID screening procedures will be suspended unless otherwise needed.

Faculty and Staff: To ensure FPU is complying with state regulations, employees will need to present their vaccine card to the Human Resources Office in order to be cleared to work without a mask indoors. Employees can stop by HR, email hr@fresno.edu to schedule a virtual meeting or scan their card and send it to hr@fresno.edu. Cards will not be retained, just viewed for validation. N95 masks will be available for non-vaccinated employees who request one.

Students: Residential students and student-athletes will be required to be vaccinated before returning to the main campus.

Everyone is highly encouraged to be vaccinated before returning to their campus, and according to a recent survey a majority of faculty and staff either have been vaccinated or plan to be before school starts. There are, however, some members of the FPU community who do not desire vaccination due to religious beliefs or overriding health issues, and those exceptions will be respected. Those individuals will be required to wear a mask. To maintain reasonable caution, many of the safety barriers will remain in place in classrooms and other public spaces, at least through the fall semester.

As we care for one another, please remember also to care for yourself. Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 or any other malady should stay home—or, for residential students, in their residence—until they are well. Notify faculty, residence life staff or supervisors as needed.

“We again thank everyone for all your hard work and tenacity over the last 15 months as ‘transition,’ ‘flexibility’ and ‘resilience’ have been the watchwords of the pandemic,” said FPU President Joseph Jones, Ph.D. “Our gratitude goes to students, faculty, staff and the families and loved ones who have supported them. At FPU, we never forget our dependence on God, as he instructs us to ‘trust in the Lord with all our hearts, and not depend just on our own understanding; but in all our ways to acknowledge him, and he will grant us wisdom and guidance.’ God’s blessings over your summer and may he grant you peace and renewal for the fall season.”

Information will be updated here.

Updates by Population

Statistics of COVID-19 Cases at FPU

Fresno Pacific University maintains this page to update the community on the number of COVID-19 cases among administration, students, faculty and staff who have tested positive and have been on any FPU campus within five days of that diagnosis.

All employees and students are required to immediately report if they have contracted or are being tested for COVID-19, or have come into contact with someone who has contracted or is awaiting the results of a test for COVID-19. Health experts define “contact” as within six feet of less for 15 minutes or more.

  • From 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday
    • Main campus students report to the Campus Life Division 559-453-2249
    • Regional campus students report to your campus:
      • Merced 209-354-5900
      • North Fresno 559-573-7800
      • Visalia 559-302-4100
      • Bakersfield 661-617-4500
    • Employees report to your supervisor (supervisors will report to the Human Resources Office):
      • Administration report to your immediate supervisor
      • Faculty report directly to Human Resources
      • Staff report to your immediate supervisor
  • After hours and on weekends call the Campus Safety Office at 559-453-2298

Students and employees who have likely come into contact with a person who has made a report will be notified by the university via email within 24 hours of the university being informed. This website will be updated daily between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday.

The information on this dashboard includes only positive cases of people who have been physically on campus and which the FPU has been made aware of. The university is not responsible if a student or employee fails to disclose they have tested positive or are awaiting test results.

Confidentiality laws prohibit the university from disclosing any identifying information about affected individuals. Any faculty or staff individual who has tested positive will be instructed to isolate at home, and anyone believed to have been exposed will be contacted and asked to self-quarantine.

COVID-19 Case Reports by Campus

  • Employees
    • Main: 6
    • North Fresno: 1
    • Merced: 0
    • Visalia: 0
    • Bakersfield: 0
  • Students
    • Main:
      • Resident: 10 (10 recovered)
      • Commuter: 13 (13 recovered)
    • North Fresno: 0
    • Merced: 1 (recovered)
    • Visalia: 0
    • Bakersfield: 0

Quarantine and Isolation

Employees, students, volunteers and regular campus contractors with confirmed COVID-19 must isolate for 10 days from the date of the positive test if asymptomatic, or for 10 days from the onset of symptoms and be symptom-free for 24 hours before returning to campus.  Employees must receive clearance to return to work from Human Resources prior to gaining access to all campuses.

Anyone exposed to a person with diagnosed COVID-19 (has come within six feet for more than 15 minutes without a mask) is recommended to quarantine at home if possible. A person in quarantine must remain exclusively in the assigned space for 14 days since his/her last contact with a person with COVID-19 (no exceptions).

FPU will have limited quarantine and isolation space on campus only for residential students while they make plans to quarantine/isolate from home. Isolation and quarantine practices will be compliant with state and local public health orders and applicable university procedures.

Notification of COVID-19 Cases

In the event of a confirmed case of COVID-19 on any FPU campus, the university follows notification and other protocols as directed by local and state health authorities.