COVID-19 News and Information

Updated January 4, 2022

As we prepare for the spring semester, we are grateful for the many ways our campus community continues to come together to support our students and care for one another while navigating the persistent challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

With the surge of the new Omicron variant, we must remain flexible and proactive and continue to make decisions based upon the most up-to-date scientific data available. As a campus community, we will continue to take action to ensure the health and well-being of our students, faculty and staff by adhering to the following:

  • All scheduled in-person classes will continue to meet in person with the appropriate protocols: all students and faculty are to wear masks in the classroom. Faculty are to remain behind the plexiglass shield.  
  • If a faculty member is ill, they are to contact the Human Resources Office and their supervisor. Please do not move classes online unless approved by HR and the Provost’s Office.
  • As we have done since the vaccine first became available, we strongly encourage each person to become vaccinated and stay current with booster shots as applicable.
  • We are currently waiting for final information on the required COVID-19 testing for unvaccinated employees but are prepared to begin the testing in the coming weeks. Once the requirement is confirmed, additional information will be provided.
  • Out of an abundance of caution, any in-person larger scale events in January are to be canceled/postponed. Fan attendance at indoor athletic events will also cease for the time being. 
  • The dining hall will remain open for grab-and-go meal service, but the dining hall will be closed for dine-in eating for the time being.
  • Vice presidents will evaluate their teams and may implement hybrid work for some employees to ensure continuity of operation in all departments.
  • All community members and visitors (vaccinated and unvaccinated) must wear masks on all campuses while inside buildings (except when alone in a private office). In addition, masks will also be required to be worn outdoors when unable to socially distance from others. 
  • All community members, including residential/commuter students, faculty, staff and adult students on regional campuses, must self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms before arriving on any FPU campus, university property or venue used for university purposes. In addition, anyone who develops symptoms of COVID-19 should isolate themselves and get tested as soon as possible.
  • N95 masks continue to be available and may be picked up on the main campus at the information desk, student development front desk, campus safety and human resources. In addition, N95 masks are available at the front desk of each regional campus. You can also send requests for N95 masks to hr@fresno.edu.

Reporting symptoms:

As a reminder, everyone needs to prescreen themselves for symptoms before coming to any of our campuses. Should you develop symptoms of COVID-19, please adhere to the following protocols:

  • All traditional undergraduate and seminary students are to contact the Campus Life/Student Development Office to report symptoms and testing information.
    • Main campus students: Campus Life 559-453-2249
      • Office hours – Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
    • Campus Safety (after hours) – 559-453-2298.
  • Regional campus students are to contact the main phone line at their respective campus.
    • Office hours – Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. & Friday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
      • Bakersfield 661-617-4500
      • Merced 559-354-5900
      • North 559-573-7800
      • Visalia 559-302-4100
    • Campus Safety (after hours) – 559-453-2298.
       
  • If an employee (except faculty) reports that they have COVID-19 symptoms or report they will be or have been tested for COVID-19, they need to notify their supervisor. The supervisor will then immediately contact the Human Resources Office for further instructions.
     
  • If a faculty member has COVID-19 symptoms or is going to be tested for COVID-19, they need to notify their supervisor and the Human Resources Office immediately for further instructions.
      • Human Resources 559-453-2115
      • Office hours – Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
      • Outside of office hours, contact Campus Safety – 559-453-2298.

As a reminder, the university’s COVID-19 prevention plan is available at  fpu.edu/covid19  or you can click here to view it.

Thank you for your patience and prayers as we continue to navigate the ongoing details related to these most recent updates. We are committed to the safety, health and well-being of our community. We look forward to the semester with great anticipation for what God will do in and through each of us. 

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: 10
    • North Fresno: 3
    • Merced: 1
    • Visalia: 0
    • Bakersfield: 0
  • Students
    • Main: 38
    • North Fresno: 3
    • Merced: 0
    • Visalia: 4
    • Bakersfield: 1

Quarantine and Isolation

Anyone who has been vaccinated and is exposed or comes in close contact with someone with COVID-19 may not need to quarantine or isolate unless they start to experience symptoms of COVID-19. Anyone who has not been vaccinated and is exposed or comes in close contact with someone with COVID-19 will be required to quarantine or isolate, depending on the circumstances.

Exposed or close contact means someone within six feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period, cumulative time, during the infectious period of the virus (starting from two days before the onset of the illness or, for asymptomatic patients, two days prior to positive specimen collection until the time the person is isolated). 

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.