LPU Press Room | July 28, 2020

Dear Current and Future LPU Students:

Here at LPU, we have been waiting to be together as a community!

What a season. When spring semester ended, we pressed forward to explore every responsible option for you to return this fall. LPU developed a robust Return to Campus Plan including extensive policies and procedures to help ensure a safe and healthy campus with the ability to pivot if needed. Over the past few weeks, we have seen a shift with Covid-19 moving in the wrong direction. Governor Newsom issued K-12 guidance, which requires all school districts in counties on the COVID-19 monitoring list to begin their academic year online. LPU operates in a county on this monitoring list. However, he has yet to provide guidance on higher education. In light of recent events, LPU leadership has made the decision to transition to remote learning for the fall semester. Below are details about what students can expect for the fall.

Academics

All classes will now be provided in an online delivery format for the fall semester. We won’t let this situation stop you from your education and completing your goals. Classes will begin Monday, August 31 and the semester will conclude Thursday, December 17. Online learning will look different than it did in the spring with well-designed and engaging online courses. All classes will be provided in an online synchronous format, which means having standard class time and live-video sessions. This will provide you with a consistent learning style for all of your classes and allow you to connect with your peers and professors. Our faculty and academic office are committed to excellence of instruction and believe "active learning" and "consistency" are key components for success. We want to improve the learning experience for fall, connect at a deeper level because we truly care about you. 

If for any reason you are not able to be present for live interactions, we developed an appeal process that will give you an opportunity to continue your educational goals asynchronously, by watching video lectures and working with faculty to fulfill course requirements. If you anticipate needing these accommodations, you may submit an appeal to academics@lifepacific.edu.

Student Life

Though we will be apart, we are still a community. The Office of Student Development is committed to providing meaningful virtual experiences and opportunities for you to connect with other students, staff, and faculty. Student services have also made many adaptions to ensure you can access the services you need. Students can expect meaningful experiences and services like:

  • Virtual chapels programming through YouTube Live, with new and dynamic content, engaging speakers, and important conversations.
  • Virtual New Student Orientation and other community driven experiences
  • Access to student services through phone and Zoom appointments, including Emmaus Road Christian Counseling, Academic Resource Center, Enrollment Services, etc.
  • Continuing the Success Coach Program launched in spring. We received very positive feedback regarding the success coach program. This fall, every student will continue to have an assigned success coach to support them through the semester.

Click here to read more details in our student life FAQ.

Housing

As government restrictions allow, the LPU Residence Halls and Dining Services will open for some students. Halls will be opened with modifications to comply with county and state guidelines. We understand that many of you need the housing services that campus provides. Living on campus will require modifications such as social distancing and daily health checks in line with the CDC. There will also be protocols for quarantining and contact tracing in the event a student contracts COVID-19. The Office of Residence Life will be reaching out to those of you who have applied to live in the dorms with more information and to ensure your eligibility. If you are a new student and already paid your housing deposit, but don’t plan to live on campus, that will be refunded to your account. Read more in our student life FAQ.

Athletics

Fall sports are expected to be pushed back from the original start date. Formal announcements from NAIA and GSAC organizations will be coming soon. If we are not able to hold in-person athletic practices or competitions during the fall 2020 semester, LPU will honor confirmed athletic aid assuming the student maintains full-time enrollment at the university. Read more in our student life FAQ.

Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid

We recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic has a financial impact on many families. LPU is committed to supporting our students and families through the following decisions: 

  • A 48% reduction in student services fees for the fall semester. The student services fee is used to support a wide range of student resources, including student government, career services, counseling resources, and much more.We recognize that due to health and safety restrictions, students won't have access to the full range of student services they would experience under normal circumstances so the fee has been reduced to $225 for fall 2020.
  • The parking permit fee is waived for the fall semesters. 
  • The first payment for fall has been extended to August 10th. To allow students and families time to make decisions regarding their fall plans, the first payment deadline has been extended. 
  • Students facing financial distress can apply for additional financial aid. We understand that students and families are facing tough financial times. The university has made COVID-19 Relief Assistance available for students who need assistance covering educational expenses. If you need additional financial assistance, click here to apply.

We are committed!

LPU staff and extraordinary faculty will move forward and stand strong to provide you a transformative experience. Our commitment to your fall experience is as follows:

  • To PROVIDE a Christ-centered education and student services such as library resources, counseling services, and dynamic opportunities for you to connect with your professors and peers in a virtual setting.
  • To FOCUS resources into strengthening and expanding our remote educational experience with updates and new technology.
  • To CONTINUE the student success coaching program that was implemented in the spring in order to support your academic success and holistic development.
  • To FOSTER a vibrant spiritual life through live chapels, panels, prayers calls, and virtual gatherings.
  • To SUPPORT you as you continue your educational, athletic, and vocational goals.
  • To REDUCE student fees and provide additional financial assistance where possible.

Since 1923, LPU has been providing Christ-centered education. Though fall 2020 may look a little different than years past, our trust in the Lord and mission focus remains stronger than ever. Our focus as always, is on your transformational development into leaders to serve God in the church, the workplace, and the world. Our encouragement to you:

  • Stay strong, focus on Jesus, pursue your goals, become a better leader.
  • Make your decision about LPU. We want you here. We believe in you and your dreams. Let’s commit and support to our community together.
  • Keep your hope alive and remain focused on completing what you started!

Student Forum: Fall 2020 Q&A

Over the next week, you will receive several communications from the Office of Academic Affairs, Office of Residence Life, and others detailing our plans to serve you this semester. In addition, the Office of Student Development will be hosting a Q&A forum for current students on Friday, July 31st at 12:00pm. 

Click here to register for the student forum. If you can't make the forum, please email your questions to osd@lifepacific.edu.


Please stay safe, wear a mask, and continue to social distance. 

For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. Phil 1:6.

Stay Strong LPU!

Angie