Hello LPU Community,
The health and well-being of LPU students, faculty, and staff is the top priority of University officials. Over the past few days, there have been many new guidelines issued by the CDC, the State of California, and LA County Public Health. In addition, the City of San Dimas has reported its first case of COVID-19 – this is not connected to our campus. However, in light of these recent developments, university officials are taking the following steps:
- All in-person classes will remain in an online delivery format for the remainder of the semester. This includes Chapel. Let me be clear that Life Pacific University is not closing. Following Spring Break, classes and chapels will resume remotely. Many student services will be available remotely such as library services, the Academic Resource Center, and Emmaus Road Christian Counseling. University officials, faculty, and staff are committed to the transformational development of students regardless of the delivery format of courses. Additionally, university officials fully expect to resume in person classes in the fall. For our online and graduate students, your education is not changing – but be sure to keep in contact with your professors.
- The LPU Residence Halls will remain open but will allow students to move out without penalty, should they feel it is in their best interest. The residence halls will not be closing completely as university officials understand that not all students may be able to, or want to, leave campus. Graduating students moving out of the residence halls will receive a prorated refund. All other students leaving campus will receive a prorated credit that can be applied to the 2020-2021 academic year. The Office of Residence Life will be reaching out to students who live in the residence halls with more information about refunds, credits, and the check-out process.
- Currently, dining services are offering to-go options only. This will continue for students who continue to live in the residence halls. Similar to housing facilities, graduating students who choose to leave campus will receive a prorated refund and all other students leaving campus will receive a prorated credit that can be applied to the 2020-2021 academic year.
- At this time, the campus is closed to outside visitors with the exception of vendors and family of students that may be assisting in the check-out process. The Office of Admissions will be hosting campus visits virtually through April 13th.
- Yesterday, many faculty or staff with non-essential on-campus functions began to work remotely. However, essential functions, such as the Post, Residence Life, and Dining Services, continue to report to work. Staff and faculty can be contacted via phone or email at this time. Student workers should talk to their department managers.
- Decisions regarding Commencement have not been made yet.
Students, for many of you this is a dramatic change. You didn’t sign up to take an online course; you signed up to take an in person courses. If you are feeling overwhelmed by this change, we want you to know that you are supported and cared for during this time. The Office of Academic Affairs will be providing you with resources to help you transition to online learning, including additional academic success coaching. More information to come. Additionally, I want to offer some words of encouragement and practical steps for you to take. If you are feeling like you don’t know where to start in an online course:
- Reach out to your professor. They understand the challenges you are facing and are here to help you be successful.
- Contact the Academic Resource Center. The ARC will be hosting virtual tutoring sessions for the rest of the semester to help you succeed in your classes.
- Reach out to other staff and faculty that you have relationships with. We are all here to serve you during this time.
- Talk to your friends. Form virtual study groups, and support each other.
- If you are a student that enjoys online learning, reach out to your friends who might be struggling.
You are not alone in this. View this as a new challenge to accomplish, rather than an obstacle in your path. In 7weeks, when the semester is over, you will be so proud of yourself for adapting and growing during this challenging time.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this situation together. You are so valued and loved. While we are deeply disappointed, we will be back together soon! Lastly, may you remember that your life is not canceled and your future is not canceled.
We will be in touch soon,
President Angie Richey