Coronavirus (COVID-19) News and Information

McDonald Hall front entry

Fresno Pacific University continues to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and is committed to protecting the health and safety of students, faculty, administrators and staff.

The President's Cabinet and Emergency Management Team are managing the university's response. Information will be updated here as the situation evolves.

Announcements for

FPU Community

Campus access to be reduced

In line with directives from the Fresno County Department of Public Health regarding employer screening of employees for “a new or worsening episode of either cough or shortness of breath, presenting with fever (temperature 38C/100.4F or higher) or chills in the previous 24 hours,” FPU is limiting access to and from each campus to a single point.

The main campus entrance will be the Hamilton Avenue gate near the swimming pool and the cafeteria. It will be staffed 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. Those requesting access at other times will need to contact the Campus Safety Office at 559-453-2298 and be screened when they enter.

Access to the regional campuses will at the main entrances of those buildings and be staffed 3:00-7:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Signs will designate the proper entrance/exit point at all campuses.

Staff will ask anyone seeking to come on campus if they are experiencing symptoms. Employees and non-resident students answering yes or showing symptoms will not be allowed on campus. Instead, they will be excluded from the campus for seven days from the day they are identified as having symptoms and directed to isolate at home and notify all close contacts to quarantine themselves for 14 days from the last known contact with the employee. The health department defines close contact as having spent 15 minutes or more within six feet or less of the person showing symptoms.

REMINDER:  If any employee comes to campus (short time, intermittent or “essential”), DO NOT BRING YOUR CHILDREN TO CAMPUS.

For better safety, we are extending this practice to commuter students and visitors. Main campus gate codes will be changed so students, faculty and staff will all need to enter through the designated gate. Residential students will be expected to make the main campus their shelter-in-place “home” environment, only leaving campus for vital services as defined by local and state directives. A full text of the health department order is here:

On-Site Offers Free Counseling to Employees, Students and Families

It's easier to spill on your own couch…
Are you feeling stressed, anxious, or overwhelmed by COVID-19? Let's talk.

Coping with the outbreak of COVID-19 and recently enacted containment efforts is not easy. While fear, confusion and strong emotions are normal, taking care of your emotional health during a disaster will allow you to think clearly, react to urgent needs quickly, safely protect yourself and your family and improve future resiliency.

In a collaborative offer of assistance to the FPU community, On-Site Counseling and the Marriage and Family Therapy department are here to help. Starting Monday, March 23, MFT-trainees are available to provide six-free sessions of telehealth counseling to anyone in the FPU community. This includes students, staff and faculty at all campuses, as well as their immediate family members. To make an appointment, call the On-Site referral line at 559-453-8050 or email Please leave a message if necessary, and all calls will be returned within 48 hours.

Pacific Bookshop has Computers for Sale

With the recent movement to online classes due to COVID-19, Students and faculty are able to purchase Apple computers, iPads and accessories at educational pricing at the FPU Bookshop. Call 559-453-5549 or email for more information.


Online instruction to continue

  • All classes will remain online for the rest of the spring 2020 semester.
  • Degree completion sessions two, three and four will continue online through July 5.
  • The first session of graduate classes (May 11-June 19) will be online and a decision on classes for the second session (June 22-July 31) will be made by June 10.
  • The decision whether all traditional undergraduate summer sessions will be online will be made by May 1.

The university first suspended all in-person instruction March 16, using the following week to equip faculty to conduct classes online from March 21 through April 12. It became clear by the end of March that finishing the semester with online instruction was best. This applies to students in the traditional undergraduate, bachelor’s degree completion, graduate and seminary programs at all campuses.

All events scheduled to take place on any FPU campus through June 10 not already cancelled or postponed will not be held on the date scheduled. We will review the schedule for any events planned beyond that date.

Services and Resources Hours of Operation

The offices at the main FPU campus and all regional campuses are physically closed, but all service areas are operational during the current shelter-in-place mandate. Most staff are working remotely, with a minimal number on campus. Students and others can contact the offices via phone, email or the website. For students living on the main campus, residence halls and the dining hall will continue to remain open and operational. Students and others can contact the offices via phone, email or the website. Hours of operation of other resources are as follows:

Regional Campuses
Regional campus students will still be able to access WiFi at each regional campus from 3:00-7:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday beginning Monday, April 6.

Please contact your academic advisor or call the front desk to let them know you'll be coming. Phone numbers for each of the regional campus front desk are:

Visalia: 559-302-4100
Merced: 209-354-5900
Bakersfield: 661-617-4500

Library/Computer Lab (Main Campus)
Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday CLOSED

Academic Success Center
Support services are available. Visit


Baseball Field

Career Services
Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
All standard career development resources are still being offered.

  • Individual meetings are available via Zoom. Email: to make an appointment
  • Self-directed resources and information are available at the Career Development Center website.

Charlotte's Coffee Corner
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (lounge seating limited to one person per table)
Saturday-Sunday CLOSED

Commuter House

Commuter Lounge (Jost Hall)

Dining Services
Meals will be available for pick up only, seating area closed
Monday-Friday 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

FPU Campus Bookstore
Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

FPU Community Food Pantry
Monday-Friday 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday CLOSED

Fitness Center

Hammer Throw Field

Office of Spiritual Formation
Spiritual Formation services available.
Email or

On-Site Counseling
Free sessions available. Email or call 559-453-8050

Ramirez (Soccer) Field

Special Events Center (GYM)

Steinert Campus Center Main Lounge
OPEN 24/7

Swimming Pool

Tennis Courts

Open for runners/walkers

*Hours are subject to change.

Residential student information

With these changes we understand that some students still in campus housing may want to leave. We are extending the 10 percent refund for room and board to accommodate these students. Residence halls will remain open for students who wish to stay. Residential students can get specific information from the Residence Life Office.

Students with Food Needs Call OSF

If students find they are facing food insecurity or any other personal concerns that are keeping them from being successful, they are encouraged to reach out to Brian Davis ( or Bre Wyse ( in the Office of Spiritual Formation, or Jesse Torres (, director of student persistence and commuter life.

Help for Students with Financial Emergencies

In these unprecedented times we are aware that students could be having significant financial emergencies. FPU has an emergency scholarship fund for students in these circumstances. If you are a student in a financial emergency (or aware of such a student) please contact (or have the student contact) an FPU Student Financial Services Advisor. The SFS Office is open via phone from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. every weekday. The direct line is 559-453-2041, or email Staff will work directly with students to make payment arrangements.

Academic Success Center Continues to Serve Students

While most Academic Success Center (ASC) services have moved online, some limited help is available through the main campus and regional centers. Call 559-453-5585 or email or check the ASC webpage for further information.

Here is a list of ongoing services:

  • ASC tutors are available online via Zoom
  • Tutoring at the regional campuses are via Zoom
    • Judy (Visalia) will be tutoring at the Visalia regional campus
    • Stan (Merced), Melissa (Bakersfield) and Rose (North Fresno) will be available via Zoom for appointments
    • Email for questions and/or to make an appointment
  • No in-person tutoring will take place at the ASC on the main campus
  • In-person exam proctoring at the ASC is not available
  • NetTutor (third-party online tutoring service) is available for all FPU students
    • Access through the Academic Success Center Moodle shell
      • Once logged into Moodle, scroll down and choose Academic Support Center (with the light bulb icon)
      • Choose Net Tutor topic tab

The ASC staff is praying for your wellness—physically, emotionally and spiritually!

Please contact us if you have any questions.

Future Students

Registrar Accepting Unofficial Transcripts for Admission

In an effort to accommodate our potential students looking to enroll at Fresno Pacific University, we are now accepting unofficial transcripts for evaluation. If you are curious about how your classes will transfer to FPU, please email a copy of your unofficial transcript to or We are happy to take a look and get you started on the road to becoming an FPU Sunbird.

International Students

Supersedes: Broadcast Message: 2019 Novel Coronavirus and Potential Procedural Adaptations for F and M nonimmigrant students

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) continues to monitor developments with the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Concurrent with other federal agencies, SEVP provides the following information. SEVP-certified schools should advise students traveling from countries impacted by COVID-19 to refer to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Department of State and U.S. Customs and Border Protection for specific port-of-entry screening processes, as well as any travel restrictions. SEVP intends to be flexible with temporary adaptations. SEVP recognizes that the COVID-19 crisis is fluid and rapidly changing. This guidance applies to students who are currently enrolled in a program of study (current students) and is not intended for new or initial students who are outside the United States.

SEVP-certified Schools and F and M Students

SEVP-certified schools such as Fresno Pacific University may need to adapt their procedures and policies to address the significant public health concerns associated with the COVID-19 crisis. For this reason, after careful deliberation Fresno Pacific University as of March 12, 2020 has decided to have all classes online starting March 16, 2020 until April 12, 2020 until further notice. We are dedicated to providing our full support to all our international students who are currently in the U.S or have returned home to be back with your family during this time. Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) is flexible and will allow online instruction, which means your visa is still valid and the International Programs and Services Office is maintaining your F-1 visa status. If you have any questions or need advising please do not hesitate to contact Angela Chapa, Director of International Programs and Services and Principal Designated School Official (PDSO).

The latest information from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

Students who are Veterans

Links from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs encompassing the HCS (Health Care System) and the VBA (Veteran Benefits Administration) from David Black, USN, (RET) FPU Veteran Student Success and Outreach Coordinator.


Working at home to continue

Employees presently working at home will continue to do so until May 15, with only essential employees at the campuses. The plan will be reviewed again in early May.

Standing in the Gap

A prayer each weekday to provide hope and comfort

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Prayer Requests

Fresno Pacific is committed to praying for our students, staff, faculty, administration, alumni and community. The support of the community can help in difficult and challenging times. Our prayer teams are ready to lift up your requests. You are invited to fill out the form below, with your name or anonymously, so that we may cover your need in prayer.

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