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

Planning for Spring 2021

Planning for Spring 2021

Posted: 10/22/2020 @ 4:15 p.m.

Fresno Pacific University is committed to the safety and well-being of faculty, staff and students as well as providing a quality education to students. To provide time for faculty, staff and students to effectively prepare for next semester, FPU is announcing plans for Spring 2021. Spring semester plans for traditional undergraduate (TUG) students are based on county guidelines and state requirements as specified in the Red (substantial) Tier. Since regional campuses and main campus are in four different counties, each of which has different local guidelines and may be on different tiers in the state system, FPU will continue to provide all bachelor’s degree completion (DC) and graduate (GRAD) instruction online (see below). More about the California state system at covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/

Spring 2021 Semester Dates:

  • Traditional Undergraduate – January 11-May 6
  • Degree Completion – January 11-May 16
  • Graduate Classes – January 11-May 7

All Degree Completion courses for the spring semester will be delivered virtually.

Graduate Courses for the spring semester will be delivered virtually.

Seminary Courses will be delivered virtually, with some classes returning to face-to-face meetings while maintaining 25% occupancy in each classroom and complying with all health and safety protocols, including social distancing and the wearing of masks. All classrooms will be routinely disinfected, and hand-sanitizing dispenses will be placed throughout campus. Classes will be conducted in a hybrid modality to simultaneously include students in the classroom and those connected via Zoom live from their residence anywhere in the United States, or abroad.

Traditional Undergraduates on Main Campus

Many classes will only be conducted remotely through Moodle and Zoom.

Lab and studio arts classes will be conducted on campus based on available space and the ability to strictly comply with all health and safety protocols.

Some classes will return to face-to-face meetings while maintaining 25% occupancy in each classroom and complying with all health and safety protocols, including social distancing and the wearing of masks. All classrooms will be routinely disinfected, and hand-sanitizing dispenses will be placed throughout campus. Classes will be conducted in a hybrid modality to simultaneously includes students who are in the classroom and students who are connected via Zoom live from their residence anywhere in the United States, or abroad.

More details about specific classes meeting face to face will come at a future date during the Fall 2020 semester. FPU is in process of collecting the necessary information to determine which classes can meet face to face while complying with all state and county health guidelines.

Additional Information

Read and download FPU’s COVID-19 Plan

Stay up-to-date on the university’s COVID-19 response at fresno.edu/coronavirus-covid-19-news-and-information

Many staff have continued to work on our campuses since March. At the beginning of this semester, more staff returned to campus to provide greater services for students and faculty.

Beginning the week of November 2, most deans will return to campus for a minimum of three days a week, as well as additional staff. Faculty are invited to return to their offices as they need this semester, to lead classes and conduct other academic activities. The Registrar’s Office staff will also increase its on-campus presence.

Reminder to all coming to campus:

  • Complete the Daily Health Check before coming on-site each day.
  • Maintain a minimum distance of six feet from others in both outdoors and indoors.
  • Wear a face covering in all public spaces, whether indoors or outdoors. Gently remind anyone without one that face coverings are required.
  • Wear a face covering in any indoor office, lobby or common area where other people have access. If you are in a private office with a closed door, you may remove your face covering.
  • Report COVID-19 symptoms, testing and test results to your supervisor.

“We know that several large institutions have not fared well with their reopening. It is our hope that by exercising great prudence; following county and state guidelines; exuding a sense of shared responsibility for ourselves, our students and our co-workers; and using the beautiful and spacious outdoor space that marks many of our university sites, we can slowly and safely phase in a return-to-work-and-study plan. We believe such a plan will allow us to offer the kinds of experiences our students want and deserve. Let’s all work together to do this as carefully and successfully as possible,” said President Joseph Jones, Ph.D.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Updated: 7/30/2020 @ 2:50 p.m.

Fresno Pacific University has released answers to some frequently asked questions regarding the university's choice to go fully online for the Fall 2020 semester. Select which population you belong to below in order to view information most relevant to you.

FPU Community

7/1/20 Updates for Everyone

Posted: 7/1/20 @ 1:33 p.m.

  • All students, faculty and staff will be required to wear face coverings in class and all public spaces on campus. (Special masks have been ordered for faculty who have students with hearing impairments.) Hand sanitizer will be available.
  • Plexiglass shields will be installed in classrooms as well as at tables in the dining hall, service windows and restrooms. Furniture has been rearranged to allow for social distancing and should not be moved. Signs and stickers will mark six-foot social distancing intervals where lines form.
  • Areas will be sanitized regularly and faculty and staff will be asked to sanitize their work stations. Cleaning materials will be provided by the university.
  • People entering all campuses will be required to answer a short health survey. Students, faculty and staff may use the form on the My FPU App. Anyone feeling ill for any reason is asked to stay home.
  • Protocols are being put into place to interview community members who disclose symptoms or test results.
  • Some departments have already begun returning, and supervisors will work with employees directly on schedules and other issues.
  • The Human Resources Office is working to accommodate requests for faculty and staff, such as those in “high-risk” categories, to teach and work using distance methods.

FPU balances safety for all with educational access in plans for fall

Posted: 5/21/2020 10:29 a.m.

As we explore options in planning for how we will open for the 2020-2021 academic year, we continue to consider the safety of our students, faculty, and staff the highest priority, and to be guided by the latest health guidelines from county, state and national officials.

We know God calls us to look to the future with confidence and optimism as well as realism. We would love to see everyone back on our campuses and in classes this fall, and are planning towards that end, but may have to develop a hybrid model of virtual and in person classes. At the same time, we realize universities, like other public places, are likely to look very different than they did last fall and we will take all necessary precautions, including social distancing, sanitizers, masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE), blended and online classes with alternate schedules.

The President's Cabinet is working on a schedule to safely bring employees back to campuses, and we expect to announce more specifics next week. If the City of Fresno extends its shelter-in-place order, FPU will of course honor that and continue the work-at-home plan until the order is lifted.  In our plans to date, we are working to minimize layoffs or furloughs for the fall semester.

Difficult as the unexpected challenges of this spring's COVID-19 pandemic have been, they have brought out the best in FPU. In all areas our community has shown flexibility and resilience, whether it be faculty and students moving to entirely online instruction with the support of the Center of Online Learning, Campus Life assisting students who could not go home and other service areas at all campuses continuing their work after facilities were closed. As we thank God for all his blessings, we especially thank him for bringing together this dedicated and caring group of servant-leaders.

As we make our plans, we are in consultation with other Christian colleges and universities in California that share our commitment to provide the most personalized and transformational education experience possible to all our students.  We realize many of those students are the first in their families to attend a four-year institution, and that those families may have limited access to the technology needed to study completely online.

Please continue to pray with us as we plan and consult with our Board of Trustees to make this transition as safe and orderly as possible. I am grateful for your selfless support for our students as we serve them through this transition. Let us continue to honor God in these days of tremendous challenge.   May we fervently pray God's wisdom as we humbly trust him for guidance in our plans.

Dr. Joseph Jones
President


Campus access to be reduced with face masks required

Updated: 5/7/2020  9:32 a.m.

To comply with the updated emergency order put out by the City of Fresno, beginning on Friday, May 8, anyone entering any Fresno Pacific campus will be required to use a facial covering/mask. Attached is the emergency order from the City of Fresno where these requirements are outlined for your reference. The following applies to the main campus and all regional campuses as well as all people on those campuses, including employees, visiting students and residential students:

  • Essential employees (including student employees) consistently coming to campus will be issued one washable/reusable mask per employee as they enter.
  • Those who arrive on campus without a facial covering/mask will not be permitted to enter.
  • Masks are required to be worn when moving from one location to another on campus (whether inside a building or outside) or when interacting in person with someone.
  • As per the order, protective facial coverings must not be worn by anyone with a medical condition that precludes wearing of a mask.
  • The protocol regarding facial coverings as outlined above is in place until further notice.

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.


2020 Fall Commencement combined with 2020 Winter Commencment

Posted: 4/9/2020 @ 10:40 a.m.

Two groups of Fresno Pacific University graduates and their friends and families will celebrate commencement together Saturday, December 12, 2020, in a combined spring-fall 2020 ceremony.

The event will begin an 10:00 a.m. in Selland Arena, 700 M St., Fresno, the regular home of FPU commencement. While it is unknown how many graduates will be eligible to participate, the university was on track for a record May 2020 class of over 800 new alumni, and December graduations regularly top 400.

May graduates will receive their diplomas in the mail over the summer, and dates for commencement-related events such as the hooding ceremony for graduate students and teacher credential celebration are still being worked out based on the safety of students and others and the best information as it becomes available.

Read full statement


On-Site Offers Free Counseling to Employees, Students, Families, First Responders and Health-care Professionals

Updated: 4/9/2020 8:23 a.m.

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.

Finally: In a collaborative offer of assistance to the FPU community, On-Site Counseling and the Marriage and Family Therapy department are here to help. MFT-trainees are available to provide free telehealth counseling sessions to anyone in the FPU community until mid-June. This includes students, staff and faculty at all campuses, as well as their immediate family members. In addition, to support those on the front line fighting for health and safety, MFT-trainees will be offering free counseling for any first responders and health care professionals through this same time. To make an appointment, call the On-Site referral line at 559-453-8050 or email onsite@fresno.edu. 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 mvaldovinos@follett.com for more information.

Current Students

Frequently Asked Questions for Returning Students

Updated: 7/29/2020 @ 5:21 p.m.

Fresno Pacific University has released answers to some frequently asked questions regarding the univerisity's choice to go fully online for the Fall 2020 semester. Select which population you belong to below in order to view information most relevant to you.


FPU cancels summer voluntary workouts

Posted: 7/13/2020 @ 3:44 p.m.

Due to the July 13, 2020, order from Governor Newsom, and in consultation with Dale Scully, vice president for campus life, and leadership of FPU’s Emergency Management Team, athletics is postponing all summer voluntary workouts effective immediately. This order will be in effect until further notice. These workouts had been sanctioned by the NCAA.


An update from Fresno Pacific University on the new SEVP/ICE regulatory guidelines for F-1 international students

Updated: 7/13/2020 @ 9:43 a.m.

On July 6, 2020, SEVP/ICE announced regulatory guidance for F-1 international student enrollment for fall 2020. The guidance states that international students attending schools operating entirely online may not remain in the United States. This also applies to international students who elect to take their classes online at the same time they are given face-to-face. The U.S. Department of State will not issue visas to students enrolled in these schools, nor will U.S. Customs and Border Protection permit these students to enter the United States. To avoid immigration consequences, students must either leave the U.S. or transfer to a school with in-person instruction.

Fresno Pacific University also interprets this guidance to prohibit international students from beginning the semester in face-to-face or blended programs, then fully transition to online learning and still remain in the U.S. It is our belief that international students could, due to exposure or possible exposure to COVID-19, attend classes virtually while self-isolating or being in quarantine, with the intention to return to face-to-face instruction when medically permitted.

At present, FPU plans to operate primarily in-person this fall, so international students currently have the option to remain at FPU and study face-to-face. The exception would be programs already primarily online. For these, international students would be required to participate from outside the United States. The university understands that continuing students living outside the U.S. and studying remotely will continue their progress toward degrees, and FPU will help them adjust their visas as needed.

To support international students in this process, the Campus Life Division will,

  1. Comply with additional SEVP reporting requirements to SEVP.
  2. Issue new I20s for students as needed.
  3. Communicate with students both inside and outside the U.S. on the intersection of FPU’s academic plans and these regulations.

Angela Chapa Munoz, director of international programs and service, will act as FPU’s Principal Designated School Official (PDSO).

"We at FPU value our international students, as we do all our students, and will continue to support them as best we can," said Dale Scully, vice president of campus life.


Fall Scheduled and Registrar updates

Posted: 7/7/20 @ 1:24 p.m.

Dear Students,

As we continue to make plans for the start of the 2020-21 academic year, we want to share with you an important follow up about our return in the fall 2020 semester. As President Jones wrote in an email last week:

"To our new and returning students, faculty and staff: we commit ourselves to your safety and care during this very complex period. We are returning to a mostly face-to-face curriculum, with exceptions as needed to protect the health of the vulnerable among us. In all we do, we continue to be alert to changing circumstances and follow the counsel of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities, the State of California, the Fresno County Department of Public Health and the extensive work of our Emergency Management Team and President’s Cabinet."

Here are specific updates to the fall schedule:

Blended and online instruction will be available and previously scheduled online courses will continue.

The Registrar’s Office web page has two columns of classes listed:

  1. Scheduled Online Courses for Fall 2020
  2. Face-to-face classes that cannot be attended virtually.

If you wish to attend a scheduled face-to-face class virtually (you will have to virtually attend at the same time that the class is meeting), you must do the following:

  • Complete the Remote Attendance Request Form (link will be found on the Registrar webpage – form is currently in development)
  • Students can utilize this form through the second week of TUG and Grad classes and through the end of the first week of DC classes (must be redone in each of the three DC sessions)
  • A separate form must be completed for each class

For students attending face to face classes If a student or family member in the same household is to fall ill, a student can use this form to move to virtual attendance for the remainder of the semester or during a quarantine period. In this case, please also contact your faculty member.

Please remember that the fall 2020 semester schedule has been altered:

  • The traditional undergraduate, graduate and seminary schedule begins August 24.
  • In person/blended instruction will end November 25, the day before Thanksgiving, and instruction for the last two weeks will be by distance. Instructors will have discretion as to how to manage teaching and final exams/projects. Fully online class schedules will not change.
  • For bachelor’s degree completion students, Session 2 begins August 17 and Session 4 will run as onsite/blended instruction through December 27 as normally scheduled.

D. Gayle Copeland, Ph.D.
Provost/Senior Vice President
Fresno Pacific University


7/1/20 Updates for Students & Faculty

Posted: 7/1/20 @ 1:33 p.m.

Students & Faculty

  • Classrooms will be used at 65% capacity for social distancing.
  • Classrooms will be cleaned between sessions by fumigation/fogging devices equipped to sanitize a classroom within one-two minutes using Steramine, a product tested, accepted and registered by the EPA as being effective in killing infectious bacteria and viruses.
  • Classrooms will be equipped for synchronous live streaming with cameras, microphones and recording capability.
  • Blended and online instruction will be available, and previously scheduled online courses will continue.
  • Specialized courses such as labs and performance classes will not be available to students who are not able to attend face-to-face for the fall semester.
  • The semester timeline has been altered:
    • The traditional undergraduate, graduate and seminary schedule begins August 24.
    • In person/blended instruction will end November 25, the day before Thanksgiving, and instruction for the last two weeks will be by distance. Instructors will have discretion as to how to manage teaching and final exams/projects. Fully online class schedules will not change.
    • For bachelor’s degree completion students, Session 2 begins August 17 and Session 4 will run as onsite/blended instruction through December 27 as normally scheduled.
  • As of June 26, 85% of classroom assignments have been made, but could be modified as enrollment changes, courses are moved online and/or additional sections are added to maintain appropriate safe capacity levels. Course schedule plans and the physical assessment of all classes will be reviewed August 3 and August 17. 
  • For regional campuses: The EMT and operations teams have evaluated all common spaces, and sneeze guards have been installed at front desks and some furniture will be moved or removed from each lobby, classroom and open study area to maintain social distancing. Employees and students will undergo health screening.

Campus Life

  • Residential and commuter students will need to complete a daily health check to have access to campus facilities. Just as with faculty and staff, this will be accomplished through a brief screening survey on the My FPU App. Commuter students who do not pass will be encouraged to go home, while residential students will need to return to their rooms and contact our campus nurse to discuss testing.
  • Family members and friends may not visit students on campus for the fall semester.
  • Gathering sizes will be closely monitored. Events such as the Fall Formal Dance, intramural and residence life activities will be postponed until they can happen safely. We are waiting on information of the Pacific West Conference and the NCAA Division II on whether Sunbird athletics will take place and if fans will be allowed to attend. For updates, check fpuathletics.com/
  • Residence halls will be primarily single-occupancy housing, with one fourth of rooms large enough to be double occupancy. On-campus housing capacity will be limited to 316 students, with first-year students given highest priority.
  • Resident students are allowed only in their assigned living area, campus outdoor spaces or academic or administrative buildings. Visits to other housing units are prohibited, along with overnight guests or outside visitors. Students must wear masks and maintain social distancing when outside their respective living environment.
  • Move-in by residential students will be through appointments with the Office of Residence Life and no more than two family members or guests may help with the move.
  • Commuter students will be held to the same safety standards as residential students, and many of their normal “hang-out” spots having limited seating.
  • Shehadey Dining Hall is open only to students on meal plans—faculty and staff may purchase meals from Charlotte’s. Pioneer staff will serve food at each station in the dining hall. Larger tables will be divided into four sections by plexiglass shields, while smaller tables will be or individuals only. Diners will wear masks at all times except when they are eating or drinking. Student with meal plans who are ill may have food delivered.
  • The Sunbird Pantry will also be open this fall for all students that need access to food.
  • The risk of acquiring COVID-19 on campus is very low, but about 5% of our bed spaces are being designated as quarantine spaces if a student needs to isolate and cannot do so at home. Food will be delivered to these rooms and students will be checked on daily by health services.
  • All students are encouraged to get flu shots and register with Virtual Health Care, FPU’s online 24-hour telehealth provider. On-Site, our mental health care provider, is also available by appointment. Of course, you can always look to a trusted campus leader, your advisor or a professor, coach or residence life staff member for guidance.
  • While it is unlikely we will gather in person for Chapel, the Office of Spiritual Formation will move offerings online, and we hope to create in-person small groups. Chirp, our roundtable discussion series, will continue, along with spaces to connect and engage on social media.
  • ALAS and the Intercultural Learning Center will continue to provide services to our students. To allow for social distancing, we will convert the Steinert Campus Center into an intercultural learning center overflow space.

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Interim Policy Changes – Spring 2020

Posted: 5/7/20 3:32 p.m.

Fresno Pacific University is changing the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy for the Spring 2020 measurement as a result of disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This semester has been full of unexpected changes that may have affected your ability to complete your coursework, so we have modified our standards to take into account this possibility when we next determine your SAP status.

SAP Policy Addendum


Traditional Undergraduate Summer Courses

Posted: May 1, 2020 @ 3:02 p.m.

We want to provide an update on the status of traditional undergraduate summer courses. Several days were spent contacting program directors and instructors as well as keeping updated enrollment numbers on scheduled courses. Sunbird Central will continue to be updated to reflect changes. Warm gratitude is extended to faculty for their flexibility, creativity and efforts on behalf of students and to students for their flexibility and understanding.

Cancelled Courses

  • PE-123 Self-Defense
  • BIB-300 Jesus and the Christian Community/Transfers

GE Courses to be Taught Online

  • BLIT-333 Biblical Literature: Acts
  • HIST-120 Ancient Civilization
  • HIST-130 Medieval/Early Modern Civilizations
  • HIST-140 Modern Civilizations
  • PHYS-106/L Physical Science

NOTE: MIN 357 Christian Leadership and Administration in Summer Session 2 is planned for a face-to-face class on the Main campus but may be changed to Online. Check Sunbird Central for updated information.

Major Courses to be Taught Online

  • CRIM-392 Corrections
  • CRIM-486 Topics: Criminology
  • HIST-440 California History and Politics
  • HIST-483 Projects in History
  • MGT-362 Nonprofit management
  • PS-300 California History and Politics
  • PSY-440 Counseling
  • SPAN-309 Hispanic Film
  • SPAN-486 Topics in Spanish

Internship and Practicum

Practicum and Internship classes will be conducted online and available as students are able to establish suitable placement given varying restrictions and possibilities. Please contact the instructor for questions.

  • CRIM-476 Internship
  • ENV-482 Environmental Studies Practicum
  • KIN-385 Kinesiology Practicum
  • KIN-390 Internship in Kinesiology
  • MIN-382 Contemporary Ministries Practicum

Wilderness Program

There are ongoing discussions about various scenarios for the Wilderness Program, including moving the date to later in the summer. Further information will be published as it is available.

  • PHIL-430 (Carson, Wilderness Theo., Phil, Lit.)
  • ART-286 (Janzen, Landscape Sketching)
  • ENV-286 (Sensenig, Insect Ecology of Sierra, gen ed. lab science)
  • COM-486 (Larson, Advanced Creative Writing)
  • BUS-486 (Waterman)
  • SPAN-309 (Perez, Hispanic Film) see note above
  • SPAN-486 (Perez, Spanish Research Group) see note above
  • PSY-486 (Van Slyke, Psych. Topics)
  • LIT-465 (Bortz, Liberal Arts option)
  • BLIT-310 (Schultz, Genesis BLit option)

CARES Grant FAQ

Posted: 4/29/2020  11:24 a.m.

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Grading Relief

Posted: 4/27/2020  11:33 a.m.

The shift to remote learning has been challenging for students. We trust students have fully engaged in their course work during this time; however, we know some face extraordinary and challenging circumstances. To address these concerns, FPU has adjusted its standard grading policies for this semester to expand options for Credit/No Credit grades, Incompletes and Withdrawals.

Our faculty care about students and are committed to helping them through this period of uncertainty. Students are encouraged to seek guidance from instructors, mentors or advisers as they consider what is best for them and what action they need to take. (Please note certain programs are not positioned to use the CR/NC option. A full list of those programs are listed on the Registrar's Office webpage. This policy change applies to the spring 2020 semester only.) For questions, please contact the Registrar's Office at registrar@fresno.edu


Online instruction to continue

Posted: 4/2/2020  9:16 a.m.

  • 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

Updated: 4/6/2020 2:28 p.m.

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. All campuses are accessible by telephone. General numbers are:

  • Main Campus: 559-453-2000
  • Merced: 209-354-5900
  • North Fresno: 559-573-7800
  • Visalia: 559-302-4100
  • Bakersfield: 661-617-4500

Hours of operation of other resources are as follows:

Regional Campuses
Students at the Merced, North Fresno and Visalia regional campuses will still be able to access WiFi at these three regional campuses 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.

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 https://www.fresno.edu/asc

ALAS
CLOSED

Baseball Field
CLOSED

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: career.services@fresno.edu 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
CLOSED

Commuter Lounge (Jost Hall)
CLOSED

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
CLOSED

Hammer Throw Field
CLOSED

Office of Spiritual Formation
Spiritual Formation services available.
Email brian.davis@fresno.edu or breanne.wyse@fresno.edu

On-Site Counseling
Free sessions available. Email onsite@fresno.edu or call 559-453-8050

Ramirez (Soccer) Field
CLOSED

Special Events Center (GYM)
CLOSED

Steinert Campus Center Main Lounge
OPEN 24/7

Swimming Pool
CLOSED

Tennis Courts
OPEN

Track
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 (brian.davis@fresno.edu) or Bre Wyse (breanne.wyse@fresno.edu) in the Office of Spiritual Formation, or Jesse Torres (jesse.torres@fresno.edu), 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 sfs@fresno.edu. 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 academic.support@fresno.edu 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 leann.lo@fresno.edu 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

Frequently Asked Questions for Future Students

Updated: 7/29/2020 @ 5:21 p.m.

Fresno Pacific University has released answers to some frequently asked questions regarding the univerisity's choice to go fully online for the Fall 2020 semester. The link to this page is available below.


An update from Fresno Pacific University on the new SEVP/ICE regulatory guidelines for F-1 international students

Updated: 7/13/2020 @ 9:43 a.m.

On July 6, 2020, SEVP/ICE announced regulatory guidance for F-1 international student enrollment for fall 2020. The guidance states that international students attending schools operating entirely online may not remain in the United States. This also applies to international students who elect to take their classes online at the same time they are given face-to-face. The U.S. Department of State will not issue visas to students enrolled in these schools, nor will U.S. Customs and Border Protection permit these students to enter the United States. To avoid immigration consequences, students must either leave the U.S. or transfer to a school with in-person instruction.

Fresno Pacific University also interprets this guidance to prohibit international students from beginning the semester in face-to-face or blended programs, then fully transition to online learning and still remain in the U.S. It is our belief that international students could, due to exposure or possible exposure to COVID-19, attend classes virtually while self-isolating or being in quarantine, with the intention to return to face-to-face instruction when medically permitted.

At present, FPU plans to operate primarily in-person this fall, so international students currently have the option to remain at FPU and study face-to-face. The exception would be programs already primarily online. For these, international students would be required to participate from outside the United States. The university understands that continuing students living outside the U.S. and studying remotely will continue their progress toward degrees, and FPU will help them adjust their visas as needed.

To support international students in this process, the Campus Life Division will,

  1. Comply with additional SEVP reporting requirements to SEVP.
  2. Issue new I20s for students as needed.
  3. Communicate with students both inside and outside the U.S. on the intersection of FPU’s academic plans and these regulations.

Angela Chapa Munoz, director of international programs and service, will act as FPU’s Principal Designated School Official (PDSO).

"We at FPU value our international students, as we do all our students, and will continue to support them as best we can," said Dale Scully, vice president of campus life.


FPU Offering Campus Visits for Prospective Students

Posted: 6/11/20 @ 9:42 a.m.

Starting June 15, 2020, prospective traditional undergraduate students can visit FPU's main campus in Fresno.

Here are the guidelines for all prospective students for visiting the main campus. This includes those visiting the Admission Office and student-athletes:

  • Appointments must be made at least 48 hours before any visit.
  • Times for appointment will be:
    Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
    Friday 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
  • Only one appointment per time slot will be allowed, with a maximum of four people per visiting family. Names of all family members must be given prior to arrival, and children who are not prospective students may not be included in the visit.
  • Masks must be worn upon arrival to campus and during the entire visit.
  • Social distancing is required.

Campus visits may include a meeting with an admission counselor and a representative of the Student Financial Services Office, a campus tour and/or activities for an athletics recruit.

Visits are open to freshmen and transfers looking at traditional undergraduate programs on the main Fresno campus. To make an appointment please visit fpu.edu/visit

Appointments will be confirmed within 24 hours. Spots are limited.

Updated Transfer Policy

Posted: 5/7/2020 11:23 a.m.

Fresno Pacific University is dedicated to working with our education partners and future students during these unprecedented circumstances. We understand grade policies have been adapted in efforts to accommodate students during these challenging times. Therefore: Fresno Pacific University will accept "Credit" or "Pass" for all transferable college courses completed spring 2020 including courses taken to satisfy:

  •  All General Education courses,
  •  All transferrable elective courses, and
  •  Major prerequisite courses

*Currently FPU has a limit of 15 undergraduate units of CR allowable to fulfill degree requirements. Under this modification, a maximum of 21 undergraduate units of CR will be allowable*


Registrar Accepting Unofficial Transcripts for Admission

Posted: 3/27/2020 2:05 p.m.

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 Mildred.Flores@fresno.edu or GDC.admissions@fresno.edu. 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) ice.gov/covid19

Military or Veterans Students

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.


Military Leave of Absence

Posted: 4/8/2020 1:59 p.m.

During this pandemic, students who serve in the National Guard and military reserves may be called into service. For those students and their families, here is the FPU Military Leave of Absence policy:

A matriculated student who is called up to active duty with the military or deployed for military action is eligible for a military leave of absence. A military leave of absence will facilitate a student's return to Fresno Pacific University if the student wishes to return within one year of the date of discharge from active service or return from deployment.

To obtain a military leave of absence, students must submit the proper form and documentation. When discharged from active duty or back from assignment, a student may register at FPU by contacting the Registrar's Office and declaring their intention to return. Documentation of discharge or reassignment will be required. Students returning from military leave of absence will be permitted to participate in the normal registration period with other students with similar class standing as determined by number of credit hours earned.

Students who are granted a military leave of absence but do not register for classes within one year of the date of discharge or reassignment must file an application for readmission within the Admissions Office to re-enroll. New degree requirements may apply.

In addition, students using VA benefits needs to contact Alejandra Salwasser at Alejandra.salwasser@fresno.edu or 559-573-7810. She will update their enrollment status with the Veterans Administration.

Employees

Screening App for Returning Employee's

Posted: 6/15/2020 @ 4:25 p.m.

As we continue to prepare to have in person classes this fall, we are beginning to bring more employees back to our campuses. For those who have not been to one of our campuses recently, every employee is screened for symptoms of COVID 19 before being able to enter. Our IT department has created a new tile for the MY FPU app to make screening easy and efficient for each person who is entering campus. Having the app downloaded will allow you to fill out the form on your device replacing the need for the paper forms.

Beginning Monday, June 15, 2020, the use of the app will be available and preferred in order to facilitate the quickest and most efficient screening process. If someone is unable to utilize the app, the gate attendant will verbally ask the health screening questions and input that information into the computer system.

If you do not already have the My FPU app downloaded, please follow the instructions below to download the app to your mobile device. If you have trouble with the app, please contact the IT help desk at 559-453-3410 or helpdesk@fresno.edu

Download the My FPU Mobile App on Google Play for Android or search "My FPU" on your mobile device's app store and select the app with the FPU Sunbird logo.


PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) Plans

Posted: 6/4/20 @ 3:45 p.m.

As planning continues with the intention of having most classes on campuses this fall, the Emergency Management Team (EMT) would like to provide the following information and updates for employees:

  • The EMT is overseeing ordering PPE (personal protection equipment) for employees at all campuses, including masks, hand sanitizers, plexiglass dividers, cleaning products and gloves.
  • In the coming months as more employees return to work on our campuses, each employee will be provided one washable and reusable mask to wear when working on campus. EMT will also be securing a large number of disposable masks to have available for guests or visitors who come to campus in need of a mask to wear. Please refer to Dr. Joe's May 28 communication regarding mask requirements on campus. More specific information on the mask policy will follow.
  • The EMT is coordinating the installation of hand sanitization stations across all campuses and will have small bottles for offices and service counters.
  • Individual departments are asked to not purchase any of their own PPE, including masks or cleaning and sanitation products for their offices or employees. The EMT is assuming responsibility for securing these items for each campus and will coordinate with the Facilities Management Office to get them dispersed as we move forward with planning for the fall.
  • The EMT is working with facilities to have plexiglass dividers at various service windows and reception desks.
  • The EMT is also in the process of assessing the need for various signs on all campuses to address social distancing, mask requirements, hygiene and handwashing, as well as directional floor markers for high-traffic areas.

The EMT is tracking all expenses related to COVID-19 with the hopes of obtaining reimbursement from FEMA assistance programs to help cover these costs. In order to be successful in this process, it is important purchases are funneled through the EMT. Purchases, including those for departments, will be made through a centralized budget, so departments will not need to spend their own funds.

If you have specific needs not mentioned here, questions about purchases related to COVID-19 or about any of the information listed above please reach out to one of us. This is a big project, so we ask for your patience as we work to make campus safe. Thank you to everyone for helping to ensure that we implement safety and social distancing measures to keep everyone safe and the doors of our university open.

Javier Campos, executive director of campus safety javier.campos@fresno.edu
Pam Schock, EMT co-coordinator pam.schock@fresno.edu
Louis Jackson, EMT co-coordinator louis.jackson@fresno.edu


Working at home to continue

Updated: 6/1/2020 3:18 p.m.

We are committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for all members of our community. Our priority is to enable all to work in the safest environment possible at Fresno Pacific University, knowing circumstances may vary depending on each employee's responsibilities and situation. We recognize the threat from COVID-19 is not over, and it continues to affect our community in different ways, including how, when and where many of us are able to work.As details continue to unfold, the president's cabinet is working to determine when employees can best return to their campus. Here is information regarding next steps:

  • Though the shelter-in-place order from the City of Fresno has been lifted, there is still a need to limit the number of people on campuses to meet social distancing requirements. Workspaces will also need to be prepared by the university to ensure we follow social distancing and safety requirements. The university expects any faculty or staff who have been working from home will continue to do so until further notice from your supervisor.
  • This plan being developed anticipates that a growing number of faculty and staff may need to return to their respective campus (either regularly or intermittently), not because of personal preference, but to effectively complete their work.
  • Each vice president is working with their direct reports to determine what will be needed for their respective areas. You should continue to be in contact with your supervisor regarding when or if you will need to modify your current working from home status and plan to return to work at your respective FPU campus. 
  • FPU is requiring employees, students, vendors and other visitors to wear facial coverings while in buildings or within six feet of another individual and everyone is encouraged to do so in outdoor spaces on all campuses. Attached you will find the updated emergency order from the City of Fresno along with information on measures the university is taking to follow the order.
  • For those who wish to be tested for COVID-19, here is a list if testing sites in Fresno County

Again, our first concern is health and safety of all members of the Fresno Pacific community. We continue to work in coordination with the Emergency Management Team and coordinate with health experts and peer institutions, acting on the latest information available in this time of rapid change.


Screening for COVID-19

Anyone entering the FPU main campus must complete the COVID-19 health screening either on the FPU App or with the employee at the gate (or the Commuter House for those using that facility) daily. Anyone who reports symptoms, is positive for COVID-19 or has been exposed to someone with COVID-19 will not be permitted to enter any campus. Faculty and staff members may come on the main campus at any time during regular hours. All regional campuses are closed to students; faculty who wish to come on a regional campus must have the permission of the site manager.


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