Due to the global pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) that is impacting the State of California and Orange County, VU is implementing health and safety programs and safeguard to mitigate the risk of infection spread related to COVID-19. Part of the University Return to Campus plan and safety measures include increased protocols related to residential housing, on-campus activities, and campus access. We are all in this together; and each student, faculty, and staff member must commit to adhering to safety policies that align with Federal, State and local health directives to prioritize the health and wellness of persons on campus.
The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, is a highly infectious, life-threatening disease declared by the World Health Organization to be a global pandemic. There is no current vaccine for COVID-19. COVID-19’s highly contagious nature means that contact with others, or contact with surfaces that have been exposed to the virus, can lead to infection. Additionally, individuals who may have been infected with COVID-19 may asymptomatic for a period of time, or may never become symptomatic at all. Because of its highly contagious and sometimes “hidden” nature, it is currently very difficult to control the spread of COVID-19 or to determine whether, where, or how a specific individual may have been exposed to the disease.
For more information regarding COVID-19, please refer to the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
For more information regarding COVID-19 in Orange County and local resources, please refer to the Orange County Health Care Agency: https://occovid19.ochealthinfo.com/
At Vanguard University, our highest priority remains the safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff, while offering a high-quality Christ-centered learning experience despite the realities of COVID-19. We continue to monitor and comply with all applicable federal, state, and local public health orders and guidance. Since mid-March, we have invested heavily in resources and implemented protocols to address health and safety across the Vanguard campus in order to mitigate the threat of COVID-19 on our campus.
As a University celebrating our centennial anniversary, we are more committed than ever to supporting our students’ academic, spiritual, and career success.
MICHAEL J. BEALS, Ph.D.
This Fall and Spring classes are being offered in a variety of formats: on campus, online (remotely-taught), and in a hybrid format (some days classes meet on campus and other days remotely). Regardless of where classes are occurring, the quality of the Vanguard experience will be high. Over Summer 2020, we invested significantly in faculty development, helping our amazing instructors to not just adapt to new circumstances brought on by the pandemic, but to capitalize on the opportunities afforded in the virtual environment. Sometimes your class may look like a lecture online, but much of the time you will have other opportunities to learn, by engaging in discussions in breakout rooms, or by using other tools for testing your understanding of the material.
Personal interaction with your professors is one of the distinctives of Vanguard education. Zoom and other web conferencing tools make that interaction even more accessible to all students. You can connect with your professor regardless of where you are. Faculty use Canvas to communicate assignment expectations and due dates, as well as to provide feedback on class work and grades.
In all cases we are abiding by California’s most recent health and safety guidelines for higher education. Thus on-campus classes look different in that rooms are only half (or one-quarter) full to allow for social distancing. On-campus classes also sound different since faculty and students currently have to communicate behind face coverings. Regardless, we are committed to providing a safe and academically rich learning experience for each of our students, whether in person or remote.
Confirmed COVID-19 Cases
Since January 2020
Keeping Our Community Safe
Download the self-screening app Titan HST and answer our screening questions daily. Students who report symptoms will be advised to stay home or isolated in their dorm until contacted by a COVID-19 Leader. Staff who report symptoms will be advised to stay home, notify their supervisor and reach out to their healthcare provider. A COVID-19 Leader will be in contact with the staff member directly.
How to Self-Report
- Students: Titan HST or email@example.com
- Employees: Titan HST or firstname.lastname@example.org
Students who are online will still need to fill out the Titan HST app so we may provide resources and assistance when needed.
If you do not have a smart phone or unable to do it on the computer, please click here for a hard copy of our screening questions. You will need to bring this copy with you through check-in.
Avoid Contracting and Spreading Viral Illnesses
In the peak of flu season, we remind everyone that there are simple precautions you can take to minimize the risk of contracting and spreading any respiratory viral illnesses. Those include:
- Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol based hand sanitizer.
- Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
- Staying away from classes, group meetings, work, and common areas if you are sick.
- Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue and throwing the tissue in the trash.
- Covering your cough with your elbow or sleeve.
- Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.