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COVID-19

A Message from President Beals

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.
President

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. Vanguard has implemented safety measures, which include increase health protocols related to employment practices, residential housing, on-campus activities, athletics, and campus access. 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. 

 

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/

A Message from Provost Menjares

This 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. We have been investing 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. However your class is offered, we are committed to providing a safe and academically rich learning experience for each of our students.

Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

Spring 2021
  Cumulative Active Recovered Deceased
On-Campus Students 36 3 33 0
On-Campus Employees 8 0 8 0
On-Campus Guests 0 0 0 0

Last updated 4/26/2021

Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

Fall 2020
  Cumulative Active Recovered Deceased
On-Campus Students 54 0 54 0
On-Campus Employees 16 0 16 0
On-Campus Guests 0 0 0 0

Last updated 1/14/2021

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 covid19@vanguard.edu
  • Employees: Titan HST or covid19@vanguard.edu

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.