Learning at Pacific | COVID-19
Pacific University continues to provide its rigorous and personally meaningful educational opportunities through this time of crisis.
During Summer 2020, several of our graduate programs have resumed in a hybrid model. Students are attending limited class and lab sessions with enhanced physical distancing on our campuses, while also competing additional coursework online.
In the fall, many of our programs will continue the hybrid model. Classes and labs that meet in person will be smaller, and conducted in larger spaces, to promote physical distancing. Many classes will be offered online as well as in-person to allow for smaller class sizes and provide flexibility for student attendance. Research activities will resume on a case-by-case basis, with special attention to physical distancing, appropriate use of personal protective equipment, and equipment and laboratory sanitation.
Several academic programs also will be on a modified calendar. Specifically, Forest Grove undergraduate programs in Arts & Sciences, Business, and Education, will conduct classes on Labor Day and Fall Break to discourage travel over long weekends, and in-person courses will conclude at Thanksgiving, followed by online exams, to reduce travel.
Each college is developing comprehensive planning documents and guidelines for the resumption of in-person activities this fall. These will be available in early August but will continue to evolve as circumstances require.
Forest Grove Undergraduate | Arts & Sciences, Business, Education
Forest Grove undergraduate students may choose to attend in-person or remotely. Residence halls will be open, though all campus facilities will operate with modifications for physical distancing and other infection control precautions. The academic calendar has been adjusted to have classes end at the Thanksgiving holiday, followed by online exams.
College of Business
The MBA program, which traditionally is online with every-other-week in-person courses in Hillsboro, will be offered completely online to begin the fall term.
College of Education
Graduate and professional programs in the College of Education — including School of Learning & Teaching programs in Eugene and Woodburn and both SLT and School fo Communication Sciences & Disorders programs in Forest Grove — are offered primarily online. The School of Communication Sciences will operate clinical labs in person using appropriate distancing and personal protective equipment. School of Learning & Teaching graduate and professional programs run from Aug. 31 to Dec. 19. School of Communication Sciences & Disorders programs run from Aug. 31 to Dec. 16.
College of Health Professions
Graduate and professional programs in the College of Health Professions are operating on a hybrid model. Classes that can be delivered in a distance format are online, while clinical and lab skills remain in person with appropriate distancing and personal protective equipment.
College of Optometry
College of Optometry lectures are online, with labs and clinics in small, face-to-face groups with distancing and personal protective equipment.