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PAU to Follow County 'Shelter in Place' Order

Dear PAU Community,

Residents of six Bay Area Counties, including Santa Clara County where PAU is located, have been ordered to ‘to shelter in place’ as of 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, March 17. In a directive from Santa Clara County, all businesses and governmental agencies are asked to cease non-essential operations at physical locations and all nonessential travel and gatherings are prohibited. You can find the County Order here.

To comply with this important measure to minimize the spread of COVID-19, PAU’s physical locations (Calvin, Los Altos and De Anza campuses and the Gronowski Clinic) will be closed except for “essential personnel,” who will be designated by the President in consultation with the heads of each of our six Divisions, specifically:  Academic Affairs – Risa Dickson; Student Affairs – Thom Shepherd; Institutional Effectiveness – Jim Breckenridge; Business Affairs – June Klein; External Affairs – Rebecca Levy; Continuing and Professional Studies – Patty Zapf).

All university academic classes and business operations will continue remotely. Supervisors will work with employees regarding arrangements for working remotely.     

For clinical practicum students, we are in the process of reaching out to clinical practicum sites for better clarity on what this order means for each of those more than 150 sites and we will have further guidance very soon for practicum students.

We know many of you may have questions in the coming days and weeks. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me or any of the people noted in the offices below

Business Affairs, June Klein

Human Resources

Student Affairs, Thom Shepard

Academic Affairs, Risa Dickson

Grownowski Clinic, Jim Breckenridge

Travel Guidelines

All University-related non-essential travel, both domestic and international, is prohibited. Any exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis and require written approval of Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Risa Dickson for faculty, Dean of Students Thom Shepard for students, and Senior Human Resources Manager, Holly Lindley for staff.  In accordance with CDC guidance, extreme caution and judgment for personal domestic travel is advised.  All travelers will be subject to CDC guidelines upon return, including required self-isolation.

Additional guidance and resources can be found on the University’s coronavirus resource page

We know this is a very challenging time. As Governor Newsom said so clearly this week, “We're guided deeply not by anxiety, not by fear, but a very pragmatic response to meet this moment without creating other unintended consequences.” We are all in this together and we appreciate the many efforts of our supportive and resilient community of students, faculty and staff.

Maureen O’Connor