The health and safety of our Biola community is of the utmost importance, and the success of our Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters and staying open in the spring will rest upon our community’s adherence to Biola’s health and safety measures.
Consistent with other higher education institutional practices, we are adding the health and safety measures below to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community.
We care about the health, safety and well-being of our community and aim to foster a caring community, putting the health of others first. Protecting our individual and collective well-being will require the commitment and cooperation of everyone who returns to campus in the spring.
Please review the requirements and protocols currently in place on campus and will be continuing in the spring semester.
Biola University is strongly recommending the COVID-19 vaccine but it is NOT requiring it of most students and employees. Clinical nursing students and nursing faculty will be required to obtain one of the COVID-19 vaccines in order to participate in their clinical rotations as required by the various hospital agencies. Also, students who are participating in international study abroad programs during the fall will be required to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine.
Lastly, international students returning to the United States for the spring semester will be required to be vaccinated. As of November 8, 2021, the government will require all foreign, non-citizen, non-immigrant, national travelers to the United States to be fully vaccinated (some exceptions are available)
Health documentation requirement
All graduate and undergraduate students are required to submit the following health requirements via biola.medicatconnect.com. Students in fully online programs are excluded since they do not access campus.
- Complete health history form in patient portal — only one submission is needed every five years.
- Complete Tuberculosis Screening form in patient portal — REQUIRED ANNUALLY.
- Complete Meningitis Advisory in patient portal — only one submission is needed.
- All residential students must submit proof of a meningitis vaccine (ACYW135) given at or after 16 years of age. This is a new requirement of all residential students this year.
- Upload complete vaccine records including TWO age-appropriate doses of the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine.
- Students who received the COVID-19 vaccine at a location other than the Biola Health Center are required to upload their vaccination record.
In addition, all students are required to complete and submit the Acknowledgement of Risk and Vaccination Status Form to the Student Health Center.
For Spring 2022, all faculty, staff, and students, regardless of vaccination status, will need to upload a negative antigen or PCR test performed by a third party vendor (i.e. CVS, Walgreens, etc.) within 72 hours of returning to campus. For those who have had COVID within the last 90 days, documentation from a physician will be sufficient. Home-based or over-the-counter tests will not be acceptable. Please obtain your COVID test prior to arriving on campus. Preferably, get tested in your hometown as testing locations are limited in La Mirada. The Health Center has a limited supply of tests for a $30 fee. Testing ahead will give you instant access to campus. Please upload your negative test or physician’s documentation on the secure, confidential portal, biola.medicatconnect.com. Login with NetID and password and select upload test and attach file. Students will gain campus card access once the negative test is uploaded and processed. Students will not have card access until the Biola Health Center receives the negative test. Please allow time between uploading the test and returning to campus. This measure is to screen everyone before we return to gathering as a college community. You can find a list of COVID testing sites near Biola on the coronavirus website under the FAQs.
All unvaccinated residential students will participate in weekly surveillance testing starting the week of January 18. This is true even if you are unable to receive the vaccine due to health issues. The tests will be an anterior self-administered nasal swab, free to students and the Health Center will email those students who need to test with the available dates and times.
At this time, unvaccinated non-residential students will NOT be required to participate in surveillance testing except for students in certain student groups such as student-athletes and some CMA students.
This is subject to change as we monitor changes in L.A. County.
Biola will follow the CDC recommendations outlined below.
If you are not fully vaccinated:
- Option 1: Complete a full 10 day quarantine from the date of your last exposure with the COVID positive case as long as you remain well. If you do not develop symptoms of COVID-19, you may leave quarantine after 10 days.
- Option 2: Complete a 7 day quarantine IF you are feeling well, have zero illness symptoms, AND take a negative COVID PCR test or antigen test on day 6 or 7. If during the 7 day quarantine you develop symptoms or receive a positive COVID test, you need to notify the Health Center, and your quarantine dates may be adjusted.
- A clearance with the Student Health Center triage nurse is needed for either option and to return to on-campus activities (i.e. in-person classes).
If you are vaccinated:
- You are not required to quarantine after contact with someone who had COVID-19 unless you have symptoms.
- You are recommended to get COVID-19 PCR tested 5-7 days after exposure even if you don’t have symptoms. If the PCR COVID-19 test is positive you need to notify the Student Health Center immediately.
If you are in need to isolate or quarantine, please read the Isolation & Quarantine Process for more detailed information.
COVID-19 Case Dashboard
Biola University’s COVID-19 reporting dashboard exists to provide timely and accurate information about the health of our on-campus community. Please review the dashboard for the latest case numbers for on-campus members of the Biola community, as well as health protocol information and more.