Health & Safety Announcement: Response to Southwestern College Event on 10/16/14

By | 2014-10-17

A number of individuals have asked questions about false disease reports at Southwestern College in Chula Vista yesterday. I wanted to let you know that, as a standard practice, we regularly communicate with public health officials and routinely monitor the health and welfare of the campus community. As part of our health and safety planning, PLNU’s Wellness Center staff members are fully up-to-date on the CDC’s recommendations ( regarding infectious disease prevention and care. We are committed to following its protocols and leadership, and are prepared to take significant and immediate action on campus should the need arise.

The Wellness Center is a member of the CHANSan Diego (California Health Alert) Network, which provides up-to-date information, procedures and protocols on the management of infectious disease outbreaks. Currently, both the state and federal government are continuing to rework protocols and pathways for communities to utilize should additional cases surface. We are committed to keeping the campus community up to date as additional information is shared.

PLNU also participates in a consortium of college and university health centers in San Diego, and we are in direct contact with local public health officials to stay abreast of news developments. The Wellness Center team is a part of the San Diego Universities and Colleges County Health and Human Services Agency, Public Health Services Group. This group consists of San Diego city and county college and university campus health center directors, public health, medical and laboratory professionals. The group is led by Dr. Wilma Wooten, MD, M.P.H., Health Officer, Principal Investigator and Director Public Health Services San Diego County HHSA.

The PLNU administration takes all news reports seriously and will keep parents, faculty, students and staff updated regarding any health concerns. In addition, the Wellness Center team is available to respond to health and safety concerns. Please do not hesitate to contact the center at any time with your questions.

Although the nation is increasingly aware of the infectious disease from abroad, we want to encourage precautions against a more common local health concern. On campuses around the country, the flu places more individuals at risk than any other infectious disease. The flu lowers immune systems and can be harmful to individuals of all ages. We strongly encourage every member of our campus community to receive a flu shot as a preventative measure. This provides a safety measure, not only for the individual, but also for the greater campus community.

Again, Point Loma Nazarene University is committed to providing a positive and safe campus environment for every student, faculty, staff and visitor.

Dr. Caye Smith

Caye Barton Smith, Psy.D.
Vice President for Student Development
Point Loma Nazarene University