Last updated: June 3, 2020.
This site is information directly related to Graduate Business programs and how your Spring quarter will operate with the current COVID-19 situation. Please visit the University COVID-19 site for other information and details.
Fall 2020 Classes FAQs
Leavey School of Business - Most graduate programs in the School of Business will be 100% online for the fall 2020 quarter. The Executive MBA program will be offered in person with safety measures consistent with Santa Clara County and State guidance.
Why are Graduate Business courses online when Fr. O’Brien said campus will be open in Fall?
While Santa Clara University will be “open” the extent to which classrooms will be available has yet to be finalized.
What kind of on-campus events do you anticipate having?
Career workshops include, but are not limited to: First 90 Days, Behavioral Interviewing, Networking & Elevator Pitch and Networking for Introverts. And, as always, 1:1 career coaching will be available online for all students.
We will also be scheduling fall headshots. The format will change from years past and will require registration and an appointment time. Watch your email for details.
In addition, we hope to provide opportunities for industry experts to speak about various topics and offer the opportunity to network with them.
Event size will be determined by government standards and recommended best practices.
Will all events be recorded for those who cannot make the real-time presentation?
Where we can, yes. Some events will use guest speakers who are reluctant to record their presentations/talks. In those cases, recording will not be possible. We will also NOT record small group networking events for obvious reasons.
So if I’m local, I can come to campus to attend all events?
Yes. Keep in mind there will be social distancing requirements and size limitations, so all students will be required to register for all events. We will also work to target audiences who we think the event would be most impactful for. And provide the live stream for all others.
Can I take the Fall quarter off?
Yes, but understand there may be stipulations if you choose to take a Leave of Absence. Depending on your program, taking a quarter off may mean you will delay your graduation date as not all courses you need will be offered upon your return. Please speak to your Programs Office to explore your options.
What if restrictions are eased, will be able to return to campus for group meetings, presentations, etc.?
At this time, no. As standards ease and the campus begins to fully open, we will update our students on new changes.
Can we use study spaces/small meeting rooms/gathering spaces in Lucas and throughout campus?
At this time, no. As standards ease and the campus begins to fully open, we will update our students.
What PPE will be required?
Our requirements will be based on local government and Santa Clara University policy requirements at the time of the event. In instances where those requirements change, we will send all registered students an update via their SCU.EDU email accounts.
How will access to campus buildings and services change?
This is currently being evaluated by University officials, and once campus opens, all community members will be notified via emails to their SCU.EDU accounts.
Food services / eating in the building?
There will be no food service in the building. You will be notified when it resumes. The vending machine in the lobby remains and is available for use.
How/when can I meet with my advisor?
As always, you are welcome to reach out to your advisor for a phone or Zoom advising session.
For questions/concerns for international students and visa issues:
Will any classes be on-campus this spring?
No, remote instruction has been extended through the end of Spring quarter. Additional details will be provided by your instructor.
When does the quarter start?
Although the University has delayed the Spring quarter start date for some programs, all graduate business programs will resume on March 30th as scheduled.
Will the add/drop period be extended?
No. Graduate Business Programs will continue on the same academic calendar that is posted on our website. No changes have been made.
Will there be any extension available to pay our Spring quarter tuition fees?
No. All dates for Spring quarter remain the same. If an extension or a payment plan is needed, please contact the One Stop Enrollment Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will classes be held at exactly the same time as in-person classes? Or will they be pre-recorded?
In order to minimize any disruption to your schedule, all your classes will be held synchronously via Zoom, Camino, and any other technologies your instructor requires. This means classes will be held at their regularly scheduled times, unless indicated otherwise by your instructor.
Am I still allowed on-campus for group meetings and other activities?
According to the directive from the Santa Clara County Health Officer on March 16, everyone must shelter in their places of residence and only leave for essential purposes. Furthermore, the University has shut down its facilities for the time, so students are not able to access our buildings.
I do not have sufficient WiFi or broadband to access and successfully complete my courses online. Do you have any support or recommendations?
Please contact the Graduate Business Programs office for further assistance. We will work diligently to explore the various spaces on-campus that are dedicated to this.
Are career management events still taking place in Spring quarter?
Yes! Please join us for our web-based events, access our online resources (CareerLeader assessments, VMock resumé editing, Beyond B-School tools, etc.) and schedule one-on-one Career Coaching sessions via ZOOM.
How can I access career resources?
You’ll find a full list of our resources, and links to access them, on Handshake:
- As a Job Board - Handshake serves as SCU’s dedicated connection with employers looking to hire our talent. Develop your Handshake Profile, just like you would your LinkedIn profile, make it viewable by employers, and start the networking conversations that can lead to your next job opportunity.
- For all GBCM Event Registration - in order to sign up for GBCM events, you’ll want to check the Handshake events page frequently. All events are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
- To make Career Coaching Appointments - our Career Coaches are available for one-on-one coaching for all aspects of your career journey...from resumé optimization, to interview prep, through salary negotiation. From the Career Center dashboard in Handshake, click on Appointments to get started. Appointments are available via telephone or ZOOM during this time. We ask that appointments be made at least 48 hours in advance.
Career Resource easy access point - the full list of Quick Links to GBCM resources is at your fingertips when you click on “Career Center” at the top right corner of your Handshake dashboard.
Will commencement still take place and will we be able to graduate?
Given the ongoing health crisis in our area, and the likelihood that large gatherings will continue to be prohibited in the near future, the University has decided to postpone the Commencement exercises. We appreciate how painful this decision is for our graduates and their families, and the faculty and staff who look forward to this celebration every year. We are very sorry.
After listening to feedback from our community, particularly our graduating students, we will postpone Commencement until a time when large gatherings will be permitted by local and state health officials. At this point, we do not know when that will be.
Master’s degrees will be awarded at the normal time, and final transcripts will reflect the students’ degrees and their conferral date. Upon completion of degree requirements, students will technically graduate, though we will not mark the occasion with a ceremony until a later date.
The decision reflects the University's ongoing commitment as citizens to care for the health of our community by joining the civic effort to stem the pandemic.