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Testing Protocol

Alert icon Winter Term Testing: We strongly encourage all students living  nearby off-campus housing to be tested weekly. Register via Mobile SCU app or the ShieldT3 Portal (use agency code "scu").
Learn more about why saliva testing works.


Testing for Winter 2021

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Weekly Testing

Once-a-week testing will be mandatory for all who will be living, working, taking classes, or studying on Santa Clara’s campus in winter 2021. Learn more about why saliva testing works.

Off-campus students will be strongly encouraged to participate in weekly testing even if they don't plan to be on campus otherwise. 

Starting January 4, testing will be provided each week on campus at no cost, with no appointment necessary. Register once and you may show up once a week during clinic hours. 

When and Where:

Monday - Wednesday: Benson Center (Williman Room) and Lucas Hall (Forbes Family Room, #126)
9  to 10 a.m. Dedicated time for higher risk faculty/staff/students
10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Regular testing hours
12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Testing clinic closed for cleaning
1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Regular testing hours

Thursday - Friday: Benson Center (Williman Room) only.
9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

Please note:  Saliva testing is available all hours. Nasal swab tests are only available from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. daily.

We have a new testing provider, ShieldT3, so the procedure is slightly different (and easier) than the previous protocol. You need to register once, creating an account and password, and thereafter you’ll be in the system and can just show up any time a testing center is open. Please bring ID. 

  • How to Register: Register for testing through the ShieldT3 portal. When asked to "Enter your agency code," type "scu".  
    Registration also will be available on the Mobile SCU app.
  • Important Testing Procedures
    • Those being tested will self-administer saliva tests under supervision of a trained health aide. (Video instructions on YouTube).
    • Unlike the nasal-swab test, saliva testing requires that you do not eat, drink (not even water!), smoke, chew, or brush your teeth for 60 minutes beforehand.
    • Samples will then be sent to a contracted laboratory. Most results will be returned within one day.
    • If you have symptoms, please do not come to the testing site. Students should call Cowell Center instead at 408-554-4501. Faculty or staff with symptoms should contact their own health provider
    • If you have tested positive and recovered, please wait at least 90 days after your positive test before coming to the clinic for your next test. (You will likely continue to test positive for the virus for weeks or months after the infection has cleared, even though you are very unlikely to be able to infect others once your isolation period is over.)

This no-cost weekly testing is our commitment to our campus and our community, and will help us identify positive cases among our students, and— with everyone’s cooperation— help us prevent outbreaks that threaten our community’s welfare and our chance to fully return to campus. 

Isolation and Quarantine


On-campus residents suspected of having COVID-19 will be tested and required to quarantine in their residence hall for 14 days pending test results. Suitemate(s) must also take a COVID-19 test and quarantine for 14 days pending test results.

An on-campus resident who tests positive will be required to isolate at St. Clare Hall for 10 days after symptom onset and resolution of symptoms for at least 1 day without use of fever-reducing medicine. Asymptomatic individuals who test positive for COVID-19 can return to their campus residence 10 days after their positive test results. Suitemate(s) must be tested and may be required to quarantine for 14 days.

Off-campus students suspected of having COVID-19 will be required to quarantine until their test results come in, and to follow protocols for staying isolated in the event the test is positive. It is important for students moving to nearby off-campus housing for winter 2021 to have a plan for quarantine or self-isolation away from roommates, should that become necessary. On-campus quarantine/isolation space will be reserved for on-campus-resident students. 

Faculty and Staff

If faculty or staff test positive for COVID-19, they must remain home and self-isolate; employees must notify their supervisor and HR ( All campus members must immediately report a positive test —regardless of whether they have symptoms or if they have been on campus recently or not. Report your situation to 408-554-5100. 

Positive? Call 5100

Faculty, staff, or students who experience a positive test—with or without symptoms— are asked to report the results to 408-554-5100 if the test was not completed on campus. This line is staffed 24/7. The information collected confidentially will be used to inform campus departments handling SCU’s COVID-19 response. Those who will be informed as needed are: 

  • Tracking Team
  • Human Resources
  • Cowell Health Center
  • University Operations (for cleaning, closure, etc.)
  • Required County Tracking
  • University Marketing and Communications for website updates and (anonymized) alerts to campus. 

Your Role in Preventing COVID-19 Outbreaks

Whether you come to campus or not, training on Santa Clara’s health and safety procedures will be mandatory for all campus members. The following safety protocols are meant to protect our students, faculty, staff, and the surrounding community. 

  • Daily Symptom Tracking. All faculty, staff, and students coming onto the campus regardless of whether they are living on or off campus, are required to track Daily Symptoms here prior to coming to campus (tracker is also available on the SCU Mobile App). 

  • Prevention Behavior. Students will also be expected to:

    • Participate in SCU’s COVID-19 contact tracing program;

    • Wear face coverings at all times on campus—indoors and outdoors; 

    • Practice social distancing (6-feet minimum) at all times—indoors and outdoors;

    • Refrain from entering other residence halls, hosting any guests, or using common spaces while living on-campus

  • Report Positive Cases. Any student who tests positive —with or without symptoms, no matter where they live— is asked to report their situation to 408-554-5100 if the test was not done on the SCU campus. The information collected confidentially will be used to inform campus departments handling SCU’s COVID-19 response, including the SCU Tracking Team; Human Resources; Cowell Health Center; University Operations (for cleaning, closure, etc.); required county authorities; and University Marketing and Communications for website updates.

  • Consequences for Violations. Failing to comply with our collective commitment to safety efforts during this pandemic is a serious violation of the Student Conduct Code. Students cited for failing to abide by campus, county, or state health and safety protocols are subject to the full range of disciplinary actions including fines, restricted access to campus facilities, disciplinary probation, deferred suspension, suspension, and expulsion. The Student Conduct Code and its full range of disciplinary actions applies to all students whether on or off campus.