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COVID-19 Resources and Updates

Last Updated: April 3, 2020 at 4:20 p.m.

The health and safety of our community is of utmost importance to SCU. We are committed to keeping our campus healthy and informed of significant new developments. We are working with the local Santa Clara County Public Health Department (SCCPHD) and will share any new information as it arises. Please check this website regularly for updates.

Frequently Asked Questions


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  • The previously announced dates of May 1–8 for students to return to campus to retrieve belongings has been canceled. New dates will be announced pending guidance from Santa Clara County and the State of California. SCU closed residence halls, graduate and law residences, and neighborhood units for the spring quarter/semester on March 28 (limited exceptions apply). 
  • Provost announced the University is implementing a temporary change to the undergraduate pass/no pass grading policy during the spring 2020 quarter including a new drop deadline. 
  • Second confirmed case of COVID-19. Undergraduate student who lives off campus, last on campus March 13. Student experienced symptoms March 16, was tested March 17, and positive result arrived 10 days later. Student, who felt better and was asymptomatic shortly after testing, has been self-isolating since March 16, and will continue to do so until March 31. The University has reached out to all known persons who were in close vicinity of this confirmed case to check on their well-being.

Key Information

Classes: On March 16, President Kevin O’Brien, S.J., announced that classes and exams will continue to be held online until the end of the spring quarter. 

The SPRING QUARTER start and end date for undergraduates has not changed: it will be March 30–June 5 with the final exam period June 8 - June 11. During the quarter, we have designated the period from March 30 - April 7 as Instructional Preparation time for faculty and students so we can be successful when classes resume fully online on April 8 for undergraduates, and so both faculty and students can succeed in the temporary conversion of our high-quality, personalized, whole-person Jesuit tradition to a virtual format. During the Instructional Preparation period, students may be asked to engage in educational activities such as reviewing course expectations, reading assigned texts, completing assigned work, working on problem sets, watching videos, setting up their technology, and preparing other necessary supplies. Students will need to regularly monitor communications from their professors.

At the graduate level, spring term start and end dates will vary by School.

We have prepared a set of frequently asked questions with information on conducting classes online or remotely.

Student Housing: On March 17, the University closed all of the residence halls, graduate and law residences, and neighborhood units for spring quarter. The expanded County Shelter-in-Place Order took effect on March 31. As a result, the previously announced dates of May 1–8 for students to return to campus to retrieve belongings has been canceled. New dates will be announced pending guidance from Santa Clara County and the State of California. See the FAQ for more details. 

Buildings and Services: Malley, Leavey Center, and the Learning Commons are closed, pursuant to the County Shelter in Place Order. The bookstore is closed but available online for Spring book orders and Winter returns. Benson is open for grab-and-go dining options for those remaining on campus. Students are required to follow social-distancing procedures while in Benson.

Events and Athletics: All on-campus events with more than 35 attendees, including Athletics, have been canceled until further notice. 

Email Questions: In addition to sending regular email updates, we established an email address for anyone with specific questions: A previously established phone hotline is no longer being manned due to the County Shelter in Place Order

Additional Cleaning: To reduce the likelihood of any virus transmission, University Operations has since early March been employing extra antiviral deep cleaning procedures in areas of high touch or contact.

Communication to Students: Students are urged to check their email regularly and come back to this website regularly for the latest updates.

Communication to Parents: Parents are being provided with updates via email. Those who previously opted out of receiving University e-mails may opt-in by going to the Parent Communications Email Sign Up page

Novel coronavirus covid-19

Following the CDC’s guidance to higher ed institutions, SCU's Emergency Operations Center and Infectious Disease Task Force teams are meeting frequently to continue to plan for potential impacts to campus operations. 


Instructional Continuity and Classes

The Instructional Continuity website provides resources to support instruction and academic progress. Individuals who need assistance in this area can contact Brian Larkin, Instructional Technology Manager, at For support using the Camino LMS contact the Camino support team at or 408-551-3572.


Guidance for International Travelers

We encourage all SCU international travelers to stay informed before commencing travel and take the following steps:

The State Department has issued a Level 4 Travel Advisory for China. Per CDC requirements, if you have returned from travel to mainland China, we ask that you self-isolate for 14 days. Work and study from home and continue monitoring for symptoms until the end of the 14 days. Find more details on the CDC website and the SCCPHD FAQ. For university-sponsored travel, see SCU’s International Travel Policy.

Students, faculty, and staff affected by the new restrictions should contact their professors, department chair, or immediate supervisor to make arrangements. Faculty and staff should also contact Human Resources to coordinate remote work, leave, and workplace coverage arrangements.  

How to Self-Isolate:

CDC recommends anyone returning from countries with a CDC Level 3 Travel Warning self-isolate for 14 days from your last day in that country. The self-isolation recommendation currently does not apply in general to travelers who only transit through an airport in one of these countries.

To self-isolate, you should:

  • Stay home. Do not go to work, school or public areas.
  • Separate yourself from other people in your home.
  • Avoid visitors to your home.
  • Self-monitor for fever by checking temperature at least twice a day. Contact your healthcare provider if you develop a fever or respiratory symptoms.
  • If you have symptoms, wear a facemask when you are around other people.
  • When seeking medical care, call ahead and tell them about your symptoms before heading to the doctor’s office or the emergency room.


Cowell Health Center 

Students who are concerned that they may have had close contact with an ill student or who are experiencing flu-like symptoms should visit the Cowell Center open from 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Monday-Friday. Faculty and staff should consult with their primary care physician for advice and guidance.


About the Novel Coronavirus

Visit the CDC and Santa Clara County Public Health Department websites for the latest and most reliable information.



Contact Us:
Phone Hotline: Due to the legal order to "Shelter in Place," our phone hotline is no longer in service.