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COVID-19 Resources and Updates

Last Updated: March 30, 2020 at 6 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.

Latest Updates:

  • 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.
  • One confirmed case of COVID-19. A law student, last on campus March 6 at Charney Hall, is currently self-isolating at their off-campus home under the guidance of medical and public health officials.
  • SCU is closing residence halls, graduate and law residences, and neighborhood units for the spring quarter/semester on March 28. (limited exceptions apply). Those needing critical items from their rooms should retrieve them before 5 p.m. on Monday March 23, due to statewide stay-at-home order. Buildings will be inaccessible thereafter. May 1-8 are planned for move-out, subject to county/state directives. Info. being sent to students after Mar. 28.
  • Santa Clara County is among six Bay Area counties implementing orders to "Shelter in Place."
  • The test result for the SCU student who was tested on March 12 at the Cowell Health Center is negative for COVID-19. 
  • Masses at Mission Church have been suspended per order of San Jose Diocese

Latest Messages:

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. 

Please note: 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 decided to close all of the residence halls, graduate and law residences, and neighborhood units for spring quarter. On March 20, with the California-wide stay at home order, it was decided students should not plan to come to pack rooms for the time being. Those needing cirtical items should come retrieve them by 5 p.m., Monday, March 23. Students may not return to campus after 5 p.m., Monday, March 23 to retrieve belongings. May 1-8 is scheduled for possible move-out, subject to county/state directives. 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. 

Students, faculty, and staff who are ill—no matter the cause—are encouraged to stay home and to communicate via email to relevant parties (professor, supervisor, etc.) to let them know you are sick. As we are still in the midst of flu season, students concerned about their health can visit or call the Cowell Health Center.



Restrictions on Large Events and Community Gatherings

Based on guidance from the Santa Clara County Public Health Department (SCCPHD), all University-sponsored events have been canceled to abide by the directive to Shelter in Place at least through April 7, 2020.  

We continue to closely monitor and respond to the dynamic COVID-19 outbreak as more cases are confirmed in California, the U.S., and other countries. We are working closely with the SCCPHD on this rapidly developing situation in order to provide timely updates to the campus community to do our part in reducing the transmission of this disease and support social distancing measures. 




Instructional Continuity and Classes

The Office of the Provost and Academic Technology are working with our faculty to ensure instructional continuity now that events have necessitated the decision to hold all classes and exams online through the Spring quarter. 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.



Phone Hotline and Email

In addition to sending regular email updates to the community, we established an email address for anyone with specific questions or inquiries. Due to the legal order to "Shelter in Place," our phone hotline is no longer in service. 



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:


Avoid Contracting and Spreading Viral Illnesses 

In the peak of the flu season, we remind everyone that there are simple precautions you can take to minimize the risk of contracting and spreading any respiratory viral illnesses. Those include:

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
  • Staying away from classes, group meetings, work, and common areas if you are sick.
  • Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue and throwing the tissue in the trash.
  • Covering your cough with your elbow or sleeve.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.

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