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COVID-19 Resources and Updates

Last Updated: May 22, 2020 at 6:04 p.m.

SCU is 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. 

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Latest Updates

  • Father O'Brien announces plans to open campuses in the fall, with modified in-person classes and instruction, to the extent permitted by local and state regulations. Read the full Fall 2020 Update.
  • COVID-19-related student financial aid through the federal CARES Act may be available. Students are urged to go to Santa Clara's CARES Act Relief Fund FAQ page to learn about eligibility, application, and available amounts. The funds are limited and will be disbursed on a rolling basis. Students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
  • Important Notification Regarding CARES Act Grants. Santa Clara University has posted the federally mandated CARES Act 30-Day Fund Report here.
  • Father O’Brien has charged seven Resilience and Recovery Working Groups to develop comprehensive plans to prepare the campus for the next 18 months.
  • Santa Clara County's health officer issued an Order April 29 extending the county's "shelter in place" requirements through the end of May, while loosening restrictions on some industries such as construction, provided they follow safety protocols.
  • The University has worked out a plan for a staged and orderly move-out that will comply with Santa Clara County Public Health Department's guidance on social distancing. Students who reside within 50 miles of SCU will have the opportunity to retrieve their personal belongings between May 12 and May 25. Visit Spring 2020 Move Out Information page for details. 
  • In addition to the commencement ceremonies which will be rescheduled, we will confer our degrees virtually to our undergraduates on Saturday, June 13. More details on this virtual celebration will be forthcoming on the Commencement website. A working group of students, faculty, and staff continues to meet to work on plans for an in-person undergraduate commencement ceremony at a later date.


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Key Information

Confirmed Cases: To keep our Santa Clara community appropriately informed about the total number of students, faculty, and staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19, the university is providing a regularly updated tally of confirmed cases.

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, including Athletics, have been canceled until June 30, in response to continuing County and State shelter-in-place orders. 

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.


Cowell Health Center 

The Cowell Health Center is open from 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday-Friday. All students will first engage in a telehealth appointment. If a student needs to meet with a provider they will be referred to a nearby provider or urgent care. Local (resident) students may be given an appointment time to come into the Cowell Center. 

Medical, counseling, and psychiatry appointments are conducted via Zoom or over the phone. New patients can be seen for medical concerns, medical illnesses can be assessed, and prescriptions can be written via Zoom. New clients seeking mental health care will first be given a triage appointment via Zoom or over the phone. 

Faculty and staff should consult with their primary care physician for advice and guidance.


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.


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.