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President's Update on COVID-19


Dear Santa Clara University Community,

Since late January, our leadership team has sent a number of communications to the campus community as we respond to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus.  These are anxious times and like cities, states, and nations, we at Santa Clara are in uncharted waters, responding to new information daily from public health officials and civic leaders. 

Fortunately, as of this writing, we have no known cases of the coronavirus on our campuses.  As we continue to prioritize the well-being of our community and do our part to slow the spread of the virus, I would like to share important updates. 

Beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, March 10th, we will suspend face-to-face meetings of classes and move to a virtual format until Monday, April 13th.  During this time, our campuses will remain open, classes will meet in an online format, and any final exams and papers for the Winter Quarter will be offered in an online format.  Provost Lisa Kloppenberg will send an email to faculty and staff today with more details and information.  

Students are encouraged to go home as soon as practical.  The residence halls and dining services will stay open for those who are unable to return home.  Jeanne Rosenberger, Vice Provost for Student Life, will send an email to students and parents with more information.

I realize many employees have questions regarding alternative work arrangements.  John Ottoboni, Chief Operating Officer, will send an email to staff and faculty tomorrow with more helpful information.

In addition, following guidelines from our county public health officials regarding social distancing measures, we announce the immediate cancellation or postponement of large events on campus through April 19th.  Various event organizers will reach out to attendees regarding specifics. Please refer to our website for more details. 

Our Santa Clara family has always been a community that is resilient and cares for one another. We will rely on that spirit now more than ever.  I realize that this decision is disruptive, so I rely on your generosity. In our 169-year history, we have faced many challenges, but we have faced them together, as we will now, with clarity and conviction. 

Clear-headed, calm, and generous in spirit, we will get through this. In whatever way you pray, please join me in remembering those around the world who have died or are sick because of the virus. 

Please continue to stay informed through our website. Email us any questions to or call our dedicated hotline 408-551-3321.

Sincerely yours, 


Kevin F. O'Brien, S.J.