Dear Santa Clara University Students,
Welcome back to campus! It is great to see our community together again after the winter break. As we all know, COVID-19 remains a part of our daily lives, especially with the highly contagious Omicron variant. With that in mind, we have made the decision to extend online learning options through January 30, with the plan to return to in-person instruction on January 31. If faculty choose to teach in-person during this period, they will also accommodate any student who requests to access the course content remotely. The Jesuit School of Theology begins in person on January 31.
Why did we make this decision? Our health teams, medical experts, and the President’s Cabinet meet daily to review COVID-19 trends and update our response plans as necessary. Having reviewed recent testing data for students who have already returned to campus, we are extending the period of combined in-person and online learning. This is one important, but temporary, step to reduce the spread of COVID-19 as much as possible.
What should students do? All students remain welcome on campus, with services such as dining, campus recreation, and previously scheduled co-curricular activities continuing, most in a modified format. If you have not yet returned to campus, you may continue to delay your return until the week of January 24; you will be required to participate in our entry testing protocols. Should your plans for the remainder of the year change, the deadline for 100% undergraduate tuition reimbursement is Friday, January 7 at 11:59 p.m. Graduate students, please check with your specific school.
What’s next? While the recent spread of the Omicron variant has caused us to temporarily pivot, we remain steadfast in our commitment to offering high quality, in-person educational experiences that serve minds, bodies, and souls. Stay engaged with your instructors and be sure to check out the Vice Provost for Student Life’s website for the latest information and resources for everyone in our community. We will also be sending weekly Friday updates to keep you informed.
Who do I contact with questions? For COVID-related questions, please review our FAQ, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. For any other questions, please call 408-551-1000.
While we cannot predict the future, we will continue to rely on our community data, the advice of experts, and the guidance of relevant local and state health agencies. Please join us in continuing to care for each other and slow the spread of COVID-19 by:
- Obtaining your COVID-19 booster vaccination as soon as you are eligible. Information on on-campus clinics is forthcoming.
- Participating in SCU’s COVID-19 testing program
- Wearing masks indoors at all times. N95, KN95 or KF94 masks have been identified as offering the best protection against the Omicron variant.
- Washing or sanitizing hands frequently throughout the day
- Practicing good cough and sneeze hygiene
- Reporting positive COVID-19 test results if the test was administered off-campus
The entire campus community will need to be steadfast in its commitment to our prevention measures to ensure we can continue to offer high quality educational experiences. As always, we will work with our exceptional public health team to monitor state and county guidance, and make adjustments as needed. We are grateful for your flexibility and your care as we work to keep everyone in our community safe.
Lisa A. Kloppenberg