Campus Closure

Classes are cancelled through the weekend due to air quality. Read the announcement.


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Important Alert: Campus Closes Due to Air Quality

A message from Santa Clara University President Fr. Michael Engh concerning the closure of campus due to air quality concerns. 

Dear Members of the University Community,

I wish to update you on the recent fire in Butte County. We continue to pray for all those impacted by the devastation of the fire. While the fire is nearly 200 miles away from campus, the air quality in our region is impacted. The health and safety of our students is our highest priority and to that end, we are cancelling classes today, November 15, beginning at 10 a.m. and through the weekend.

Due to the air quality, the University will close operations beginning at 10 a.m. today throughout the weekend, except for essential services. Benson Center, University Library, Cowell Health Center, and the residence halls will remain open. For faculty and staff, please refer all inquiries regarding what constitutes essential services to your respective division heads.

All campus events are cancelled with the exception of the men’s basketball game this evening and the women’s volleyball game tomorrow. For information about NCAA standards for cancellations, please see the website here

Cowell Center will be open from 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Thursday, November 15, and Friday, November 16.

General inquiries regarding cancellations and closure can be directed to (408) 554-4000.

We will continue to monitor the situation and will post updates on the University website here.


Michael Engh, S.J.
Santa Clara University

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