Student Life


The Office of Student Life hosts a number of programs that encourage student interaction:

 Men in Progress: Presented by the Center for Student Leadership (CSL) and Office of Student Life, this program is an opportunity for men to gather in a space to learn, communicate, and reflect about their definition of what it means to be a “man” and how that impacts one’s relationships and behaviors.


All incoming students, first year or transfer, have two requirements as they start their careers at Santa Clara University:

Think About It:  An innovative, engaging, and informative online course, created with students for students. In the course, students will examine the interconnected issues of hooking up, substance abuse, sexual violence, and healthy relationships through a variety of interactive, realistic scenarios and guided self-reflection. The course promotes a healthier and safer campus environment for everyone. For more information on Campus Clarity, the company that presents Think About Itplease click here.

 Can't Thread a Moving Needle: A play written by Barbara Mean Fraser, Associate Professor of Theatre at Santa Clara which has been made into a film by Michael Whalen, Associate Professor of Communication at Santa Clara.  Sexual violence on college campuses is a national issue and we are committed to doing our part to prevent the occurrence at SCU.

Faculty Notification

When a student is unable to contact professors about an absence due to hospitalization or incapicitation, or a family crisis, he/she may contact the Office of Student Life to have his/her faculty members notified.  The student will be included in the notification and is responsible for following up with each professor regarding the missed class time as soon as the student can do so.

Short Term Emergency Loans

Short Term Emergency Loans are emergency-based loans for qualified students needing short-term financial assistance to pay rent, food, insurance or transportation related costs while awaiting other sources of funds such as financial aid disbursement. The purpose of the loan is to bridge delays in the receipt of other funds. To apply for a loan please download the OSL Emergency Loan Application form, fill it out and set an appointment with an Assistant Dean in the Office of Student Life.

Letters of Recommendation

The Office of Student Life works with the Office of the Registrar to provide letters of recommendation to students applying you law and graduate schools, for bar referrals, for study abroad programs, and for students considering transferring to other colleges and universities. Included on this page is Santa Clara's Judicial Records Policy which explains what is retained and the length of time for retention.

Transfer Recommendations

You begin with the Office of the Registrar, by requesting transcripts for each of the schools to which you are applying.

Be sure to sign the form giving the university permission to share your information. The Office of the Registrar will generate the transcripts and the transfer form and send it over to the Office of Student Life.  OSL will report on any disciplinary issues, generate a letter to go with the transcript and form and mail and/or fax the information to the requested schools.

Law and Graduate School Recommendations

You may request the transcripts to be mailed directly to the schools your are applying for and deliver the schools' forms to the Office of Student Life. The forms will be completed, along with a letter and mailed and/or faxed to the schools.

Study Abroad Forms

Start first with the Study Abroad Office.  The Study Abroad Office works closely with the Office to Student Life to collect the information required for your application.  If you have a form for a program not connected with Santa Clara, you may bring it to the Office of Student Life and we will complete and mail the form for you.

Law Board Examiners and Federal Background Checks

If you attended and/or graduated from Santa Clara University after 1989, please send the form to the Office of Student Life.  If you attended and/or graduated for Santa Clara University prior to 1989, please direct the forms to the Office of the Registrar to research.

When a student is unable to contact professors about an absence due to hospitalization or incapicitation, or a family crisis, he/she may contact the Office of Student Life to have his/her faculty members notified.

Below, students will find resources from the Office of Student Life, which are meant to provide support and guidance to our students.

If you need to pay a Judicial fine, that must be done in our office, Benson 205, by cash or check.

National and local social fraternities and sororities, specifically those organizations affiliated with the North-American Interfraternity Conference (formerly known as the National Interfraternity Conference), and National Panhellenic Conference are not permitted at Santa Clara University.  Santa Clara University is not affiliated with, nor does the University recognize, such organizations even if Santa Clara University students are members of those organizations.   

Statement Regarding Passage of California Proposition 64 (Passed Nov. 11, 2016; Effective Jan 1, 2018)

On November 8, 2016, voters in California passed Proposition 64, thereby allowing persons who are 21 and older to possess, transport, and buy up to 28.5 grams of marijuana and use it for recreational purposes.  The Bureau of Marijuana Control is the state agency responsible for regulating and licensing marijuana sales.

Statement Regarding Passage of California Proposition 64