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Faculty FAQ

Santa Clara University is committed to keeping our faculty members healthy, safe, and informed as they return to the classrooms. Below you will find answers to many of the frequently asked questions about classroom safety, masking requirements, testing protocols, and classroom transmission.

  • Yes! Masks are required in classrooms.
  • Students, faculty, staff, and visitors are all required to wear a mask in the classroom. 
  • Eating and drinking are not allowed in classrooms.
  • Pedagogical exceptions may be requested for disciplines in which masks significantly interfere with classroom activities.
  • Faculty must accommodate students who are in isolation after testing positive. Please work with the student to arrange for them to stay engaged and meet all class requirements while in isolation for 5-10 days. 
  • For additional support, please contact your dean’s office or the COVID ops team at
  • Classes do not need to move online when  a student tests positive. 
  • People who are fully vaccinated and boosted do not need to quarantine after exposure, so folks can keep coming to class/work. The classroom is relatively low risk, especially considering the classroom mask requirement.
  • Please remember that faculty have the flexibility to offer up to 30% of course contact hours online.
  • Faculty are not obligated to share that a student has tested positive. There are many factors that may come into play, including a faculty member’s comfort level, the size of the class, and the format of student interactions. 
  • A faculty member may choose to make a general announcement that someone in the class has tested positive, and students may have been exposed. 
  • Please do not share the student’s name without their explicit permission. Covid test results are personal health information and should not be shared .
  • If you do choose to make an announcement to the class, please limit your message to something such as: “A student in this class has recently tested positive for COVID-19, and I encourage you to get tested. Please make sure to stay home and get tested if you experience any symptoms. Thank you for your continued diligence in wearing masks in the classroom.”



  • To date, we are not aware of any transmission in the classroom. We continually examine the data to identify potential clusters.
  • Get tested 3-5 days after your last exposure, even if you do not have symptoms.
  • Get tested if you start to experience symptoms. Stay home until you get the test results.
  • Wear a well-fitting mask indoors for at least 5 days (recommended 10 days) after exposure.

For more information about getting a COVID test on campus, please visit our COVID-19 Testing Protocol page.