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3/20: COVID-19 Update Regarding Housing Move Out Options

The following message was emailed to students and parents on March 20, 2020.

Dear Santa Clara University students,

Every day brings new information about the COVID-19 outbreak and we at Santa Clara are in uncharted waters, responding to new information from state and local officials and civic leaders. Last evening, Governor Newsom issued a statewide order requiring all California residents to stay-at-home. Based on the more restrictive nature of Governor Newsom’s order, the University has updated previously communicated information regarding access to residence halls, graduate and law residences, and neighborhood units:   

The University continues to implement plans for a reduction in occupancy of our residence halls to support efforts to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus, as recommended by CDC and the County Public Health Department.  

Additional Move-out Period - Deadline Change:

Students needing to return to their residence to retrieve critical belongings should plan to do so before 5PM, Monday, March 23. Students may not return to campus after 5PM, Monday, March 23 to retrieve belongings. Residence hall rooms will remain locked and secure, accessible only by Campus Safety Services and Housing Operations until the student has moved their belongings.  Students are not charged for keeping their belongings in their room as they wait to retrieve items during this period.


Students facing extraordinary circumstances that will require them to remain in on-campus housing must request an exception to live on campus no later than TODAY, March 20. 

  • This exception is only available for students who need to reside on campus for the entire Spring 2020 Quarter
  • The form is available on your housing portal via eCampus
  • Look for a button titled “Exception Form” across the top of the Housing landing page
  • All exception requests will be reviewed within 24 hours
  • Depending on demand, space utilization, health/safety and staff coverage responsibilities, residents approved to remain on campus - including graduate/law and neighborhood unit residents - may be consolidated to a different campus residence hall after the shelter-in-place order has been lifted by the County of Santa Clara

Students still living on campus, except those with approved exceptions to stay on campus, are required to vacate their assigned space no later than March 28. These students are encouraged to move out as soon as possible. 

Residents who have specific questions about move-out should visit Alternatively, residents can email

Thank you for your flexibility and patience. We realize that these changes are unsettling. The Housing and Residence Life teams continue working to provide you with support and answer questions along the way.  We will continue to work together through this challenging time.


Robin Reynolds
Associate Vice President, Auxiliary Services
Santa Clara University


Please continue to stay informed thru our website: which includes a detailed FAQ.