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Winter 2021 FAQ and Webinar

On October 30, 2020, we hosted a webinar to share information about the Winter 2021 term. Based on the questions we received from parents and families during the webinar, we have created the following frequently asked questions (FAQ).

The webinar recording provides information on student engagement opportunities, academic updates, on-campus housing and dining updates, and keeping campus safer through cleaning, testing, tracking, isolation and quarantine. Contact us at parents@scu.edu with any additional winter 2021 questions.

 

Questions and Answers from the Webinar

 


Academics

 

Advising

How do students find an advisor to help them choose classes for winter quarter?
Students can make an appointment with an academic advisor on the Drahmann Center website.

 

Classes

Will the majority of classes be in person for first-year students?

Although public health conditions have allowed us to expand our in-person offerings, we still have to follow social distancing measures that in fact allow us only to offer a limited number of in-person and hybrid classes, largely for laboratories, performing arts, studio work or individual research. It is possible for students to have no in-person classes at this time. The opening-up process is a gradual one and we are hopeful that as health conditions improve, so too will our ability to offer more and more in-person classes. 

 

For classes not offered in person this winter, are there going to be more synchronous or asynchronous offerings?

The great majority of online classes have some level of a synchronous teaching modality, however many of those classes are also being recorded for those students unable to attend synchronously. Class notes provide clearer detail on the specifics of each class, and if there are questions on this, students are strongly encouraged to reach out to the instructor.

 

What percentage of classes are being offered in person? 

Although public health conditions have allowed us to expand some of our in-person course offerings, we still have to follow social distancing measures that in effect allow us to offer only a limited number of in-person and hybrid classes, largely for laboratories, studios, and performing arts. 

 

My son is a senior engineering student. He looked at the winter class registration information and, unfortunately, saw that all of his classes are online. Is this set in stone or could his classes possibly change to in-person?

It is unlikely that classes currently listed as online will change to in-person. Any changes to class modality, however, will be updated in CourseAvail and made available to students.

 

My son is a music major but all the music classes seem to be online. How can music majors advance without in person lessons and bands? Will this possibly change for winter or should he plan only online?

Your student should contact the Music Department to discuss concerns about progressing in the major. A change in modality is possible but probably unlikely.

 

My son mentioned that he needs to register for classes on different days. Is this accurate?

Students are assigned multiple registration windows. This is explained in the Deadlines and Registration booklet (PDF) on the Office of the Registrar website.

 

Teaching

Our daughter has not had a “how is it going?” check-in from any of her professors. Are you having all professors do this?

Although instructors are not required to check in with students, some check-in formally with their students during class. There are also many informal ways they check in with their students. Some may ask students to attend office hours to check in. Some may also email students to see how they are doing. Instructors are definitely checking in when they see students are struggling in class.

 

We have noticed all professors seem to have a different perspective on teaching this quarter. Many professors are participating in mostly asynchronous teaching and pre-recorded lessons with very few synchronous lessons. Is there going to be a more consistent approach as we move into winter quarter?

The modality the instructors choose varies.  Our instructors are learning with each quarter what works and what is not working well.  The subject of the course can impact what works best.  So, it can be difficult for all classes to have a consistent approach.

 

Are professors allowing students to introduce themselves to each other online when classes first start? 

Our teaching collaborative and academic technology staff have worked tirelessly with our faculty on course adaptations aimed at enhancing the remote learning experience and providing opportunities for virtual engagement with faculty and classmates, all in ways that are specific to each course. Faculty have been reaching out to students to understand the unique contexts of their remote learning situation and any challenges they may be facing due to time zone differences, internet speeds, or other physical or virtual accessibility issues. Faculty have been encouraged to adjust aspects of their instructional delivery to accommodate students’ various needs and concerns. If a student has any concerns about course engagement, we encourage them to reach out to their professor and/or department chair to share this feedback so that the professor is aware and has time to make any necessary adjustments.

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Housing

 

On Campus Residence Halls

How many total students have applied for housing?

About 1,300 applications were received for winter/spring housing.

 

Where can we apply for housing starting in the winter?  

Students can find information on how to apply for housing by signing into eCampus. Enter the housing portal. If you have any trouble, visit the housing website for help completing the process.

 

Is there a possibility that SCU will not be able to open for on campus housing?  If a student lives on campus for the winter term, would there be a possibility of the campus closing and students asked to leave mid semester?

While there is no 100% certainty in a COVID-19 world, based on our conversations with the county we believe we are not likely to change course, so we expect students will move in January. Once students are here if there is an unexpected surge of cases in the county, it is unlikely that students will be sent home as we did in March. Instead the county is likely to impose some level of shelter in place which our students would undergo here on campus. 

 

What is the advantage of moving on campus if a student has a major that won’t allow for in-person classes?

Each family is making its own choices. Many families sending their students to live on campus are doing so because it represents a gradual movement toward a normal college experience. It is true that many students will still be taking classes online and will have a very different residential life experience than during non-COVID times, but there are abundant opportunities for in-person, small-group, safe social encounters, as well as robust virtual experiences listed in our Get Connected website and hub.

 

What is the likelihood sophomores will get on-campus housing?

We expect to be able to accommodate all students who have applied.

 

If students opt not to live on campus in winter, will they lose the chance to have housing in the spring? 

We have asked students moving in for winter 2021 to commit to staying in rooms for spring as well. If there are available rooms in spring due to non-capacity level of commitments in winter, we could make those available to additional students. Also, as we proceed through the winter term, we will monitor local conditions and work with county officials to assess our ability to increase occupancy for spring term.

 

Will students still get their residence hall of choice?

In order to maintain flexibility needed to assign students in an expedited timeline, we are unable to commit to resident hall preferences of students.

 

Will first-years be required to move on campus?

First-year students are not required to live on campus in 2020-21.

 

For on-campus housing assignments, can seniors get priority since this will be their last several months at SCU?

Based on the number of applications we received for winter/spring housing, we expect to be able to assign all applicants (including seniors) for winter/spring.

 

 If the residential experience proves to be too isolating for our first-year student, is it possible for her to move back home and pro-rate the housing charges?

That is not an option at this time. The date by which final housing decisions need to be made is November 30.

 

If the students are already living on campus, can they stay where they are or do they have to go back into the lottery?

We are trying to allow current residents to remain in the current room assignment. We cannot guarantee this but we will do everything possible to allow for it.

 

Will there be enough housing nearby in the community to accommodate the 51% who cannot get campus housing?

We are not able to ascertain the availability of off-campus housing, but non-affiliated resources can be found at Off-Campus Housing. Some students will continue to learn from their primary residences until health conditions allow us to accommodate full-capacity of students in our residence halls. 

 

Are communal bathrooms going to be open? Or will the available residence halls be limited to suite style?

We expect to use a combination of suite-style and traditional-style residence halls for winter/spring 2021.

 

Will residence halls remain open during spring break? Food service also? 

Yes.

 

Resident Hall Health and Safety

See also General Health and Safety 

Will students be able to socialize in person with other students on their floor? Can they go into each other’s rooms?

Unfortunately, students are prohibited from hosting guests—including other SCU students, family, or off-campus friends—in their living units or residence halls. There will be abundant opportunities for in-person, small-group, safe social encounters, as well as robust virtual experiences listed in our Get Connected website and hub. 

 

You have students on campus in single rooms, but they will be interacting with students who live off campus in their classes. Won’t they be exposed to kids who may not be taking precautions?

We're asking students to commit to the Bronco Pact. This was a student-led effort by our student leaders and Associated Student Government to commit to keeping each other safe, whether students are living on campus or not. This pact means that your student is agreeing to things like staying socially distant from each other when they're outside their household or their room, wearing a face covering at all times outside of their living quarters and using a daily symptom tracker before coming to campus, as well as following our recommendations for testing and contact tracing. All of these things taken together are vital to preventing an outbreak on campus.

 

How restricted are each floor of the residence halls? Will students on the same floor be able to mingle?

Students who are on the same floor will be able to socialize in common areas ensuring they are maintaining six feet distance and are wearing masks. We will have limited spaces available and reduced occupancy in these spaces. In most buildings, we have larger and more open areas where small groups of students can gather in the lobby. Students will not be permitted to socialize in other student rooms.

 

It sounds like students are safer on campus. If SCU is only at 49% capacity, it pushes more students off campus. This seems a little unfair to those not in the prioritized groups for on-campus housing. Can you address this?

We are very empathetic to such concerns. The prioritization schedule will only apply if we have more applications for housing than we can accommodate under our reduced-capacity plan. At this point, we expect to be able to accommodate all students who have applied. 

 

May parents help students move in? Do they need to be tested?

We hope to allow two parents per student to assist with move-in. Standard protocols will apply, e.g., wearing face coverings, social distancing throughout the process, and staying away if parents have ANY relevant symptoms. We are not offering parent testing, but a negative COVID test prior to coming on campus would offer additional safety for our community. 

 

We live in the Bay Area. If our son has in-person classes and lives in a residence hall, will he be allowed to visit home on weekends or parents visit?

Travel away from campus is discouraged to prevent the spread of COVID-19. If a student does travel somewhere known to have significant COVID transmission, or any crowded place (including an airport), SCU will request that they get tested twice upon their return: within a day or so of arrival, and approximately 5 days later. While awaiting both test results, students should refrain from non-essential activities and quarantine. Weekly testing will be available in the winter quarter. 

 

If a first-year student is in a residence hall in winter, are they allowed to leave campus, for example, to go to an outdoor restaurant in town as long as they follow social distance protocols?

Travel away from campus is discouraged to prevent the spread of COVID-19. If a student does travel somewhere known to have significant COVID transmission, or any crowded place (including an airport), SCU will request that they get tested twice upon their return: within a day or so of arrival, and approximately 5 days later. While awaiting both test results, students should refrain from non-essential activities and quarantine. Weekly testing will be available in the winter quarter. 

 

How are you keeping depression rates down with students living in isolation? The death rate of COVID is going down (even with cases going up), this age group of students are at very low risk having a (99.997%) survival rate. Are these restrictions extreme for this demographic?

We realize this is such a challenging and isolating time for young adults. Our residence life team will make every effort to plan safe, small-group community-building exercises that will help students engage socially. Our Get Connected hub also has hundreds of events, clubs, groups, and more that students can join, many virtually, while we are in this gradual opening-up phase. The health risk that must be assessed is both among our students as well as to those teaching, serving, and living near them. Outbreaks, even when every student recovers, are contrary to county and state health objectives and we must move slowly in order to prevent them. 

 

Resident Hall Assignments and Move-In Dates

For those that have re-applied for housing, when do they receive confirmation that you received their request?

Housing assignments and move-in information will be sent to students no later than the week of November 23.

 

Will on-campus housing deposits be refunded if a student gets a housing assignment but later decides to stay home and take classes online?

Students have until November 30 to decline winter housing with no financial obligation.

 

Why can’t students pick their residence halls as they did in the fall so they can be housed with kids who have similar passions?.

In order to maintain flexibility needed to assign students in an expedited timeline, we are unable to commit to resident hall preferences of students.

 

Are students being placed in residence halls by their RLC still?

All Santa Clara students come into the university community through one of nine residential learning communities (RLCs). But given the unusual restrictions on housing at this time we are not able to assign all students housing according to the RLC they were assigned at the beginning of the academic year. Instead, they are doing other things with their RLC: taking a couple of their first-year courses together, core courses in critical thinking and writing or cultures and ideas; they are attending virtual small groups based on their RLC assignment; and they are participating in "Zoomunities," which are community through zoom. Already, hundreds of students are connecting every week and the leaders of the Zoomunities for the nine RLCs are upper-division students who share tips, remind students of deadlines, and act as a resource. That will continue in winter 2021. 

 

If we are flying into California to move in our daughter, when do we need to arrive?

The student will schedule their own move-in appointment between Jan 2-5 so that their move in does not conflict with their classes. This information and opportunity to schedule will come around November 20 with the room assignment.

 

When will move-in time slots be assigned? Is it possible to request a specific date? 

When the student receives their room assignment around November 20, there will be information about how the student can schedule their own move in time/day.

 

Can you confirm the arrival date on site for students is fixed on January 4 even if coming from far (other countries)? Is there a possibility to arrive earlier?

Move in will occur between January 2-5. Please email the housing@scu.edu office if there is international travel involved.  We will try to schedule your move in so you can plan.

 

Can we assume that our student will be able to book a move-in on January 2 or do we have to wait until November 20 to be assigned a date and then book our appointment (planning international flights)?

Please email the housing@scu.edu office if there is international travel involved. We will try to schedule your move in so you can plan.

 

Will out-of-state students be given the later move in dates to give them time to purchase items they may need for their residence hall?

The move-in dates will be selected by the student when they sign up for a move-in slot between January 2–5. 

 

Can parents with face coverings walk around the campus, just the outdoor?

Campus currently remains closed to those who are not enrolled students or essential SCU faculty or staff. Non-SCU personnel can walk on SCU's campus on a "pass-through" basis right now. We are hopeful that as winter term approaches we can allow further access, including small-group tours. 

 

Off Campus Living

Is there any support available for off-campus students who are trying to navigate setting house rules and expectations (as they relate to COVID-19)?

Associated Student Government published a conversation guide for off-campus students.

 

If a student decides they would like to come back in the spring, do you have any idea how easy (or difficult) it will be to find off-campus housing?

The Off Campus Housing site includes non-affiliated off campus housing resources, including rental listings.

 

Will students living off campus be required to undertake the regular testing regimen? It seems this should be required if the students will be going on campus.

Testing will be mandatory for on-campus resident students and students who will be attending in-person classes. Testing will be strongly encouraged for all off-campus residents, especially those planning to come onto campus for study, dining, or socially distant socializing. 

 

For those students living in neighborhoods off campus and whose classes appear to be all online, how do you see them getting in-person contact? My student seems really lonely and all his classes are online in winter quarter. They don’t have a Community Facilitator to get them involved.

Please encourage your student to check out the Get Connected hub. Here, he will find all of the planned events.  We imagine as we welcome more students back to campus, that there will be some additional in-person, socially-distanced, events.  Our Get Connected hub also has hundreds of events, clubs, groups, and more that students can join, many virtually, while we are in this gradual opening-up phase. Please encourage your student to check out the weekly Get Connected newsletter for opportunities to get involved. 

 

For students living off campus, do they have all this information? This is the first time I've heard about the Get Connected website? How are you communicating this information to them?

All email messages about the COVID-19 pandemic are sent to the entire student population, regardless of where a student is living. Please encourage your student to regularly check their scu.edu email box so stay up to date on important campus communications. Parents who haven’t been receiving campus-wide communications can sign up to do so using this online form. 

 

If a student is living off campus, tests positive, and reports that to SCU, will they be able to quarantine in the on-campus facility?

SCU does not currently have capacity to provide quarantine space and services to off-campus students. It is highly recommended that students have a plan in place for what they will do if they need to isolate if positive, or quarantine, if exposed, away from housemates. 

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Dining

 

Can students in an off-campus apartment enroll in Apartment Plan - 254 points per quarter - as a dining option?  How many meals would this equate to?

Students who live off-campus can activate the Dining Plus Plan through the ACCESS Office, located in the Benson Memorial Center, or online. The Dining Plus Plan allows you to eat at all campus venues tax-free, saving 9% on each food purchase. The unspent balance carries over from quarter to quarter and year to year until graduation. Dining Plus points are non-refundable and non-transferable.

 

Will dining facilities be available to off-campus students, including the outdoor dining areas?

Off-campus students will be able to purchase grab-and-go dining options at Benson and can utilize the outdoor dining areas, which will be subject to social distancing protocols. 

 

For first-year collegiate athletes who may need to live off campus to allow for training with their team upperclassmen, will they be eligible for on campus eating programs?

Students who live off-campus can activate the Dining Plus Plan through the ACCESS Office, located in the Benson Memorial Center, or online. The Dining Plus Plan allows you to eat at all campus venues tax-free, saving 9% on each food purchase. The unspent balance carries over from quarter to quarter and year to year until graduation. Dining Plus points are non-refundable and non-transferable. Find the housing addendum (PDF) online.

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Parking

For freshman students who live on campus in the winter quarter and on, would there be parking space available?

The normal restriction against first-year students having cars on campus has been suspended for this academic year and we will have plenty of parking. Any student planning to park on campus will need to have a parking permit. Permits can be purchased through their eCampus accounts.

 

For students living off campus but with classes in person, can they drive to campus? What’s the policy regarding parking?

Any student planning to park on campus will need to have a parking permit. Permits can be purchased through their eCampus accounts.

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General Health and Safety

See also Resident Halls Health and Safety

 

The Bronco Pact

What are the penalties for a student who violates the Bronco pact? e.g. Not wearing a mask?

Failing to comply with COVID-19 expectations is a serious violation of the Student Conduct Code. The Student Conduct Code and disciplinary action apply to all students whether on or off campus. Students who are cited for failing to abide by campus, county, and state health and safety protocols are subject to the full range of disciplinary actions including warnings and, for repeat offenses, having their housing contract canceled or being barred from using campus facilities.

 

COVID-19 Confirmed Cases

At what positivity rate might Santa Clara County or the university change plans and decide to shut down again?

While there is no 100% certainty in a COVID-19 world, based on our conversations with the county we believe we are not likely to change course, so we expect students will move in January. Once students are here, if there is an unexpected surge of cases in the county, it is unlikely that students will be sent home as we did in March. Instead, the county would likely impose some level of shelter in place which our students would undergo here on campus. 

 

How do parents access confirmed cases website?

COVID-19 Confirmed Cases

 

What is the phone number for reporting a positive case?

408-554-5100

 

Please describe what on campus quarantine for sick students will look like. How will they be cared for and monitored to avoid isolation?

For isolation of a COVID positive resident student, we will in most cases take them out of their residence hall and transport them over to St. Clare Hall. That is typically a graduate living building with a studio type setup for the student will have their own bathroom, their own kitchenette—a fully furnished space that is already set up with linens and water and things like that. Currently, a student must isolate for up to 10 days from symptom onset and 24 hours with no symptoms.

For quarantine of a defined close contact, the student will in most cases quarantine in place for 14 days. 

In all cases of isolation or quarantine of a resident student, they will be given the connection to dining services, get three meals delivered safely every day. Our counseling psychology and our health center would be checking in on them with regularity to make sure that they don't have any medical or mental health needs. And if there's a need for connection between that student and faculty, we work with the office of student life to make sure that the faculty knows what's going on with that student all the while maintaining that required confidentiality.

 

Does the confirmed cases website include students who are living off campus that tested positive?

Yes-- if SCU is made aware of the positive result. Any student who is tested on campus and comes back positive is reflected in the weekly updated On-Campus Testing Results. Each of those positive cases as well as any others we learn about via our 408-554-5100 hotline is reflected in the cumulative Total Confirmed Cases figure and/or the cases considered Currently Active. Currently, active cases are those in which the student, staff, or faculty member had been on campus while positive within the past 14 days. They are removed as they become inactive. 

 

What will be expected of other students in that same residence hall as a student who tested positive? Will they need to be quarantined also in the event they came into contact with the infected student?

If a student is considered a "close contact" of an infected student, they will be expected to quarantine for a period of time until they are tested and cleared. Close Contacts have a specific meaning: more than 15 minutes in close proximity at any time beginning 2 days before the infected person had symptoms or tested positive. This could be one continuous period of 15 minutes or multiple shorter interactions. Every resident will not be considered a close contact. 

 

Will there be any different protocols and/or freedoms for students who have already had COVID? My son had and has recovered from it.

We are not currently differentiating between students who have had COVID-19 and those who have not, as the scientific understanding of immunity after infection is still limited. 

 

Where can we get more info on Santa Clara's tiered system? Is there a pdf or infographic online somewhere?

Please see Confirmed Cases, which has a summary and links to further information. 

 

COVID-19 Testing

Will testing be mandatory beginning winter quarter? If not, what compliance would you forecast?

Testing will be mandatory for on-campus resident students and students who will be attending in-person classes. Testing will be strongly encouraged for all off-campus residents, especially those planning to come onto campus for study, dining, or socially distant socializing. 

 

How much will COVID-19 testing cost? Is it the same for on-campus and off-campus students?

The university is covering the cost of testing. We do not want to have the cost of the test deter any student from taking advantage of our robust testing plans. 

 

What type of testing is being provided on campus? Is it a PCR test, nose swab or mouth swab, and how quickly are the results returned?

Right now it's a nasal swab PCR test. Results are promised within two days and frequently arrive sooner. We are looking into all options for winter quarter and beyond as more types of tests become available. 

 

Will SCU notify the parents of a student, if the student tests positive? Is there certain paperwork that we as parents should be signing in advance and have on file at SCU to be able to respond to our student’s medical situation/privacy?

We are bound by HIPAA, which dictates that we are not able to inform parents about the health status of their children. It is the responsibility of the student to inform their parents for support in case of a positive test. 

 

Will you be testing for antibodies? Or will students identify as “exposed” via contact tracing be required to isolate regardless of COVID history or presence of antibodies?

All students who are known to have been in close contact are asked to quarantine for 14 days after exposure. The definition of close contacts is prescriptive: more than 15 minutes in close proximity at any time beginning 2 days before the infected person had symptoms or tested positive. This could be one continuous period of 15 minutes or multiple shorter interactions. We do not currently have antibody testing. As this becomes more readily available in the future, we will consider incorporating it into our COVID response strategies.

 

Are you doing pooled testing?

Not currently, as it is not available from our testing providers, but it is an option we are considering for future surveillance testing purposes. 

 

I heard you say students will be tested once a week after classes start, and that this is required for residential students and encouraged for off campus students. Is that correct? Why is it only encouraged for off campus students?

We are still developing strategies for testing off-campus students, but it is likely that any student regularly coming on campus for classes or other activities will be part of mandatory testing. We are also heartened that more than 1,700 students have participated in voluntary testing this fall. 

 

When students arrive they are tested. What about if a parent is with them? Will they be tested?

We are not offering parent testing, but a negative COVID test prior to coming on campus would offer additional safety for our community. Regardless, we will require everyone (including parents) to wear masks, follow social distancing guidelines, and not come to campus if they have ANY relevant symptoms. 

 

Vaccinations

As vaccinations become available, will students, faculty, and staff be required to be vaccinated?

We currently have no mandate for flu vaccine but follow health guidelines in encouraging every student to receive a flu vaccine. It is premature to determine what our recommendation will be for a COVID-19 vaccine but we will follow federal, state, and county authority recommendations closely. 

 

Air Filtration Systems

You mentioned that we have upgraded the filtration systems of ‘as many buildings as feasible.’ Will these upgrades continue even after on-campus classes start to ultimately cover all buildings on campus? Will that include residence halls?

We are in the process of putting the MERV13 air filtration—among the best non-hospital grade systems—into all buildings where the systems allow for it. This includes all residence halls that are expected to be in use in winter/spring 2021.

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Student Life

 

Get Connected

Where do students go to learn about Get Connected website, career center programs, Zoomunities? Is this information emailed to students? Is it on the website?

All email messages about the COVID-19 pandemic are sent to the entire student population, regardless of where a student is living. Please encourage your student to regularly check their scu.edu email box so stay up to date on important campus communications.   

 

Who can access the “Events” Calendar on the Get Connected website? 

Students can access the events calendar by using their student login. 

 

Will there be orientation groups set up to allow the freshman to feel a part of the community? With most of them having all online courses, single rooms, etc. if there are no required ways for them to engage, they will indeed be isolated. Our residence life office will make every effort to plan safe, small-group community-building exercises that will help students engage socially. Our Get Connected hub also has hundreds of events, clubs, groups, and more that students can join, many virtually, while we are in this gradual opening-up phase. Please encourage your student to check out the calendar of events and read the weekly newsletter for opportunities to get involved. 

 

What is SCU doing to establish virtual networking for new students, this is key to improve collaboration between students for overall growth.

All students at SCU have access to the Get Connected Events Calendar and Get Connected Webpage.  The Get Connected Events Calendar needs to be accessed from an SCU email account- it can then be added to your calendars in google. By adding it to your calendars you will be able to use the search function in google calendar to search for specific events or departments.  There is a  How To Use the Calendar page here. On this page, students can watch a YouTube video or read how to add the calendar to theirs and search it.  The calendar is protected with the SCU email due to all of the Zoom links for access - we need it to be as secure as possible. 

In addition, a number of Registered Student Organizations (RSO's) have events on the calendar that are like meetups, for example, a baking night held by the Clara Craft club or beginner lessons by the Chess Club which also holds a weekly Friday night tournament. It will also be useful to follow two  Instagram accounts—Be Well Broncos and Get Connected at SCU. 

 

Will on campus jobs be available for first-year students? If they live on campus can they get off campus jobs?

SCU has a hiring freeze which has affected many on-campus job opportunities for students. SCU's internship and job platform Handshake has off-campus postings for internships and jobs, and there were 1500 postings in September. 

 

Campus Tours

Will first-year students who choose live on campus get a tour of the university?

Tours will not be able to be given to first-year students. Because of COVID-19, large group tours are not allowed. The University is in the process of planning for small family tours to commence, hopefully in the coming weeks. 

 

Malley Fitness Center

Will the gym be open in winter? If not, how would you suggest students keep physically and emotionally fit?

The Malley Fitness Center is currently closed but we will be watching county and state guidance and health trends closely in hopes of offering limited-capacity access when it is safe to do so. The outdoor functional fitness area is open, as is the track around Bellomy field. The Get Connected hub has a rich array of activities for mental and physical health, many of them virtual for now. 

 

Club Sports

Will there be any club sports offered this year? Will they be able to hold practices? 

As of March 12, all Club Sports competitions, including championship events, and formal and organized practices are canceled until further notice. This suspension remains in effect for the Fall 2020 quarter. We will make a decision for the winter quarter December 1, and the spring quarter March 1. Club Sport teams are permitted to have virtual team building sessions only.

 

Daily Mass

Are students allowed access to daily mass? Is online mass available?

Daily Mass has been suspended during COVID-19. A 4 p.m. mass on Sundays is available in person for those students living on or near the SCU campus for the fall quarter. Pre-registration is required to attend. More information is online at the Mission Santa Clara Mass schedule page.  

 

Campus Environment

Can you address your campus response to recent incidents of alleged racial bias, as well as offer some reassurance to BIPOC families such as mine, that students of color will be safe on your campus and that all we’ll have to worry about is COVID and not racial harassment?

We understand and are saddened by the concerns behind this question, and hope that you will be assured that at SCU, no work is more important than our efforts to realize a more inclusive, welcoming, and safe campus where all are respected and valued. These recent conversations and actions all take place in the context of the national conversation about racial injustice and Santa Clara’s ongoing commitment to concrete actions advancing diversity and inclusion on our campus. One step in the process right now is filling a new position, Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. This person will sit on the president's cabinet and help ensure that our many commitments and initiatives that are underway, outlined on our Advancing Racial Justice website, are fulfilled and our aims to be an anti-racist community remain at the forefront of our campus work. 

 

International 

How are you helping international students with questions they have before traveling to Santa Clara—not only academic questions but also regular day-to-day questions?

International students are important members of our diverse academic community at Santa Clara and we know that, as an international student, you may have questions about how the decisions about your particular academic program impact your immigration status. Each School has created FAQs that include questions about the curriculum and academic internships specifically for international students. In addition, our International Students and Scholars team is working to support you, and they have compiled additional FAQs about immigration considerations related to Coronavirus (COVID-19) with information specific to your academic program. 

 

Spring Quarter and Beyond

What will spring quarter look like? Any plans for graduation?

Discussions with various stakeholders on campus are taking place now. There is optimism that additional in-person classes will be offered, but decisions on spring quarter in-person classes will once again largely be governed by state and county health guidelines.

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