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COVID-19 FAQs

SCU is committed to keeping our campus community healthy, safe, and informed. Below you will find answers to many of your frequently asked questions. For more detailed information, please visit our FAQ web pages about the following topics:


Testing


 For additional information, please visit our Testing Protocol page.

How do I get tested?

Starting September 15, 2021, on-campus testing will be done exclusively by a no-cost, self-administered nasal swab from Color. This instructional video explains how to self-administer your COVID-19 test. Here’s how it works:

  1.  Create an account with Color.
  2. Pick up a testing kit in your residence hall, Benson Memorial Center, or in other buildings around campus.
  3. Activate your testing kit and collect your sample.
  4. Drop off your test at a collection bin (found at the same locations where you pick up the testing kits).
  5. Receive your results within 24-36 hours through your Color account.

Where can I pick up and drop off my testing kit? 

Test kits can be picked up in residence halls, Benson Memorial Center, or the lobbies of the following buildings around campus: St. Joseph’s, Dowd, Vari, Lucas, SCDI, and Guadalupe. Completed samples can be dropped off at these same locations.

What do I do if I test positive?

Students who test positive must follow the University’s isolation and quarantine guidelines. Here are some tips for taking care.

When the University becomes aware that an individual has received a positive COVID-19 test result, the SCU COVID Support Team works to ensure the individual is isolated. If there are unvaccinated close contacts, they may need to quarantine too.

In order to notify close contacts, individuals who test positive will receive a short survey from the COVID Support Team, COVID-19 Case Self-Report (Qualtrics), requesting information pertaining to which campus buildings the individual visited during the 48 hours prior to the test date.

If an individual receives a positive test result from an off-campus testing facility, they must complete the COVID-19 Case Self-Report (Qualtrics) survey in order to notify the SCU COVID Support Team.

I am a commuter student. Can I get tested near my home?

Those who reside in the county can use a variety of websites to locate vaccine sites. Some resources include Santa Clara County’s COVID-19 vaccine site and California's MyTurn vaccine scheduling website.

If an individual receives a positive test result from an off-campus testing facility, they must complete the COVID-19 Case Self-Report (Qualtrics) survey in order to notify the SCU COVID Support Team.

 


Student Resources


We know that many families' financial situations have changed over the course of the pandemic. As a result, we have increased our financial aid budget and created a special fund to give grants this year, which is supported by our alumni and other benefactors. In addition, the University received funds from the federal stimulus package, Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which helped more than a thousand students with up to $1,500 for unanticipated expenses related to campus disruptions from COVID-19. 

  • Those in need of small grants from the SCU Emergency Assistance Fund—created by our generous donor community of alumni and friends—are encouraged to complete a request. 
  • Students needing a greater level of assistance may be able to establish increased eligibility for financial aid and/or other forms of relief funding. Students are advised to inform the University Office of Financial Aid about any significant change in their family financial circumstances. 
  • Students can still file a 2020-21 FAFSA to determine their eligibility for federal aid by going to studentaid.gov/fafsa. If your family's finances recently changed, and you need to make corrections to your FAFSA, please visit www.scu.edu/financialaid for more information or contact our financial aid office at onestop@scu.edu.

Santa Clara University has posted the federally mandated CARES Act Fund Report #4.

The federally mandated CARES Act 120-Day Fund Report here.

The federally mandated CARES Act 75-Day Fund Report is here. 

The federally mandated CARES Act 30-Day Fund Report is here.

The Cowell Center is here to support our students during these times of uncertainty, stress and loneliness. Student Health Services (SHS) and Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) are utilizing a virtual and an in-person model to meet the medical and mental health needs of the SCU student body. Outside of a critical need to meet in-person, as determined by one of the Center's practitioners, most services will be offered virtually. Referrals for off campus therapists and other virtual resources are available on the Cowell Center website.

In these uncertain times, we want to be sure that all members of our Bronco family have sufficient food to stay healthy. If you do not have reliable access to sufficient quantities of affordable, nutritious food, please do not hesitate to request the “Food Insecurity” form.

Please Note: The Bronco Pantry is only accessible to the students, staff and faculty who have been given access due to their participation in the Food Insecurity program

As challenging as this year has been for everyone, this time has also revealed our fortitude, kindness,and generosity as a community. The Bronco Community has rallied in many ways to support each other, and that mutual support will get us through this time just as it has while crossing other valleys in our long history.  
 
Those who would like to help students who are experiencing unexpected financial burdens due to the COVID-19 crisis can make a gift to the SCU Student Emergency Assistance Fund.

Those who would like to help support our students who rely on the Bronco Pantry for sustenance—because they are caught in geographical and/or financial limbo —can help in a number of ways.
 
ONLINE DONATIONS
  • Target eGift Cards can be sent to osl@scu.edu by selecting the e-mail delivery method. These gifts will be forwarded directly to students in need.
  • Safeway Gift Cards can be purchased on our program's Amazon Wishlist. Physical cards will be mailed to Assistant Dean, Kimberly Gilkey by selecting "Kim Gilkey's Gift Registry Address" at the checkout. Allie's staff will meet students in need to hand off these gifts.


PHYSICAL DONATIONS ON CAMPUS

Should you happen to be on campus, a donation bin is located in the main parking structure behind the Campus Safety Services office, specifically near the ADA parking spaces and the temporary fencing. The bin will be available 24/7 for donation drop-offs of non-perishable food items and toiletries. The most needed items are peanut butter, jelly, lentils, non-perishable microwavable meals, canned items, toothpaste, floss, and deodorant.

Career Center staff recognize that there are many unique challenges during this unprecedented time for students, and they are here to support you. Staff members are constantly updating a robust set of tools and resources to support students in all aspects of internships, career preparation, campus recruitment opportunities, job search tools, and more. Resources being offered include:

Many are currently being offered in virtual format due to social distancing guidelines. Visit the robust Career Center COVID-19 website for the latest information, resources, service offerings, as well as contact information for Career Center staff.