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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 FAQ pages about the following topics:

 


Vaccination

For additional information, please visit our Vaccine FAQ’s page.

For information on the booster requirement, and instructions for uploading your booster information, visit scu.edu/boosted.

All students, except those with an approved medical exemption, must get a booster by March 17. Boosters are one of our most effective tools for preventing illness, both for individuals and for the larger community. The effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines wanes over time, and a booster is required to regain high levels of protection against symptomatic infection and hospitalization. The CDC now considers that a person is “up to date” with their COVID-19 vaccinations when they have “received all recommended COVID-19 vaccines, including any booster dose(s) when eligible.”

 

Testing

 For additional information, please visit our Testing Protocol page.

Students, faculty, and staff can access Color tests or rapid antigen tests on campus. 

Rapid antigen tests will be available for students, faculty, and staff who may be symptomatic, or who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. Anyone with COVID symptoms must test before attending class or work. Rapid tests will be available primarily from the Health Ambassadors on campus. If you test positive, complete the COVID-19 Case Self-Report (Qualtrics) survey in order to notify the SCU COVID Support Team.

Weekly surveillance testing is no longer required for those who are fully vaccinated and boosted. Weekly testing will continue to be required for students, faculty, and staff that have approved COVID-19 vaccine exemptions. Mandatory weekly testing via Color will be required for new hires whose vaccination or booster are in progress. 

Color 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. Generally, tests are picked up for delivery to the lab by 11AM each day.

Students who suspect that they have been recently exposed to COVID-19 or who have COVID-like symptoms may now use a rapid antigen test to achieve faster results. Students can obtain rapid antigen tests and KN-95 masks at the Health Ambassador table outside of the Learning Commons.

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.

  • If you are fully vaccinated and boosted, you do not need to quarantine. But please take extra care to prevent transmission.
  • Visit the Health Ambassadors table outside of the learning commons to take a rapid antigen test. 
  • Wear a KN-95 or N95 mask whenever you are around other individuals.
  • Go home if you would like to.

The university has COVID testing set up on campus for all students, faculty, and staff. The Cowell Center, Student Health Services, will only serve students who are sick, demonstrating symptoms, and will test for COVID accordingly.

Students may call to make an appointment to see a practitioner or go to the SCU Student Health Portal to make an appointment online. All appointments at the clinic are currently telemedicine appointments. The Cowell Center will call you at the appointed time and the attending practitioner will initially engage in telemedicine and determine if you will need to come into the Center for further care. This procedure may vary according to the presentation of the patient.

 

Isolation and Quarantine

 For additional information, please visit our Isolation and Quarantine page.

Go home if you would like to, and if you can do so safely, (i.e., without using public transportation or putting family members with underlying health conditions at risk).

To help keep our community safe, 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.

 

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. 

  • 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.

To view the federally mandated CARES Act Fund reports, please visit our Government Coronavirus Funds FAQs page.

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.

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.