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Health and Safety

Established health and safety protocols that strive to protect all members of our campus community. 



In accordance with CDC guidelines, state requirements, county authorities and our own COVID-19 public-health experts, we continue our phased return to campus this spring, with a limited number of in-person undergraduate classes and limited-capacity on-campus housing for students. Plans for an increased Return to Campus in the Fall of 2021 have also been announced.

To reduce the spread of the virus in our community, we have implemented a number of health and safety protocols. All of these actions are part of the Bronco COVID-19 Pact, our commitment to each other to all do our part in stopping the spread of the virus. Please note that SCU reserves the right to maintain more restrictive provisions than Santa Clara County.

All students, faculty, and staff will be expected to:

  • Complete the Daily Symptom Check via our online form or with the SCU mobile app
  • Report positive COVID-19 test results at 408-554-5100, if the test was administered at an off-campus facility
  • Not come to campus if you are sick or experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms
  • Participate in SCU’s COVID-19 testing program
  • Participate in SCU’s COVID-19 contact tracing program
  • Wear face coverings at all times on campus—indoors and outdoors (Remember: face coverings do not eliminate the need to follow social-distancing practices—face coverings and social distancing complement each other)
  • Maintain six feet of social distance at all times—indoors and outdoors
  • Wash or sanitize hands frequently throughout the day
  • Practice good cough and sneeze hygiene 

Health and Safety Protocols

Campus Facilities

Masks and social distancing are required at all times on campus, and many buildings and offices will be closed entirely during the spring quarter. The following implementations are designed to reduce density, promote social distancing, and reduce exposure time to others: 

  • One-way directional signs indicating paths of travel
  • Reduced occupancies in various spaces
  • Floors marked where classroom desks go
  • Limited number of staff working on campus
  • Sneeze guards installed at reception desks and cashier areas
  • Hand sanitizer stations installed in high-traffic areas

COVID-19 Reporting

Santa Clara University has established a COVID-19 reporting line at 408-554-5100. Students who receive a positive test result from an off-campus testing facility must report their positive test through the reporting line, whether experiencing symptoms or not. 

COVID-19 Testing

Testing for COVID-19 is conducted at Benson Memorial Center, Williman Room. See the Testing Protocol page for updated times and details. Please view our new Testing Dashboard for more information on the results of our weekly on-campus testing program.

Isolation and Quarantine for Positive or Suspected Cases

Any resident student who tests positive for COVID-19, with or without symptoms, will be required to isolate with no public contact for at least 10 days from symptom onset and 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medicine. The student will be moved to university isolation space at St. Clare Hall.  The student’s suitemate(s) must be tested for COVID-19 and are required to quarantine per the close contact guideline below.

Any SCU resident student who has had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 must be tested and will be required to quarantine for 10 days and monitor symptoms through day 14.  Students in suite-style residence halls will quarantine in place.  The student’s suitemate(s) may be required to be tested for COVID-19 and may also be required to quarantine.  

Off-campus students who are suspected of having COVID-19 will be required to quarantine until their test results come in, and to follow protocols for staying isolated in the event the test is positive. It is important for students living in off-campus housing for spring 2021 to have a plan for quarantine or self-isolation away from roommates, should that become necessary. On-campus quarantine/isolation space will be reserved for students who live in campus housing. Students who experience a positive test from an off-campus facility—with or without symptoms, no matter where they live—are asked to report their situation to 408-554-5100.

For more information on Student Health and Counseling Services, please visit the Cowell Center.

Campus Spaces

See below for the health and safety precautions taken across campus spaces. More campus spaces may be added here, as protocols are updated per state and county guidance.

Classrooms Maintain physical distancing of 6 feet at all times Reconfigure all rooms to achieve 6 foot separation between desks or workstations Remove or block desks and/or chairs if necessary to maintain physical distancing. Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols (using EPA approved products for COVID-19)
Student Common Areas Maintain physical distancing of 6 feet at all times Reconfigure common areas to maintain 6 feet between seating or workstations Restrict available seating in lobbies and lounges to reinforce social distancing. Remove pens, magazines, newspapers, and other commonly touched materials in lobbies and waiting areas. Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols (using EPA approved products for COVID-19)
Research Labs Maintain physical distancing of 6 feet at all times One laboratory occupant per 250 sq. ft of lab space; 10 feet of bench space between occupants; Rotating shift schedules Tape or signs to mark out separation space between workstations; Access logs track lab traffic  Cleaning and disinfecting of lab surfaces conducted between each lab shift 
Elevators 1-2 occupants only per elevator car with both cloth face covering Post signage in elevator cars outlining one or two person limit, cloth face coverings required. Signs on elevators to indicate max occupancy (1 or 2)   Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols (using EPA approved products for COVID-19) 
Customer Service and Reception Desks Maintain 6 feet of physical distancing for each staff position when there are multiple staff present Provide floor markings and signage where visitors should stand Install “sneeze” guards/barriers at reception and transaction desks where close-contact interactions occur Disinfectant wipes to clean any material being exchanged
Office individual One person per office Office should only be occupied by one person Break rooms used for food storage and preparation rather than as communal eating spaces Routine cleaning daily; high-touch surfaces and horizontal work surfaces daily; provide disinfection wipes (if available)
Office shared Maintain physical distancing of 6 feet at all times Reconfigure to achieve 6 feet of separation between workstations Restrict visitors and guests into work areas; Continue remote meetings even when on-campus Rotating work schedules and/or staggered shifts to reduce work area densities and minimize in-person interactions to the extent feasible. Rotating employee break schedules to maintain physical separation and reduce break room density