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Isolation & Quarantine Guidelines

To ensure the safest campus environment possible, SCU will support positive COVID-19 cases or close contacts in isolation or quarantine for an amount of time prescribed by the CDC and/or Santa Clara County Department of Health. These guidelines are subject to change to acknowledge changes in those guidelines.

These guidelines describe quarantine and isolation requirements for resident students in spring 2021. In addition, guidelines and resources for local non-resident students and for commuter students are outlined.

Resident Students

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 resident 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.  Students in a residence hall will only be notified if they have been identified as a close contact of a positive case.

Students in isolation or quarantine must continue to complete the Daily Symptom Tracker. Students who fail to comply with the university quarantine and isolation requirements may have their housing contract cancelled and may be subject to fines and cancellation fees.

NOTE: Students who can document COVID-19 vaccination that was completed three or more weeks prior are not required to quarantine after close contact.

NOTE: Students who can document that they tested positive within the last 90 days for COVID-19 are not required to quarantine after close contact. 

Local Students Living Off Campus

A student living off campus who tests positive for COVID-19, with or without symptoms, must isolate with no public contact for at least 10 days from symptom onset and 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medicine.  

A student living off campus who has had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 must be tested and quarantine for 10 days and monitor for symptoms through day 14. 

The university does not offer housing space or support for quarantine or isolation for students who live off campus.  Off campus students have been advised to have a plan for quarantine or isolation away from roommates, should that become necessary.  For off campus students needing space and/or support, more information can be found at Santa Clara County Isolation & Quarantine Support Services.  In addition, local hotels may accept individuals needing space for the isolation period.

NOTE: Student EMTs who live off-campus will be offered isolation support and space in the event that they test positive for COVID-19.

Commuter Students

Commuter students (more than five miles from campus) who test positive for COVID-19, with or without symptoms, must quarantine/isolate at home and remain away from campus for a minimum of 10 days. Upon return to campus, students must follow Prepared SCU’s daily symptom screening found here.

 

Meals and Services

In isolation, the student will receive three meals each day delivered to their door ($30/day for 10 days - $300 charged to resident dining or student account).  For students who are moved to the university isolation space, cleaning supplies for the bathroom and living space and towels/linens will be provided in quantities sufficient for 10 days. A provider from the Cowell Health Center will initially check in with a student to see how they are doing.  If the Cowell Health Center provider and/or the student does not deem any follow up meetings are necessary, the student will be asked to contact the Cowell Health Center if they would like to speak with someone regarding their medical and/or psychological care. 

No guests or deliveries (other than those detailed here) are allowed during isolation.  No outdoor activity is allowed for a student in isolation.

In quarantine, the resident student will receive three meals each day delivered to their door ($30/day for 10 days - $300 charged to resident dining or student account).  Cleaning supplies for the bathroom will be provided in quantities sufficient for 10 days. A provider from the Cowell Center will initially check in with a student to see how they are doing.  If the Cowell Health Center provider and/or the student does not deem any follow up meetings are necessary, the student will be asked to contact the Cowell Health Center if they would like to speak with someone regarding medical and/or psychological care.  

No guests or deliveries (other than those detailed here) are allowed during quarantine.  No outdoor activity is allowed for a student in quarantine.

  

Shelter-in-Place Guidelines

To ensure the safest campus environment possible, SCU will monitor test results tracking positive cases by residence hall building and residence hall floor.  If a building or floor sees an uptick in positive cases within a quick period of time, SCU may require a residence hall building or floor to shelter-in-place.

The initial shelter-in-place period will be 7 days.  During this period, students in an impacted building or on an impacted floor will test on days 1-2 and again on days 5-6.  Depending on those test results and other data points, this period may be extended.

During a shelter-in-place, resident students must stay in their suite (room in Campisi) at all times except when seeking medical care, using the bathroom (in Campisi), picking up food from dining delivery at entry of residence hall, and COVID-19 testing.

During a shelter-in-place, three meals will be delivered to impacted students each day.  Deliveries will take place in the morning for breakfast and lunch and in early evening for dinner.  Students are required to retrieve meals twice per day within set windows of time.

NOTE: Students who can document COVID-19 vaccination that was completed three or more weeks prior are not required to shelter-in-place.