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Isolation & Quarantine Guidelines

Last updated on December 19, 2022


If you have been exposed to COVID-19, you do not need to quarantine. Get tested 3-5 days after exposure and please wear a mask for 10 days.



If you test positive, you must report your positive test result, isolate for at least 5 days, and continue wearing a mask for 10 days. Students who are positive for COVID-19 may not attend in-person classes. A negative rapid test is required to end isolation before 10 days.

  • Take a rapid antigen test on day 5. If the test is negative AND you do not have symptoms or if your symptoms are resolving and you are fever free for 24 hours, without medication.
  • If the rapid antigen test taken on day 5 is positive, you must remain in isolation until at least day 7. Take a rapid antigen test on day 7.
  • Isolation can end if symptoms are not present or are resolving, and the rapid antigen test is negative.
  • If the rapid antigen test taken on day 7 is positive, you must remain in isolation until you test negative, or until after day 10. PLEASE NOTE: If the "test" line on your rapid test is very faint on day 7, you are fever free, and your symptoms have improved, you may test again on day 8 and/or 9. If your test is negative on day 8 or 9, isolation may end. You do not need to test on day 10 if you are fever free and symptoms have improved.
  • If you leave isolation before day 10, you must wear a well-fitting mask through day 10.

You should notify people that you were in close contact with by calling, texting, or emailing them, or notify them anonymously through the Tell Your Contacts website. Additionally, if you attended class or an event before your positive test result, you can reach out to and we can help you send an anonymous message to the group. 


Here’s what to expect when a student tests positive for COVID-19 while living in on-campus housing*. 

*On-campus housing includes students with a housing contract through SCU. It does not include students in privately-owned off-campus housing.

Step 1: The student is notified of their positive Color COVID-19 test by the university, outside provider, or by using an at home test. If using an outside test or at home test, the student must report their positive test (PCR or rapid antigen) as soon as possible to the university by completing this SURVEY immediately.

Step 2: The student is contacted by a member of the SCU COVID Support Team to confirm next steps and offer support, contacts, and resources.  Students must check their SCU email account regularly and respond quickly to communications about COVID-19.

Step 3: : The SCU COVID Support Team provides instructions to the student for isolating in place, returning home for isolation, or transfer to SCU isolation housing, if housing is available. 

Step 4: If relocating for isolation, student is asked to pack essential items including:

  • Clothing for up to 10 days 
  • Prescription medication (if applicable) 
  • Shampoo / Conditioner / Soap
  • Toothpaste/Toothbrush
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Laptop
  • Cell phone
  • Chargers
  • Course materials

Step 5: The student is expected to stay in isolation in their residence hall or in SCU isolation space and avoid physical contact with others (excluding other students in the same isolation unit) until the determined isolation period is complete (up to 10 days). This duration will be determined by test date.

 Step 6: Any mail or packages may be retrieved after the isolation period is complete.

 Step 7: Follow test out instruction from COVID Operations team.


Seeking Treatment for COVID-19

COVID-19 treatments are available! Talk with your primary care provider, an urgent care center, or a free telehealth provider today by visiting or calling (833) 686-5051. 


  • COVID Support: 408-551-3993
  • Cowell Health: 408-554-4501
  • Campus Safety: 408-554-4441
  • Housing Operations: 408-554-4900
  • Medical Emergency: 911