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Phased Approach for Fall 2020

SCU’s fall planning is guided by protecting the well-being of our campus community and preserving our academic mission.


Guiding Principles

As we plan for the fall, we are guided by two principles: 

  1. protect the health and safety of our campus community, and 
  2. offer a rigorous, transformational education in the long tradition of Jesuit education. 

While grounded in principles, our planning is also data-driven, relying on the best scientific resources available, including our own faculty experts. COVID-19 is a complex and evolving situation so SCU will work closely with our local health officials to adapt to the latest conditions.


Phased Approach to Fall 2020

With safety as a guiding principle, a phased approach will ensure we protect all members of our community. At each stage, new populations may be cleared to arrive on campus, and new campus buildings may be activated. Progression to the following stage will be contingent on the successful completion of the previous stage. 

We are pleased to announce that the limited Faculty-only research and art-making programs will be the first units added in Stage 2. Please see additional details on the plan. Additional information on other Stage 2 pilot programs will be forthcoming in the month of July.

Stage 1: Ramp Down; Shelter-in-Place; Essential Only

  • Current state of campus operations
  • Limited to essential tasks and those to support virtual education

Stage 2: Pilot Ramp Up

  • Current Essential (Stage 1) plus very limited number of specific, highly controllable environments requiring on-campus presence to further SCU’s mission and/or to support the larger campus return over time
  • Focus on low campus occupant density

Stage 3: Ramp Up Expansion

  • Gradual expansion to wider group of faculty and staff
  • Expanding opportunities to begin reopening process

Stage 4: New Normal

  • Return of many programs needed to support on-campus environment
  • Programs that can continue to operate remotely may be expected to do so


Planning and Priorities

Santa Clara University has developed Prepared SCU: How We Work, an on-campus health and safety plan focused on all of us doing our part in keeping each other healthy. Decreasing the on-campus spread of COVID-19 will lower our risk of exposure while decreasing the disruption to the academic process, spiritual growth and business operations of SCU. Members of the SCU community are expected to comply with return to work guidance published by the University, including area-specific guidelines such as for laboratory and studios, classrooms.

As our knowledge and understanding of the coronavirus continues to evolve, plans and guidelines will be updated as appropriate and as more information becomes available. Campus updates, in regards to the campus work environment, will be released through campus emails and updated websites.  

For more details, see SCU's workplace health and safety plan, Prepared SCU: How We Work.


Resilience and Recovery Working Groups

Our COVID-19 Resilience and Recovery Working Group is planning scenarios for how we will continue to preserve our core academic mission and the well-being of our community. See the Working Groups' Areas of Focus