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Dear Santa Clara University Community, 

As we wrap up Week 4 of the quarter, I write today to let you know about the recent change in the stay-at-home order and how this change impacts Santa Clara University. Beginning today, we will return to sending weekly updates to inform the community about changing conditions and guidance.

On January 25, the state of California lifted the stay-at-home order for all regions. Santa Clara County has returned to the purple tier in the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. The purple tier reflects ongoing widespread risk, with many non-essential indoor business operations remaining closed. The county’s Mandatory Directive on Travel is still in effect. It requires most people who travel into the county from more than 150 miles away to quarantine for 10 days upon their arrival.

While in the purple tier, in-person instruction is very limited.


The public health designation of “purple tier” requires that SCU remain closed for indoor lectures and student gatherings. The majority of classes will remain online through the end of the winter quarter. Under the county’s exceptions, SCU will offer in-person instruction for a limited number of labs and performance-based courses. 

For international students who enrolled in in-person courses as required by the federal government, the University cannot hold in-person courses in the purple tier, but we will communicate again when conditions change and in-person classes are allowed.

Spring Quarter Class Schedule and Modality

Please note that the spring quarter class schedule will become available to you in CourseAvail this coming Monday, Feb. 1. This will include information on the class modality (online, hybrid, in person) and whether online classes will be held in a synchronous manner or asynchronous. Throughout the next two weeks, the Office of the Registrar will be adding detailed notes to each class based on information coming in from faculty. This will facilitate your planning for spring quarter registration which begins the week of Feb. 16. Keep in mind, though, that it will take time for all notes to be entered, so if you don't see detailed information regarding a class the first time you look, be sure to check back later on. If you have specific questions regarding a class, we encourage you to reach out to the class instructor or the academic department.

Benson Memorial Center

We know that it is challenging to be cooped up in your house or apartment during online learning. The Benson Memorial Center is open 7 a.m. to  7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Individual study spaces are available in the lower level. Outdoor single use tables for study and dining are available.

Campus Bookstore

Curbside pick-up is available Monday - Friday: 10:00 a.m.  to 4:00 p.m.

Campus Recreation

The outdoor fitness area behind the library and track is currently open. Intramural Sports is offering a variety of virtual special events this quarter—5k and 10k run, walk, roll events; trivia nights; scavenger hunts; trick shot challenges; and fun Fridays. 

Cowell Center

The Cowell Center is offering virtual care. For medical concerns, please call the Student Health Services at 408-554-4501 to make a telemedicine appointment to speak with a healthcare provider. Any student who is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 may also call the Student Health Services at 408-554-4501 to make a telemedicine appointment to speak with a healthcare provider. For counseling, please call CAPS at 408-554-4501 to make a telepsychology appointment to meet with a mental health professional.

Dining Services

Dining Services in the Benson Memorial Center is open with reduced operating hours. Orders may be placed via mobile ordering app. Limited grab and go is available inside Benson. Although indoor dining remains closed, outdoor dining (tables with a single chair) is available for use, following social distancing protocols.

Learning Commons and Library

The SCU community can access library books and materials through a number of services, including electronic collections, pick-up, residential mail delivery, and scanning. Librarians are also available to meet with students virtually for research assistance. Information about these services is available on the Library and Learning Commons Service Update page. We look forward to resuming reservable study space in the Learning Commons when health conditions allow.

Mission Church

In-person Sunday Masses for students only will be celebrated at 5 p.m., outdoors in front of the Mission Church. Preregistration is required. Because of weather conditions, the previously scheduled 8 p.m. Mass has been discontinued until spring quarter.  Reconciliation is also available at 4 p.m. on Sunday.

COVID-19 Testing

Two test sites are now available: Benson (Williman Room) and Lucas Hall Room 126, three days a week (Monday through Wednesday). Note: Anyone who needs to re-test after Wednesday due to inconclusive, invalid, or rejected results can come to Benson on Thursday or Friday from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saliva and nasal tests are available during this time as well.

Undoubtedly, the pandemic has made this winter term anything but normal for all of our students. Please know we are grateful for your Bronco spirit and sense of community. We know that this spirit will help carry us as we look forward to the coming weeks. 

Please continue to stay safe and take care of yourselves.

Jeanne Rosenberger
Vice Provost for Student Life

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Santa Clara University
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500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053
Phone: 408-554-4366
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