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Health and Safety Information for Students

We're providing resources for those students who have returned to the SCU campus area and are currently quarantining or isolating due to a positive COVID-19 test or contact with someone who tested positive. All students are required to follow masking protocols and obtain vaccination (including a booster).

Reminders

  • Get tested on campus. No one will get in trouble for testing positive, and the more we can normalize the practice of testing, the better. If you are unvaccinated, weekly testing is required. 
  • Talk to your friends about staying safe. This is not just about students - the virus does not care about our SCU bubble, so transmission among students will affect neighbors, community members, and people who can't work from home.

Testing at SCU

Both Color PCR tests and rapid antigen tests are available for students, faculty, and staff. Here is information on how to get tested at SCU.

What should I do if I test positive for COVID-19?

  • If you are in Santa Clara County, you should follow the county’s Home Isolation Steps.

  • Stay home and isolate for at least 5 days. Monitor your symptoms and call Cowell if you have concerns.
    • Take a rapid antigen test on day 5. If you are symptom-free and the rapid test is negative, you can end isolation. If the rapid test taken on day 5 is positive, you must remain in isolation until day 7. 
    • On day 7, isolation can end if symptoms are not present and a rapid antigen test done on day 7 is negative.
    • If the rapid antigen test taken on day 7 is positive, you must remain in isolation until after day 10.
    • If you leave isolation before day 10, you must wear a mask until day 10.

  • Inform professors/supervisors. Talk to your housemates and ask for support.

  • Keep your distance from your housemates if they have not tested positive. Open the windows and increase ventilation. If you have to be in a shared space (e.g. kitchen, bathroom) - wear a mask and wipe down anything you touch. Do not share towels or other household items.

  • If you are elsewhere in the United States, you should isolate according to your county’s current COVID-19 guidelines. If you are outside the United States, please check with your local or national health authority for guidelines.

  • When the University becomes aware that an individual has received a positive COVID-19 test result, the SCU COVID Support Team works to ensure the individual is isolated and, as appropriate, that close contacts are quarantined.

  • In order to protect our campus community, individuals who test positive will receive a short survey from the COVID Support Team, requesting information pertaining to which campus buildings the individual visited during the 48 hours prior to the test date.

  • If an individual receives a positive test result from an off-campus testing facility, they must complete this survey in order to notify the SCU COVID Support Team.


What should I do if someone with whom I’m in close contact tests positive for COVID-19?

If you are in Santa Clara County, you should follow the county’s Home Quarantine Steps.

If you are elsewhere in the United States, you should quarantine according to your county’s current COVID-19 guidelines. If you are outside the United States, please check with your local or national health authority for guidelines.

Resources for Grocery, Food, Medicine & Supply Delivery

In the San Jose metro area and many other places in the US and abroad, you can get groceries, over-the-counter medicine and household goods delivered in a contactless manner for a fee+tip through the following services:

Shipt - includes delivery from Safeway, Target, and Hmart and more

Instacart - includes Costco, Sprouts, Safeway, CVS pharmacy, Target, Walmart, 99 Ranch and more

Whole Foods through Amazon Prime

Walmart+

You can also contactless delivery  from restaurants  for a fee+tip from the following apps:

UberEats

DoorDash

GrubHub

Caviar

Some local restaurants also offer contactless delivery by calling them directly or using their website.  

Resources for Food Insecurity

If you cannot afford to buy food or other essentials, please contact the SCU Food Insecurity Program for assistance. If you are close to SCU, they can connect you with access to the Bronco Pantry, and if you are further away or currently isolating/quarantining, they may be able to provide you with gift cards to purchase essentials.

Resources for Medical & Mental Health Care

If you need medical or mental health care, you can contact the Cowell Center, which is providing most of its medical and mental health care through telemedicine appointments.  

If you have a trusted provider at home, many are currently offering telemedicine appointments. Your insurance provider may also offer access to telemedicine services.

Academic and Other Support

If you are unable to participate in your classes due to being ill or another hardship, or need other support from the University please contact the Office of Student Life or fill out the Student of Concern form (about yourself). 

Santa Clara County COVID-19 Support Team

Receive key COVID-19 support services from Santa Clara County during your period of isolation or quarantine, including medical check-ins, transportation, mental health support, and more. For more information, call 408-808-7770.