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Isolation & Quarantine Guidelines

Last updated on March 25, 2022

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 as the university continues to  respond to the changing trajectory of the COVID-19 pandemic.

When the University becomes aware of a resident student with a positive COVID-19 test result, the SCU COVID Support Team is activated to ensure the student is isolated and, as appropriate, that close contacts are quarantined. 

Isolation can end after day 5 if symptoms are not present or are resolving and a rapid antigen test (not a PCR laboratory based test) done on day 5 is negative. 

  • If the rapid antigen 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.
  • On-campus students must be cleared by the Cowell Health Center before ending isolation.
  • If you leave isolation before day 10, you must wear a mask until day 10.

Students living on campus will have rapid tests delivered to their isolation space. Students living off campus can visit the Health Ambassadors table outside of the learning commons to take a rapid test. 

If you have received your booster, you do not need to quarantine if you have been exposed to COVID-19. Get tested on day 3-5 and please wear a mask for 10 days. If you are not up to date (boosted) with your vaccination, or if you have received a vaccine exemption, please quarantine for 5 days.

We expect the resident population of approximately 3,300 undergraduate students to be fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19 with few approved medical exemptions.  

Students who live ≤ 30 miles from campus will be encouraged to isolate or quarantine at home, if they can do so safely without using public transportation. 

Students who fail to comply with the university quarantine and isolation requirements may have their housing contract canceled and may be subject to fines and cancellation fees.

 

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 COVID-19 test by the university, by the County of Santa Clara, or by their off-campus medical provider. If not tested at SCU, the student should report their positive test (PCR or rapid antigen) as soon as possible to the university by completing the Off-Campus Testing - Positive COVID-19  form.

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 (there is no laundry access)
  • 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 : Your isolation can end after day 5 if symptoms are not present or are resolving and a rapid antigen test (not a PCR laboratory based test) taken on day 5 is negative.

  • If the rapid antigen 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 taken 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 the student is in SCU isolation space, they should plan to leave by 12 p.m. on their release date. If the student has a conflict and needs to leave later in the day, they should let a housing representative know. Per CDC guidelines, students should not get re-tested for COVID-19 until 90 days after onset of symptoms. 


 

Contacts

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