Speak with an admissions advisor. (877) 434-7757

Coronavirus

Coronavirus Information

This page serves as the central location for updates and guidance on the novel coronavirus COVID-19

STATUS

  • All employees will be required to check-in at the University Health Center’s outdoor reception tent to have their temperature taken and symptoms screened prior to entering campus
  • No confirmed cases on the SCU campus
  • All classes have been moved online and students are asked not to return to campus
  • Essential campus operations are continuing and most faculty and staff are working remotely
  • The campus itself is now closed to students (except for the Urgent Care/University Health Center if needed)

Southern California University of Health Sciences takes the health and safety of our campus community very seriously. As United States and global health officials continue to address the spread of novel coronavirus COVID-19 infection, the Campus Safety Department at SCU is monitoring the situation in collaboration with our local state and governmental partners. Any official updates regarding SCU’s response will be found on this site as well as delivered to the community via email.
This page contains resources and communications designed to raise awareness of prevention and preparedness efforts at SCU.

University Planning

The university administration has assembled a multidisciplinary team from across the institution to identify and plan for a range of scenarios and potential near and longer-term impacts. These include considerations for:
  • Contingency planning for necessary supplies
  • Planning for classes during periods of quarantines, university closures, or transportation challenges
  • Human resources considerations, including remote work options
  • Patient surge within University Health System
  • Support for students with travel plans during breaks
As preparations continue, the university will communicate with you regularly.

Disclosure Required Under the CARES Act

On March 27, 2020, Congress passed and President Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the CARES Act). One element of the CARES Act was a provision that provided funds to institutions of higher education to be distributed to students in the form of emergency grants. The funds are to help students with expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.
The Department of Education (ED) has required institutions receiving these funds to make certain disclosures. SCU’s disclosures are as follows:
  1. SCU has signed and returned to ED the Certification and Agreement, which includes our assurance that SCU has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004 (a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
  2. The total amount of funds that the institution has received from ED pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students is $200,773.
  3. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of this report is $200,100.
  4. The number of students at the institution verified to be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of this report is 667. Additional verification is ongoing.
  5. The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 667.
  6. The institution provided Emergency Financial Aid Grants to all eligible students. Each student received $300.
  7. The institution advised students:
    1. That they must use the funds for costs related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, including costs such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care.
    2. That they should consider the institution’s technology requirements as they determine how best to use their relief funds.

Latest Updates

June 1st, 2020

A message from the President
Dear SCU Community,
I trust you are well and in good spirits. Early on, I committed to updating you on June 1st regarding the status of the campus reopening. I am writing today to provide the most recent information about opening the campus on a limited basis July 13. Although we don’t know all the answers yet, we continue to learn more each week by working closely with state and county officials, accreditation and licensing bodies, and other key agencies. (Continue)

Recent Communications

5/29/2020 Campus Safety Update #13 COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)
5/22/2020 Campus Safety Update #12 COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)
5/15/2020 Campus Safety Update #11 COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)
5/8/2020 Campus Safety Update #10 COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)
5/1/2020 Campus Safety Update #9 COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)
4/24/2020 Campus Safety Update #8 COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)
4/17/2020 Campus Safety Update #7 COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)
4/14/2020 Campus Safety Social Distancing Protocols
4/3/2020 Campus Safety Update #6 COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)
4/1/2020 Campus Safety Message from the President (4)
3/31/2020 Campus Safety Update #5 COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)
3/27/2020 Campus Safety Update #4 COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)
3/24/2020 Campus Safety Update #3 COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)
3/20/2020 Campus Safety Message from the President (3)
3/19/2020 Campus Safety New orders relating to operation
3/18/2020 Campus Safety Update for work-study students
3/17/2020 Campus Safety Message from the President (2)
3/12/2020 Campus Safety Message from the President (1)
3/10/2020 Campus Safety Update #2 COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)
3/6/2020 Campus Safety Update #1 COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)
3/3/2020 Campus Safety A message regarding COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)
2/28/2020 Campus Safety Update Your Emergency Notification Profile
Student InfoHRStaying HealthyFAQsDCDACMPAAYURMTAccelerated SciencesCalendarsCoping with COVID-19

We Are in This Together

We know this is a difficult time, and we are working hard to make sure we are here to support you throughout this transition. Student Services is completely focused on helping you succeed by providing you the services, support, resources, tools and information needed to be a successful online student. You got this and we got you!

Absences due to Illness

Public health authorities are encouraging everyone in California to be “safer at home.” Campus is closed. If illness impacts students, faculty, or staff, the following notification guidance applies:
Students who are sick should follow the normal absence procedure for their respective programs regarding notification of faculty and requests for absence waivers and exam “make ups.” However, during this time of heightened public health concern, documentation from a health care provider will not be required. Faculty who believe they note an unusual pattern of student absence in their courses should notify their Dean or Director.
Note: SCU is continuing to hold all classes online at their regularly scheduled times.

Anti-Discrimination

It is important to remember that viruses can affect anyone. SCU students and employees represent a variety of nationalities, races, and ethnicities and we actively resist any xenophobia and embrace diversity as a guiding principle. We share our common humanity as we face this situation with grit and determination as an SCU community. Any incidents of harassment should immediately be reported to Campus Safety (562-902-3333 or [email protected]).

Classes

Following the recent guidance communicated by both the Los Angeles County Public Health Department and the State of California, SCU has closed the campus with few exceptions. The Urgent Care center will remain open as will certain essential employee offices. All other buildings will be closed until further notice.
Because of the campus closure, all courses in all programs are being delivered online. Students will not be required to return to campus during this current Spring trimester/term. Reopening of campus is currently scheduled for July 13, pending any additional updates. Supporting student progress towards graduation remains a top priority for the University.
Registration for graduate programs for Summer trimester should occur in week 15. Classes will continue to be delivered via distance learning. Schedules will support maximum flexibility under current circumstances and facilitate students’ continued progress towards graduation. The summer schedule will be shared with students shortly, and will also include information regarding dates, times, and scheduling priority for DC selectives. egistration for Accelerated Science courses is open and ongoing. Students are encouraged to continue taking their classes without interruption.
The Massage Therapy March 23 start date will defer until at least the May 4th start.
We understand that students, faculty, and staff will have many questions regarding this transition. Here are some basic points of information:
  • Canvas (and Zoom within Canvas) are the primary platform for online courses.
  • Students are receiving additional academic and program specific information and should watch for periodic communications and updates to the progam pages on this COVID website.

Counseling/Wellness services for students

Below is information regarding Counseling/Wellness services for students:
  • SCUHS has implemented a new service for all students, a Student Assistance Program (SAP). We have contracted with a private counseling and work/life resources organization, AllOne Health, to provide the SAP. The SAP is a free and confidential service to help students manage all areas of their life. It offers professional counseling (up to 3 sessions per issue) and also provides life coaching, personal assistant services, medical advocacy, everyday work and life resources, and legal/financial resources—not to mention an engaging, resource-rich website and mobile app. To take advantage of this FREE and confidential service available 24 hours a day, call 1-800-756-3124. Students can also access support on the AllOne Health work/life website at mylifeexpert.com and the My Life Expert mobile app (go to the website to get the app).
  • After hours or on weekends, you can: 1) Call LinesForLife at 1-800-273-8255, 2) Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), 3) Text the Crisis Text HOME to 741-741.
  • The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach offers remote services and support. More information here: https://www.centerlb.org/groups/

Emergency Aid

Events

Out of an abundance of caution, effective March 13th, SCU is canceling all extra-curricular events, on- and off-campus, until further notice. Please feel free to email Shelby Gugel at [email protected] if you have any questions on this topic.

General Hotlines

  • Los Angeles County 2-1-1: (800) 339-6993
  • Orange County 2-1-1: (888) 600-4357 or (949) 646-4357

If You Do Not Have A Working Device

  • Alliance for Technology Refurbishing and Reuse – The ATRR is a network of non-profits associated with a broad educational mission. They refurbish and distribute computers as a low-cost or free service to those in need. With locations across the US, you can find the nearest location to you online. Select the pin closest to you to find out more information on your local “Reuse Coordinator.” Because they are a conglomerate of individual non-profits, their site says “member organizations vary widely in size, organizational model, populations served, staffing, and related resources.” Will connect to vendors:
  • The On It Foundation – (click “Computers” and then click “Products” section). Services: Program provides quality, name brand, refurbished computers at a competitive price! Price range: $99.00 -$300.00 Will connect to vendor:

IT Support for Online Classes

If you are experiencing issues with accessing Canvas, please contact your instructor and reach out to Synoptek for Technical support at: [email protected], 877-796-2350

Physical and Mental Health

  • SCUHS has implemented a new service for all students, a Student Assistance Program (SAP). We have contracted with a private counseling and work/life resources organization, AllOne Health, to provide the SAP. The SAP is a free and confidential service to help students manage all areas of their life. It offers professional counseling (up to 3 sessions per issue) and also provides life coaching, personal assistant services, medical advocacy, everyday work and life resources, and legal/financial resources—not to mention an engaging, resource-rich website and mobile app. To take advantage of this FREE and confidential service available 24 hours a day, call 1-800-756-3124. Students can also access support on the AllOne Health work/life website at mylifeexpert.com and the My Life Expert mobile app (go to the website to get the app).
  • After hours or on weekends, you can: 1) Call LinesForLife at 1-800-273-8255 , 2) Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), 3) Text the Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741-741.
  • The Mental Health Access Line (opened 365 days a year, 24 hours a day): 1.800.854.7771
  • For free and/or reduced medical services (physical and mental health) in certain clinics (map locators): Community Clinic Association, Health Services of Los Angeles County, and Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health.

Quizzes & Exams, Including Final Exams

We acknowledge that students have varied technology options during the online instructional period and we have asked faculty to demonstrate flexibility in the methods of assessments that are offered to accommodate all students. We in turn ask that all students exercise similar flexibility with the faculty during this unique time.
Faculty have been provided with multiple options to offer flexibility to students in support of remote proctoring. Faculty and students should be in communication with each other about the methods that will be utilized in each course to best support students and enable remote assessment.
Just for clarity as your faculty offer you assessment options:
  • Examplify works with computers, laptops and iPads, but cannot run on Chromebooks
  • Canvas works with “all” devices
  • Proctorio runs in Google Chrome and works with computers and laptops (including Chromebooks) with webcams, but cannot run on tablets (iPads) or phones
  • Zoom works with “all” devices
Faculty have the freedom to choose the assessment options that best suit them, their students, and the needs of the course and program.

Wellness

  • At Home Exercise

Academic Support Office (ASO)

Staff at the Academic Support Office (ASO) will be available Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. by e-mail, phone, or by Zoom. Please feel free to reach out to ASO team if you need anything; assistance on time management, how to set-up a quiet study space, manage studying from home.
Email addresses for the ASO staff are:
Check out all of the incredible online student success resources on our MySCU page, including a Study Skills Toolkit and Life Skills Toolkit.

Campus Services

  • The campus itself is now closed to students (except for the Urgent Care/University Health Center if needed).
  • In order to reduce campus density, students must continue their studies remotely.
  • The University Health Center will be open as usual Mondays – Fridays 8 AM – 7 PM and Saturdays 9 AM – 5 PM.
  • Students who need medical services due to symptoms of respiratory illness including fever, cough, and shortness of breath/difficulty breathing should first call the Health Center at (562) 943-7125 for further instructions before presenting.
  • Work-study student workers should have received more information from their direct supervisors about work expectations during this period.

Clinic and Clinical Rotations

Orange County issued shelter in place requirements that prohibit student participation in clinical care. SCU has suspended student involvement in patient care at all clinic sites, including PPR rotations.

Disability Services

For students with approved academic accommodations, we are working with the faculty to make sure you get your accommodated times regardless if your exam is on Examplify, Proctorio, or Canvas.
Please contact the [email protected] for any questions or concerns related to requests for accommodation, approval of services, or equitable access to educational programs.

Emergency Notification

Additionally, we would like to request that you update your Emergency Notification Profile, known to SCU as “Everbridge.” While there is no current crisis concerning the spread of COVID-19 in our community, the situation is evolving rapidly and the ability to quickly communicate with our campus members is paramount.
Every campus community member currently has their scuhs.edu email address already registered by default; however, it is highly recommended to include additional methods of contact such as a cell phone number for both calls and SMS text.
What to do:
  • Login to MySCU
  • Click “Personal Info” [top right of page]
  • Click “Manage your emergency notification settings (Everbridge)”
  • Click “Edit” to input additional contact methods
  • Click “Save”

Food Access

Graduation Ceremony

SCU values the safety of our students, faculty, and staff and are committed to their overall health and wellness. The unpredictable nature of this virus is unfortunately requiring us to postpone the Spring (April 18, 2020) graduation ceremony. Our goal is to hold the Spring graduation ceremony in conjunction with our scheduled December 2020 ceremony. Those students set to graduate this April will still receive their diplomas shortly after the completion of the spring term per the normal process. An FAQ page has been set up HERE to address questions concerning graduation. Please feel free to email Shelby Gugel at [email protected] if you have any questions on this topic.

If You Don’t Have Internet Access

Several companies including Charter, Spectrum, and Comcast have announced plans to offer free internet service for 60 days to households with students as classes are moving online amid concerns about COVID-19. Please contact the companies at the phone numbers below directly to arrange services.
  • Charter and Spectrum – 844-488-8395
  • Comcast – 855-846-8376 for English speakers or 855-765-6995 for Spanish speakers
Students with wireless phone service may consider adding a personal hotspot to their plan in order to create their own Wi-Fi network from a smartphone. Most providers (e.g. Sprint, T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon) offer personal hotspot service to be added to wireless plans for approximately $10 per month.
Others
  • FCC agreement stating that providers will waive late fees, not cutoff service for lack of payment, and open hot-spots.
  • AT&T COVID-19 response: offers open hot-spots, unlimited data to existing customers, and $10/month plans to low income families.
  • Verizon COVID-19 response: no special offers, but following the FCC agreement.
  • Sprint COVID-19 response: follows FCC agreement, provides unlimited data to existing customers, and, starting Tuesday, 3/17/2020, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge (I expect others will follow).
  • T-Mobile COVID-19 response: follows FCC agreement, plus unlimited data to existing customers, and, coming soon, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge (I expect others will follow).
  • Altice/Suddenlink response: offers 30 MB internet to any new subscriber free for 60 days. No late fees or terminations for existing customers

Manufacturers that Offer Student Laptop Discounts

Tutoring

  • Accelerated Sciences Tutoring: please email [email protected] for tutoring inquiries
  • Ayurveda Tutoring: please refer to e-mails for the online links to the regularly scheduled tutoring sessions.
  • Graduate Programs One-on-one Tutoring: Currently available virtually through Google Hangouts, FaceTime or Skype. To learn how to make a Tutoring appointment through Insight please Click Here.
  • Graduate Programs Group Tutoring: Currently available through Zoom during the normally scheduled time. An e-mail has already been sent to the individual class and instructors.
  • Graduate Programs Lab Tutoring: While the labs remain close, a number of our lab tutors are available for individual 1:1 tutoring. Please see instructions on how to schedule appointment through Insight.

Recommended Strategies for Navigating Online Courses

Work-Study Students

The Office of Financial Aid and the campus community has received several inquiries about the impact on our work study students as we implement safeguards resulting from COVID-19 concerns. Students should work with their supervisors to explore work assignments that they could perform remotely. (More Details Here)

Faculty & Staff

All employees will be required to check-in at the University Health Center’s outdoor reception tent to have their temperature taken and symptoms screened prior to entering campus. For this reason, we are asking all employees to park in Lot 1 which is the lot closest to the welcome tent.
If you are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 you will be given testing/care information and be asked to return home.
Screenings will begin at 7:45 AM each morning. If you arrive on campus prior to 7:45 AM, please report back to the tent between 7:45 and 8:15 AM to be screened.
SCU is shifting all possible employees to remote work. Be aware of your rights, view the U.S. Department of Labor Employee Rights document, click here

Information Technology

The Support Desk remains open with regular hours and can be reached by phone at 877.796.2350 (fastest) or through email at [email protected]

Casual Dress

For those of you who need to work on campus during the COVID-19 adjustments, you will be allowed to dress casual but within the parameters of the SCU dress policy. Listed below is the Personal Appearance and Casual Day policies. (View Details)

Staying Healthy

Because this is already the season for flu and other viruses, all students, faculty, and staff who have illness accompanied by fever—regardless of their travels—are asked to refrain from going to classes, labs, dining halls, offices, and other places where they could spread illness among others. To limit spread, we ask that a person have a normal temperature for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medications) before resuming a regular schedule.
The university asks faculty to be flexible in allowing students to make these decisions without necessarily visiting a medical practitioner for documentation of their illness. Staff should follow the normal procedures for sick time away from work; please notify your supervisor, and follow the university’s sick leave policy.
Other advice to avoid the spread of viruses includes:
  • Get a seasonal flu vaccination, even if you are not required to do so
  • Clean your hands frequently with soap and water (washing for a full minute) or alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Hand washing is crucial, particularly before eating or any activity that involves touching your face
  • Cough into your sleeve (the crook of your elbow) or a tissue, not into your hands
  • Stay home if you have a fever until you are fever-free for 24 hours without any medication

Personal Preparedness

Please remember the things that public health authorities indicate you can do to maximize personal preparedness and prevention:
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces frequently
  • Cough/sneeze into your elbow
  • Stay home if you are sick, and don’t return until you are fever-free for 24 hours without medication
  • Get your flu shot
If you are sick and are concerned that any of your symptoms may be related to COVID-19 due to recent travel history or other risk factors, please refer to relevant screening guidance below.

Important Resources

Travel Advisories

There is a Global Level 4 Health Advisory “Do Not Travel” for US citizens from the Department of State. You can stay updated here: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/travel-advisory-alert-global-level-4-health-advisory-issue.html

Use of Masks

Guidance on Face Coverings – On Campus: Effective immediately, individuals working on campus will need to utilize a non-medical cloth face covering if they share office space and/or when they are outside of their private office (e.g. using a common area such as lobby, copier, or restroom).
Guidance on Face Coverings – Off Campus: On April 5th, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued guidance concerning face coverings, specifically that everyone wear a non-medical, cloth face covering over their nose and mouth when in public for essential activities. It is important to note that the wearing of face coverings is not a substitute for physical distancing. Additionally, individuals are advised against the usage of N-95 masks or surgical masks. These masks must be reserved for medical ONLY usage. Instead, the public should use alternative face coverings such as bandanas or create their own covering following a variety of DIY instructions available online. Additional instruction from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding who should and should not wear cloth face coverings, including DIY instructions, can be located here.

COVID -19 FAQ’S FOR STUDENTS


General Questions

Is the entire campus closing?

California State and local county public health officials introduced new orders requiring all Californians to “stay at home,” with few exceptions. Based on this direction, SCU is shifting all possible employees to remote work. The University remains functioning and ready to serve the needs of our community; however, though limited campus access is available to essential employees, the campus itself is now closed to students (except for the Urgent Care/University Health Center if needed)

Should I go home?

In order to reduce campus density, students are encouraged to go home and continue their studies remotely if this can be done safely. The U.S. Department of State has issued a Level 4 Travel Advisory, advising U.S. Citizens not to travel abroad. Note for international students: travel outside the U.S. should be limited since reentering the U.S. may be restricted, which could lead to issues with your visa.

When should I come back?

Instruction will be offered through remote means for the time being. Further information will be provided by the University as it becomes available. If possible, students are encouraged to remain at home until in-person classes resume. The COVID-19 pandemic is constantly changing. Updates to the SCUHS community will be provided.

Academic Instruction (Remote Learning for Spring Term)

What is the guidance to students for remote learning?

As we shift to remote instruction for spring term, both you and your instructors will need to make changes. Your instructors will be working on how they will offer remote instruction. They will likely be using a combination of Canvas, Zoom (within Canvas), e-mail, and other web-based tools. Your departments and programs are taking the utmost care in making decisions and making these plans.

What do I need to access courses remotely?

Courses access is via any web-enabled computer, tablet, or phone with camera, microphone, and internet. Remote proctored exams may specifically require a desktop or laptop computer with a camera that is able to run Google Chrome extensions and has internet access. Generally speaking, devices that are 5 years old or newer with these few specifications should be adequate for remote exams.

I do not have reliable access to WiFi. What do I do?

Several companies including Charter, Spectrum, and Comcast have announced plans to offer free internet service for 60 days to households with students as classes are moving online amid concerns about COVID-19. Please contact the companies at the phone numbers below directly to arrange services.
  • Charter and Spectrum – 844-488-8395
  • Comcast – 855-846-8376 for English speakers or 855-765-6995 for Spanish speakers
Students with wireless phone service may consider adding a personal hotspot to their plan in order to create their own Wi-Fi network from a smartphone. Most providers (e.g. Sprint, T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon) offer personal hotspot service to be added to wireless plans for approximately $10 per month.

What is the status of lab hours instruction?

All Spring term labs will be completed online. For graduate programs, this is based on completion of over 70% of content prior to moving online and based on the ability to continue virtual instruction and offer alternative assessments. Requisite “hands-on” skills will be reinforced and reassessed in later courses as needed for graduate programs. All programs are developing and modifying lab courses to offer appropriate instruction remotely. Every effort is being made to avoid assignment of incomplete grades.

Student Health & Counseling

What should I do if I have traveled internationally and need to return to campus?

Any students returning from high risk Level 2 or Level 3 countries are required to self-quarantine off campus for 14 days.

What if I am feeling sick, but I do not have health insurance. Where can I go for help?

If you need help finding medical care, call the Los Angeles County information line 2-1-1, which is available 24/7. You can also locate a provider by going to DHS.LACounty.gov
If you are having difficulty breathing or keeping fluids down, go to an emergency room or call 911 right away.

What if I want to be tested for COVID-19?

We are currently following LA County guidelines for testing, which include the following:
  • Individuals who develop symptoms such as fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing.
  • Individuals that have been in close contact with a person known to have Covid-19 or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of Covid-19
  • Older patients and individuals who have severe underlying medical conditions or those that have suppressed immune systems.
If you feel that you need to be tested based on the criteria above, or if you have further questions, please call your health care provider. Your provider will advise you on the next steps. Your provider will determine if you have signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and whether you should be tested.

Will I be able to access Counseling Services?

Free or low-cost counseling services are available for any student who is feeling distressed or impacted by COVID-19. If you, as a student, would like to speak with someone, please utilize any of the following services:
  • Dr. Marc Bock is available for phone appointments every Tuesday. To make an appointment, please call his SCU cell phone at 562-632-8781 (ON TUESDAYS).
  • Southern California Counseling Center provides comprehensive counseling services at rates based on your ability to pay. Please call 323-937-1344 to schedule an appointment or click here: https://www.sccc-la.org/
  • After hours or on weekends, you can: 1) Call LinesForLife at 1-800-273-8255 , 2) Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), 3) Text the Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741-741.

Student Support

What do I do if I qualify for academic accommodations and have concerns about the impact that remote instruction may have on me?

Please contact the Academic Support Office for any questions or concerns related to requests for accommodation, approval of services, or equitable access to educational programs.

What is happening to student support services, such as Student One Stop, Academic Support Office and Learning Resource Center?

Student support services will continue to be available during normal business hours. However, since we are working on adhering to social distancing guidelines and “stay at home” orders, we are working remotely. Many services and activities will continue remotely, using email, phone, etc. It is best to e-mail the department you are interested in to the best way to schedule an appointment. Due to current California statewide “stay home” order, the Learning Resource Center (LRC) is closed. You may still access the LRC esearch resources by Clicking Here.

What about tutoring and supplemental instruction?

Most of the academic support provided by Academic Support and Tutoring Center will continue remotely.
  • Accelerated Sciences Tutoring: please email [email protected] for tutoring inquiries
  • Ayurveda Tutoring: please refer to e-mails for the online links to the regularly scheduled tutoring sessions.
  • Graduate Programs One-on-one Tutoring: Will be made available virtually through Google Hangouts, FaceTime or Skype. To learn how to make a Tutoring appointment through Insight please Click Here
  • Graduate Programs Group Tutoring: will be made available through Zoom during the normally scheduled time. An e-mail will be sent to the individual class and instructors.
  • Graduate Programs Lab Tutoring: While the labs remain close, a number of our lab tutors are available for individual 1:1 tutoring. Please see instructions on to schedule appointment through Insight.

Auxiliary Operations

Is the Campus Store open?

While the physical store is closed, the online store is still open. Orders are being shipped and processed as normal.

Where can I buy textbooks?

Textbooks can be purchased via our online store here https://shop.scuhs.edu/pages/text-books

Is the Campus Café open?

Unfortunately at this time, the Café is closed until further notice.

Campus Events, Gatherings, & Meetings

What is the guidance for events in spring term?

Effective March 13, 2020 SCU cancelled all extra-curricular events, on and off campus, until further notice. E -mail Shelby Gugel at [email protected] if you have any questions on this topic.

What if the gathering attendance is below the attendance cap?

There was previously an “attendance cap,” but more recently California Executive Order N-33-20 issued on 19 March 2020 required all individuals in the state to “stay at home or at their place of residence.” The very minimal exceptions to this order are for essential/critical services to operate, and to allow individuals to access healthcare or obtain food and medicine. With this guidance, all physical gatherings associated with campus are suspended or moved virtually. Where essential operations are conducted by employees on campus, they are maintaining social distancing.

What is the status of Commencement?

Per California Department of Public Health (CDPH) guidelines and the Executive order, spring commencement is postponed. A date is not yet available for this event, but will be communicated as soon as feasible, for the graduating individuals. Graduates will still receive diplomas, and the students qualified to seek licensure will receive all normal support from the University to facilitate that process.

Tuition & Fees

All tuitions and fees still apply, and there have been no changes to payment due dates.

Student Payments

All tuition and payment plan payments can be made via the portal on MySCU. CLICK HERE TO PAY ONLINE. Student Accounts team members are available to assist with the payment of tuition deposits through Authorize.net. For any additional questions regarding tuition and fees, please contact the Office of the Student Accounts.

Accelerated Science Tuition

All payment due dates remain as scheduled. All payments can be made online. CLICK HERE TO PAY ONLINE

Will Student Accounts be open?

Yes, Student Accounts will open for business. All Student Accounts personnel have forwarded their extensions to their cell phones. Students are also welcome to leave a message at x760 and a Student Accounts representative will call you back shortly. Below are the days each Student Accounts team member is available by phone:
Student Accounts

What are Student Accounts’ hours of operation?

Student Accounts will be available by phone or by e-mail from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, as well as 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays.

Are there any services not available at this time?

The Student Accounts window will be closed until further notice but all services will continue, with the following modifications:
  • In person needs will be handled by appointment only. Please contact Student Accounts if you need to set an appointment.
  • Student Checks
  • Checks issued prior to 3/18/20 have been mailed to the student’s address on file.
  • Student FA refund checks - Students will be notified via email on Fridays that their check is available. All checks will be mailed to the address on file the following Monday unless they reply to the email requesting that the check be held for pickup by appointment only.
  • Student Work Study checks - Students will NOT be notified via email that their check is available. Checks will be mailed on 10th/25th unless the student made previous arrangements to pick up by appointment only.
  • ASB Stipend checks - Students will be notified via email when checks are available. Checks will be mailed two days after notification, unless the student made previous arrangements to pick up by appointment only.
If you are expecting a check, please take a moment to confirm that SCU has current mailing address, by Clicking Here. If you need to update your address, Click Here and e-mail completed form to the [email protected].

Financial Aid

Is the Office of Financial Aid open for business?

Yes, as of now, the Office of Financial Aid remains open for phone appointments or questions via email. We are not seeing any students for an in-person appointment. Our office hours are Monday – Friday from 8 :00 a.m. -5:00 p.m. (562) 947-8755 ext. 766

Is the Office of Financial Aid accepting documents

Yes, currently the Office of Financial Aid will accept documents electronically. Items without personally-identifiable information (Social Security Number, etc.) can be e-mailed to [email protected]. Items can also be faxed to a secure fax at (562) 902.3306. Faxed items are retrieved daily.

Is the Office of Financial Aid accepting appointments?

The Office of Financial Aid will accept new admissions appointments or continuing students’ appointments via telephone so they may continue to answer any questions or assist with your next steps for applying for financial aid. To schedule a telephone appointment, please e-mail [email protected] or call (562) 947-3755 ext. 766.

How will my financial aid work if my classes are moved online?

The Department of Education has issued guidance that schools can migrate classes to an online format during this time of emergency. It is still important for all students to continue to be present for classes held live online and/or to complete any discussion questions and homework to show that you are actively participating in the course.

How will my VA benefits work if my classes are moved online?

The Department of Veterans Affairs has issued guidance that schools can migrate classes to an online format during this time of emergency. It is still important for all students to continue to be present for classes held live online and/or to complete any discussion questions and homework to show that you are actively participating in the course. Not all degree programs at SCU are VA benefits eligible. Please check with the Office of Financial Aid if you want clarification on your benefits and/or an eligible degree program.

What if I cannot make any loan payments due to a loss of income as a result of coronavirus?

Please contact your loan servicer immediately. If you do not know who your loan servicer is, you can log into the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) using your FSA ID (used to sign your FAFSA) at: studentaid.gov/. Within this site, all loans on record and all servicers are visible. The lenders/services are eager to assist you during this time, so please do not hesitate to contact them.

How will my financial aid work if I cannot finish all or some of my classes and/or labs?

The Department of Education continues to issue guidance on different scenarios as the situation and interruption created by the novel coronavirus unfolds. As more information becomes available to us, we will keep students informed with the most relevant, up-to-date information.
Financial Aid Lab

Student Employment

What do I do if I am not able to continue to work or have concerns about working?

Please contact your supervisor if you have any concerns about your ability to continue working.

Can I work remotely?

Students should work with their supervisors to explore work assignments that they could perform remotely. For work-study employees that cannot work, they can input their supervisor-approved scheduled hours into Kronos for the week. Your scheduled hours should be in line with your normally scheduled hours prior to this interruption.

Latest Updates – Summer Term

  • SU20 term starts May 4th
  • Student safety and on time graduation are our priorities.
  • All classes are meeting online at the scheduled time.
  • Student participation in live patient care has been suspended until further notice.

Lab Courses

  • All Chiropractic Practice/skills courses have been scheduled for weeks 11-15.
  • IMPORTANT: students are NOT allowed to practice diagnostic and chiropractic procedures, including adjustments, without the direct supervision of a DC Faculty Member – that could be considered “practicing without a license” in CA. Students should not practice these procedures on other people/household members. Students may practice on a model (spine model, dummy rolls, or dolls). Students will receive adequate review/reinforcement of those procedures once we are back to campus.

Clinical Courses

  • Student participation in live patient clinical care has been suspended until further notice.
  • Students should NOT attend any clinical shifts, including PPR rotations. All PPR Doctors have been informed.
  • Normal credit-load for each clinical course will be scheduled through the term, with the following changes:
  • Weeks 1-10: lower scheduled load, composed of online clinical sessions.
  • Weeks 11-15 or 17: higher scheduled load, planned to use live patient care, pending COVID-19 status.
  • Assessments: Clinical skills assessment to be scheduled after patient care starts. Written assignments will be maintained starting on week 1 as per course syllabi.
  • Clinical credits (adjustments/physical exam, etc): students may ONLY receive clinical credits during live patient interaction.

Selective Courses

  • Selectives registration
  • Summer Selective Schedule announced to all students on 04/23/2020 via email.
  • Selectives registration starts 04/27/2020 through 05/11/2020 .
  • Priority registration will be maintained for 04/27/2020.
  • Selectives schedule follows core curriculum: online courses scheduled during weeks 1-10 and hands-on courses scheduled after week 11 (pending COVID-19 status).

Licensing

  • Check your State Board website for information on licensing procedures and requirements.
  • Registrar will be preparing and sending license packages as students meet graduation requirements after week 15.
  • Registrar prepares packages for all students as if they are licensing in California. In case you are getting licensed in a different state, please contact the registrar by email.

Program Contact

Summer Term Course Schedule

  • Summer Schedule has been announced and students have been registered for courses.
  • The first 10 weeks of the term, the courses will be delivered online:
  • Virtual lectures and some associated virtual labs.
  • Normal credit-load for each class will be scheduled in 10 weeks.
  • Lecture finals will be held in week 10.
  • The last 5 weeks of the term are planned to be on campus, pending COVID-19 status.
  • Normal credit-load for each class will be scheduled in 5 weeks.
  • Hands-on lab instruction with associated lectures during this period.
  • Lab finals/associated lecture finals are planned to be held in week 15.
  • Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.

Summer Term Registration

  • On cohort and special schedule students will be automatically registered for core curriculum courses offered in the Summer, as usual
  • Selectives registration (See Below)
  • Summer Selective Schedule to be announced soon.
  • Selectives registration process and dates to be announced soon.
  • Priority registration will be maintained.

Attendance Policy

  • Attendance – Instructors and clinicians are taking attendance during online sessions.
  • Students who are sick should follow the normal absence procedure for requests for absence waivers and exam “make ups.” However, if the reason is due to illness, during this time of heightened public health concern, documentation from a health care provider will not be required.

Exams

  • ICE Exams
  • Rescheduled to week 2 of Summer term, via online assessment.
  • Midterm/Finals
  • Courses scheduled weeks 1-10: Midterm and other assessments – Scheduled as indicated on each course syllabus. Finals week 10.
  • Courses scheduled weeks 11-15: Midterm and other assessments – Scheduled as indicated on each course syllabus. Finals week 15.

NBCE

Latest Updates – Summer 2020 Term

  • Summer 2020 term starts May 4th
  • Student safety and on time graduation are our priorities.
  • All synchronous classes are conducted through distance by meeting online at the scheduled time.
  • Student participation in live patient care has been suspended until further notice.

Clinical Courses

  • Clinical students should follow Dr. Hwang’s guidance on the maximum virtual hours as the limit was set by our accreditor (ACAOM).
  • Clinical students will notify Dr. Hwang as soon as your maximum virtual hours have been met.
  • All written assignments, assessments, and their due dates will be maintained as scheduled.
  • Clinical education is conducted synchronously via technology platform.
  • Note: Students may NOT practice diagnostic and acupuncture treatment procedures, including needling, without the supervision of a CEM Faculty Member, which would be considered as “practicing without a license” in CA.

Clinical Externship

  • Clinical rotations to Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) and Oncology Institute have been postponed.

Exams

  • Midterm/Finals
  • Courses scheduled for weeks 1 to 10 – finals in week 10>
  • Courses scheduled for weeks 11 to 15 – finals in week 15
  • Courses scheduled for weeks 1 to 15 – finals in week 15
  • Midterm and other assessments – scheduled as indicated in each course syllabus
  • ACE Exams
  • Will be conducted as scheduled in week 4.
  • Students may be assessed using a proctor software, live proctoring by instructors using zoom/Canvas/ExamSoft, or other alternative methods deemed reasonable and safe by the instructors and/or dean.

Program Contact

Summer Term Registration

  • All students should verify their schedules in week 1 and immediately inform Dean Yu for any error.

Summer Term Course Schedule

  • Core courses:
  • Lectures will be delivered online from week 1 to 10.
  • Normal credit-load for each class will be scheduled in 10 weeks.
  • Lecture finals will be held in week 10.
  • Hands-on/labs are planned to be delivered on campus from week 11 to 15, pending COVID-19 status.
  • Normal credit-load for each lab will be scheduled in 5 weeks.
  • Lab finals are planned to be held in week 15.
  • CEM only courses:
  • Regular 15 weeks model.
  • Lecture finals will be held in week 15.
  • Hands-on courses are postponed to Fall term.
  • Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.

On Time Graduation/Completing my Degree

  • Efforts are dedicated to helping students progress while upholding the program rigor.
  • Graduation timeline is expected to be maintained at this time.

Attendance Policy

  • SCU is an attendance taking institution.
  • Instructors and clinicians are taking attendance during online sessions.
  • Students who are sick should follow the normal absence request procedure for absence waivers and exam make-ups. (Note: If the reason is due to illness, documentation from a health care provider will not be required during this time of heightened public health concern.)

Latest Updates

The MSPA program has fully transitioned to online interactive distance learning for didactic and clinical learning.

Recent Email Communication

Please make sure to check MYSCU, the University COVID webpage and Program tab for the latest updates and announcements.

Lecture and Lab Details

The University has determined that in order to facilitate planning for students, faculty, and staff, MSPA Program will remain online through at least week 10 of summer trimester, with the intent to resume on-ground instruction on July 13 with hands-on lab instruction occurring exclusively through the last 5 weeks of the term.

Clinical Assignments:

All clinical assignments are suspended until further notice. Students will be given supplemental modules, virtual assignments, and assessments to enhance learning during this time.

Other

The University will allow any student in any pre-clinical lab course that shifted online this trimester to audit the course any time it runs as scheduled prior to December 31, 2022 at no additional cost.

Program Contact

Phone: (562) 947-8755 or email [email protected]

Summer Term Registration begins

3/22/2020

Summer Term Details

Online teaching will continue throughout the Safer at Home period and at least through June.

Graduation

The Program’s Goal is for students to fulfill all graduation requirements while complying with the ARC-PA standards.

Attendance and Grading Policy

Recognizing the impact of the immediate transition to online education secondary to COVID-19, the University has decided that due to all programs shifting to online instruction this term all students will be given the opportunity to decide whether a Pass/Fail or Letter (A, B, C, etc.) grade will be awarded for each individual course.

Exams

We have five test assessment options for faculty and students – faculty are encouraged to be flexible in their approaches due to all students not having appropriate technology and given the disruptions of the trimester.

Latest Updates

The Ayurveda program has fully transitioned to onine interactive distance learning. The new cohort for Ayurveda wellness Educator program and Ayurveda practitioner program will start on May 2020.

Recent Email Communication

Please make sure to check MYSCU, the University COVID webpage and Program tab for the latest updates and announcements.

Lecture

The University has determined that in order to facilitate planning for students, faculty, and staff, Ayurveda Program will remain online through at least June 1st.
All the virtual class sessions will be continued as scheduled.

Clinic

The Clinical clerkship course for the Ayurveda Practitioner program will be completed online. One Virtual Case Discussion class each week (Fridays 5pm- 9m) will be scheduled. All the students are required to attend this 4 hrs/ week case discussion session with the intent to resume on-ground instruction by June 1st.

Other

The University will allow any student in any pre-clinical lab course that shifted online this trimester to audit the course any time it runs as scheduled prior to December 31, 2022 at no additional cost.

Program Contact

Program Director Ayurveda – Dr. Anupama (Anu) Kizhakkeveettl: [email protected]

Summer Term Registration

Last date for May start- April 15th 2020

Summer Term Details

  • Orientation date: May 1st 8am-12pm
  • Online teaching will continue throughout the Safer at Home period and at least through June 1st.

On Time Graduation/Completing my Degree

Ayurvedic program is making a strong effort to help students complete their programs on time.

Attendance and Grading Policy

  • Attendance – Instructors and clinicians are taking attendance during online sessions.
  • Grading – Students will receive a final grade for their courses.
Recognizing the impact of the immediate transition to online education secondary to COVID-19, the University has decided that due to all programs shifting to online instruction this term all students will be given the opportunity to decide whether a Pass/Fail or Letter (A, B, C, etc.) grade will be awarded for each individual course.

Exams

Students may be assessed using a proctor software, live proctoring by instructors using zoom/Canvas or other alternative methods deemed reasonable and safe by the instructors and/or Program Director.

Latest Updates

The Massage Therapy program has fully transitioned to online, interactive distance learning (IDL) and is prepared to move forward and accept new students for our BLOCK program beginning May 4th!

Recent Email Communication

Please make sure you are checking your SCU emails on MySCU for the latest updates and announcements. It is an important channel for the University and your Program Director and Instructors to communicate with you.

Lecture and Lab Details

The University has determined that in order to facilitate planning for students, faculty, and staff, the Massage Therapy Program will remain online through at least week 10 of summer trimester, with the intent to resume on-ground instruction on July 13 with hands-on lab instruction occurring exclusively through the last 5 weeks of the term.

Clinical

For the current cohort of students, the Clinical Clerkship course (MTCL-310) is still on track and will begin on August 1st and end on September 1st. For the BLOCK cohorts, depending on where you began your program, the Clinical Clerkship course (MTCL-310) begins October 12th and so on, Based on anticipated return to campus on July 13th, clinical training will not be affected.

Other

The University will allow any student in any pre-clinical lab course that shifted online this trimester to audit the course any time it runs as scheduled prior to December 31, 2022 at no additional cost.

Program Contact

Dr. Sunny Nilchavee – Program Director: [email protected]

Summer Term Registration

  • Last day for May 4th start: Thursday April 30th
  • Last day for June 9th start: Friday June 5th
  • Last day for July 14th start: Friday July 10th

Summer Term Details

Online teaching will continue throughout the Safer at Home period and at least through June.
  • Orientation For May 4th BLOCK: Friday May 1st
  • Orientation for June 9th BLOCK: Monday June 8th
  • Orientation for July 14th BLOCK: Monday July 13t

On Time Graduation / Completing my Degree

All programs are making a strong effort to help students complete their programs on time. This is no exception for Massage Therapy. Courses and hours will be rescheduled for the Fall term or incorporated to on-ground courses to make sure students complete their program and hours before December.

Attendance & Grading Policy

Recognizing the impact of the immediate transition to online education secondary to COVID-19, the University has decided that due to all programs shifting to online instruction this term all students will be given the opportunity to decide whether a Pass/Fail or Letter (A, B, C, etc.) grade will be awarded for each individual course.

Exams

We have five test assessment options for faculty and students – faculty are encouraged to be flexible in their approaches due to all students not having appropriate technology and given the disruptions of the trimester.

Latest Updates

All labs and lectures are taking place online according to schedules published on Accelerated Science course webpages. Students should plan on being in class during regularly scheduled times. Instructors will be giving more information about the structure of specific classes on Day 1 of each class.

Accelerated Science Student Details

For class details and Q&A please Click Here

Lecture and Lab Course Details

  • Courses moved to online instruction are expected to be held at their regularly scheduled times as when they were on campus.
  • Instructors may conduct lectures and labs synchronously through Zoom during regular class times. Some classes may include pre-recorded videos that students can watch in their own time accompanied by an hour of videoconference discussions scheduled during regular class time. Your instructor will provide you with more details about your specific class format.
  • We have a variety of good resources that provide virtual labs. In Biology classes, labs involve simulations of the human body, cell plates and experiments. In Chemistry classes, you’ll watch videos of lab processes (or observe the instructor conducting experiments in lab in real-time) and be given data to do your own calculations and write your report.
  • The University will allow any student in any lab course that shifted online this trimester to audit the course any time it runs as scheduled prior to December 31, 2022 at no additional cost.

Exams

  • Most high stakes exams (such as finals) will be proctored remotely through Proctorio. Students need a webcam and the Proctorio Google Chrome extension. More details about the service can be found on the Proctorio test taker’s handbook.
  • Students may also be proctored by instructors using Zoom, or other alternative methods deemed reasonable and safe by the instructors.
  • Instructors are developing a variety of means to assess mastery of materials. In addition to the usual multiple-choice question exam format, you may also be tested via written responses, oral exams and take-home activities.
  • As is always the case, students are expected to maintain SCU’s Academic Integrity standards while taking exams remotely.

Program Contact

Summer Term Registration

Registrations are open for all Summer Term classes. Students are encouraged to continue with their timeline of satisfying prerequisites and applying to graduate school.

Summer Term Details

Online teaching will continue throughout the Safer at Home period and at least through July 29. On-ground classes starting on July 30, 2020 are currently scheduled to meet on campus.

Attendance Policy

  • Attendance is taken by instructors in each Sat/Sun, Mon/Tues and Thurs/Fri class through roll call during online Zoom meetings, participation activities or attendance quizzes (please note that as always, hybrid lectures do not have specific class time requirements).
  • The current attendance policy is still in place: students are allowed to miss one lecture and one lab because missing any more than this jeopardizes completion of credit hours required for credit transfer.
  • However, due to the current emergency situations, we understand that students (especially those who are healthcare workers) may require some flexibility on attendance. During online classes, some lectures and labs will be recorded so you may be able to make up a missed class by viewing the content at your own time and attending office hours with your instructor. If you miss a class and are unable to make up the hours, you can check the relevant course webpage for upcoming offerings.

Modified Instructional Delivery Plan