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Coronavirus

Coronavirus Information

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

STATUS

  • We are pleased to announce the campus opening on July 13th for clinical and lab courses.
  • Details are available through the website located on the Returning to Campus page. Additional information is provide directly to students via email.
  • The University was notified that an individual tested positive for COVID-19. With guidance from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, SCU conducted an assessment to determine employees, students, and/or patients who may have been in close contact with the individual. The close contacts were notified and are under self-quarantine. They will not return to campus until their quarantine period ends. If you have not been notified that you were a close contact, you do not need to self-quarantine and you may continue your work and class schedule.
  • Essential campus operations are continuing and most faculty and staff are working remotely except those teaching select classes.
COVID Certification

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.

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.

Disclosure Required Under the CARES Act

Updated October 1, 2020
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 $207,300.
  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 691. 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 691.
  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.

Disclosure Pursuant to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the CARES Act) – Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund.

The Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting under CARES Act Sections 18004(a)(1) Institutional Portion and 18004(a)(3) for Southern California University of Health Sciences can be accessed via the following document SCU HERFF Quarterly Reporting.


Latest Updates

October 8th, 2020

Dear SCU Employees,
In compliance with the Los Angeles Department of Public Health, we are providing the attached protocols concerning COVID-19 mitigation. Of note: these protocols are already in line with our “Site Specific Plan” which was previously distributed in July and is attached here for reference.
Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact CampusSafety@scuhs.edu or JosephEggleston@scuhs.edu

Recent Communications

8/15/2020 Campus Safety Message from the President (6)
7/31/2020 Campus Safety Update on Limited Campus Opening
7/27/2020 Campus Safety Notification of Positive Test Result
7/20/2020 Campus Safety First Week Returning to Campus
7/19/2020 Campus Safety Notification of Positive Test Result
7/9/2020 Campus Safety Addressing Concerns About Returning to Campus
7/6/2020 Campus Safety Virtual Information Session
7/1/2020 Campus Safety Returning to Campus
6/1/2020 Campus Safety Message from the President (5)
View Archived Updates
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 HealthyFAQsDCACMPAAYURMTAccelerated 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.” 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.

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 CampusSafety@scuhs.edu).

Classes

The Los Angeles Department of Public Health informed SCU on June 19th that California updated its county variance webpage as it pertains to higher education institutions. Per this update, higher education may conduct in person training and instruction for the essential workforce.
Because of new information, students retuning to class in July and those starting this fall will be returning to campus under a limited campus reopening. Multiple learning environments will be offered including; Interactive Online Lectures, Clinical Experiences, On-Campus Labs, and Virtual Simulated Labs.
Information regarding the academic calendar and modified instructional delivery plan are available on the Returning to Campus page.

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 shelbygugel@scuhs.edu 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: customersupport@synoptek.com, 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 relating to online instruction 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

  • Select parts of the campus will be open effective July 13th.
  • 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.

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 RoseAnneTowers@scuhs.edu 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 ShelbyGugel@scuhs.edu 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 UndergraduateStudies@scuhs.edu 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 customersupport@synoptek.com

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: Masks/face coverings are required while on campus, unless working in a private office. Face coverings must be minimum 2 layers of fabric, must cover the nose and mouth, and must be fitted (press against the face, covering the mouth and nose, with a complete fabric “seal”). Hands must be washed or sanitized before and after using or adjusting face coverings. Non-medical cloth face coverings must be washed at the end of each day.

COVID -19 FAQ’S FOR STUDENTS


General Questions

Is the entire campus open?

No. On July 13th the campus will be open for only select lab and clinical activity. Buildings and rooms other than those used for lab or clinical instruction remain closed.

Academic Instruction (Remote Learning for Spring Term)

What is the guidance to students for remote learning?

Lecture courses will continue to stay online. 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.

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 research 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 UndergraduateStudies@scuhs.edu 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 fall term?

Effective March 13, 2020 SCU cancelled all extra-curricular events, on and off campus, until further notice. E -mail Shelby Gugel at ShelbyGugel@scuhs.edu 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?

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 Registrars@scuhs.edu.

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 financialaid@scuhs.edu. 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 financialaid@scuhs.edu or call (562) 947-3755 ext. 766.

How will my financial aid work if I have some classes 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 some of 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 – Fall Term

  • FA20 term starts September 8th
  • Student safety and on time graduation are our priorities.
  • Lecture classes will continue online.
  • Interactive Online Lectures: Lecture courses will be taught via synchronous or asynchronous, technology enhanced, and interactive remote learning. Interactive Online classes provide group-based interactive learning through Zoom. Synchronous classes happen in real time with required attendance during a set schedule.
  • Self-Paced Online Lectures: Classes have some scheduled online time during the term, but most of the course can be done at any time of the day and attendance is taken based on the assignments you complete.
  • Labs: Curriculum has been re-sequenced to allow lab courses to be delivered on later terms. Only selected cohorts will have labs on campus.

Fall Term Course Schedule

Fall Lab Courses

  • Curriculum has been re-sequenced to allow Chiropractic Practice/skills lab courses do be delivered on later terms. Only selected cohorts will have labs on campus starting September 8th.

Fall Clinical Courses

  • Clinical courses/rotations will continue on ground. Priority will be given to students based upon anticipated graduation date, and maintaining compliance with public health authorities and licensing and accreditation agencies.
  • Online clinic will be maintained as needed.

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

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.

NBCE – Information about Boards exams

Latest Updates – Fall 2020 Term

  • Fall 2020 term starts September 8th
  • 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 labs and clinical instruction will be conducted on-campus.

Program Contact

Summer & Fall Term Course Schedule

  • Detailed Summer and Fall course schedules can be accessed at the Returning to Campus page.

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.

Summer & Fall Term Course Schedule

  • Detailed Summer and Fall course schedules can be accessed at the Returning to Campus page.

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 mspa@scuhs.edu

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.

Summer & Fall Term Course Schedule

  • Detailed Summer and Fall course schedules can be accessed at the Returning to Campus page.

Recent Email Communication

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

Program Contact

Program Director Ayurveda – Dr. Anupama (Anu) Kizhakkeveettl: anu@scuhs.edu

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.

Summer & Fall Term Course Schedule

  • Detailed Summer and Fall course schedules can be accessed at the Returning to Campus page.

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.

Program Contact

Dr. Sunny Nilchavee – Program Director: saharutnilchavee@scuhs.edu

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 Accelerated Science lecture and lab classes will continue to take place online through Fall 2020. Students will not be returning to campus for the rest of 2020. Please refer to the Modified Instructional Delivery Plans for more information.
Accelerated Sciences students who require a ground-lab option will be given an opportunity to audit ground labs at a later date. Please contact the department for more details.
Fall 2020 class schedules will be available at the end of July, 2020.

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I still be enrolling in Accelerated Science classes?
Yes! SCU is well equipped to provide online instruction, and we have made special accommodations for students as it relates to the lab component of our courses. Our Accelerated Sciences division is committed to helping our students continue their education. We have both online synchronous (with specific class times) and online asynchronous (no specific class times) options for our courses, allowing students to choose the modality that works best for them.
What technology requirements do I need to participate in online lectures and labs?
  • A computer
  • A WebCam
  • Reliable internet connection
  • A microphone
  • Zoom program (you can download from a link through your class’s Canvas page
What are the online lectures going to be like?
Online lectures may include pre-recorded videos that you can watch in your own time accompanied by an hour of videoconference discussions scheduled during regular class time. Instructors may also conduct all lectures through Zoom videoconferencing during regular class times. Please contact your instructor for details about your specific class format. Plan to be “in class” through your computer at home during regularly scheduled class times.
What are the online labs going to be like?
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 and be given data to do your own calculations and write your report.
Will the move to an online platform impact how courses are recorded on my transcript
All SCU courses are recorded the same way on your transcript, regardless of modality. There will be no change in how your courses are recorded
The graduate program I am applying to requires in-person labs. What should I do?
The Department of Education has asked all schools to take into consideration these emergency circumstances related to COVID-19 and online instruction. Because of this, we have shifted all of our labs online. Students are encouraged to continue their education uninterrupted during this global pandemic, and therefore are encouraged to complete their labs online.
As is always the case, SCU cannot guarantee the transferability of our courses because those decisions are made by the receiving institution. You may want to contact your institution to determine their policy on online versus ground labs, which may change due to the global pandemic. Regardless, SCU is committed to making ground labs available when the campus is able to reopen and resume normal operations. Students who have completed a course with an online lab that determine later that they need a ground lab will be given the opportunity to “make up” the ground lab.
I do not wish to continue this class at SCU. What happens if I drop the class now
As is always the case, students have the option of dropping a class. Our current policies are as follows:
  • The deadline to drop a class with a W is by Day 14 of your class. If you drop your class after this deadline, you will receive a WF on your transcript
  • The deadline to drop a class for a 25% refund is Day 9 of your class. There are no refunds for drops after this date.
If you have questions that are not answered here, please contact Winmar Way, Director of Accelerated Sciences (winmarway@scuhs.edu).

Summer & Fall Term Course Schedule

  • Detailed Summer and Fall course schedules can be accessed at the Returning to Campus page.

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

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