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Returning to Campus


Our overarching goal since the start of the pandemic has been to reduce the number of students and faculty on campus to the greatest extent possible, while preserving graduation timelines. SCU will not require vaccination but will continue current safety practices including: indoor masking, social distancing, room ventilation, use of a screening app (Smartabase), checking in to campus with temperature check, assigned student lab groups, etc.
Lecture courses.
  • Historic on-campus lecture courses will be taught online via synchronous, technology enhanced, and interactive remote learning. Classes are held during scheduled times. Interactive Online classes provide group-based interactive learning through Zoom. Classes happen in real time with required attendance during a set schedule.
Labs and clinical education.
  • Lab classes that are offered on-campus are modified to meet safety guidelines (i.e. group size, distancing, ventilation, enhanced cleaning). Labs that don’t require in-person learning are offered through Virtual Interactive and/or Simulated Labs.
Health and safety protocols.
  • Protocols remain in place to minimize the potential of exposure to the SARS-COV-2 virus for those attending labs or clinical education campus.
  • Prior to returning to campus, all students (new and continuing) will need to complete an acknowledgement form, a training, and download a smart phone app for screening. For convenience these items have been placed inside a Canvas course named, COVID-19 Limited Campus Opening Training for Students

Health & Safety Protocols & Policy

Under the terms of our Return to Campus, continuing students are required to acknowledge and adhere to SCU’s COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols prior to voluntarily returning to campus. The University has developed these protocols for the safety of our community. The health and safety protocols for the campus address environmental, cleaning, behavioral, classroom, surveillance, testing, and containment considerations and are consistent with county, state, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention requirements and best practices. While on campus, students must comply with SCU’s Site‐Specific Protection Plan.
Students who do not comply with the health and safety protocol policy may be subject to discipline up to and including dismissal from their academic program. Please reference links to the three documents below and the training video.
COVID Certification

COVID-19 Student Vaccination Policy

  • SCU highly encourages, but does not require, students to receive the SARS-CoV-2 vaccination. Clinical students should note that there may be clinical sites requiring SARS-CoV-2 vaccination. If a clinical site requires SARS-CoV-2 vaccination and a student opts not to receive it, their graduation could be delayed. Regardless of SARS-CoV-2 vaccination status, all students are required to follow SCU’s Site-Specific Protection Plan.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Q: How is SCU making decisions about opening the campus?

    A: Since March 2020, SCU has monitored the situation to determine when and under what circumstances to open the campus as well as how to schedule students and offer courses. We have worked closely with state and county officials, accreditation and licensing bodies, and other key agencies in evaluating our options.

    Q: Is SCU allowed to open the campus?

    A: The Los Angeles Department of Public Health informed SCU on June 19, 2020 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.

    Q: Will I need to be tested for COVID-19 before returning to campus?

    A: Testing is not required to return to campus.

    Q: Will hand sanitizer be available?

    A: Yes. Frequently washing your hands with soap and water is the best way to get rid of germs and viruses and protect yourself from COVID-19, but if that is not available, alcohol-based hand sanitizer stations have been installed across the university.

    Q: Do I need to wear a face covering?

    A: Yes. Face coverings will be distributed daily prior to entering the classroom and students are expected to wear a face covering while in indoor areas of the campus.

    Q: When will in-person events and activities return on campus?

    A: In-person social and other group gathering are currently prohibited. The Learning Resource Center is open to 75% capacity, by reservation. University service offices (Registrar, Student Accounts, Financial Aid, Student Services, and Admissions) will have some “walk-in” and appointment-based on-campus availability in addition to online availability. The café will offer “grab and go” service, but other buildings remain closed, including the Chesney Student Center and the gym. Clubs activities, White Coat Ceremonies, and other events cannot yet occur in-person. December commencement is expected to be in-person (outdoors) in 2021, subject to change.

    Q: Will food services be available on campus?

    A: Food services, including access to shared refrigerators and microwaves, will not be available on campus. Students are encouraged to bring food items in personal coolers or utilize take-away services from local restaurants. The Café will be open for “Grab and Go” service.

    Q: Where can I find details about the academic calendar?

    A: Program specific academic calendars can be accessed here.

    Q: What assistance is available to me to help me cope with COVID-19 or other life events?

    A: SCUHS has a Student Assistance Program (SAP) that provides free and confidential counseling services of up to 3 sessions per issue to help students manage all areas of their life. In addition to counseling services, the SAP also provides life coaching, personal assistant services, medical advocacy, everyday work and life resources, and legal/financial resources through 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 may 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).
    1 SCU’s protection protocols are based on CDC, State, and County guidelines. These guidelines change periodically. As such, expect changes to SCU’s protection protocols as new guidance is issued.
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