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Returning to Campus

RETURNING TO SCU

Continuing students returned to campus on July 13th for most clinical and lab courses. 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. For the Fall term, we have re-sequenced the curriculum and adjusted schedules to limit face-to-face contact to a greater degree than was possible for the Summer term, all while preserving the graduation timeline.
On-campus labs and clinical education will continue, but on an extremely limited basis.
  • Most lab courses will be pushed to a later term to limit the number of students and faculty on campus. Lab classes that are offered on-campus will continue to be modified to meet safety guidelines (i.e. group size, distancing, ventilation, enhanced cleaning). Labs that don’t require in-person learning will continue to be offered through Virtual Simulated Labs.
  • All needed hands-on labs that are deferred at this time will be offered in a later term; all students will receive all appropriate hands-on education as part of their training at SCU.
  • Clinical education will continue. Hours will be reduced and/or schedules adjusted wherever possible to limit the number of students and faculty on campus. Priority will continue to be given to students based upon anticipated graduation date and maintaining compliance with licensing and accreditation agencies.
  • Please remember that you must register for the Fall term to ensure that no additional tuition or fees will be charged as a result of COVID-19 delays and adjustments.
Health and safety protocols will continue.
  • Protocols remain in place to minimize the potential of exposure to the COVID-19 for those attending labs or clinicals on 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
New students will begin online.
  • Some new students will be given an opportunity to participate in an optional clinical experience, see the new student optional Introductory Clinical Experience below.
  • New students who enter campus, even if for a short period of time, will be required to complete the required training and sign the Health and Safety Protocol acknowledgement form.
SCU issued the Modified Instructional Delivery Plan that provides detail regarding the Fall term. SCU’s Modified Instructional Delivery Plan is subject to change based on guidance from local state and governmental partners.

Revised Academic Calendars


Continuing Student Progression Policy

SCU is providing continuing students with the option to return to campus in order to progress towards on-time graduation or not to return to campus in the event they are unable or unwilling to do so. It is important to understand that we are opening on a limited basis only to provide ground-based lab and clinical coursework as required by external accreditation, licensing, certification or other authorization agencies. The nature of healthcare degrees is such that students must complete in-person coursework or risk delaying the completion of their degree.
We have developed a COVID-19 Student Progression Policy, for such students. Please carefully review the policy. Here are a few highlights:
  • Students who opt not to return for ground-based labs or clinical courses must work with their instructor to complete a COVID-19 Progress Agreement form.
  • Students will be required to make-up labs and clinical coursework at a later date, which may extend the anticipated date of graduation.
  • Students will not be charged additional tuition or fees should they opt to take their labs or clinical coursework at a later date due to COVID-19.
The University has based its decision to open on official guidance from federal, state, and local officials: Los Angeles County is in Stage 3 of the California State re-opening plan. If official guidance changes, we will reevaluate our plans and make changes to ensure we are in compliance.

Health & Safety Protocols & Policy

Under the terms of our Limited Campus Opening, 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.

Multiple Learning Environments

Continuing students returning to class will be under a Limited Campus Opening. Multiple learning environments will be offered including: Interactive Online Lectures, Clinical Experiences, On-Campus Labs, and Virtual Simulated Labs.
New Students starting in fall will have all course instruction through Interactive Online Lectures and when applicable Virtual Simulated Labs. New students will not need to be on campus for the fall. Students starting in our Chiropractic or Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine programs will have the opportunity to participate in an Optional Introductory Clinical Experience (see below for additional details).
Interactive Online Lectures: Lecture courses will be taught 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.
Clinical Experience: Students will participate in clinicals at credentialed doctor’s offices and preceptor sites or on-campus at SCU Health Center.
On-Campus Labs: Students will complete labs as part of a small team (typically six students). Teams and faculty will follow social distancing guidelines and will be required to have appropriate personal protective equipment.
Virtual Simulated Labs: Some labs will be offered through online virtual simulation using state-of-the-art educational technology tools.

New Student Optional Introductory Clinical Experience

SCU is providing new Chiropractic (DC), and Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine (DACM/MACM) students an opportunity to participate in an optional Introductory Clinical Experience course. Students who wish to enroll in the Introductory Clinical Experience during Terms 1 or 2 to earn selectives hours toward graduation will need to follow the outlined process below. This course require students to be on-campus.
DACM/MACM students only need to complete the Opt-In Acknowledgement Form. DC students will also need to complete an additional Request Form. Please be sure to consult the timeline table for deadlines and due dates.

What’s New at SCU

What to Expect


Guidelines for Returning to Campus

  • Consistent with state and local guidelines for reopening certain businesses, all employees and students returning to campus are required to acknowledge and comply with SCU’s health and safety procedures. This acknowledgment will be sent via email.
  • A detailed training concerning COVID-19 and on campus protocols will be mandatory for all individuals returning to campus. As with the acknowledgement form, details of this training will be sent in an email.
  • Any student or employee traveling by airplane within 14 days of their return to campus who will be participating in small group lab sessions or patient care must be tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Testing is available at no charge for SCU students and employees at the University Health Center by appointment only.
  • SCU has developed safety and health protocols for the campus that 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.
  • Students visiting campus or a clinical site must complete a remote, app-based, temperature and symptom screen and exposure questionnaire each day prior to arrival.
  • Masks/face coverings are required while on campus, unless working in a private office.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

A: Since March, SCU has been monitoring the situation to determine when and under what circumstances to open the campus. We have worked closely with state and county officials, accreditation and licensing bodies, and other key agencies in evaluating our options. A phased-in approach prioritizing the health and safety of all students, faculty, and staff members was determined as the best course of action at this time.

Q: Is SCU allowed to open the campus?

A: 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.

Q: What will be required prior to my return to campus?

A: Three steps must be completed prior to return to campus:
  1. All employees and students returning to campus are required to acknowledge and comply with SCU’s health and safety procedures. This acknowledgment will be sent through an email.
  2. A detailed training concerning COVID-19 and on campus protocols will be mandatory for all individuals returning to campus. As with the acknowledgement form, details of this training will be sent in an email.
  3. Any student or employee traveling by airplane within 14 days of their return to campus must be tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Testing is available at no charge for SCU students and employees at the University Health Center by appointment only.

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

A: It depends. Any student or employee traveling by airplane within 14 days of their return to campus who will be participating in small group lab sessions or patient care must be tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Testing is available at no charge for SCU students and employees at the University Health Center by appointment only.

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 common areas of the campus.

Q: Will in-person events and activities return in the fall?

A: No. In-person social and other group gathering will be prohibited. Buildings and rooms other than those used for lab or clinical instruction will remain closed, including the Chesney Student Center and the gym.

Q: Will food services be available on campus?

A: Food services, including access to shared refrigerators and microwaves, will not be available on campus during the summer term. Students are encouraged to bring food items in personal coolers or utilize take-away services from local restaurants.

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

A: Program specific academic calendars have been revised to reflect the limited campus opening plan and can be accessed here.

Q: How do I know if my classes/labs are online vs on-campus?

A: SCU has developed a Modified Instructional Delivery Plan that can be accessed thought this link.

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.