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Local and national guidance regarding health and safety measures has continued to evolve. The following reflects the most comprehensive and accurate information available to date for Scripps students.

Additionally, all students and employees will be required to download the Healthfully app and participate in regular health screenings. If you are feeling sick, have been deemed a close contact, or have been recently diagnosed with COVID-19, please call the Scripps helpline immediately at (909) 308-2711.

Additionally, students who are feeling sick can call the Scripps College Nurse triage line at (909) 308-2711. The nurse triage is available daily from 7:00 a.m.– 8:00 p.m. Monday–Friday and from 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The Scripps College nurse will be able help students evaluate symptoms and advise on testing. Based on assessment of symptoms, the nurse triage will advise the student on next steps for testing and/or isolation or quarantine. The nurse will provide any necessary update to the College via the Dean on-call, so students are supported in adhering to the recommendation.

Q: Are all Scripps students required to receive a COVID-19 vaccination?

A: In alignment with the other colleges in the consortium, all Scripps students are required to be vaccinated, whether living in Scripps housing or not; this includes the COVID vaccine.

Q:  Will the College require students, faculty, and staff to receive a COVID-19 booster shot?

A:  New guidance from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the L.A. County Department of Public Health recommends that everyone over 18 get a booster shot to provide an important additional layer of protection against the virus. If you have not yet received a COVID-19 booster shot, you are required to receive one as soon as you qualify in accordance with the CDC guidelines. Students can upload proof of the COVID-19 booster to their student portal or email it to SHSrecords@claremont.edu.

Q: Are flu shots required?

A: Yes, all students will be required to receive the flu shot. Student Health Services will be hosting flu clinics for Scripps College.

Q: How do I demonstrate proof of vaccination? By when do I need to submit my completed health forms?

A: As with other required immunizations, a record of your vaccines should be provided to Student Health Services (SHS). Please upload vaccination and medical records through the Student Health Services Portal. You may request exemptions for a medical reason or religious objection here.

New students must have their physician complete a more comprehensive health form, located here. Once completed, please follow instructions for uploading or sending the form to SHS.

If you are a returning student and do not have a completed health form on file with SHS, you will be expected to provide the form prior to fall arrival. Further questions regarding immunizations and vaccines should be directed to Student Health Services.

Q: What are the testing protocols for vaccinated students and employees?

A: President Marcus-Newhall announced on August 30 an update to the Scripps College testing protocol. ALL students are required to participate in weekly testing. As stated in the Scripps College Student Community Compact (see Appendix J), all students are required to follow all COVID-19 protocols, and such compliance is a condition of being allowed on campus.

ALL vaccinated students, faculty, and staff will be tested once a week beginning the week of September 6. To comply with this requirement, all students, faculty, and staff must download the Healthfully app.

Q: What are the testing protocols for unvaccinated students and employees?

A: Unvaccinated students and employees will be required to be tested twice a week.

Q: How do I make a testing appointment?

A: Beginning Monday, October 11, weekly scheduled COVID-19 testing for Scripps College students will be administered solely by Student Health Services (SHS). As of this date, student testing at the Scripps College 240 House will be discontinued. All Scripps community members, including students, are still required to enroll in the Healthfully app for symptom checking, contact tracing, and email notifications.

Students, however, DO NOT need to schedule their appointments via the app. No appointments are necessary for weekly screening testing at the SHS testing tents. Scheduled testing days are as follows:

  • Monday: First years
  • Tuesday: Sophomores
  • Wednesday: Juniors
  • Thursday: Seniors
  • Friday: Make-up testing

If students want to see a provider to discuss symptoms, they will need to make an appointment with SHS.

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have been identified as a close contact, please follow the directions below for symptomatic testing or guidance from SHS Contact Tracers.

Q: How will I get my test results?

A: You will be notified of your test results through the Healthfully app, email, and/or a phone call from a triage nurse. Students will receive test results in real time from the lab process for all COVID-19 tests for the Claremont Colleges, usually in less than 24 hours.

Q: What do I do if my test result is positive?

A: Students who test positive will be informed by Student Health Services. If a student receives a positive test result, they should contact the Dean on-call immediately to inform the DOC of the test result and begin the process to move into isolation.

Q: Can I get same-day testing?

A: All Scripps students can visit one of the three Student Health Services (SHS) Testing Sites to get tested without an appointment. Below are the testing sites and times:

  • Tranquada Center – NE Patio: Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., closed for lunch from noon to 1:00 p.m. daily
  • Pomona College – Walker Hall Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
  • Harvey Mudd College – Hoch-Shanahan Dining Commons East Patio: Monday–Friday, 7:30 a.m.– 4:30 p.m., closed for lunch from noon to 1:00 p.m. daily

More information about how to prepare for your test can be found on the SHS Screening page or you can watch this short video. If you experience any problems with testing at SHS, please reach out to me directly.

Q: What if I’m experiencing COVID-like symptoms?

A: Any student, regardless of vaccination status, who is experiencing COVID-like symptoms should make an appointment at Student Health Services (SHS) immediately by calling (909) 621-8222. Students should schedule an appointment to see a provider to discuss their symptoms and get a COVID test. A SHS provider will provide guidance on next steps. We are approaching cold and flu season; students may experience symptoms that are not related to COVID; however, we suggest making an appointment with SHS to have a provider assess symptoms.

Additionally, students who are feeling sick can call the Scripps College Nurse triage line at (909) 308-2711. The nurse triage is available daily from 7:00 a.m.– 8:00 p.m. Monday–Friday and from 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The Scripps College nurse will be able help students evaluate symptoms and advise on testing. Based on assessment of symptoms, the nurse triage will advise the student on next steps for testing and/or isolation or quarantine. The nurse will provide any necessary update to the College via the Dean on-call, so students are supported in adhering to the recommendation.

Q: Where is the Scripps testing center?

A: There are three (3) SHS testing locations:

    • Tranquada Center – NE Patio: Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., closed for lunch from noon to 1:00 p.m. daily
    • Pomona College – Walker Hall: Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
    • Harvey Mudd College – Hoch-Shanahan Dining Commons East Patio: Monday–Friday, 7:30 a.m.– 4:30 p.m., closed for lunch from noon to 1:00 p.m. daily

Q: What are the guidelines for isolation and quarantine?

A: Per LACDPH, a student who tests positive for COVID-19 must isolate for ten (10) days; however, if a student meets certain criteria, including a negative antigen test administered by a medical professional from SHS, there is a possibility to end isolation on day six (6). Students will not be released on a self-administered test.

Once a student tests positive, they will receive instructions from SHS Contact Tracers to complete a contact tracing case intake questionnaire. Students will no longer be called by a SHS Contact Tracer, but are expected to fill out the Contact Tracer intake questionnaire. Compliance with contact tracing is a requirement of all students who test positive and must be completed within 24 hours of a positive diagnosis. Failure to comply may result in sanctions.

After the form has been completed, SHS will send an appointment link for students to schedule their antigen test on day six (6) of isolation. Students will not be able to test out of isolation using a self-administered test. Students will only be released from isolation if they have a negative test administered by SHS and are asymptomatic, or their symptoms have lessened and have not taken a fever reducer medication in 24 hours. If the test on day six (6) is positive, the student will return to isolation and complete the full ten (10) days. SHS will provide the student a release day at the end of the ten (10) day isolation.

The College will also be notified once a student tests positive. The COVID Student Coordinator or the Dean on-call will be in touch with the student immediately to begin the process of moving the student into isolation. The College will provide transportation for student into isolation, to and from SHS to test on day six (6), and back to campus once isolation has been completed.

Students who test positive at roughly the same time will be isolated together. Students in isolation will receive support from the COVID Student Affairs Coordinator, their Primary Contact Dean, and the Dean on-call for emergencies. Students will receive food items upon entering isolation and will receive food deliveries from Malott Commons during their time in isolation.

Q: Will I be able to dine in at the Malott Commons?

A: Effective April 28, students will be able to dine inside Malott at 50% capacity, with masks still required in the servery. Reusable dishware will return on Monday, May 2. Paper and reusable to-go boxes will continue to be available at the cashier station. Food trucks will continue through the end of the semester, the last day being May 12. The meal plan (board swipes) will end after dinner on Friday, May 13, 2022. For the most recent information on dining, visit the Scripps Dining site available on Inside Scripps.

Q: What are my meal plan options?

A: Malott Dining is pleased to offer a 19-meal weekly plan option in addition to the five, 12, and 16-meal plans. All students living in Scripps-operated housing will be required to purchase a meal plan. Students living in spaces with personal kitchens will be assigned the five-meal plan and may opt to purchase a larger plan. Students living in residential spaces without personal kitchens will be assigned the 16-meal plan with the option to choose either the 12 or 19-meal plan.

Q: May I change my meal plan?

Questions regarding dining options should be referred to reslife@scrippscollege.edu.

Q: Will I be able to use my meal plan at the other Claremont Colleges? Will cross-campus dining be available?

A: Effective April 6, The Claremont Colleges have returned to 1C dining. Malott will remain Scripps only until further notice.

Q: When are meals served in the Malott Commons?

A: Monday-Friday: breakfast (7:30-9:30am); lunch (11am-1:30pm); dinner (5-8pm). Saturday-Sunday: brunch (10am-2pm); dinner (5-7pm)

Q: When are the mealtimes?

A: Monday-Friday: breakfast (7:30-11am); lunch (11am-5pm); dinner (5-8pm). Saturday-Sunday: brunch (10am-5pm); dinner (5-7pm).

Q: Are face coverings required while on campus?

A: Given the low positivity rate at the College and across the consortium, the campus masking requirement is removed effective today except in the following campus locations:

  • academic classes;
  • the Malott Commons servery;
  • the Motley Coffeehouse when ordering a drink on the café side (masking is not required in the lounge); and
  • the 240 House Testing Center

Though we have lifted the mask mandate, we strongly encourage students to wear a mask inside and out when social distancing is not achievable.

Q: Where can I obtain a mask on campus?

A: Students will receive a package of masks in their mailboxes each Friday. Each package includes an N-95 mask and 5 surgical masks. All Scripps College community members are required to wear surgical masks or higher. Students must retrieve their weekly mask supply by Friday. If students do not pick up their masks weekly, their supply will not be replenished.

Q: Am I required to wear a mask inside my residence hall room?

A: Masks are not required inside a student’s individual residence hall room, suite, or apartment. Those areas are considered your “household.”

Q: Will indoor shared common spaces be open to students?

A: Effective April 6, all indoor Scripps student events have been canceled until further notice.

Q: What outdoor spaces are available for dining and studying?

A: Effective April 6, any outdoor student event must be approved by OSE and cannot exceed 10 students. Students are encouraged to make use of our many outdoor spaces for activities such as dining and studying. These spaces include the outdoor classrooms on Alumnae Field and the outdoor dining and study spaces located on Elm Tree Lawn, the Edwards Humanities Building’s Lyddon Court, Seal Court, and the Mary Wig Johnson Court, adjacent to Vita Nova Hall. We most strongly recommend wearing masks at these outdoor locations when appropriate distancing is not possible.

Q: Will Tiernan Field House be open for activities?

A: Tiernan Field House will be open for outdoor activities only.

Q: What decisions have been made about 5C social events and guests from other campuses?

A: Effective April 6, all 5C events will be canceled until further notice. This includes all 5C club and organization events.

Q: What do the new Student and Exchange and Visitor Program rules mean for students studying on F-1 visas?

A: The College continues to keep apprised of any developments relative to the Student and Exchange and Visitor Program (SEVP) and will notify international students should there be any changes impacting the current semester. Assistant Dean Deb Gisvold is the Primary Contact Dean for new and returning international students. Please let her know if there is any immediate assistance the College might be able to provide.

Q: Are there new restrictions on travel to the United States from abroad?

A: Yes. Effective January 26, 2021, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will require all air passengers entering the United States (including US citizens and Legal Permanent Residents) to present a negative COVID-19 test, taken within three calendar days of departure or proof of recovery from the virus within the last 90 days​. Airlines must confirm the negative test result or proof of recovery for all passengers two years of age and over prior to boarding. ​Airlines must deny boarding of passengers who do not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery from COVID-19.

Please see CDC’s FAQ for answers to questions about the new requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving in the United States.

Q: I’m an international student who’s been vaccinated outside the US. Will Student Health Services accept my vaccination?

A: At this time, Student Health Services follows the CDC/LACDPH guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO) for authorized vaccines. The CDC’s guidance document states that only people who have received all recommended doses of an FDA-authorized or WHO-listed COVID-19 vaccine are considered fully vaccinated for the purpose of public health guidance. The World Health Organization (WHO) website lists all vaccines currently authorized by the WHO. Please note that while the Sinopharm/BIBP vaccine is authorized by WHO, the Sinopharm/WIBP vaccine has not been authorized. The WHO will update their site as new information becomes available. Additional information from the CDC is available here.

We understand that some international students may not have access to a WHO-authorized vaccine. Students who are unable to be fully vaccinated by the deadline should reach out to their Primary Contact Dean. For further questions regarding vaccines and other support from Student Health Services, please visit the SHS website.

Q: I have a question about my visa. To whom should I reach out?

For questions regarding visas, please contact Kelly Hogencamp, Registrar and Principal Designated School Official (PDSO), or visit the Registrar’s International Students website here.

Q: Are tutors and note-takers available for students needing them?

A: Yes. The Scripps Tutoring Program provides free tutoring for any Scripps student who is enrolled in any course within The Claremont Colleges. Tutoring is a peer-based, one-on-one or small group service that will be held virtually this semester. All tutoring services are based on tutor availability and requests are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Students may request the services of a tutor through the program. All tutor inquiries should be directed to tutoring@scrippscollege.edu.

MathSpot is a program offered by the Scripps Tutoring Program that provides drop-in tutoring for Scripps College math classes throughout the semester. The service is available for any student enrolled in a Scripps math course. MathSpot will be held virtually this semester every Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. PST.

Additional requests should be directed to the Office of Academic Services at ars@scrippscollege.edu.

Q: What support and services are provided by the Writing Center?

A: For information about the range of support and services available to students, please contact Writing Center Director Glenn Simshaw.

Q: What accommodation resources are available?

A: Students interested in exploring the accommodation process should contact the Office of Academic Resources and Services (ARS)—click here to learn more.

Q: What should I do if I think I’m getting sick?

A: You might experience symptoms that would normally be attributed to cold and flu but are now read as COVID-19 symptoms. If you begin to experience any symptoms, the first and most important thing to do is to remain calm. There is close to a 99% vaccination rate at all of the Claremont Colleges; chances are much higher that symptoms are from a diagnosis other than COVID-19.

Q: What mental health services are available to students?

A: Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Scripps students may access services online. Additionally, Scripps is continuing its Off-Campus Therapy Referral (OCTR) Program that connects students to approved counselors in their respective communities and provides financial assistance to those students needing help paying counselor fees. Currently, many therapists have an online or telephone option.

Q: What student medical services are available?

A: The Claremont Colleges have contracted with TimelyMD, a provider of online medical and counseling services. To access these services, students should visit the Campus.Health website or download the free TimelyMD mobile app for Apple or Android. Create a profile and at checkout, enter Scripps’ coupon code SCRIPPS2020.

Additional medical support:

Students can call Scripps College Nurse triage line at (909) 308-2711. The nurse triage is available daily from 7:00am – 8:00pm Monday – Friday and from 9:00am – 2:00pm on Saturday and Sunday. The Scripps College nurse will be able help students evaluate symptoms and advise on testing. Based on assessment of symptoms, the nurse triage will advise the student on next steps for testing and/or isolation or quarantine. The nurse will provide any necessary update to the College via the Dean on-call, so students are supported in adhering to the recommendation.

Students can contact Student Health Services (SHS) on weekdays to schedule an appointment to see a provider to discuss their symptoms and get a COVID test. If a student received a test from a SHS test tent COVID and do not see a provider, the student will not receive a medical evaluation regarding symptoms. Based on assessment of symptoms, a SHS provider will advise the student on isolation or quarantine and provide an update to the College via the Dean on-call so students are supported in adhering to the recommendation.

Q: What other student wellness resources are available?

A: We have increased resources dedicated to student wellness. Through 7C.Health, on-demand 24/7 virtual medical visits will continue to be available to students. Students may schedule counseling with the same provider for up to 12 sessions.

Student mental health support will come from a variety of sources, including Monsour, Scripps Off-Campus Therapy Referral (OCTR) program, and TalkNow, an on-demand 24/7 tele-counseling option available to both domestic and international students. TalkNow is not just for students in crisis.

Telemedicine and tele-counseling access are being provided at no additional cost to enrolled students. OCTR, overseen by our Case Management Office, provides subsidies of up to $75 per session to cover counseling costs for a local therapist, many of whom will provide services through online platforms. Because we will not be together in Claremont this spring, students may choose to treat with a therapist in their area.

Wellness programming will continue to extend beyond physical and mental well-being. Be sure to check out the Tiernan Field House wellness resources for information on how you can get involved and stay well during the academic year!

For additional information regarding resources and how to access them, please refer to the Scripps Resource Guide for Students.