Coronavirus Update and Precautions

Updated: August 23, 2022

Soka Community Information

This page details actions Soka University of America is taking to prevent and/or limit the spread of the novel coronavirus on campus and within the campus community. Soka is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy campus while supporting our fundamental purpose of delivering a quality education.

All students, faculty, staff and contracted workers are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 unless they have an approved medical or religious exemption. Weekly surveillance testing is required for those who are unable to get vaccinated.  

Soka University’s campus is open to the public again. Click here to read the full story.

Read Soka’s COVID-19 prevention plan

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COVID-19 FAQS FOR EMPLOYEES

No, you cannot come to work. (Get tested and) You must self-isolate at home, and follow “What to Do If You Are Sick.”

You may discontinue self-isolation if:

  1. At least 5 days have passed since the onset of your COVID-19 symptoms (First day of symptoms or positive test is Day 0), and
  2. At least 24 hours have passed since there has been no fever (>100.4°F/38°C) without the use of fever-reducing medication, and
  3. Other symptoms have improved, and
  4. A US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved/authorized COVID-19 test (antigen test is preferred) is negative on or after day 5 from COVID-19 symptoms onset. Please follow “After you use an at-home COVID-19 antigen test” for accurate test results.

Additionally, you must continue to wear a well-fitting mask around other people until the end of day 10 from COVID-19 symptoms onset. If the criteria above are NOT MET, then stay in self-isolation for a full 10 days.

All symptomatic persons with COVID-19 who are unable to test, choose not to test, or test positive by repeat testing shall isolate for 10 days from COVID-19 symptoms onset. You are not required to self-isolate for more than 10 days from the date of your COVID-19 symptom(s) onset regardless of whether your symptoms are present on Day 11.

Contact your physician for guidance regarding testing and a possible return to work. Notify your supervisor/HR.

Please read CDC’s “When You Can Be Around Others” for current information on ending self-isolation.

No, you cannot come to work. You must self-isolate at home, and follow “What to Do If You Are Sick.”

You may discontinue self-isolation if:

  1. At least 5 days have passed since the onset of your COVID-19 symptoms (First day of symptoms or positive test is Day 0), and
  2. At least 24 hours have passed since there has been no fever (>100.4°F/38°C) without the use of fever-reducing medication, and
  3. Other symptoms have improved, and
  4. A US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved/authorized COVID-19 test (antigen test is preferred) is negative on or after day 5 from COVID-19 symptoms onset. Please follow “After you use an at-home COVID-19 antigen test” for accurate test results.

Additionally, you must continue to wear a well-fitting mask around other people until the end of day 10 from COVID-19 symptoms onset. If the criteria above are NOT MET, then stay in self-isolation for a full 10 days.

All symptomatic persons with COVID-19 who are unable to test, choose not to test, or test positive by repeat testing shall isolate for 10 days from COVID-19 symptoms onset. You are not required to self-isolate for more than 10 days from the date of your COVID-19 symptom(s) onset regardless of whether your symptoms are present on Day 11.

Contact your physician for guidance regarding testing and a possible return to work. Notify your supervisor/HR.

*Please read CDC’s “When You Can Be Around Others” for current information on ending self-isolation.

No, you cannot come to work. You must self-isolate at home, and follow “What to Do If You Are Sick.”

You may discontinue self-isolation if:

  1. At least 5 days have passed since the onset of your COVID-19 symptoms (First day of symptoms or positive test is Day 0), and
  2. At least 24 hours have passed since there has been no fever (>100.4°F/38°C) without the use of fever reducing medication, and
  3. Other symptoms have improved, and
  4. A US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved/authorized COVID-19 test (antigen test is preferred) is negative on or after day 5 from COVID-19 symptoms onset. Please follow “After you use an at-home COVID-19 antigen test” for accurate test results.

Additionally, you must continue to wear a well-fitting mask around other people until the end of day 10 from COVID-19 symptoms onset. If the criteria above are NOT MET, then stay in self-isolation for a full 10 days.

All symptomatic persons with COVID-19 who are unable to test, choose not to test, or test positive by repeat testing shall isolate for 10 days from COVID-19 symptoms onset. You are not required to self-isolate for more than 10 days from the date of your COVID-19 symptom(s) onset regardless of whether your symptoms are present on Day 11.

Contact your physician for guidance regarding testing and possible return to work. Notify your supervisor/HR. 

*Please read CDC’s “When You Can Be Around Others” for current information on ending self-isolation.

No, you cannot come to work. You must self-isolate at home, and follow “What to Do If You Are Sick.”

You may discontinue self-isolation if:

  1. At least 5 days have passed since the first positive COVID-19 (First day of positive day is Day 0), and
  2. You continue to be symptom-free, and
  3. A US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved/authorized COVID-19 test (antigen test is preferred) is negative on or after day 5 from the date of your initial positive test. Please follow “After you use an at-home COVID-19 antigen test” for accurate test results.

Additionally, you must continue to wear a well-fitting mask around other people until the end of day 10 from the date of your initial positive test. If the criteria above are NOT MET, then stay in self-isolation for a full 10 days.

All asymptomatic persons with COVID-19 who are unable to test, choose not to test, or test positive by repeat testing shall isolate for 10 days from the date of the initial positive test. You are not required to self-isolate for more than 10 days from the date of the initial positive test.

Contact your physician for guidance regarding testing and possible return to work. Notify your supervisor/HR.

*Please read CDC’s “When You Can Be Around Others” for current information on ending self-isolation.

*Close contact (someone sharing the same indoor airspace for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period during an infected person’s infectious period)

Yes, quarantine is not needed regardless of your vaccination status. Consider testing as soon as possible and within 3-5 days after the last exposure. Wear a mask around others for a total of 10 days, especially in indoor settings and when near those at higher risk for severe COVID-19. You are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated or boosted if you have not done so. 

If the antigen test result is positive, then follow, “I am sick with COVID-19 symptoms and have tested positive for the virus. Can I come to work?”

If the antigen test result is negative, please follow below to ensure that you do not have a false negative test result:

  • If you have COVID-19 symptoms, test again 48 hours after the first negative test, for a total of at least two tests.
    • If you get a negative result on the second test and you are concerned that you could have COVID-19, you may choose to test again 48 hours after the second test, consider getting a laboratory molecular-based test (e.g. PCR), or call your health care provider.
  • If you do not have COVID-19 symptoms and believe you have been exposed to COVID-19, test again 48 hours after the first negative test, then 48 hours after the second negative test, for a total of at least three tests.
    • If you get a negative result on the second test, test again 48 hours after the second test.
    • If you get a negative result on the third test and you are concerned that you could have COVID-19, you may choose to test again using an antigen test, consider getting a laboratory molecular-based test (e.g. PCR), or call your health care provider.
  • If you get a positive result on any repeat test with an at-home COVID-19 antigen test, you most likely have COVID-19 and should follow the local guidelines for people with COVID-19 or contact your primary care physician for more guidance.

Please talk to your primary health care provider and notify your supervisor and Human Resources (HR) thereafter. Please review FDA’s new advisory on “After you use an at-home COVID-19 antigen test.”

Other Updates

  • All individual and group campus tours are canceled until further notice.
  • Please continue to follow all the CDC recommended guidelines including frequent hand washing and social distancing.
  • Faculty and staff who are not feeling well are to remain home and communicate directly with their supervisor.

Orange County Vaccination Information

  • Orange County has closed all Super Point-of-Dispensing (POD) COVID-19 vaccination locations, including the site at Soka University’s recreation center. The county health department has shifted its vaccination efforts to a network of mobile PODs. Individuals can schedule appointments via Orange County’s online system or by calling (714) 834-2000, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission

  • We understand that students and families have many pressing questions about their college search process, preparing for college, and paying for an education, especially during the coronavirus crisis. We hope to provide answers and information as new policies are implemented and respond to your questions and concerns as quickly as possible. For more information, contact us at admission@soka.edu.

International Students

  • The Office of International Student Services is continuing to monitor information from the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about the COVID-19 pandemic and how it may impact our international students. To address the fluid and rapidly changing situation, we have created an FAQ page to provide answers for international students.

Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds

  • To support students and institutions of higher education affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress has authorized a series of relief funds for higher education. As part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, Economic Security (CARES) Act, Congress allocated $14.25 billion for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund I (HEERF I). Soka University of America received $500,000 of HEERF funding from which the university provided emergency financial aid for Title IV eligible students and defrayed operating losses due to the campus closure. In addition, the university provided funds from its own resources to support international and undocumented students.
  • As part of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA), Congress allocated $22.7 billion for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II). Soka University of America received $511,076 of HEERF II funding from which the university provided emergency financial aid for Title IV eligible students and defrayed operating losses due to the campus closure. In addition, the university provided funds from its own resources to support international and undocumented students.
  • As part of the American Rescue Plan (ARP), Congress allocated $39.6 billion for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III). Soka University of America will receive $918,228 of HEERF III funding from which the university will provide emergency financial aid for full-time students and defray operating expenses associated with the campus closure and COVID prevention measures.

Emergency Grants Reporting

Financial Aid

  • The Office of Financial Aid, with guidance from the US Department of Education, is working to address questions and concerns of Soka students who are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. We have created a COVID-19 FAQ page to provide answers. (Updated: Oct. 1, 2021)

Soka Loan Forbearance

  • To provide relief to student loan borrowers during the COVID-19 national emergency, SUA Soka Loan borrowers in regular standing are automatically being placed in an administrative forbearance, which allows you to temporarily stop making monthly loan payment. This suspension of payments will last until August 31, 2022, but you can still make payments if you choose. Please refer to the COVID-19 Loan Forbearance Information page for details.

Science Faculty Committee Fact Sheet

  • The SUA Covid-19 Scientific Advisory Committee committee has created a fact sheet of consensus scientific thinking and emerging perspectives that may be helpful in applying precautionary principles to protect student, staff, and faculty health.

    “The information we present is widely available as published by public health, medical, and scientific authorities,”  the committee reported. “Our role is to assist SUA policy makers in understanding how to apply it to our unique situation at SUA.” 

Read the fact sheet

Soka Performing Arts Center

  • The Soka Performing Arts Center box office is now open for walk-up service from noon to 4 pm Wednesday through Friday. Face coverings will continue to be required for all patrons, students, faculty, and staff attending all performances.

CDC Guidelines

Check the current community levels and recommended prevention steps for Orange County.