Updated Vaccination and Mask Requirements

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SWC Returns

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Southwestern College's phased reopening began in August with the fall 2021 semester. All Southwestern College's campuses are now open for in-person student services and about 30 percent of classes have returned to in-person instruction. 

We hope to continue our phased reopening and increase the number of in-person classes and services for the spring semester.

Southwestern College leadership will continue to monitor local health data, including vaccination rates, and regulations as it works to update our health guidelines as needed.  Southwestern College recognizes student, employee and community concerns about COVID-19. We are committed to ensuring a safe and healthy environment for learning and working.

Guiding Principles for Decision-Making

  1. Student health, well-being and educational success.
  2. Employee physical and financial health and well-being.

Latest Announcement

SWC Returns Fall 2021 Check-In (video)


Fall 2021 Operations


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In-Person Classes

About 25 percent of classes are held in-person. The rest are held either remote or online. Learn more on our fall semester webpage.

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In-Person Student Services

All campuses (Chula Vista, National City, Otay Mesa and San Ysidro) are open for in-person student services.

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Virtual Help

Virtual help is still be available to all current and prospective students. Visit our Welcome Center for more information.

Updated Health Guidelines

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  • Vaccines are required for all employees and students accessing in-person instruction and services this fall 2021 semester. Students and employees will receive more information in their MySWC email on how to submit their vaccine verification. 
  • Masks are required to be worn in all indoor buildings and facilities.
  • Visitors such as prospective students and parents do not have to document their vaccine status this fall but must wear a mask on all Southwestern College campuses.
  • There will no longer be daily screenings conducted on campus. Students and employees will be asked to self-screen for symptoms prior to coming to campus. Anyone experiencing symptoms should stay home and call their medical provider for more instructions.
  • Welcome tables will be positioned across campuses to answer questions, provide assistance, provide masks for those needing them, and share reminders on how to keep yourself and others healthy and safe. 

In addition to previously established safety guidelines, students, employees and community members may be asked to show proof of vaccination, adhere to social distancing and/or other additional safety measures at certain college events and activities.


Vaccine Verification

Students accessing in-person classes and services and all Southwestern College employees must submit their vaccine verification for the fall 2021 semester. 

Students: Follow these step-by-step instructions on how to submit your vaccine verification and check your MySWC email for more information.

Employees: Check your email and chat with your supervisor on how to submit your vaccine verification. 


This FAQ was updated in August 2021, things may have changed by the time you read this. We will strive to update this document as state and local guidelines are updated.