A student-operated publication at Santa Rosa Junior College.

The Oak Leaf

A student-operated publication at Santa Rosa Junior College.

The Oak Leaf

A student-operated publication at Santa Rosa Junior College.

The Oak Leaf

The Oak Leaf Guide to SRJC, Spring 2022: Online and Santa Rosa campus edition

Cass Stewart
Confused about your classes? In need of some guidance? The Oak Leaf staff made this guide to simplify the Spring semester for new and returning students.

Another semester has begun, and COVID-19 is still complicating the school experience, so The Oak Leaf staff prepared this guide to the Santa Rosa campus and online-only classes.

Petaluma, Shone Farm and Southwest campus guides are forthcoming.

Getting started

Q: How can I get my academics on track this semester?

  1. Make an appointment with the Welcome And Connect Center in person or online to access peer coaching and application assistance services.
  2. Find a counselor to help you decide on a career, choose a major or make a plan to transfer to a four-year college.
  3. Meet with a Student Success Coach (all students) or Peer Coach (second-year students and up) to discover campus resources that can help you reach your goals.
  4. Make sure your technology is up to the task of online learning. You can borrow a laptop, hotspot, calculator or Zoom pop-up backdrop from the library. Supplies are limited, so submit your request to SRJC Library Curbside Services as soon as possible.
A photo of the MySRJCApp that depicts where to find the QR Code scanner used to check-in to campus.
All students must perform a COVID-19 self-check before entering a building. Students can check-in using the MySRJC app or in-person with a campus safety monitor. Tap the bracket icon circled in yellow on the MySRJC app to scan the QR code. (Audrey Fry)

COVID-19 protocols

SRJC’s Spring 2022 COVID-19 guidelines are available at this link and may be updated at any time. More information on SRJC’s coronavirus response, including in-depth plans and FAQs, can also be found.

Q: Do I need to be vaccinated?

You are required to be fully vaccinated to attend in-person classes and events. You can get a free vaccine on campus.

Medical and religious exemption requests sent to [email protected] or faxed to 707-524-1505 will be considered by a team of medical professionals, according to Vice President of Student Services Pedro Avila.

Q: Do I need to wear a mask?

All students must wear masks indoors regardless of whether you’ve been vaccinated.

You do not need to wear a mask outdoors if you are vaccinated. If you are unvaccinated, the SRJC Plan for a Safe Return to Campus recommends you wear a mask if you cannot maintain six feet of social distance outside.

Q: Do I need to sign in and have a wristband on campus?

Yes. You will need to pick up a wristband at the check-in station closest to your classroom. Information on SRJC’s vaccine mandate and the CLEARED4 system can be found at this link.

Q: Why do I need to check-in to buildings on campus?

Checking in allows SRJC to contact you and anyone else who may have been exposed to COVID-19 if someone in the building you entered tests positive.

Everyone must complete a COVID-19 self-check before arriving on campus and check-in when entering a building. You can check-in at a table with a campus safety monitor or by scanning a QR code with the MySRJC App.

Food and drink

Q: Where can I get food on campus?

The bookstore offers grab-and-go snacks like packaged cookies, chips and drinks to students with wristbands acquired from safety monitors.

Visit the Student Resource Center for details on food distribution dates and a list of local organizations providing hot meals.

You can also check out the CalFresh program to see if you qualify for additional free grocery money.

Getting around

Q: How do I get around campus?

Use this Santa Rosa campus map to navigate around the construction sites.

Q: Do I have to pay for parking?

No, students do not need to pay for parking this semester according to SRJC District Police.

SRJC Student Health Services provides in-person and Zoom appointments for nurse practitioner, mental health and reproductive health services to all SRJC credit course students. Non-credit students can access online, health promotion and referral resources. (Michael Combs)

Student Health Services

Q: What kind of health services can I get on the Santa Rosa campus?

Students can get free physical and mental health services in-person or over Zoom.

If you are not feeling well or have a minor injury, go to Student Health Services on the first floor of the Race Health Sciences Building.

Other clinical services include COVID-19 vaccinations, birth control, pregnancy testing, health screenings and wellness workshops. You can also get free over-the-counter products like bandages, condoms and pain relievers.

Drop-in mental health sessions are available if you need help right away, or if you think you might need mental health services and do not know where to start. Services available by appointment include individual, couples and group therapy.

Disability resources

Q: What differences might a student with disabilities encounter when returning to campus?

There are many detours around the Santa Rosa campus and new buildings on the Petaluma campus due to ongoing construction projects.

To help navigate through ongoing construction, detour signs are posted around campus. The Disability Resources Department hires Access Assistants to provide support to students who are blind, visually impaired or have physical disabilities. (Cass Stewart)

Q: How can students with disabilities navigate campus and


If you are blind, visually impaired or have physical disabilities, Access Assistants from the Disability Resource Department (DRD) can help guide you around campus.

DRD also provides American Sign Language interpreters and live captioning if you are deaf or hard of hearing.

Visit the Access Technology Center for training on assistive technology and to borrow equipment for magnification, assistive listening, digital recording and more. Software for text-to-speech, speech-to-text and screen reading is also available.

Out-of-class activities

Q: Is the SRJC Multicultural Museum open?

SRJC’s Multicultural Museum is open by appointment only for groups of five people or less. Appointments are available Monday–Thursday from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Free virtual exhibits featuring the museum’s various collections are available on their website.

Q: Are there any sports going on?

Sports are back in-person at SRJC, and fans are welcome to attend. Check the SRJC Athletics website for the complete Spring 2022 schedule.

The Athletics Department has posted rules and safety tips for attending indoor and outdoor games that include limited capacity, masking and COVID-19 testing requirements.

Q: What does the student government do?

The Student Government Assembly is a group of elected students who voice student concerns to campus leadership. SGA addresses issues including remote learning, mental health, campus activities or anything that the students bring to the group’s attention.

There is one open position this semester if you want to be part of SGA.

SGA meetings are held every Monday from 3–5 p.m. via Zoom and are open to everyone.

Other student services

Q: Is the bookstore open?

Students with wristbands from check-in stations can enter the bookstore in a limited capacity. Curbside pick-up services continue to be available.

Q: How do I get information about transferring, applying for financial aid, ordering transcripts and more?

The Student Services website has an easy-to-read chart showing how to access these kinds of services online or in-person, if available.

Q: How do I get a student email address?

You can get an SRJC email address like “[email protected]” by following the instructions posted on the Bearcubs Accounts website. 

The email account is run through Google and

A photo of the exterior of SRJC's The Oak Leaf, a student-run news organization that has been active at SRJC since 1928.
The SRJC community has trusted The Oak Leaf since 1928 for around-the-clock web and social media coverage of SRJC breaking news, arts and entertainment, sports and events. If you’re interested in joining The Oak Leaf, sign up for Journalism 52A for hands-on training opportunities in writing, editing, photography, videography and more. (Michael Combs)

remains active indefinitely, so you will get access to Google applications like Drive, Docs and Calendar. 

You can also use your student email address to get discounted services from companies like Adobe, Microsoft and Spotify.

Q: How do I know what’s going on on campus?

The Bearfacts newsletter is sent to your student email on file weekly, updated with important dates like when to register for classes as well as upcoming events, guest speakers, workshops, campus resources and club meetings.

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About the Contributors
Cass Stewart
Cass Stewart, Editor
Cass Stewart (they/them) is a journalism major in their third semester at The Oak Leaf. With staff writing and editing experience, they are expanding their digital journalism skills this semester as Web Editor. Outside of campus event coverage, Cass enjoys exploring the fields of sociology, queer theory and political science in their writing. In their free time, they make their best attempt at artistic expression through painting and graphic design.
Michael Combs
Michael Combs, Editor
Michael Combs (he/him) is in his fifth semester writing for The Oak Leaf, and his second as co-Editor-In-Chief. He began taking natural resources management classes at Santa Rosa Junior College to pursue his love of nature and the environment but has shifted toward journalism so he can share those passions with the world. Besides the environment, Michael also likes to write about politics, social justice and mental health. He has a bachelor’s of science in neuroscience and mammalian physiology from the University of California, San Diego, and hopes to get back to his roots with more science journalism as well. In his off time Michael likes to read, write and hike as often as possible in beautiful Sonoma County and beyond.
Audrey Fry
Audrey Fry, Reporter
Audrey Fry (she/her) is exploring new careers at SRJC after teaching science for many years. She likes learning and organizing information so that it's useful for others. This is her second semester at The Oak Leaf. Outside of class, Audrey can be found playing with her new puppy, watching “Nova” on PBS or reading “The Lord of the Rings.”

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