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Faculty and Staff COVID-19 Information

What do I do If...

 

If you are sick, the most important thing to do is to stay home and report your symptoms using the confidential COVID-19 Reporting Form. You may also contact your primary care provider or the SXU Health Center for advice. SXU employees should also notify their direct supervisor to make them aware of their absence.

Stay home, self-isolate and report your positive test to the SXU Health Center using the confidential COVID-19 Reporting Form. Be sure to follow all instructions from any health care provider you may have seen.

Employees should not assume a diagnosis nor try to contact trace of any sort but merely inform one another of safe practices in "staying home" when not feeling well. Employees who know a fellow employee has tested positive for COVID-19 should encourage the employee to go home as soon as possible and ask them to notify the SXU Health Center.

Faculty and staff should show compassion to the student, asking if they need help, and encourage the student to self-report by filling out the confidential COVID-19 Reporting Form. If the student prefers not to use the form, please encourage the student to call the SXU Health Center at 773-298-3712. It is important to keep the student's disclosure confidential to support HIPAA laws. Please allow the professionally-trained contact tracers from the Health Center to guide the rest of the process. They will let you know if there is any reason to make changes to your class schedule or format. If for whatever reason you consider canceling a class, please consult your dean.

SXU employees are working on campus on a full-time basis with campus offices open during standard business hours (typically 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday). Please contact the Office of Human Resources at humanresources@sxu.edu who will consider your workplace accommodation request and further communicate what is or isn't possible.

Modifications to your workspace or classroom work environment can be requested through the Office of Human Resources that can work with Facilities or other offices as needed to try to accommodate your request.

Students may initiate an accommodation request via the Student Request for Learning Adjustments Form. Resolution of such requests will depend on each person's unique circumstances, so we will make sure students are connected with all of the appropriate campus resources. In some circumstances, students may wish to consult with their advisors to adjust their course schedules, keeping in mind that some adjustments may affect academic progress and/or impact financial aid.

Based on recently updated public health guidance, SXU will require indoor masking for everyone on campus, regardless of vaccination status, effective Monday, August 2, 2021. The University will continue to inform the community of changes as new information becomes available.

For COVID supply requests, please fill out the COVID-19 Supply Request Form, and Facilities will work to distribute stock on hand or place orders if needed. 

SXU classrooms and labs will be returning to full capacity. We have adopted a number of strategies to layer protective measures throughout campus. Such efforts include masking, cleaning, distancing to the extent possible, providing hand sanitizer, promoting proper hand washing techniques.

You can contribute in a multitude of ways:

Vaccinate. Though the COVID-19 vaccination is not required of the SXU campus community, SXU encourages all faculty, staff and students to get vaccinated to protect oneself and others and slow the spread of COVID-19.

Encourage others to vaccinate. You are welcome to direct individuals to our SXU Health Center that is currently offering the Pfizer vaccine for ages 12 and up. The following message may help: The Saint Xavier University community has a shared responsibility to protect oneself and others in slowing the spread of COVID-19. While COVID-19 vaccinations are not required for campus community members for fall 2021, SXU encourages students, faculty and staff to become fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Learn more on our Campus Plans for Fall 2021 web page. The SXU Health Center is offering free Pfizer vaccinations. Please call 773-298-3712 to make an appointment.

Report vaccination status. Please share your vaccination status by visiting our confidential Patient Portal. This information will help us streamline community vaccination rate analysis, facilitate contact tracing and inform ongoing planning efforts as we approach the fall semester.

Take class attendance each day and maintain a seating chart. For faculty teaching in-person classes, maintaining a seating chart and taking attendance will facilitate a more effective contact tracing process. When necessary, the Health Center team will determine exposure to COVID-19, identify any action required and communicate it only with individuals who are determined to be affected.

Follow the Campus Operations Policy for Employees. As a guide for the fall 2021 semester, the Campus Operations Policy for Employees available on the Campus Plans for Fall 2021 web page describes the responsibilities of all campus community representatives as we work together to manage the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Your well-being is extremely important to SXU during these uncertain times. Employees may call the Guidance Resources hotline at 1-888-628-4824, and you also have access to ComPsych, an employee assistance program that provides expert guidance. At this time, employees can use the program to access:

  • Counseling services
  • Live webinars for coping with anxiety and other issues related to COVID-19 Work-life resources, including finding child care and financial/legal guidance Digital self-care tools
  • Tips for adjusting to working from home
  • Communication consultation

Your health plan covers mental health services, including counseling. BCBSIL health plans include 24/7 phone access to licensed mental health care specialists as part of the mental health coverage. The number may be listed on your member ID card, or you can call Customer Service to find out if you have this benefit.

For more information and to read general campus plan FAQs, visit our COVID-19 Campus Plan for Fall 2021 web page.