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COVID-19 | Guidance and Resources for Faculty and Staff

Attention

Effective February 28, 2022, in accordance with public health guidance, Saint Xavier University has moved to a mask-optional campus.

What do I do If...

If you are not fully vaccinated*, you are required to submit to weekly COVID-19 testing at a location of your choice and upload each week's test result to the SXU Health Center Patient PortalPlease note that the attestation and upload process will no longer be through the CLEARED4 unique link for the spring semester.  

For more information, visit our Testing and Vaccines web page.

SXU employees with questions regarding compliance should contact the Office of Human Resources at humanresourcesFREESXU.

*As stated in the Governor's order, an individual is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the second dose in a two-dose series of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized for emergency use, licensed, or otherwise approved by the FDA, or two weeks after receiving a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine authorized for emergency use, licensed, or otherwise approved by the FDA.

If you are sick, the most important thing to do is to stay home and report your symptoms using the HIPAA-compliant 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.


NOTE: For faculty, especially those teaching in-person classes, who may feel sick and unable to teach, please alert your class appropriately and immediately of the schedule change as well as your academic dean.

No class, regardless of modality, should be canceled nor changed in scheduling or format – even if believed to have been exposed – unless instructed by the SXU Health Center and/or after consulting with your academic dean.

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


NOTE: For faculty, especially those teaching in-person classes, please alert your class appropriately and immediately of the schedule change as well as your academic dean.

No class, regardless of modality, should be canceled nor changed in scheduling or format unless instructed by the SXU Health Center and/or after consulting with your academic dean.

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 using the HIPAA-compliant COVID Reporting Form

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 HIPAA-compliant COVID-19 Reporting Form. 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 humanresourcesFREESXU 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 public health guidance, SXU has become a mask-optional campus as of February 28, 2022. Those wish to continue wearing a mask may do so. 

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 cleaning, distancing to the extent possible, providing hand sanitizer, promoting proper hand washing techniques.

You can contribute in a multitude of ways:

Vaccinate.

SXU encourages all faculty, staff and students to get vaccinated to protect oneself and others and slow the spread of COVID-19. The SXU Health Center offers Pfizer vaccines (ages 5 and up) and Moderna (age 18 and up) Monday through Friday. Booster doses are strongly recommended (5 months after 2nd Pfizer dose, 6 months after 2nd Moderna dose, and 2 months after Johnson & Johnson dose). Appointments are preferred (call 773-298-3712).

The SXU Health Center will see patients in the office or via tele-medicine depending on type of visit, symptoms and vaccination status.

If not fully vaccinated, follow the weekly COVID-19 testing protocols.

Saint Xavier University is subject to Illinois Executive Order No. 87, which requires employees and students who operate in a higher education setting to be fully vaccinated* for COVID-19 or submit to weekly testing.

All community members who are not fully vaccinated will participate in weekly testing at a location of their choice and upload each week's test result to the SXU Health Center Patient PortalPlease note that the attestation and upload process will no longer be through the CLEARED4 unique link for the spring semester.  

Testing sites are listed by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) or through Walgreens or CVS.

For more information, visit our Testing and Vaccines web page.

*As stated in the Governor's order, an individual is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the second dose in a two-dose series of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized for emergency use, licensed, or otherwise approved by the FDA, or two weeks after receiving a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine authorized for emergency use, licensed, or otherwise approved by the FDA. Students and employees must continue to submit weekly tests until they are fully vaccinated.

Report Vaccination Status.

If you are fully vaccinated, 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 spring 2022 semester, the Campus Operations Policy for Employees available on the Campus Plans for Spring 2022 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.

 

Testing and Vaccines

Learn more about vaccination requirements and mandatory weekly testing protocol for students who are not fully vaccinated.

Learn More

Covid-19 Reporting Form

Complete if you have tested positive, are experiencing symptoms, or have been exposed to someone with Covid-19.

Report

 

Campus Plan

For more information and to read general campus plan FAQs, visit our COVID-19 Campus Plan for Spring 2022 web page.

COVID-19 Campus Plan