COVID-19 | Guidance and Resources for Faculty and Staff
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...
It is highly recommended that all students and employees remain up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccines. The SXU Health Center currently offers the Pfizer and Moderna updated (bivalent) booster vaccines, which are recommended for everyone 12 years of age and older. The Health Center can also administer the primary series to those who still need first and second doses.
Appointments are preferred (call 773-298-3712).
Employees who are not considered fully vaccinated* should fill out a COVID-19 Vaccine Declination Form on the SXU Health Center Patient Portal. This is in order to keep accurate records to reinstate weekly testing if Illinois Executive Order 2021-22 is reinstated.
*Fully vaccinated is defined as receiving two (2) Pfizer/Moderna vaccines or one (1) Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Learn more about Testing and Vaccines.
If you are not feeling well, the most important thing to do is to stay home. You may contact your primary care provider or the SXU Health Center for testing or advice. If you must leave your home, make sure to get tested for COVID-19 before you go and wear a mask. 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.
Once the Health Center has received your reporting form you will be contacted to go over information and discuss any close contacts you should notify. If you are unsure how to contact the people you may have exposed, the Health Center will assist you. The Health Center will also give you information about when you can return to in-person learning/work.
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 in any way. 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-19 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:
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 6 months and up) Monday through Friday. Booster doses are strongly recommended (five months after second Pfizer dose, six months after second Moderna dose, and two months after Johnson & Johnson dose). Second boosters are also recommended for those 50+ years old or immunocompromised. 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.
Stay home if you feel sick
If you do not feel well, do not come to campus. Contact your primary care provider or call the Health Center at 773-298-3712 to discuss testing options. If you must leave your home, make sure to get tested for COVID-19 before you go and wear a mask.
For more information, visit our Testing and Vaccines web page.
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.