Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues in the United States and around the world, Saint Xavier University is closely monitoring information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) to keep everyone on campus safe and informed.
SXU has created this web page in order to bring the latest news to the campus community. To view this information in Spanish, Arabic, Italian, and Polish, please scroll to the bottom of the page and in the drop-down select the language to which you would like the page to be translated.
As Illinois entered Phase 4 of Governor Pritzker's Restore Illinois plan, SXU reopened campus to hold in-person courses for fall 2020. To learn more about SXU's continuing plans, please visit our Return to Campus web page.
COVID-19 Testing and Vaccines in Illinois
SXU students, staff and faculty are eligible for COVID-19 testing at the SXU Health Center. Vaccinations are available to all by appointment only Monday through Friday.
There are now many locations for people to get tested for COVID-19, including CVS, most urgent cares, Family First, and some primary care offices. You can also refer to the Illinois Department of Public Health website for a list of testing locations throughout the state of Illinois. Most insurance plans cover testing if you are symptomatic (have symptoms) or were exposed to COVID-19 and many sites offer free testing to those without insurance. The Chicago Department of Public Health also offers free testing for those who meet certain criteria.
Learn more about the different COVID-19 vaccines authorized and recommended in the United States to prevent COVID-19. For the most up-to-date information on vaccine rollouts, check out the Illinois Department of Public Health's Mass Vaccination Guide and the City of Chicago's Vaccine Distribution Phases.
Finding a Vaccine
ATTN: At this time, the Health Center is only able to offer COVID-19 testing to students, staff and faculty.
The SXU Health Center will see patients in the office and via tele-medicine depending on symptoms and vaccination status. Please call for an appointment.
Testing at the Health Center
Testing is done by appointment only. If you have questions about testing, please call 773-298-3712. See Coronavirus General Information to learn more about emergency warning signs, what to do when you're sick or help finding alternative testing sites.
If you have tested positive for COVID-19, are experiencing symptoms or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, please stay home, follow CDC guidance to self-isolate and fill out a HIPAA-secure COVID-19 reporting form.
After you fill out the COVID-19 reporting form, you will receive a call from the Health Center to discuss what symptoms you are having and whether or not testing is recommended.
Only in circumstances where the person cannot report themselves should another person use this form to report on behalf of an employee or student. The person should be aware you are making this report. Only direct supervisors reporting on behalf of their employees, faculty reporting on behalf of their students, or parent/guardians reporting on behalf of their child should use this form.
COVID-19 Reporting Form
This form is available to support the health and safety of the campus community.
Responses will only be used for the purposes of contact tracing and for our state-mandated reporting duties.
Vaccines at the Health Center
The Health Center has been designated as a vaccination site by the Chicago Department
of Public Health and receives a shipment of vaccines weekly.
If you have questions about the vaccines, be sure to discuss them with your primary care provider or the nurse practitioners at the SXU Health Center.
Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccines currently available, possible side effects and guidance for when you've been fully vaccinated.
Saint Xavier University has been awarded about $6.5 million through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II), which is authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act passed in December. About $2.028 million is required to be distributed to students.
HEERF II money has been distributed to all eligible undergraduate students enrolled
during the Spring 2021 semester, as of February 25, 2021. Eligible undergraduate students
received $600. Additionally, Pell recipients received an extra $400.
As of March 31, 2021, the grants were disbursed to 2,465 eligible undergraduate students.
As of March 31, 2021, a total of $2,056,200 in student emergency grants has been disbursed.
These grants did not affect student financial aid awards. Eligible undergraduate students do not need to apply for these funds.
The best way to receive these funds is through direct deposit. Those who have already signed up for direct deposit will receive their grants faster than those who will be mailed checks.
If you do not already have an electronic refund account created please go to Self-Service on the mySXU portal:
- Students, Financial Information, E-Check Banking Information
- Verify the routing and account numbers are correct.
- If old banking information is present, be sure to delete the outdated information entirely before entering new information.
For those opting to receive a check, please make sure your mailing address in Self Service on the mySXU portal is up to date.
If you opt for a paper check and do not receive your check by April 1, then please contact the Bursar’s office to have your check reissued. Mailed checks that are not cashed within 60 days will be canceled.
Unfortunately, the U.S. Department of Education does not allow these grants to be allocated to undocumented students or international students. As an alternative, students may apply for assistance through the Student Emergency Fund. The webpage also includes a link to contribute to this critical fund.
Students who have any questions about the federal emergency grants should contact CARESAct@sxu.edu.
Important Information about CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund- Student Aid
- Saint Xavier University (SXU) signed and returned to the U.S. Department of Education the Recipient's Funding Certification and Agreement regarding Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (the "Certification and Agreement"). SXU intends to use no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to SXU students.
- The total amount of funds that SXU has received from the U.S. Department of Education pursuant to SXU's Certification and Agreement is $2,028,571.
- The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to SXU students under
Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of:
- July 22, 2020: $1,388,250
- September 30, 2020: $2,014,650
- October 1, 2020: $2,028,571
- The estimated total number of students at SXU eligible to participate in programs
under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible
to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of
the CARES Act is:
- Spring 2020: 2,431 (Estimate based on number of students who have completed a 2019-2020 FAFSA)
- Fall 2020: 2,695 (Estimate based on number of students who have completed a 2020-2021 FAFSA)
- The total number of SXU students (unduplicated headcount) who have received an Emergency
Financial Aid Grant under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of:
- July 22, 2020: 1416
- September 30, 2020: 1,696
- October 1, 2020: 1,704
- The methods used by SXU to determine which SXU students receive Emergency Financial
Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES
Act are as follows:
- Priority for the initial tranche of funds was given to eligible undergraduate students.
On Monday, May 4, an initial equal distribution of $650 was made available to eligible
undergraduates, as determined by:
- The student filed a 2019 -2020 FAFSA and submitted all required documentation to the Office of Financial Aid; and
- The student was enrolled in an in-person, degree-seeking program prior to March 13, 2020 and remained enrolled through the semester.
- Eligible undergraduates were advised to submit the certification of eligibility by May 29, 2020.
- On Friday, May 29, and initial equal distribution of $650 was made available to eligible
graduate students, as determined by:
- Filed a 2019-2020 FAFSA and submitted all required documentation to the Office of Financial Aid; and
- Been enrolled in an in-person, degree-seeking program prior to March 13, 2020, and remained enrolled through the semester.
- Eligible graduate students were advised to submit the certification of eligibility by June 29, 2020.
- On Thursday, June 18, an additional $550 distribution was made to 806 Pell eligible undergraduate students who had completed the certification of eligibility. After June 18, Pell eligible undergraduate students who complete the certification of eligibility will automatically receive $1200, while non-Pell eligible undergraduates and graduate students will receive $650 upon completion of the certification of eligibility. This will ensure that priority for emergency grants are given to Pell eligible undergraduate students.
- Notification of the extension of the deadline to July 31, 2020 along with a reminder email was sent to both eligible undergraduate and graduate students on June 29, 2020.
- On September 14, 2020, an equal distribution of $650 was made available to eligible
undergraduates, as determined by:
- Filed a 2020-2021 FAFSA and have met the eligibility requirements for receiving federal student aid; and
- Are enrolled in an in-person, degree-seeking program.
- Eligible undergraduates were informed that the certification form would be open until November 1, 2020, or until such time as the funds were completed disbursed, whichever date was sooner.
- As of October 1, 2020, all student emergency grant funds have been disbursed. Students completing the certification after October 2, 2020, received an automatic reply as follows:
- Priority for the initial tranche of funds was given to eligible undergraduate students. On Monday, May 4, an initial equal distribution of $650 was made available to eligible undergraduates, as determined by:
"All CARES Act funds have been disbursed. Students in emergency situations should contact their Financial Aid counselor to discuss what options might be available. Should Congress authorize additional funds, the University will contact students as quickly as possible; however, at this time no additional funds have been authorized."
Another email was sent out to eligible Undergraduate Students on September, 14, 2020.
Please indicate the ways in which you have been categorically affected financially by the disruption of campus operations (check at least one):
- Course Materials
- Health Care
- Child Care
|Please describe how the disruption of campus operations impacted you and your financial situation.|
What unanticipated expenses did you incur as a result of the disruption of campus operations (that you would not have normally incurred)?
By checking this box, I certify that the statements included on this form are true to the best of my ability.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES Act, is economic assistance provided by the government to support individuals and businesses impacted by the pandemic. To help relieve the financial impact of COVID-19 and propel our Mercy mission forward, Saint Xavier submitted an application to the U.S. Department of Education to receive its first installment of emergency funding from the CARES Act. In total, SXU is slated to receive $4 million -- at least half of which is allocated for direct student aid for financial hardship caused by COVID-19.
As of May 1, 2020, per regulations set forth by the U.S. Department of Education, SXU is developing a distribution formula to release $2 million in emergency aid from the CARES Act to eligible undergraduate students. These guidelines state that students must be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, to receive emergency grants; and that students who were enrolled exclusively in an online program on March 13, 2020, are not eligible for emergency grants.
According to the regulations, the aid can be used for:
"expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student's cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care)."
Eligible undergraduate students received an email within a week from the Office of Financial Aid outlining necessary steps to request emergency funding. Forms should be completed and submitted by May 29, 2020.
As of May 22, 2020, requests for CARES Act funds will be open to eligible graduate students. Graduate students who are eligible received an email to complete the certification form to request funds. Forms should be completed and submitted by June 1, 2020.
For questions regarding eligibility, please contact CARESAct@sxu.edu.
Please know that we are actively pursuing all relief opportunities to meet outstanding costs associated with COVID-19 and continue to work closely with our higher education partners and our local, state and federal elected officials.
Eligibility guidelines set forth by the U.S. Department of Education regarding emergency CARES Act aid exclude millions of undocumented and DACA students across the country.
Saint Xavier is an institution that values inclusivity and compassion. We remain committed to pursuing the greater good for all.
In collaboration with the American Council on Education and the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, please visit www.rememberthedreamers.org. This website contains resources and advocacy tools to support undocumented and DACA students.
We are promoting fundraising efforts to enhance SXU's Student Relief Fund, which provides emergency funding to students so that they continue to make progress toward their degrees. If you are ineligible for CARES Act emergency relief funds (due to Title IV ineligibility, undocumented/DACA status, or other reason) and are facing a difficult economic situation that puts your academic progress at risk, please contact CARESAct@sxu.edu to learn more about the Student Relief Fund.
If you would like to contribute to the Student Relief Fund, more information can be found on our Student Relief Fund web page.
Please view the completed form ( through 09/30/2020).
CARES Institutional Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Report (10/1/2020 to 12/31/2020)
CARES Institutional Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Report (1/1/2021 to 03/31/2021 - FINAL REPORT)
Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH)
- City of Chicago: Coronavirus Response Center
- Get the Facts: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (PDF)
- COVID-19: Guidance for Schools and Institutions of Higher Education (PDF)
Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Coronavirus Disease 2019
- COVID-19 Situation Summary
- Resources for Institutes of Higher Education
- Travel Information
CDC Recursos en Español
World Health Organization (WHO)
- Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Pandemic
- Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Advice for the Public
- Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Advice for the Public: Mythbusters
Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE)