COVID-19 Campus Plan for Fall 2021
Effective Monday, September 27, 2021, SXU campus buildings are only accessible through a valid Cougar Card for all students, faculty and staff, 24/7. If you are unvaccinated or not yet fully vaccinated, you will not be able to access campus facilities at any time unless you are in compliance with weekly testing protocol. Please visit our Testing and Vaccines page for details.
As the Ludden Speech and Language Clinic and SXU Health Center directly serve the community, those buildings are the only exceptions for entrance without an active Cougar Card.
For students unable to access buildings via your Cougar Card, please contact the Dean of Students Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 773-298-3123.
For employees unable to access buildings via your Cougar Card, please contact the
Office of Human Resources at email@example.com or 773-298-3451.
If you do not have a Cougar Card, please contact the Hub at 773-298-HELP (4357).
Saint Xavier University's plans for fall 2021 were developed based on local, state, and national public health guidelines, survey results, input from campus community members, and our best estimate of current and future vaccination rates. However, the lessons of the last year have taught all of us that the unpredictable nature of COVID-19 may require us to pivot prior to or during the semester.
As of October 18, 2021
SXU will follow its standard academic calendar for the fall 2021 semester. Classes began on August 23, 2021 as scheduled.
SXU returned to pre-pandemic levels of in-person teaching and learning, with classrooms and labs returning to full capacity.
On August 26, 2021, J.B. Pritzker, Governor of Illinois, held a press conference announcing a state mandate requiring all educators, including higher education, along with all higher education students, to become vaccinated.
Accordingly, all Saint Xavier University students and employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or participate in weekly COVID-19 testing protocols.
If you are fully vaccinated or have received a first dose at a location other than the SXU Health Center, please upload your documentation to our confidential Patient Portal.
If you are not fully vaccinated,* you are required to submit weekly COVID-19 testing results at a location of your choice and upload each week's test result to a personal website, CLEARED4. SXU employees who are not fully vaccinated will receive an email to access CLEARED4 to their SXU email account (@sxu.edu).
For more information, visit our Testing and Vaccines web page.
The SXU Health Center is available to answer any questions and will provide vaccinations to SXU community members free of charge. Contact the Health Center at 773-298-3712 or book an appointment on ZocDoc. You can also discuss the COVID-19 vaccination with your health care provider.
Be reminded that all individuals are required to wear a mask at all times while indoors regardless of vaccination status.
*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.
In accordance with the Governor's recent press release, students, faculty and staff
are required to provide proof of vaccination using our confidential Patient Portal.
If you are already fully vaccinated or have received a first dose at a location other than the SXU Health Center, please upload your documentation to our confidential Patient Portal.
Note: To be HIPAA-compliant, it is not recommended to email your vaccination card to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Based on recently updated public health guidance, SXU requires that everyone on campus, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks indoors, effective August 2, 2021.
At this time, masking remains optional for fully vaccinated individuals for outdoor activities where distancing is possible. Unvaccinated community members are required to mask at all times on campus. Students do not need to mask in their own residence hall rooms when not with others. Vaccinated faculty and staff do not need to mask when alone in a private office. We remain a mask-friendly environment for everyone.
All community members, regardless of vaccination status, should report if they learn they have been exposed to an individual who tests positive for COVID-19 or if they exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 to the SXU Health Center. Community members should report testing positive for COVID-19 to the Health Center using the confidential COVID-19 Reporting Form.
The Health Center will perform contact tracing as appropriate.
New and returning resident students would have received communication from the Residence Life staff with additional residence hall information and protocols, including move-in procedures, housing and roommate assignments, and further details for international students. There is no restrictions on the use of residence hall space. On-campus guests are allowed in residential areas with proper approval. Residents are required to wear masks and socially distance when in the residence halls and common areas unless alone in their rooms.
SXU resumed dining operations this fall. The SXU community is required to wear masks indoors in the SXU Diner, except when eating, and must continue to social distance.
Campus shuttles resumed normal schedules. All shuttle patrons are required to mask while on shuttles, regardless of vaccination status.
Athletics is awaiting further guidance from the NAIA and CCAC regarding vaccination and testing requirements for student-athletes as well as spectator policies for competitions. Additional information and protocols will be shared with student-athletes and coaches.
Campus facilities have maintained standard hours of operation, access and capacities. Campus events, such as meetings, conferences and social gatherings, can take place without capacity restrictions. Hand-sanitizing stations remain in place. Enhanced cleaning protocols remain in place. The SXU community is required to wear masks indoors at all times and outdoors when social distancing is not possible.
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).
If circumstances emerge that an employee believes may qualify them for workplace accommodations, please contact the Office of Human Resources via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
COVID-19 Reporting Form
This form should be completed by the person who has tested positive, is experiencing symptoms, or has been exposed to someone with COVID-19.Report
The Saint Xavier community has a shared responsibility as we navigate this changing situation, and it is important for each person to use caution while on campus to protect oneself and others as we all play a part in slowing the spread of COVID-19.
If you have further questions, please email email@example.com.
COVID-19 Vaccines and Testing
SXU students and employees who are not fully vaccinated must participate in mandatory weekly COVID-19 testing at a location of their choice and upload results using the CLEARED4 website. Please note the SXU Health Center is currently only testing those with a known exposure to COVID-19 or individuals who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
Learn more about how and where to get tested for COVID-19.