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COVID-19 | Campus Plan for Spring 2022

Important

Effective January 3, 2022, proof of full vaccination, along with identification or a negative COVID-19 test administered by a medical professional within the last 72 hours is required for any individual entering the Shannon Athletic and Convocation Center and Urso Outdoor Sports Center.

Learn more about the new requirements and protocol for entry to the Shannon and Urso Centers.

The SXU Diner will offer a 'grab-and-go' approach in the serving area. Individuals may enter the food service area for less than 10 minutes for the sole purpose of ordering and carrying out food. SXU community members may continue to eat in common areas throughout campus but should remain masked when not actively eating or drinking and should continue to practice social distancing to the degree possible, particularly when eating or drinking.

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 deanofstudentsFREESXU or 773-298-3123.

For employees unable to access buildings via your Cougar Card, please contact the Office of Human Resources at humanresourcesFREESXU 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 spring 2022 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.

General Guidance

As of January 1, 2022.

SXU will follow its standard academic calendar for the spring 2022 semester. Classes begin on January 10, 2022 as scheduled.

SXU returned to pre-pandemic levels of in-person teaching and learning, with classrooms and labs returning to full capacity.

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.

Expectations for weekly compliance remain unchanged to avoid disciplinary action. 

Be aware that failure to test as required or falsifying your certification and documentation of a negative COVID-19 test will result in disciplinary action, up to and including administrative withdrawal from the University.

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.

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. Students and employees must continue to submit weekly tests until they are fully vaccinated.


Shannon Center and Urso Center

Effective January 3, 2022, proof of full vaccination, along with identification or a negative COVID-19 test administered by a medical professional within the last 72 hours is required for any individual entering the Shannon Athletic and Convocation Center and Urso Outdoor Sports Center.

Learn more about the new requirements and protocol for entry to the Shannon and Urso Centers.

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 healthinfoFREESXU or healthcenterFREESXU


Shannon Center and Urso Center

Effective January 3, 2022, proof of full vaccination, along with identification or a negative COVID-19 test administered by a medical professional within the last 72 hours is required for any individual entering the Shannon Athletic and Convocation Center and Urso Outdoor Sports Center.

Learn more about the new requirements and protocol for entry to the Shannon and Urso Centers.

Based on 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.

Community members should follow current CDC guidelines regarding quarantine and isolation.

As a reminder, the campus operations policies (previously, informed consent policies) for students and employees, as amended, remain in place.

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.

On December 21, 2021, Mayor Lori Lightfoot issued Public Health Order No. 2021-2, a mandate requiring proof of vaccination in public places to help curve the spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant. The order includes protocol for establishments where food and beverages are served.

To keep our community safe, the SXU Diner will offer a 'grab-and-go' approach in the serving area. Individuals may enter the food service area for less than 10 minutes for the sole purpose of ordering and carrying out food. SXU community members may continue to eat in common areas located throughout campus but should remain masked when not actively eating or drinking and should continue to practice social distancing to the degree possible, particularly when eating or drinking.

Campus shuttles resumed normal schedules. All shuttle patrons are required to mask while on shuttles, regardless of vaccination status.

Effective January 3, 2022, proof of full vaccination, along with identification or a negative COVID-19 test administered by a medical professional within the last 72 hours is required for any individual entering the Shannon Athletic and Convocation Center and Urso Outdoor Sports Center.

Learn more about the new requirements and protocol for entry to the Shannon and Urso Centers.

Most 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.


Shannon Center and Urso Center

Effective January 3, 2022, proof of full vaccination, along with identification or a negative COVID-19 test administered by a medical professional within the last 72 hours is required for any individual entering the Shannon Athletic and Convocation Center and Urso Outdoor Sports Center.

Learn more about the new requirements and protocol for entry to the Shannon and Urso Centers.

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 humanresourcesFREESXU.

Proof of Vaccination Campus Plan

All community members, students faculty and staff are responsible for supporting and complying with this plan to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 on campus.

Read the Plan

Covid-19 Dashboard

View a breakdown of reported positive cases among the campus community and when each case was last on campus.

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

 

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 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. 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.

 

 

 

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 healthinfoFREESXU.

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