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COVID-19 | Campus Plan


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

SXU campus buildings are only accessible through a valid Cougar Card for all students, faculty and staff, 24/7. 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 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 July 27, 2022.

SXU will follow its standard academic calendar.

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

At this time the COVID-19 vaccines remain highly recommended, but not required. It is continued to be recommended that everyone be up-to-date on their vaccinations. The SXU Health Center offers COVID-19 vaccinations five days per week for anyone 6 months of age and up. 

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

For the 2022-2023 academic year, it is required that every student and employee upload their COVID vaccination record (if this has not been completed previously) OR sign a COVID-19 Vaccine Declination form. Declination forms should be signed if an employee or student is not considered fully vaccinated* for COVID-19.

As with other required immunizations, failure to either upload a record of your COVID-19 vaccines OR complete a Declination Form will result in a hold being put on your registration. Employees may be subject to disciplinary action.

Immunization records can be uploaded to our HIPAA-compliant Patient Portal: Upload > COVID-19 Vaccination Record. The Declination Form can also be found in the Patient Portal: Forms > COVID-19 Vaccine Declination Form.

*Fully vaccinated is defined as two (2) Moderna/Pfizer vaccines OR one (1) Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Although booster doses are not part of the "fully vaccinated" definition, it is still strongly recommended to remain up-to-date with booster doses.

Based on public health guidance, SXU has moved to a mask-optional campus as of February 28, 2022. 

Those who wish to continue wearing a mask may do so. 

All students and employees who test positive for COVID-19 should fill out the the confidential COVID-19 Reporting Form

Once the Health Center receives your 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. 

Community members should follow current CDC guidelines regarding quarantine and isolation. Please contact the SXU Health Center at 773-298-3712 with questions. 

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 socially distance when in the residence halls and common areas unless alone in their rooms.

SXU has resumed normal dining operations.

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

The Shannon Athletic and Convocation Center has resumed normal access for students, faculty, staff and visitors.

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 encouraged to socially distance to the degree 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 humanresourcesFREESXU.


Upload Proof of Vaccination

Upload proof of COVID-19 vaccination OR a Declination Form to the SXU Health Center Patient Portal.


Covid-19 Reporting Form

Fill out this HIPAA-compliant form if you have tested positive for COVID-19.



COVID-19 Vaccines and Testing

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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