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COVID-19 | Campus Plan for Spring 2022

Important

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. 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 April 11, 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.

*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.

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

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 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 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.

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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