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ACADEMICS

Most of our classes will be held in person in fall 2021, as we had done prior to the pandemic. It is important for students to talk to their advisors to find out which courses they need to progress toward graduation and to pay attention to course formats in which they are offered. The method of course delivery can be found in your course schedule on the mySXU portal. If you need further assistance, please contact the Office of Records and Registration at 773-298-3501 or registrar@sxu.edu.

For convenience and comfort, advising and academic coaching sessions will be available face-to-face and online. Tutoring sessions will be offered in person in small groups.

For accessibility questions, please contact Margaret McDonnell, director for the Center for Accessibility Resources, at 773-298-3308 or mcdonnell@sxu.edu.

General FAQs

No. SXU will continue to offer testing for students and employees who are symptomatic or who have been exposed to COVID-19. If you need a COVID-19 test, please fill out a HIPAA-secure COVID-19 reporting form and someone from the SXU Health Center will contact you.

No. However, vaccinations for students, staff and faculty are available by request through the SXU Health Center using this HIPAA-secure COVID-19 Vaccine Request Form.

Masks are worn while inside shared spaces on campus. Masks and face coverings are important and effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Learn more about using masks to slow the spread of COVID-19.

All your instructors are ready to work with you to continue learning if you are unable to come to campus, whether that's because you are sick yourself, quarantining because of exposure to another person who has COVID-19 or another situation. It's very important to let your instructors know promptly if circumstances prevent you from attending class.

According to the CDC, individuals with certain conditions may have a higher risk for developing severe illness from COVID-19 infection. Those conditions may include:

  • Older adults (aged 65 years and older)
  • People with HIV
  • Asthma (moderate to severe)
  • Chronic lung disease
  • Diabetes
  • Serious heart conditions
  • Chronic kidney disease being treated with dialysis
  • Severe obesity
  • Being immunocompromised

If you are a student and are in a high-risk group for COVID-19 and believe you cannot attend classes in person, you should contact your advisor about arranging a completely remote schedule. This could include a combination of online courses that would have virtual class meetings in real time or a course that might have both.

You can also contact Margaret McDonnell, director for the Center for Accessibility Resources, at 773-298-3308 or mcdonnell@sxu.edu, for assistance.

For students who live off-campus, we recommend developing a sickness emergency plan to determine how they will secure medical supplies, groceries and other household items if they have to self-isolate due to a positive COVID-19 test or they have been directly exposed to an individual who has tested positive and have to self-quarantine. Students may consider waiving their FERPA rights to allow parents to receive academic information on their behalf. Students who live off campus who wish to have telemedicine visits with the SXU Health Center over HIPAA-secure video link can call 773-298-3712 to make an appointment.

Traditionally, all student employment positions at Saint Xavier University conclude at the end of the spring semester and students reapply for positions before the start of the fall semester. Reemployment from semester to semester is at the discretion of the department and is not guaranteed. The acceptance of Federal Work Study award does not guarantee or secure employment at Saint Xavier University. Please note that the need for student employees within departments may have changed as a result of COVID-19. Information about available positions for the fall 2021 semester will be sent out approximately one month before the start of the semester.

Under Phase 4.5 of Governor Pritzker's Restore Illinois plan, Saint Xavier University employees, including student employees, are permitted to work on campus. Student employees must take precautions to protect themselves and others from COVID-19, including wearing a mask when scheduled to work and staying home if not feeling well. Student employees must inform their supervisors as soon as possible if they are not feeling well or if they intend to travel.

Saint Xavier University reserves the right to reduce student employee hours and or discontinue employment if departmental/office needs change. Under these unique circumstances, the Center for SUCCESS staff will be available by appointment to help students explore other pre-professional experiences. If you have any questions, please email studentemployment@sxu.edu.

Residents faqs

Move in will be managed through an advance sign-up schedule with arrival times assigned and staggered.

  • Monday, August 9, 2021: Fall Athletes (Football, Men's and Women's Soccer, Women's Volleyball, Men's and Women's Cross Country)
  • Wednesday, August 18, 2021: First-Year Residents
  • Saturday, August 21, 2021: Returning Residents and Transfer Students

To maintain social distancing and limit interaction at our entrances and elevators, residents are asked to adhere to their assigned arrival time and limit additional move-in assistants to two individuals.

A detailed "What to Bring" list is available by logging into https://sxu.erezlife.com and clicking on "Resources."

We also ask residents to pack their items in containers that can assist in easy transport should the need arise to move to an isolation space on or off campus. Consider preparing a "go bag" with a change of clothes, water bottles, hygiene products, phone charger, etc., to keep on hand should you not feel well and need to relocate. Please pack for easy transport into the building as we may be unable to provide move-in crew assistants or wheeled crates.

Consider the following essential items to add to your packing list:

  • digital thermometer
  • hand sanitizer
  • hand soap
  • sanitizing wipes
  • disposable or cloth masks
  • acetaminophen and/or ibuprofen

Residence Life, Facilities and Public Safety work collaboratively to provide a reasonably safe on-campus living experience. Enhanced cleaning protocols are in place in common areas. Hand sanitizing stations are available in all buildings. Residence hall staff are trained on updated policy and procedures to ensure consistency when enforcing social distancing and wearing face coverings as directed. Guests will not be permitted to visit in the residence halls. Residents will be encouraged to regularly clean and sanitize their personal living spaces. We are committed to continual monitoring of national, state and local laws, rules and guidelines, including CDC guidance, as well as the potential spread of the virus, and adjusting University practices, expectations, workplace operations and communications accordingly.

Limited single room accommodations are considered for documented requests with assignment based on availability. Contact Residence Life at reslife@sxu.edu for details on the accommodation request process.

Students will first be asked to self-quarantine or isolate at their primary residence. If that is not possible, Residence Life has identified a small number of isolation rooms where a student will be relocated to.

Students will be supported through their stay in on-campus isolation/quarantine by the SXU Health Center, the Dean of Students office and Residence Life by having meals delivered and regular contact with the Care Coordinator and a nurse practitioner from the SXU Health Center. However, students in isolation or quarantine must be able to fully care for themselves at all times. If at any time it is determined that it is unsafe for a student to be alone in an unmonitored setting, the student will be transferred to a higher level facility, such as a hospital emergency room.

Roommates needing to quarantine will be contacted by the SXU Health Center. If you believe your roommate is not seeking needed care, you can contact the Director of Residence Life, who will assist in coordinating the appropriate follow-up based on the situation. We ask that all residents take personal safety precautions any time their roommate(s) are ill.

Student Resources

Remote Technology Request

You may fill out a Remote Technology Request Form to request a loaner laptop and/or headset for remote learning.

Please note that requests for loaner laptops have increased and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. For technical support, visit The Hub.

Remote Learning Support Request

You may fill out a Remote Learning Support Request to assist with any other challenges associated with remote/distance learning.

Please use this form to share your individual challenges. We will evaluate and provide as much support as possible to maintain productive learning experiences.

Getting Started with SXU Canvas (PDF)

  • Your instructor will use Canvas to deliver their course content online, please familiarize yourself with different features on Canvas.

  • A collection of e-books, journal articles and relevant resources can be found on the library's Pandemic Resources page.
  • The library has also created a one-stop source for Subject and Resource Guides, containing resources for specific disciplines and information pages for specific courses.
  • Library staff are happy to assist with online resources.

Getting Started with Zoom

  • Zoom Video Conference allows students to conduct synchronous meetings with their classmates. Users can broadcast real-time audio and video, share presentation slides, or demo online resources by sharing your screen.
  • Basic Zoom Account is free for all users.
  • User can conduct unlimited one-to-one meeting and 40-minute group meetings

Getting Started with Canvas Conferences

  • Canvas Conference allows students in the same class to conduct synchronous meetings with their group members. Students can broadcast real-time audio and video, share presentation slides, or demo online resources by sharing their screen.
  • Students can conduct unlimited meetings.

Video Conferencing Tips

  • Tips to make your video conferencing experience a great experience.

To help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic, the FCC established the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program.

Open enrollment for the program began May 12, 2021, and will provide a discount of:

  • up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households.
  • up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands.

Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of:

  • up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.

Learn more about the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program including who is eligible, which broadband providers are participating and more.

Campus Locations and Services

While most campus locations will be open with usual business hours, it's possible hours or staffing may need to change with the situation. Please call to confirm a department's availability.

Bursar

The Office of the Bursar is available weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to discuss your finances to support your education. Appointments are recommended but not necessary. Please contact 773-298-3046 or bursar@sxu.edu for assistance.

Access to account information and payment options are also available on the mySXU portal. Nelnet payment plan information is available online or 1-800-722-4867.

Center for Success

For students and alumni who may have lost their job due to the pandemic, the Center for SUCCESS can help with finding part-time and full-time employment as well as provide a resume review.

As of April 3, 2020, SXU's Center for SUCCESS is sending out direct links for virtual advising appointments, career development resources and remote micro-internship opportunities. A comprehensive resource guide is now available on Canvas. A full suite of academic and career guidance is available to all students on Handshake.

Learning Center

The Learning Center is available for in-person and virtual tutoring and writing support services. Students can make an appointment via the online scheduling system.

Other study spaces or places to go on campus between classes will be listed on the mySXU portal by clicking "Room Reservations" (accessible via computer desktop or mobile device.)

Under "Public Location Searches," please click "Zoom Dedicated Student Spaces." From there, by clicking "Availability" above the table, you'll be able to see the dates and times the spaces are available. Be sure you have selected the appropriate date in your search.

Counseling Center

Our Counseling Center team is available weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m to support students' personal counseling needs both virtually and in person by scheduling an appointment at 773-298-4045. 

Dining and Transportation

Dining

The SXU Diner and Wiseman Student Lounge will be open with signage for appropriate seating locations to encourage social distancing. Masks and gloves will be worn by dining employees at all times and temperature checks will occur daily. Dedicated entry and exit doorways will be marked. Self-serve options will no longer be available (including condiments) but will instead be packaged individually. Hand sanitizer and spray with paper towels will be available for self-sanitizing purposes.

We strongly encourage students to take advantage of outdoor seating outside of the SXU Diner, the O'Malley Quad and the Schmitt Quad with social distancing, as weather permits.

For the health and safety of the SXU community, Starbucks and Cougar Fuel will not be available for service at this time.

Shuttle Buses

Shuttle buses will run for fall 2021 to the Visual Arts Center (VAC) and will include weekend service. Trips to the VAC will be more frequent, with three shuttle vehicles set to operate each day to serve the route to the VAC during peak hours.

Shuttle buses will not be filled to capacity and will have identified seating to account for safe social distancing. High-touch areas will be sanitized frequently throughout the day, and partitions have been installed. Riders are expected to adhere to safe social distancing protocols, and face masks are to be worn inside shared spaces.