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COVID-19 | Guidance and Resources for Students


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


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 registrarFREESXU.

For convenience and comfort, advising and academic coaching sessions are available in-person and online. Tutoring sessions are 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 mcdonnellFREESXU.

General FAQ

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 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.

* 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.

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

Yes. The SXU Health Center offers Pfizer (ages 5 and up) and Moderna (ages 18 and up) vaccines Monday through Friday, Appointments are preferred (call 773-298-3712). Booster doses are strongly recommended (5 months after second Pfizer dose, 6 months after second Moderna dose, and 2 months after Johnson & Johnson dose.)

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 (preferred) or book an appointment on ZocDoc. You can also discuss the COVID-19 vaccination with your health care provider.

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. 

If you are experiencing any of the common symptoms of COVID-19, do not go to class. Instead, follow these four steps:

  1. Fill out the SXU COVID-19 Reporting Form.
  2. Communicate your absence with your instructors, coaches, student employment supervisors and other personnel as needed. The Office of the Dean of Students can assist with absence notifications; please email deanofstudentsFREESXU.
  3. Wait for instructions from the SXU Health Center.
  4. Follow those instructions.

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 mcdonnellFREESXU, for assistance.

For students who live off-campus, we recommend developing a sickness emergency plan to determine how you will secure medical supplies, groceries and other household items if you have to self-isolate due to a positive COVID-19 test or if you 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.

It is important that you abide by your instructors' guidance for seating assignments and roll call, which are necessary for contact tracing purposes. You should also carry your Cougar Card and keep a copy of your vaccination record or most recent negative test result with you at all times to show when asked.

Please pay close attention to all communications sent from SXU to your email, especially those from President Laurie M. Joyner, Ph.D., regarding campus plans and state and city mandates. You can learn about our plans for a safe return with our Campus Plan for Spring 2022 web page.

We also encourage you to register for Campus Alerts to ensure you receive timely communication if there is a need to adjust campus operations due to an emergency, weather conditions or other situation. To sign up, go to Self-Service on the mySXU portal and verify your information.


Testing and Vaccines

Learn more about vaccination requirements and mandatory weekly testing protocol for students who are not fully vaccinated.

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Residents faq

A detailed "What to Bring" list is available by logging into 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. Residents are 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. 

Local students will first be asked to quarantine or isolate at their primary residence. Residence Life has identified a small number of isolation rooms where an out of state or international student will be relocated to space permitting.

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.


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 bursarFREESXU 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.

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

SXU has resumed normal dining operations.

Shuttle buses will resume normal schedules. All shuttle patrons will be required to mask while on shuttles, regardless of vaccination status.