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SLU COVID-19 Safeguards

Saint Louis University's fall semester COVID-prevention protocols are in effect as of Aug. 18. 

When On Our St. Louis Campuses During Fall Semester

If you are fully vaccinated, not fully vaccinated, or have obtained a University-approved COVID vaccination exemption: 

Please Wear a Face Mask
  • You are required to wear a face mask inside all University buildings, as directed by the July 23 order of the St. Louis City Health Commissioner.

    • This includes inside Pius Library, BSC, Boileau Hall, Schwitalla Hall, Learning Resources Center, the common areas of all buildings, in classrooms, laboratories, rehearsal spaces, Simon Recreation Center, and athletics training and practice areas.
  • You should continue to wear your face mask when you are in any health care setting or clinical space where patient encounters are likely.

    • This includes those spaces where patient encounters are likely in SLUCare, Student Health Center, Employee Health, University Counseling Center, Psychological Services Center, Interdisciplinary Center for Autism Services and the Center for Advanced Dental Education.
  • Whether in the classroom, lab, rehearsal space or workplace, a plexiglass divider or face shield cannot be used in place of you wearing your face mask.
  • You should wear your face mask when riding the SLU Shuttle and SLU Ride vans.
  • You don’t need to wear your face mask in your on-campus living space, your private office space with the door closed, or while eating at a campus dining facility.
  • You don’t need to wear your face mask outdoors, except in crowded outdoor settings.
  • You are not required to be 6 feet apart from other persons, no matter if they are vaccinated or not.
Please Check For Cold-Like Symptoms Daily
  • Each day, please be alert for symptoms similar to you having a cold, no matter how minor they appear. They may indicate a possible COVID infection. Cold-like symptoms include:

    • Runny or stuffy nose
    • Headache
    • Low-grade fever
    • Tiredness
    • Body aches
    • Sneezing
  • For vaccinated persons, just one of these cold-like symptoms, could indicate a COVID infection.
  • If you have one or more symptoms, please immediately report your symptom(s) to the Student Health Center, Employee Health or your personal physician. You should not leave your on-campus residence or travel to work on campus until you have been cleared to do so.
  • You are expected to conduct these self-checks of your health every day — prior to leaving your residence hall or traveling to our St. Louis campuses. The University is no longer using the #CampusClear app for health screenings.
  • Current disease spread is being driven by unvaccinated persons. However, it is possible for a fully vaccinated person to be COVID-positive, and spread the disease to other vaccinated and unvaccinated persons.
Assist Our Contact Tracing Team
  • You are required to respond to a phone call, text or email from our contact tracing team in:

    • Two hours or less, if you have tested positive for COVID.
    • 12 hours or less, if you are identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive. 
  • The detective work of our contact tracing team is a critical component of us catching and preventing community transmission. The team will be tracing any on-campus close contacts of COVID-positive students, staff and faculty.
  • If you test positive for COVID-19, or are deemed a close contact of someone who has tested positive, our  contact tracing team will rely on you having a good recollection of who you had come in contact with, and who was or wasn’t wearing their face mask.
  • Your details about time and place, and length of interaction — with and without face masks — can expedite our contact tracing team’s interventions and help prevent community spread on our campus and in our city.
  • If you are vaccinated and deemed a close contact, you will not need to be quarantined.
  • All close contacts, however, will need to be tested — regardless of their vaccination status and whether they were wearing face masks.
  • With the elimination of social distancing in our classrooms and labs,  the contact tracing team will need the help of instructors to identify who sat, stood or gathered next to one another in their class, lab or performance space. This will help identify close contacts for whom testing will be required.

Some Additional Guidance For You

  • For the time being, access to Pius XII Memorial Library will remain by key card. No non-SLU persons will be permitted in the Pius Library without the escort of a SLU community member.