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SLU COVID-19 Safeguards

Saint Louis University's COVID-19 prevention protocols apply if you are fully vaccinated, not fully vaccinated, or have obtained a University-approved COVID vaccination exemption. 

The University may need to pivot quickly to more robust protocols to prevent disease spread on our St. Louis campuses, in the city and across our nation. SLU's COVID-19 team is monitoring the situation very closely and has started discussions about contingency plans for ways to keep campus safe and as open as possible.

Spring 2022 Safeguards

Booster Dose Requirement

COVID-19 Testing

  • St. Louis students who live in on-campus housing, regardless of vaccination status, or are unvaccinated and  live off campus must be tested for COVID-19 prior to Jan. 18. Testing may be completed either via an online kit that has been mailed to all eligible students' home addresses on file in Banner or during free in-person testing at Simon Recreation Center Jan. 15-18. Students who have had COVID-19 in the past 90 days do not need to be tested but must bring proof of a positive result to Simon Recreation Center during the test dates. (Learn more.)
  • Free optional testing will also be available Jan. 15-18 at Simon Recreation Center for off-campus vaccinated students and all employees. A SLU ID must be presented at testing.
  • Starting Jan. 24 we will begin testing a random sample of 10% of our on-campus students every week. The data will be analyzed after three weeks and a decision will be made about continuing, changing, or ending that testing.  In addition, we also will test select clusters or groups (on-campus and off-campus residents, as well as staff or faculty members) identified by our contact tracing team as having a high potential for risk. We also will test all relevant athletes and athletic staff as per NCAA rules and Saint Louis City Health Department requirements.  

Temporary Pause on Events

  • We are canceling all internal events from now until Jan. 31 and external events from now until March 1. Select events which are deemed "mission central" may be approved by the Designated Events Review (DER) Committee.

  • Student life spaces such as the University Counseling Center, Campus Ministry, Simon Rec and Pius Library will continue to operate as they did last fall.

When on Our St. Louis Campuses 

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 six 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

  • Library Access: Access to Pius XII Memorial Library  remains by key card only. No one outside the SLU community will be permitted in the Pius Library without the escort of a SLU community member.
  • Travel: SLU's interim travel policy is being revised. Students, staff and faculty who wish to pursue University-sponsored travel are to obtain approval from their academic dean, clinical chair or vice president.