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SLU COVID-19 Safeguards

The following safeguards were recommended by Saint Louis University's COVID-19 Recovery Working Group, which includes faculty, staff and students, as well as University public health experts. They have been deemed the most critical to protect the health of all members of our University community, and are based on the best information available to us at this time. Additional safeguards are also in place for students living on campus.

Safeguards At a Glance

  • Wear a face mask.
  • Frequently perform hand hygiene.
  • Stay 6-feet apart from one another.
  • Daily symptom checking and reporting.

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Social Distancing on Campus

To manage and avoid additional community spread, we will continue to promote 6-feet of social distancing and have actively reconfigured spaces to accommodate this requirement, including classrooms, dining halls, meeting spaces and elevators.

We have installed plexiglass in some high-traffic, customer-facing areas as well, such as reception desks in places like the Simon Recreation Center. 

Face Masks and Coverings 

SLU adopted an interim policy that requires face masks to be worn in all campus buildings and outdoors when  6 feet of social distancing cannot be maintained with reasonable assurance or predictability. The policy was updated to prohibit neck gaiters and masks with exhalation valves on campus. 

The University provided two washable cloth face masks to each student, faculty and staff member at the start of the fall semester. Under SLU's interim face mask policy,  if any individuals are unable to wear a face mask due to medical reasons, they may contact the Office of Disability Services (students) or Human Resources (faculty and staff) to discuss their individual situations.

SLU Mask Policy

Daily Symptom Checking and Reporting

Everyone living, learning and/or working on our St. Louis campuses is required to complete daily symptom checks using the #CampusClear app.  

Continued COVID-19 Testing

Both Employee Health and the Student Health Center continue to screen and test anyone who exhibits COVID-19 symptoms. Employee Health and the Student Health Center communicate with the St. Louis Health Department so the city can conduct contact tracing, as it is appropriate.

Starting the week of Sept. 17, SLU began random testing of students who are exhibiting no symptoms of COVID-19 infection. Learn more about our testing of asymptomatic students.

Isolation and Quarantine Housing   

More than 150 beds have been set aside to be used for isolation and quarantine housing.

Isolation housing is needed for on-campus students who have symptoms of or who test positive for COVID-19. Students who have symptoms of/test positive for COVID-19 and who need to isolate on campus will have daily attention from Student Health Center personnel, have meals delivered by our campus dining partners, and receive regular outreach from other student support offices to ensure they have what they need. If they feel well enough, they may continue their coursework online.

Quarantine housing is needed for on-campus students who had close contact with a COVID-19-positive person. Typically, they are asymptomatic and need to quarantine for 14 days to be sure they have not contracted COVID-19. Students who need to relocate temporarily to quarantine housing will have regular attention from Student Health Center personnel, have meals delivered by our campus dining partners, and receive regular outreach from other student support offices to ensure they have what they need. Students in quarantine are asymptomatic and should plan to continue their coursework online until their quarantine period ends.

Whenever possible, we will encourage students to isolate or quarantine at their off-campus home. However, we understand that will not be possible for all students who may contract or be exposed to COVID-19.

Handwashing and Sanitizing Stations   

More than 800 touchless hand sanitizer stations have been mounted in buildings across our campuses, including key entry and exit points, and by elevators. Bottles of sanitizing solution are also available to departments.

Cleaning and Disinfecting   

Maintenance staff members have increased cleaning and disinfecting efforts in public areas across our campuses. Where possible, we have spray bottles with disinfecting solution, or sanitizing wipes, available for use by students, staff and faculty in high-traffic areas, like residence hall common or public areas, classrooms, the Simon Rec Center, etc. This  helps increase the frequency that high-touch surfaces are cleaned each day, beyond the regular efforts of our custodians. 

Training and Education  
 We continue to explore ways to train our faculty, staff and students about these critical safeguards to ensure our collective success. Prior to the fall semester, all undergraduate students were required to complete a COVID-19 module, and all students, faculty and staff members have been required to sign SLU's Campus  Commitment . In addition, signs and flyers about COVID-19 compliance are in place on campus and additional signs can be be downloaded, customized and used as needed.