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SLU COVID-19 Safeguards: Frequently Asked Questions

Saint Louis University is implementing public health safeguards to minimize further spread of COVID-19 and help protect our students, colleagues, friends and neighbors. The answers to the frequently asked questions below about COVID-19 safeguards at SLU are based on the best information available to us at this time and may change.

Topics Covered in This FAQ Section

Campus Status

What is the current status of the University?

The University is currently open for in-person classes and on-campus living. The continued efforts of our SLU community have ensured that we have remained in community together — without disruption — for the duration of the 2021-2022 academic year.

Effective Monday, March 28, face masks are optional in most non-healthcare/non-clinical campus settings, including active instructional settings. You are still expected to put on a mask when you interact with anyone who is wearing a face mask, to show respect and care for their well-being.

We may re-institute face mask requirements or other COVID-related safeguards in response to changing circumstances, as time goes on. We are paying close attention to the spread of the BA.2 variant into our region. 

What is the status of on-campus events?

Effective Monday, March 28, we have lifted capacity restrictions and will no longer require proof of COVID-19 vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 test to attend external events on campus, including commencement and events held in Chaifetz Arena. Face masks are optional for external events, as well. 

Because the most restrictive COVID-related protocols have been lifted, the Designated Event Review committee (DER) will no longer need to review proposals for events . Remember that the hosting organization of any particular event may choose to require face masks, proof of vaccination, or proof of a negative test. Details for specific events will be distributed by the hosting organization. SLU’s expectations for self-screening before coming to any external event will also apply. 

Students with questions about this guidance, may  contact involvement@slu.edu. Employees with questions should contact events@slu.edu.

Safety Measures and Safeguards

What kinds of safety measures are in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19?
  • Vaccine and booster requirements for all eligible students, staff and faculty who live, study, research, work or mission on our St. Louis campuses.
  • Increased frequency of cleaning with EPA-approved, hospital-grade disinfectant in spaces across campus, including all common areas, community bathrooms, elevators and other high-touch points in residence halls
  • Touchless, wall-mounted hand-sanitizer stations throughout campus, including the entrances of all residence halls
  • Small bottles of hand sanitizer and EPA-approved disinfectant distributed to departments upon request
  • Foot-operated door openers in high-traffic restrooms
  • Fresh air intake increased in buildings where possible
  • Educational signage promoting best practices
What factors and data do SLU leaders use to inform decisions related to the University's response to COVID-19?

Making informed decisions during a pandemic when details change frequently is highly nuanced, and relies on multiple factors and guidance from public health and infectious disease experts. We continue to follow the process that has successfully guided us for more than two years, and we use all of this to inform any modifications to our COVID-19 planning: 

  • Carefully monitoring campus infection rates through testing. 
  • Monitoring local rates of COVID-19 infection and hospitalizations. 
  • Monitoring the pandemic epidemiology regarding new variants.
  • Consulting with community members, including public health experts. 
  • Making decisions based on consensus science and our Jesuit values. 
What measures is SLU taking to detect a potential outbreak of COVID-19?

With the professionals in Student Health and Employee Health, our contact tracing team assesses numerous factors that, when taken together, could be indications of potential outbreaks — and then we act swiftly to contain and tamp down community spread. An increase in the number of COVID-positive symptomatic students and employees is one of those factors. And it’s why we encourage our students and employees to monitor their health every day and report COVID-like symptoms to Student Health and Employee Health, respectively.

For the spring 2022 semester, we conducted return-to-campus asymptomatic surveillance testing. Weekly random sample asymptomatic testing of 10% of our residential students continues through Friday, April 8, to allow us to monitor campus infection rates after we further reduce campus restrictions. After April 8, our COVID-19 response team will meet to determine whether asymptomatic testing will continue, be revised or be stopped.


Face Masks

When are face masks required? When are they optional?

Face masks are required for:

  • Healthcare or clinical settings where patient encounters are likely. This includes SLUCare, Student Health Center, Employee Health, University Counseling Center, Center for Counseling and Family Therapy, Psychological Services Center, Interdisciplinary Center for Autism Services, Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic, the Center for Advanced Dental Education, and COVID-19 testing and vaccination clinics.
  • SLU shuttles. 

Face masks are optional for:

  • Most non-healthcare/non-clinical campus settings, including active instructional settings. 
  • Residence halls, food services, academic and administrative departments, meetings and conference rooms, offices and cubicles, Simon Recreation Center, and our libraries.
  • Indoor campus events, except when the hosting organization chooses to require face masks. If the hosting group decides that face masks are required, then face masks must be worn by all attendees. When you choose to attend an event, you are choosing to comply with the event guidelines set forth by the event organizers. 

Please note that face masks are not optional when you are interacting with someone who is wearing a mask. When you engage with another person who is wearing a mask, you are expected to demonstrate cura personalis, and put on your own face mask. 

How can I navigate mask-optional settings with SLU values in mind?

There are members of our community who are vulnerable to severe COVID-19 infection, or who live with or are caring for vulnerable loved ones. In our policies and our everyday interactions, we must do what we can to respect those members of our community who have a higher need for protection from COVID-19. It’s the right thing to do.

While the risk of disease transmission is much lower in current conditions, the risk is not eliminated — and we must continue to show care for members of our community who are at high risk for serious disease, or who care for vulnerable people. 

As a community, we have a shared expectation that we will show care for the well-being of others by putting on a face mask when we interact with someone who is wearing a face mask. This means:

  • You should carry a mask with you, even when you are going into mask-optional spaces. 
  • If you approach someone to have a conversation and they are wearing a mask, please put on your mask. 
  • If a colleague or faculty member approaches you to talk or work in a small group and they are wearing a mask, go ahead and mask up. 
  • If you interact with a person doing essential work for our community and they are masked, remember to don your mask. 
  • If you work in a department where students or employees may wish to be masked, consider keeping a supply of disposable masks available for others to put on. If you would like to obtain some disposable surgical masks for your classroom, lab, office, or workspace, please email pandemic@slu.edu
  • If you are just passing someone in the hallway who is masked, you do not need to put on your mask. 
  • If an instructor chooses to wear a mask while teaching or if a student wears a mask while in class, this does not mean that the entire class must be masked for the length of class. But if you are actively engaging with a masked faculty member or student in a small group or individual interaction, go ahead and put on your mask.

Please show grace with one another as we transition to being a mask-optional campus. Be open to having a respectful conversation as we all adjust to new guidelines. If you’re not sure if you should put on your mask, just ask.

Various universities have reported recent increases in COVID-19 infections on their campuses. Is SLU planning to reinstate any mask requirements that have been lifted?

Our campus data do not yet show that we need to implement more restrictive protocols, but we are tracking that data closely. We know that masking is an effective tool to prevent disease spread. As we carefully monitor conditions over the next few weeks, please consider what you can voluntarily do to help us maintain a low rate of infections on campus. We encourage you to mask up indoors (including in classes, labs, and learning spaces) to safeguard your health and our community’s well-being.

I would like to wear a KN95 respirator in mask-optional settings. How can I obtain one?

We will also continue to show care and compassion for members of vulnerable groups by providing high-quality respirators to those who request them. Evidence tells us that wearing a high-quality respirator can minimize the risk of contracting COVID-19, even in a mask-optional setting. SLU has obtained a supply of KN95 respirators to support our community members who wish to have a more protective mask/respirator. If you would like to obtain a KN95, please email pandemic@slu.edu. The CDC offers a helpful overview of different types of masks and respirators

Vaccines and Boosters

Does SLU require the COVID-19 vaccine?

SLU requires all students, faculty, staff and contract workers who are living, studying, teaching, researching, missioning or working on our St. Louis campuses be up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccinations, including boosters. Religious and medical exemptions to our vaccination requirement may be granted on a case-by-case basis. Vaccinations also are required of SLU St. Louis students who will be studying outside the U.S., including on our Madrid campus.

Learn More

Do I have to get a booster if I already have an exemption from SLU's vaccine requirement?

Those who received an approved vaccine exemption for the fall semester are automatically exempt from this spring’s booster dose requirement. In addition, the vaccine portal will include a vaccine exemption request option based on medical and religious reasons for those who received the initial vaccine series but whose situation has changed since fall.

Can I get a booster vaccine on campus?

If you want to get your booster vaccine at SLU, you can register for an appointment on campus.

Can I get a second booster dose?

The State of Missouri has recently affirmed the CDC’s recommendation and FDA’s authorization to allow certain individuals the ability to receive a second COVID-19 mRNA booster dose. Those who are eligible are those who received their first booster dose at least 4 months ago and: 

  • Are 50 years of age or older
  • Are 12 years of age or older, and are moderately to severely immunocompromised             

 At this time, we are not requiring our eligible community members to receive a second mRNA booster dose. However, we highly encourage everyone to stay up-to-date on vaccination, especially those at high-risk for severe illness or those who live with or provide care to a high-risk individual.  

Our campus vaccination clinics will administer second booster doses to those who qualify. If you want to get your booster vaccine at SLU, you can register for an appointment on campus.

Who can sign up to get vaccinated or boosted on campus?

Anyone eligible is welcome to get their vaccine at our campus vaccination clinics. This includes our employees, students, and volunteers, as well as their family, friends or other community members.

See the Full List of Vaccine FAQ


COVID-19 Symptom Monitoring and Testing

Does the University require students, faculty and staff to conduct daily symptom checking?

Although we are no longer using a symptom check smartphone app, community members who are living, studying or working on our St. Louis campuses are still expected to self-screen daily  for COVID-like symptoms before coming to SLU’s campus. Even just one of the following symptoms may indicate a possible COVID infection:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

The CDC offers an online symptom check here. 

What should I do if I'm experiencing COVID-like symptoms.

Please don’t explain away your symptoms as allergies, a cold or a migraine. You may be putting friends, classmates and co-workers at risk. As we relax some of our guidelines, it is more essential than ever that any individuals who have COVID-like symptoms follow these steps:

  • If you live on campus, do not leave your living space. If you live off campus, do not come to campus to work or study.
  • Contact Student Health (314-977-2323), Employee Health (314-257-8400) or your primary care provider so that you may be screened by a health professional who will determine if you need to be tested before coming to campus or class.
  • Wait until you get the okay to return to campus or class before you do so. 
Is SLU requiring students or employees to be tested for COVID-19?

Testing prior to the start of the spring semester was required of all St. Louis students who either live in on-campus housing, regardless of vaccination status, or are unvaccinated students who live off-campus. Optional testing was available for all other students and employees.

All students and employees who are identified as having close contact with an infected person are required to be tested. The contact tracing team will notify individuals deemed to be close contacts and provide details about quarantine, testing requirements and follow up.

Random weekly asymptomatic surveillance testing is required. All students selected for surveillance testing will be notified by email on Friday of the week before testing must take place.

Will SLU continue random sample asymptomatic testing of students?

Although we have only identified one case of COVID-19 through our asymptomatic surveillance testing program since late February — out of more than 800 tested — our COVID response team decided that it was prudent to continue surveillance testing.

NEW: Moving forward, our asymptomatic testing plan will be revised to include a mixture of undergraduate students living both on and off campus. (Students who are designated as only studying remotely will not be included.)

How does random sample testing work?

Weekly random sample asymptomatic testing of 10% of our residential students is ongoing. The process works like this:

  • Each week, a random sample of undergraduate students living both on and off campus will be selected; random sampling will be conducted by a biostatistics faculty member at SLU. Additionally, the testing team may identify one or more groups for selective testing.
  • Each person will receive an email by Friday alerting them that they have been chosen to get tested. (Note: Students will not be informed whether they are part of the randomly-generated pool or a selected group.) That email will give them instructions on how and when they can report to the Simon Recreation Center for testing.
  • When a student arrives at the Simon Recreation Center for testing, the student will be checked in, given instructions, and then have their sample collected.
  • Our testing team will ship the test samples to our lab for overnight delivery, after which it will take about 24 to 48 hours for test results.
  • Students who test negative will receive an email alert. Students who test positive will receive a phone call from a member of the testing team to discuss the result and help make arrangements to move to isolation housing either on or off campus. The contact tracing team will then follow up to identify close contacts who need to quarantine, just as we are currently doing.
  • Note: Students also have the option of obtaining a PCR test at a local pharmacy and providing documentation of their test results to our testing staff. Details will be provided in the email to those students randomly selected for asymptomatic testing.
Who requires testing after an exposure?

Anyone considered to have been exposed to a COVID-positive person (spending 15 or more cumulative minutes over 24 hours within 6 feet of a COVID-positive person)  is required to be tested — regardless of your vaccination status.

You do not need to arrange for or ask for testing. The contact tracing team will direct you as to how and where to be tested. Testing is provided on campus free of charge.

Does the University have an on-campus testing facility?

Both Employee Health and Student Health offer testing by appointment for SLU community members who have COVID-like symptoms. Individuals can and should call ahead to discuss their needs. Please note that Employee Health and the Student Health Center may refer you to another testing site, if it’s deemed appropriate.

The Office of Employee Health can be reached by telephone Monday through Friday at 314-257-8400 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can also contact Employee Health any time via email at employeehealth@slu.edu.

The Student Health Center can be reached at 314-977-2323 or shc@health.slu.edu.

We also have a testing clinic on campus for those who require periodic or regular asymptomatic testing, and testing of close contacts. You will be notified if you need to use this testing service and given instructions about location, day and time of the testing.

What happens if I miss my COVID testing appointment?

If you don’t have COVID-like symptoms and have been directed to be tested at Student Health, Simon Recreation Center or Employee Health, please be tested during the timeframe identified for you.

If you develop symptoms before the date of your scheduled test, please contact Student Health (314-977-2323) or Employee Health (314-257-8400) right away.

If you can’t make one of our available testing clinic days/times within the timeframe provided to you by Contact Tracing, please contact pandemic@slu.edu. If you are not tested within the timeframe provided to you by Contact Tracing, you will be charged $200.

Can an employee’s family members be tested through Employee Health?

Employee family members who are covered under the University’s health care plan, and who receive a referral for testing from their health care provider, can go to any University health care approved testing facility and be tested at no cost to the employee.

How much does COVID-19 testing cost for a student or employee?

Employees who are symptomatic or have been referred for testing can be tested by Employee Health at no cost to them.

Students who have symptoms or have been referred for testing can get tested at the Student Health Center. There is no charge for these tests.

Similarly, if an employee who is covered on the University’s health care plan is symptomatic and has obtained a referral from their health care provider, the cost of the test is fully covered by the University’s health care plan.

University community members who are identified as a close contact by our contact tracing team and require testing can be tested at our on-campus testing facility. There is no charge for this test.

Employees and students who require periodic or regular asymptomatic testing due to campus protocols, local, state, or federal regulations, community or clinical placement requirements or due to their individual vaccination status can be tested at our on-campus testing facility. There is no charge for this test.

 

Positive Cases of COVID-19 in the SLU Community

What happens if I test positive for COVID-19?

If you test positive, regardless of your vaccination status, you will need to be isolated to prevent disease transmission to others.

If a student tests positive for COVID-19, will they be isolated on campus? Where?

On-campus isolation and quarantine (IQ) housing is available for Saint Louis University students who live on campus. The student is expected to stay in isolation (or quarantine) housing until the Student Health Center clears them to leave and return to their residence hall living space.

  • We strongly encourage COVID-19-positive students who live on campus to isolate at home if they live within 250 miles of SLU and if they are able to do so safely. (Contact tracers and the housing team will work with students to understand what’s possible.)
  • If you choose to stay in our IQ housing facility, our IQ housing Team will contact you by phone or text to schedule your move from your on-campus residence. They also will provide you with a list of items you may want to bring along, because you will not be able to return to your housing unit until your isolation period is over.
  • We continue to use Hotel Ignacio for COVID-19-related housing needs, but we have also temporarily contracted with the Pear Tree Inn, located a few minutes from our north campus, for residential students who cannot isolate at home.
  • While a student is isolating (or is in quarantine), whether on- or off-campus, our Student Health Center team will coordinate their health care, checking on them regularly. Our IQ housing team will tend to other student needs, including snacks and daily meals. They also will receive outreach from other support offices as needed.
If a student tests positive for COVID-19, will their roommate(s) also have to quarantine?
Roommates or suitemates of a student who tests positive for COVID-19 who are unvaccinated or not up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccination may be required to quarantine. The contact tracing process will determine whether that is the case. If so, those residential students will have on-campus options for quarantine if they cannot do so at home.
What is the difference between isolation and quarantine?

Isolation is for those who test positive for COVID-19. Individuals are required to quarantine only if:

  • They are not up-to-date on their vaccination, and they have not tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days

    AND
  • They had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
How long must I isolate or quarantine?

Isolation and quarantine length will vary based on COVID-19 status, symptoms and your role at the University.

Individuals in isolation or quarantine will receive specific instructions from Student Health (314-977-2323) or Employee Health (314-257-8400). Individuals can contact those offices with case-specific questions. Students and employees should not leave isolation or quarantine until they are cleared to do so by those offices.

Clinical employees and students will work with the Office of Employee Health to determine the correct isolation and quarantine protocols for them.

Isolation guidelines for nonclinical employees and students are based on guidance from the CDC and the St. Louis City Health Department guidelines. In general, this includes a:

  • Five-day isolation period if individuals are fever-free and test negative.
  • Five-day quarantine period if individuals remain asymptomatic and test negative.

Again, specific isolation and quarantine instructions will vary based on individual circumstances, as determined by Student Health or Employee Health.

If I am in quarantine or isolation, what do I tell my instructors, supervisor or chair?

All you need to say is that you have a University-approved absence. You do not have to say you are in isolation, or that you have COVID.

If you are a student in isolation, it’s important that you keep up with your course materials/content. Talk to your instructor(s) about your assignments and deadlines and keep up with your work. Seek out classmates for more information.

If you are a teaching faculty member and you are too ill to teach, work with your chair and dean to find a substitute.

If you are a staff member, inform your supervisor of the work assignments that will have to be put on hold or passed on to others.

HR has set aside up to 80 hours per full-time faculty and staff member, including hourly and salaried employees, for University-approved absences due to COVID.

Should I self-isolate or self-quarantine if I've been exposed to COVID-19 or are experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms?

“Self-quarantine” and “self-isolation” are not part of our protocol at SLU. Even if you think what you are experiencing is “just allergies,” “just the winter sniffles,” or “just another migraine,” you must report those symptoms and any possible exposure to someone with COVID-19 immediately to Student Health or Employee Health (for staff, faculty and clinical students).

What support will be available for students who test positive for COVID-19 who live off campus?

Student Health Center services are available to all SLU students, whether or not they live on campus. Students who inform Student Health they have tested positive for COVID-19 can access:

  • Video visits
  • RN check-ins
  • In-person clinic visits (after a preliminary phone or virtual assessment)
  • Links to virtual resources from various areas of campus (University Counseling Center, Campus Ministry, wellness services)

Students known to be in isolation or quarantine will be able to opt in to wellness check-ins conducted by SLU's University Counseling Center.

What happens if someone in my class or social groups tests positive?

Please be patient while our contact tracing team conducts their investigation.

If you are determined to be a close contact, you should be notified within a short time frame by the contact tracing team. They will provide you with instructions for quarantine (if needed), testing and follow up.

If you do not hear from the contact tracing team, that means that they have concluded that you were not exposed to COVID-19.

However, if you believe that you spent 15 minutes or more within 6 feet of a person you know to be COVID-positive, please email pandemic@slu.edu. We will connect you to our contact tracing team.

Should our contact tracing team notify you that you may have been exposed, the identity of the infected person will not be revealed.

This is not only a legal mandate, but it’s particularly important for University employees and students because people will only cooperate in contact tracing if they trust that their privacy will be protected.

If a student notifies an instructor that they have tested positive for COVID-19, should that instructor notify other students in the class?

No. The instructor should not notify others of a student’s positive test result. All possible measures should be taken to protect the privacy of any person who tests positive for COVID-19.

Contact tracing will be performed and notifications will be made to any person who is considered a close contact so that appropriate follow up and testing can be initiated.

Will I be told if a student in my class, my classmate, or my instructor tests positive for COVID-19?

Not necessarily. You will only be notified if you are a close contact of the infected individual. 

Generally, when universal masking is in place, there should be no need to trace close contacts in classroom interactions.

If a member of the contact tracing team does inform you that you are a close contact of an infected person, they will not provide the name of that individual to you. When our contract tracing team notifies someone that they may have been exposed, they will not reveal the identity of the infected person. 

This is not only a legal mandate, but it’s particularly important for University employees and students because people will only cooperate in contact tracing if they trust that their privacy will be protected.

If a student in one class tests positive, does everyone in that class require testing? And should the class suspend meeting in-person until everyone has been tested?

Contact tracing will notify you if you are a close contact of an infected individual. 

Generally, when universal masking is in place, there should be no need to trace close contacts in classroom interactions. There are some COVID-related circumstances in which an instructor may need to teach virtually for a short period of time. Faculty should consult the Faculty Guidance for Instruction for more information.

If testing is required for students after a classmate tests positive, how do instructors verify that the necessary testing has taken place? Are instructors allowed by law to require — or even request — such verification?

Contact tracing will notify close contacts of infected individuals about when testing is required. Generally, when universal masking is in place, there should be no need to trace close contacts in classroom interactions

If someone is identified as a close contact of an infected person, our COVID Prevention Services Team will schedule testing for them. It may take up to three days for testing results to be obtained. During that time, the class should be able to meet, assuming the faculty member or instructor is not a COVID-positive case. 

The following types of close contacts do not need to quarantine and should be able to continue to attend class while they await their test results:

  • Close contacts who are up-to-date on vaccination do not need to quarantine, even if both individuals were unmasked during the exposure. 
  • Close contacts who are not up-to-date on vaccination or have a University-approved exemption — and who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days at the time of exposure.
  • However, close contacts who are not up-to-date on vaccination or have a University-approved exemption may be required to quarantine. And they would miss classes while in quarantine. 

If close contacts fail to show for testing, they will be referred to the Office of Student Responsibility and Community Standards. Non-compliance with this requirement may result in disciplinary action.

 

Contact Tracing

Is the University conducting any contact tracing?

Yes. SLU’s contact tracing team has proven to be one of the most critical safeguards for preventing disease spread on our campus. In the 2020-2021 academic year, ~ three in 10 quarantined students became infected — and contagious — and were moved to isolation housing. They did not have a chance to transmit disease to other members of our University community.

In the 2021-2022 academic year, contact tracing protocols have been further updated based on required vaccinations, CDC guidance, and the analysis of campus data from the past year.

Our contact tracing team is an arm of the Office of the President and agents for the St. Louis City Health Department. The team includes public health faculty, students and accredited staff.

How will positive test results be communicated during contract tracing? How will we ensure that an individual’s personal information isn’t compromised in that process?

An individual’s infection status is considered protected health information under HIPAA law. Through contact tracing, we can let people know that they have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 without identifying the infected individual.

What is a close contact?

As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, so may the definition of a close contact. A close contact is defined as any person who spent a cumulative total of ≥15 minutes in one 24-hour period within 6 feet of a confirmed case of COVID-19 while that person was contagious.

How does the contact tracing process work?

The contact tracing process begins when the contact tracing team is notified that an individual has tested positive. That prompts a “case investigation” to identify all close contacts. The process includes the following. 

  • During contact tracing interviews, individuals will be asked about who they sat next to and/or interacted with in classes or at events. At this point in the semester, we hope that many students will be able to identify their classmates by name. Close contacts will receive a “contact tracing” email, which will include required testing and other details.
  • If the individual who tests positive for COVID-19 cannot identify who they sat next to or interacted with at either an event or in a class/lab, the entire class or attendee list (if it exists) will receive a “notification of potential exposure” email. This email will tell the recipient that they may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in either a class or at an event. Neither the event nor the class will be specified; only the date of the potential exposure will be provided. The email will include a recommended window of time in which the recipient is encouraged to get tested, based on when the potential exposure may have taken place. 
  • Notification of potential exposure emails will strongly encourage those who have a vaccine exemption or who are at high-risk of severe disease to get tested. 
  • If you receive a notification of potential exposure email, it does not mean that you were by definition a close contact of an infected person. Testing is not required, as it is when you are a confirmed close contact. However, we want to err on the side of caution and notify potential exposures, because the risk of transmission increases in a mask-optional environment.   
How long does the contact tracing process take?

In general, the contact tracing process is conducted in less than one day. However, some factors can increase the amount of time needed to interview and notify all close contacts. These factors include: a high number of infected individuals ; having to contact a large number of close contacts; or, at the outset, being unable to reach an infected individual.

What do I do when contact tracing calls or emails me?

Please reply to our contact tracing team right away. Their critical work to prevent COVID spread on our St. Louis campuses requires your urgent assistance.

The contact tracing team will determine if you may have been exposed to COVID-19 based upon what they have learned from their interview of the COVID positive person and other evidence they have obtained, such as social media posts. Their interview with you and others will confirm or refute that suspicion.

Our contact tracing team members are acting as agents of the City Health Department.

Students who ignore inquiries by or fail to cooperate with our contact tracing team will be reported to the Office of Student Responsibility and Community Standards.

Faculty and staff who do not cooperate with our contact tracing team will be reported to their academic dean or division vice president.

What if contact tracing doesn’t call or email me, but I know I was in the same room as the COVID-positive person?  

It means that based upon the information they have gathered, the contact tracing team has concluded that you were not exposed to COVID-19.

However, if you believe that you spent 15 minutes or more within 6 feet of a person you know to be COVID-positive, please email pandemic@slu.edu. We will connect you to our contact tracing team.

Safeguards in the Classroom

Are instructors responsible for any classroom and/or classroom equipment disinfection prior to and following sessions?

The University follows routine cleaning and disinfection protocols for all campus spaces, including classrooms and labs.

Are instructors responsible for symptom monitoring of students in their class(es)?

No. Instructors are only responsible for monitoring and reporting their own health symptoms.

What should a faculty member do if an in-person student tells them they are quarantining or isolating and will not be in in-person classes for a few days?

Absences due to isolation/quarantine will be handled as extended authorized absences. Students should contact their instructors to discuss how they can maintain progress in their courses. Learn more.

Visitors to Campus

Who is considered to be a visitor or guest?

A visitor or guest is someone who will only be on campus for a single event or visit, or for periodic events (such as attending multiple athletic events as a spectator). 


Individuals who will be coming to or visiting campus on a regular basis are not considered visitors/guests. Some examples might include: a visiting scholar, a guest lecturer who will give multiple presentations in a single semester, or students hired by a grant to work on campus for multiple weeks in a semester.

Are visitors or guests required to wear face masks on campus?

Saint Louis University requires everyone on campus, including visitors and guests, to follow current face mask policies. See the face mask FAQ for more details.

Are visitors or guests required to submit proof of vaccination before coming to campus? 

All guests attending indoor, external events on campus must provide proof of having completed the primary COVID-19 vaccination series (14 days from second dose of Pfizer/Moderna, or 14 days from single dose J&J) or a negative test result within 72 hours of their visit to campus. (“External events” are events held on campus in which more than 10% of attendees are guests that are not covered by the University’s vaccination policies.)

Individuals who are visiting, on a one-time basis, to attend an internal campus meeting or event are not required to submit proof of vaccination. These individuals must follow all other campus COVID-related guidelines. (“Internal” campus meetings or events are gatherings at which fewer than 10% of attendees are guests not covered by the University’s vaccination policies.) 

If an individual will be coming to or visiting campus on a regular basis, they fall under our COVID-19 vaccination policy and are required to either submit proof of being up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccination or have an approved vaccine exemption. If these individuals will not have a SLU email address, they do not have access to our vaccination portal. Therefore, the unit leader, person, or group hosting the individual should email pandemic@slu.edu and share the individual’s name and contact information. The COVID-19 vaccination team will work with the individual to obtain their proof of vaccination or vaccine exemption. 

Are visitors or guests required to complete a health screening before coming to campus?

SLU is not using a formal health screening app or other tool. However, guests should not come to campus if they have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 10 days and are still in isolation, or if they are in quarantine due to a known exposure to COVID-19.

Visitors or guests with symptoms of COVID-19 should speak to their healthcare provider about the possible need for a COVID-19 test before coming to campus or conduct an at-home test if one is available. 

 

Additional Safeguards on Campus

What measures are being taken to safeguard University shuttles from COVID-19?

Masks continued to be required at all times when riding the shuttles. Shuttle routes, capacity and additional safeguards have been reviewed with the shuttle service provider and posted on the Billiken Shuttle Service page on slu.edu and on the SLU Mobile App.

What if My Questions Haven't Been Answered?

Contact pandemic@slu.edu and we will connect you to the right place as soon as possible.