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Health Advisory: Coronavirus

COVID-19: Coronavirus Updates

Updated Aug. 7, 2020

St. Louis Campus

Saint Louis University is closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic. The University continues to follow the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), as well as state and local health officials. 

Health Updates

SLU has had one case of a student living on campus who has tested positive for COVID-19. Close contacts were identified and quarantined.  

In response to COVID-19, the University continues to follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), local and state health departments, and SLU’s public health experts. Learn more about SLU's safeguards.  

Decisions and Changes for Fall 2020

Fall 2020 Calendar: Undergraduate classes will begin earlier than scheduled on Monday, Aug. 17 and conclude Tuesday, Nov. 24.  Final fall exams will be administered remotely from Monday, Nov. 30 through Friday, Dec. 4. Learn more.  Classes will be held on Labor Day, providing faculty and students with more classroom time and limiting opportunities for travel. Many departments and divisions whose services are not critical to the delivery of classes or student services will be closed. Learn more.

Interim Face Mask Policy: In accordance with local requirements and the latest guidance from public health officials, SLU has instituted an interim policy requiring face masks to be worn on campus, with limited exceptions. Learn more

*New* Testing, Contact Tracing and Symptom Reporting: As of Aug. 7, Saint Louis University intends to test all residential students at move-in. The University is finalizing plans to launch a smartphone app and web link for daily health checks consisting of symptom and temperature screening. SLU will also add an internal contact tracing team, in partnership with the city’s public health authorities. Learn more.

Study Abroad: All SLU-approved international short-term and semester study-abroad experiences for fall 2020 have been canceled. Learn more

*New* In-Person Events: All in-person events on campus this fall are canceled. Small group meetings of 10 people or fewer will be possible, assuming public health protocols are followed. Learn more.

Commencement Ceremonies: SLU has decided to postpone both the May 2020 and the December 2020 commencement ceremonies until May 2021. Learn more

Test-Optional Admission: SLU will not require ACT or SAT scores for freshman or transfer applicants applying for the fall 2021 semester, and will not require the GRE or GMAT for most graduate programs. Learn more

Public Health Safeguards 

SLU has developed safeguards for the fall term based on recommendations from a COVID-19 Recovery Working Group that includes faculty, staff and students, as well as SLU’s public health experts. 

SLU strongly encourages all students to limit their exposure to others outside their immediate family as much as possible, for two weeks before coming to campus. This helps ensure they are coming to SLU healthy and ready for the fall term.

Safeguards for Fall 

Returning to Work 

In the fall, the University expects that most employees will continue to work partly, or mostly, remotely, while some of will remain entirely at home. 

SLU's goal is to keep the number of academic and operational employees who are on campus to a minimum, while accounting for faculty who are delivering face-to-face instruction and those who are required to be on-campus for additional support.  

Guidance as Some Return to Campus 

Fall Housing 

In consultation with local health departments, as well as SLU’s own public health and infectious disease experts, the University has developed plans to safely house residential students for the fall 2020 semester. Move-in dates are being expanded. 

All undergraduate students returning to campus are required to complete a Return-to-Campus Module by Aug. 11. Developed by student leaders, the module is designed help all students better understand SLU's safeguards and envision life on campus. Learn more.

Information for Residential Students


Faculty and staff continue to work and serve our students remotely. For fall 2020, SLU-Madrid plans to resume in-person classes on campus, following an adjusted hybrid academic calendar. Faculty are also developing online (asynchronous) alternatives for new and continuing students who may not return to campus due to travel restrictions or health concerns. 

Madrid COVID-19 Updates

In recent months, SLUCare moved appointments and shifted to new forms of care, like virtual visits and telemedicine. Now, the practice is beginning to see more patients in-office, and has made changes to ensure everyone's health and safety. SLUCare is closely following the latest guidance from the CDC, state and local health departments, SLU’s School of Medicine, and the University’s infectious disease experts.

Preparing for Safe In-Office Visits