COVID-19: Coronavirus Updates
Updated July 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.
SLU has decided to return to face-to-face classes in the fall, with online instruction accommodations for those who cannot, or should not, come to campus. The University is implementing a variety of plans and protocols to ensure the health and safety of the SLU community.
Recent Decisions and Changes
Early Start: Undergraduate classes will begin earlier than scheduled on Monday, Aug. 17. Learn more.
End-of-Semester Dates: Undergraduate classes will conclude Tuesday, Nov. 24. Final fall exams fall will be administered remotely from Monday, Nov. 30 through Friday, Dec. 4. 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.
Study Abroad: All SLU-approved international short-term and semester study-abroad experiences for fall 2020 have been canceled. 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.
Returning to Work
Employees who have been working remotely should continue to do so unless instructed otherwise. Return-to-work decisions through mid-July must be for urgent, strategic or mission-critical work that cannot be done remotely.
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.
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.
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.