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Campus Protocols for the 2021-2022 Academic Year

SLU-Madrid's campus protocols for the 2021-2022 academic year are based on a commitment to teaching and learning, community safety and optimism.

These policies are also based on the information available at this time. They may change – due to government and public health regulations or due to our own commitment to keeping the campus community safe. If they change, we will let you know.

Keep informed: SLU-Madrid sends updates and announcements related to COVID-19 to your official (@slu.edu) email account. Please check your email regularly. Please check SLU-Madrid's COVID-19 webpage regularly as well.

Safety on Campus:

SLU-Madrid requires you to:

  • Wear your face mask. 
  • Respect social distancing guidelines and signage throughout campus.
  • Practice hand hygiene.
  • Assist with ventilation (open windows between classes, etc.).
  • Monitor your health.

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, or have COVID-19 related concerns, please email or call:

Vaccinations: Privacy laws in Spain prevent us from implementing a vaccine mandate. Nonetheless, SLU-Madrid urges you to get fully vaccinated if you have not already done so. We understand that some students may not yet have access to vaccinations; thus, we are ready to serve both vaccinated and unvaccinated students on campus.

Testing: All SLU-Madrid students registered for at least one credit have Multi Sanitas medical insurance during the term of registration. Information about the Sanitas protocols for COVID-19 testing and coverage is available here. The U.S. Embassy also provides a list of COVID-19 testing and lab locations in Madrid; the Madrid Province also offers free antigen testing at specific locations in the city. If you have any questions, contact the Office of Student Life (studentlife-madrid@slu.edu).

In-Person Classes: SLU-Madrid has returned to traditional classroom teaching. Social distancing regulations may require us to reschedule some classes to new times or new rooms, especially during the first few weeks of the semester. We have made every effort to eliminate hybrid classes, in which some students are being taught in the classroom and others connect to the class remotely via Zoom. This means that if you need to miss class during a semester, normal attendance policies apply. You should work with each of your instructors to make sure you stay on track in your courses. You should not assume that your professor will permit you to "Zoom" in.

COVID-19-related Absences: Absences due to isolation/quarantine will be handled as extended authorized absences (such as those brought on by the flu or surgery) are always handled. Students should contact their instructors to discuss how they can stay up to date in their courses. This plan may look different for each of your courses. In general, we are not recommending that faculty "Zoom in" an absent student to a live class session. The University Attendance Policy continues to consider COVID-19-related absences "authorized," and students may request a letter justifying their absence if needed.

Late Arrivals: SLU-Madrid will do its best to accommodate students who are delayed due to visa or COVID-19-related reasons (awaiting vaccinations, quarantining, etc.). If you are facing a delay, please notify both Student Life (studentlife-madrid@slu.edu) and your instructors. If the delay extends beyond the "Change of Registration" period (Sunday, September 12), advising staff may need to adjust your schedule or withdraw you from some or all of your courses.

On-Campus Protocols: SLU-Madrid developed its health and safety protocols in accordance with the current guidelines required by national and regional health authorities. Safeguards, which include mandatory use of face masks and social distancing, will continue to be in place until further notice.

Face Masks: SLU-Madrid will provide all students with face masks; students, faculty and staff will be required to wear them on campus.

Social Distancing: SLU-Madrid has reconfigured all spaces on campus to promote social distancing. In addition, plexiglass screens have been installed in various locations, such as reception desks. Face shields are available for faculty and staff upon request. The number of persons in elevators and restrooms at a given time is restricted. Please avoid rearranging classroom, cafeteria, or library chairs; if you do, please return chairs to their original position before leaving.

Symptom Checking: You should monitor your health daily to see if you have a temperature higher than 37.5º C (99.5º F) or any symptom compatible with COVID-19. If so, stay home and contact the public health services by dialing 900 102 112. Students should also communicate their situation to the Student Life Office (studentlife-madrid@slu.edu); faculty and staff, to the Office of Human Resources (hr-madrid@slu.edu). Periodic temperature screening will be implemented on campus.

Handwashing and Sanitizing Stations: We recommend periodic handwashing and the use of hand-sanitizing stations with hydro-alcoholic gel located throughout campus, including at all key entrance and exit points. A Dyson Wash and Dry Pod, where you can soap, wash, and dry your hands is also available at the entrance of the cafeteria.

Cleaning/Disinfecting: SLU-Madrid has implemented daily disinfecting efforts on campus, with special attention to high touch surfaces. Disinfectant detergent and paper towels are available in all shared offices and classrooms for additional sanitation during the day.

Other Measures: Other efforts in place to ensure the health and safety of the SLU-Madrid community include (but are not limited to) keeping doors open in high-traffic areas, foot pedal installation in drinking fountains and limiting drinking fountains to water bottle refills only, daily ventilation of buildings, and educational signage to promote best practices.

Host-Family Housing: Host-family housing is limited to single-room occupancy only, with families limited to hosting no more than three students. SLU-Madrid has ensured that the infrastructure and services are in place to support students if they become ill or need to self-isolate due to exposure to COVID-19. This safety measure requires host families to provide additional meal service and sanitary measures; thus, an additional 15 euros per day will be charged to the student for each day of prescribed confinement. If the host family is affected and/or cannot provide host family services, SLU-Madrid will move the student to a different housing accommodation.

Students living with host families will follow the protocols recommended by Spain's health authorities. They must take responsibility for personal care and facilitate the cleaning/disinfection of their rooms and belongings. As on campus, students must follow all protocols, including but not limited to, social distancing, travel restrictions, use of personal protection equipment and possible confinement. In addition, host families may set restrictions on visitors to their homes. Detailed guidelines are available here.

Student Residences in Spain: SLU-Madrid's residential partners have also established health and safety protocols according to the requirements established by Spanish Health Authorities for this type of business. For additional information, contact your residence provider directly.

Off-Campus Public Health Regulations: The health and safety of our community is a shared responsibility that requires all students, faculty and staff to be accountable for behaviors on and off campus. All members of the SLU-Madrid community will be required to follow the directives issued by Spain's health authorities. At present, these include mandatory use of masks indoors and, when social distancing cannot be maintained, outdoors. As we have experienced over the past year, the provincial authorities may impose additional measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including mandatory testing, closures, and lockdowns. Consult the Madrid Province COVID-19 website for further information.

Travel: SLU-Madrid recommends that students from outside of Spain make travel arrangements that permit changes in the event of a need to return home due to unforeseen circumstances. All students from outside of Spain should consult the Spain Travel Health website for additional information and the documentation needed to travel to Spain.

Restrictions related to COVID-19 vary widely by region in Spain, across Europe, and around the world. If you have plans to travel from Spain to other destinations, you must monitor the travel information specific to your destination and to your return to Madrid.  You must not travel if you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last two weeks, or have had close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last two weeks.

Sources we turn to for information about COVID-19 include the Madrid Province (Comunidad de Madrid), Spain's National Ministry of Health, the U.S. Embassy in Spain, the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization.

Posted: August 31, 2021