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What to Know About August 2 Return to Campus for the Fall Semester

by Joe Barker on 07/28/2021

After more than a year of remote work brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Saint Louis University will take its first steps toward having a more traditional fall semester.

As announced in June, SLU is planning for a full return of our non-clinical staff to campus beginning Monday, Aug. 2. Before heading back, here are some things to know about what’s going on at the University. 

Face Masks, #CampusClear and More Guidelines

The St. Louis City Health Department reinstated its mask requirements on July 23. SLU followed suit and is now requiring anyone on campus, regardless of vaccination status, to wear a face mask inside all University buildings. 

This includes: 

In addition to wearing masks, who are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated also must maintain 6 feet of social distance indoors.

Masks are not required in on-campus residence hall rooms, private office spaces with the door closed, or while eating at a campus dining facility. 

Outdoors: Fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear face masks except in crowded settings. Non-vaccinated persons also don’t have to wear face masks if they can maintain 6 feet of distance between themselves and others.

#CampusClear: Everyone who is on campus must continue to use #CampusClear symptom self-check app each morning. To enter Simon Rec and Pius Library, the #CampusClear “Good to go” screen must be presented. Anyone with COVID-like symptoms should immediately report their symptoms to Student Health, Employee Health or their personal physician.

Pius Library: For the time being, access to the library will remain by key card. No non-SLU persons will be permitted in the library without the escort of a SLU community member. 

Learn More: Summer Session 2021 Guidance

These guidelines are not the COVID-prevention measures the University may utilize for the upcoming fall semester as a near fully vaccinated campus. Those public health practices will be announced by mid-August. 

Vaccination Requirement: As a reminder, all students, faculty and staff who will be on campus this fall are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Members of the SLU community can submit their proof of vaccination through an online portal. The deadline to complete the process is Aug. 1. 

Submit your proof of vaccination now

Where to Eat

DineSLU has announced some food options will open starting the week of Aug. 2.

From Aug. 2-18 Starbucks will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Billiken Grill in the lower level of Busch Student Center will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Grand Hall will be open for breakfast from 7-9 a.m. Monday through Friday. Lunch hours during the week will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dinner will be served from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Brunch will be served on the weekends from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Myron Bridges, DineSLU operations director, said more options will open Thursday, Aug. 19, when students begin to return to campus. 

Bridges said the best way to keep up with what’s open is to check the DineSLU website or follow DineSLU on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Parking at SLU

A return to campus means a return to parking on campus. Permits for Saint Louis University parking can be purchased year-round online via mySLU

At SLU, parking permits are virtual and are tracked by license plate number, which a driver will enter online. Permit holders can also quickly update information or add multiple vehicles to an account.  

To obtain a permit, go to the Tools tab in the mySLU portal and click on “Parking and Card Services Vehicle Registration.” Enter the license plate number, choose the appropriate parking term and preferred type of parking. 

Permit holders will receive confirmation when you have successfully registered. Drivers may park only in the garages or lots that are associated with the permit. 

For more information about parking on SLU, visit the parking website