COVID-19: Coronavirus Updates
Updated May 18, 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.
Fall 2020 Planning
Planning has begun to reopen campus in the fall for face-to-face instruction, and it is SLU’s collective goal is to make the fall term an exceptional experience for all our students. A working group of faculty, staff, students and the University’s public health experts has assessed options for the fall. The group has recommended hybrid scenarios in which the University starts in-person and moves to complete remote delivery – or vice versa, depending upon the status of the virus.
Remote Working and City's Reopening Plans
St. Louis City officials have published their plans to ease the City’s "stay-at-home" order beginning May 18. The City’s guidance covers "Phase I of Reopening." SLU will incorporate specifics of the City’s updated order, as well as CDC guidance, into the University’s plan to reopen campus for work in the coming weeks. Employees who have been working from home should not return to their SLU offices on May 18 and should continue to work from home until they hear otherwise from their supervisor.
Impact on University and SLUCare Budgets
Like other higher education institutions and health care organizations across the region and country, Saint Louis University and SLUCare are experiencing significant financial difficulties brought on by the current crisis. Both the University and SLUCare have announced steps they plan to take to mitigate the current and anticipated losses caused by COVID-19.
Summer Courses and Camps
Summer 2020 courses will move to online delivery – with some exceptions. Additionally, SLU’s K-12 camps/academies, athletic camps, pre-college, access and TRIO programs, and our international immersion programs are also all canceled at least through June.
Financial Assistance for Students
SLU recognizes that the current public health crisis may bring unexpected financial hardships to students and their families. Resources may be available to help those in need of financial assistance, from emergency loans and grants to the option to appealing financial aid eligibility due to changing financial circumstances. Students facing financial hardships are encouraged to contact the Office of Student Financial Services at email@example.com.
As is the case for many of our peer institutions, SLU received the federal aid through CARES Act – the stimulus package in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. For SLU, that will ultimately amount to $5.14 million. Half of that amount – $2.57 million – goes directly to students who need it the most based on unexpected changes and expenses.
Consolidated Housing Plan
The University developed a consolidated housing plan for students who were granted exemptions to live on campus for the remainder of the term. The plan was developed with input from students and public health experts.
Housing for Health Care Workers and Those Who Need to Isolate
The University has made Reinert Hall available to providers and other staff from SLUCare and SSM Health who don’t feel comfortable doing home. For those who might need to isolate while awaiting testing or who have tested positive for COVID-19, the Grand Forest Apartments have been designated for health care workers and other emergency personnel, while the Village Apartments have been designated for students. At this time, there are no students isolating in the Village.
Grading Policy Changes
In select undergraduate courses for the spring term, students will have the option of choosing from either a “pass/low pass/no pass” grading policy for individual courses, or the standard grading process. The deadline to request a change is May 15. We encourage students to consider their grading choices carefully, course by course, to make an informed decision.
College Church Mass Livestreaming
We are now live streaming 10:30 a.m. Sunday Masses from St. Francis Xavier College Church. Subscribe to the Church’s new YouTube channel and tune in every Sunday.
Opportunities to Serve
The Center for Service and Community Engagement has compiled a list of the many ways to get involved in the St. Louis community, which will be updated as we learn more from our community partners. You may view the list of opportunities on the CSCE website.
SLU-Madrid shifted to remote teaching on March 16 and will not return to face-to-face teaching during the spring semester. The May commencement ceremony has been postponed, and the campus’ summer session courses will be taught remotely. SLU-Madrid is home to students from across Europe, the U.S. and around the world. While travel restrictions or health advisories may prevent students from traveling to Spain, the campus will be open in the summer and the fall to serve its international student population and advance SLU’s Jesuit mission overseas. For the latest information on the Madrid campus, visit slu.edu/madrid.
With the health and safety of patients, medical staff and community in mind, SLUCare Physician Group is identifying and rescheduling non-urgent patient appointments. Our medical staff is also identifying patient visits that can be effectively managed through telemedicine, or a virtual visit.