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On March 1, 2024, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released updated recommendations for protecting people and their communities from respiratory viruses, including COVID-19. This new guidance brings a unified approach to addressing risks from common respiratory viral illnesses, such as COVID-19, flu, and RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus).  

Throughout the pandemic and endemic, Xavier has generally followed CDC guidance, adapting the University's COVID-19 policy based on the CDC recommendations. Effective March 13, 2024, after careful consideration of our high level of immunity and consistently low case numbers, Xavier University made the decision to sunset COVID-19 Support Services following the latest guidance from the CDC.  

  • Individuals (students and employees) will no longer be expected to report positive COVID-19 test results to the University. 
  • If individuals are sick with a respiratory virus (COVID-19, the flu, or RSV), they should stay home and limit their interactions with others.
  • Treatments for these common respiratory viruses are available and can lessen symptoms, lowering the risk for severe illness. A medical provider may evaluate students, faculty, and staff to determine if medication is available to treat their symptoms. Individuals may call 513-745-3022, option 3, to schedule an appointment at Health Services on campus, in the Health United Building.
  • You can go back to your normal activities when, for at least 24 hours, both are true:
    • Your symptoms are getting better overall, and 
    • You have not had a fever (and are not using fever-reducing medication). 
  • When resuming normal activities, individuals are encouraged to take additional prevention strategies for the next five days to curb disease spread, such as enhancing hygiene practices, wearing a well-fitting mask, keeping a distance from others. 
  • Students testing positive for COVID-19 will no longer receive a letter from COVID Support Services. Ill students are encouraged to communicate and work with their professors regarding expectations for missed classes. Individuals evaluated by a medical provider at TriHealth on campus may receive a letter from Health Services (provided by TriHealth) to support absence from school or work. An individual can also request such a letter when seen by a provider outside XU.
  • If an employee is absent because of illness or injury, it is his/her responsibility to notify the immediate supervisor as soon as possible. Access the Sick Leave Policy for more information. 

We strongly recommend that all members of our community remain current on their COVID-19 and Influenza vaccines.  

For questions, please contact: 

  • Xavier Health Services for questions related to your care at 513-745-3022, option 3.
  • The Office of Human Resources for questions related to XU Employee sick leave.
  • Marybeth Sullivan regarding questions concerning the new policy.

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