Fall 2021 FAQ
Q: What is Xavier’s testing and surveillance program for the fall 2021 semester?
A: COVID-19 testing is available at Health Services for symptomatic students, close contacts, and upon request with an appointment at Health Services located in the HUB.
Mandatory surveillance testing will be required for students who are either unvaccinated or who have not reported their vaccination status. The process will include potential testing exemptions for certain limited circumstances. Additional information will be shared with impacted students in advance of the program.
Q: Who should I contact if I receive a positive COVID-19 test result?
A: Students who receive a positive COVID-19 test result off-campus are expected to contact COVID Support Services at firstname.lastname@example.org. Students who are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 are expected to contact Health Services at 513-745-3022 option 3. Note: due to concerns regarding test reliability, individuals who have received a test result from an at-home COVID-19 test may be required to be evaluated further with a lab-approved testing method.
Q: How will the University approach quarantine and/or isolation practices?
A: Xavier is following TriHealth and CDC guidance regarding quarantine and isolation.
Unvaccinated individuals who are a close contact (within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) of someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19, will be required to quarantine. Quarantined individuals should monitor their symptoms for 14 days after exposure. Asymptomatic close contacts may be released from quarantine on day 8 if they receive a negative test on day 5 or later. Quarantine expectations for students will be determined by Health Services. Students should contact COVID Support Services at email@example.com for more information.
Asymptomatic vaccinated individuals who have been exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19 will not be required to quarantine at this time, but should monitor their symptoms for 14 days and are encouraged to get tested 3-5 days post-exposure.
Individuals who receive a positive COVID-19 test will be required to isolate themselves from those who are not infected. COVID-19 positive individuals will generally be released from isolation on the 11th day after their symptom onset. Asymptomatic individuals will generally be released from isolation on the 11th day after their positive test result. Students should contact COVID Support Services at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Q: Will Xavier provide quarantine and isolation space for on-campus residential students if needed?
A: Yes, Xavier has space available for on-campus residents if needed. Students living off-campus will not have access to on-campus space but will be supported by the COVID Support Services team.
Q: Will instructors and classmates receive communication if a student in their class tests positive?
A: Upon notification of a COVID-19 positive Xavier community member, the University will continue to facilitate comprehensive contact tracing. Instructors and classmates of a positive individual will be notified through Xavier’s contact tracing process if they are identified by the positive individual as a close contact (an individual who was within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period). Instructors and students will not receive communication from the University if they were not identified as a close contact.
Q: Does Xavier have guidelines for off-campus travel?
A: Yes, Xavier has updated off-campus travel guidelines for overnight travel and travel beyond 35 miles. Due to the growing risks associated with COVID-19 and the Delta variant, all students participating in University-sponsored group domestic travel are required to be vaccinated. View the full off-campus travel guidelines.
Q: Are local off-campus trips allowed?
A: Yes, please follow the existing Student Domestic Travel Itinerary process for travel within 35 miles.
Q: Will the COVID Dashboard be available this fall?
A: Yes, the COVID-19 Dashboard relaunched on Monday, Aug. 16, the first day of fall semester classes. The Dashboard reports total positive active cases for both students and employees. In addition, community vaccination rates will be shared publicly once more complete information is updated by students and employees.
Q: What health and safety measures have remained in place?
A: Hand sanitizer and cleaning stations (paper towels, cleaning solution) will continue to be stocked. The University also continues to maximize fresh air intake and has MERV 13 air filters in place in campus buildings where applicable.
Q: May speakers on a stage or at a podium in a large gathering remove their masks?
A: Yes, speakers on a stage or at a podium in a large gathering may remove their masks for the duration of their speech, so long as they can maintain at least six feet of distance from the audience or other members of the stage party. In classroom teaching and student presentations, masks should remain on.
Q: Are there restrictions for on-campus events due to COVID protocols? (EX: size or food limitations)
A: No, although events are subject to the indoor campus masking requirement.
Q: Is social distancing still required?
A: Social distancing (maintaining at least 6 feet of distance) is not required at this time.
Q: Will Xavier require vaccinated students to participate in random surveillance testing?
A: No. If medical guidance were to shift, Xavier would certainly evaluate implications for our community.
Q: Does Xavier require vaccination for COVID-19?
A: Xavier University is now requiring all students to be vaccinated against COVID-19, effective for the start of the spring 2022 semester. COVID-19 vaccination is now a required student immunization, joining MMR, Meningococcal Conjugate (ACWY), and Hepatitis B. View complete details on Xavier's student COVID-19 vaccination requirement.
Q: Why did Xavier require students and employees to report their COVID-19 vaccination status?
A: Xavier leadership needs information about vaccination rates in our community to help make data-informed decisions. Aggregate vaccination rates will be shared with the Xavier community in the COVID-19 Dashboard.
Q: What are the consequences for students who do not report their COVID-19 vaccination status by Monday, Aug. 16?
A: Mandatory surveillance testing will be required for students who are either unvaccinated or who have not reported their vaccination status. The process will include potential testing exemptions for certain limited circumstances. Additional information will be shared with impacted students in advance of the program.
Q: Does Xavier have a process in place to identify fake COVID-19 vaccination cards?
A: While there is currently no indication that this is an issue, the Task Force will continue to monitor the situation and professional guidance. Strict penalties for falsifying health records from both the University and law enforcement will hopefully curb any potential issues.
Q: Is there a goal vaccination rate or threshold for re-evaluating masking, vaccination, or other decisions?
A: The COVID-19 follows public health guidance and guidance from our TriHealth partners and strives to make data-informed decisions. Every situation and decision is evaluated holistically, so there is no single threshold in place to trigger certain actions.
Q: Are COVID-19 vaccinations available on campus?
A: Yes, Health Services, operated by TriHealth at the Health United Building, has COVID-19 vaccines available for all Xavier community members. Please call 513-745-3022 option 3 to schedule an appointment.
Q: Is the indoor campus masking requirement permanent for the fall 2021 semester?
A: The COVID-19 Task Force is continually monitoring health information and guidance. It is hoped that masks will not be required for the entire semester, although it is difficult to predict when this requirement will be lifted.
Q: What is Xavier’s policy for outdoor masking?
A: Masks are not required outside, although all community members are welcome to wear a mask outside if they would like.
Q: Are campus visitors required to wear masks indoors?
A: Yes, the indoor campus masking requirement applies to anyone on Xavier’s campus, including employees, students, contractors, and visitors.
Q: Is a specific kind of mask required?
A: No, Xavier is not requiring a specific type of mask.
Q: Are masks required in cubicles?
A: Masks are not required when working alone, in a cubicle with walls at least 5 feet in height, or in a closed office.
Q: How do I address someone who is not wearing a mask?
A: The “4 R’s” approach from the past year can be instructive in this difficult situation.
- Remind one another of the specific expectations in our One for All Community Commitment. We might say, "Please don't forget, we're expected to wear masks when we're inside campus buildings."
- Request that others follow the specific community expectation. We can ask for compliance by saying something, "Would you please put your mask on? It's important for the safety of our community."
- Remedy by offering an opportunity for each other to remedy the situation immediately. For instance, "I know that there are masks available at the front desk. Please go retrieve one and then you are welcome to return. You are not permitted to remain in this space without a mask and if you won't comply, I'll have to ask you to leave."
- Report the individual's non-compliant behavior. Reports of non-compliance with our Community Commitments may result in a referral to the student discipline process. We might say, "Your behavior is violating Xavier's Community Commitments and puts others at risk. I'm going to report this incident and ask you to leave this space immediately."
Q: If a student goes into quarantine or isolation due to a positive COVID-19 test result or as a close contact of a positive case, can they request to attend class via Zoom?
A: Students in quarantine or isolation are expected to work directly with their professors to make academic arrangements.
Q: Can faculty or staff ask a student about their vaccination status?
A: No. It is important to respect student privacy. Employees can remind students about the indoor campus masking requirement.
Q: Can faculty move desks in classrooms and have students work together in small groups?
A: Yes, there are no longer distancing requirements in the classroom.
Q: Is eating allowed in the classroom?
A: Like always, eating in the classroom is at the discretion of the faculty member.
Q: If the mask requirement is lifted, will faculty be able to separately require masks?
A: While this is hypothetical because the indoor campus masking requirement has not been lifted, faculty and staff are not able to operate separately from University policy.