Protocols and General Questions
Q: What COVID-19 testing is available on campus?
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.
Following CDC guidance, the following people should get tested for COVID-19:
- People who have symptoms of COVID-19, regardless of their vaccine/booster status.
- People who have come into close contact with someone with COVID-19 should be tested to check for infection:
- Fully vaccinated people should be tested 5–7 days after their last exposure.
- People who are not fully vaccinated should get tested immediately when they find out they are a close contact. If their test result is negative, they should get tested again 5–7 days after their last exposure or immediately if symptoms develop.
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 email@example.com. Students who are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 are expected to contact Health Services at 513-745-3022 option 3.
Q: How will quarantine and isolation be implemented?
A: The CDC recently updated its guidelines for quarantine and isolation.
Individuals who have a confirmed COVID-19 case will be required to isolate for at least 5 days from the date their symptoms started OR from the positive test date (if the individual is asymptomatic). Individuals will be released on the 6th day of isolation if their symptoms are improving. Isolation release dates will be determined by COVID Support Services in consultation with Health Services. Students may be required to participate in a clinical assessment, which may include testing, prior to their release from isolation. Upon release from isolation, individuals will be expected to monitor for symptoms and wear a well-fitted mask for 10 full days any time they are around others in both private and public spaces.
Unvaccinated individuals who have been exposed to COVID-19 will be required to quarantine for at least 5 days from the date of their exposure. These individuals should be tested immediately and monitor for symptoms during their quarantine. Individuals will be released on the 6th day of quarantine as long as they have not developed symptoms. Quarantine release dates will be determined by COVID Support Services in consultation with Health Services. Students may be required to participate in a clinical assessment, which may include testing, prior to their release from quarantine. Upon release from quarantine, individuals will be expected to monitor for symptoms and wear a well-fitted mask for 10 full days any time they are around others in both private and public spaces.
Q: Will Xavier provide quarantine and isolation space for on-campus residential students if needed?
A: Xavier has limited reserved quarantine and isolation space that may be available for on-campus residents if needed. Residential students who can safely go home for quarantine or isolation will be required to do so. If students remain on campus, most students will be expected to remain in their assigned residence hall space for the duration of their quarantine/isolation experience. COVID Support Services will work with impacted students and roommates to support the well-being of high-risk members of our community. Reserved quarantine and isolation spaces will be prioritized for high-risk circumstances. On-campus quarantine and isolation spaces are not guaranteed for on-campus residents. Students may be required to make plans for possible off-campus quarantine/isolation at their own expense.
Students living off-campus will not have access to on-campus space but will be supported by the COVID Support Services team.
COVID Support Services will continue to offer individualized care, guidance, and support to all students engaged in quarantine or isolation, regardless of their location.
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 contact tracing which will be primarily conducted via email. Students are expected to cooperate with all contact tracing efforts so that Xavier can appropriately conduct this important public health measure. Xavier community members will be notified through Xavier's contact tracing process if they are identified by a 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: What is Xavier's surveillance testing program?
All unvaccinated Xavier students who have received an approved religious exemption will be enrolled in Xavier’s surveillance testing program. Students will be contacted by COVID Support Services to facilitate their testing requirement. Failure to comply with surveillance testing may result in loss of access to campus facilities and a referral to the student conduct process.
Q: Where should questions about the temporary entry requirement for men's and women's basketball games at Cintas Center during the month of January be directed?
A: Questions about the temporary entry requirement (proof of vaccination or negative COVID test result) should be directed to the Xavier Ticket Office at 513-745-1999.
Q: Are local off-campus trips allowed?
A: Yes, please follow the existing Student Domestic Travel Itinerary process for travel within 35 miles.
Q: What health and safety measures remain in place?
A: Hand sanitizer and cleaning stations (paper towels, cleaning solution) 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: 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: 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: Are faculty able to separately require masks?
A: Faculty and staff are not able to operate separately from University policy.