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Stritch Unstopped

August 5, 2021

Comprehensive protocols and procedures remain in place at Cardinal Stritch University to maintain an environment that protects our students, faculty, staff and guests from the COVID-19 virus.

Protocols will continue to be based on evolving information on this global pandemic; decisions and actions will be based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the American College Health Association (ACHA), the State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) and the North Shore Health Department (NSHD).

While physical safety is important, we are equally attentive to the mental and emotional well-being of our campus community.

For the latest information about the COVID-19 vaccine, please visit this page that is frequently updated by members of Stritch's COVID-19 Response Team. 

For information on where to get a COVID test, visit this link.

The CDC has recommended safe activities based on if a person is fully vaccinated. Those recommendations are available at this link. 

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Stritch Unstopped: Fall 2021 edition

In shaping the Stritch Unstopped plan and as we continue to adapt our protocols based on evolving information on this global pandemic, we are mindful of the ways our Franciscan values must guide our plans. We will fortify our decisions and actions based on recommendations from the CDC, ACHA, DHS  and NSHD, while maintaining our commitment to creating a caring community, showing compassion, making peace and reverencing all of creation. 

A COVID-19 Response Team meets regularly to review and address a variety of issues and make recommendations to University leaders.

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The Stritch campus is open!

The Cardinal Stritch University campus is open. 

The Library is open to Stritch students, faculty and staff.  Athletics facilities are open to Stritch students, faculty and staff. 

The campus is open for in-person visits for prospective students. Only pre-scheduled campus visits are allowed at this time. 

All students, faculty, staff and guests:

  • are strongly encouraged to wear masks that cover the nose and mouth when in public, indoor places on campus
  • should be mindful of the importance of hand-washing and respiratory etiquette.

Stritch Unstopped Safety Protocols 

To help maintain a safe environment, Stritch students, faculty, staff and campus guests should conduct a daily self-health screening before coming to campus by answering the following questions:

  • Have you experienced any of the following symptoms in the past 48 hours:
  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Within the past 14 days, have you been in close physical contact (6 feet or closer for at least 15 minutes) with a person who is known to have laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 or with anyone who has any symptoms consistent with COVID-19?
  • Within the past 14 days, has a public health or medical professional told you to self-monitor, self-isolate, or self-quarantine because of concerns about COVID-19 infection? This includes if you are waiting on the results of a COVID-19 test that was recommended by a medical professional.

If you answer YES to any of these questions, do NOT come to campus.

Students - contact Student Health Services at covidhealth@stritch.edu or 414-410-4097  immediately, followed by your healthcare provider.
Employees - contact your supervisor immediately, followed by your healthcare provider.

Stritch Student Health Services (SHS) has a limited supply of COVID-19 tests. Stritch students, faculty and staff must contact the SHS staff to make an appointment for a test.

Guests - re-schedule your visit.

(updated August 2021)

Reporting symptoms and positive test results (NEW)
Students are required to submit a report to covidhealth@stritch.edu for any of the following:
  • Any symptoms as described in this information
  • Positive COVID-19 test
  • If a member of your household or residence has tested positive for COVID-19
  • If you were directly exposed (see definition below) to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19

Direct Exposure is defined as:

  • Direct physical contact (e.g. hug, kiss, handshake, high-five) with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Being within six (6) feet of a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 for more than 15 minutes.
  • Direct contact with any respiratory secretions (e.g. coughed/sneezed on, contact with dirty tissue, sharing a drinking glass, food or towels or other personal items)
  • An overnight stay for at least one night in a household with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19

If you have any symptoms, please self-isolate while you wait for your test results.
Students who live in a Stritch residence hall will be required to move to an isolation room.
The Dean of Students will notify faculty when a student needs to attend classes virtually for COVID-related reasons.

Current CDC Guidelines for Quarantine (April 30, 2021)
Quarantine if you have been in close contact (within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone who has COVID-19, unless you have been fully vaccinated. People who are fully vaccinated do NOT need to quarantine after contact with someone who had COVID-19 unless they have symptoms. However, fully vaccinated people should get tested 3-5 days after their exposure, even if they don’t have symptoms and wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until their test result is negative.
What to do
  • Stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19.
  • Watch for fever (100.4◦F), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
  • If possible, stay away from people you live with, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19.
After quarantine
  • Watch for symptoms until 14 days after exposure.
  • If you have symptoms, immediately self-isolate and contact your local public health authority or healthcare provider.
Visit this link for more information. 
Additional Stritch campus protocols include:

  • All students, faculty, staff and guests are strongly encouraged to wear masks that cover the nose and mouth when in public, indoor places on campus and should be mindful of the importance of hand-washing and respiratory etiquette. 
  • Students will be required to wear their Stritch IDs while on campus. Employees are required to wear their Stritch ID or name tag while on campus. 
  • All guests should enter at the Bonaventure Hall (park in Lot 3 and use Welcome Desk entrance). If you have received approval to use another campus entrance, follow the parking and entrance directions provided by the Stritch employee you are meeting, who is required to meet you at the entrance and accompany you to the meeting location after you have completed your check-in process.
  • Guests will be asked to provide their name, telephone number, email address, mailing address, purpose of their visit and arrival time upon arrival and will be provided a Guest Badge that must be worn throughout the duration of their visit.

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Information for Students

In order to protect the most vulnerable members of our community, and in alignment with our Franciscan values, all Stritch community members will be required to wear face coverings that cover the nose and mouth when in public, indoor spaces on campus, including classrooms.

Prominent signage reinforces best practices for frequent hand-washing, social distancing and using hand sanitizers.

View Student FAQs Document

First Day of Summer Term - May 17 
Memorial Day - May 31 (University Closed) 
Independence Day Break  -July 5 (University Closed) 
Last Day to Withdraw - Prior to the 2/3 point of class 
Graduation Application Deadline - August 15 for August Degree Conferral 
Last Day of Summer Term - August 15 
Degree Conferral Date - August 20 

Summer Break is June 28 to July 4. This break falls within some of the summer term modules.

See additional dates at Academic Calendar

Courses will be delivered in these models:

  • Face-to-Face Model – faculty will deliver content to students in a traditional classroom with reduced number of students per section, spaced out to accommodate social distancing. Students are required to wear masks that cover the nose and mouth during the class period and use disinfecting supplies to clean their work area prior to the start of each class. This is how the majority of courses will continue to be offered.
  • Hybrid Model – faculty will deliver some content to students in a traditional face-to-face model, while incorporating a portion of classes online.
  • Hyflex Model – students participate in classes in-person or via Zoom directly from the classroom and have the option to move between courses that are offered as hybrid and online synchronous formats per semester. This is only available for courses that are designed as Hyflex.
  • Online Only Model – faculty will maximize the use of technology to deliver academic content in an online format.

Due to the diversity of our courses and faculty’s teaching style, in both the hybrid and online models, faculty may offer courses in different ways. This includes offering courses synchronously, meaning that students will be able to virtually attend class all at the same time using technology such as Zoom. At times, these classes may also be recorded in case a student is ill or has been granted advanced permission to miss the synchronous session. Other faculty will offer their course asynchronously, which allows for flexibility as to when students log on to complete mandatory participation requirements. Lastly, to support student learning, faculty may incorporate face-to-face or virtual small group or individual study sessions. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure they are aware of the expectations of course participation. 

Attendance Policy– Summer 2021 

A student will be considered in attendance and marked “present” when physically attending a class on the Stritch campus. If a student cannot be present in a face-to-face class due to having COVID-19, having been exposed to the virus, or completing a required quarantine period then the student will be marked “present” by meeting any of the requirements listed below: 

  • Participating in an online, synchronous class experience (if available)
  • Submitting an academic assignment in Canvas
  • Taking an exam, an interactive tutorial, or computer-assisted instruction in Canvas
  • Attending a study group that is assigned by Stritch faculty, either in person or online
  • Participating in an online discussion about academic matters in Canvas
  • Initiating contact with a Stritch faculty member to ask a question about the academic subject studied in the course.

A student will be marked “absent” when none of the above apply. 

All other University attendance policies remain in effect. 

Modifications in our on-campus residence halls have been made for the health and safety of our residential community. There are physical changes, as well as policy and procedural modifications. Only single-occupancy accommodations will be offered. The number of students allowed to live in a suite-style room will be reduced. There will be modifications to room pricing, yet we remain committed to providing affordable on-campus housing. 

For the 2020-2021 academic year only, the first-year housing residency policy will be waived so that students who live close enough to Stritch have the option to commute instead of being required to live on campus. Residence hall selection priority will be given to international students, out-of-state residents and students who live more than 30 miles from campus. As always, students who do not have reliable transportation and/or a safe home environment will be allowed to live in the residence halls. Move-in days will be lengthened to reduce the number of people in the building at any given time. 

No guests will be permitted in the residence halls during the Spring 2021 semester. 

On-campus dining service will not be available this summer.

On-campus meetings

Face-to-face meetings may be held on campus. Social distancing (3 feet distance between each person attending meeting) must be observed and masks must be worn in accordance with campus COVID protocols.

On-campus events

On-campus events hosted by Stritch faculty and staff must receive supervisor approval. All campus protocols must be observed for the duration of the event. 

External groups seeking to rent Stritch facilities for an event should contact Glorian Konieczny (414-410-4504; gjkonieczny@stritch.edu), who will be working with a team of staff – Bill Marcou, Kris Herrick, and Jacinda Konczal – to ensure group needs can be met in a safe manner. The group must submit a safety plan 48 hours prior to the start of its event that will be reviewed by Stritch personnel. All campus protocols must be observed for the duration of the event. The University reserves the right to cancel reservations if a safety plan is not submitted or if campus safety protocols are not observed. 

All food and beverage service for major events must be provided by Aladdin food services on campus. Groups may not provide their own food and beverages unless pre-approved. Food and beverage must be consumed in Serra Dining Hall, the Union or in outside space on campus.

 

Changes on campus

Service centers such as the Welcome Desk; Office of Information Systems Help Desk; Business Office, Financial Aid, Residence Hall front desks; Library service desks; Athletics service desk and Food Services are vital for campus operations. 

Plexiglass dividers have been installed in these areas. Hand sanitizers and disinfectant wipes are available at each location. Cleaning procedures have been established and will be followed after all interactions. 

Common areas such as the Leadership Commons, Great Hall, Bonaventure Hall second floor, Clare Hall Lounge and Union provide opportunities to build community. 

The number of people in these common areas will be limited to adhere to social distancing practices and help keep the areas clean. Frequent cleaning and disinfecting occurs in these areas and hand sanitizers and disinfectant wipes are available.

Signage reinforces the need for social distancing and cleaning protocols. 

The use of all athletics and fitness facilities is limited to Stritch students, faculty and staff. A check-in and check-out process using Stritch IDs will be implemented. All equipment is cleaned with disinfectants following use. Locker room use is limited to student-athletes. There is no overnight storage of items in locker rooms. Athletic training services/treatments are by appointment only. There are no walk-in services/treatments. 

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Stritch Wolves

The Cardinal Stritch University Athletics Department has created game day procedures  to ensure the safety of student-athletes and athletic staff.

On-Campus Home Competitions The home team, game day staff, and referees will be screened when entering the field house. Everyone will be screened at this time, even if they were screened earlier in the day. The visiting team will be screened as they are exiting their bus or entering the Field House.

Fans will not be allowed at this time.

Off-Campus Home Competitions The home team, game day staff, and referees will be screened when entering the competition facility. Everyone will be screened at this time, even if they were screened earlier in the day. The visiting team will be screened as they are exiting their bus or at the door of the facility. If indoors, the mask policy will be the same as the on-campus competitions. If outdoors, masks will not be mandatory for players in the game. All staff, coaches, and athletes on the bench will be required to wear a mask.

Fans will not be allowed at this time.

Stritch will provide live stream broadcasts and live statistics for of all on-campus home events. Live streams of on-campus home competitions will be available on the Stritch Wolves YouTube channel. Fans can also follow the live stats for each game which can be found on our website under the Fan Zone tab

Visit StritchWolves.com for updated team schedules and additional information.