January 14, 2022
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.
Information about COVID testing and vaccines in Milwaukee County is available at this link.
Stritch Unstopped: Spring 2022 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.
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.
- Masks are optional for students, faculty, staff and guests. If wearing a mask, please be sure that it covers the nose and mouth. Faculty may still require students to wear masks in their classrooms through the end of the Spring 2022 semester.
- All members of the Stritch family and guests on campus should be mindful of the importance of hand-washing and respiratory etiquette.
Stritch Unstopped Safety Protocols
Use the CDC Coronavirus Self-Checker to determine if you should seek medical care.
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
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 January 2022)
Reporting symptoms and positive test results
If a student tests positive for COVID-19, the student must notify the Student Health Clinic by emailing COVIDhealth@stritch.edu. The Student Health Clinic staff will work with the student to identify those people whom they have had close contact. This includes anyone with whom they have been in close contact (within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes).
If an employee begins experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or tests positive for COVID-19, they are required to stay home and inform their supervisor or Human Resources as soon as possible. If notifying a supervisor, the supervisor should let Human Resources know.
The Human Resources staff will work with the employee to notify them of required next steps and to identify those people with whom they have had close contact (within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes). If an employee has been identified as someone who has had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, they will be notified and asked several questions. Based on these responses, it will determine if the employee will need to isolate or quarantine.
Current CDC Guidelines for Quarantine and Isolation (January 2022)
Please visit this CDC webpage for updated information on quarantine and isolation.
Additional Stritch campus protocols include:
- 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.
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 are strongly encouraged to wear masks that cover the nose and mouth when in public, indoor places on campus.
Prominent signage reinforces best practices for frequent hand-washing, social distancing and using hand sanitizers.
Students return or move in to the residence halls on Sunday, January 16
Traditional undergraduate courses begin on Tuesday, January 18
Last day to drop/add classes and for room & board refund is 5 p.m. on Friday, January 21
Graduation Application Deadline is Tuesday, March 1
Spring Break will be held the week of March 7 – 13
Last Day to Withdraw from any class is Friday, April 1, at 5 p.m.
Registration for Fall 2022 classes begins Monday, April 4
Easter Break will be April 14 – 18; the University will be closed on April 15 – 17
The last day of classes is Monday, May 9
Final exams will take place Saturday, May 7, through Friday, May 13
See additional dates at Academic Calendar
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 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; email@example.com), who will be working with a team of staff – Bill Marcou 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.
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.