Message from Interim President Dr. Dan Scholz
Start of the Spring 2021 Semester
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.
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.
Phase 3: Campus open to prospective students and Stritch students, faculty and staff
Phase 3 of the Stritch Unstopped plan began Monday, August 24, 2020, and remains in effect for the Spring semester.
The Library is open to Stritch students, faculty and staff. Athletics facilities are open to student-athletes, coaches and Athletics personnel.
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 required to wear masks that cover the nose and mouth when in public, indoor places on campus, should practice safe social distancing, and 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
- 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 email@example.com 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 2021)
Reporting symptoms and positive test results (NEW)
Students are required to submit a report to firstname.lastname@example.org 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 (NEW)
Stay home and monitor your health.
Stay home for 10 days after your last contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19. The date of your last contact is considered Day 0 of the quarantine period.
Without a test: A person should self-quarantine for 10 days, and monitor themselves an additional four days for symptoms.
- Watch for fever (100.4° F), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19 for the full 14 days.
- If possible, stay away from others, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19.
7-10 Day Quarantine
With a Test and No Symptoms: A person can end a self-quarantine on Day 8 day from exposure if they test negative and have no symptoms. Continue to monitor for symptoms for an additional 6 days.
- Stay home for 7 days after your last contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19. The date of your last contact is considered day 0 of your quarantine.
- Get tested with an FDA approved COVID-19 test (antigen or PCR) no sooner than Day 6 of your quarantine. Remain in quarantine until a result comes back. If the test comes back negative and you have no symptoms, you may end your quarantine after Day 7. TestUpMKE.com has a list of current COVID-19 testing providers in the Milwaukee area.
- Continue to watch for fever (100.4° F), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
- If possible, stay away from others, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19.
Additional protocols include:
- All students, faculty, staff and guests are required to wear masks that cover the nose and mouth when in public, indoor places on campus, should practice safe social distancing, 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) or the Joan Steele Stein Center for Communication Studies and Fine Arts (park in Lot 5 or 8 and use main 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 your 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 will be required to wear face coverings that cover the nose and mouth when in public spaces on campus, including classrooms. Prominent signage reinforces best practices for frequent hand-washing, social distancing and using hand sanitizers.
First day of classes - Monday, January 25
Easter Break - Thursday, April 1 - Monday, April 5 (University closed Friday, April 2 - Sunday, April 4)
Last day of classes - Monday, May 10
Final exams - Saturday, May 8; Tuesday, May 11 - Friday, May 14
Exam Makeup Day - Saturday, May 15* (Only in the event of University cancellation of exams)
Commencement Ceremonies - Sunday, May 16
Degree Conferral - Sunday, May 16
*for 16-week courses
See additional dates at Academic Calendar
Explanation of Course Delivery Options:
- 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.
- 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 for Main Campus - Spring 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 or 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.
August 3, 2020
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.
Meal plans and on-campus food services will be offered, and extra precautions have been put in place to ensure safety. All Food Services staff have participated in COVID-19 training for restaurants and dining services. Self-serve stations have been replaced, and meals will be prepared and served by staff who are required to wear masks that cover the nose and mouth.
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 student-athletes, coaches and Athletics personnel. 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. Athletics facilities are not available for rent to outside groups.
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.
Due to the current Wisconsin state mask mandate, masks will be required to be worn at all times by everyone, including while playing.
Once the mandate has ended, masks will be required for coaches, everyone on the bench, and game day staff. Referees will not be required to wear a mask while officiating the game. Athletes will be allowed to removed masks when they enter the game.
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.