On this page, find some helpful resources for our students and employees.
We will continue to gather resources helpful to our community.
If you have any suggestions, please email them to CommunicationsAndMarketing@sau.edu.
Read our weekly situation reports on COVID-19 as prepared by Master of Public Health professors.
A group of SAU roommates developed this Quarantine Workout to help their fellow classmates when quarantine orders prevent them from going to the gym!
Way to support each other, Bees!
Masks are effective to prevent spreading COVID-19 from someone who has the virus and may or may not have symptoms.
- If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms: Contact your health care provider to determine if you need testing and receive instructions about caring for yourself at home.
Self-monitoring is regularly checking temperature and watching for signs of respiratory illness, such as fever, cough or shortness of breath.
Quarantine is used to separate and restrict the movement of well persons who may have been exposed to a communicable disease to see if they become ill. These people may have been exposed to a disease and do not know it, or they may have the disease but do not show symptoms. Quarantine can also help limit the spread of communicable disease.
Isolation is used to separate ill persons who have a communicable disease from those who are healthy. Isolation restricts the movement of ill persons to help stop the spread of certain diseases. For example, hospitals use isolation for patients with infectious tuberculosis.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Distance Learning Resources for Students and Faculty
- Student Success Center
The Student Success Center has identified multiple ways to continue to provide academic support during this time of distance education. SmartThinking tutoring has been added to more than 30 courses on campus. Visit the SSC MySAU portal page or Blackboard to learn more.
- Accessibility Resource Center (ARC)
The ARC has contacted all registered students directly. Visit the ARC webpage for updates.
- Bee Central/Financial Aid
Staff members are still available remotely to assist students and their families by email, phone, or live chat on the Bee Central web page.
- SAU Library
The library's electronic databases are available off-campus by logging in with your SAU ID and password. Reference desk service is available by calling (563) 333-6245, email to email@example.com, or chat service. Library staff is available to scan print material and send it via email on a limited basis. Contact the Reference Desk (563) 333-6245 for additional information.
JSTOR is a digital library of academic journals, books, and primary sources.
- Adobe Creative Cloud
Adobe Creative Creative Cloud apps are available for free through May 31 to students who log in through on-campus labs as well as for students at home.
- Microsoft Office 365 A1
Free online version of Office with Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneDrive and more.
- 5 Tips to Succeed in an Online Course
- Build Relationships with Faculty as an Online Student
- Graduating in the Age of COVID-19 – Student Guidebook (The Washington Center)
Stringent measures are necessary to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students, employees and the St. Ambrose University community. It is imperative that we work together to ensure we get through this pandemic successfully with the utmost integrity and respect for one another's health and wellbeing/ For students who disregard the safety measures outlined in the St. Ambrose Return to Campus Guidelines, this Pandemic Non-Compliance Disciplinary Policy will be enforced.
- Failure to follow this Policy and/or the Bee Promise may result in disciplinary action of different severity, including, but not limited to, reminders in the Student's conduct file, formal written warnings, meeting with the Dean of Students, removal from residence halls/University-owned residences, requirement to complete classes online, or prohibition from returning to campus.
- Students are asked to remind peers who may forget to practice safety guidelines, and immediately report any disregard of the St. Ambrose Return to Campus Guidelines to Campus Security or the Dean of Students Office.
- The University will not tolerate retaliation against any individual who reports non-compliance.
- Any social gathering that violates the Pandemic Non-Compliance Policy may result in immediate removal from the residence halls by all participants.
- No non-SAU student outside guests will be allowed in the residence halls for the Spring 2020 semester.
- For students needing an accommodation, they should contact the Accessibility Resource Center.
- SAU IT
Available to all SAU students and employees, no matter where you are. Specifically for employees working from home, the IT Department has created a page in the MySAU portal for resources and tips when working off-campus.
- Getting Started with WebEx
All SAU students and employees have access to WebEx, an online meeting tool that can be used to hold virtual meetings, classes, and work sessions. Many faculty are using this for their course lectures and meeting times.
- Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Launches the Keep Americans Connected Pledge
On Mar. 13, the FCC called upon broadband and phone providers to adopt lenient policies regarding access to their services.
- Verizon Gives Mobile Customers Extra Data During COVID-19 Outbreak
- Several internet providers won't charge overage fees
- Free Internet
- Spectrum COVID-19 Remote Education Credit – Free access to internet and WiFi for 60 days for new Pre-K-12, college students, and teacher households who don't currently have internet or WiFi service.
- Comcast – Free Xfinity Wifi hotspots and 60 days of free internet to new customers
- AT&T – Free Wifi. Offering $10/month plans for low-income families.
- Iowa public libraries have been asked to boost their WiFi signals to extend into their parking lots.
- If you live near another academic institution, you may be able to access their campus guest WiFi or use eduroam. Each campus will differ in the WiFi offered to guests.
- Academic Health Video with Amber Dopler, MSW, LISW
Amber Dopler is the university's Mental Health Outreach and Prevention Specialist. In this video, Amber shares ways that students can effectively manage stress and stay motivated with their academics. You must be logged into your SAU email to view this video.
- TAO Connect
TAO (Therapy Assistance Online) is the university's provider of online counseling and therapy. TAO is an interactive, web-based program that provides self-guided modules to help overcome stress, anxiety, depression and other common concerns. TAO is also a secure system that can be used for one-on-one appointments with our Counseling Center staff. These services are free of charge to current students, faculty, and staff.
- Campus Ministry Food Pantry
For those in need of food assistance (especially those who are still living on campus), the Campus Ministry Food Pantry is located in the Lower Chapel. In addition to food items, the pantry also has limited toiletries and personal items (soap, shampoo, toothpaste, etc.). For health/safety reasons, please contact any Campus Ministry staff member first to arrange a time to come and retrieve items. Boxes and bags are also available if needed.
- Spiritual Resources from Campus Ministry
In addition to the weekly bulletin, Campus Ministry has compiled some digital prayer resources. Also, follow Campus Ministry on social media to stay in touch!
- Burnout Prevention and Treatment
- 6 Ways to Weave Self-Care into Your Workday
- What You Need to Know About Stress and Self-Care
The City of Davenport is offering rental assistance to Davenport residents whose income has been reduced due to the pandemic and who also meet certain income guidelines.
Previous Campus Updates
The following message was sent Dec. 9 to Winter 2020 candidates for graduation:
Dear Winter 2020 Graduates,
St. Ambrose has continued to monitor carefully the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on a daily basis. It's important that we have necessary information upon which to make decisions to assist us in ensuring the health and safety of our students and employees. Scott County, Iowa remains listed as "Extreme (severe outbreak)" and the State of Iowa as "Critical (active or imminent outbreak)" according to www.covidactnow.org. The State of Illinois is listed as "Extreme."
Given this information, along with additional information from public health officials that suggest cases are likely to increase again this month, it is with the deepest regret that I inform you we are unable to hold commencement activities Friday, December 18 and Saturday, December 19, 2020. While this was an extremely difficult decision for me to make given how important graduation is to all of us, the health and safety of the St. Ambrose community is our highest value.
Please look for additional messages regarding commencement next week, and know that we will continue to look for opportunities to celebrate properly the spring and winter graduates of the Class of 2020 when it is safe to do so. My wish for you is for a Happy Holiday Season celebrated in a safe and healthy manner.