Frequently Asked Questions


This page contains frequently asked questions about how the COVID-19 pandemic and associated protocols affect the SAU community.

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COVID-19 Resources

Quarantine

Exposed but not sick

People who come into close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19 must quarantine (unless previously vaccinated).

See Resources page for Complete Quarantine Info

Isolation

Tested Positive

People who tested positive from COVID-19 must isolate.

See Resources page for complete Isolation Info


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Access to Buildings

By Keycard Only

Entry into any campus building is by keycard only. Students and employees must bring their SAU ID card with them at all times.


Fall 2021 Information

What is the Mask Policy?

All individuals, vaccinated and unvaccinated, are required to wear a facemask when inside campus buildings, effective Monday, August 16, 2021.

Individuals are not required to wear masks within their personal residence room, alone in offices or personal workspaces, or when actively eating or drinking in designated areas.

In the Wellness and Recreation Center, masks are required in all academic and common spaces. They are not required when working out in designated exercise facilities, during active athletic practices, or by athletes while actively participating in a practice or during events.

Students and employees will not be required to wear masks while outside, although the University reserves the right to require masks outside when it believes any group meeting outside warrants this precaution.

What Types of Masks Are Acceptable?

It is recommended that you wear a cloth face mask that fits snug to your face and is 100% cotton, double layered, and washed daily with soap and water.

Vented masks are not allowed.

Face masks must be business appropriate and in accordance with St. Ambrose University's mission and values.

  • Gaiters, approved by the Athletics Department and showing the St. Ambrose Fighting Bee, meet St. Ambrose requirements. Other types of gaiters are not allowed. The CDC cautions that the effectiveness of gaiters is unknown at this time.
  • Face shields (when worn without a mask) do not meet the face mask requirement, because the CDC cautions that the effectiveness of face shields is also unknown at this time. However, students, faculty, and staff may wear face shields along with a face mask for additional protection. Instructors may wear a face shield in certain situations where instruction requires an unobstructed view of faces, in situations requiring student accommodations, or as a Human Resources approved accommodation.
How will classes and course schedules be arranged for Fall 2021?

Classrooms will be open to full seated capacity and classes should not need to be planned in a hybrid or virtual manner unless explicitly approved by the College Dean and Provost.

Will the residence halls be open to full capacity?

Yes, SAU residence halls will be open to full capacity (as they were in Fall 2020), and visitors and students guests will be allowed beginning Aug. 20. Buildings are only open via BeeCard access.

All individuals, vaccinated and unvaccinated, are required to wear a facemask when inside campus buildings, effective Aug. 16.

Individuals are not required to wear masks within their personal residence room or when actively eating or drinking in designated areas.

In the Wellness and Recreation Center, masks are required in all academic and common spaces. They are not required when working out in designated exercise facilities, during active athletic practices, or by athletes while actively participating in a practice or during events.

Students and employees will not be required to wear masks while outside, although the University reserves the right to require masks outside when it believes any group meeting outside warrants this precaution.

Are there any restrictions on group sizes or large gatherings?

St. Ambrose has a limited number of indoor spaces that can house a large capacity event. While there is no group size limit in effect, the following should be considered when planning an event where a large number of attendees is anticipated.

  • During the planning and approval process, several internal factors will be considered. These include the number of positive cases in the campus community, anticipated number of attendees, capacity of the reserved space, activity during the event, length of the event, and impact on academic operations and staffing. External factors such as number of positive cases, transmissibility rate, and overall community health may apply.
  • When possible, virtual options to "attend" and participate should be offered along with in-person options. All visitor protocols will need to be followed.
  • St. Ambrose reserves the right to limit event size and require masks at any gathering depending on current conditions.

If you are planning an event or large gathering, please consult with the Implementation Team. They can assist you and your chair, director, dean, or supervisor in considering options before requesting approval from the applicable Vice President.

Which campus offices are open this fall?

All campus offices are open for Fall 2021.

Effective August 16, all vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals are required to wear a facemask when inside campus buildings.

Visitors

Where should campus visitors check in?

All visitors and alumni need to check in at one of the visitor centers below before continuing onto campus. Masks are required inside all campus buildings; please see the mask policy on the Resources page.

If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms or have questions about an illness or exposure to COVID-19, do not come to campus. If you do need to delay your visit, we will be happy to reschedule or perhaps schedule a virtual meeting option.

Visitor Centers

  • Admissions Welcome Center
  • Rogalski Center, Security Office
  • Galvin Fine Arts Center
  • Center for Communication and Social Development
  • North Davenport Education Center
  • Center for Health Sciences Education

Testing

How can students or employees get tested for COVID-19?

Testing is a critical step in preventing the spread of COVID-19 so appropriate decisions about isolation and quarantine can be made.

If you are ill with symptoms indicative of COVID-19 or have had an exposure to someone with a positive case of COVID-19, contact Student Health Services or HR to assist you in determining if you should be tested.

How to Get Tested for COVID-19

  • At-home PCR saliva test kits are available at the St. Ambrose Campus Security Office (Rogalski Center) in lieu of the Test Iowa sites.
  • Scott County Health Department provides at-home PCR saliva kits
  • Visit a Walgreens or CVS (all locations)
What if a student tests positive for COVID-19?

For students who have tested positive for COVID-19 and don't have permanent housing or cannot return home and isolate, a section of housing is reserved for the duration of their illness (approximately 14 days).

Please see the Isolation Protocol above.

Financial Aid

How does the CARES Act impact my student loans?

The CARES Act includes several provisions that apply to certain loans owed by some federal student loan borrowers. Most provisions apply only to Direct Loans and Federal Family Education Loans (FFEL loans) currently owned by the U.S. Department of Education.

For more information and a helpful Q&A, visit the federal student aid page.

Student Health Questions?


Call 563-333-5678

A Case Manager will assist you.

So, what's next?

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