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Covid-19 People-Focused Health and Safety Policy

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville remains focused on preserving the health and safety of our community while serving our students with excellence. Along with a science-based approach, the following principles have informed this policy:

 Community – we want our community to thrive, our institution to remain open, and our students and employees to remain healthy.

  1. Humility – people can spread COVID-19 before they have symptoms, and these safety precautions can help mitigate that risk.
  2. Kindness – members of our community may have a loved one or are themselves battling illness or caring for someone at risk. Compliance with safety measures helps protect everyone.


  • Students and employees are expected to complete COVID-19 training to better understand prevention strategies and safety expectations. 
  • Students and employees are expected to wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after being in a public place, coughing or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
    • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands 
  • Students and employees are expected to be mindful of directional signs, traffic flow patterns, and floor markers in buildings and offices. Students and employees can always utilize accessible doors when necessary. 
  • Students and employees are expected to conduct a daily health self-assessment. Contact Health Service (students) or a primary healthcare provider (employees) for guidance if the following symptoms are present:
    • Fever (100.4 degrees or above) 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


  • Students and employees are strongly encouraged to get a COVID-19 vaccine to protect themselves, their loved ones and our community.

Face Masks and Distancing

 Testing and Screening 

 Reporting and Quarantine/Isolation

  • Students and employees who have COVID-19 symptoms but have not yet tested positive, have COVID-19 close contact exposure (if not fully vaccinated) or are COVID-19 diagnosed as presumptive or confirmed positive should stay home and provide notification as follows:
    • Complete the COVID-19 Self-Disclosure Reporting Form
      • Students should follow instructions from their course instructors regarding absences
      • Employees must contact their supervisor or department chair to inform them of their absence 
  • Students and employees who are instructed to self-quarantine or remain in isolation by an appropriate medical or public health authority are expected to comply with those mandates.
    • If a student or employee is required to self-quarantine or isolate and does not comply with this requirement, the student or employee will be referred to the appropriate office (Dean of Students or Human Resources) for possible disciplinary action

  University and Personal Travel


 Due to the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, this policy remains in effect until further notice, and may be amended as needed.

Approved by Chancellor effective 8/16/21
This policy was issued on August 18, 2021, replacing the July 28, 2020 version.
Document Reference: Covid-19
Origin: SIUE Pandemic Planning Core Team

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