Vaccination and Health Monitoring
The health and safety of our entire campus community are of paramount importance. We also desire to return fully to a more normal and vibrant on-campus experience, with limited need for testing, quarantine, and other mitigation efforts. Accordingly, the University will require all students, faculty, and staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before participating in any on-campus activity related to the 2021-22 academic year. We will be able to return classrooms, meeting and event spaces, dining and residence halls, study areas, recreation facilities, liturgical services, and more to their full capacity. The full slate and range of student and service activities can and will be offered. Most importantly, we will do our part to reduce risks of serious illness due to COVID-19 among members of our community.
Boosters are required for all SJU community members who do not have a vaccination exemption.
Please have an image of your COVID card, showing your booster information, available to upload.
If you are booster-eligible, upload your booster information no later than January 30, 2022.
Booster eligibility is based on when you received your final dose of the vaccine. According to current guidance, boosters should be administered six months after completion of primary vaccination with Moderna, five months after the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and two months after primary vaccination with Johnson & Johnson (J&J)/Janssen. Once you become eligible, you have 30 days to upload your COVID card with booster information.
For those seeking an exemption or a delay from the booster requirement based on guidance from a health care provider (due to recent positive COVID-19 diagnosis or other medical issue), you will receive a follow-up email around January 30, 2022. We are waiting to send this exemption/delay information because there is not yet guidance from the Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH) related to booster exemptions, as there was for primary vaccination exemptions. Once we receive this guidance and the information is communicated, you will have an opportunity to request a booster exemption. If a PDPH booster requirement is mandated, we will request the mandated exemption information, so that you do not need to submit it twice
We also will communicate any other potential mandated requirements, such as University surveillance testing and exposure quarantine requirements for those who have not had a booster.
If you receive an error message while trying to upload your booster record/card, this is most likely resolved by clearing your cookies/cache or trying in an incognito/private window.
If you already have an approved primary vaccination exemption, you do not need to seek an additional booster exemption.
Primary Vaccination Exemptions
Members of the community may apply for a medical or religious exemption to be excluded from the primary vaccination mandate. These exemptions must be filed each semester and will be reviewed based upon the latest guidance. If any member of the community is granted an exemption, they are required to test weekly.
Employees and students should be vigilant in monitoring their health and those within their household (e.g., roommates, family members, visitors and guests).
- The University offers a daily monitoring tool through the safety app SJU Safe. This is a tool available to the community and the University does not receive any data from participation. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania also offers symptom-monitoring through their exposure notification app COVID Alert PA.
- Any student who is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 is directed to call the Office of Public Safety and Security at 610-660-1111. An officer will conduct an initial screening. If it is an emergency, the student will be transported to a local hospital. All other cases will be referred to the Student Health Center for follow up.The Student Health Center will offer telehealth and in-person appointments. In collaboration with the University’s contracted healthcare provider, Main Line Health, symptomatic students will be clinically evaluated and tested for COVID-19.
- The University provides testing at the Student Health Center or Main Line Health Urgent Care for students who have symptoms of COVID-19.
- During off hours, students will be directed to the Main Line Health Urgent Care for testing and transportation will be provided.
- All members of the Saint Joseph's community are required to complete the COVID-19 Self-Disclosure Form immediately when:
- experiencing symptoms
- upon receipt of a positive test result
- or when exposed to a non-campus or unknown individual who has COVID-19.
Do not submit a self-disclosure form if you were exposed through an SJU student or employee because you will be identified through their disclosure as a close contact. This prevents duplicate records from being created in the contact tracing database.
- Employees and students who have a health condition that the CDC designates as higher-risk for severe illness, should talk to their medical provider about recommended precautions.
- Student Accommodations: Students should submit a request through the Office of Disability Services and will be accommodated through the existing process. Some programs may require clinical or other experiences that cannot be completed remotely.
In addition to monitoring their health, students and employees are encouraged to take proactive measures to stay well. Flu vaccine clinics are offered seasonally.
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
- 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
Look for emergency warning signs for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone
Employee and student holistic well-being – physical, spiritual, emotional, psychological – is paramount and there are many supports available.
Students are provided with additional flexibility related to student attendance and absentee policies if they are in isolation due to symptoms or a positive test result or quarantining due to exposure.
Maintaining your mental and physical well-being is essential and Saint Joseph’s offers many services that can help ensure that you are taking care of yourself.
Saint Joseph’s Student Health Center (SHC) assists students in the pursuit of their academic goals and personal development by identifying and addressing health situations which impede student learning. When the SHC is closed, students are encouraged to contact their primary care physician or a local urgent care.
Counseling and Psychological Services, located in Merion Gardens, promotes the psychological well-being of Saint Joseph’s University students through the provision of a variety of therapeutic interventions and outreach programs. The delivery of these services occurs within a campus climate that supports the whole person; academically, socially, physically and spiritually. To learn more about consulting with a counselor, in person or by telehealth, please visit us at Counseling and Psychological Services.
The Office of Student Outreach and Support and the Office of Student Success are available to assist students with navigating an extended absence, medical diagnosis or other personal situation that may impact their academics.
The University’s policies regarding leave and absences remain in effect. These are accessible on the Human Resources website.
The Employee Assistance Program is available for faculty and staff.