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Coronavirus Update

    Information for the Saint Leo University Community

    Saint Leo University is actively monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local and state health authorities.

    After the coronavirus put a pause on community life at University Campus and education center locations, the time has come to return and regather our pride of Lions. The Saint Leo University COVID-19 Incident Command Team has released a framework that will allow all locations to resume on-ground classes this Fall. This framework is the second stage of a four-stage plan that will allow the university to safely and cautiously return to the engaging community that we once knew. The first stage involved the phased return of faculty and staff to the workplace; and now, this second stage provides guidance on the return of students, including details about residential life and classroom-based instruction. Read Stage 2: Fall 2020 – A Framework for our Return to the Pride »

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Frequently Asked Questions (updated April 15)


    Communication Updates

    The message below is intended for University Campus and Education Center students.

    July 29, 2020

    Dear Students:

    We very much look forward to the start of the 2020-2021 academic year and to welcoming all of you back in August. As we approach the start of the semester, we have received a number of requests for flexibility related to in person classes this Fall.

    We want you to know that we have listened to you and are pleased to provide you a new option for learning this Fall. As you may recall, we previously shared that all students attending courses on ground this Fall would be rotating physical attendance with attendance via Zoom (what we are referring to as our Hybrid Classroom). This approach will ensure that all classrooms incorporate appropriate physical distancing for in-person sessions.

    We are now offering a second option, the Connected Classroom, for the entire Fall semester. In this approach, students will attend using videoconferencing for all class meetings. The faculty and the instruction will be the same as the Hybrid Classroom approach described above. However, students in the Connected Classroom option will not rotate into the physical classroom and will remain on Zoom throughout the course.

    Saint Leo University has long been a leader in creating learning environments that serve our students’ needs. This new option will be no different. Whether you select the Hybrid Classroom or the Connected Classroom learning option for the Fall, please know that our faculty will provide a quality face-to-face experience that will provide you with the connectedness you desire as a student.

    To recap, all students will select to attend in one of the two following options:

        • Hybrid Classroom (Hybrid): Students will complete their Fall semester in the hybrid, modified face-to-face format. Your classes will be offered during a regular class period. You will be assigned to either Group A or B at the start of the term. Groups A and B will rotate allowing you to attend class in-person in the assigned classroom with your instructors on certain days and attend remotely via Zoom on other days.

    OR

          • Connected Classroom (Connected): Students will attend all class sessions in the Fall via Zoom. This option will allow students to complete their classroom experience through our Zoom-supported classrooms along with other students during a regularly scheduled class period. Note that not all classes are eligible for the Connected Classroom attendance option. Your advisor or success coach will notify you if any of your coursework is restricted to the Hybrid format only and will work with you to modify your course registration if you prefer.

    To select which learning option you would like to use this fall, please complete the classroom choice survey below before Monday, August 10th.

    Classroom Choice Survey

    If you do not complete this survey by the deadline, your attendance will automatically default to the Hybrid Classroom choice.

    The attendance option you select will apply to all of your scheduled on-ground courses. As a reminder, most campus students will also be enrolled in one 8-week online course during the Fall 1 term. The University also reserves the right to convert additional on-ground courses to the Connected Classroom format as needed. Students will be notified by their instructor should that be necessary. For campus students, regardless of the attendance option you select, our residence halls, dining services, and other campus amenities all remain open as planned. Additional information will follow this week from Residence Life regarding move-in, new student orientation, and your return to campus.

    If you have questions about the options provided, please feel free to reach out to your admissions counselor or success coach (campus students) or your advisor (center students) to discuss your options.

    Thank you for your patience as we continue to refine plans for you to be successful this fall. See you in a few short weeks.

    Sincerely,

    Mary T. Spoto, Ph.D.
    Vice President for Academic Affairs

    The message below is intended for only University Campus students.

    Dear students,

    We look forward to welcoming you to campus in August and hope that this summer has found you and your loved ones doing well.

    The intention of this email is to inform you about your Fall 2020 class schedule. Changes are being made to schedules related to COVID-19 and that align with new safety procedures put in place by Saint Leo University. These modifications are intended to provide a safe environment for students, staff, and faculty during the Fall 2020 Semester while maintaining an effective learning environment for you.

    There are a total of 896 course offerings in the Fall 2020 schedule on University Campus alone, but we are working diligently to make these changes and finalize your schedules as quickly as possible.

    Because work on your schedules is currently occurring, the course information you view now may change, even multiple times. Please know that your Student Success coach or faculty advisor are working to create the best schedule possible for you. Since multiple changes may occur, you will receive an email once your schedule is complete with steps on how to view your fall schedule. If you do not receive any communication, please contact your Student Success coach, faculty advisor, or program office.

    We know that changes made to your schedule can be concerning and make it challenging to see what is ahead, but we assure you these changes are necessary during this time as we create a beneficial and safe learning environment for the fall.

    I would also like to share with you some details regarding the Fall 2020 Semester course delivery so you have better insight on how the semester will run. Classes will occur in two different modalities. 

    • Modified face-to-face instruction. Students will alternate between being in the classroom and attending class remotely via Zoom in regular rotations. You will be assigned a Group A or B distinction, which will allow you to attend class in-person in the assigned classroom with your instructors on certain days and attend remotely on other days. In most cases, all but one course on your schedule will fall under this modality. You may also see a variation of the face-to-face courses where some courses may be offered solely through a remote format using Zoom and other instructional techniques selected by your instructor. These will be offered during a regular class period—the same as your other modified face-to-face classes. As with any classes, your instructors will explain to you their attendance policies. In general, you will be expected to attend classes whether on Zoom or in the classroom.

      This class structure is being created to accommodate social distancing and limit the number of students in a classroom at one time, while still providing you with quality, face-to-face instruction. As a part of our community, you will be expected to adhere to all safety precautions and policies in the classroom when you attend in person. We ask that you respect these policies for your safety and that of your classmates and professors.

      Your instructors will email you ahead of the first day of your classes to give you instructions regarding your first class period. Please be alert to these emails to help you begin your semester smoothly.
    • Online course during the first eight weeks of the semester. Students will take one eight-week course that is 100% online. This is being done to limit the times you are in the classroom while providing the maximum opportunities to have face-to-face classes as described above.

      You must login the first week of classes, and your instructor will provide the schedule for the rest of the course. You will be expected to participate in class as part of taking the course. Your instructor will also conduct a weekly in-person session, which will also be recorded. In the event that you cannot attend a session, we highly recommend that you view the recording to stay current in the class.

    For detailed information regarding the university’s COVID-19 plan for Fall 2020, please read the Stage Two: Fall 2020 – Framework for our Return to the Pride guide. Please take the time to read this document in its entirety. Pages seven through eight contain specific information related to academic program delivery.

    We are excited about your return to the Saint Leo pride in the coming weeks! We look forward to welcoming you back and helping you achieve your academic goals while keeping you and our wider community safe. 

    Sincerely,

    Mary T. Spoto, Ph.D.
    Vice President for Academic Affairs

    Preparing to Return to the Pride

    After the coronavirus put a pause on community life at University Campus and education center locations, the time has come to return and regather our pride of Lions. Today, the Saint Leo University COVID-19 Incident Command Team has released a framework that will allow all locations to resume on-ground classes this August for the start of the Fall Semester.

    Read the full Framework for the Return to Pride here»

    This framework is the second stage of a four-stage plan that will allow the university to safely and cautiously return to the engaging community that we once knew. The first stage involved the phased return of faculty and staff to the workplace; and now, this second stage provides guidance on the return of students, including details about residential life and classroom-based instruction.

    By design, the plan is a framework. It will be up to each area of our university community to further define their procedures and ensure the implementation of the guidance and requirements provided in this framework.

    This plan will require help and support from all members of the university community to ensure its success. During these times, it is important to put the needs of the greater community first. By thinking about the well-being of others and following the guidelines outlined in the plan, we will help to #ProtectOurPride.

    Additional information about reopening will be coming in the weeks ahead. Be sure to check saintleo.edu/coronavirus for future updates.

    Saint Leo University shares a preview of reopening plans at University Campus
    This update pertains to University Campus students only.

    As the university’s plans and health authorities’ guidance comes together, Saint Leo would like to provide the university community with a preview of a part of the plan that has been finalized.

    The university is currently planning to reopen all on-ground classes at University Campus on schedule in August. However, given that many experts have suggested there may be another peak in cases of coronavirus in the late fall, associated with the onset of flu season, the university has preemptively decided to adjust our instructional approach for the end of the fall semester.

    Following the Thanksgiving holiday break, all courses at University Campus will resume online for the last two weeks of the term. This change will allow students who reside on campus the option to remain home following Thanksgiving and avoid travel during this time should they so choose. Our residence halls and dining facilities will remain open until the end of semester in accordance with our regularly published academic calendar for those students who would prefer to remain in-residence through this period. Accordingly, room and board fees will remain the same. 

    The university expects to have the full and finalized fall reopening plan available to view in June. This plan will outline the modifications and precautions that the university will be implementing to ensure the safety of students, faculty, and staff, and provide details about what is expected in our university community.

    With every decision that the university makes, it is prioritizing safety while still identifying ways to provide students with the same great, engaging and rewarding Saint Leo University experience that they have come to know.

    Please continue to check the website for additional updates relating to Saint Leo University’s plans for reopening in the fall.

    Saint Leo University begins to evaluate plans for the Fall

    In its most recent update, the university made the decision to extend online courses throughout the Summer terms and implement work from home for faculty and staff through May 29.

    With the availability of new state and federal guidance on the reopening of our nation, Saint Leo University has been working diligently on our plans for the Fall terms at University Campus and our education centers.  We are committed to a safe return to learning for all members of our university community.  Departmental leaders across our institution are developing guidelines and processes to allow for a productive and engaging fall semester for our students on campus and at our center locations nationwide.

    Saint Leo University anticipates announcing the details of our plans for the start of the new academic year in June. Be sure to check saintleo.edu/coronavirus for additional updates.

    April 15, 2020 | Saint Leo continues online courses into the summer, cancels June events

    Saint Leo continues online courses into the summer, cancels June events

    As the Spring Semester comes to an end, Saint Leo University has made the decision to continue offering classes online only through the summer semester. This decision is made out of an abundance of caution due to the situation with the coronavirus and the potential need for continued social distancing measures. Additionally, all university events planned on campus for June will now be canceled or postponed (this includes all camps and conferences). Virtual events planned online will continue as scheduled.

    This change will apply for both the Summer 1 and 2 terms for all courses, including all accelerated summer courses taught at education centers and University Campus. Students who have already registered for courses this summer can look for additional guidance from their instructors. Please check your Saint Leo University email and D2L for further information.

    For students utilizing veteran benefits, please note that the Department of Veteran Affairs has confirmed that Post 9/11 GI Bill students whose residential courses were transitioned to online due to the coronavirus will continue to receive the MHA rate for resident training. This means that Summer 1 and 2 courses, originally scheduled to take place on-ground, will still qualify for the “in-resident” MHA rate. If the course was originally in an online format, it will still only qualify for the online MHA rate.  Students who have questions about how this might apply to them are advised to discuss their individual situations with the Student Veteran Financial Services office.

    For additional university information about the coronavirus, including a list of recently refreshed frequently asked questions, please visit saintleo.edu/coronavirus.


    April 9, 2020 | Saint Leo touched by coronavirus, postpones commencement

    Saint Leo University community touched by coronavirus, postpones commencement ceremonies

    During the peak of the coronavirus pandemic in our nation, the Saint Leo University community is feeling the gravity of its impact. This week, the university learned that several members of our community off-campus have been confirmed with the coronavirus: students in our online undergraduate and graduate programs; alumni living across the nation; and family members of students, faculty, and staff.

    This saddening news calls for us to rally together and offer our thoughts, prayers, and compassion for those touched by the virus. The strength of our university community has never been more important.

    The ongoing effects of the coronavirus has also required the university to make additional operational changes after evaluating recent federal and state guidance. This week, Saint Leo University made the decision to postpone all scheduled commencement ceremonies and activities until later this year.

    The decision to postpone commencement was made out of an abundance of caution for all those who will be participating or might need to travel to attend. Health authorities are uncertain of when large-scale social gatherings can safely resume.

    This means that the following planned ceremonies will be rescheduled for a date later in 2020:

    • Key West Commencement, originally scheduled for April 18
    • Florida Commencement, originally rescheduled for June 1
    • San Diego Commencement, originally scheduled for May 8
    • Virginia Commencement, originally scheduled for May 16
    • Corpus Christi Commencement, originally scheduled for May 22
    • South Carolina Commencement, originally scheduled for May 29
    • Savannah Commencement, originally scheduled for June 6
    • Atlanta Commencement, originally scheduled for June 20

    As soon as plans are finalized, students will be notified of the new date by email and mail. Information also will be posted on the Saint Leo website at saintleo.edu/commencement. Saint Leo University will continue to provide updates about the coronavirus via this website, so be sure to check back periodically for additional information.


    March 31, 2020 | Room & Board credit available to residential students

    Room & Board credit available to residential students, room safety checks scheduled

    After moving to online classes for the remainder of the spring semester, Saint Leo University is offering residential students the opportunity to receive a room and board credit. Additionally, the university will be conducting residence hall room safety checks starting on April 2.

    Room and Board Credit

    In recognition of the impact students may be facing as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, all residential students who have returned home and are no longer living on campus will receive a $400 credit. This credit will be applied in the form of a grant toward their balance owed for Spring or their Fall Semester student account if their current account has a zero balance. For graduating seniors, this credit will be applied toward their balance owed for the Spring Semester or will be issued as a refund if the account has a positive balance.

    To qualify for the credit, students must have vacated their rooms on campus, returned to their permanent residence, and officially registered their departure with Residence Life (even if their belongings still remain). Credits will be applied in the form of a grant and will be reflected on the student account in eLion by the end of April. Students who have not yet registered their status with Residence Life will have until April 3 to do so in order to be eligible for this credit. Please remember that all belongings must be removed, rooms cleaned, and keys returned by June 1. Commuter students will receive a separate communication pertaining to credits for meal plans.

    Room Safety Checks

    With many of the university’s residential students having moved home without returning to campus following Spring Break, there is a need for Residence Life to conduct room checks in accordance with the housing policy. Many students were unable to remove food and trash before leaving, and as a result, these rooms may contain spoiled food and trash, which have the potential to make the residence halls unsafe for the students who have remained on campus.

    Beginning April 2, Saint Leo staff will be entering each room where students have indicated they are not living on campus, but have left their belongings. Room checks will also be conducted on the rooms of students who have not responded to outreach. Staff will be removing trash and cleaning out refrigerators. A minimum of two staff will take care of each room. Other appropriate security measures will also be in place.

    Students who have additional questions about the credit may contact Student Financial Services at (800) 240-7658 or if students have questions about room checks or move out, please contact Residence Life at (352) 588-8268.


    March 30, 2020 | Virginia and Corpus Christi commencement ceremonies postponed

    Additional commencement ceremonies postponed

    As a result of recent preventative recommendations for the coronavirus, Saint Leo University has announced it will be postponing two additional commencement ceremonies. The Virginia commencement ceremony, originally scheduled for Saturday, May 16, and the Corpus Christi commencement ceremony set for Friday, May 22, have been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date.

    These decisions to delay commencement were not made lightly. Commencement is such an important time for our students, their families, and the entire university community.

    Saint Leo University will communicate new commencement ceremony dates as soon as they become available. Additional information about all planned commencement ceremonies can be found at saintleo.edu/commencement.

    March 25, 2020 | Message from President Senese: We’re Here for You

    Dear Saint Leo University Community,

    With our university fully completing the transition to online classes this week, I wanted to take a moment to remind you all of the support that exists within our university community. News reports about the coronavirus continue to paint a concerning picture, and I know that many of you and your loved ones may be facing challenges with this situation.

    It is natural to feel apprehensive or become distracted by the impacts of the virus situation we are in at present. This indeed is an unpredictable and unprecedented time in our nation’s history. But while there are many unknowns, what I do know is that we will be able to get through this time with the help and support of others.

    At Saint Leo University, we strive to be and are a tremendously helpful and caring community. Please know that we are here to help one another succeed. In speaking with Lawson Jolly, our director of Counseling Services this week, I want to share some helpful advice he provided as well as some of my own:

    Communicate

    Whether you are a student facing difficulty completing your assignments or using the online technology, or a faculty or staff member facing the challenge of working from home, I urge you to communicate your concerns, should you have them, with the appropriate individual (your instructor, your supervisor, or Human Resources business partner, etc.). The most important part of my advice is that I am asking you to communicate because they cannot help if they do not know you need help. We care about your well-being, and we are available to assist you.

    Have Patience

    Just as the spread of the virus is new to our world, it is new to all of us at Saint Leo University. I know many of you are wondering about what is next for our university. We’ve received questions from students wondering about our plans for the celebration of commencement, if our grading criteria will be changed, or if refunds will be provided for student residence or meal plans. Please know the leadership team and I are working through these details and will share information about these matters as soon as possible. Faculty and staff also have similar questions, many of them centering around working from home, planning events, managing remote workers, or scheduling work activities. I ask each of you to communicate as well.  Please do not guess the answers to your questions on your own. Talk to your supervisor or Human Resources, and they will help you find answers.

    Practice Empathy

    Now to Jolly’s advice, I agree with him when he urged us to remember that everyone is facing their own unique challenges. While some members of our community may be able to maintain business as usual, other members may be faced with critical issues impacting their way of life. We don’t know what others are going through, so let’s do our best to have compassion.

    Again, at Saint Leo University, we are here to support you. Students, please know that Counseling Services is available around-the-clock at (352) 588-TALK, and our Student Financial Services team is available for consultation at (800) 240-7658. Faculty and staff, our employee assistance program (EAP), a free benefit available by phone at (877) 398-5816, is available to support you, as well as our Human Resources team.

    We will get through this time, we just have to do it together. Wishing you health and peace of mind. May God bless.

    Very sincerely yours,

    Jeffrey D. Senese, Ph.D.
    President

     


    March 20, 2020 | President Senese shares an update on summer terms

    President Jeffrey Senese delivers update to the university community


    March 17, 2020 | Message from President Senese: Extending Online Classes and Commencement

    Dear students, faculty, and staff,

    Since we first learned of the coronavirus and the serious threat that it posed to the welfare of the university community, my instinct has always been to make decisions based on three factors: scientific evidence, the university’s core values, and guidance from leading authorities on the matter.

    That is why after meeting with the leadership team and incident command this morning, it has become apparent that we need to make some shifts in university operations based on the new information we have received. Effective today, please make note of the following changes relating to coursework, residential life, and commencement:

    We are extending online classes through the end of the semester.

    After hearing the recommendation of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to the state universities, Saint Leo University will extend our online course delivery for the remainder of the spring semester. While I know there were several engaging events planned for the remainder of the academic year, faculty and staff are working diligently to make the online learning experience just as rewarding. Students should continue to check their university email and Lions Share for course updates and information.

    The university will remain open with support for those students who remain in our residence halls on campus. However, we also recognize that the decision to extend online delivery for the remainder of the semester will allow many students who have been undecided about how to proceed, to decide to return home at this time. Indeed, we encourage all students who are still living in our residence halls to consider doing so. For those who have already returned home, we will extend our move-out deadline to June 1 to allow flexibility in returning to campus for your belongings. We know that this transition will raise questions for many of you. We have updated our FAQs in attempt to address many of the details associated with this decision.

    Commencement

    As a result of stronger guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding large group gatherings, Saint Leo University will be rescheduling the celebration of commencement for a later date at select locations.

    • The Key West commencement ceremony scheduled for April 18 is postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date.
    • The Florida commencement ceremony originally scheduled for May 2 has been rescheduled for June 1. The Saint Leo Under the Stars graduation celebration and Baccalaureate Mass have been rescheduled for May 31.
    • The San Diego commencement ceremony scheduled for May 8 is postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date.

    As of now all other ceremonies remain as originally scheduled. However, this situation is fluid, and as a result, students should check back frequently for updates regarding their commencement location.

    Please know that these decisions to extend online classes and delay commencement were not made lightly. We know how important commencement is for not only our students and their families, and the entire university community. Commencement is a celebration recognizing years of sacrifice and hard work. Because of the importance, we are committed to moving forward with a ceremony as soon as prudent under the current circumstances.

    I encourage you to continue to stay connected and engage with your university during this transition. Now more than ever, it will be important for us to truly embrace our core values by caring and supporting one another through these changes. Together, we can make the most of this situation and hopefully be better in spite of it.

    Stay well, and may God bless.

    Sincerely,

    Jeffrey D. Senese, Ph.D.
    President


    March 16, 2020 | Communication for Parents and Family Members from President Senese

    Dear parents and family members,

    Being the father of a student who attends college more than 1,000 miles from our home here in Florida, I appreciate how important it is at this time to offer a direct communication to parents and family members. Saint Leo is more adept at managing situations like the coronavirus (COVID-19) given our annual experience addressing hurricanes, and our staff and faculty are used to supporting our students during such times. We are very fortunate that this is the case.

    Please know as well that during the past several weeks, the Saint Leo University leadership team and I have had to act swiftly in response to the rapid spread of COVID-19 in Florida and the United States. Our decision to transition to fully online courses last week was made based on the need to keep the health and well-being of our university community at the forefront and in accordance with the guidance the CDC and state public health authorities.

    When it comes to times of stress and difficulties, I tend to share the same outlook as author Amit Ray: “In every crisis, doubt, or confusion, take the higher path – the path of compassion, courage, understanding, and love.”

    At Saint Leo University, that is what we aim to do during this time of uncertainty surrounding COVID-19. Our core values call for us to act compassionately and with integrity to protect the members of our university community, and we will continue to keep these values at the center of every decision we make during this unfolding public health threat. 

    In the days ahead, we may be faced with the need to make additional, difficult decisions to protect the health of our students, faculty, and staff. Currently, the university’s incident command team and I are closely evaluating our commencement ceremonies, scheduled for late this spring, and the measures we may need to take to ensure they are done safely for students and families.

    We are also proactively thinking about the health of students living in the residence halls on University Campus. While we continue to offer students living on campus all the essential services they need – from shuttle services to a variety of dining options on campus – at other universities across the nation, state health departments have issued orders for the complete evacuation of student residence halls. While this has not been a recommendation here, it is something we have to be prepared to do if asked. I realize this recommendation would be incredibly disruptive to our community, but I askfor you to consider plans now should we be required to take this step.

    As parents of a Saint Leo University student, you play an important role in their success, and we want to keep you informed during this interesting time. Please know that our university website is the best place for you to find information and resources about the university’s response to the virus. Check this site –  saintleo.edu/coronavirus– regularly as additional information will be posted there when available.

    Thank you for your understanding, cooperation, and support as we work to keep our Saint Leo University community healthy. Stay well, and may God bless.

    Sincerely,

    Jeffrey D. Senese, Ph.D
    President


    March 13, 2020 | A message from President Senese about the coronavirus


    March 11, 2020 | Saint Leo University transitions to all online classes

    Saint Leo University Coronavirus FAQ

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    Saint Leo University transitions to all online classes
    In an effort to protect the health and well-being of the university community, Saint Leo University has decided to make adjustments to university operations following guidance issued to the state universities in Florida regarding coronavirus.

    • Saint Leo University is requiring that faculty, staff, and students must register all university-sponsored travel. This includes both domestic and international travel. Please email COVID19Travel@saintleo.edu with your name, cell phone number, locations you intend to visit, dates of travel, and the reason for your trip. Students, please also include your Saint Leo residence hall and room number or local address/education center. Failure to register your trip may jeopardize your opportunity to be reimbursed for any university sponsored travel.

    University Campus
    Classes for University Campus students will be suspended for the week of March 16-20, in order to allow faculty to prepare to deliver all classes online beginning Monday, March 23. This additional week will provide the campus community time to make this significant transition. This move to online is occurring out of an abundance of caution to protect the well-being of our community in light of the unpredictable spread of coronavirus. We hope to resume face-to-face classes and activities as soon as the situation permits. Please continue to monitor this website for ongoing updates. Faculty will receive additional information regarding this transition via email. 

    Students should expect guidance from their instructors regarding their coursework and continue to check their email and Lions Share for further information. Students should be prepared to begin online classes on Monday, March 23. In the meantime, all students are encouraged to stay current with reading and other assignments. 

    Students are asked to return to their permanent residence following Spring Break, rather than returning to campus and are strongly encouraged to remain off-campus during this period of online instruction.  Housing will be available on a limited basis for Spring sports student-athletes and students who are unable to return home. Students requiring ongoing housing will be asked to register with Residence Life.  All residential students will receive an email with additional instructions regarding this option.

    Saint Leo WorldWide
    All courses currently being taught on ground at all education centers will transition to fully online instruction effective Monday, March 16. We hope to resume face-to-face classes and activities as soon as the situation permits. Please continue to monitor this website for ongoing updates. Faculty will receive additional information regarding this change via email. Students should expect guidance from their instructors for details on this transition and should continue to check university email and Lions Share for course information.

    Additional Changes
    Effective immediately, the university is canceling all large group events. Additional details about individual cancellations will be shared by event organizers. All fall and winter sports activities are suspended indefinitely. In addition, no fans will be permitted at the Acrobatic and Tumbling home events.

    The university asks that all individuals avoid non-essential travel. With this recommendation in mind, the university is requiring that faculty, staff, and students register all university-sponsored travel. This includes both domestic and international. Please email COVID19Travel@saintleo.edu with your name, cell phone number, locations you intend to visit, dates of travel, and the reason for your trip. Please also include your Saint Leo residence hall and room number or local address/education center. Failure to register your trip may jeopardize your opportunity to be reimbursed for any university-sponsored travel. Please be aware that all travel will be reviewed and is subject to cancellation if deemed non-essential. 

    Please note, all university locations will remain open and operations will continue during this time. The university will continue to offer all essential services including dining, counseling, health services, etc. but potentially on a more limited basis. 


    March 10, 2020 | Students, faculty and staff asked to register travel plans

    In an effort to protect the health and safety of our community, Saint Leo University is continuing to follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local health authorities about the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19).  At this time, there are no known cases of the virus throughout the Saint Leo University community.

    Please remember that the single best thing you can do is to continue to take steps to prevent the spread of all illness through frequent handwashing; using hand sanitizer; avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth; and distancing yourself from others should you become ill.  

    New Guidance
    This week, the Saint Leo University incident command team made the following new recommendations, which are supported by the President:


    • Avoid non-essential travel. Students, faculty, and staff should avoid all non-essential travel to the best of their ability.
    • If you traveled on a cruise during Spring Break (or plan to do so in coming weeks), please monitor your health upon your return. University Campus students returning from a cruise should visit the Health Center in DeChantal Hall before returning to their residence hall or classes. Students in this group will be provided additional guidance, which they are expected to follow. Online and education center students, as well as all faculty and staff, are expected to follow the CDC guidance and “monitor their health and limit interactions with others for 14 days after returning to the United States. If you become symptomatic, immediately self-isolate and contact your county health department or health care provider.”


    Standing Recommendations
    The following recommendations also continue to be in affect:

    • All student, faculty, and staff university-related travel to CDC Risk Level 2 and 3 locations is prohibited until further notice. Saint Leo University is following the CDC guidelines for international travel. As of March 3, the CDC is recommending individuals avoid nonessential travel to areas with sustained and ongoing transmission. Risk assessments change from day to day; please continue to monitor the CDC for the current status of any locations for future travel up to and including the date of departure. Faculty, staff, and students traveling back from these countries should stay at home for 14 days to ensure they do not have the virus before returning to campus or their educational center. Again, future university-related travel to these countries is prohibited until further notice. 
    • All study abroad trips and programs have been canceled. The university will contact students who planned trips and provide additional information.
    • Use your personal judgement when making travel plans. Employees and students who have university-related travel plans to locations not currently listed with the CDC have no obligation to participate and may decline to attend without penalty. This includes both domestic and international travel.

    March 6, 2020 | Saint Leo University issues guidance on traveling

    The information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) so far suggests that most coronavirus (COVID-19) illness is mild; however, a risk of more serious illness is possible. Older people and people with certain underlying health conditions like heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes, for example, appear to be at greater risk of serious illness.

    In an effort to protect the health and safety of the university community, Saint Leo University is asking for students, faculty, and staff to carefully consider both their personal and professional travel plans and take note of CDC recommendations about COVID-19.

    For those who plan to travel outside the United States at any time this semester, please register your travel destination with the university by sending your name, cell phone number, countries visited, and dates of travel to COVID19Travel@saintleo.edu.  For students, please also include your Saint Leo residence hall and room number or local address/education center.

    For those who develop an illness while away, please return to your permanent home and alert the university so we may make class and other accommodations. In addition, if you are traveling to a country that is a CDC Level 2 or 3 risk (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html) or if your travel destination is declared a CDC Level 2 or 3 risk while you are away, we ask that you return to your permanent home for a 14-day self-quarantine even if you are symptom-free.

    For employees, please notify your supervisor if you are ill. Students or employees should not return to main campus or an education center until after the self-quarantine period has passed. Contact us at COVID19Travel@saintleo.edu for next steps.

    As a university, we are meeting every day to assess the current status of COVID-19 and are frequently consulting with the Florida Department of Health and other experts. Please be assured that we are doing everything we can to keep our community safe.

    Thank you for helping us keep Saint Leo University a healthy learning environment for everyone.


    March 3, 2020 | Saint Leo University is closely monitoring the coronavirus

    Saint Leo University is continuing to follow the updates and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local and state health authorities concerning the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) respiratory illness. In response, the university has activated its incident response team who will meet regularly to react to the evolving circumstances surrounding COVID-19.  The health and safety of the university community is of high importance, and the university is prepared to respond should the spread of the virus worsen.

    At this time, Saint Leo University has made the following recommendations in an effort to ensure the health and well-being of the university community:

    • All student, faculty, and staff travel to CDC Risk Level 2 and 3 locations is prohibited until further notice. Saint Leo University is following the CDC guidelines for international travel. As of March 3, the CDC is recommending individuals avoid nonessential travel to areas with sustained and ongoing transmission. Risk assessments change from day to day; please continue to monitor the CDC for the current status of any locations for future travel up to and including the date of departure. Faculty, staff, and students traveling back from these countries (whether it be university sponsored or personal travel) should stay at home for 14 days to ensure they do not have the virus before returning to campus or their educational center. Again, future travel to these countries is prohibited until further notice.
    • All study abroad trips and programs have been canceled. The university will contact students who planned trips and provide additional information.
    • Use your personal judgement when making travel plans. Employees and students who have travel plans to locations not currently listed with the CDC have no obligation to participate and may decline to attend without penalty. This includes both domestic and international travel.
    • Consider the CDC’s recommendation when making spring break travel plans. Information about the spread of the coronavirus is fluid and may result in changes to your travel plans. The CDC has shared that individuals traveling abroad may face “unpredictable circumstances, travel restrictions, challenges returning home, or accessing health care while abroad."

     

     

    Employee Updates

    Saint Leo University has announced plans for faculty and staff to begin returning to the workplace.

    Read Stage 1: Summer 2020 – Return to the Community Guide »

    Read Stage 2: Fall 2020 – A Framework for our Return to the Pride »

    Education Center Updates

    In accordance with the university’s framework to begin returning to normal operations. Select Education Centers have begun operating from their physical facilities, while other continue to support students remotely. Contact information for each center, as well as their current status is provided below. Scheduling appointments with center staff is strongly encouraged prior to visiting a location.

    San Diego Education Center
    Phone: (619) 213-2847 or (619) 840-7890
    Email:  sandiego@saintleo.edu

    Center facility remains closed. Please call or email for assistance.

    Savannah Education Center
    Phone: (912) 352-8331
    Email: savannah@saintleo.edu

    Center is open Monday to Thursday from 10 am to 5 pm

    East Pasco Education Center
    Phone: (352) 588-8879
    Email: eastpasco@saintleo.edu

    Center is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 am to 2 pm

    Jacksonville Education Center
    Phone: (904) 771-7825
    Email: jacksonville@saintleo.edu

    Center is open Monday to Thursday from 9 am - 6 pm and Friday 8 am to 5 pm

    Key West Education Center
    Phone: (305) 293-2847
    Email: keywest@saintleo.edu

    Center facility remains closed. Please call or email for assistance.

    Lake City Education Center
    Phone: (386) 628-1567.
    Email: lakecity@saintleo.edu

    Center is open Monday to Thursday from 8:30 am to 6 pm.

    MacDill Education Center
    Phone: (813) 285-5440
    Email: macdill@saintleo.edu

    Center facility remains closed. Please call or email for assistance.

    Mayport Education Center
    Phone: (904) 249-0911
    Email: mayport@saintleo.edu

    Center facility remains closed. Please call or email for assistance.

    Ocala Education Center
    Phone: (352) 424-9144
    Email: ocala@saintleo.edu

    Center is open. Please call ahead for exact hours.

    Pasco Hernando Education Center
    Phone: (352) 588-8879
    Email: eastpasco@saintleo.edu

    Center facility remains closed. Please call or email for assistance.

    Tampa Education Center
    Phone: (813) 226-2776
    Email: tampa@saintleo.edu

    Center is open Monday to Friday 9 am to 2 pm

    Columbus Education Center
    Phone: (662) 434-8844
    Email: columbus@saintleo.edu

    Center facility remains closed. Please call or email for assistance.

    Charleston Education Center
    Phone: (843) 554-2111
    Email: charleston@saintleo.edu

    Center is open Monday to Thursday 10 am to 5 pm

    NWS Charleston Education Center
    Phone: (843) 554-2111
    Email: charleston@saintleo.edu

    Center facility remains closed. Please call or email for assistance.

    Shaw Education Center
    Phone: (803) 666-3221
    Email: shaw@saintleo.edu

    Center facility remains closed. Please call or email for assistance.

    Corpus Christi Education Center
    Phone: (361) 937-1440
    Email: corpus.christi@saintleo.edu

    Center facility remains closed. Please call or email for assistance.


    Self-Reporting


    • If a campus student in residence is experiencing symptoms of illness and is concerned about possible COVID-19 infection (fever over 100.4, shortness of breath, cough, or sore throat) they are asked to contact the Health Center in DeChantal Hall at (352) 588-8347.   Online and education center students, are asked to immediately self-isolate and contact your county health department or health care provider.  Staff and faculty should do the same and also contact their supervisor and human resources business partner.