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Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions

    Frequently Asked Questions (updated March 17| Afternoon)

    Saint Leo University has made the decision to fully transition to online classes to help protect our community from the unpredictable spread of the coronavirus. This move will mean that all education center students will transition to online classes beginning Monday, March 16, and all University Campus students will transition to online classes beginning Monday, March 23. Note, classes are suspended at University Campus from March 16-20. Please find below answers to the most frequently asked questions to date.

    Please check back frequently as additional information will be posted as it becomes available.

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    What should students performing an internship do?

    Students should contact their course instructor and internship site for guidance. Students who are completing internships in the local area may register to remain in housing.

    Are library services available?

    Yes. We have a robust set of online library resources available for all students. They are available at https://slulibrary.saintleo.edu

    On campus at the Daniel A. Cannon Memorial Library, occupancy will be limited to 20 patrons at a time, 10 per floor, and visits will be limited to two hours. Current library hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and noon to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. The library will remain open for university campus students and university faculty only.

    For students seeking space for quiet study, all academic buildings remain open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Tapia College of Business building remains open until 10 p.m. for computer lab use. No campus club or organization may meet or assemble in any campus building or meeting area. 

    While the library, academic building classrooms, and common areas may be used for work and study, social distancing practices must be maintained: There must be fewer than 10 people in any gathering, and everyone should be 6 feet apart.

    Will computer labs remain open for student use?

    Yes. Computer labs will remain open for individual student use. However, hours may differ.  Please contact your center/campus for additional information about availability.

    Will students be able to obtain an Incomplete if they are unable to complete their course online?

    Yes. The university policy regarding the issuance of incompletes remains the same.

    How will students in labs or other courses with required university equipment complete their courses?

    Students will be contacted by their instructors with additional guidance.

    Will commencement be canceled?

    No. However, based on recent guidance from the CDC regarding large group gatherings, the 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.

    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.

    How long will classes be held online? When will you make a decision about the remainder of the term?

    Based on recent guidance from the governor of Florida and other officials, the university will be extending the period of fully online instruction through the end of the Spring semester. 

    Will student workers be able to continue working on campus during this period?

    Yes. However, the university has encouraged most of its faculty and staff to work from home wherever possible. As a result, employment opportunities for students on campus may have changed. Students are advised to contact their supervisors and the Department of Human Resources for guidance. 

    How will online classes affect the I-20 and visa status as an international student?

    The U.S. government understands that certain circumstances require action on the university’s part to ensure the safety of the university community. This may require the temporary transition to online coursework. Provided that international students are able to continue making satisfactory progress toward their degrees and maintain their full-time status in a course of study, this will not jeopardize their immigration status.

    As an international student, who should I contact to update my plans?

    Students should email their anticipated plans to the Center for Global Engagement at global@saintleo.edu. Residential students should register with Residence Life.

    Should a student pack up all of their belongings and return to their permanent home?

    Yes, if possible. Students who are able to do so should return home with all of their personal belongings. Residential students are asked to leave their rooms “broom clean,” with all trash and items from the refrigerator removed and disposed of appropriately. Remove personal belongings, lock the room and apartment doors, and return keys to the Residence Life Office in Building 6, Monday-Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. After hours or on the weekend, please return your keys to University Safety. 

    What if a student has already returned home and their belongings are still in their room on campus?

    Students are able to return at any time during the semester (as long as they are not currently exhibiting symptoms of illness) to retrieve their belongings from their residence hall room and check out up until June 1. Students are asked to minimize the time they spend on campus.

    For those students who wish to store their belongings until the start of school in the fall, look for an email from Residence Life about packing supplies and storage for rent from a local company that will pick up everything on campus this week.

    What should a student do if they would like to return home immediately but are unable to remove all of their belongings from their room on campus?

    Students who are able to return home but can’t remove their belongings yet may leave their belongings in place until June 1. If students choose to do this, they are asked to empty all trash and food items from the room. Notify Residence Life at (352) 588-8268 or via email to residence.life@saintleo.edu.

    For those students who wish to store their belongings until the start of school in the fall, look for an email from Residence Life about packing supplies and storage for rent from a local company that will pick up everything on campus this week.

    What should students do to prepare to move out?

    Residential students are asked to leave their rooms “broom clean,” with all trash and items from the refrigerator removed and disposed of appropriately.  Remove personal belongings, lock the room and apartment doors, and return keys to the Residence Life Office in Building 6, Monday-Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. After hours or on the weekend, please return your keys to University Safety. 

    What if a student is unable to return home at this time?  Can they stay in the residence halls?

    Yes, we understand not all students may be able to travel at this time. The university remains open and will continue to provide essential services to all students who remain in our residence halls for as long as we are able. In some cases, 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 required.

    Please register your intent to stay with Residence Live at www.saintleo.edu/residence and update plans as they change.

    Do students need to tell the university their plans?

    Yes, we are asking all residential students to register with Residence Life at www.saintleo.edu/residence and to update plans as they change.

    If a student staying on campus has fever, cough, or shortness of breath, what should they do?

    The student should contact our University Health Services. The Student Health Center is in DeChantal Hall and is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Students should call the Health Center instead of going to DeChantal so that staff can determine next steps.  Please call (352) 588-8347. If afterhours, students should call University Safety at (352) 588-8432 for the on call nurse.

    What will be available to students who must stay on campus?

    Essential functions will remain in place.  However, extracurricular activities will be limited as social distancing is being strongly encouraged. 

    Will students be able to eat in the Dining Hall if they stay on campus?

    Dining Services will remain open to serve students but will be providing grab-n-go/take-out meals only in accordance with guidance provided by the state of Florida and in line with the practices of other Florida universities and colleges.

    What measures has Dining Services taken to protect the community from illness?

    Dining Services has implemented additional cleaning regimens in accordance with CDC guidelines. Utensils are plastic and disposable. No personally owned cups or food carriers are allowed. Dining Services is working within their national association and CDC guidelines for food preparation and service.

    What will there be to do on campus during this time period?

    All trips, group events, indoor recreational facilities, and student organization meetings are canceled. Student Activities staff will be providing virtual activities for students at home or on campus.

    What should students do if they left food, plants, or fish in their residence hall and they are not coming back to campus until after the semester?

    Please contact Residence Life at residence.life@saintleo.edu or call (352) 588-8268 to let us know the circumstances so that we can try and help. 

    Will military or veteran students’ benefits be impacted during the transition to online?

    We believe that in general there should be no impact to benefit eligibility as a result of this situation. However, students are advised to discuss their individual situations with the Student Veteran Financial Services office.

    Will my financial aid eligibility be impacted due to online learning?

    Current financial aid eligibility for Spring will remain in place. However, each student’s situation is unique. If you have any questions about your financial aid, please contact Student Financial Support at sfs@saintleo.edu or (800) 240-7658 or review your account on eLion.

    What will happen if a student staying on campus gets COVID-19?

    The university has already put plans in place to address this situation should it arise. The university will work closely with the Florida Department of Health to respond appropriately and will follow their directives. Information will be shared as it becomes available. 

    What should a student do if they are feeling sick?

    Students are asked to isolate as much as possible. If the student is on campus, immediately contact the Student Health Center. The Student Health Center is in DeChantal Hall and is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Students should call the Health Center so that staff can determine best next steps: (352) 588-8347. If assistance is needed at other times, students should call University Safety at (352) 588-8432 for the after-hours nurse. WorldWide students are encouraged to contact their primary care provider or local department of health for care and guidance. 

    Will University Safety remain working on campus 24/7?

    Yes. As with all essential university functions, University Safety will continue to operate on campus. They will remain available 24/7 throughout the semester.

    Will the shuttle bus on University Campus continue to run to the grocery, pharmacy, etc.?

    There will be limited shuttle services available for essential needs during the time period of online instruction. 

    Will the golf cart shuttle continue to run on University Campus?

    During the period of time while courses are being offered online, the shuttle golf cart service will not be running. Those requiring assistance due to disability or injury should continue to contact University Safety for transportation.

    Will University Safety transport sick students to the Student Health Center on campus?

    Yes, University Safety will continue to transport sick students to the Student Health Center for care as needed.

    If a student has traveled internationally or been on a cruise, what should they do?

    Students are asked to contact our Student Health Center at (352) 588-8347.