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Saint Leo University’s Response to COVID-19

Latest Communication Updates

Saint Leo releases update to COVID-19 prevention guidelines

The Saint Leo University COVID-19 Incident Command Team has published new COVID-19 prevention guidelines for the university community that take effect immediately. The stage three Framework for Advancing the Pride reflects the latest health guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Florida Department of Health, and other medical and health experts.

Students, faculty, and staff should plan to fully read the guide to understand how the university will operate in the months ahead. As this COVID-19 pandemic evolves, the university may update this guidance to reflect new research or findings.

Here’s a summary of the updates contained in the Framework for Advancing the Pride:

What is changing?

  • · The daily health status check on the university’s mobile app is no longer required. Students, faculty, and staff will be asked to report concerns about possible illness and potential exposure to COVID-19 as needed through the app.
  • · Masks and face coverings are no longer required for those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 and who have registered their vaccination with the university. Unvaccinated individuals should continue to wear masks at all times while indoors and when in the presence of others while outdoors.
  • · The university may conduct random testing on asymptomatic groups of students or employees who are not vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • · Mandatory social distancing is no longer required.
  • · Employees who are working from home in response to COVID-19 protocols are asked to return to the workplace.

What is staying the same?

  • · All students, faculty, and staff, must be free of any symptoms potentially related to COVID-19 to be on-site at any university location.
  • · Those who have been exposed to or diagnosed with COVID-19 will be required to notify the university and must not enter the Saint Leo community until they have been cleared to do so.
  • · Masks may be worn by those who are vaccinated as a matter of personal choice and preference. Those wearing masks should not be queried regarding their vaccination status.
  • · Enhanced cleaning protocols will remain across all Saint Leo facilities including classrooms, offices, housing and dining facilities, restrooms, and public spaces.
  • · Limits remain on large gatherings. Gatherings are limited to less than 50 participants. All events of 50 or more must have prior approval by the COVID-19 Incident Command Team.

What action do you need to take?

  • · Assume the best intentions of others and be considerate of others feelings as we enter our new normal. Not everyone will share the same feelings or beliefs as you do.
  • · Faculty, staff, and students are strongly encouraged to get a COVID-19 vaccine and register it with the university. Students should send their registration to and faculty and staff should send their registration to
  • · Continue to practice good hygiene habits and be mindful of your health—even if you are fully vaccinated. When we take care of ourselves, we take care of our community.
Students, faculty, and staff should continue to check their university email and the Protect the Pride website for updates and additional information related to COVID-19.

Saint Leo University announces fall plans for in-person classes

Saint Leo University is pleased to announce that it fully intends to resume in-person classes for the Fall 2021 Semester at University Campus and all education center locations. At this time, the University plans to discontinue Hybrid and Connected Classroom learning options following the completion of summer courses.

“With the increased availability of COVID-19 vaccines and the decline in the overall number of cases, we believe we can safely bring our community together again in the ways we have traditionally done prior to the pandemic,” said Saint Leo University President Jeffrey Senese. “There is no replacement for the learning that happens when we are physically and socially engaged together, and it is time that we get back to that.”

In the months ahead, the university will be developing plans that will allow the community to safely begin the new academic year in person at its University Campus and education center locations. This will include updates on many of our traditional activities, Dining Services, student events, athletics, as well as opportunities for faculty, staff, and students to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine on-site. We will be issuing new, updated guidelines for our Return to the Pride. Some changes may go into effect during the summer for students studying at education centers.

“On behalf of the COVID-19 Incident Command Team, we are grateful for the support and commitment that faculty, staff, and students demonstrated during this past year to keep our community healthy and safe,” said Dr. Melanie Storms, senior vice president. “We remain optimistic that next academic year will be one in which we can be together again and engage in many of the activities that we have traditionally enjoyed at the university.”

Students, faculty, and staff should continue to check their university email and the Protect the Pride website for updates relating to the start of the new year in the months ahead.

What to do if you think you are sick

If a campus student in residence is experiencing symptoms of illness and is concerned about possible COVID-19 infection (fever over 100.4, other symptoms of illness), they are asked to immediately self-isolate and contact the Health Center in DeChantal Hall at (352) 588-8347. After hours, they can contact University Safety at (352) 588-8432 for the on-call nurse. Online and education center students, are asked to immediately self-isolate and contact your county health department or health care provider and notify your center director or advisor of your illness. Staff and faculty should do the same and also contact their supervisor and human resources business partner.

Video Updates

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Town Hall - August 14, 2020


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