Welcome back Hilltoppers!

St. Edward's Fall 2021 semester will deliver the best educational and engagement experiences, campus life, and support to our students, faculty and staff that are aligned with the highest levels of health and safety. Although we will continue to take precautionary measures to quickly adapt to the changing pandemic conditions, we have planned in-person classes, events and programming that allow for a more traditional campus experience.

 Updated Plans for Fall 2021 In-Person and On-Campus

In response to the health of our campus, declining numbers of Covid-19 cases in Austin and Austin Public Health moving to Stage 3, we have updated the temporary modifications to our fall semester plans to continue to provide a safe on-campus, in-person experience.

Temporary Modifications

(Effective October 18, 2021)

  1. Face coverings must be worn by both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals in all indoor public spaces on campus.
  2. No occupancy limits on outdoor events, meetings, classes and all other activities. Individuals are encouraged to wear face coverings at these events.
  3. Indoor events, meetings, classes and all other activities are limited to 40 people or may be held virtually.
    • Certain spaces, such as RAC, Theatre, Jones Auditorium, Mabee Ballrooms and Carter Auditorium may have allowances for events greater than 40 people. Event size limits are in 25Live and a seating plan must be submitted for approval. 
  4. Campus dining. Indoor dining will be allowed in the dining venues and indoor common areas where food is permitted. Eating in classrooms is not permitted.
  5. Flexibility for individual courses. Through the end of the semester, faculty members may opt for one online class meeting per week with the other class meetings held in-person. Faculty members will communicate changes to course delivery directly to students.
  6. Domestic travel will be allowed on a case-by-case basis.

Continued Safety Layers

  1. Vaccine documentation or approved exemption for all students, faculty and staff.  
  2. Daily TopperSafe screening will continue all semester for all students, faculty, staff and visitors coming to campus.
  3. Weekly asymptomatic testing is required through the end of December for all on-campus students, faculty and staff who have not submitted documentation of full vaccination.
  4. To ensure continuity of instruction, the university has established procedures to accommodate course adjustments in the midst of the continually evolving environment.
  5. Residence halls will operate at reduced occupancy with individual rooms and no more than two residents sharing a restroom.
  6. Guest policy will allow residents to host SEU guests (no external visitors) in their campus residence without limit.
  7. Contact tracing, isolation and quarantine protocols and guidelines are in place for students, faculty and staff. 
  8. International travel supported by the university is suspended for all students and employees (some approved exemptions).

Please note that we will re-assess all modifications and protocols as we continue to gain more data about cases in the Austin community and recommendations from the CDC, APH and university medical advisors.


Submit Vaccine or Exemption Paperwork

Our Hilltoppers' diligence in completing daily TopperSafe screenings, wearing face coverings indoors, and submitting vaccination documentation, all contributed to the low number of cases in our campus community.

All students, faculty and staff are required to submit their vaccine documentation or approved, eligible exemption as outlined in the university's Covid-19 Vaccination Policy.

Submit your Vaccination Documentation or Exemption



Policies and Protocols


The St. Edward’s University Covid-19 planning and response is led by a team of cross-campus leadership with guidance from a panel of local, regional and national medical advisors and organizations. SEU continues to closely monitor local conditions and recommendations from the CDC, APH and our medical advisors, and uses this guidance to determine our level of operations for classes, student housing, campus events and activities, and any other adjustments to protect the health and safety of our campus community.

Updated October 14, 2021