From Dr. Xavier Cole: All students must complete online COVID-19 training by Aug. 19

Editor’s note: Information regarding student health and safety recommendations was updated from an earlier version of this letter to better reflect the university’s intended guidance.

Dear Marquette students,

I write to you as we prepare for the start of the fall 2020 academic year in just two short weeks. I hope this message finds you staying safe and taking care of your own well-being, your family, friends and communities.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this fall semester will be unlike any we have experienced before; nevertheless, it will be ever guided by our mission. Whether you are a returning or new student, you are a part of the Marquette family. We Are Marquette.

Learning, living and working in the community is vital to our mission at Marquette University, and as individuals for and with others, we are called to take personal responsibility for our well-being and the well-being of others. The risks posed by COVID-19 to our community and the world require that each of us observe heightened well-being and safety measures in the coming academic year.

Due to necessary changes to the learning, living and working environments, we ask that ALL students – undergraduate, graduate and professional – complete the Marquette University COVID-19 Education course online through a platform called “Safe Colleges.”

Part of a comprehensive COVID-19 education plan, this course is required for all students, regardless of instruction method — virtual, hybrid or in-person. The seven-module course will provide you with information to empower you to make well-informed decisions about life on campus, off campus and in the greater community.

The course opens today, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020 — please log in here as soon as possible to begin the course and complete prior to Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020.

If you are a new undergraduate, first-year or transfer student, you will also be required to complete additional health and safety courses on alcohol and other drugs and sexual violence prevention. These courses will be assigned through the Safe Colleges platform, as well.

Finally, I encourage you to review the university’s dedicated COVID-19 website for the most up-to-date information regarding campus safety, policies and procedures. On the student resources page, you will find a checklist to prepare for fall 2020.

Please review this checklist for the following COVID-19 educational tasks you are expected to complete:

  • We’re asking all students to:
    • Stay home as much as possible from now until you arrive on campus. Avoid interactions with others outside of your households as much as possible. In particular, avoid crowds or gatherings of any kind.
    • Wear a mask when outside of your immediate household.
    • Monitor yourself for symptoms and check your temperature twice per day now until you arrive on campus.
    • Seek medical care and possible testing for COVID-19 if you develop symptoms including fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, body aches, fatigue, loss of sense of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.
  • All students will receive a Welcome Pack that includes a mask, hand sanitizer and thermometer. Recognizing how frequently these will be used, we encourage you to bring additional masks or facial coverings and hand sanitizer. All community members will be asked to complete a wellness self-check daily to limit the spread of COVID-19.
  • We ask all members of the Marquette community members to review our Community Pledge — these are the standards we ask our community to uphold during this unprecedented time.

Please refer to the above checklist and the COVID website for the most up-to-date information.

You are the difference. Wear a mask. Wash your hands. Keep physical distance. Help stop the spread. We Are Marquette.


Dr. Xavier Cole
Vice President for Student Affairs

Safe Colleges log-in instructions

1. Using your web browser, go to:

2. To access your assigned training, you will utilize your CheckMarq credentials. Log-in using your Marquette email and password.

3. Your assigned course or courses will be listed on your personal Safe Colleges “My Assignments” page under “Mandatory Training.”

4. Select any course by simply clicking the name of the course. The courses have audio, so turn up your speakers if you wish to hear the narration. Complete all the training scenarios and the assessment to receive completion credit for the course. You will have the option to print out a Certificate of Completion once you successfully complete the course.