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Beyond the Classroom

While the 2020-21 academic year may be different from the past, the university will continue to offer traditional support services to students. These support services, including student life and student academic support services, may be offered in-person or remotely.

Health Services, and Counseling & Psychological Services remains open to serve all students, faculty and staff. Appointments must be made over the phone, no walk-ins. Please refer to the information on the Center for Well-Being’s website to make an appointment. 

NOTE: information about Residence Halls, Dining, and Exercise Facilities can be found on the St. Thomas Health & Safety Protocols page.

Chapel and Other Religious Spaces

The Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas, the Florance Chapel (lower level of main chapel), the Chapel of St. Albertus Magnus (Sitzmann Hall), the Koch Commons chapel, and the Chapel of St. Thomas More (Law School) are operating in accordance with the policies and protocols of the University of St. Thomas, public health guidance and directives, and the protocols of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Social distancing practices are enforced and sanitization and cleaning protocols are followed.

Read more details of the plans for the Chapel and other religious spaces

Off-Campus Instructional and Field Experiences

Each college/school established protocols for its fall 2020 off-campus instructional and field experiences, including service learning and volunteering, in alignment with public health guidelines and the guidelines of the host organization. Those protocols will remain in place for J-Term and spring 2021.

Study Abroad

All study abroad experiences, including St. Thomas programs in Rome and London and programs offered through partner organizations, have been cancelled for J-Term and spring 2021.


Athletics has assembled a cross-functional work group to address the resumption of intercollegiate athletics as well as a phased reopening of athletics and campus recreational facilities. Decisions regarding reopening are guided by local, state and federal guidelines, medical guidance for the return to play, NCAA and conference recommendations, and university protocols.

Cocurricular Activities

Student engagement activities, such as those sponsored by the Center for Common Good or Student Life Activities, will follow university health and safety protocols.

  • Officially recognized student clubs and organization meetings are strongly encouraged to meet virtually but in-person meetings are allowed subject to the conditions in Section VI.A of the Preparedness Plan PDF.
  • Clubs will continue to manage club rosters, communication and marketing through TommieLink. Any in-person meetings will be required to follow university guidance and policies, including use of masks or other cloth face coverings, and required six-foot distancing. See Section VI.A of the Preparedness Plan PDF.
  • Clubs and organizations should consider ways to de-densify any in-person meetings that are held (e.g., using multiple rooms with streaming for events or trainings, shifting in-person games to larger halls, etc.).
  • Off-campus programming/experiences will require approvals and must follow university guidelines for transportation, site expectations, setup and waivers.

NOTE: All information on these Campus Preparedness Plan webpages comes from the Preparedness Plan document. If you have questions about what you read on this website, please refer to the latest version of that document.