View of the O'Shaughnessy Science Hall and Owens Science Hall in Fall

For Faculty and Staff

Community of Care

The University is relying on all employees to uphold the policies, plans and protocols related to mitigating the spread of COVID-19. The St. Thomas mission and convictions call on us to care for others and to give special attention to those who are most vulnerable. Each member of our community must take personal responsibility to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and we must help keep each other accountable to these community convictions.

While this website provides an introduction to the key elements of Returning to Campus, faculty and staff should read the full Preparedness Plan to understand the entire scope of expectations.

Remember The Center for Well-Being is your on-campus resource for health-related questions. And please ensure you are familiar with the Individual Health and Safety Protocols, including our newest, most-important practice - stay home if you feel sick.


All university-sponsored travel has been suspended until further notice. Community members who are considering personal travel should read the CDC’s travel health notices and state guidance and be prepared for isolation or quarantine before returning to campus. Students who travel internationally or who are coming to the U.S. from a foreign country are expected to follow CDC and/or State Department guidance on quarantine.

The Minnesota Department of Health has issued guidance for students regarding Thanksgiving break 2020; read the guidance and how it applies at St. Thomas in the complete Campus Preparedness Plan.

Campus Shuttle

The Campus Shuttle service began on Aug. 24, 2020; measures that will be adopted include:

  • Limiting bus capacity to 20.
  • Electrostatic cleaning units will be used on our shuttle coaches daily.
  • The shuttle will follow the university’s masking/face covering requirements. Individuals who do not have cloth face coverings will not be allowed to board.
  • Drivers will regularly sanitize high-touch point surfaces.
  • Seats will be marked so that alternate seats are available to be used at each stop and cleaned after use.
  • Riders will enter and exit from the rear door only to minimize contact between the students and driver.
  • The windows to the buses will remain open at all times – weather permitting.

Additional safety measures are being considered at this time, including hand sanitizing, shields for the drivers, rear door use and load capacities.

NOTE: All information about Returning to Campus in 2020 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.