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For Faculty and Staff

Community of Care

Now more than ever, the university needs all community members to adhere to best practices for protecting their own health and the health of others. As such, all faculty, staff and students on campus will be expected to follow health and safety protocols. Managers will be responsible for implementing these protocols in their areas.

While this website provides an overview of the key elements of the Campus Preparedness Plan, faculty and staff should read the full PDF version of 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.


As of May 6, 2021, we have relaxed restrictions on university travel. New guidelines for faculty, staff and student groups are listed below:

  • Restrictions on domestic travel have been lifted. Approval for domestic travel will revert to the process followed pre-pandemic.
  • All international travel will require provost approval. International travel requests must be submitted to Tim Lewis, chair of the Travel Risk Advisory Committee. That committee will make a recommendation to the provost.
  • All travelers are required to follow CDC travel guidance on vaccinations or testing.
  • Further information is available on the Travel Risk Management OneStThomas page.

Campus Shuttle

The university’s shuttle service will adhere to the recommended operating instructions. 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.

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.