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For Students

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. Students are expected to follow these health and safety protocols on and off campus.

The University is relying on every student to uphold the policies, plans and protocols related to mitigating the spread of COVID-19. In order to live, learn and work on campus, all undergraduate students are required to abide by the Common Good Commitment.

While this website provides an overview of the key elements of the Campus Preparedness Plan, students are encouraged to read the full PDF of the 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.

Additional Resources for Students

Center for Well-Being Services

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. Health Promotion, Resilience, and Violence Prevention is offering virtual programming.

Academic Resources

The Center for Student Achievement staff are available to support undergraduate students and faculty members via Zoom, by phone or through email, Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm. We also offer tutoring in multiple subjects via Zoom tutoring sessions; hours vary by department.

Student Emergency Fund

Students in need can apply for funds via the Student Emergency Financial Assistance Program, which are available on a case-by-case basis for a number of eligible expenses including but not limited to: rent payments; medical expenses; essential transportation; groceries; and utilities, including internet.

Tommie Shelf Foodmobile

The Tommie Shelf Foodmobile provides up to 25 pounds of groceries a month to students and community members in need. To learn more about how to receive groceries from Tommie Shelf or to make a monetary donation, visit the Tommie Shelf website.

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.