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For Students

Community of Care

The University is relying on every student to uphold the policies, plans and protocols related to mitigating the spread of COVID-19. All undergraduate students who live, work, or learn on-campus are required to sign the Common Good Commitment.

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.

Students who are repeatedly documented for being noncompliant with COVID-19 established expectations or who engage in egregious violations will enter the student conduct process and may be subject to discipline in accordance with the Student Conduct Code. These expectations extend to students who live off-campus in our neighborhood.

While this website provides an introduction to the key elements of Returning to Campus, students are encouraged to 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.

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 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.