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Campus Preparedness Plan

Returning to Campus in 2020

In the summer of 2020, St. Thomas will begin the process of gradually resuming operations while mitigating the potential for transmission of COVID-19 on campus; we intend to welcome as many students on campus this fall as we can safely accommodate, both in our classrooms and in our residence halls.

The goal of this plan is to protect the health and safety of the university community while conducting the essential work of educating students. The success of this plan requires both changes in campus operations and behavior change from our community members. 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.

Information from the Plan is grouped into 5 main themes:

This website highlights key elements of the plan; please read the full Preparedness Plan for the complete details.

President Julie Sullivan

Everyone Has a Role in Supporting a Safe Return to Campus

We aim to deliver on our mission with a culture of care. We can’t do this alone; we need students, faculty and staff to actively engage in our new campus standards. Be aware. Be healthy. Be smart. And be for the Common Good.

Parts of the Preparedness Plan

St. Thomas Health and Safety Protocols

From classrooms to the library, dining rooms and residence halls, the student center and common bathrooms, we’re making changes to support social distancing and your safety.

Individual Health and Safety Protocols

We’re relying on all members of this community to help others stay healthy. This means new standards for us all – because we can’t do it alone.

Classes and Instruction

With a mixture of in-person classes (in larger rooms with more space between seats) and online/remote instruction, we look forward to seeing you in Fall 2020.

Beyond the Classroom

Get answers for what’s happening with the chapel and other religious spaces, study abroad, exercise facilities, and other campus activities.

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.