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ATTENTION: Student clubs and organizations are student-led and operated. Students are responsible for planning and organizing all club activities in accordance with applicable University policies and the University’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Student clubs and their members that violate health and safety protocols or other applicable policies may be subject to individual and club discipline.

 

Updates to Club COVID Guidelines & Policies

 
 In-Person Events

In order to host an in-person club event, clubs must comply with all of the guidelines outlined in the Student Programming During Covid-19 Resources document that was sent out this past fall. Here are a few other things to note when hosting in-person events: 

  • The reason for hosting an in-person event must be more practical than hosting the event virtually. 
  • The activity must be in line with the student club’s or organization’s mission.  
  • Participation will be limited to either a room’s displayed Common Good Capacity (room occupancy), or no more than 50 participants (inside and outside), whichever is fewer. 
  • If you reserve a space in 25Live, you must have a corresponding Tommie Link event submitted as well. All reservations require minimum at least 2-3 business days to be processed.
  • All in-person meetings, events, activities, no matter the attendance size, requires a Tommie Link event to be submit. Consider changing the visibility to "Organization Members" or "Invited Users Only" depending on the the type of event, such as executive board meetings. 
  • Clubs must submit the event in Tommie Link and answer all questions within the Event Submission Process. In the event questions, you will answer questions that will outline your health and safety plan for the event, which is required for all in-person events. 
  • Student must use the Tommie Link Check-In App to track attendance and arrival time for contact tracing. This will require you to create an event in Tommie Link. (contact Campus Life if you need assistance) 
  • Club’s will be expected to send messaging to participants reminding them of the expectations and guidelines that they will need to follow at the event. 
  • As policies continue to change, clubs must also remember to stay up to date to any changes made to guidelines and policies outlined in the university’s Preparedness Plan and official messaging regarding university wide COVID policies.

 

Grab & Go Event Guidelines

Grab & Go events should only be used to dispense materials to members or participants that otherwise cannot be done virtual. Examples for doing a Grab & Go event could be for crafting events, dispensing catering before virtual activities, or handing out club apparel. In order to host a Grab & Go event, clubs must comply with the following guidelines:

  • Clubs may only have 1 person running the grab & go at a time. That club member must be mindful of traffic flow and should not allow more than 1 person in the space at a time. 
  • Club Advisors must be made aware of the detail of Grab & Go but are not expected to be present to oversee the event. 
  • Students must use a hands-free sign-up method so participants can select a designated time to pick up the item. This will properly space out the participants arrivals to avoid congestion or gathering.  
  • The club must notify the participants before the Grab & Go event of what to expect when they arrive. 
  • Must have access or in a close proximity to hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies.  
  • Face covering policy must be enforced for everyone. Club member handing out items must wear a face covering for the duration of the event. 
  • Student must use the Tommie Link Check-In App to track attendance and arrival time for contact tracing. This will require you to create an event in Tommie Link. (contact Campus Life if you need assistance) 
  • Signage must be used to reinforce messages about wearing face coverings, social distancing, hand washing, not attending if experiencing symptoms, etc. (You can check out pre-made signage from Campus Life) 
  • The event must have a way to keep participants 6 ft. apart if a line form (ex. traffic cones) 

 

Off-Campus Event Guidelines

For clubs that would like to host off-campus events, you will need to comply with the following guidelines:

  • Your club advisor must accompany the group on the trip or another university faculty/staff member can stand in for them if your advisor is unable to attend. This includes riding in the bus or following next to it in their own vehicle if you order one.
  • Clubs must submit the event in Tommie Link and answer all questions within the Event Submission Process. In the event questions, you will answer questions that will outline your health and safety plan for the event, which is required for all in-person events. This plan should be specific to your off-campus event activities.
  • Student must use the Tommie Link Check-In App to track attendance for contact tracing. This will require you to create an event in Tommie Link. (contact Campus Life if you need assistance) 
  • Liability forms must be signed by all participants attending the event. You will need to connect with Jeff Holstein to add the liability form to the RSVP section in your Tommie Link event. 
  • Participation is limited to 50 people or no more than the allowed occupancy of the location or busing capacity, whichever is fewer. If you are ordering a charter bus, contact Parking & Transportation Services (current busing capacities allow up to 21 people). If people are driving themselves, they cannot carpool as personal vehicles do not allow for proper social distancing. They are expected to only drive themselves.
  • The face covering policy must be enforced for participants and must be worn for the entire duration of the off-campus event including travel. 
  • Club’s will be expected to inform participants beforehand of the expectations and guidelines that they will need to follow at the event. 
 
Purchasing St. Thomas Gift Cards

During this time of virtual engagement, USG has worked with Campus Life and the University to support student clubs in utilizing a portion of their club funding to purchase St. Thomas gift cards or eXpress dollars to help incentivize engagement. The University does not allow purchase of off-campus gift cards, but student clubs can now purchase eXpress dollars in addition to gift cards to the Campus Stores/Tommie Shop.  

If the club awards prizes or gift cards, club representatives are required to document the winners’ name(s) and St. Thomas ID numbers, regardless of the dollar amount and the reason prizes or gift cards were awarded. This information must be included with financial paperwork and submitted to Accounts Payable, AQU 302. Email them to ACCOUNTSPAY@stthomas.edu.

Example:

Name

ID Number

Amount

Description

Tommie Mascot

11223344

Tommie Shop Gift Card for an attendance drawing at the club meeting.

$20

Purchasing St. Thomas Gift Cards with USG Provided Funds

  • St. Thomas gift cards may only be purchased through St. Thomas for the Tommie Shop or eXpress dollars. No external business gift cards may be purchased (ie. Target, Starbucks, etc.) 
  • Items may also be purchased with funds provided by USG through Internal Budget Request funds for Club Member Specific Special Events. Use this LINK to show you how to apply for club funds.

Guidelines for purchasing St. Thomas gift cards with USG provided funds

  • ​​​​​Gift Cards can be up to $25 per event, no more than $100 per month. 
  • Clubs must work through Campus Life (email Jeff Holstein) to purchase gift cards. You will need to provide the following information per gift card: 
    • Student’s first & last name 
    • Student’s UST email 
    • Student’s ID number 
    • Amount to be added in gift card ($1 - $25) 
    • Is this for the Tommie Shop or eXpress dollars?

Purchasing St. Thomas Gift cards From Donations, Fundraisers, or Member  Collected Funds 

If your club utilizes fundraising, donations or member dues to provide additional club support, your club can utilize additional St. Thomas gift cards to help incentivize participation at club events. Please see the policy below regarding how to make those purchases. 

Guidelines for purchasing St. Thomas gift cards from donations, fundraisers, or member  collected funds  

  • Gift Cards can only be purchased for the Tommie Shop or eXpress dollars. No external business gift cards may be purchased (ie. Target, Starbucks, etc.) 
  • Clubs must work through Campus Life (email Jeff Holstein) to purchase gift cards. You will need to provide the following information per gift card: 
    • Student’s first & last name 
    • Student’s UST email 
    • Student’s ID number 
    • Amount to be added in gift card. 
    • Is this for the Tommie Shop or eXpress dollars? 
    • Identify the funding type: donations, fundraisers, or member collected funds. 
    • Proof that these funds were not for other expenses in your club account. (ie. National Dues, Apparel, equipment, etc.) 

 

Food at Club Meetings & Events

If your club plans to have food at your next indoor in-person meeting or event, you must distribute it as attendees are leaving your space. This is to prevent attendees from removing their face coverings or masks during the event in an enclosed space to eat the food.

Remember, to place a catering order, use the “Forms” tab on the homepage of Tommie Link. From there, click “Club Catering Request Form”. Within the form, you will select the items you would like to order, then add your quantities on the following pages. Consider setting the pick-up time towards the end of your meeting or event to keep the food fresh when attendees leave.

 

In-Person Health & Safety Protocols

Now more than ever, the university needs its entire community 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.

Per the CDC, social distancing, also called “physical distancing,” means keeping space between yourself and other people outside of your home. To practice social or physical distancing:

  • Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms' length) from others (per current guidelines)
  • Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings

Limiting face-to-face contact with others is the best way to reduce the spread of COVID-19. To the greatest extent possible, St. Thomas activities must be in accordance with social distancing directives: maintaining a full six (6) feet of space between you and another person whenever feasible. Faculty, staff and student workers may not use another person's personal protective equipment, phone, computer equipment, desks, cubicles, workstations, offices or other personal work tools and equipment. Shared equipment, such as copiers and vacuums, should be properly disinfected between uses.

Social distancing is being implemented on campus through the following methods:

  • Meetings will be conducted electronically when it is feasible to do so; if meetings need to be held in person, participation will be limited to 10 participants and social distancing will be maintained.
  • Plexiglass or other barriers will be placed in high-traffic service areas.
  • Masks will be required indoors in common areas.
  • Revised capacity limits for rooms will be developed and posted.
  • Furniture in some areas will be removed or relocated.
  • Trainings, educational programming, marketing campaigns and signage will be used to reinforce social distancing practices.
  • When feasible, services will be provided on a grab-and-go or curbside basis.

Technology for remote work and virtual events will be used more frequently than is typical with on-campus operations. 

Resources:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/social-distancing.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-ihe-response.html

https://staysafe.mn.gov/individuals-families/social-gatherings.jsp

St. Thomas will promote mask use through:

  • Requiring use of masks or other non-medical face coverings in indoor areas of campus, including classrooms, labs and bathrooms.
  • Requiring masks and cloth face coverings outdoors on campus; masks may be removed outdoors when away from groups and when social distancing can be maintained.

Face coverings will not be required by employees when they are alone in their offices or for a student in their residence hall room if guests are not present. Additional details.

 

Resources:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover.html

https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/advice-on-the-use-of-masks-in-the-community-during-home-care-and-in-healthcare-settings-in-the-context-of-the-novel-coronavirus-(2019-ncov)-outbreak

Per the CDC, hand hygiene is an integral part of the COVID-19 pandemic response. Practicing hand hygiene, which includes the use of alcohol-based hand rub (ABHR, i.e., hand sanitizer) or hand-washing, is a simple yet effective way to prevent the spread of pathogens. All community members are expected to wash or sanitize their hands regularly in accordance with public health guidance.

Hands should be washed for at least 20 seconds with soap when visibly soiled, before eating and after using the restroom. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the CDC also recommends washing hands after you have been in a public place and touched an item or surface that may be frequently touched by others, such as door handles or tables. Per the FDA, there is currently no evidence that consumer antiseptic wash products (i.e., antibacterial soaps) are more effective than plain soap and water.

St. Thomas is encouraging hand-washing through the following measures:

  • Approximately 630 hand sanitizer stations are being added around campus at building entrances, elevator lobbies, outside of restrooms, dining and retail areas, large open commons and lounges and other high-traffic areas. St. Thomas will encourage “sanitize in and sanitize out” practices for community members when using common spaces.
  • Hand-washing guidelines are posted in all restrooms.
  • Campus signage and online marketing/educational campaigns will promote hand-washing. Educational messages will also encourage community members to avoid touching their face.

Regarding hand sanitizer, the CDC recommends using products with greater than 60% ethanol or 70% isopropanol. Campus hand sanitizers meet CDC recommendations.

Resources:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/hand-hygiene.html

https://www.fda.gov/drugs/information-drug-class/qa-consumers-hand-sanitizers-and-covid-19

https://www.fda.gov/regulatory-information/search-fda-guidance-documents/policy-temporary-compounding-certain-alcohol-based-hand-sanitizer-products-during-public-health

To prevent the transmission of all respiratory infections (including COVID-19 and influenza), we expect community members to implement appropriate respiratory/cough etiquette as a standard precaution. Per the CDC, the following measures to contain respiratory secretions are recommended for all individuals:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
  • Use the nearest waste receptacle to dispose of the tissue after use.
  • If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow, not your hands.
  • Perform hand hygiene (e.g., hand-washing with non-antimicrobial soap and water, alcohol-based hand rub, or antiseptic handwash) after having contact with respiratory secretions and contaminated objects/materials.

St. Thomas is encouraging respiratory etiquette through the following strategies:

  • Visuals and instructions will be placed on website and a social media campaign.
  • Educational posters will be displayed on campus.
  • Training on health and safety protocols will include information on respiratory etiquette.

Resources:

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/professionals/infectioncontrol/resphygiene.htm

Cleaning surfaces followed by disinfection is a best practice for preventing COVID-19 and other viral respiratory illnesses in community settings. The university has established cleaning protocols consistent with CDC and MDH guidance, which include measures such as:

  • Routinely cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces and objects in common areas. This includes cleaning objects and surfaces such as tables, desks, countertops, common area furniture, handrails, elevator buttons, doorknobs, light switches, computers, vending/ATM machines, toilets, faucets and sinks. Disinfection cleaning by Facilities Management will be done with EPA-registered disinfectants approved for use against the virus.
  • Frequently touched surfaces in high-traffic common areas will be cleaned at least twice daily by the Facilities Department (e.g.. ASC, ARC, TMH, etc.). Frequently touched surfaces in areas with less traffic will be cleaned once daily. Please note: This change will limit other work and services performed by custodial staff. For example, private office areas may be vacuumed less. Staff can assist by moving waste to hallway receptacles and by utilizing the self-use cleaning station supplies to clean personal spaces. Resident students are responsible for cleaning their personal spaces.
  • Community members will be asked to assist with additional cleaning in areas they use with provided cleaning supplies, such as classroom desks, seats and podiums. Approximately 730 self-use cleaning stations will be added around campus in areas of classrooms, labs, common gathering spaces, hallways and large office suites. They include paper towels and disinfection solution that does not require the use of gloves, although hand-washing after chemical usage is recommended. Instructions on using these supplies will be clearly posted. Community members may use the Request for Services (RFS) system to request additional supplies.
  • Facilities staff will use various combinations of engineering controls, administrative controls, safe work practices and additional personal protective equipment when working or cleaning in an that has been assessed as a higher risk exposure area.

Resources:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019ncov/community/organizations/cleaning- disinfection.html

 

https://www.ashrae.org/file%20library/technical%20resources/ashrae%20journal/2020journaldoc uments/72-74_ieq_schoen.pdf

 

https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/covid19/controlprevention.html#environmental_cleaning

Before Level Three of reopening, common area traffic flow will be evaluated and policies will be developed where feasible to reduce interactions and promote social distancing. Anticipated measures will include:

  • Physical barriers or visual indicators will be used where appropriate (e.g., six-foot floor markings).
  • Clear signage to facilitate changes to entrances, exits, occupancy limits or direction of visitor flow.
  • Maximum occupancy for classrooms will be clearly posted to support physical distancing.

Resources:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/non-us-settings/hcf-visitors.html

 

Club Activities

Student clubs and organizations will be encouraged to engage online through virtual fairs and meetings. Clubs will continue to manage club rosters, communication and marketing through Tommie Link.

Any in-person meetings will be required to follow university guidance and policies, including use of masks. We strongly encourage you to hold virtual meetings with your Executive Board, General Body, specific committees, or just as a way to connect socially with your members. Some members might appreciate continuing to meet at the “normal” time, but that time may no longer be convenient for everyone. Ask your members if that time and day of the week is still the best rather than assuming it will still work. Meetings will be conducted electronically when it is feasible to do so; if meetings need to be held in person, participation will be limited to either a room’s displayed Common Good Capacity, or no more than 25 participants (whichever is fewer).

 

Tips For Hosting Effective Virtual Meetings

  • For general meetings, hold a test run beforehand with your executive board to practice the meeting format, test PowerPoint presentations, as well as the audio and video in the location they plan to be for the meeting.
  • Send agenda ahead of time to members along with instructions on how to log into the meeting, meeting expectations, and procedure for speaking.
  • Welcome all members as they enter the virtual meeting
  • Start your meetings by Introducing your group’s leadership, acknowledging new members or guests, and go over your meeting expectation and procedures before proceeding with your agenda items.
  • Create opportunities within your agenda for members to participate, provide their comments, or stay engaged.
  • End the meeting with a clear action plan or summary of what was discussed.

 

Resources:

https://staysafe.mn.gov/individuals-families/social-gatherings.jsp

To further promote the health of our campus community, all campus-wide or club member specific events will also be encouraged to engage online, with some events having the potential for in-person components (e.g., using multiple rooms with streaming for events or trainings, shifting in-person games to larger halls, etc.). In-person events and programs must follow university guidelines such as social distancing, cleaning processes and wearing masks/face coverings.

It is important to think collaboratively and creatively about ways to connect with each other and build community from a distance. During this time especially, it’s important to keep morale high among the organization and keep members (new and returning) engaged and feeling connected.

Virtual Events & Other Ways To Stay Connected

There are many free resources to support virtual events. Take time this semester to brainstorm with your club’s leadership or send out a survey to your members to find out what fun and engaging activities they want to do. Feel free to use any of the ideas below to engage with your club.

  • Group Projects - A fantastic way to delegate club tasks and keep members engage. This can also help general member prepare for leadership roles within the club. Group projects could be presentations at club meetings that members feel are relevant to share with other members.
  • Newsletter - Clubs can create newsletters that they can send out to members. It can be about current events, upcoming gathers, or guest speakers etc.  The idea of the newsletter is sending out a publication that students can be inspired by within their club or the passions their club pursues.
  • Instagram Story Challenges - challenge your members (or other organizations) to draw something or do a dance and post it to their story tagging others to do the same.
  • Tik Tok Competitions - Make a dance video and challenge other orgs to do the same.
  • Question of the Day - Ask your members an icebreaker question each day in a group chat
  • Shared Spotify Playlist - Have your members submit their favorite songs and add it to a shared playlist.
  • Celebrate A National Recognition Day - National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day (April 12), National Ice Cream Day (July 19), Star Wars Day (May 4), National Tell A Joke Day (August 16)
  • Kahoot! Trivia Night - Is a fun and very interactive way to utilize group participation.
  • NetflixParty - offers people a way to watch a movie together.

View more virtual activities here:

https://www.presence.io/blog/53-virtual-activity-ideas-to-keep-college-students-engaged-during-covid-19/

 

Resources:

https://staysafe.mn.gov/individuals-families/social-gatherings.jsp

Hosting events with singing elements will require further planning. Student clubs and organizations that would like to hold this type of event must notify Campus Life 3 weeks in advance from the event to create a health & safety plan that is compliant with university’s COVID guidelines and policy on Singing Performances.

Singing Performance Policy

  1. Solo singer is allowed on stage withouta mask while singing the performance
  2. The singer will wear a mask at all other times
  3. If more than one singer, all singers will wear masks during the performance
  4. Accompanists will be masked and are to be behind the singer on the stage
  5. The audience will sit appropriately distanced from each other and 12 feet away from the stage for ALL singing performances
  6. For indoor events with a singing performance, the audience limit will be 10 – live streaming recommended for over 10 needs
  7. For outdoor events with a singing performance, the audience limit will be 150 or CGO whichever is lowest
  8. All guest information will be collected before the event for use in the event of contact tracing
  9. There will be at least a 30-minute break between recitals and at least 30 minutes between use of location and the next use

If your club is having a guest speaker at an event, meeting, or virtual space, you will need to notify Jeff Holstein in Campus Life via email 2 weeks before the event regardless if they have agreed to speak for free. In most cases, a speaker agreement form or other documents need to be signed before the event.

Provide the following information on each speaker:

  • Start & end date, times, and locations (if applicable) for event
  • Speaker name, email, & online information (business website or social media)
  • Payment amount (if applicable)
  • How long will their presentation be?
  • Topic name & brief description or presentation outline
  • Other terms agreed on

Off-campus programming/experiences will require approvals from Campus Life and must follow university guidelines for transportation, site expectations, setup and waivers. Community members who are considering personal travel should read the CDC’s travel health notices and be prepared for isolation or quarantine before returning to campus. St. Thomas may impose travel-based quarantines based on public health guidance and information on community transmission.

While your organization may not have the same in-person End-of-Year event as in previous years, we encourage you to think about how your organization can still celebrate, honor, and recognize members and accomplishments of the organization.

There are many ways groups can celebrate their accomplishments. Here are a few things to consider to highlight your members accomplishments or hold celebrations virtually:

  • Host a virtual banquet or ceremony: Consider live-streaming a virtual version of the event on social media or on a web-based video conferencing platform. Mail out any recognition items your organization planned to distribute
  • Shout out accomplishments on social media platforms: Throughout the year, recognize large or small accomplishments from your members to keep members engage and to show how you appreciate your members.
  • Recap some of your accomplishments & activities: Make a picture collage, infographic, or post a video on your social media. Find creative ways to recap the year and share out all the great things your organization did through the year.
  • Have fun! We are all adapting right now, so try not to put too much pressure on yourself to create the perfect virtual event or activity. Simply providing an opportunity for your organization to stay connected to each other this semester can be a great benefit to the organization.

The volunteer requirement will be suspended for Fall 2020 for all student clubs & organizations. We will continue to monitor the situation and will notify all club leaders regarding any alternatives for this semester or in the spring. Although the volunteer requirement has been suspended this semester, we highly encourage your groups to support our community partners that still need assistance.

If your club would like to do a project with one of our community partners in need or would like to volunteer with another organization, please contact Dustin Killpack (dustinkillpack@stthomas.edu). All volunteer project​s must follow the university's health & safety protocols and must be approved by Dustin and his staff from the Tommie Together Volunteer Center. Their staff will also provide assistance in the planning of your project to help mitigate any risks.

 

Communication & Promotions Resources

As the university will have a mixture of online and in-person education in the fall, it will be important to maintain good communication with your leadership and membership to stay connected and grow your club. Here are resources to help you maintain good communication with your membership.

All St. Thomas faculty, staff and students have access to Zoom Pro accounts and may host Zoom meetings for internal and/or external participants. It allows users to record meetings, use breakout rooms, share documents, and other chat features. Zoom is able to support meetings with up to 100 participants.

CAUTION: ITS has brought to our attention of the threat of “Zoombombing” that is happening globally where intruders can come in and share inappropriate content by taking control of "screen share" or into the chat box. They are concerned about listing your events publicly on Tommie Link (accessible to those outside the St Thomas community) with Zoom links for anyone to access. We want to ensure our events and meetings are safe for our community.

Please review your current (and future) events' VISIBILTY and consider changing the audience to "Students & staff at University of St Thomas" if possible. This will require our students, staff and faculty to log into Tommie Link to see the events but will also prevent others from just accessing them.

 Use this link for support and general information:

https://www.stthomas.edu/its/facultystaff/zoom/

Teams are ideal for project teams and groups working together on a regular basis. Teams allow you to have chat-based discussions with groups, or direct message individuals. You can also plug in other Office 365 products (such as OneNote, SharePoint, Microsoft Forms, Planner, Word, Excel and PowerPoint). Watch this video to learn more about Microsoft Teams: Click Here

Use this link to request access to Teams:

https://stthomas.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1C9GWc1oVB5Ji7z

Group chats are a tool for members to stay in continual contact with each other outside of regular email usage.  WhatsApp, GroupMe, or Discord are some apps your group can use. Be sure to check with members to see which app will work best for your group.

Social media is a great way to express yourself or what group you participate in.  Using different services can help develop your creative side.  Remember to have fun! Take a look at different digital icebreakers (google is great for inspiration) to help team bonding over a digital space.

All members of recognized student clubs and organizations at St Thomas are expected to represent their club or organization and the University of St. Thomas through social media positively and in accordance with the University’s policies and procedures.

Recognized student clubs and organizations are responsible for all social media content that utilizes the student club or organization’s group name and University of St. Thomas identity. Each group must designate its University faculty/staff advisor as one of the site administrators to help ensure consistency from year to year. Use a general St. Thomas email address so access to the site will continue regardless of student status.(ie. Campuslife@stthomas.edu)

All material or information posted on recognized student club or organization social media sites must be relevant to the activities of each club or organization.  These sites are not to be used to advertise or promote external groups or organizations.

Per the CDC, social distancing, also called “physical distancing,” means keeping space between yourself and other people outside of your home. To practice social or physical distancing:

  • Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms' length) from others (per current guidelines)
  • Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings

Limiting face-to-face contact with others is the best way to reduce the spread of COVID-19. To the greatest extent possible, St. Thomas activities must be in accordance with social distancing directives: maintaining a full six (6) feet of space between you and another person whenever feasible. Faculty, staff and student workers may not use another person's personal protective equipment, phone, computer equipment, desks, cubicles, workstations, offices or other personal work tools and equipment. Shared equipment, such as copiers and vacuums, should be properly disinfected between uses.

Social distancing is being implemented on campus through the following methods:

  • Meetings will be conducted electronically when it is feasible to do so; if meetings need to be held in person, participation will be limited to 10 participants and social distancing will be maintained.
  • Plexiglass or other barriers will be placed in high-traffic service areas.
  • Masks will be required indoors in common areas.
  • Revised capacity limits for rooms will be developed and posted.
  • Furniture in some areas will be removed or relocated.
  • Trainings, educational programming, marketing campaigns and signage will be used to reinforce social distancing practices.
  • When feasible, services will be provided on a grab-and-go or curbside basis.

Technology for remote work and virtual events will be used more frequently than is typical with on-campus operations. 

Resources:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/social-distancing.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-ihe-response.html

https://staysafe.mn.gov/individuals-families/social-gatherings.jsp