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COVID-19 and Campus Readiness

Situation Update

As we begin in-person classes this Fall 2021, St. Thomas is taking measures to keep its students, faculty and staff safe while the state of Minnesota continues to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. The university is requiring community members who are medically able to be vaccinated against COVID-19. 

At the beginning of the semester, the university will require all individuals, regardless of vaccination status to wear face coverings in indoor, public areas when others are present. This is in response to the rapid spread of the Delta variant. We hope to remove this requirement as conditions improve.

Please see our updated COVID-19 response plan and the recent communications below for specific protocols (including guidance around face coverings, guests on campus and case reporting) that must be followed to prevent campus outbreaks.

Featured Communication: October 7, 2021

In summary – our current requirement to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces will remain in place for now due to rising case rates in Minnesota, and while we await more clarity about federal requirements.
See the full note from October 7

Most Recent Communications

Recent communications from St. Thomas regarding the university's response to the COVID-19 pandemic:

For more stories showing how St. Thomas’ community is responding in the wake of COVID-19, please visit our Newsroom.

See All Previous COVID-related Communications

COVID-19 Response Plan

The Campus COVID-19 Response Plan was created to outline the changes to campus driven by COVID-19, along with the behavior expectations for all members of the St. Thomas community. The goal of this plan is to protect the health and safety of the university community while conducting the essential work of educating students. (NOTE: the COVID-19 Response Plan replaces the Campus Preparedness Plan as of July 2021.)

Read the COVID-19 Response Plan (PDF)

Center for Well-Being Services

The Center for Well-Being remains open to offer a range of physical health, mental health, and health promotion services to St.Thomas students, faculty and staff.

Funding Information

Apply to the Student Emergency Fund: Students in need can apply for funds via the Student Emergency Financial Assistance Program. (Link to OneStThomas intranet.)

Give to COVID-19 Student Need: Our students continue to face immediate and pressing financial needs, especially for Hardship Scholarship support. Your gift (at any level) will directly help students.

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Reporting: Reports on the use of the funds St. Thomas has received from the HEERF (including CARES Act, CRRSAA and ARP Act) for student grants and institutional support.