February 12, 2021: Important Updates to Campus COVID-19 Guidelines

In this note, we cover information about loosened restrictions following our two-week quiet period. This includes:
  • Visitors in Residence Halls
  • Campus Clubs and Organizations
  • In-Person Department Meetings
  • Social Gatherings
  • External Events
Dear St. Thomas students, faculty and staff,

Thank you all for your cooperation to help make the first two weeks of the spring semester go by smoothly! Sunday, Feb. 14, marks the end of our two-week “quiet period” to start the semester, and we will accordingly begin to loosen some restrictions.

Everyone is expected to continue following all protocols outlined in our Campus Preparedness Plan (especially as they relate to social distancing, face coverings and hand sanitizing). This is expected even for those who have been vaccinated. For more information about St. Thomas’ efforts to become a vaccine distribution site, please visit OneStThomas.

Please see below for additional details and continue to check our newly updated website for more information.

Visiting in Residence Halls
  • Information has been sent to all resident students regarding changes to our visitation policy. Starting Monday Feb. 15, residents will be allowed to visit other residents of the same hall, and we are increasing the guest occupancy of the room to allow for one more student to visit. All resident students should check their emails for specific details.
Campus Clubs and Organizations
  • Clubs and organizations are strongly encouraged to remain virtual whenever possible. If you intend to hold in-person meetings, you must follow all Campus Life requirements and create a plan to mitigate transmission risks at meetings that includes:
    • Social distancing
    • Face coverings
    • Health checks
    • Virtual attendance options
    • Taking attendance
    • Recording seating arrangements
    • Limiting indoor gatherings to 25 or the Common Good Capacity (whichever is less)
    • Obtaining approval from the Office of Campus Life if food or beverage is served
    • No banquets are permitted at this time. We will continue to monitor MDH guidelines and parameters for banquets and update the campus about limits and capacities as we are able.
 Campus Departments
  • Meetings should continue to be virtual whenever possible 
  • In-person meetings must be limited to the Common Good Capacity of the room or 10 people, whichever is less. Approval of the Dean or Vice President for an area is required if food or beverage is served.  
Social Gatherings
  • In accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order, indoor social gatherings will be limited to 10 people from no more than two households or the common good occupancy, whichever is lower. 
  • Outdoor social gatherings will be limited to 15 people from no more than three households. 
  • Attendees should continue to wear masks and practice social distancing at all times.
  • The restrictions on social gathering size apply on and off campus. Residence Life will communicate with resident students about applicable restrictions in the residence halls.
External Events
  • All external campus events have been canceled through at least April 6, 2021.
Finally, please review the new CDC guidance on masks. Research has found that wearing a tightly fitted mask, or doubling up with both cloth and surgical masks, could reduce virus transmission by up to 96.5%. This is one more way you can help keep yourself and others healthy this spring.

Thank you all for your attention to these important updates.

Karen M. Lange, Ed.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs
Co-chair, Campus Preparedness Plan

Wendy N. Wyatt, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
Co-chair, Campus Preparedness Plan