June 2, 2021: Campus Face Covering Guidelines Change

Dear students, faculty and staff,

In accordance with CDC guidelines, the city-wide mask mandates ending in St. Paul and Minneapolis, continued decreases in COVID-19 cases in Minnesota and data that shows we’ve reached a 68% overall vaccination rate on campus, St. Thomas will continue its plan to ease COVID-19 protocols. The new protocols for summer are:

  • For those who are vaccinated: effective immediately, face coverings are no longer required in most indoor or outdoor settings on campus. Face coverings are still required on the campus shuttle and in the Center for Well-Being.
  • Face coverings are still required for those who are not vaccinated and encouraged for those who want to continue wearing one.
  • Guided by our "All for the Common Good" mission, please accommodate individual requests for face coverings to be worn in a classroom, meeting or other indoor setting. There are members of our community, or their family members, who may not have been able to be vaccinated or who have health concerns.

Cloth or disposable masks are available, free of charge, at the St. Paul campus Card Office (ASC 253) or Minneapolis Campus Store in Terrence Murphy Hall, while supplies last.


  • Vaccines are strongly encouraged for all. The university has a limited amount of COVID-19 vaccine doses available through the Center for Well-Being. You may register for a vaccination online at the Center for Well-Being MyHealth Portal. Please call (651)-962-6750 for additional options if you do not see a date and time that works for you.


  • Common Good Occupancies will continue to be used in June for classrooms, conference rooms and other smaller indoor gathering spaces before phasing out in July.
  • Events and meetings held in auditoriums and large event spaces will increase in June (50% of normal capacities) and July (75% of normal capacities) before returning to normal capacities in August.

We continue to assess protocols for fall. Thank you for your attention,

University Action and Response Team