May 12: COVID-19 Services Update

Dear St. Thomas community,

Please see below for important services updates as part of the university’s COVID-19 response.

Library Curb-Side Service

We are pleased to announce the St. Thomas libraries are now offering curb-side service! Students, faculty and staff can request St. Thomas library materials online and arrange pick-up times, Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., from the library where the material is housed. Library staff will deliver requested materials directly to patrons’ vehicles, or to patrons waiting at the front door. Please note that patrons will not be permitted to physically enter the library. All library staff will wear masks and handle books with gloves for safety. All books will be disinfected before being turned over to patrons and quarantined for 24 hours after return, in accordance with public health guidelines. For more information, please visit the library website.

Dining Services

All dining locations except Summit Marketplace in the Anderson Student Center will be closed for the summer starting Friday, May 22, which is the last day of final exams. Summit Marketplace will remain open Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. For more information and hours please check the Dining Services website.

Parking Permits

Effective today, the university is stopping payroll deductions for all employees who purchased parking permits for the 2019-20 school year. Employees who come to campus must continue displaying their permits on their vehicles and using designated lots. This policy will remain in effect from May 15 through August 31. Employees will have the opportunity to select 2020-2021 parking permits in August with payroll deductions from September 1, 2020 through August 31, 2021.  

Events Update

All on-campus summer events scheduled through August 15 are officially cancelled. Additionally, all planning for events after August 15 is temporarily paused while the university evaluates spaces that will be needed in the fall semester for in-person classes. Further updates will be provided as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience!

Center for Well-Being Launches After-Hours Counseling Services

The Center for Well-Being remains open. Counseling Services has added after-hours phone mental health urgent care and crisis counseling services for those who are in need of support during these challenging times. Staff are available for brief, confidential sessions weekdays after 4:30 p.m., as well as weekends and university holidays. Please call (651) 962-6750 and select Option 4, or call (855) 526-7676 for after-hours counseling services. Tele-mental health, in-clinic medical and tele-health visits, health promotion and violence prevention continue to be available during the weekdays.

Plexiglass Barriers 

Departments can request plexiglass barriers for high-visited areas where social distancing would be difficult such as service desks, reception desks or retail check in/out areas. If you have a need for a plexiglass barrier, please make a request using Facilities Management Request for Services. Facilities Management staff will deliver and set up barriers starting the week of May 18. Supply is limited, so locations will be prioritized based on highest risk and highest need. To make sure we have enough for these areas, please do not request a plexiglass barrier where social distancing of six feet can be maintained or in areas that receive less frequent visitors.

Coming to Campus

A reminder that all employees not designated essential employees are expected to work from home. Anyone coming to campus is strongly encouraged to wear a mask for health and safety precautions, in accordance with advice from health officials. A limited number of St. Thomas-branded masks are available in the Dining Services Office Suite (ASC 351) for employees who are returning to campus. In June, masks will be available for the St. Thomas community as a whole to prepare for opening campus.

Thank you for your attention!

Best regards,

Richard Plumb

Mark Vangsgard

Executive Vice President and Provost

Vice President for Business Affairs and
Chief Financial Officer