May 23, 2023: Update on University COVID-19 Protocols
Dear St. Thomas faculty and staff,
With the end of the federal Public Health Emergency for COVID-19 on May 11, the University of St. Thomas has announced the following changes to its pandemic response:
Effective immediately, the university is lifting its COVID-19 vaccination requirement for all students, faculty and staff. St. Thomas is still strongly recommending for community members to be vaccinated against COVID-19; the university will continue to work with any employees who need accommodations due to health conditions that make them particularly vulnerable to the virus.
The COVID-19 cases dashboard will be updated for the final time on May 22, 2023, with case counts from the week of May 13-19. This corresponds with the end of the spring semester.
COVID Leave Policy
On June 30, 2023, the university will formally end its COVID Leave benefit, which was seldom used over the last year. Human Resources will continue to work directly with any hourly employees who test positive for COVID-19 and do not have enough sick leave to cover their isolation periods. Please contact your HR representative or askHR for more information.
In the fall, the university will no longer hold residence hall rooms to use as isolation spaces for resident students. Students will be required to isolate in their residence hall room or return home to complete their isolation requirement. The university will continue to work with any students who test positive for COVID and do not have a location to isolate.
Consistent with Minnesota Department of Health requirements, individuals who live on campus (students and employees) will still be required to self-report if they test positive for COVID-19. Keeping this requirement will enable the university to assist students or employees who live on campus. All other students, faculty and staff who do not live on campus will no longer be required to self-report a positive test result, but they must isolate in accordance with CDC guidance. Currently, the CDC isolation period is five days.
Thank you for your cooperation and for helping to create a safe and healthy environment on campus this past year!
The University Action Response Team