General Information

Welcome to the University of St. Thomas!

We are pleased to have you join our staff at the University of St. Thomas.  Our employees are considered to be our greatest asset, and we believe that the dedication and contributions made by each employee are instrumental to the reputation and success of the university.  We hope that you will find your employment here rewarding.

Purpose of this Handbook

This handbook is designed to acquaint you with the University of St. Thomas and provide you with information about working conditions, employee benefits, and some of the policies affecting your employment.  You should read, understand, and comply with all provisions of the handbook.  It describes many of your responsibilities as an employee and outlines the programs developed by the University of St. Thomas to benefit employees.  One of our objectives is to provide a work environment that is conducive to both personal and professional growth.

The University of St. Thomas reserves the right to revise, supplement, or rescind any policies or portion of the handbook from time to time as it deems appropriate, in its sole and absolute discretion.  Employees will be notified of such changes to the handbook as they occur.

Employment with the University of St. Thomas is voluntarily entered into, and the employee is free to resign at any time, with or without cause.  Similarly, the University of St. Thomas may terminate the employment relationship at-will at any time, with or without notice or cause, as long as there is no violation of applicable federal or state law.

Policies set forth in this handbook are not intended to create a contract, nor are they to be construed to constitute contractual obligations of any kind or a contract of employment between the University of St. Thomas and any of its employees.  The provisions of the handbook have been developed at the discretion of management and, except for its policy of employment-at-will, may be amended or canceled at any time, at the University of St. Thomas discretion.

Please note that this handbook applies to all staff.  When provisions of the handbook conflict with a collective bargaining agreement, the latter shall prevail.  Policies and procedures governing faculty and student employees are provided under separate cover.

Mission, Vision, and Convictions Statements


Founded in 1885, the University of St. Thomas is a Catholic, diocesan university based in the Twin Cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis.  The largest private university in Minnesota, St. Thomas offers bachelor’s degrees in over 85 major fields of study and more than 45 graduate degree programs including master’s, education specialist, juris doctor and doctorates.


Inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, the University of St. Thomas educates students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good.


As a community we are committed to:

  1. pursuit of truth
    We value intellectual inquiry as a life-long habit, the unfettered and impartial pursuit of truth in all its forms, the integration of knowledge across disciplines, and the imaginative and creative exploration of new ideas.
  2. academic excellence
    We create a culture among faculty, students and staff that recognizes the power of ideas and rewards rigorous thinking.
  3. faith and reason
    We actively engage Catholic intellectual tradition, which values the fundamental compatibility of faith and reason and fosters meaningful dialogue directed toward the flourishing of human culture.
  4. dignity
    We respect the dignity of each person and value the unique contributions that each brings to the greater mosaic of the university community.
  5. diversity
    We strive to create a vibrant diverse community in which, together, we work for a more just and inclusive society.
  6. personal attention
    We foster a caring culture that supports the well-being of each member.
  7. gratitude
    We celebrate the achievements of all members of our community in goals attained and obstacles overcome, and in all things give praise to God.


We seek to be a recognized leader in Catholic higher education that excels in effective teaching, active learning, scholarly research and responsible engagement with the local community as well as with the national and global communities in which we live.