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COVID-19 and Campus Readiness

Situation Update

St. Thomas is taking measures to keep its students, faculty and staff safe while the state of Minnesota continues to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. The university is requiring community members who are medically able to be vaccinated against COVID-19

We require all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, to wear face coverings in the Center for Well-Being. Masks are optional elsewhere on campus.

Please see our updated COVID-19 response plan and the recent communications below for specific protocols (including guidance around face coverings, guests on campus and case reporting) that must be followed to prevent campus outbreaks.

Featured Communication: September 1, 2022

Dear St. Thomas students, faculty and staff,

We’re looking forward to having everyone back on our campuses this academic year! As we welcome new students, staff and faculty this fall, we'd like to take this opportunity to inform the community of our latest COVID-19 protocols. Here are some important updates from the university that you should know:


Vaccinations and Boosters

All students, faculty and staff must be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus before returning for the 2022-23 academic year. Community members who would like to request a medical or religious exemption should visit the COVID-19 resources page for information on the exemption process.

At this time, St. Thomas is not requiring COVID-19 boosters to live, work or attend classes on campus, although the university will continue monitoring the overall situation and make policy adjustments as needed. We strongly encourage individuals who are eligible to get booster shots. Evidence is showing that boosters, given at the appropriate time after your vaccination series, can help extend the protection and keep it at a higher level. Vaccinations and boosters are available at the Center for Well-Being; please call (651) 962-6750 to make an appointment.

See the full note from September 1

COVID-19 Response Plan

The Campus COVID-19 Response Plan was created to outline the changes to campus driven by COVID-19, along with the behavior expectations for all members of the St. Thomas community. The goal of this plan is to protect the health and safety of the university community while conducting the essential work of educating students. (NOTE: the COVID-19 Response Plan replaces the Campus Preparedness Plan as of July 2021.)

Read the COVID-19 Response Plan (PDF)

Center for Well-Being Services

The Center for Well-Being remains open to offer a range of physical health, mental health, and health promotion services to St.Thomas students, faculty and staff.

Funding Information

Apply to the Student Emergency Fund: Students in need can apply for funds via the Student Emergency Financial Assistance Program. (Link to OneStThomas intranet.)

Give to COVID-19 Student Need: Our students continue to face immediate and pressing financial needs, especially for Hardship Scholarship support. Your gift (at any level) will directly help students.

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Reporting: Reports on the use of the funds St. Thomas has received from the HEERF (including CARES Act, CRRSAA and ARP Act) for student grants and institutional support.