COVID-19 and Campus Readiness

Situation Update (July 2021)

As Minnesota continues its recovery from COVID-19, St. Thomas aims to return to normal, pre-pandemic operations for the 2021-22 academic year. The university is focused on getting as many community members as possible vaccinated against the virus with the goal of having minimal (if any) restrictions on campus when the fall semester begins.

Details for the Fall 2021 semester are still being finalized. While many of the restrictions of the past year have been loosened, our university recognizes that COVID-19 continues to persist in the greater community. Please see our updated COVID-19 response plan for specific protocols (including guidance around social distancing, face coverings and case reporting) that must be followed to prevent campus outbreaks.

Featured Communication: August 2, 2021

With the highly contagious delta variant spreading rapidly, infection rates in Minnesota are once again headed in the wrong direction. Given these factors, St. Thomas is requiring all students, faculty and staff to be fully vaccinated before returning to campus for the fall semester, with opportunities to request exemptions. Per recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance, the university will still require unvaccinated individuals to wear face coverings indoors and is now encouraging vaccinated community members to wear face coverings indoors as well.
See the full note from August 2

Most Recent Communications

Recent communications from St. Thomas regarding the university's response to the COVID-19 pandemic:

For more stories showing how St. Thomas’ community is responding in the wake of COVID-19, please visit our Newsroom.

See All Previous COVID-related Communications

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.