Out of an abundance of caution, starting on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, St. Thomas University classroom courses for the main university campus and the Law School transitioned to remote learning and will continue remote online learning for the remainder of the Spring Semester.
For training and more information on the transition, please visit our Online Learning page.
Remote Work and Human Resources Guidelines
Effective Monday, May 11, staff are needed to return to work on campus. If you feel that you are not able to return to campus for work because of a medical condition or other personal circumstances, complete the short term telecommunicating agreement and coordinate with your supervisor and HR to receive approval. Faculty will remain telecommuting, consistent with our online learning.
The develop guidelines and protocols consistent with CDC recommendations to best aid all employees in being productive and safe upon their return to campus. Our facility and maintenance team has worked diligently to disinfect and sanitize campus. Individual offices will be supplied with hand sanitizer and a disinfectant solution.
SafeColleges trainings were deployed to provide additional training and guidance surrounding best practices while on campus.
Additionally, please carefully read the attached Return to Campus Employee Protocol. Failure to adhere to these guidelines, including wearing facemasks will result in disciplinary action up to and including termination.
Spring and Summer semester classes remain operational and on-line. The Fall semester courses are planned to begin on-ground. We continue to serve our students and the university community as we collectively continue to work diligently bringing in the new class of students for Fall 2020.
Return to Campus Employee Protocol
Any employee that has elected to be back on campus should follow the below guidelines:
If you are sick or are showing any symptoms of Covid-19 you should not be on campus. Please notify your supervisor if you have any symptoms. Additionally, if you have been around someone who is sick or has tested positive for Covid-19, you should not yet be returning to campus.
All employees must bring and wear a facemask. Two SafeCollege trainings were deployed last week: one to show how to make and properly wear a cloth facemask and another on how to properly disinfect your personal workspace. As the university obtains additional PPE, they will be made available.
While on campus, the following guidelines are to be strictly followed, including but not limited to CDC recommendations https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html
- Wear personal protective equipment (PPE) when in common spaces or communicating with others in person. While in your personal office alone, this is not required.
- Honor social distancing requirements by keeping at least 6 feet apart.
- Do not shake hands. Instead our greeting will be the Bobcat claw.
- Keep as many meetings virtual as you are able.
- Limit gatherings on campus to no more than 10 individuals.
- Wash your hands regularly, for 20 seconds.
- Avoid hand contact with your face.
- Disinfect highly contacted surfaces on a regular basis.
Further guidance is being developed for full re-deployment of the on-campus workforce.
Failure to adhere to employee protocols may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination.
Workplace Mask Policy
The health and safety of employees is our highest priority. All employees are now required to wear a mask or cloth face-covering that covers his or her mouth and nose at all times* while in the workplace. We encourage you to bring your own mask, but if you need a mask, please contact Human Resources and you will receive one.
*Please note the following exceptions:
- Employees who work in their own personal enclosed space (e.g. their own office) are permitted to remove their mask if they are seated at least six feet from the doorway. However, they must wear their mask or face covering at all other times.
- Employees who wish to eat or drink may remove their mask to do so, provided they are situated six feet away from others, perform the necessary hygiene and replace the mask when they are done.
Please note this policy is an addition to our previous communications regarding preventing the spread of COVID-19. All University advice on social distancing remain in place. Please continue to practice social distancing even when wearing a mask. These policies are in effect to protect you and anyone you come in contact with on campus.
- Self-quarantine identification form
- Temporary Telecommuting policy
- Infectious Disease Policy
- Telecommuting agreement
As of Monday, June 1st, any person entering St. Thomas University’s campus will undergo an infrared temperature screening. Public Safety staff will operate a screening station after the entrance from NW 37th Street. In alignment with CDC recommendations, anyone reading higher than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit will not be permitted on campus. The existing Covid-19 guidelines that have been in place including the required use of face masks and increased sanitation will remain in place.
Upon reading higher than the allowed temperature, public safety will notify HR and the employee should notify their direct supervisor. The employee must work from home (or take sick time if too ill to work) until symptoms subside or they receive the medical clearance from a treating medical professional. If symptoms persist, employees are encouraged to obtain a Covid-19 test.
The CDC guidelines outlined below will be followed by the University to determine if it is safe for an employee to be on campus:
|Return to Work Considerations|
|Employee was symptomatic but was not tested for COVID-19||Employee was tested for COVID-19|
|The employee may return to work if:
|The employee may return to work if:
As a reminder, any employee that tests positive for Covid-19 must inform their supervisor and Human Resources.
Below are a few ways recommended by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) to stay healthy and help keep those around you healthy.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Taking care of your mental health
- Stay home if you’re sick. Any employees or students who are identified as ill will be asked to go home, and not return until they get clearance from their physician.
- Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze with a tissue or use the inside of your elbow.
- Wear a facemask if you are sick.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.
- All university-sponsored travel to, from, and through Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Warning Level 3 travel notice countries is prohibited. CDC Warning Level 3 travel notice areas currently include China, South Korea, Iran, and Italy. The CDC also recommends that all travelers returning from Level 2 travel notice areas (including most recently, Japan), also follow the 14-day self-quarantine.
- If you are a student that is returning from a Level 3 or Level 2 travel notice country, or have come in contact with someone returning from a Level 3 or Level 2 travel notice country, do not return to campus. You are required to engage in a 14-day self-quarantine off-campus. Students, faculty, and staff who have arrived or will be returning from a CDC Warning Level 2 or 3 travel notice area, whether studying abroad, teaching, conducting research, or on spring break, should complete the following STU Post Travel Registration form to share self-quarantine plans with the university.
- Travelers returning from Level 2 or 3 travel notice areas must not return to campus until they can demonstrate that they show no symptoms associated with COVID-19 — cough, fever, shortness of breath — for a period of 14 days from the date of entering/reentering the United States.
COVID-19 Symptoms to look out for
- According to the CDC, symptoms may occur 2 -14 days after exposure and include fever, cough and shortness of breath.