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 will be transitioning to remote learning. We will continue the instruction of all courses online for the next two weeks. University leadership will be continuously assessing the situation and are prepared to extend online instruction as necessary.
Classes for Friday, March 13, 2020 and Monday, March 16, 2020 are cancelled as our faculty prepare to greet students online on Tuesday. For training and more information on the transition, please visit our Online Learning page.
Although we are transitioning to online learning, campus will remain open.
- All conference and on-conference games are suspended until March 27, 2020. The situation will be re-evaluated on that date.
- Commencement is still scheduled for May 8, 2020. We will continue to monitor the situation and take necessary precautions if necessary as the date approaches.
- Admissions will continue to accept individual and family visits. Group visits will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
- The university will examine all gatherings and events for the next month and inform attendees individually about whether these events will be rescheduled or moved to a virtual setting.
- Residence halls will remain open and the university is supportive of family decisions regarding their student’s well-being. Students who are not remaining on campus must inform their resident assistant.
- Our on campus food options, including the Bobcat Café, will remain open. For dining services hours please visit the St. Thomas University Dining Services page.
- Graduate assistants and residents assistants are expected to report as scheduled. Work study students should coordinate directly with their supervisors.
We want our STU fam to be healthy. 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 surface 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.