Will students be returning to campus for the Fall 2020 semester?
Yes, the St. Thomas University campus will be re-open to all STU community members for Fall 2020. Staff, faculty, and administration will be implementing new policies, practices, and procedures in response to the COVID-19 to reduce the risk of transmission.
Will there be in person classes?
Yes, however there will be certain guidelines and protocols implemented, such as:
- Distance between seats, which has been measured to preserve social distancing.
- In-person classes will be up to 15 students depending upon the classroom capacity with social distancing.
- Science/Nursing Labs will be at 50% capacity.
- Two bottles of bleach solution along with paper towels will be placed in each classroom and students and faculty will be encouraged to wipe down their desk/table/chair upon entering the classroom.
- The facilities team will clean classrooms following CDC guidelines and cleaning community areas at a higher rate.
- Each classroom will be setup with IT technology to provide premium ZOOM capability.
- Classrooms with two doors will indicate entrance and exit.
Will student activities occur on campus?
Yes, all student activities will follow CDC guidelines, including use of PPE and social distancing where possible. As many programs as possible will be held outdoors, and if indoors, will be limited in capacity. Non-STU students will not be allowed to attend campus activities. Students will check in at each event, be provided hand sanitizer, and have their temperature taken. If a student has an elevated temperature, they will be asked to leave and provided the number for Baptist Health to conduct a virtual symptom screening.
*Week of Welcome events will implement social distancing and adhere to county guidelines surrounding group size limits.
Am I able to get out of my housing contract?
No. When the Housing Contract is signed and returned to the University, it establishes a legal, binding, academic year-long (both fall and spring semesters – with the exception of Winter Break and any portions of the academic year remaining at the time this Contract is signed) contract between the student, parent or guardian (if applicable), and St. Thomas University.If extenuating circumstances exist, please contact Matthew Roche, Associate VP of Student Affairs & Compliance.
Will athletics be occurring this fall?
Yes, all athletics will be aligned with the University, NAIA, CDC, and local public health guidelines and requirements. The State of Florida Phased Plan to re-opening will be considered in the decisions being made in the STU Athletics Department.
Will I still receive my athletic scholarship if it is determined that athletics are not able to resume?
Yes, all athletes will still receive their scholarships if athletics are not able to resume.
How will move-in work this fall?
Move-in will be in timeframes to reduce the density on campus. These expanded offerings will be for both athlete move in as well as non-athlete move in. The Residential Life team will be working to develop an appointment system that gives families a two-hour block of time to complete their student’s move in. This appointment system will be structured to ensure that no more than a set number of families will be moving in at one time, in any given building. During move-in, the student will be allowed to have two guests with them, any additional people will be restricted from being on campus.
We will not be providing volunteers to assist with move-in and will not be providing use of carts or other moving assistance tools. The elevators in the buildings will be limited to one family at a time. Upon arrival in their respective residence hall room, the student will receive a packet of helpful information surrounding proper hygiene, new rules/regulations, safety precautions, and sanitation suggestions surrounding Covid-19.
Are there any new policies or procedures that I should be aware of?
Yes, there will be new policies and procedures that all students will be made aware of, including the housing addendum for all residential students.
Has STU instituted cleaning and sanitization practices in response to COVID-19?
Yes, the residence halls, community spaces, and other high touch areas within the facilities will be cleaned at least twice daily and in accordance with CDC and ACHA (American College Health Association) guidance. Hand sanitizers will be placed at the entrance of each building and on each floor of every residence hall.
Will campus visits be occurring?
Yes, however, to facilitate campus visits, safety measures are being implemented. Only one family will be allowed in each golf cart at a time. Athletic coaches will handle all campus tours for athletes, while admissions team members will handle all other visits. Any potential visitor or employee that is showing any symptoms of Covid-19 or who does not feel well should not be on campus. All entrants to campus are subject to infrared temperature readings. During all campus visits the following guidelines are to be strictly followed, including but not limited to CDC recommendations.
Will visitation in the residence halls be allowed?
Visitation within the residence halls will be allowed only for other STU students. There will be no outside visitation, and no overnight visitation in the residence halls. Non-residential STU students will sign into the building that they are visiting. Residential students are allowed only one other STU student visiting at a time.
Will dining services be offered on campus?
Yes, Metz Culinary will be following closely the Miami Dade County orders regarding reopening, cleanliness practices, and capacity limits. Metz will also be introducing a new app allowing pre-orders at the Rathskeller, that will help reduce traffic and loitering. All seating in Einstein’s will be removed, as the space is too small for any level of congregating.
If I test positive for COVID-19, do I need to notify STU officials?
Yes, any student testing positive must notify Matthew Roche or another member of the Student Affairs team. Those students within driving distance from STU will be expected to return home during their quarantine period. STU will maintain a quarantine facility at the monastery that will have 15 private rooms and bathrooms but will be used only as necessary. If a student is quarantined on campus, the residence life team will bring all meals to the student while taking appropriate precautions.
Will I be able to complete course work remotely if I do not feel safe returning to campus?
All in-person day courses will be hybrid, offering both in person and ZOOM viewing capabilities. Evening classes will be hybrid with students alternating between attending in-person and ZOOM.
Will there be in person classes after Thanksgiving?
All classes will end the in-person component after Thanksgiving break. The remainder of classes/exams will continue virtually. Students will be allowed to remain in the residence halls during Thanksgiving break and will be able to complete their semester remotely while living on campus.
Will I be required to wear a mask?
All students, faculty, and staff will be required to wear masks in any community space on campus.
Will STU provide me with a mask?
Students who do not have a mask will be offered one and if they refuse to wear one, they will be asked to leave and counted absent for the day.
Will there be on-site COVID-19 testing?
Baptist staff will screen students over the phone and refer them to an off-site testing location if their symptoms align with the coronavirus. If Baptist Health practices change and they begin testing on-site, the STU community will be notified.
Will my STU health insurance cover COVID-19 testing?
COVID-19 testing is covered under the STU health insurance, if a doctor has written a prescription for the test. Additionally, state sponsored drive-thru testing locations are free of cost.
Will international students be able to attend the University in-person?
International students have different requirements based on where they are from. Currently, all travel restrictions are being reviewed to formulate a more direct plan. Once a student can return to the United States, a case by case analysis will be conducted to determine whether the student should be required to quarantine for a period of time. This analysis will be based upon the country they are returning from, the impact COVID-19 has had on the respective country, and CDC requirements for travel. If it is determined that a student is required to quarantine, they will be encouraged to quarantine off campus if possible but will be provided a space in the monastery if no other options exist.
Is there a comprehensive return to campus plan?
Yes, STU will release its plan once finalized and once a clearer picture from county and federal guidelines are released. Key tenets of the plan can be found at www.stu.edu/coronavirus/. Currently updated FAQs are available and information surrounding our academic plan, Bobcat Go, are available.
Will there be quarantine requirements for when I return to campus?
STU will maintain a quarantine facility at the monastery that will have 15 private rooms and bathrooms but will be used only as necessary. If a student is quarantined on campus, the residence life team will bring all meals to the student while taking appropriate precautions.
Will counseling sessions be available?
Counseling sessions will remain in a virtual format at this time through telehealth appointments, as has been done during the summer. If an emergency exists or a student needs to see a mental health counselor in person, exceptions will be made to the telehealth requirement.
Will the Baptist Health Clinic be open and accepting appointments?
Any student wishing to access services offered by Baptist Health in the Health Center will need to make an appointment. There will be no walk in’s accepted until further notice. Once an appointment is made, Baptist staff will conduct a pre-screening of the patient via phone prior to their arrival at the clinic. Upon arrival, staff will provide the patient with appropriate PPE and will read their temperature before allowing the patient in the building.
Will the Band be able to utilize the instruments?
Yes, however sharing of any instrument will not be tolerated. All band students will be responsible for properly cleaning and sanitizing their instruments. Social distancing and hydrating with disposable (one time usage only) cups will be implemented.
Will I still be able to get a student visa?
As of March 20, 2020, all U.S. embassies and consulates around the world have suspended the routine processing of visas due to Covid-19. Please check the U.S. Department of State visa page for announcements and updates in order to stay informed about the resumption of consular services and visa processing times. You may also check the website of the US embassy or consulate nearest to you for any other updates.
I am a new STU international student. Will I have the option to take courses online from outside the US if I cannot arrive in time for the start of the Fall 2020 semester?
Yes. Your I-20 will be deferred to the semester start date when you will be able to arrive and begin classes in person. Our ISS Office will arrange to issue a new I-20 accordingly. Your SEVIS number will remain the same. All STU courses will be offered in a hybrid format, where students can participate in-person, virtually, or a combination of both. Further information about our Bobcat GO! visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRZKNDT5gXU
If I have decided that I will not be attending STU in person for the fall semester, do I need to notify STU administration?
Yes, please notify Jerry Debe. He will provide the necessary information to departments that need to know.
What should I do if I want to defer my admissions to a future semester?
If you are an undergraduate student, please contact the Undergraduate Admission Office. We will work with you on how you may be able to defer your admission.
If you are a J.D., LL.M/J.S.D. student, contact Jessica Fonseca-Nader, Assistant Dean of Enrollment and Scholarships at firstname.lastname@example.org or 305-474-2406 and/or Professor Roza Pati, Director of the Intercultural Human Rights Program at email@example.com or 305-474-2447.
If you are a graduate student, contact Yasdanee Valdes, Associate Director of Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 305-600-3967.
I am an international Student; can I enter the U.S?
International students currently outside the U.S. or who plan to travel outside the U.S. should refer to the latest travel updates by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
What would happen if St. Thomas University unexpectedly needs to change its operating model to online-only mid-semester?
You will be able to remain in the United States to complete your semester academic study if you wish. If you prefer, you may return to your home country and complete your courses virtually and maintain your F-1 visa status.
Will I be required to quarantine upon arrival on campus?
The University instructs all individuals to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) if you have traveled outside the United States. CDC Recommends that travelers who have been in one of the widespread countries should quarantine for 14 days. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html. STU is expecting quarantine to occur at an off-campus location. Individual requests to quarantine on campus, due to a lack of other options will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Whom should an international student work with if they have more questions?
Jeniffer Servellon Lozano: Sr. International Admissions Counselor
Jservellon@stu.edu or 305-628-6739
Jerry Debe: Assistant Director of International Student Services
email@example.com or 305-474-6008
Would I need a new I-20 for the fall 2020 semester?
If it is determined that you need a new I-20, you will receive it electronically by email.
If international students with Valid F-1 SEVIS records are inside the U.S. what should they do to maintain status?
Continuing students who are already in the United States may remain in Active status in SEVIS if they make normal progress in a program of study, or are engaged in approved practical training, either as part of a program of study or following completion of a program of study. STU is planning for an on-campus fall semester. So, if you are able to return to campus, you should do so.
Can international students with Valid F-1 SEVIS records take a leave of absence (not enroll in any courses) for the Fall 2020 semester if they are currently outside the U.S. and are unable or unwilling to return?
Yes. International students with active F-1 SEVIS records may take a leave of absence from St. Thomas University if they are not returning to the U.S. and choose not to enroll in St. Thomas University for Fall 2020. Students wishing to take a total leave of absence should contact your Academic Advisor to discuss this option. If you are unable to connect with your Academic Advisor, please contact Jerry Debe.
I have opted out of the STU health insurance, but my insurance from my home country that previously covered me no longer will cover me in the United States. Can I still obtain the STU Health insurance?
Check with your health insurance to ensure that they will still cover you in the U.S. If not, you are still able to enroll in the STU insurance plan and will have coverage in the U.S. The deadline to enroll in the STU insurance plan is September 11th. We highly encourage international students to enroll in the STU insurance plan.
We also encourage you to monitor developments through various local, state, and federal agencies for the most up-to-date information. We have compiled a list of those resources below for your convenience.
- U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-19-information.html
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
- Department of Homeland Security Releases https://www.dhs.gov/news-releases/press-releases
- World Health Organization https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus
- Florida Department of State Health Services https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/
- ICE Guidance on COVID-19 Nonimmigrant Students https://www.ice.gov/covid19.
- USCIS Response to COVID-19 https://www.uscis.gov/about-us/uscis-response-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19
- Exchange Visitor Program Information on Coronavirus https://j1visa.state.gov/covid-19/
- Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Defending Against COVID-19 Cyber Scams https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2020/03/06/defending-against-covid-19-cyber-scams
- United States Government Response to COVID-19 https://www.usa.gov/coronavirus
What are you doing to reduce the spread of COVID-19 during move-in?
Residential Life is taking multiple steps to make your experience on campus as safe and exciting as possible when you arrive in August. During the move-in process we will be conducting an expedited move-in procedure to reduce the number of people that you come into contact with. Here are specific practices and protocols that will be in place during move-in:
- We are adding more move-in dates and times to reduce the volume of students and families on campus at any given time.
- We are conducting enhanced disinfection of the many high-touch areas within our facilities — like door handles, light switches, handrails, and tables.
- We are cooperating with partners across campus to promote social distancing and current health protocols.
- Students will have to schedule an appointment to check-in.
- We are limiting the number of people who will be assisting students during move-in, to two helpers.
- We are limiting elevators to one family at a time.
- We will encourage you to bring your own dolly or cart to assist you with your move-in, as this will speed up the move-in process and we will not be providing volunteer helpers or moving assistance equipment.
Do I need to bring any COVID-related items to campus?
We encourage all residents to bring with them:
- 7 Face coverings (washable or re-usable)
- Hand sanitizer, alcohol-based with at least 70% alcohol
- Cleaning supplies (i.e., sanitizing wipes)
- Acetaminophen or ibuprofen
- If applicable and possible, an extra month’s supply of any prescription medication
- Any resources needed to complete classwork remotely
Will there be any COVID-related items provided?
Yes! The Residential Life office will provide a welcome basket with a mask, small hand sanitizer, and information regarding COVID and living on campus to all students moving in.
What kind of help will be available during move-in?
Due to social distancing guidelines, we will not have volunteers to physically help move your personal belongings. You can expect to see resident advisors and other Residential Life staff around campus. We will be there to welcome you, answer questions, and support you as you transition to life at STU.
Will there still be opportunities to build community and get involved?
Yes! We are evaluating all residential programming to limit group sizes, while still offering plenty of opportunities to build community and get involved.
Why did Residential Life move to a multi-day sign-up process?
We need to ensure social distancing during the move-in process, so we have created hundreds of time slots during which you can move into your residence hall in groups of 20. This allows for decreased density in any given hall during the move-in process and aligns with other practices we have instituted to create the safest move-in possible. All students need to sign up for an appointment to move-in so that their files can be prepared prior to their arrival.
What if I have unique circumstances and need accommodations in selecting a move-in time or during the move-in process?
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and provide us information about your unique needs and situation.
Do I have a roommate?
Unless you are in a single room, you most likely have a roommate. You will get your roommate’s name and email as soon as you are both assigned.
How do I contact my roommate or suitemate?
You will receive your roommate’s information in your room assignment email/letter in July.
Can I move off-campus mid-year?
No. Your contract is for a complete academic year (fall and spring). All residents who have signed a housing contract are required to fulfill their responsibilities.
Will lounges, study rooms, and other common areas still be accessible in the fall?
Currently, common areas will remain open for students in the residence halls but will be capped at 10 people. Residential Life will have health and safety procedure signs posted outside of all common areas. Students are expected to practice social distancing and follow all guidelines posted. Lounges, study rooms, and other common areas may be subject to closure at any point during the semester.
Will students living in the residence halls have to wear a face covering?
Yes. Students will be expected to wear a face covering when traveling anywhere on campus, to and from classes and within the residence halls. You will not be required to wear a face covering in your personal residence hall room.
What if a student living in the residence halls does not feel well and is experiencing symptoms?
Individuals with symptoms or who have had potential, close contact to COVID-19 exposure, are encouraged to contact the Baptist Clinic or their primary care provider to discuss their symptoms and schedule an appointment for testing. While an individual is waiting for test results, one MUST self-isolate in the designated space provided, not in their residence hall room, or return home.
Will there be designated areas to temporarily isolate students who live on campus if needed?
If a student tests positive for COVID 19, the student will be encouraged to go home for their required quarantine period if possible. Those within driving distance from STU will be expected to return home during their quarantine period. However, STU will maintain a quarantine facility separated from the residence halls that will be used only as necessary. Students should follow the case management program as instructed by Baptist Health Center or their primary care provider. Housing and Residential Life maintenance staff will deep clean and sanitize the student’s initially assigned room while the student is self-isolating in the temporary room. If the resident has a roommate that was exposed, the roommate may also be temporarily relocated to a separate designated room for the 14-day self-isolation period and may be referred to Baptist Health to determine if a COVID-19 test is necessary.
Will students living on campus be expected to clean their own restrooms?
Yes, unless you live in a residence hall with a community-style restroom. Students with private or suite style restrooms will be responsible for cleaning their own restrooms. You will need to coordinate with your roommate and/or suitemates to ensure that your restroom and common area remain clean and sanitary. Community and public bathrooms throughout the residence halls will be cleaned and sanitized by custodial staff daily.
All residential students need to be diligent in cleaning their individual rooms. Residential life will be conducting additional health and safety checks to ensure that residents are taking proper sanitary precautions in their respective rooms.
Will residential students be provided with cleaning products?
Students with private or suite style restrooms will be responsible for cleaning their own restrooms. You will need to have your own cleaning products to ensure your restroom is thoroughly cleaned.
What will the overnight guest and visitation policy be?
Overnight guests will not be permitted for Fall 2020 semester. The residential life team will manage each centralized entrance during the evening hours and will ensure that only residents and their guests are in the building. All guests will sign in and must leave the halls by curfew. Visitation Hours will be 10am-12am daily.
Guests will be permitted based on the following restrictions:
- Guest must be a currently enrolled STU student
- Only 1 guest per resident will be permitted at a time
Where can I get help if I am concerned or anxious about COVID-19?
You can contact our Student Counseling services who will offer some helpful tips for dealing with the disruption and uncertainty that COVID-19 has brought to our lives. She also offers individual counseling sessions to help students manage stress, anxiety, and other mental health related concerns. You can schedule an appointment with:
Maria Garavito-Bedoya | Licensed Mental Health Clinician
Director of Student Health
What decision was made by The Sun Conference?
The Sun Conference announced our intent to proceed as scheduled with the 2020 fall season in all conference sponsored sports: Men’s and Women’s Cross Country, Men’s and Women’s Soccer, and Women’s Indoor Volleyball.
Who made the decision?
The decision was made by a vote of the conference’s Council of Presidents during a special meeting held on July 23, 2020.
What factors played a part in the decision? The Conference Return to Play Task Force, consisting of top medical staff and administrators in the conference, has spent the past three months meeting on a weekly (and sometimes more frequent) basis to put plans in place to minimize the risk of COVID-19 on our campuses and in competition. We are confident that the protocols put in place throughout the conference, along with those being implemented on each of our campuses, will provide student-athletes with a safer environment than they would otherwise be afforded. We believe that personal protective equipment, daily screenings, and access to quick testing will allow student-athletes to reduce their risk of exposure relative to what they would experience in society at-large. Our conference did not find assurances that a shift towards spring athletics would create a drastically reduced risk of exposure. In addition, doing so would create an overly crowded athletics schedule that would be unmanageable for many or all NAIA athletic departments and thus would create a sub-par experience for our student-athletes.
Will there be any changes to the conference schedule?
Two institutions, SCAD-Savannah and Johnson & Wales (Fl.), will not be competing in fall sports. SCAD-Savannah opted not to compete due to the logistical challenges of an online-only academic format, while Johnson & Wales announced its North Miami campus will close at the end of the 2020-21 academic year and chose to cancel its athletic seasons.
What is The Sun Conference doing to minimize the risk of COVID-19 spread?
Our conference understands that there is no way to fully eliminate the risk of exposure to COVID-19, just as can be said for any environment in a currently working society. The Sun Conference Return to Play Task Force has instituted stringent measures surrounding daily screening, sport-specific protocols, personal protective equipment, team travel, efficient communication, among others to minimize the risk of exposure as much as possible. These guidelines will soon be available to the public.
In addition, each institution is required by the conference to have a robust action plan for a safe return of their athletes to campus to include details on screening, testing, emergency action plans, fan attendance, cleaning and sanitation, and competition preparation.
Each institution is expected to provide COVI-19 related training for all student-athletes and staff prior to the start of team activities.
What happens if there is an outbreak on campus?
Daily screenings and access to quick testing will allow for cases to be identified early and for infected individuals to be isolated to prevent further spread. Immediate communication to the conference and affected institutions’ staffs will be required in the event of a positive test.
How will NAIA championships factor into the equation?
The Sun Conference is hopeful the NAIA will choose to keep its Fall Championships in place as currently scheduled, in which case no adjustments would be needed.
If the NAIA opts to move fall championships to the spring term, The Sun Conference would affirm its intent to compete in the fall. In that case, we would also consider alternative schedules which could allow for play to extend to the spring term to align more closely with national postseason play. The conference would fully intend to enter any qualifiers into NAIA postseason in this scenario.
Will students be able to “opt out” of the season?
Yes. The Sun Conference would fully respect the decision of any student-athlete to choose not to participate in a season to further minimize risk and would encourage our members to honor any committed athletic aid to the student-athlete in this case.
In addition, we fully support coaches and other staff who may opt not to partake in some or all of a season, particularly those that may be considered at increased risk for severe illness.
Why is The Sun playing when the Sunshine State Conference (and others) moved their fall competitions to spring?
The Sun Conference fully respects all athletic conference and association decisions. Our conference took many factors into account in making this decision and chose to proceed in the manner which fit our member institutions best.
How often are student-athletes being tested?
All students will be required to produce a negative COVID-19 PCR test no more than 7 days prior to his or her first competition. In addition, any individual who does not pass a daily screening, exhibits symptoms at any time, or is found to be exposed to infection, will be required to produce a negative test prior to returning to competition.
Is there a chance you will not be able to finish the season?
There are certainly no guarantees of any outcome in current times. Our conference plans to react quickly to any potential setbacks and continue to keep health and safety at the forefront.
If the season cannot be played or finished, what happens?
There are many potential scenarios for which our conference will have a contingency plan ready to launch. Our schedule allows for a significant amount of flexibility to react if competition becomes infeasible. Some of the numerous options we will be prepared for include a delay to the season, a “pause” in competition, or even an ultimate move of fall sports to the spring. While we are hopeful that these contingency plans will not be needed, we encourage student-athletes and staffs to remain flexible and prepare for all possible scenarios.
What are you doing to protect at-risk coaches and staff?
Protocols for social distancing and PPE have been established, where possible. As stated earlier, we support any individuals that choose not to participate under the current circumstances, and employees will be guided by the specific protocols and policies at their institutions.
Is it responsible to facilitate college athletics in the hotspot of a pandemic?
We believe that athletics is a critical factor in the collegiate experience for our student-athletes. While it is not possible to completely eliminate risk, we believe that the environment that will be provided on each of our member campuses will be much safer in total than what they would find in daily society. In addition to providing a safe setting, our responsibility to our studentathletes is to provide a complete educational experience, of which athletics is a vital part.
Will games cancelled due to COVID-19 be rescheduled?
Our intent is that any games that are cancelled this fall will be rescheduled. We do realize, however, that may not be possible in all cases due to various factors.
Does this decision impact football?
While The Sun Conference does not currently sponsor the sport, our football members do share a division in the Mid-South Conference and it is possible that the Sun Division could opt for a schedule that varies somewhat from the rest of the conference.
Fall 2020 Move-In Day Information
Move-In Day is a very busy time, and we strive to make it as easy and safe as possible for you and your family. In light of the coronavirus pandemic, we ask that you observe our guidelines and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. In addition, please note the following:
- Staggered arrival times to allow for unloading and social distancing both inside and outside of buildings
- Students will select an arrival window via Sign-Up Genius.
- Masks required at all times (residents, guests, and staff)
- Limit 2 guests/helpers per resident
- Students will unload their cars into a designated parking spot
- All guests/helpers must vacate the building by within 2 hours of your scheduled check-in
All students living in the residence halls must have a pre-scheduled move-in appointment. Students are asked to only arrive during their appointment window. We highly encourage you to wait until after you have reserved your move-in appointment to book any airfare or other travel logistics. To support social distancing, a limited number of appointments are available for each time. Additionally, students must be checked into their assignment no later than the first official day of fall classes, as specified by the university.
To facilitate a smooth check-in, you will be guided through the following steps:
- Prior to move-in day, ensure that you are registered for the fall semester and all outstanding matters are cleared with the Business Office (tuition, payment plan, financial aid, health insurance or waiver, etc.).
- Arrive at your move-in area at your scheduled move-in day and time (via Sign-Up Genius).
- Collect your package from the resident assistant(s) assigned at the desk (Room Condition Report (RCR), room key, printed Housing Contract and addendum)
- Proceed to your assigned room to check that the physical condition of the room is in accordance with the RCR.
- Sign RCR and return to the desk at the end of your scheduled check-in time. Move-in and enjoy your experience.
What things do I bring to my Residence Hall?
What to bring to campus can be found on the housing website here. Please keep in mind that we all must adhere to fire safety codes and avoid overloading electrical circuits, so additional mini-fridges, microwaves or room dividers will not be permitted. Please work with your roommates to share items like mini-fridges and microwaves. Limited cleaning supplies will be available to students in the residence halls; however, you are encouraged to bring your own.
CARES Act Grants
The US Department of Education has awarded St. Thomas University $648,190 in CARES Act funding to assist eligible students with expenses such as housing, food, and other needs arising out of the disruption that the coronavirus pandemic has created. These funds will be made available in the form of direct grants to qualifying undergraduate students. In order to be eligible, students must be eligible to receive Title IV funding from the federal government. Awards to each eligible student were determined by a formula based on student financial need. The funds will be disbursed to students via electronic transfer to the bank account that is on file in the Business Office. Students who have not signed up for direct deposit will receive a check via USPS mail. We anticipate this distribution to begin in approximately 2 weeks. In addition, St. Thomas University is creating an Archbishop Fund for students that have extenuating circumstances or whose Pell eligibility has/or will change in the summer or fall semester. This fund will allow for students who need additional financial assistance to apply for additional grants from St. Thomas. A form will be available on the Financial Aid website for students to apply for these funds. To apply for these funds, please click here. All questions related to CARES Act funding should be directed the STU Director of Financial Aid at (305) 474-6960 or email@example.com.
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.
- Wear a face mask indoors and outdoors, unless alone in your room.
- Practice social distancing of at least 6 feet at all times.
- 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 contact with people who are sick.
- Taking care of your mental health
- Stay home if you’re sick. 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 face mask 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, The United Kingdom, the Schengen Region of Europe, Iran, and Brazil. The CDC also recommends that all travelers returning from Level 2 travel notice areas 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.
- 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.