If you’re having a medical emergency call 911 immediately.
If you are an STU student and would like to speak with a counselor, please e-mail Maria Bedoya, our Director of Student Health, Maria Bedoya MariaBedoya@stu.edu or call (305) 628-6695 between 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Fridays. At night as well as weekends/holidays, call 211 for counseling assistance, text “start” to 74171, or call crisis hotline at 1 (800) 273-8255.
Don’t Think. Report.
If you are a student, faculty, or staff, and have:
- Tested Positive for COVID-19 or
- COVID-19 symptoms or
- Come in direct contact an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 or who has COVID-19 symptoms.
You are required to fill out this form: stu.edu/covid19report.
If you have a question that needs an immediate answer, please email email@example.com
To help our community remain safe, please download and use the Rave Guardian app daily.
Are Students expected to return to campus for Spring 2021?
Miami-Dade County is currently operating under Phase 3 of the reopening plan. As such, all STU students are actively engaged on our campus in-person for Spring 2021 classed and co-curricular events and activities. (except students in fully online and high school Dual Enrollment programs). After a semester full of challenges, our society has a better understanding of this pandemic and how to properly handle it. Thanks to the collaboration and responsibility of all STU students, faculty, and staff, our campus did not have major outbreaks. The limited number of cases that occurred on campus originated off-campus, and were quickly isolated and quarantined. STU will continue its protocols to safeguard our community.
However, we understand that some students may need to request to take courses remotely during the Spring 2021 semester due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please complete and submit the following form to request to stay in remote instruction during the Spring 2021 semester:
Please send your request no later than January 21, 2021.
What is the policy on wearing masks on the STU campus?
All members of the STU community (students, staff, faculty, vendors, and guests) must wear a mask inside all buildings on campus when not in the privacy of their own room or office. This means masks are to be worn during classes, in meetings, and in hallways. When outdoors, masks must be worn if a person is not by themselves. Outdoor gatherings and walking in groups requires a mask.
What is the policy for large group gatherings?
All large group gatherings remain discouraged. If a large gathering is taking place, it is recommended that it take place outside with proper social distancing and with the required facial coverings. Indoor gatherings must follow room capacity limits, with no more than 50% of the traditional occupancy of the room and masks must be worn.
Can I eat lunch with my friends or co-workers?
It is encouraged that any group lunch occur outside with proper social distancing.
What is the plan for Spring Break?
At this time, there has been no changes made to the Spring academic calendar. There will be a traditional Spring Break, which run from March 8-12. The residence halls will remain open through Spring Break and all STU community members are discouraged from travel. If traveling, all quarantine requirements must be followed.
What is the difference between isolation and quarantine?
Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick. Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick. These people may have been exposed to a disease and do not know it, or they may have the disease but do not show symptoms.
Both practices are used at STU. If a person has tested positive for Covid-19, the person is placed into a 10-day isolation period that requires a lack symptoms for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication to be cleared from isolation. Quarantine places a person who has had a potential exposure into a 14-day quarantine period to see if symptoms or illness develop.
What constitutes a close contact?
A close contact is someone who is been in direct contact, within six feet, with an individual who has tested positive for Covid-19 or who has Covid-19 symptoms for a cumulative period of 15 minutes over a 24 hour timeframe.
Athletics Remote Learning Policy
Students must be approved for remote learning by the Academic Dean of the University for medical reasons or extenuating circumstances. Once approved, if a student-athlete chooses to attended classes remotely, they must opt out of competing in athletics for the time that they are not attending classes in person. It is the policy in Athletics at St Thomas University that if a student-athlete is willing to participate in Athletics and be in close contact with teammates and opponents, they must attend class in person. If a student-athlete opts out of competing in athletics and attends classes remotely, they will be accommodated and will not lose their scholarship for this year.