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Update 22: August 31, 2020, New Emergency Notification System

Email to Faculty, Staff and Students about Rave Guardian app self-assessments

St. Thomas University Introduces New Emergency Notification System to replace campus Temperature Checks

STU is committed to the health and safety of all our students and employees and have developed a plan to minimize the risk of exposure to the coronavirus with a free mobile app that turns any smartphone into a personal safety device. The Rave Guardian app will replace the daily in-person temperature checks with a daily COVID-19 self-symptom checker on the app. For this plan to be effective, we need active participation from everyone who comes on campus.

All students, faculty and staff are expected to download the Rave Guardian app and complete the self-screening survey daily. Anyone who intends to be active on campus should be sure to complete the survey before leaving their residence. The checker is simple to use. Simply answer a few questions and if you are safe to come to campus you will see a green check; if you are not, you will see a red stop sign telling you to stay home.

You will receive notifications to complete the self-screening in three ways:

· Rave Guardian app alert
· Text to your mobile phone number, if added to your RAVE profile, from the email communication last week
· E-mail to your STU e-mail address

You may choose the method that is best for you each day to complete the survey.

All students, faculty and staff will begin receiving notifications Monday, August 31.

The symptom checker will contain questions related to coronavirus and COVID-19 symptoms. After completing and submitting the survey, you will be advised about your eligibility to come to campus through the same tool. The screening notifications will be sent at 7:00 a.m. daily. While we understand that this is very early for some, this tool has to serve all members of our campus community, including those who work early shifts, to ensure all essential operations are up and running prior to the start of each day.

Should you indicate that you have symptoms or other risk factors, a follow-up communication will be sent through Rave for next steps. Please respond to follow-up communications within a two-hour window.

Directions for Downloading Rave Guardian

Step 1: Download the App
Smartphone Users: Please download and install the Rave Guardian mobile app for your respective device (Android – Google play store, iPhone – Apple app store). Once downloaded, enter your STU credentials. The daily poll will appear in your inbox in the app.
Non-Smartphone Users: You can complete the survey by logging accessing your STU email through Office 365.

Step 2: Enjoy the app and its many other features!
The Rave Guardian mobile phone app enhances safety on campus through real-time interactive features that create a virtual safety network. Other features include:

· Stored medical emergency information: Users can build an app profile, including any personal and medical information, which can be shared with designated responders.
· Submit information: Text information, including photos, about suspicious activity or maintenance requests, such as when a light is out on campus, directly to STU.
· Timer: Set a timer in a few easy steps, and friends and family can watch loved ones walk at night or travel to a new area.
· Call directory: Access other emergency and campus numbers at the push of a button.

If you encounter technical issues with Rave Guardian, please contact the Compliance Office at 305-628-6648 or monicacruz@stu.edu.

Update 21: August 25, 2020, Email to Students

Email from President David A. Armstrong, J.D., to Students:

Dear Students,

Welcome to St. Thomas University! For those of you who are returning for the first time since on-campus instruction was disrupted in March, it’s great to have you back. We missed you. For freshmen and transfer students who are on campus for the first time, I hope your transition to STU has been smooth and that you are settling in. I’m certain you are going to enjoy your experience here.

This past weekend, my wife and I attended Mass on campus as we frequently do. Father Capó led an inspiring service, and it was wonderful to see so many students in attendance. I was especially pleased to see everyone wearing their masks, keeping physical distance between themselves and their neighbors, and taking personal responsibility for their own health and the safety of others.

Unfortunately, I didn’t witness that same level of personal responsibility as I drove around campus following service. I saw groups of students gathered together, neither wearing masks nor observing social distancing guidelines. If we want campus to remain open, we have to be better than this as a community.

When we surveyed students over the summer, you overwhelmingly told us that you want to be on campus this semester. And that’s what I want too. Our professors do an exceptional job with virtual instruction and, for many of you, virtual instruction is the right choice for you and your families. But the entire college experience can’t be replicated virtually. And I want those of you who are able to be on campus with us this semester to enjoy that full experience. But that won’t happen if we don’t all take personal responsibility in helping to curb the spread of coronavirus across campus.

Please do your part. Wear your mask. Avoid large gatherings. Practice safe, social distancing. If you are sick, go home if possible or let us know so we can arrange accommodations for you. In either case, be transparent and tell us you are sick so we can conduct contact tracing that will protect others.

The last thing any of us wants is to have to close campus again. If you see students who aren’t wearing masks or socially distancing, please politely remind them that we are all in this together. Please take some time to review our Return to Campus Manual. Best of luck this semester. God Bless. Go Bobcats.

David A. Armstrong, J.D.

President

Update 20: July 28, 2020, Email to Community

Email from President David A. Armstrong, J.D., to Bobcat Community, Students, Faculty, and Staff:

Dear STU Community,

I am eternally grateful for your adaptability during the spring 2020 and summer semesters. When the pandemic reached South Florida in March, all of our lives were disrupted. But each of you – faculty, staff and students alike – responded to the challenge and ensured that we continued delivering a high-quality academic experience. I am so proud of the STU community, and can’t thank you enough for all you have done to get us to this point.

I am especially proud of the way we took care of our students, the core of our institution. During a time of great emotional and financial distress, we made sure their needs were met. We housed them. We fed them. We purchased computers for them. We kept them healthy and safe. And we supported those who were financially burdened. Through the first round of federal CARES Act money, St. Thomas University was able to provide $648,000 directly to our students through grants. Initial grants were issued based on a student’s Pell Eligibility, with three levels of grants being awarded: $200, $650, and $900 based on a student’s need. We elected to retain the final $108,000 to establish the Archbishop Wenski Fund, which is accessible to any active STU student that has faced undue financial strain as a result of the pandemic. This fund will be administered to students who show need beyond the initial grants, on a first-come, first-served basis. You can view more information on the criteria STU used to determine eligibility for the grants here.

In addition to addressing financial stress, STU has provided and continues to provide support to ensure the mental and physical wellbeing of our student body. Our on-campus, Baptist Health Clinic has remained available virtually throughout the summer, as has our Mental Health Therapist, Maria Garavito. For information on how to schedule a virtual visit with a doctor or counselor, click here.

Of course, the coronavirus is still a part of our lives; our work is not complete. As we move forward with plans to welcome new and returning students for the new academic year, we must acknowledge that we do not live in a risk-free world, and we never have. We must learn to live with this virus. Throughout the summer, we have worked tirelessly to develop Bobcat Go!, an approach that will help us create an environment that supports our students’ education and health.

Along with continuous sanitization of our campus and labeling that will allow us to adhere to social distancing guidelines, through Bobcat Go! we have reinvented our modes of teaching and propelled STU to expand its technological capabilities. This upcoming fall, courses will be offered both virtually and in person. This approach will give our students the flexibility to pursue their education in the classroom, in their residence hall, from home or anywhere across the globe to keep them on track for graduation.

Part of our Bobcat Go! plan, is to make publicly available our Return to Campus Manual: COVID-19 Guidelines and Protocols, to the university community. More than ever, we will rely on the personal responsibility and accountability of every member of the STU family to follow this

manual along with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). The Return to Campus Manual and other resources for dealing with COVID-19 are available at www.stu.edu/coronavirus.

The university will continue to monitor federal, state and local regulations as we approach planned, on-campus events. Last week, the Sun Conference unanimously voted to move forward with athletic competitions this fall. You can read more on the protocols they will set in place to increase the safety and wellness of student-athletes, coaches and fans here.

Once again, we thank you for your resilience. We know that our community and the world have been tested. We look forward to welcoming you back to campus in the coming weeks.

God Bless and Go Bobcats!

David A. Armstrong, J.D.

President

Update 19: July 28, 2020, Email to Parents

Email from President David A. Armstrong, J.D., to Bobcat Parents and Families:

Dear Parents and Families,

As we prepare to return to campus for the fall semester, I can’t help but to reflect upon the last time we had a campus full of students. I miss our students greatly, and am excited for their return. Our world has changed in unimaginable ways since March – changes that leave many of understandably concerned. As a parent of two children who will be students at STU this fall, I understand the anxiety you may be experiencing. I want you to know that, as a parent, I believe that STU is doing everything we can to keep your students safe and healthy this fall.

When I think about the pivot we were forced to make in March, I am especially proud of the way we took care of our students, the core of our institution. During a time of great emotional and financial distress, we made sure their needs were met. We housed them. We fed them. We purchased computers for them. We kept them healthy and safe. And we supported those who were financially burdened. Through the first round of federal CARES Act money, St. Thomas University was able to provide $648,000 directly to our students through grants. Initial grants were issued based on a student’s Pell Eligibility, with three levels of grants being awarded: $200, $650, and $900 based on a student’s need. We elected to retain the final $108,000 to establish the Archbishop Wenski Fund, which is accessible to any active STU student that has faced undue financial strain as a result of the pandemic. This fund will be administered to students who show need beyond the initial grants, on a first-come, first-served basis. You can view more information on the criteria STU used to determine eligibility for the grants here.

In addition to addressing financial stress, STU has provided and continues to provide support to ensure the mental and physical wellbeing of our student body. Our on-campus, Baptist Health Clinic has remained available virtually throughout the summer, as has our Mental Health Therapist, Maria Garavito. If you believe your student would benefit from a virtual visit with a doctor or counselor, you can find information here.

Of course, the coronavirus is still a part of our lives; our work is not complete. As we move forward with plans to welcome new and returning students for the new academic year, we must acknowledge that we do not live in a risk-free world, and we never have. We must learn to live with this virus. Throughout the summer, we have worked tirelessly to develop Bobcat Go!, an approach that will help us create an environment that supports our students’ education and health.

Along with continuous sanitization of our campus and labeling that will allow us to adhere to social distancing guidelines, through Bobcat Go! we have reinvented our modes of teaching and propelled STU to expand its technological capabilities. This upcoming fall, courses will be offered both virtually and in person. This approach will give our students the flexibility to pursue their education in the classroom, in their residence hall, from home or anywhere across the globe to keep them on track for graduation.

Part of our Bobcat Go! plan, is to make publicly available our Return to Campus Manual: COVID-19 Guidelines and Protocols, to the university community. More than ever, we will rely on the

personal responsibility and accountability of every member of the STU family to follow this manual along with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). The Return to Campus Manual and other resources for dealing with COVID-19 are available at www.stu.edu/coronavirus.

The university will continue to monitor federal, state and local regulations as we approach planned, on-campus events. Last week, the Sun Conference unanimously voted to move forward with athletic competitions this fall. You can read more on the protocols they will set in place to increase the safety and wellness of student-athletes, coaches and fans here.

I ask you to join me in praying for those who have been personally impacted by the pandemic, and ask that our doctors and scientists be blessed with wisdom so that they may find a vaccine that help will protect us. Until then, let’s all do our part to keep ourselves, and each other, as safe as possible.

God Bless and Go Bobcats!

David A. Armstrong, J.D.

President

Update 18: June 1, 2020, Returning to Campus in the Fall

Message from President David A. Armstrong, J.D.: STU to return to our traditional, on-campus education for the Fall 2020 semester:

Dear STU Community,

We have heard an outpouring of support from our student population for a return to on campus learning, and we are committed to making their desires a reality. We do not live in a risk-free world, and we never have. Many of our daily choices involve assessing risk and making a decision that is in our best interest. Until a vaccine is made available, there will continue to be ongoing risks surrounding Covid-19; however, in following closely state, local, and federal guidance, we are able to make a conscious decision for St. Thomas University to return to our traditional, on campus education for the Fall 2020 semester. While life is full of risks, we as a community will work together to mitigate the risks associated with the novel coronavirus.

We look forward to welcoming our students back on campus and providing a sense of normalcy that rapidly changed in late March. The STU community is resilient but more than ever will rely on personal responsibility and accountability of every member of the community to follow issued guidance. Good judgment and reason will be key as we welcome another record setting class to campus this fall. Practices such as social distancing, wearing facemasks, proper sanitization, good hygiene, honest communication about one’s health, and personal accountability will all be keys in helping our community mitigate the risks associated with Covid-19.

Our staff, faculty, and administration are working diligently to put forth new policies, practices, and procedures in response to the coronavirus and the level of uncertainty that it has brought to our world. These new procedures and practices will be put in place to further reduce the risk of transmission of the virus, and will undoubtedly take time to get used to, but will be in the best interest of the community. In addition, upon return, students will be greeted by an eager staff, clean and sanitized facilities, risk mitigation strategies, and even new buildings on campus.

While Covid-19 caused the creation of a new normal for this past semester, it also brought about great opportunities for St. Thomas faculty and staff to re-invent our modes of teaching, expand our technological capabilities, and reinvigorate the love for St. Thomas and our community. We will continue to work to include some of the recent advancements that made this past semester successful into our on-campus curriculum, to further separate STU as a great place to learn and thrive, no matter the situation.

One adjustment that will be incorporated into the fall semester is the allowance of students in a voluntary manner to remain home and complete their course work and finals online after Thanksgiving break, if they so choose, while on-campus courses continue. The residence halls and dining services will remain open and operational throughout the entire semester and students are welcome to return to campus. This flexibility will allow for the semester to go to completion without any disruption while providing ease of mind to families that are fearful around travel concerns.

The University will continue to monitor federal, state, and local regulations and is prepared to adapt all academic programs as needed.  STU faculty and staff are fully committed to student learning and student success.

For university updates on COVID-19 please visithttp://www.stu.edu/coronavirus.  

We look forward to seeing all of our students, both new and returning, in August!

God Bless and Go Bobcats!

David A. Armstrong, J.D.
President

Update 17: April 30, 2020, Plan to Resume Classes On-Campus

Dear STU Community:

St. Thomas University is planning to resume on-campus classes for the Fall 2020 Semester and anticipates that residence halls will be open.

STU’s administration will be devising a plan to facilitate the safety of its students, faculty, and staff following recommendations by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Miami-Dade County Health Department.

The university will continue to monitor the situation. If state and local regulations change, STU is ready to conduct classes in a hybrid format or move classes to a fully, remote online model.

Currently, STU is accepting priority registration deposits for incoming Freshmen. Current students can register for classes and housing. To register for classes, please contact your advisor. To register for housing, please visit https://www.stu.edu/housing.

We look forward to welcoming our students back to campus. For university updates on COVID-19 please visit www.stu.edu/coronavirus. For updates on university events, please follow us on social media.

Update 16: April 28, 2020, Employees Return to Work on Campus

Dear STU Faculty and Staff:

We are pleased to announce that based upon the ending of both the state of Florida and the Miami Dade County orders to stay at home, which are set to expire on April 30th, St. Thomas employees (Administrators and Staff) will be expected to return to work on campus beginning Monday, May 4.  Employees should be prepared to wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) (masks and gloves) upon their arrival to campus.

If you are showing any of the symptoms associated with Covid-19, please notify HR and your supervisor and do not return to work. Those with heightened risk factors and/or with concerns about returning to their physical workspace should contact their supervisor.

This plan is subject to change if additional guidance from either the State of Florida or Miami Dade County is issued this week.

Please remember and utilize all of the recommended guidelines to aid in the prevention of the spread of Covid-19, below are the guidelines issued by the CDC.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html

More detailed return to work guidelines will be issued later this week.

We want to thank everyone, both those who came on campus, and those working remotely, for their effort and adjusting their work processes during the time of this pandemic.  St. Thomas University has been not only surviving but thriving because of the work that all of you have been doing. We appreciate all of your efforts and look forward to seeing everyone in person again on Monday Morning.

Update 15: April 17, 2020, Positive Test Results

Dear STU Community:

Earlier this week we learned that three of our students have tested positive for COVID-19. None of the three students have been on campus in the past 30 days. The students are recovering and doing well.

In addition, please find an update on previous potential cases reported below:

  • Faculty Member: On March 14, 2020, a faculty member informed the university administration that they had traveled to Seattle and returned to Miami on February 27, 2020. On Monday, 9, 2020, she returned to work, taught her regularly scheduled class and participated in faculty training with other faculty members on Monday and Tuesday. On Wednesday, March 11, 2020, the faculty member began feeling symptoms of low fever, cough, and sore throat. Twelve days later on March 23, 2020 the professor was tested for COVID-19. Her test results were negative.
  • Mental Health Counselor: On March 25, 2020, our mental health counselor informed the university administration that they had come in contact with a family member that had tested positive for COVID-19. On Saturday, March 14, 2020, not knowing their family members’ exposure, they met with their family members, and on Monday, March 16, 2020, they returned to work and interacted with students and other members of our staff.  On March 24, 2020, their family member tested positive for COVID-19. The mental health counselor was tested for COVID-19. Her test results were negative.
  • Custodial Staff Member: On March 26, 2020, a member of our custodial staff begun to show symptoms of the flu, including a cough and shortness of breath. This member of the custodial staff had no direct contact with anyone that had tested positive for COVID-19 and has no recent travel. He was tested for COVID-19 on March 31, 2020. His test results were negative.

 

Protect yourself

  • 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.
  • Wear a mask and gloves in public
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Taking care of your mental health. If you would like to schedule a therapy session with Maria Garavito-Bedoya you can schedule a Zoom session. Please e-mail Maria at Mgaravito@stu.edu with your availability or contact Maria Garavito-Bedoya via the app to schedule an appointment. Monday through Friday 9am to 5pm (last appointment at 4pm).
  • Stay home if you’re sick.
  • Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze with a tissue or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surface daily.

 

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.

 

Testing Sites

If you are feeling ill and need to get tested, please see a list of testing sites below. As a reminder, it is your responsibility and obligation to notify administration if you have tested positive for COVID-19.

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY

  • AVENTURA – Banyan Medical Systems has opened a drive-thru testing site in Aventura. Testing is conducted inside the Aventura Mall north parking garage from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. First responders and those over the age of 65 receive priority appointments before members of the general public. Appointments are required and can be set up by clicking here.
  • CUTLER BAY – A drive-thru testing site has opened at the South Dade Government Center, located on Southwest 211th Street, right off the Florida Turnpike. Testing will be available to those who have an appointment.
  • FLORIDA CITY – A drive-thru testing site has opened at Loren Roberts Park in Florida City. This site will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Those who are able to get tested must have recently traveled to a high-risk country or have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19. Patients may also be experiencing a fever, cough or shortness of breath. Appointments are not necessary to get tested at this site.
  • HIALEAH – Amelia Earhart Park, located at 401 E 65th St., has opened as a testing site. Testing was previously only available for those who are 65 or older and are experiencing symptoms, but starting Tuesday the screening age limit was expanded to those 18 and older. Testing will be conducted Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., by appointment only. To schedule an appointment call 305-268-4319.
  • HIALEAH – Larkin Community Hospital, 1475 West 49th Place, Hialeah, FL 33012, is open for testing from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Patients must register online first and have symptoms of COVID-19. First responders, medical personnel and those who have traveled to coronavirus hotspots will be tested before members of the general public. If you would like to register to get tested, click here.
  • HOMESTEAD- A drive-thru testing site will be opening at the Clinica Campesina Health Center, located at 810 W. Mowry Dr. in Homestead, on April 13. This site will be open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Those who are able to get tested must have recently traveled to a high-risk country or have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19. Patients may also be experiencing a fever, cough or shortness of breath. No appointments are necessary to get tested at this site.
  • MIAMI BEACH – A testing site at the City of Miami Beach’s municipal parking lot, located at 4621 Collins Avenue, is set to open on Thursday morning. Testing will be available to patients who have been pre-screened and have scheduled an appointment in advance. The site will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day of the week, except Saturdays. Those who would like to pre-register to get tested can click here.
  • MIAMI GARDENS – The parking lot at Hard Rock Stadium is open for testing. Testing will be done from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Monday, April 13, testing has opened up to anyone who has recently been in contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus. For more information, click here.
  • MIAMI – Marlins Park, located at 501 Marlins Way, has been set up as a drive-thru testing site. Those who want to get tested must be 18 or older and experiencing certain symptoms. Appointments are necessary. Those who want to get tested can be pre-screened by calling 305-499-8767. The call center opens at 9 a.m. daily and will remain open until the appointment slots for the following day are filled.
  • MIAMI – Charles Hadley Park, located at 1350 NW 50th St., has been set up as a drive-thru testing site. The testing site is open to those 18 and older, and by appointments only. The site will begin testing at 9 a.m. and continue through 5 p.m. To schedule an appointment call 305-960-5050.
  • CITY OF MIAMI IN-HOME TESTING — The City of Miami Fire Rescue Department will offer free in-home testing for seniors who are experiencing coronavirus symptoms and do not have access to transportation. Click here for more
  • SOUTH MIAMI-DADE – Doris Ison Health Center, located at 10300 SW 216 St. Testing is available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Patients who want to get tested do not need to call in advance for this location and no appointment necessary.
  • WEST MIAMI-DADE – A drive-thru testing site will open at the Miami-Dade fairgrounds, located at Southwest 107th Avenue and 17th Street, at 9 a.m., Wednesday. To be tested, patients must be at least 18 years old, experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and have an appointment. Testing will take place daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. To schedule an appointment, call 305-499-8767.

BROWARD COUNTY

  • LAUDERHILL – Broward Health will open a drive-thru testing site at Central Broward Park & Broward County Stadium, located at 3700 N.W. 11th Pl., on Wednesday. To be tested, patients must pre-register and have a written script from a physician to schedule an appointment. Those who would like to pre-register can call the Broward Health line at (954) 320-5730.
  • PEMBROKE PINES – The Florida National Guard and Memorial Healthcare System have opened a drive-thru test site at CB Smith Park. Starting at 1 p.m. on Monday, participants can call 954-276-4680 in advance to complete criteria screening. Those who are able to be tested at this location include first responders, hospital workers, anyone 65 and older with symptoms and chronic conditions and anyone who has symptoms who has traveled internationally or to an area within our country that’s been heavily affected by the coronavirus.
  • WESTON – Cleveland Clinic has a site set up in Weston, not far from their hospital. To be tested here, patients must first call their nurse hotline at 954-659-5951 to be pre-screened. If the nurse determines the person meets the criteria, they will be given a confirmation number and given an appointment time.

MONROE COUNTY

  • MARATHON – Drive-thru testing will take place at the Marathon Community Park at 200 City Marina, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., starting Monday. Testing will only be for Monroe County residents who meet the criteria and have scheduled an appointment in advance. Residents who are feeling symptoms of the coronavirus can book an appointment by calling 305-252-4820.
  • MARATHON- Testing is also available at CHI Marathon Health Center, located at 2805 Overseas Highway, every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. by appointment only. Testing is only available to Monroe County residents who meet the testing criteria. Those who want to get tested can schedule an appointment by calling 305-216-2107 or emailing KeysCovid19@chisouthfl.org.
Update 14: March 27, 2020, Campus Closed to Students

Dear STU Community:

As a friendly reminder, starting today, Friday, March 27, 2020,  at 5 p.m. the campus is closed to students.

By the end of the day today, on-campus residents will have moved out of the residence halls and all students will continue taking classes remotely for the remainder of the Spring Semester. Starting on Monday, March 23, 2020, all STU faculty and staff began working from home, and all other campus services have been transitioned to online. Facilities, including the Library, Bobcat Café and the Rathskellar are now closed.

Other Announcements and Reminders

  • Registration for Fall classes is now open. Please contact your advisor to ensure you are able to register.
  • Admissions will now be conducting interviews and visits virtually.
  • You can set up a virtual visit with a medical doctor for FREE by downloading the Baptist CARE on Demand app. Please use code CARE19 (no insurance required). Link here: https://baptisthealth.net/en/lp/pages/care-on-demand.aspx
  • If you would like to schedule a therapy session with Maria you can schedule a Zoom session. Please e-mail Maria at Mgaravito@stu.edu with your availability or contact Maria Bedoya via the app to schedule an appointment. Monday through Friday 9am to 5pm (last appointment at 4pm).
  • All employees are required to fill out and turn in a telecommuting agreement. Supervisors, you also must sign the agreement. To access the telecommuting agreement, please click here

Internet Resources

If you don’t have access to internet at home, Please note that Comcast and AT&T are offering greater access to the Internet with free WiFi hotspots and service to homes that do not have connectivity. For more information please check their websites.

Testing Sites

If you are feeling ill and need to get tested, please see a list of testing sites below. As a reminder, it your responsibility and obligation to notify administration if you have tested positive for COVID-19 or have come in contact with anyone who has tested positive.  If you have tested positive or come in contact with someone who has, we will be asking full disclosure from you so that we can reach out to those you have come in contact with.

Hard Rock Stadium Parking Lot : (State of Florida testing site) 9AM – 5PM (starting tomorrow)

  • Patient must be > 65 + symptoms
  • HCP can be tested without being symptomatic (they have not specified whether or not the HCP also has to be > 65 though)
  • Testing is free
  • They have not specified that an appointment is required

CB Smith Park : 9AM – 5PM (Memorial Healthcare and the National Guard)

  • Any patient who has recently traveled internationally to any of the affected regions can be tested : otherwise, Pts must meet criteria to be screened
  • Appointments not required, but priority will be given to Pt > 65 + symptoms, first responders (including HCP)
  • Testing is free
  • They are advertising that results will be reported in about 3 days

Festival Flea Market: Broward Health

  • Only their registered patients with appointments (obtained at 954-320-5730)
  • Pt must meet criteria + have a prescription (from a Broward Health Provider)

FoundCare (Palm Beach): No longer accepting appointments or testing due to large volume received last week – they are booked until April 10th

Cleveland Clinic Weston: 8AM – 5PM

  • Patients must meet criteria and obtain appointment at 954-659-5951

CHI – Doris Ison Health Center Miami: M-F 9AM to Noon

  • Patient must meet criteria and/or have recent travel history to affected region and/or have had close contact with someone who has tested positive.
  • Patient must obtain appointment at 305-252-4820

CHI Marathon Community Park: 10AM to 1PM (starting tomorrow)

  • Only for Monroe County residents who meet criteria
  • Patient must obtain appointment at 305 – 252 -4820
Update 13: March 26, 2020, Notifying Administration

Dear STU Community:

Please see two updates on members of our community below:

  • Yesterday, March 25, 2020, we were informed that one of our nursing students began exhibiting symptoms of a flu, including fever and shortness of breath. That student traveled to New York during Spring Break the week of March 2-6. The student returned to campus on Monday, March 9, 2020, and was on campus and interacted with staff and other students on March 9, 10, and 11.  Even though it has been 17 days since the student returned from New York, and it is has been 14 days since the student was on campus, out of an abundance of caution the student will be attempting to obtain a COVID-19 test today. We will update the university community on the outcome.
  • Today, March 26, 2020, a member of our custodial staff has begun to show symptoms of a flu, including a cough and shortness of breath. This member of the custodial staff has had no direct contact with anyone that has tested positive for COVID-19, and has no recent travel. He will be attempting to get tested for COVID-19, and we will update the university on the outcome.

The university has identified and notified all students and faculty and staff who have come in direct contact with both cases, and will be asking them to monitor their health and ensure they are not presenting any symptoms.

As a reminder, it your responsibility and obligation to notify administration if you have tested positive for COVID-19 or have come in contact with anyone who has tested positive.  If you have tested positive or come in contact with someone who has, we will be asking full disclosure from you so that we can reach out to those you have come in contact with.

The areas where both the student and custodial staff were have been deep cleaned with industrial strength products that meet the criteria from the Center of Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

Members of our community who have any concerns or comments can share these details over the phone at 305-628-6554. For questions about testing or reporting cases, please contact the Miami-Dade Health Department- 305-324-2400 from 8 to 5 p.m.

The university will continue to monitor the situation and follow the guidelines by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Miami-Dade Health Department.

If you would like to receive updates, please visit: www.stu.edu/coronavirus 

Update 12: March 25, 2020, Possible COVID-19 Contact

Dear STU Community:

Yesterday we were informed by our mental health counselor that they have come in contact with a family member that has tested positive for COVID-19.  On Saturday, March 14, 2020, not knowing their family members exposure, they met with their family member, and on Monday, March 16, 2020, they returned to work and interacted with students and other members of our staff. Yesterday, their family member tested positive for COVID-19.

Today, the mental health counselor was tested for COVID-19 and will receive their test results in 3-5 days. The university will update the community on the outcome. To date, this person has not presented any symptoms.

All students and members of our faculty and staff who have come in contact with the mental health counselor have been personally informed. If you feel you may have come in contact with this person, please follow the proper self-quarantine guidelines and contact administration. The mental health counselor will self-quarantine for the required 14-day period.

The mental health counselors work area has been cleaned with industrial strength products that meet the criteria from the Center of Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

As a reminder, it your responsibility and obligation to notify administration if you have tested positive for COVID-19 or have come in contact with anyone who has tested positive.  If you have tested positive or come in contact with someone who has, we will be asking full disclosure from you so that we can reach out to those you have come in contact with.

Members of our community who have any concerns or comments can share these details over the phone at 305-628-6554. For questions about testing or reporting cases, please contact the Miami-Dade Health Department- 305-324-2400 from 8 to 5 p.m.

The university will continue to monitor the situation and follow the guidelines by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Miami-Dade Health Department.

If you would like to receive updates, please visit: www.stu.edu/coronavirus 

 

Update 11: March 20, 2020, Faculty Working from Home

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Starting on Monday, March 23, 2020, all STU faculty and staff will begin working from home.  
  • Library and other campus services will be transitioned online. Facilities, including the library building, will be closed.
  • The university has announced that it will continue remote online learning for the remainder of the Spring Semester.

Please continue to visit our Coronavirus webpage at www.stu.edu/coronavirus and our social media pages for the latest information on STU’s response.

Dear STU Community:

Starting on Monday March 23, 2020,  St. Thomas University will transition to temporary remote work for as many roles as possible. Some essential staff will remain on campus. In addition, the university has announced that it will continue remote online learning for the remainder of the Spring Semester.

It is important to note that there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in the STU Community.

Other updates:

  • Mass will continue as scheduled through Zoom. Please join us at the following link: https://stuedu.zoom.us/j/950469517.
  • Library and other campus services will be transitioned online. Facilities, including the library building, will be closed. For more information click here.
  • Admissions will now be conducting interviews and visits virtually.
  • You can set up a virtual visit with a medical doctor for FREE by downloading the Baptist CARE on Demand app. Please use code CARE19 (no insurance required). Link here: https://baptisthealth.net/en/lp/pages/care-on-demand.aspx
  • If you would like to schedule a therapy session with Maria or Nanet, you can schedule a Zoom session. Please e-mail Maria at Mgaravito@stu.edu with your availability or contact Maria Bedoya via the app to schedule an appointment. Monday through Friday 9am to 5pm (last appointment at 4pm).
  • A decision will be made on how and when we are holding Spring Commencement on or before April 8, 2020.

REMOTE WORK GUIDELINES:

  • All employees are required to fill out and turn in a telecommuting agreement. Please print it, fill it out, and hand it to your supervisor. To access the telecommuting agreement, please click here.
  • All employees who do not have STU laptops, will have to provide personal equipment for use.
  • Employees will be able to access the onsite Computers through Remote Desktop. For instructions on how to access Remote Desktop and One Drive, please click here.
  • Employees are required to forward their office line to their cell phone. For instructions on how to do so, please click here.
  • Prior to leaving today, please ensure you have all the necessary equipment and access to complete your work from home.
  • All employees, on-site and working remotely, need to fulfill their duties and work hours.
  • All employees are to remain connected to secured systems during normal working hours and following all university policies related to access, data security, and data confidentiality. Employees and students can contact our OIT Help Desk 24/7 for any issues they are experiencing. For more information on how to contact, please click here: https://www.stu.edu/oit/help-desk/
  • During this period of remote work, employees will avoid travel and are asked to practice social distancing. As a reminder, STU employees have been asked to refrain from travelling.
  • It is important that supervisors work with each member of their team to confirm the remote work assignment, provide guidance for remote work, and set expectations. The work from home arrangement is to begin Monday to the extent possible. Please avoid coming to campus and if you do, please stay away from others.
  • The transition to a remote working environment includes the suspension of Campus Employment and Federal Work-Study. Federal Work-Study students will be paid for the remaining scheduled hours for the semester even though they are unable to complete the work requirement. Student employees with Campus Employment will be paid for all hours worked through today only.
  • Please note that Comcast and AT&T are offering greater access to the Internet with free WiFi hotspots and service to homes that do not have connectivity.

Employees who are unable to work due to a family care emergency may use accrued leave or leave without pay according to STU leave guidelines. All employees are still required to submit time through the normal payroll process by the appropriate deadlines.

Please continue to follow STU’s COVID-19 Safe Guards, and if you, or someone near you tests positive for COVID-19,  you must notify University Administration by sending an email to Associate Vice President of Human Resources, Nadine Lewis-Sevilla, at nlewis-sevilla@stu.edu.

Members of our community who have any concerns or comments can share these details over the phone at 305-628-6554.

Please continue and regularly visit our Coronavirus webpage at www.stu.edu/coronavirus where you will be able to find the latest information on STU’s response.

Update 10: March 18, 2020, Take-out Only On-Campus

Dear STU Community:

Following Miami-Dade County’s announcement that all eat-in restaurants with a seating capacity of more than 10 or more must close dine-in options, the university has decided that starting TODAY, March 18, 2020 Bobcat Café and Rathskeller will only be offering take-out options to students. Students will be allowed to go by and pick-up food, but will not be allowed to dine-in.

Please continue to visit our Coronavirus webpage at www.stu.edu/coronavirus where you will be able to find the latest information on STU’s response.

As a reminder, our campus will remain open, but will be implementing university-wide social distancing protocols and limiting exposure as much as possible. Please review the details by clicking here.

Please continue to follow STU’s COVID-19 Safe Guards, and if you recently traveled, you must notify University Administration and not return to campus until you 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 returning to South Florida. If you violate this protocol, students and faculty and staff are subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination and dismissal. If you are self-isolating, you are expected to work from home and complete your assignments, and regularly check in with your supervisor or professors. Faculty and staff who are unable to work due to illness must submit a request for sick leave.

If you are ill, you are required to stay home and must inform our administration or your supervisor. 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. If you violate this protocol, students and faculty and staff are subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination and dismissal.

Students who are engaging in self-quarantine must complete the following STU Post Travel Registration form to share self-quarantine plans with the university: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/STU-COVID19. Faculty and staff must report their self-quarantine by completing a Self-Quarantine Identification Form and submit to Associate Vice President of Human Resources, Nadine Lewis-Sevilla, at nlewis-sevilla@stu.edu.

Members of our community who have any concerns or comments can share these details over the phone at 305-628-6554.

Update 9: March 16, 2020, NAIA Spring Sports Cancelled

March 16, 2020

Dear STU Community:

Earlier today, in conjunction with an announcement from the NAIA, The Sun Conference cancelled all of its spring sports activities.

Following a meeting of the NAIA Council of Presidents Executive Committee, the NAIA announced on Monday morning that the national organization is cancelling all spring sports championships for the 2019-20 academic year in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Any spring sport student-athlete who was enrolled full-time in 2020 will be awarded two additional semester terms of attendance or the equivalent. In addition, the university will not be engaged in organized practice.

As a reminder the university will be kicking off online distance learning for all of our courses for both the main university and Law School, tomorrow Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Yesterday, we shared key updates and training resources that will aid you as you begin your online journey.  The administration has created a resource page for our students, and faculty and staff that includes training documents and resources for both Canvas and Zoom. We encourage you to please review them and ensure you have access to all the necessary technology prior to the start of classes. We will continue to update these pages with new training schedules and resources through April.

Click here for Instructors Online Resource Page

Click here for Student Online Resource Page

Please continue to visit our Coronavirus webpage at www.stu.edu/coronavirus where you will be able to find the latest information on STU’s response.

As a reminder, our campus will remain open, but will be implementing university-wide social distancing protocols and limiting exposure as much as possible. Please review the details below:

  • Faculty and staff, including work study students, graduate assistants and residents assistants, are expected to report to work, unless other arrangements have been made with their supervisors.
  • Mass will continue at its regularly scheduled times. However, we are asking attendees to practice social distancing safeguards including remaining three feet from other attendees, not shaking hands, and limiting contact with others.
  • 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.
  • Bobcat Café and the Rathskellar will remain open. For dining services hours please visit the  St. Thomas University Dining Services page.
  • Admissions will continue to accept individual and family visits.
  • Faculty, staff and students should move meetings and study sessions to virtual settings.
  • You can set up a virtual visit with a medical doctor for FREE by downloading the Baptist CARE on Demand app. Please use code CARE19 (no insurance required). Link here: https://baptisthealth.net/en/lp/pages/care-on-demand.aspx
  • If you would like to schedule a therapy session with Maria or Nanet, and DO NOT want to come on Campus, you can now schedule a Zoom session. Please e-mail Maria at Mgaravito@stu.edu with your availability or contact Maria Bedoya via the app to schedule an appointment. Monday through Friday 9am to 5pm (last appointment at 4pm).
  • On campus tutoring services will continue to be available. In addition, tutoring will be provided online through Smart Thinking. For more information click here.
  • The university will examine all future gatherings and events and will advise if the events will be rescheduled or moved to a virtual setting.

 

Please continue to follow STU’s COVID-19 Safe Guards, and if you recently traveled, you must notify University Administration and 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 returning to South Florida. If you violate this protocol, students and faculty and staff are subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination and dismissal. If you are self-isolating, you are expected to work from home and complete your assignments, and regularly check in with your supervisor or professors. Faculty and staff who are unable to work due to illness must submit a request for sick leave.

If you are ill, you are required to stay home and must inform our administration or your supervisor. 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. If you violate this protocol, students and faculty and staff are subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination and dismissal.

Students who are engaging in self-quarantine must complete the following STU Post Travel Registration form to share self-quarantine plans with the university: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/STU-COVID19. Faculty and staff must report their self-quarantine by completing a Self-Quarantine Identification Form and submit to Associate Vice President of Human Resources, Nadine Lewis-Sevilla, at nlewis-sevilla@stu.edu.

Members of our community who have any concerns or comments can share these details over the phone at 305-628-6554.

Update 8: March 15, 2020, Online Resources for Students

Dear STU Community:

As the university prepares to kick-off online distance learning for all of our courses for both the main university and Law School, this Tuesday, March 17, 2020, we wanted to share key updates and training resources that will aid you as you begin your online journey.  The administration has created a resource page for our students that includes training documents and resources for both Canvas and Zoom. We encourage you to please review them and ensure you have access to all the necessary technology prior to the start of classes. We will continue to update these pages with new training schedules and resources through April.

Click here for Student Online Resource Page

In addition, On Monday, March 16th at 10 a.m. Zoom’s Professional Training team will be hosting a Zoom Meetings for Education Webinar.

If you are not already registered for a training on campus, and have not used Zoom, we encourage you to attend.

Please continue to visit our Coronavirus webpage at www.stu.edu/coronavirus where you will be able to find the latest information on STU’s response.

As a reminder, our campus will remain open, but will be implementing university-wide social distancing protocols and limiting exposure as much as possible. This includes asking faculty, staff and students to move meetings and study sessions to virtual settings as much as possible. Please review the details below:

  • Faculty and staff, including graduate assistants and residents assistants, are expected to report to work, unless other arrangements have been made with their supervisors. Work study students should coordinate with supervisors.
  • Mass will continue at its regularly scheduled times. However, we are asking attendees to practice social distancing safeguards including remaining three feet from other attendees, not shaking hands, and limiting contact with others.
  • 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  Thomas University Dining Services page.
  • Admissions will continue to accept individual and family visits.
  • The university will examine all gatherings and events for the next month about and will advise if the events will be rescheduled or moved to a virtual setting.

Please continue to follow STU’s COVID-19 Safe Guards, and if you recently traveled to a Level 2 or 3 travel notice areas and states with a large number of cases including California, Washington and New York,  you must notify University Administration and 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 returning to South Florida.

If you are ill, you are required to stay home. 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

Students who are engaging in self-quarantine must complete the following STU Post Travel Registration form to share self-quarantine plans with the university: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/STU-COVID19.

Members of our community who have any concerns or comments can share these details over the phone at 305-628-6554.

Update 7: March 14, 2020, Possible COVID-19 Contact

Dear STU Community:

Today we learned that one of our faculty members recently traveled to Seattle and returned to Miami on February 27, 2020. On Monday, 9, 2020, she returned to work, taught her regularly scheduled class and participated in faculty training with other faculty members on Monday and Tuesday. On Wednesday, March 11, 2020, the faculty member began feeling symptoms of low fever, cough, and sore throat, and has practiced self-isolation. She consulted her physician and Broward Health and it was determined that her symptoms do not qualify for testing for COVID-19 at this time.

University leadership has informed all members of our community who have come in contact with the faculty member, and will continuously monitor the situation.

Travelers returning from Level 2 or 3 travel notice areas and states with a large number of cases including California, Washington and New York,  must notify University Administration and 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 returning to South Florida.

As a reminder, beginning on Tuesday, March 17, 2020,  St. Thomas University classroom courses for the main university campus and the Law School will be transitioning to remote online learning for two weeks. Campus will remain open. We encourage you to please visit our Coronavirus webpage at www.stu.edu/coronavirus where you will be able to find the latest information on STU’s response.

It is important to note that there is no confirmed coronavirus case in the STU community.

In addition,  please review STU’s COVID-19 safeguards below:

  • All university-sponsored travel to, from, and through Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Warning Level 3 is prohibited. CDC Warning Level 3 travel notice areas currently include China, South Korea, Iran, and Italy.
  • If you are a student or member of our faculty staff that is returning from a Level 3 or Level 2 travel notice country, and states with a large number of cases including California, Washington and New York, 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 and inform your supervisor and administration.
  • Students who have arrived or will be returning from a CDC Warning Level 2 or 3 travel notice area and states with a large number of cases including California, Washington and New York, whether studying abroad, teaching, conducting research, on vacation, or on spring break, and are engaging in self-quarantine should complete the following STU Post Travel Registration form to share self-quarantine plans with the university: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/STU-COVID19.
  • Faculty and staff who have arrived or will be returning from a CDC Warning Level 2 or 3 travel notice area and states with a large number of cases including California, Seattle, and New York, whether studying abroad, teaching, conducting research, on vacation, or on spring break, and are engaging in self-quarantine should complete a Self-Quarantine Identification Form and submit to Human Resources at nlewis-sevilla@stu.edu.
  • In accordance with the CDC guidelines of social distancing, all university sponsored travel is cancelled.
  • Faculty and staff are encouraged to keep their offices and areas clean and wipe down surfaces at least twice a day with products that contain at least 70% alcohol.
  • If you are ill, please stay home. 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.

For questions about testing or reporting cases, please contact the Miami-Dade Florida Health Department- 305-324-2400 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. As per the recommendation of our infection control nurse, if a student is exhibiting cold-like/wet symptoms, or respiratory illness, the preferred method to contact the campus health clinic office is via phone  305-628-6695 or email mgaravito@stu.edu.  This way the patient may be screened over the phone by a provider and if deemed high risk can be asked to self-isolate and await further instructions from CDC/Health Department.  This way we prevent possible exposure to other students on campus and promote the health of our community.  If a patient is deemed low risk then they are happy to set them up for an appointment to be seen with one of their practitioners.

Members of our community who have any concerns or comments can share these details over the phone at 305-628-6554.

Update 6: March 13, 2020, NAIA Sun Conference Competition Suspended

Dear STU Community:

Yesterday, March 12, 2020 our NAIA Sun Conference Commissioner Dustin Wilke announced that all Sun Conference competition will be suspended through Friday, March 27, 2020.  This suspension goes into effect immediately for all sports and includes both conference and non-conference competition. Our Administration will continue to work with the Sun Conference to monitor the situation and determine practice schedules. Student athletes who wish to go home should coordinate directly with their coaches.

As a reminder, beginning on Tuesday, March 17, 2020,  St. Thomas University classroom courses for the main university campus and the Law School will be transitioning to remote online learning for two weeks. Today, Friday, March 13 and on Monday, March 16, our faculty and staff are working vigorously to transition all of our courses to remote online learning. The transition to online courses will require patience and cooperation, so we are asking the community for support as we make the transition.  Please make sure you are checking in with your professors about assignments and requirements.

University leadership will be continuously assessing the situation and is prepared to extend online instruction as necessary. We encourage you to please visit our Coronavirus webpage at www.stu.edu/coronavirus where you will be able to find the latest information on STU’s response.

It is important to note that there is no confirmed coronavirus case in the STU community.

Our campus will remain openPlease review the details below:

  • Faculty and staff, including graduate assistants and residents assistants, are expected to report as scheduled.  Work study students should coordinate directly with their supervisors.
  • The university is implementing voluntary temporary telecommuting arrangement for employees whose job duties are conducive to working from home. Please discuss any further details with your supervisor.
  • Mass will continue at its regularly scheduled times
  • 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  Thomas University Dining Services page.
  • Admissions will continue to accept individual and family visits. Group visits will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
  • Anyone requesting to work at home because of an underlying health condition (such as high blood pressure, diabetes and cardiovascular disease) are required to submit a Short-Term Telecommuting Agreement to their supervisor.  Approval will be granted on a case-by-case basis and require sign off from the Dean for faculty and from the appropriate Department Head for staff.  Final approval must come from the Head of Human Resources
  • 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.

As reminder, please review STU’s COVID-19 safeguards below:

  • 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 or member of our faculty staff 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: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/STU-COVID19.
  • 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.
  • In accordance with the CDC guidelines of social distancing, all university sponsored travel is cancelled. For local travel to other institutions, please consult directly with your supervisor who will obtain clearance from members of our Senior Staff.
  • Faculty and staff are encouraged to keep their offices and areas clean and wipe down surfaces at least twice a day with products that contain at least 70% alcohol.
  • If you are ill, please stay home. 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.

For questions about testing or reporting cases, please contact the Miami-Dade Florida Health Department- 305-324-2400 from 8 to 5 p.m. As per the recommendation of our infection control nurse, if a student is exhibiting cold-like/wet symptoms, or respiratory illness, the preferred method to contact the campus health clinic office is via phone  305-628-6695 or email mgaravito@stu.edu.  This way the patient may be screened over the phone by a provider and if deemed high risk can be asked to self-isolate and await further instructions from CDC/Health Department.  This way we prevent possible exposure to other students on campus and promote the health of our community.  If a patient is deemed low risk then we are happy to set them up for an appointment and be seen with one of our practitioners.

Members of our community who have any concerns or comments can share these details over the phone at 305-628-6554.

Update 5: March 11, 2020, Courses Transitioning to Remote Learning

Dear STU Community:

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.

Thursday, March 12, 2020 will be the last day of on-ground courses, and classes for Friday, March 13, 2020 and Monday, March 16, 2020 are cancelled as our faculty prepare to greet students online on Tuesday.

It is important to note that there is no confirmed coronavirus case in the STU community.

The transition to online courses will require patience and cooperation, so we are asking the community for support as we make the transition. Our campus will remain open. Please review the details below:

  • Faculty and staff, including graduate assistants and residents assistants, are expected to report as scheduled.  Work study students should coordinate directly with their supervisors.
  • 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  Thomas University Dining Services page.
  • Athletic competitions will continue as scheduled until further notice. Student athletes who wish to go home should coordinate directly with their coaches.
  • 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.

As reminder, please review STU’s COVID-19 safeguards below:

  • 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 or member of our faculty staff 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: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/STU-COVID19.
  • 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.
  • If you are ill, please stay home. 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.

For questions about testing or reporting cases, please contact the Miami-Dade Florida Health Department- 305-324-2400 from 8 to 5 p.m. As per the recommendation of our infection control nurse, if a student is exhibiting cold-like/wet symptoms, or respiratory illness, the preferred method to contact the campus health clinic office is via phone  305-628-6695 or email mgaravito@stu.edu.  This way the patient may be screened over the phone by a provider and if deemed high risk can be asked to self-isolate and await further instructions from CDC/Health Department.  This way we prevent possible exposure to other students on campus and promote the health of our community.  If a patient is deemed low risk then we are happy to set them up for an appointment and be seen with one of our practitioners.

Members of our community who have any concerns or comments can share these details over the phone at 305-628-6554. Over the next few days university will be updating, adding resources to, and maintaining our Coronavirus webpage  If you would like to receive updates, please visit: www.stu.edu/coronavirus.

Update 4: March 10, 2020, Electrostatic Campus Cleaning

Dear STU Community:

St. Thomas University is committed to keeping its students, faculty and staff safe, and as a proactive measure will be conducting a thorough cleaning of our campus in conjunction with Jani-King of Miami, an innovative electrostatic cleaning company.

The company only has one of the electrostatic machines available in South Florida, and we are one of three organizations that will be undergoing the facility disinfection. Jani-King will conduct the full facility disinfection using the Protexus cordless electrostatic sprayers, which disperses the PURTABS sporicidal contact solution over every surface within a facility. Electrostatic spray cleaning is the process of spraying an electrostatically charged mist onto surfaces and objects. As the chemical exits the electrostatic sprayer, it is given a positive electrical charge. The droplets then become attracted to all negative surfaces, completely covering the visible area, underside and backside, with the disinfectant. The machine is designed to improve infection control, reduce the spread of viruses and applies cleaning solutions in a more efficient, controlled manner, eliminating the dangers of overuse.

Jani-King Miami will be conducting cleanings across our campus’ most frequented areas, including our Bobcat Café (cafeteria),the  Student Center, the Library, the Law School Library, Convocation Hall and classrooms. This in addition to STU’s daily cleaning that includes disinfecting and wiping down surfaces of all these areas with products that contain the recommended alcohol percentage. Additional hand sanitizers have also been placed around campus.

STU is not closed, and all on ground classes will continue as scheduled.

In addition, we are asking members of our community to adopt the following precautionary measures:

  • Practice Social Distancing: Social distancing is considered one of the best, and the only, preemptive, non-pharmaceutical measures available to slow or stop the spread of disease.
    • Limit your exposure and contact to crowded places.
    • Try to maintain a distance of 3-6 feet from other people and institute the elbow bump salutation.
  • Practice the recommended hand hygiene of washing your hands for 20 seconds or more.
  • Practice environmental cleaning:
    • Clean surfaces in your offices, homes and dorms with cleaning products that have the recommended amount of alcohol and disinfectant in them.
Update 3: March 10, 2020, Possible COVID-19 Contact

Dear STU Community:

One of our St. Thomas University students self-identified as recently returning to his on-campus dorm from Rome, Italy-a Level 3 Travel notice country for the Coronavirus 2 (COVID-19). The student passed screening tests when leaving Italy and upon his arrival to the United States. In addition, the student was taken to the hospital and currently is not exhibiting any symptoms of Coronavirus 2 (COVID-19). After consultation with Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Miami-Dade Department of Health, it was determined he would not be tested because he did not meet the testing requirements and was not exhibiting any symptoms of the virus.

Following the recommendations and guidelines from the CDC and the Department of Health, the student, his roommate and members of our staff who came in contact with him, will be undergoing a mandatory 14-day quarantine on our STU Campus. The university will continue to closely monitor the student in collaboration with the Florida Department of Health and healthcare professionals

For St. Thomas University the safety, health and well-being of our university community is of the utmost importance, and we have taken the following precautionary steps to safeguard our community from the Coronavirus2 (COVID-19), including:

  • cancelled all university sponsored trips abroad
  • advised faculty and staff to limit large group gatherings and conduct meetings online whenever possible
  • required students, faculty and staff who have travelled abroad to get medical clearance before returning to campus
  • required students, faculty and staff who have travelled Level 2 or Level 3 travel notice countries engage in a 14-day self-quarantine before returning to campus
  • will be hiring a professional cleaning staff to come and disinfect the campus
  • added additional hand sanitizer dispensers around campus
  • conducted an information campaign about how to properly wash your hands and limit contact to prevent the spread of disease
  • initiated a proactive, thorough cleaning of all common areas
  • updated our emergency response and crisis communications plan

STU is not closed, and all on ground classes will continue as scheduled.

As a reminder, 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 or member of our faculty staff 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: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/STU-COVID19.

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.

CDC checklist  – Returning to Campus, Self-Quarantine

Self-quarantine guidelines from the CDC include:

  • Restriction of activities outside of your home except for visits to a medical professional for evaluation.
  • Limited contact with other members of the residence, including pets.
  • Frequent hand washing.
  • Consistent cleaning of all high-touch surfaces such as tables, countertops, doorknobs, keyboards, tablets, bathroom fixtures, television remotes, phones, and other areas.
  • Restricted sharing of such household items as drinking glasses, plates, utensils, bedding, towels, and clothing.
  • Regularly washing dishes, clothing, and bedding.

While in self-isolation, CDC guidelines should be followed to monitor an individual’s health and to protect the community from further impact.  Please keep your dated arrival receipt of travel as this may be asked for to return to campus.Decisions to discontinue a self-quarantine after the time period has passed should be made in consultation with a healthcare professional.

For questions about testing or reporting cases, please contact the Miami-Dade Florida Health Department- 305-324-2400 from 8 to 5 p.m. If you want to contact our on campus health clinic, please call 305-628-6695.  Members of our community who have any concerns or comments can share these details over the phone at 305-628-6554.

The university will be providing periodic updates as it continues to monitor the situation.

Members of the STU community please continue to monitor your email for additional information.

Update 2: March 8, 2020, On-Ground Classes Continuing

Dear STU Community:

St. Thomas University continues to monitor the situation with the spread of Coronavirus 2 (COVID-19), as the number of cases increases around the world.  It is important to note that no coronavirus cases have been reported at STU.  STU is not closed, and all on ground classes will continue as scheduled.

As a reminder, 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.

CDC checklist  – Returning to Campus, Self-Quarantine

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: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/STU-COVID19. Alternatively, university community members can share these details over the phone at 305-628-6554.

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.

Self-quarantine guidelines from the CDC include:

  • Restriction of activities outside of your home except for visits to a medical professional for evaluation.
  • Limited contact with other members of the residence, including pets.
  • Frequent hand washing.
  • Consistent cleaning of all high-touch surfaces such as tables, countertops, doorknobs, keyboards, tablets, bathroom fixtures, television remotes, phones, and other areas.
  • Restricted sharing of such household items as drinking glasses, plates, utensils, bedding, towels, and clothing.
  • Regularly washing dishes, clothing, and bedding.

While in self-isolation, CDC guidelines should be followed to monitor an individual’s health and to protect the community from further impact.  Please keep your dated arrival receipt of travel as this may be asked for to return to campus.

Decisions to discontinue a self-quarantine after the time period has passed should be made in consultation with a healthcare professional.

The university will be providing periodic updates as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to monitor the situation. If you would like to receive updates, please visit: www.stu.edu/coronavirus.

Update 1: March 3, 2020, Monitoring the Situation

Dear STU Community:

St. Thomas University is aware and has been monitoring the situation with the spread of Coronavirus 2 (COVID-19), as the number of cases increase around the world.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed that there are two cases in Florida, one in Manatee County and one in the Tampa Bay area.  It is important to note that no coronavirus cases have been reported at STU and our university has been coordinating our response with our health provider, Baptist Health Medical Group.

COVID-19 is a virus known as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2. Similar to influenza, COVID-19, can spread through droplets that are released in the air when the infected individual coughs sneezes or exhales.

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms and have traveled abroad to China, Italy, or any other affected countries, or states, please seek immediate medical attention:

  • Have a fever of more than 100.4F plus fatigue and cold symptoms including cough and shortness of breath.

As a precaution, our university administration has taken the following steps:

  • Our university has cancelled all study abroad trips—including Italy, Spain, and Israel— for both Spring and Summer.
  • We have verified that all hand sanitizer dispensers on campus have the recommended alcohol percentage and we will also be adding additional dispensers across the campus.
  • Students, faculty, staff and visitors arriving from China who pass the re-entry screening at the airport and appear to be in good health must still pay close attention to their health over the 14 days following their arrival.
  • For students and members of our faculty and staff who are coming from abroad, or any affected areas from across the United States or who have been in contact with anyone from those areas, please avoid close contact with others during a two-week period.
  • We are requesting that any student or employee who has been abroad or any of the affected areas, please be seen by a medical practitioner before returning to campus.

Here are some tips from the World Health Organization on how to stay healthy:

  • Maintain distance of at least three feet from any individual with respiratory symptoms.
  • Refrain from touching mouth and nose.
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, especially if you touch your mouth and nose and other potentially contaminated surfaces.
  • Reduce as much as possible the time spent in close contact with people who might be ill.
  • Reduce as much as possible the time spent in crowded settings.
  • Improve airflow in your living space by opening windows.

The university will be providing periodic updates as the CDC continues to monitor the situation. If you would like to receive updates, please visit: www.stu.edu/coronavirus

For more information, please visit the Florida Department of Health website. In addition, we have attached key recommendations from the CDC.

For personal travel, we strongly advise all students, faculty and staff to follow travel alerts from the CDC and Department of State(DOS). Currently, the CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to China. The DOS recommends reconsidering travel to China.

Students with health concerns may contact our on-campus clinic at 305-474-6921.

St. Thomas University also offers on-campus support through our Student Health & Counseling Center, located in the Building 15, known as Cascia/Glasshouse. Counseling resources on-campus are available by calling (305) 628-6695 or emailing mgaravito@stu.edu.

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