Together We Will Remain Healthy at Thomas More (december 21, 2020)
Dear Thomas More Community,
As we head into the Christmas holiday break, I am thankful to each of you for the hard work you put into making this past fall semester a success for our community. Your resiliency and dedication spoke volumes about the strength of Thomas More University. Despite the challenges behind and before us, I join you in being confident about continuing to offer a personalized, student-focused education in the spring semester just as we did this past fall. Plans are underway to ensure that each of you continues to experience Thomas More in a safe and healthy environment. The spring semester will begin as scheduled on Monday, January 11.
As we prepare for the upcoming spring semester, our priorities remain:
- ensuring the health and safety of our community;
- providing an excellent Catholic Liberal Arts education; and
- strengthening the bond and resolve of our community.
Our Healthy at Thomas More guidebook has been updated with the most accurate details regarding the upcoming semester. We continue to consult with state and federal governments, while following recommendations of the CDC, and we will regularly update our plans as needed. We will be tracking the University and county Covid related case numbers during the break. If for any reason we need to adjust our plans for the spring semester, we will communicate those changes promptly.
These are the newest additions to the plan:
As we have communicated previously:
- classes will begin on Monday, January 11 and will conclude on Thursday, April 29. Final exams will take place April 26-29. If you are enrolled in an accelerated and/or graduate course, please note that you may have a course that begins on January 4. A full academic calendar can be viewed here.
- Spring break has been canceled as well as Easter Monday; but Good Friday and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day will be observed as University holidays, therefore no classes will be in session.
- Commencement will take place on Saturday, May 15. Details and format for the event will be finalized in the spring.
The Athletic Department will follow all guidelines put in place by the University to take every precaution to keep the community safe. The University has protocols in place (and is continuing to update protocols) based on information and guidelines given from our sports medicine team, the Mid-South Conference, the NAIA, CDC, state and local health officials, and the Governor of Kentucky. The athletic department will stay up to date with protocols and expects all student-athletes to be mindful that their actions may have an impact upon others in our community. For more information about guidelines
for student-athletes and actions taken by the Athletic Department, visit thomasmoresaints.com or contact the department at 859.344.3536.
Health and Safety Protocols
- Any student or employee traveling out of the country must self-quarantine for 14 days and report this travel to the dean of students (students) or Human Resources (employees). Individuals should follow state and local travel restrictions and may be asked to quarantine if traveling to high-risk locations.
- Many of our health protocols remain the same. Masks are required on campus and individuals should maintain a six-foot distance from others.
- We have carefully reviewed CDC recommendations and worked with the local health department to update our quarantine and isolation procedures. We must balance the burden of quarantine and isolation while protecting the health of our community. These updated procedures are available at thomasmore.edu/covid-19.
- All community members should limit their activity during the week of January 4, and self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and exposure. If you experience any symptoms or have been exposed to a positive COVID-19 individual after December 31, call campus safety at 859.341.4867. No one should come on campus if they have any symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to COVID-19.
- All resident students must provide a negative test result prior to returning to housing for the spring semester. A copy of the negative test result taken on January 4-5 must be provided before you return to campus. All athletes must provide a negative test result to participate in athletics. More information will be sent to resident students and athletes by the dean of students.
As always, information can be found HERE.
I hope each of you has an enjoyable, relaxing, and well-earned winter break. I look forward to welcoming our community back to campus in the new year.
Merry Christmas and Go Saints!