I hope each of you is enjoying the summer with family, friends, and some time away from the obligations of work and school. I am thankful to each of you for the hard work you put into making this past academic year a success for our community. Your resiliency and dedication spoke volumes about the strength of Thomas More University. While COVID-19 remains, it is no longer a crisis, and we are able to advance our return to normalcy. I am pleased to share with you that Thomas More will return to a fully on-campus student experience for the fall 2021 semester.
On June 11, Governor Beshear lifted the statewide mask mandate and ended capacity restrictions. In addition, the CDC and U.S. Department of Education released updated recommendations for higher education. The Covid Response Team has been working through the details to develop an updated plan for the remainder of the summer and the upcoming fall semester. These are the newest additions to the plan.
Return to fall semester
The fall semester will begin on Monday, August 16. The academic calendar for 2021-2022 depicts a normal schedule with a fall mid-term break, Thanksgiving holiday, spring break, and Easter recess. All residence and dining halls, athletic facilities, areas of worship, and on-campus student services and resources are fully re-opened.
All resident students must provide a negative test result or proof of vaccination prior to returning to housing. The test result must be from a test taken four days prior to arrival on campus. The test result or vaccination record must be submitted at least 24 hours in advance of arrival. All athletes must provide a negative test result or proof of vaccination to participate in athletics. The test result must be from a test taken four days prior to participation and submitted at least 24 hours in advance. Additional information will be sent to resident students and student-athletes from the dean of student diversity, engagement, and success.
Facilities and services
All residence and dining halls, athletic facilities, areas of worship, and on-campus student services and resources will be fully re-opened. Beginning immediately, all physical distancing requirements are removed.
CDC continues to recommend covid vaccination to protect ourselves and our community. For those who have not yet been vaccinated, we encourage you to consider vaccination in consultation with your health care provider. St. Elizabeth Healthcare has provided several informative resources regarding the vaccine. To find a vaccine location near you, go to www.vaccines.gov.