Wear Masks When Around Others
Facial coverings are required for all students, employees, contractors, and visitors on campus. Facial coverings, including cloth masks and face shields, must cover the mouth, nose, and chin. Facial coverings must be worn at all times except in the following cases:
-when eating and six feet away from others
-while alone in a private space such as an office
-when exercising six feet away from others and not facing anyone
-when resident students are in their own room or bathroom
-when outside and six feet away from others
-when participating in official athletic programs
Eating, drinking, or other activities that require removal of a facial covering are not permitted in classrooms or computer lab spaces. All community members must have a facial covering with them at all times so it can be worn when needed.
All students and employees will receive one cloth Thomas More mask. Additional cloth masks will be available for purchase in the More Store and disposable masks will be available in Campus Safety as needed. Residential students will receive their mask during move-in. All TAP and graduate students can receive their masks from Kelsey Wicher by calling 859.344.3610 or emailing her at email@example.com. All other students may pick up their mask from Campus Safety between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Employee masks will be distributed through Human Resources.
Violations of this policy by students will be referred to the dean of students in accordance with the Saints Community Standards. Violations of this policy by employees will be referred to the Office of Human Resources in accordance with employee policies. Contractors and visitors in violation of this policy will be referred to Campus Safety.
Avoid Close Contact and Contact Trace
We have reduced density and rearranged our spaces to allow six feet of distance between people. All individuals are expected to follow directional and floor signs to maintain proper social distance. Faculty are required to, and will, keep seating charts in all courses. In addition, all community members will be expected to track their close contacts for 48 hours so we are able to quickly identify those who may have been exposed. Close contact refers to interactions that are within six feet for at least 15 minutes as well as direct physical contact with a person who is sick with COVID-19, including but not limited to kissing, sharing eating or drinking utensils, shaking hands, or hugging.
Monitor Your Health Daily
Everyone is required to self-monitor for symptoms daily. If symptoms appear, contact Campus Safety immediately at 859.341.4867.
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
-Shortness of breath
-New onset of loss of taste or smell
-Fever of 100.4 or greater
-Any two of the following:
-Diarrhea (3 or more, looser than normal, stools in 24 hours)
Sanitation and Campus Cleaning
All individuals on campus have a responsibility to wash their hands and clean up their spaces. Classrooms and high- touch areas will be equipped with wipes that should be used before leaving. Additional hand-sanitizing stations will be placed around campus. In addition, Thomas More has enhanced cleaning protocols across campus in accordance with the standards established by National Resource Management for their campus clients.
All employees and students will complete a brief training to prepare for the fall semester to promote a healthy environment and help prevent the spread of COVID-19 at Thomas More.
Students may not attend or host in-person gatherings or events with more than 10 people. This does not include courses and activities planned by the university in accordance with the Healthy at Thomas More guidelines. Any violations will be referred to the dean of students in accordance with the Saints Community Standards.
Quarantine and isolation are used to keep individuals who are sick or might be sick away from others. If you experience COVID-19 symptoms, have tested positive for COVID-19, or have been in close contact within 48 hours with an individual who has tested positive or experienced COVID-19 symptoms, call Campus Safety at 859.341.4867.
Individuals are required to self-quarantine when they have been in close contact within 48 hours with an individual who has tested positive or experienced symptoms for COVID-19 or have traveled internationally. Individuals in quarantine are to monitor their symptoms and stay away from others. Resident students may quarantine on campus.
1. Begin quarantine, contact your medical provider, and call Campus Safety at 859.341.4867.
-Individuals are recommended to quarantine at home or their permanent residence to limit exposure to other community members.
-If a resident student cannot go home, they may quarantine in their residence hall rooms. Resident students who maintain quarantine on campus will follow specific procedures.
2. During the call with Campus Safety, the individual will be given next steps.
-All student information will be sent to the Campus Health Center, dean of students, and Athletic Department to plan for housing and course needs, provide student support, and begin contact tracing.
-All employee information will be sent to the director of human resources for employee support and contact tracing.
-If a student does not have a medical provider, they will be referred to an area urgent care and local testing site. The student will need to have an insurance card and ID with them.
3. While in quarantine:
-The Campus Health Center will provide specific instructions for quarantine. Students will not attend on- campus courses or participate in campus activities.
-Monitor your health – watch for fever and other symptoms of COVID-19 and notify your medical provider.
-Stay home and stay away from others.
-Resident students who maintain quarantine on campus will follow specific procedures provided. This will include delivered meals, daily wellness checks, assigned times for the restrooms, no visitors, and other measures to ensure health and prevent spread.
4. Individuals may be released from quarantine by the Campus Health Center. The following principles will be followed with modifications if needed for specific cases:
-If quarantine was initiated due to contact with someone who was experiencing symptoms: if the individual who was experiencing symptoms has tested negative and you are not experiencing symptoms.
-If quarantine was initiated due to contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19: 14 days after your last contact with that person.
Individuals will isolate if they experience COVID-19 symptoms or test positive for COVID-19. People in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others. A resident student with symptoms will be placed in isolation on campus and may be sent home depending on space availability and the severity of symptoms. A resident student who has tested positive for COVID-19 will be required to go home. If you have COVID-19 symptoms or receive a positive test result for COVID-19, call Campus Safety immediately.
1. All individuals will immediately begin isolation. A resident student with symptoms will be placed in isolation on campus and may be sent home depending on space availability and the severity of symptoms. A resident student who has tested positive for COVID-19 symptoms will be required to go home.
2. If a student does not have a medical provider, they will be referred to an area urgent care and local testing site (https://govstatus.egov.com/kycovid19). Resident students with symptoms who remain on campus must be tested for COVID-19.
3. The individual will be asked to provide a list of close contacts from the last 48 hours.
4. Roommates for resident students will immediately begin quarantine.
5. All student information will be sent to the Campus Health Center, dean of students, and Athletic Department to plan for course needs, provide student support, and begin contact tracing. The Campus Health Center will provide specific instructions for isolation. Students will not attend on-campus courses or participate in campus activities. Students who isolate on campus will be provided with a care package and required to follow specific procedures including delivered meals, daily wellness checks, assigned times for the restrooms, no visitors, and other measures to ensure health and prevent spread.
6. All employee information will be sent to the director of human resources for employee support and contact tracing.
7. Isolation may end when released by the Campus Health Center based on CDC guidelines. The following principles will be followed with modifications if needed for specific cases:
-If isolation was initiated due to symptoms:
-Symptoms have improved and fever free for 24 hours without the aid of fever reducing medication AND
-At least 10 days have passed since initial onset of symptoms or a doctor’s note that indicates an illness or condition that is not related to COVID-19.
-In addition to the above criteria, while students may return to campus activities, resident students must have a negative test result to return to housing. Athletes must follow athletic protocols to return to participation.
-If isolation was initiated due to a positive COVID-19 test:
-Symptoms have improved and fever free for 24 hours without the aid of fever reducing medication AND
-At least 10 days have passed since initial onset of symptoms or date of first positive test AND
-A negative test result.
-In addition, athletes must follow athletic protocols to return to participation.
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). Follow state and local travel restrictions. Any student or employee traveling within the US and its territories to areas of high risk may be requested to quarantine for 14 days. For travel guidance and for the latest information on high-risk locations within the US, check the state or local health department where you are, along your route, and at your planned destination. While you are traveling, it is possible a state or local government may put into place travel restrictions, such as stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders, mandated quarantines upon arrival, or even state border closures.
The fall semester will begin on Monday, August 17. The Fall 2020 course schedule in MyTMU has been adjusted to reflect the specific course delivery. Courses are designed to ensure students continue progress in their educational goals and meet student learning outcomes, while continuing timely progress towards their program completion. Courses may include both on-campus and online components as indicated on the schedule.
-on-campus – delivered face-to-face indicated by a specific day, time, and room location
-online – no set time: course is delivered online with no scheduled meeting days or times
-online – with set time: course is scheduled with a meeting day and time students need to be online
All students should review their course schedule as there may have been changes to it since registration. For any questions regarding fall courses, students should be in touch with their advisor (if they are unable to reach their advisor, please contact the Registrar’s office). Finals for the fall semester will take place the week of Thanksgiving or the following week – this will depend upon the decision of the faculty member for each course. The on-campus academic experience will end at the start of the Thanksgiving holiday break (Wednesday, November 25, after the last class of the day). Although residential students will go home for the break, they will not need to move their belongings. Please note that the October break has been canceled to ensure that we meet the federal requirements for credit hours.
Here is the summary of the revised fall calendar, which can also be found online:
August 10 & 13: Fall sports begin on-campus
August 15 & 16: Opening weekend for new and residential students
August 17: Classes begin for the fall semester
September 7 (Labor Day): University closed, no classes
October 8-9: Mid-semester break canceled (classes in session)
November 25: On-campus classes end; students are expected to depart for home immediately following their last class
November 26-29: Thanksgiving break
November 30-December 3: Online exams or remote learning December 3: Fall semester ends
New Campus Walking Directions
To ensure the safety of students and faculty while upholding social distancing policies, classes will now be held in additional buildings and classrooms across campus. For a campus map and walking directions, CLICK HERE .
All financial, advising, health, and student support services are available both remotely and in-person. Contact the office for details. Visit thomasmore.edu/covid-19/continue-learning/ for resources to continue learning, including technology support, internet and computer access, tips for online learning, tutoring, help with course materials, and learning tools.
Student Activities and Events
Proper safety and a vibrant campus life will co-exist at Thomas More. In an effort to do this, all student-facing activities will be approved through Student Life and provided with guidelines and supplies necessary to hold a
safe event. All student groups (clubs, student leaders, student organizations, etc.) must follow these guidelines as required by Student Government Association and Student Life. All staff and faculty areas hosting non-class events for students will also follow these guidelines. Events open to the public must be approved two weeks in advance by the area vice president.
We have invested in outdoor spaces to enable flexibility, ensure social distance, and provide students with opportunities to safely gather. The Mary, Seat of Wisdom Chapel amphitheater will be used for classes. The space outside the Villa will be tented for additional dining and gathering space. Outdoor furniture has been added across campus, and we have improved our outdoor WiFi for students to continue their course work and activities outdoors.
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 the University and our sports medicine team, the Mid-South Conference, the NAIA, Centers for Disease Control (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.
Housing capacity has been reduced on campus to ensure single housing options, more physical distance, and rooms should someone need to quarantine. The move-in process will take place over a series of days. Additional information has been provided to resident students regarding items to bring, expectations, and policies. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions regarding the residence halls or move-in. To ensure the health of our community, no outside guests (non-Thomas More students) will be allowed in the residence halls. Any resident students who experience symptoms or test positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate and go home. Isolation rooms will be available in the interim or if that is not possible.
Our dining facilities will follow the Healthy at Thomas More guidelines as well as Aramark’s safety protocols.
-Many convenient pre-packaged items will be available at all locations, and each service station will include a meal, salad, and dessert option to more efficiently move individuals through the service line.
-Reduced capacity seating to promote physical distancing will be monitored in accordance with state guidelines. Additionally, outdoor seating on patio next to the Villa will also be available.
-To-go boxes will be available and encouraged.
-Clear signage will be installed to direct the flow of traffic in and out of the dining facilities, and contactless transactions at point-of-sale will be utilized and encouraged as much as possible.
-Increased surface cleaning will occur regularly throughout the meal periods, and regular sanitization will occur between meal periods and at the end of the day.
-Eating is not permitted in classrooms or computer lab spaces.
All guidelines and safety protocols will continue to be monitored, adjusted, and communicated as changes are needed in order to maintain the safest levels of compliance for our Thomas More community. We suggest planning your meal ahead of time by viewing the updated menus at thomasmore.campusdish.com. For questions about dining or special requests, contact General Manager Jeff Pearce at email@example.com.
-If you have COVID-19 symptoms, tested positive for COVID-19, or have interacted within 48 hours with an individual who has tested positive or experienced symptoms, contact Campus Safety at 859.341.4867.
-To receive your cloth mask:
-Resident students will receive their mask during move-in.
-TAP and Graduate students will receive their mask from the TAP Office. – Employees will receive their mask through Human Resources.
-All others will receive their mask from Campus Safety.
-Disposable masks are available at Campus Safety. Cloth masks are available for sale in the More Store.
-Visit thomasmore.edu/covid-19/continue-learning/ for academic resources and information.
-Team Kentucky source for information regarding COVID-19
-Academics: please be in touch with your advisor or contact the Registrar’s office if you do not know who your advisor is
-Athletics: please be in touch with your coach or Director of Athletics Terry Connor
-Student and Residential Life: Dean of Student Affairs Antwone Cameron
-New students should be in touch with Vice President for Enrollment Management Dr. Chris Powers with any questions.
Thank you in advance for making Thomas More a safe campus for everybody and for taking on the responsibility of your own well-being as a first step towards the well-being of the whole community. We will, together, aim to have a productive and safe fall semester.