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SaintsRiseUp Safe Return Information for Students

Important fall 2021 semester updates

Key messages to know

  • Fall semester classes begin Sept. 7, 2021
  • Campuses will be planning for an in-person return
  • Courses will be delivered in face-to-face formats while capitalizing on the innovative learnings over the past 12 months. Courses typically delivered online will continue that way.
  • Residence halls will be open
  • Planning will focus on resuming events, studying abroad and traveling safely
  • Expanded return to play for athletic teams

The College will continue to closely monitor guidelines from the MDH and the CDC, as well as guidance from federal and state leadership. With increased accessibility to vaccinations and decreased rates of COVID transmission, leaders are hopeful that the institution will be able to return to a more traditional fall semester.

Complete updates from the College for the fall semester are available in the Community Updates.

From academics to residence life, here is the information that students need to know about our SaintsRiseUp Safe Return plan.


  • Fall courses will be virtual after Thanksgiving break with the exception of those requiring in-person work due to accreditation
  • Spring classes will proceed as planned in a hybrid format with a modification to the break schedule
  • Classrooms have been reconfigured to comply with 6-foot physical distancing between individuals
  • Masks/face coverings are required to be worn by students, faculty, and staff in all classrooms and public spaces. The Center for Equal Access will provide face shields for faculty who have Deaf/hard of hearing students in their classes.
  • All classrooms have hand sanitizer stations and cleaning supplies
  • All meetings (e.g. advising, department, etc.) should be conducted via remote technology (e.g. Zoom) unless in-person work is required
  • An approval process for holding events on campus will be required to ensure a COVID-19 safety plan is in place and the programming meets safety standards. Submit event requests here.
  • Travel during the fall semester is strongly discouraged. College-sponsored international and domestic travel is currently suspended

Quiet Period Guidelines

Jan. 18-31 (or until further notice)

Residential Common Lounges

  • 5 people maximum in a lounge at a time
  • Only people from that building may be in the lounge (no one from other buildings or non-residents)
  • For this time period, the Bricks will be considered the same building
  • Masks at all times (no eating or drinking)
  • 6 feet distance maintained

Residential Rooms, Suites and Apartments

  • No guests or visitors in any assigned residential space, meaning only the people who are official residents of that space may be in residential rooms/suites/apartments

Greenview Dining Room (GDR)

  • 2 people at a table
  • Decreased capacity in GDR/Spaced tables
  • Masked unless actively eating or drinking

Storms Den and Einstein's/Benedictine Commons

  • 2 people at a table
    Masked unless actively eating or drinking

Student Activities, Outdoor Pursuit (OP), and Club Activities

(planned by the Office of Student Activities, Outdoor Pursuit, or specifically approved by Dean of Students, Megan Perry-Spears

  • Virtual events are awesome! Keep doing them!
  • Watch the Saints Life Calendar for all the deets about happenings on campus
  • In person events: Maximum of  7 person pods (groups) indoors/maximum of 10 person pods outdoors
  • Everyone must be masked and 6 feet apart (including within pods)
  • Food and drink can only be consumed in Storms Den following Storms Den guidelines (unless the event is outside, pending approval from Dean of Students)
  • Limited transportation provided for OP vehicles due to reduced vehicle capacity

Campus Ministry

  • Seating will be done in pods of 7 with chairs 6 feet apart (extra space between pods of 7)
  • Masking at all times, except when receiving communion

Academic Accommodations

Students with chronic medical conditions or disabilities that pose barriers to full participation in academic or residential environments due to COVID-19 are asked to contact the Center for Equal Access. Those who are new to the Center are asked to complete the Students New to Accommodations Form to begin the process. Students who are already connected to the Center for Equal Access can submit a Supplemental Accommodation Form.

Housing and Residential Life

  • Minnesota Department of Health guidelines state that two people can safely be housed per bedroom
  • While the College's two-year requirement for on-campus living is still in effect, there is a new commuter and cancellation request option for those with concerns related to COVID-19. The Residential Life team is handling each request on a case-by-case basis.
  • Our visitor/guest policy for residential students is based on current conditions and recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health, and will be adjusted as the semester goes on
  • Please contact Residential Life at 218-723-6391 or with any questions

Campus Facilities

  • The Facilities Team, working closely with the Registrar's Office, has reconfigured classroom and lab spaces for usage that follows physical distancing best practices of 6 feet between students
  • Hand sanitizer stations have been installed in all classrooms
  • Health and safety signage has been placed around campus buildings, and is available in facilities for departments that need them
  • Bottles of sanitizer and paper towels are available in classrooms and common areas, as well as for departmental use

Health and Safety

  • Student Health Service (SHS) staff worked closely with Essentia Health, Mayo Clinic, the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Health to create processes and gather supplies and resources for COVID-19 testing of students and employees. Campus housing has been designated for isolation and quarantine
  • SHS will perform telephone triage for appointments. No walk-ins are available.

International Student Services

  • Students will be provided with CDC guidance for travel, including links to guidance and travel restrictions, and will be offered one-on-one travel planning by the Office of International Programs
  • If a student is returning from a country with a high rate of infection, the student will be asked to follow CDC guidelines, which may include a quarantine

Athletics/Rec Sports

  • Saints athletes will not engage in any competition during the fall semester. Instead, Saints Athletics will focus on providing meaningful experiences for all student-athletes in the fall of 2020, which could include opportunities for practice, small-group training, skill development, strength and conditioning and leadership programming. The UMAC has set a schedule for fall sports competition during the spring semester of 2021. The UMAC continues to monitor changing circumstances related to COVID-19. Any further decisions for 2020-2021 made by conference governance groups will continue to be driven by available guidance from local and state health officials and the NCAA SSI and are subject to change.
  • The use of any athletics facility will need approval and there will be limited access to athletic facilities and common areas
  • The Burns Wellness Commons is open with new safety measures in place. Users are asked to enter the facility through front door A. Face coverings and physical distancing are required. Guests will not be allowed this semester, and paid memberships will not be available. Lockers and changing rooms are closed, and equipment has been spread out for physical distancing. Equipment checkout and fieldhouse use will be limited.
  • The BWC will be open during the fall semester from:
    6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday
    6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday
    10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday
    noon to 10 p.m. Sunday.
  • For holiday and break hours, visit Campus Rec or call 218-723-7022 during business hours.
    Intramural sports this fall will include badminton, lawn games, volleyball, and NFL Pick 'Em. For more information and COVID-19 safety information, visit

Online/Extended Campuses

  • Online students will continue to have courses in the same modality and should contact their advisor or faculty member with any questions or concerns
  • Students, faculty and staff on extended campuses will follow the same guidelines as on the main campus, including wearing face coverings and physical distancing
  • For St. Scholastica's embedded campuses, recommendations will follow the guidance of partner institutions


Current CDC and MDH guidelines are in effect. The dining rooms have been reconfigured for safety, enhanced sanitation procedures are in place, to-go options are available at every location to encourage social distancing, and employees are screened on a daily basis. Employees have completed COVID-19 Safety Training.

Alert Level

Current status:

Level 1: Low

Learn more about the College's Alert Levels.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

View our SaintsRiseUp Safe Return frequently asked questions.

Recent Updates

The most recent updates to our Safe Return plan can be found on our News Center or under the “updates” section of