SaintsRiseUp Safe Return | Campus Updates

SaintsRiseUp Safe Return

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Important fall 2021 semester updates

Key messages to know

  • The COVID-19 vaccination is not required, but strongly recommended for everyone who is able to receive it
  • Fall semester classes begin Sept. 7, 2021
  • Campuses are planning for an in-person return
  • Face coverings are optional for indoor spaces at the Duluth, Health Science Center and St. Cloud campuses
  • Per MDH and CDC guidance, those who are not vaccinated are expected to continue wearing face coverings for their safety as well as those around them

The College intends to maintain a contact tracing program, quarantine and isolation space, and vaccination offerings while continuing to strongly encourage all eligible community members to receive their vaccine.

Community Safety Expectations

Everyone has been asked to take the Saints Rise Up Community Pledge, a promise to follow health guidelines in keeping with our Benedictine values of respect, hospitality, community, stewardship and love of learning.

I choose to be in the St. Scholastica community of learners. In doing so, I accept my responsibility to live in this inclusive community, guided by the light of our Catholic Benedictine values. I will welcome each person, in each moment and each interaction, as a holy human being.

I will do my best to safeguard the health of all by following guidelines, including those for face coverings, physical distancing, hand-washing and other safety measures. I will be attentive to changing circumstances and policies.

As a member of the St. Scholastica community, I pledge to help steward this inclusive Benedictine community and the lives of all its members in becoming the Saints the world needs.

"...let them gently encourage one another..." Rule of Benedict, Chapter 22

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended life for all of us. In our continued planning for a safe campus for our students, staff and faculty, we look to these guiding principles as foundational to our work

We will be guided by our rich Catholic Benedictine legacy and our core values. In all decisions we will strive to honor the inherent dignity of each member of our community, as created in the image and likeness of God.

We are committed to providing equity in access and opportunity for all groups, with particular attention to how our decisions may affect students facing barriers. We will cultivate flexibility and embrace patience as our guide in all things. We will withhold judgment, remembering that we are called to kindness, mercy and compassion.

Throughout, we will create ways to put our principles into action. COVID-19 realities and health considerations represent an opportunity to enlarge our sense of community and enrich our stewardship of our precious mission.

"Community members are not to pursue what they judge better for themselves, but instead what they judge better for someone else." The Rule of Benedict, Chapter 72

Vaccine resources

The College, along with the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities and many leading US Catholic organizations, encourages all of our eligible community members to receive a COVID vaccine as an act of charity and solidarity with others. Accepting a vaccine represents a way of showing love to one’s neighbor, and demonstrating our values of respect, community and hospitality. 

Resoundingly, we know that our students and employees are eager to resume “normal” campus operations; getting vaccinated is a crucial step in this journey.

We also acknowledge that there might be anxiety and hesitancy in receiving the vaccine. As a learning community, we recommend checking out the following resources to answer common questions you might have and to address myths regarding the

COVID-19 vaccine

We will continue to share vaccine opportunities as they arise, and recommend Minnesotans use the vaccine locator site to find a vaccine provider in your area.

Additionally, if you have not been vaccinated, COVID-19 testing is an important tool to help keep the virus at bay over the summer months. Testing is free and there are many no-barrier community testing sites, including the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. You can find all of these sites here: COVID-19 Community Testing Sites.

Important forms

Use to report if you are sick or possibly sick.


The Scheduling Committee has been providing guidance on navigating event safety. Current processes for reserving campus space and submitting a COVID-19 safety plan will remain through summer and into fall. Event requests will continue to be reviewed by the Scheduling Committee for approval. Refer to the Event Guide for safety protocols, reservation information and FAQ guidance for guests.

Community updates

The most recent updates can be found on our News Center.

We thank the Saints community for showing patience and grace as we work through this challenging time. Please refer back to this webpage for the latest updates, or contact Pandemic Manager Mike Turner. We welcome your feedback.

To support our COVID-19 response efforts, visit our giving page.

Contact Us

If you have questions, please email or call us.
(218) 723-6252

If you're not feeling well, please call Student Health Services or your health provider instead of going in-person.

Student Health Service
Somers Hall, Room 42
Phone: (218) 723-6282
Fax: (218) 723-5953

Emergency and After-Hours Contacts

Essentia Health Urgent Care
400 East Third Street
Duluth, MN
(218) 786-8364

Essentia Health Nurse Care Line
(218) 725-3110

St. Luke's Lakeview Building
915 East First Street
Duluth, MN
(218) 249-5555

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.