University Operations

University Response to COVID-19

A large, cross-functional group of St. Catherine University department and division representatives is meeting weekly to coordinate efforts, communicate, and plan next steps. In support of the cross-functional meeting, an Incident Management Team has been established to make decisions, coordinate communications, and ensure that the community is kept abreast of the situation as it impacts our community.

The University continues to receive frequent guidance and communication from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH)Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and American College Health Association as the situation develops. Our guiding philosophy is to follow guidelines for higher education from the Minnesota Department of Health

Should a case be positively identified, the University will follow guidelines as directed by the MDH. Administrators will work with faculty to make accommodations for any potential extended student absences.

In the event that the University needs to close temporarily, per direction of health officials, please begin to think of your own plan for leaving campus for a specified period of time. Consider:

  • Going home
  • Staying with friends or relatives

If you do not have a place to go and would like to discuss options if your family home is not an option, contact the Office of Student Affairs (; 651-690-6778). 

We encourage all students, faculty, and staff to have a contingency plan in advance, and be open to unexpected changes and adjustments as circumstances may warrant.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided guidance to help people prepare for community transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States. The CDC encourages household members to prepare for the possibility of a COVID-19 outbreak in their community. CDC recommendation

University operations will continue during Governor Walz's stay at home order.

As communicated on March 26, faculty and staff will continue working remotely through the stay at home order, which is now in place through May 18. In anticipation that this order may be extended again, we have elected to remain in remote work mode through May 31.

During this time, Derham and CdC will be accessible to all students, faculty, and staff with the use of their St. Kate’s ID card. For staff and faculty who already have access to Derham, there will be no change to available access times. Faculty and staff may access other academic buildings with their key card if they already have permission to do so. 

If you are expecting a delivery, please be in direct contact with your delivery person and arrange a time to meet them at the door.

  • The Butler Center will be closed during the stay at home order. The library, residence halls, dining, and other services will remain open with limited service or reduced hours.
    Updated hours for campus services and buildings
  • Unoccupied residence halls (Carondelet, Caecilian, Crandall, St. Mary, Stanton) were closed and locked on March 23 to ensure the safety and security of those who remain on campus, and to secure the rooms and belongings for students until it is safe to retrieve them. If students need to retrieve a personal item (e.g. medication, text books) from their residential space, they must contact Residence Life at to make arrangements.

Please contact Public Safety at 1-651-690-8888 if you have any questions. 

In support of the University’s commitment to practice social distancing recommendations, guests will not be permitted in the residence halls. As stated in the University and Residence Life policy, a guest is defined as any person who is not assigned by Residence Life to live in a particular room, suite or apartment.

For the purposes of this policy, students who live on campus are allowed to visit one another during this time. However, all students who do not reside in the residence halls are not allowed. Should a guest be found in the residence halls during this time, your guest will be asked to leave and disciplinary action may be taken.

Residence Life has carefully organized individual move-out times to ensure we follow social distancing safety guidelines established by the MDH. This move-out procedure is designed to be contact-free and involves several precautions, so please refer to the detailed information in the email students received from Residence Life on May 11. Email with any follow-up questions.

Sodexo, which manages our food service, is also taking specific actions globally and locally to ensure the safety and health of those they serve. This includes ensuring access to essential personal protective equipment, developing alternative menus and serving options if there is an impact on the food chain, special instruction on preventing the spread of COVID-19, reinforcement of existing food safety policies, and increased cleaning and disinfecting. 

Sodexo has addressed COVID-19 health concerns eliminating some of the high touch points in the dining room.

  • They have eliminated self serve stations (ie. salad bar and soup bar)
  • Salads will be pre-made and sold as grab and go
  • Soup will be served behind the counter through a Sodexo chef
  • All desserts will be individually wrapped
  • Fountain drinks have been suspended, but bottled beverages will still be sold

St. Kate’s Facilities continue to follow guidance from the CDC and MDH for disinfecting all areas and continue to clean high-touch areas throughout the day in buildings that are still occupied/open. The University is using infection cleaning protocols as outlined by the CDC and MDH. 

Based on what is currently known about the virus, spread from person-to-person happens most frequently among close contacts (within about six (6) feet). Transmission of COVID-19 to persons from surfaces contaminated with the virus has not been documented. Disinfection is a best practice measure for prevention of COVID-19 and other viral respiratory illnesses in community settings.

If your department staff are still working on University property and there has been a co-worker that has been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 72 hours, please contact facilities via email, with subject line “Clean.”  Facilities will contact you for any specifics needed. Additionally, please consult with your supervisor and find another space to work in if there was a suspected/confirmed case, 72 hours following the suspected/confirmed case.  Please avoid making general cleaning requests as staff are busy cleaning the entire campus.

Yes. All contractors on campus are diligently maintaining the same sanitary procedures as University facilities staff, following guidance from the CDC and MDH. Facilities management talks with contractors on a daily/weekly basis, and they have been advised that they need to alert the University if their staff contract or are out with potential COVID-19 symptoms and have been on campus, and which buildings they were working in.

Meal plans: Please view the message sent to student residents on March 23 regarding refunds.

Parking Permits: Prorated parking permit costs for students will be issued for commuter and residential students who have moved off-campus for the spring and summer terms. Parking tickets students received this academic year will be forgiven. Please allow 3-4 weeks for the Public Safety and Student Accounts staff to process these manual changes.

Please view the March 25 community update for information on payment plans and connecting with Student Accounts.

Mailing Services will remain open in some capacity to students, staff, and faculty as long as Coeur de Catherine is accessible. Any changes will be posted on the St. Catherine University website.

All student mail and packages currently in Mailing Services will be forwarded to the permanent address on file with the Office of the Registrar.  Mail for students allowed to stay on campus will be put in your mailbox.  

Please have any items ordered online sent directly to your home address. Any future items received via USPS first class or priority class will be forwarded. Items from other carriers (UPS, FedEx, etc.) will be returned to the sender unless arrangements are made to pay the postage.

If you have any questions or concerns please email us at

For general questions: Email

Students: Email with personal health questions.

Faculty and staff: 

  • Contact your medical provider for personal health questions.

  • For general questions, contact Human Resources (, 651-690-6565).

  • For academic policy-related inquiries, contact the Office of the Provost (651-690-6720).

Events, Athletics, and Extracurricular Activities

In-person University events are canceled through August 27, following guidelines from CDC. Please stay tuned for updates, as certain events may be translated to a virtual medium, rescheduled, or canceled for the year. For a list of current event statuses, see President Roloff's April 20 community update.

Commencement means a great deal to all of us, thus we are postponing our May 22-23, 2020 graduate and undergraduate commencement ceremonies for all three colleges: College for Women, College for Adults, Graduate College. We identified three options, pending the status of the COVID-19 public health guidelines.  


  1. Hold commencement ceremonies on August 28-29, 2020. 
  2. If we are unable to hold ceremonies in August, we will combine spring 2020 commencement celebrations with the winter 2020 ceremony on December 16-17, 2020.
  3. If we are unable to hold December ceremonies, we will combine all ceremonies into the May 2021 celebration (ie. extended ceremonies with May 2020, December 2020, and May 2021 graduates). 

We are not planning beyond the three options above at this time. Decisions will be driven by when it is safe to have large gatherings again as determined by MDH and CDC. We will confirm dates or share updates at least eight (8) weeks in advance to allow you to plan accordingly. 

NOTE: It is very important to remember that ALL degrees will be conferred at the end of the spring semester pending the completion of all degree requirements, regardless of when the commencement ceremony is held. May completion dates will be included on student transcripts. 

On March 12, the NCAA announced the cancellation of all winter and spring championships.  

On March 13, the MIAC announced all spring competition has been canceled

All events at The O'Shaughnessy have been canceled through August 27. Ticket-holders for canceled events will be refunded and notified by The O'Shaughnessy. Contact The O'Shaughnessy for questions related to shows and events at

More information on The O'Shaughnessy cancellations