Thomas University announces plan for fall semester

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Thomas University officials announced today their plan for reopening the university for fall semester. The plan addresses concerns about the continuing COVID-19 pandemic and follows guidance from the CDC and other health care authorities.

“Our top priority is the health and safety of all our students and employees,” said Dr. Andy Sheppard, TU President. “Our reopening plan incorporates measures that will help protect everyone who is part of Night Hawk Nation while providing the means for students to continue their studies.”

Most classes originally scheduled for on-campus will be held synchronously online starting Aug. 17. Courses that require hands-on instruction, such as labs, will be conducted with face-to-face instruction. Those classes will have fewer than 10 students, and everyone will be required to use personal protective gear and be seated to accommodate social distancing.

Residential students will be allowed to live in on-campus housing starting on Aug. 1, but they will be required to sign a waiver acknowledging the risks of communal living and must quarantine for 14 days when they arrive. Guests will not be permitted in any on-campus housing. Residential students will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms before being allowed to move in. Food service will be provided following safety standards.

TU will use a telemedicine provider and a nurse to help monitor the health of on-campus students. If necessary, students will be referred to a nearby COVID-19 testing center.

Night Hawk sports teams will resume competition this fall. According to the NAIA, practices for all sports may begin on Aug. 15. TU will follow NAIA guidelines for monitoring student-athletes for any symptoms of COVID-19 before practices and games.

Personnel in other offices will mostly work remotely but may be on campus as needed. Campus buildings will be regularly cleaned with enhanced sanitizing and disinfecting procedures. Hand sanitizer will be available at the entrance to each building.

Additional information about TU’s reopening plan is available at

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