Plans for Spring Semester 2022

As we have done throughout the pandemic, we are closely monitoring information and guidance relating to the omicron variant as we approach the spring semester. We are making decisions based on the best scientific information and data available. The variant’s transmission rates, especially given holiday gatherings, could impact university operations.

Data is indicating that we will see a surge in COVID-19 cases in Jan. 2022. Because of this projection, we are moving forward as outlined below:

  • SGPP: The first four weeks of the upcoming Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs (SGPP) term will be held online. So, from Jan. 3, 2022, through Jan. 30, 2022, all courses on our Twin Cities and Rochester campuses will be held virtually. In certain cases, exceptions may be made for classes that cannot be offered online. These will be handled on a case-by-case basis with approval from Academic Affairs. 
  • College: At this time, all courses at the College will be in-person and on-ground. So, students should plan on the resumption of classes on the Winona campus on Jan. 18, 2022.
  • College: Students on the Winona campus are asked to self-quarantine for the 10 days before their return to campus and to test for COVID-19 before they return to campus. Obviously, do not return to campus if you test positive for COVID-19. Notify Student Success if you have a positive test result. 
  • College: Students on the Winona campus will be required to participate in a mass COVID-19 testing event upon their return to campus.
  • All: Masks will be required inside all university buildings effective Dec. 27, 2021. This requirement will be reviewed on Jan. 31, 2022, to determine if an extension is needed.
  • All: Travel for university purposes is strongly discouraged during the month of Jan. 2022. If you do need to travel for university business, we would ask that you monitor for symptoms and please do a PCR test for COVID-19 five to seven days after your return. This restriction does not apply to travel between campuses.

As we learn more about the omicron variant, please keep practicing these important COVID-19 mitigation measures:

  • Wear a face mask indoors.
  • Stay home if you are sick. 
  • Get tested five to seven days after you have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 or immediately if you are experiencing symptoms. 
  • Get your COVID-19 booster now. The CDC has recently updated guidance and recommends everyone 18 years and older should get a booster shot. For more information on specific criteria and where to find a booster, please visit the CDC's website. At this time, the university is not requiring faculty, staff, and students to get a COVID-19 vaccine booster, however, everyone is highly encouraged to do so.
  • Get your COVID-19 vaccination if you have not already done so.
  • Get your flu shot.
  • Avoid large crowds and gatherings this holiday season.

We will continue to monitor this situation. Please watch your email for more communications on this matter.

Together we are Saint Mary’s. Together we are stronger.