Health and Wellbeing FAQs for Students

Are campus events cancelled due to COVID-19?

With our continued focus on ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all community members, we have determined that no events will be held on campus through July 2020. This includes fine arts programming, athletic camps, student events, weddings, etc. In addition, there will be no student and overnight event housing on campus through August 2020. Summer internships, undergraduate research and fellowships that were scheduled this summer must be completed remotely and be approved by supervisors and/or faculty.

Should I wear a mask if I’m still on campus?
The Minnesota Department of Health recommends wearing cloth face coverings in campus settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., small computer labs and confined library space). Cloth face coverings do not include surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Medical grade masks should not be used for this purpose due to the need for those masks to be prioritized in other critical settings. Cloth masks should be created and worn in accordance with CDC guidance. Wearing cloth masks does not replace the need to adhere to frequent hand washing, avoiding touching the face, and practicing social distancing, which are our best tools to help prevent the spread of illness.
Will campus buildings be open?
Campus buildings are closed. Faculty and staff can access offices via key card as usual, but time on campus should be limited as much as possible.
How should students be counted in the 2020 Census?
Even if you are away from your student housing and learning online due to COVID-19,  you will be counted at the student housing where you usually live (even if you are temporarily elsewhere due to the pandemic.)

If you live in an off-campus residence that is not college housing and is a private house or apartment, you should respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone, or by mail. Starting in mid-March 2020, the Census Bureau sent an invitation in the mail to your household to respond to the census. You should count yourself at your off-campus address even if you go elsewhere for school breaks or if you are temporarily staying elsewhere, including with your parents, if your school is closed due to COVID-19.

For more information, see “Counting College Students.”
What happens if I or someone near me gets sick while on campus?
Individuals who experience symptoms or know they have been potentially exposed to the COVID-19 virus should self-quarantine and call a clinic for immediate guidance and possible testing.

The CSB Health Center is open for in-person and virtual appointments for CSB students. Please call ahead to schedule at 320-363-5605, or log into the Health Services Patient Portal to complete a virtual appointment.

SJU students should utilize the CentraCare Clinics in Albany and St. Joseph. Call 320-200-3200 to connect with nurses who can offer advice, provide care options and schedule appointments.
Will there be food service on the campuses?
Yes. CSB Dining Services in Gorecki Dining Center is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner for CSB students approved to stay on campus and for essential employees working on campus. Unfortunately for health reasons, this does not include CSB and SJU students living off campus. The Refectory at SJU is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner for SJU students and employees working on campus.
How are our Benedictine communities with us at this time?
We are all in this together. While socially distant, we are united in our drive to suspend this virus and protect humanity. And what a time it is to be Benedictine!

We are reminded of several our Benedictine values: stability, humility, and community. Stability – as we look to the banner of the Abbey Church and the dome of the Sacred Heart Chapel, structures built to stand the test of time and to remind us of God’s enduring presence. Humility – as we are all stripped of what we know to be familiar, which allows us to focus on a new way of living in the world. And Community – as we realize that which is most important to us in this life: one another.

Finally – Prayer. Across traditions we know that prayer connects us most powerfully to God, our Creator and Sustainer and to one another. God hears your questions, sees your tears, holds you in all of these emotions, and walks with us through these unknowns. As in the Rule of Saint Benedict, “We believe that the Divine presence is everywhere” (19.1). God is present and so are we.

We are with you in the days and weeks ahead, with an aim to offer stability, community, and prayer. Please check our websites at SJUfaith and CSB Campus Ministry for updated resources and opportunities.
Where should I go for the most current updates?
Updates will be made on this website twice a day – once in the morning and once in the afternoon.
Are campus events cancelled due to COVID-19?
All campus events are cancelled through the rest of the semester.