Student Life Experience

Resumption Planning: Student Life Experience

Updated August 9, 2021

Please note:

We are monitoring the COVID situation daily. Check this website for the most up to date information.

Campus Life

What will living on campus look like this year?
  • Residential Life programs and services will be provided at normal levels.
  • Guests are permitted in accordance with standard residential guest policies.
  • Public spaces can be used at full capacity.
  • Quarantine and Isolation space will be available on both campuses for those unable to return home.
Will dining on campus go back to normal?
  • Dining operations on both campuses will return to providing service at normal levels.
  • Students, guests, and off-campus visitors are welcome.
  • We will return to a “serve yourself” operation.
  • To Go meals will no longer be available.
  • Students arriving early for quarantine/isolation and needing food are responsible on a per diem basis. We will work with students individually if this creates financial hardship.
Will social distancing be required on campus?
  • Those who are not yet fully vaccinated are expected to maintain a safe social distance from others.
Will the LINK schedule return to normal this year?
  • The bus schedule will return to normal (i.e., 12 midnight Sun-Thur, 2 a.m. Fri-Sat), although schedule adjustments may be made based on staffing availability.
  • Masks required for all riders and drivers regardless of vaccine or COVID history.
What protocols will varsity sports, club sports and intramurals follow?
  • Protocols for athletics, club sports and intramurals will be based on guidance from the NCAA and MIAC. Student Athletes will receive guidance from the athletic department on athletic protocols.
Will CSB/SJU students be able to attend Mass in-person?
  • Campus ministry on both campuses will return to providing services and programs at normal levels.
  • Student Masses will be held on Sunday evenings at Sacred Heart Chapel (6 p.m.) and the Abbey Church (9 p.m.). We will continue to follow all protocols established by the monastic communities, MDH and the Diocese.
Will student activities and programs be offered this fall?
  • Student Activities will return to providing services and programs at normal levels.
  • Programs and events can take place using the full capacity of the event location.
  • Attendance at programs and events will be monitored with scanners to assist with contact tracing.
  • Student clubs will be encouraged to include a virtual option for students unable to attend in-person when feasible.
  • Outdoor events will be encouraged when weather allows.
Will there be catered events on campus this year?
  • Events and catering on both campuses will return to providing service at normal levels.
  • All event and conference spaces can be used at full capacity.
  • We encourage those who are organizing a program to provide a virtual access option when feasible.
  • Attendance at programs and events will be monitored to assist with contact tracing.
Will I be offered in-person counseling and health care this year?
  • Counseling and Health Services will be offering in-person AND virtual visits.
  • Counseling and Health Services will follow MDH guidelines for health care facilities. The current guideline is for all patients/clients/visitors to be masked in health care facilities.
What will participating in the Fine Arts look like this year?

Protocols for participation in the fine arts may be adjusted based on additional guidelines provided by local and national fine arts associations. Updates will be provided. Students will receive guidance from the Fine Arts departments on these protocols.

Testing and Reporting

Who needs to complete pre-arrival and post-arrival testing?
  • Those who are not fully vaccinated (2 weeks post final dose).
  • Those who requested an exemption.
  • Those who have traveled via air internationally.
Where can I get a COVID test once I am back on campus?

Health Services on both campuses will have COVID testing appointments available daily. Health Services will offer rapid test (results in less than 20 minutes) and PCR send out tests (results in 24 to 72 hours). To schedule an appointment for a COVID test, call 320-363-5605. Health Services will test anyone who is symptomatic, exposed or needs testing for travel, work, surveillance, etc.

If I travel this year, what safety protocols do I need to follow upon my return?
  • Students returning to campus via air travel (international or domestic) need to be tested and quarantine. After travel students need to take a PCR test 3-5 days following return and self-quarantine for a full 7 days. If no test is taken and reported, students need to self-quarantine for 10-days.
  • Students returning to campus via land travel (car, bus, train) need to be tested. A PCR test should be taken 3-5 days after return to campus as well as monitoring for symptoms.
  • A fully vaccinated student, or a student who had a positive COVID case within 90 days prior to travel, is not required to quarantine upon return to campus and should self-monitor for fourteen days post travel.
  • Student employees who need to quarantine following travel may perform their job remotely with supervisor approval until receiving a PCR-negative test (not an antigen test or antibody/blood test) 3-5 days after returning to Minnesota. Test results must be provided to the Student COVID Coordinator ([email protected]).
  • Any fully vaccinated student who travels outside of Minnesota using public transportation should continue to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and follow campus safety protocols on masks and social distancing.
What if I test positive for COVID-19?
  • Students are required to notify the Student COVID Coordinator ([email protected]and/or Student Health Services if they test positive for COVID-19 and follow all instructions provided.
  • Whenever possible, students who need to isolate will be asked to do so at home.
  • Students will NOT be reimbursed for Quarantine and Isolation time if they need to go home.
Where do I report COVID-19 symptoms and/or exposure?
  • Students who are experiencing symptoms or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 must contact the Student COVID Coordinator ([email protected]) and/or Student Health Services (320-363-5370) and follow all instructions provided.
  • A student who is exposed, fully-vaccinated, and is not experiencing any COVID symptoms will not be required to quarantine. If they are experiencing symptoms, they need contact with Student Health Services or the Student COVID Coordinator.
  • A student who is exposed and not fully vaccinated will be required to quarantine for 10 days and will need to continue to monitor for symptoms until day 14.  Whenever possible, students who need to quarantine will be asked to do so at home. 
  • Student employees who are experiencing symptoms and/or have been exposed to COVID-19 must notify Angie Mareck, Director of Student Employment ([email protected]). Angie will coordinate communication with the supervisor. Supervisors may inform co-workers, as needed, that a student is out ill or out-of-the office. No other details or personal health information can be shared without the student’s permission.
If I filed a COVID-19 vaccine exemption form or am partially vaccinated prior to coming to campus, do I still need to do pre- and post-arrival testing?

Yes, you are not considered fully vaccinated until two weeks after your second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.

Fall 2021 Return to Campus Plan
When do students need to test?

All students returning to campus (via air travel or land travel) must submit a COVID-19 test result that has been completed within five (5) to seven (7) days before arriving on campus. PCR or molecular tests are the only acceptable test (ask when scheduling your test). Rapid antigen test for screening purposes in someone without symptoms are not reliable and will not be accepted.

Submit your test result to Student COVID Coordinator ([email protected]).

Do I have to pay for the COVID test (for pre-arrival and post-arrival testing requirement)?

Pre-arrival testing will be responsibility of the student to complete. At this time, insurance companies are still covering cost of COVID test. If you live in Minnesota, you may also find free testing locations here. If you live out of state, check with your state health department for free testing resources and locations. CSB/SJU will hold community testing event for post-arrival testing requirement on Thursday, September 2nd. That testing event will be free from cost.

How often will I need to test for COVID?

At this time, only testing requirement for students who have not submitted vaccine record, are partially vaccinated or have exemption on file will be the current pre- and post-arrival testing that was announced July 22, 2021. However, we may implement similar testing strategies prior to breaks and when returning from breaks depending on campus and local COVID infection rates. Athletes will follow NCAA testing requirements.

If I am not fully vaccinated and have to quarantine when arriving on campus, where will I be quarantining?

If you are needing to quarantine, please reach out to the Student Covid Coordinator ([email protected]) to determine your quarantine plans. We have spaces available at CSB and SJU for quarantine. If we are able to accommodate the quarantine in the students room, we will do so, but that will not always be feasible.

If I am quarantined, will my roommate also be quarantined?

Roommates will not need to quarantine unless they are unvaccinated and have been named as a close contact to a positive individual OR if they have recently traveled via air and are unvaccinated. Typically, those that have to quarantine will need to move to a designated quarantine space. If we are able to accommodate the quarantine in the students room, we will do so, but that will not always be feasible. The Student COVID Coordinator will conduct contract tracing and work with you to determine quarantine requirements and where that will take place.

If I am not vaccinated and have a roommate, do I need to wear a mask in my room?

At this time, masks are not required in residence hall rooms.

What is the difference between isolation and quarantine?

You quarantine when you might have been exposed to the virus or have been identified as close contact.

You isolate when you have been infected with the COVID-19, even if you don’t have symptoms.

Are isolation guidelines different for vaccinated vs unvaccinated individuals?

No- the guidelines for isolation if you are positive for COVID-19 are the same regardless of vaccine status.

If symptomatic, you must isolate until all the following criteria are met:

  • It has been at least 10 days from onset of symptoms
  • No fever for 24 hours off of fever reducing medications (ibuprofen and acetaminophen)
  • COVID-19 symptoms are improving (with the exception of loss of taste and smell, which can persist for months after infection)

If you had no symptoms, you may discontinue isolation when it has been 10 days from test date

Are the quarantine guidelines different for vaccinated vs unvaccinated individuals?

Yes, the guidelines are different.

Vaccinated individuals: If you are fully vaccinated and show no symptoms of COVID-19, you do not need to quarantine. However, you do need to get tested 3-5 days after exposure. You must also continue to monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for a total of 14 days.

Unvaccinated individuals: You will need to quarantine (separate from others) for 10 days. You need to get tested 3-5 days after your exposure. When released from quarantine, you need to continue to monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for an additional 4 days.

For Fall 2021 Student Arrival:

COVID-19 Test Result Submission

COVID-19 Questions:
  • [email protected]
  • 320-363-3300 (general questions)
  • 320-363-5605 (medical questions related to COVID-19)