University of St. Thomas advises students, staff to ‘remain flexible’ amid coronavirus outbreak

The University of St. Thomas issued a statement on Tuesday stating that campus operations were continuing as normal amid the novel coronavirus outbreak but students and staff need to "remain flexible."

The university said it’s monitoring the "rapidly evolving situation" and that it has a response team meeting on a daily basis to prepare contingency plans. That could mean shifting classes to online-only and making accommodations for people who might have to self-quarantine or monitor symptoms.

St. Thomas announced on March 2 it was closing its Rome campus as the new coronavirus outbreak worsened in Italy. The University of Minnesota also canceled its study abroad program in Italy the same day.

Any official changes to university operations will be announced via the USTALERT system.