Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Hurricane Irma Update

Advisory #9: Wednesday, Sept. 13 @ 4:00 p.m.

We are happy to report that power has been fully restored at St. Thomas University. The following is a list of dates and times specific facilities/services on campus will be reopening.

  • All classes have been canceled through Friday, Sept. 15, and will resume Monday, Sept. 18. A make-up plan for lost instructional time will be developed.
  • Residential students can begin returning to their residence halls at 12 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 14
  • All faculty and staff also have the option of returning to campus at 12 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 14. Since most schools remain closed, you may bring your child(ren) to work, as long as they are supervised by you.
  • The Fernandez Family Center will open at 12 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 14, and Friday, Sept. 15. 
  • Dining Hours: The cafeteria will be open Thursday through Friday for brunch, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and for dinner, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
  • The Main University Library will open:
       - Thursday, 9/14, from 12 to 5 p.m.          
       - Friday, 9/15, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
       - Saturday, 9/16, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
       - Sunday, 9/17, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Counseling Services available on campus. We realize the psychological stress and anxiety natural disasters like Hurricane Irma have on individuals. STU will have a counselor on campus tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 14, and Friday, Sept. 15, from noon to 4 p.m., in the Student Affairs Office located in the Student Center. Please call 305.628.6695 if you wish to speak with a counselor, or schedule an appointment.
  • Although there was no structural damage, our campus grounds were adversely affected. We urge everyone on campus to exercise caution when traveling through campus, as clean-up efforts continue.
  •  All local curfews should be observed.
Please continue to closely monitor the STU website, STU Alert! Notifications, and STU social media for further updates and reminders.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as STU’s Emergency Management Team works through this situation. The safety and interests of the STU community are of the utmost importance.

We extend our thoughts and prayers to everyone who has been impacted by this storm.
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Advisory #8: Tuesday, Sept. 12 @ 4:45 p.m.

St. Thomas University Emergency Management Team is aiming to get our campus up and running as soon as possible. After today's 3 p.m. call, the team has decided the following:
  • All classes have been canceled through Friday, Sept. 15, and will resume Monday, Sept. 18. A make-up plan for lost instructional time will be developed.
  • Residential students can begin returning to their residence halls at 12 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 14*
  • All faculty and staff also have the option of returning to campus at 12 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 14.* Since most schools remain closed, you may bring your child(ren) to work, as long as they are supervised by you.
  • The Fernandez Family Center will open at 12 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 14.* 
  • Although there was no structural damage, our campus grounds were adversely affected. We urge everyone on campus to exercise caution when traveling through campus, as clean-up efforts continue.
  • Dining Hours: The cafeteria will be open Thursday through Friday for brunch, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and for dinner, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.*
  • All local curfews should be observed.
*If power is not restored in time, the Thursday reopening will be postponed. In which case, we will send out an STU Alert! Wednesday afternoon.

Please continue to closely monitor the STU website, STU Alert! Notifications, and STU social media for further updates and instructions.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as STU’s Emergency Management Team continues to assess and work through this situation. The safety and interests of the STU community are of the utmost importance.

We extend our thoughts and prayers to everyone who has been impacted by this storm.
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Advisory #7: Monday, Sept. 11 @ 3:30 p.m.

St. Thomas University Emergency Management Team is aiming to get our campus up and running as soon as possible. Damage assessments are underway, as well as the clearing of debris from campus roads and sidewalks. After today's 3 p.m. call, the team has decided that it will likely take a few more days to reopen the university.

As of today at 3:30 p.m., St. Thomas University will remain closed through Wednesday, Sept. 13.

STU students and employees are asked NOT to return to campus until further notice. An all clear will be sent out about the reopening of campus. Please continue to closely monitor the STU website, STU Alert! Notifications, and STU social media for further updates and instructions.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as STU’s Emergency Management Team continues to assess and work through this situation. The safety and interests of the STU community are of the utmost importance.

We extend our thoughts and prayers to everyone who has been impacted by this storm.

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Advisory #6: Monday, Sept. 11 @ 10:15 a.m.

STU’s Emergency Management Team held a conference call at 9:30 this morning. Fortunately, the university did not sustain any structural damage, but trees are down and power is out throughout campus.

St. Thomas University will remain closed through Tuesday, Sept. 12.

STU students and employees are asked NOT to return to campus until further notice. An all clear will be sent out about the reopening of campus. Please continue to closely monitor the STU website, STU Alert! Notifications, and STU social media for further updates and instructions.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as STU’s Emergency Management Team continues to assess and work through this situation. The safety and interests of the STU community are of the utmost importance.

We extend our thoughts and prayers to everyone who has been impacted by this storm.
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Advisory #5: Sunday, Sept. 10 @ 7 p.m.

Due to power outages, and the inability to inspect and make repairs to campus buildings that may have sustained damage from Hurricane Irma, St. Thomas University will remain closed through Tuesday, Sept. 12.

STU students and employees are asked NOT to return to campus until further notice. An all clear will be sent out about the reopening of campus. Please continue to closely monitor the STU website, STU Alert! Notifications, and STU social media for further updates and instructions.
We appreciate your patience and understanding as STU’s Emergency Management Team continues to work through this complex situation. The safety and interests of the STU community are of the utmost importance. 
We extend our thoughts and prayers to everyone who has been impacted by this storm.
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Advisory #4: Thursday, Sept. 7 @ 4 p.m.
St. Thomas University continues to closely monitor Hurricane Irma, which is currently located approximately 700 miles from Miami-Dade County. A Hurricane Watch is in effect for South Florida.

With the latest track, officials predict the storm could impact Florida as early as Saturday, with most of the state feeling the effects by Sunday. Because of this new information, the Emergency Management Team has decided to close campus on Monday, Sept. 11.

STU students and employees are asked NOT to return to campus until the university sends an all-clear alert.

We urge students, faculty, and staff to continue monitoring TV reports, www.stu.edu, or STU’s Facebook page for further updates and instructions.


STU’s Emergency Management Team will continue to monitor the storm’s progress and provide updates and instructions, as needed.
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Advisory #3: Wednesday, Sept. 6 @ 11:30 a.m.

St. Thomas University is closely monitoring Hurricane Irma, which is currently located approximately 1,200 miles east-southeast of Miami-Dade County. The potential for impacts to South Florida are increasing and plans are being rapidly implemented to ensure the safety of our university community and facilities. The earliest time South Florida would experience impacts is Friday evening.

All classes, programs, and events for both the Main University and Law School are cancelled effective at 3 p.m. today, Wednesday, Sept. 6. Administrative offices and the library will also close at 3 p.m. The university will remain closed tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 7, through the weekend.

The safety and wellbeing of our students, faculty, and staff is of utmost concern. As of today, the university is issuing a mandatory evacuation of all student residents. If you live on campus, please contact your Resident Advisor (R.A.) IMMEDIATELY. We are strongly encouraging all residential students to rapidly implement evacuation plans and communicate them with their R.A., or with Richard McNabb. For students without a place to go, STU will be providing you with transportation to a safe, designated shelter.

We urge students, faculty, and staff to continue monitoring TV reports, www.stu.edu, or STU’s Facebook page for further updates and instructions.

Please review the 2017 Weather Emergency Guide to familiarize yourself with preparations. It can be found here.

The STU Emergency Management Team will meet again today, and another communication will be issued this afternoon.

For students with questions or concerns regarding their Comprehensive Health Insurance, please send an email to either: carbos@aisstudentinsurance.com, or mailto:orablack@academicinsurancesolutions.com
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Advisory #2: Tuesday, Sept. 5 @ 6:30 p.m.

The University’s Emergency Management Team has been closely monitoring the progress of Hurricane Irma and any potential impact to our area. At this time, there are no plans to evacuate residential students, but we strongly encourage them to find alternative places to stay. For students with no alternative shelter, the county will be providing a list of nearby shelters, and we will share that list as soon as it becomes available. More information will be provided to residential students via Student Affairs.

We urge students, faculty, and staff to review the 2017 Weather Emergency Guide to familiarize themselves with preparations. It can be found here.

The next STU Advisory will be sent tomorrow at approximately 10:30 a.m., after the Emergency Management Team meets.

We urge you to continue monitoring TV reports, www.stu.edu, or STU’s Facebook page for further updates and instructions.
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Advisory #1: Tuesday, Sept. 5 @ 3:45 p.m.

As Hurricane Irma continues to travel west and closer to Florida, St. Thomas University’s Emergency Management Team is closely monitoring the developments and will be providing the university community with updates as information becomes available. The team has made the following decisions and regarding class cancellations:

All Main University and Law School classes and programs are cancelled from Thursday, Sept. 7, through the weekend. Administrative offices, online classes, and the Library will also close.

Residential students are strongly encouraged to seek shelter off campus. The Emergency Management Team will make a decision on mandatory evacuations tomorrow, and will notify you promptly. In the meantime, please begin planning and storm proofing your rooms. Please make sure to notify your RAs if you are planning on weathering the storm off campus.

Students, faculty and staff should continue monitoring local media and paying attention to updates from the National Hurricane Center. This is a good time to review and finalize personal hurricane plans and make personal and family preparations at home.

For more information on hurricane preparation and tips, please visit please visit STU’s Weather Emergency Guide or Miami-Dade County’s Hurricane Guide.

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