Please remember in your prayers Carmelita M. McMillan, mother of Ea McMillan Porter, staff member in the School of Education, and mother-in-law of Louis Porter II ’12 EdD, faculty member in Dougherty Family College.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, as amended, prohibits postsecondary educational institutions from disclosing the education records of students to most third parties without the student’s written consent. However, certain information is considered “directory information” and may be disclosed without consent. It is important that students understand what personal data is protected and the additional action that must be taken if additional protection is desired.
Following multiple reports of sexual misconduct allegations, the University of St. Thomas has rescinded the Distinguished Alumni Award given to David Haas in 1995 and is no longer playing Mr. Haas’ music.
St. Thomas President Julie Sullivan released the following statement in response to Tuesday’s news that the U.S. government has agreed to rescind Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) rules, which would have barred international students from remaining in the U.S. if their colleges and universities were forced to move classes completely online due to COVID-19.
Please remember in your prayers Donald L. Hofmeister '53, grandfather of John Hofmeister '13 and Josef Hofmeister '18, and father-in-law to English Department faculty member Jeannie Hofmeister and Teresa Sweeney of Opus College of Business.
Social distancing setups, more hand sanitizing stations, disinfecting kits in classrooms and a wider variety of instruction methods will be among the noticeable differences St. Thomas community members see when they return to campus this summer and fall.
George Floyd – a father and family member, a colleague and friend to many – should be alive today. We must encourage and protect the rights of all to grieve, unite in peaceful protests and publicly demand justice for his tragic death. However, we also must condemn damaging personal property, arson and looting in our commercial districts and neighborhoods.
As we head into the weekend, we want each of you to know that our community is here for you as we collectively reel from and grieve the tragic death of George Floyd. Violence against black communities lives in our history, and racial injustices perpetuate today. This behavior is unacceptable and leaves us concerned for the emotional and physical well-being of our students, staff and faculty.