May 29 Presidential Update
Updates on Work Group Progress
President Trauth shared updates on the progress of the work groups and highlights of their recommendations. TXST will update the university community as their recommendations are approved and details are finalized about how university operations will be modified. Visit the work group pages for their updates
May 22 Update
Work Groups Presented Recommendations
The TXST COVID-19 work groups delivered preliminary recommendations to the President’s Cabinet on May 22, a critical step in preparations to resume in-person teaching for summer II and fall. Learn more about the work groups.
Bobcat CARES reporting stats
The Bobcat CARES program has been providing emergency financial aid to eligible students. View the reporting statistics - including how many students have received funds and how much money has been distributed. (Bobcat CARES applications closed on May 27)
May 11 Update
Virtual Graduation Ceremonies to be held in August
After exhausting every possible scenario, we have made the hard decision that it will not be possible to hold in-person commencement ceremonies in August 2020 for spring and summer graduates while adhering to the required social distancing measures. Instead, we will share virtual commencement ceremonies on August 6, 7, and 8, 2020. Read the commencement FAQs for more info on the university’s decision.
May 1 Update
Summer II and Fall Courses Will Return to Face-To-Face Instruction. Work Groups Established to Prepare.
In preparation to resume in-person teaching for classes held during the second summer session beginning July 6 and the fall 2020 semester, TXST established several pandemic and post-pandemic work groups to address areas related to safety, learning and university operations.
Summer II and Fall Courses Return to Face-To-Face Instruction
In-person teaching resumes for classes held during the second summer session beginning July 6 and the fall 2020 semester.
Pandemic and Post-Pandemic Work Groups Established
President Trauth established several pandemic and post-pandemic work groups to allow for guidance and implementation to be recommended by distinct sectors, like teaching and research.
Summer I courses that start meeting at any point in June will be delivered online/remote.
Students may request “EP” for final course grades
Students will have the option to request their spring 2020 final course grades be modified to be the “EP” (emergency pass) grades, for courses in which a passing grade was earned.
As Local and State Ordinances Change, TXST Safety Measures Remain
Although Texas’ and many counties’ shelter-in-place orders are expiring or being amended, all safety measures TXST implemented in response to COVID-19 remain in place through the Summer 1 session (July 2, 2020). TXST continues to promote social distancing, online instruction for students, and remote work for employees. Sewell Park remains closed. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to wear a face mask at all times when social distancing is not possible.
Graduation Ceremonies Moved To August and VIRTUAL
It will not be possible to hold in-person commencement ceremonies in August 2020 for spring and summer graduates while adhering to the required social distancing measures. Instead, we will share virtual commencement ceremonies on August 6, 7, and 8, 2020.
Students Made Off-campus Living Arrangements
To encourage social distancing, we requested students living in residence halls and Bobcat Village Apartments return home or make other off-campus living arrangements for the rest of the semester. We provided special considerations for students who are unable to make other living arrangements. Those who remain on campus have limited access to services and facilities.
All University Events Have Been Cancelled
All events hosted by the university, or in a university facility, are cancelled or postponed through the end of the spring semester regardless of expected attendance.
Research laboratories have been restricted to only essential activities.
All University Non-essential Travel Has Been Cancelled
All university-sponsored non-essential travel is prohibited unless approved at the Vice President/Cabinet level. The university strongly encourages everyone to evaluate personal travel and visit our travel page for guidance on returning to Texas from both international and domestic travel.
Faculty & Staff
Updated information has been provided to faculty and staff regarding leave, telecommuting, K-12 school and daycare closures, insurance, and resources for supervisors