Latest COVID-19 Updates and Statements
October 26 Update
Fall Commencement Ceremonies In-Person and Virtual
TXST will hold in-person commencement ceremonies for all fall 2020 graduates on December 11, in addition to a virtual commencement ceremony on December 12. Spring and summer graduates will have the opportunity to attend in-person commencement ceremonies on Thursday, December 10. The in-person, socially distanced ceremonies will be held outdoors in Bobcat Stadium, in accordance with all COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Read full Presidential message
October 21 Update
Cases continue to decline. Positivity rates show low transmission
We are eight weeks into the fall semester and TXST health and safety measures appear to be effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19. Overall, COVID-19 cases have declined. The number of positive cases increased after the Labor Day holiday but have since declined significantly. Also, COVID-19 transmission is low. Positivity rates during the last three weeks have been 1.6%, 2.5% and 1.6% - which suggest a low incidence of COVID-19 transmission in our campus community. A random sample of faculty, staff and students will be selected weekly for Free COVID-19 Testing. Read full message from Chief Medical Officer
October 8 Update
Decline in COVID Cases, Increase in Testing & Contact Tracing Patterns
Health and safety measures implemented to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission on TXST campuses appear to be effective thus far. TXST has seen a reduction in positive cases in recent weeks. Testing capacity has significantly increased. Contact tracing has not revealed any evidence of transmission in classrooms, or across the residence halls. Much of the transmission is driven by exposure during social gatherings. Read the full message
September 30 Update
FREE COVID-19 TESTING AVAILABLE
TXST partnered with the Texas Division of Emergency Management and Curative Inc. to provide free COVID-19 testing to all TXST students, faculty and staff. The PCR test is collected with an oral swab and results are provided in less than 48 hours. The test is not recommended for those who have had a positive COVID-19 test within the last 90 days. Pre-register for a test at this link and select "All TXST Students, Faculty and Staff Testing Kiosk at Flowers Hall." For more information, check COVID-19 Testing Kiosk or call the Student Health Center at 512-245-2161.
September 9 Update
NO VISITORS IN RES HALLS. NEW QUARANTINE & ISOLATION SPACES IDENTIFIED
TXST provided an update of COVID cases and patterns in transmission discovered via contact tracing, and announced that students who live in on-campus residence halls can longer have visitors in their rooms. TXST is providing accommodations on empty floors in designated residence halls for students who need to quarantine, and in university-owned apartments for those who test positive and are required to isolate. In response to new recommendations from the CDC, TXST is also identifying more space for isolation and quarantine to prevent sending residence hall students who test positive home into other communities. Read the full message
August 19 Update
WELCOME BACK VIDEO FROM PROVOST
Students, faculty and staff received a video message from Provost Gene Bourgeois that outlines steps TXST taken to improve health and safety on-campus. We all must follow the health precautions put in place on campus and adhere to CDC recommendations off-campus in order for TXST to stay the course on the fall plan and offer a combination of face-to-face and online courses and experiences. Read the full message. Watch the video.
August 14 Update
SAFETY VIDEO & ACCOUNTABILITY MEASURES
This update from Vice President of Student Affairs (VPSA) announced all TXST students are required to view a mandatory health and safety video before they arrive at a TXST campus, no later than August 20, 2020. This 10-minute video features student leaders and Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Emilio Carranco. The video may be accessed here. VPSA’s update also shared Compliance and Enforcement measures related to following health and safety measures.