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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Recent Updates

Update, April 3: Student Confirmed Case

Today, the university learned a student tested positive for COVID-19 on March 30. The student came to campus with a parent to move out of the residence hall on March 27. The student was asymptomatic at that time and did not have close contact with anyone other than the parent. The student has had only mild symptoms thus far and we hope for a quick and complete recovery. The Department of Housing and Residential Life developed a phased move-out process as a social distancing measure to reduce the risk of close or prolonged contact between persons during the move-out process. Since the student was asymptomatic and had no close contact with anyone on campus besides the mother, the risk of exposure to others was very low. It has been determined that no particular actions are necessary at this time. Texas State will carefully analyze any subsequent or additional COVID-19 incidents on a case-by-case basis and will issue additional reports only if other significant factors call for a follow-up notification. Students, faculty and staff received an email about the case April 3.

Update, April 1: Summer Courses

To make summer 2020 courses as accessible as possible while ensuring the continued safety of our students, faculty, and staff, we will move scheduled class sections that start meeting in June to online/remote delivery, and return to face-to-face and online classroom delivery for the Summer II session (July 6 – August 5). The decision regarding the Summer II session could change according to public health advice and conditions. Read the full statement from the Provost sent April 1.

Update, March 31: Spring Grades

Students will have the option to request their final course grades be modified to be the “EP” (emergency pass) grades for courses in which a passing grade was earned. Once final spring 2020 semester grades are posted, students will have until May 25 to submit a written modification request to their professor(s) requesting an EP grade. Read the full message from the Provost sent March 31

Additional Updates, March 27:

First Confirmed Case of COVID-19: On March 27, the university learned that a faculty member tested positive for COVID-19. Since the faculty member has not been on campus since March 11, and it is past the 14-day incubation period, public health authorities did not recommend any specific measures be taken by the university. Read the message from Chief Medical Officer

Faculty and Staff: As the economic effect of the COVID-19 pandemic becomes more apparent, President Trauth outlined new financial restraints to be implemented to conserve resources. President Trauth also sent faculty and staff a message thanking them for their hard work, dedication and compassion.

Students: We are delaying the start of summer and fall registration by one week to begin on April 6. In addition, President Trauth sent students some words of encouragement leading up to the start of remote course delivery on March 30.

Situation Overview

  • 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. Read more in the Provost's March 31 message.

  • SUMMER I: We are moving Summer I courses scheduled to start meeting at any point in June to online/remote delivery. Read more in the Provost's April 1 message.

  • REGISTRATION: We are delaying the start of summer and fall registration by one week to begin on April 6.

  • STAY AT HOME: Hays County (which includes our San Marcos Campus) issued a Stay at Home Order in effect through April 10. Texas State essential offices will remain open with limited staffing to support our students and employees. Williamson County (which includes our Round Rock Campus) issued a Stay at Home order in effect through April 13. All students received an email to reiterate the importance of complying with the orders, and remind them that limited services and support would remain available on-campus.

  • GRADUATION: We are moving spring graduation ceremonies to August 6 and 8 to coincide with summer commencement.

  • RESIDENCE HALLS: 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 will have limited access to services and facilities.

  • EVENTS: 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: Research laboratories have been restricted to only essential activities.

  • TRAVEL: 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
  • DISINFECTING: Cleaning and disinfecting procedures have been enhanced for "high-touch" surfaces of residence halls, buses, dining facilities andhigh-traffic areas on our campuses.