Purpose and Background of Roadmap
Globally, institutions of higher education are facing unprecedented challenges related to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). Thus, Texas State University developed the Roadmap for Fall 2020. Informed by the latest public health guidance and research, as well as input from our university community, the Roadmap is designed to keep our community safe and our students advancing toward their educational goals.
The Roadmap presents a phased approach, with built-in flexibility, to ensure access and quality for our students through the delivery of a combination of online, hybrid, "flexible," and traditional face-to-face instruction and support services. Texas State University’s policies and protocols outlined in this guide are rooted in the recommendations of the eight working groups established in the spring of 2020 and these four principles:
- The health and safety of all members of the community are paramount. Special care and attention must be given to the needs of higher-risk populations.
- We embrace the notion that all major dimensions of our university can benefit from being reimagined to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
- Our commitment to academic excellence must not waver under these challenging circumstances. This commitment crosses all instructional modalities — online, hybrid, "flexible," and traditional face-to-face instruction, as well as research activity.
- Equity and inclusion are critical components of our response. The economic, health, academic, and operational challenges are immense. It is incumbent upon us to engineer responses that serve and support the entire community
An Evolving Situation
Our knowledge and understanding of COVID-19 continue to evolve and the epidemiological situation continues to change. As such, our policies and plans will be updated accordingly.
Given the fluctuating nature of the COVID-19 situation, decisions to adjust the scope of operations and the degree to which the campuses are open are based on four conceptual scenarios.
Maintaining an Inclusive Community
Texas State University is committed to maintaining an educational, working, and living environment that is free of all forms of racism, discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct. For every member of our community to thrive—especially as we continue to navigate life and university operations during a global pandemic—all of us must seek to foster mutual respect, support, and inclusion.
During this public health event, where there are many unknowns, taking care of each other is just as important as taking care of ourselves. Making assumptions about or engaging in negative treatment of others based on perceived symptoms, medical conditions or abilities, national origin, racial and ethnic characteristics, or any other protected status hurts our community. Every person’s care, compassion, and empathy for each other makes a positive difference and represents a commitment to our shared values.
This guide is aligned and consistent with the state of Texas’ Phased Reopening Plans issued by the Governor, as well as local orders and ordinances of the City of San Marcos, City of Round Rock, Hays County, and Williamson County. The University’s plans are based on research and recommendations from the U.S. Department of Education, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Texas Department of State Health Services, and the TXST COVID-19 work groups, and will continue to evolve.
CHECK YOUR EMAILS FREQUENTLY
Texas State is continuously monitoring the potential impact of COVID-19 on the university community. All faculty, staff, and students are urged to check their Texas State email accounts on a daily basis. Updates will also be shared on this COVID-19 webpage at txstate.edu/coronavirus.
SIGN UP FOR REGIONAL ALERTS
Warn Central Texas is updating their website regularly and providing resources to the Central Texas community as the COVID-19 situation develops. In addition, the Hays County Local Health Department and City of San Marcos established a call center for Hays County residents, available to answer non-emergency inquiries at 512.393.5525.
Is Texas State working with local authorities in both Hays and Williamson counties, as well as the State of Texas?
YES, WE ARE WORKING WITH LOCAL AUTHORITIES
Yes. The university has a strong working relationship with the City of San Marcos and Hays County Emergency Management, as well as Round Rock Homeland Security & Emergency Management, Williamson County Emergency Management, and the Williamson County Public Health Authority. We have met with Hays County public health officials to review our prevention measures and to establish communication protocols.
If the university experiences an outbreak of confirmed cases and needs assistance, these agencies would provide assistance, possibly including but not limited to contact tracing, emergency medical services (EMS) transport to hospital, medications, and personal protective equipment. It is possible the State of Texas would assist if local resources were overwhelmed.
Since the novel coronavirus first emerged in Wuhan, China, some Americans have reported an increase in xenophobic and racist attacks against people of Asian descent. What is Texas State’s response?
As the world struggles to contain the virus, what we cannot accept is the spread of hate, bigotry and prejudice. We agree with the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans that while “the coronavirus represents a legitimate public health concern, it is not a ‘green light’ to target Asian Americans and Asian immigrants with racism and hate.”
Making assumptions about or engaging in negative treatment of others based on perceived symptoms, medical conditions or abilities, national origin, racial and ethnic characteristics or any other protected status hurts our community.
Embracing a diversity of people and ideas is an essential piece of Texas State’s mission and we will continue to cultivate a spirit of inclusiveness, a global perspective and a sense of community as essential conditions for campus life, during this time and always. Any student, faculty or staff member that feels they have experienced a non-criminal act motivated by bias is encouraged to report it in the Bring it Up Bobcats system.
*Information provided in the Roadmap may change or be updated as needed to respond to the evolving COVID-19 situation.