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Compliance and Enforcement

We all have responsibility in protecting one another.

The first step in increasing compliance with our health and safety measures is to demonstrate the behavior ourselves.

Secondly, we all need to become comfortable giving a polite reminder in passing to a student, employee, or visitor who fail to follow the university’s health and safety measures. For example, for someone who is not wearing a face covering, you might say, “Excuse me, I wanted to let you know that face coverings are required at Texas State.” There is no need to feel self-conscious about making such a remark, nor is there the need to demand action or wait for a reply. If we all follow these simple suggestions, we will be off to a good start.

Health and Safety Measures and the Institutional Rules

The Roadmap includes health and safety measures that must be followed by students, employees, and visitors.

The Student Code of Conduct, the Faculty Handbook, and Staff Handbook, delineate institutional rules to support compliance and enforcement of these health and safety measures.

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  • “Specific examples of conduct that are violations of this Code of Student Conduct include… failing to comply with a directive from a university official … endangering the health or safety of other persons… interfering or disrupting university teaching, research or other activity, including administrative, disciplinary or public service activities; endangering the physical or mental health or safety of any person or intentionally or recklessly causing injury to any person…”

    Failure to comply with a directive from a university official when asked to promote the health and safety of university community members and visitors, such as wearing a face covering …, following physical distancing signage, and directions is a violation of Student Conduct 2.02.

    Deliberate behavior that threatens the health and safety of university community members and visitors coughing on, spitting on, sneezing on, and/or purposefully invading the personal space of others while not wearing a face covering is a violation of Student Conduct 2.02.

  • The Faculty Handbook and Staff Handbook provide a list of reasons for disciplinary action, many of which might apply to a situation where an employee is failing to follow health and safety guidelines.  A few examples of behaviors for which disciplinary actions may be initiated include failure to comply with rules and procedures, behavior that interferes with operations, insubordinate acts toward a supervisor, and any other conduct that is not in the best interest of the university.

Noncompliance and Referral

Noncompliance with the university’s health and safety measures will be handled through existing staff disciplinefaculty discipline and student judicial processes. 

To refer students to the Dean of Students Office, please complete the Code of Student Conduct Referral Form. Consequences from the Dean of Students Office may range from warnings to more severe sanctions.

To refer a staff employee for not following health and safety guidelines, please contact the staff employee’s supervisor, or contact human resources if the supervisor is unknown or unavailable.

To refer a faculty member for not following health and safety guidelines, please contact the faculty member’s department chair or school director, or the Office of the Provost if the supervisor is unknown or unavailable.