Health & Safety Measures
10 Guiding Principles for Health, Safety and Wellness
During summer II and fall, the following principles will guide Texas State in protecting the health and safety of our living, learning, and working environments. Although university operations will be modified in different ways to suit each area’s daily functions and populations served, these ten principles are the foundation for all modifications university-wide.
Cloth face coverings are required indoors and outdoors on Texas State campuses unless you are alone. The use of two-ply cloth face coverings is the cornerstone of our plan to combat the spread of COVID-19. Face coverings need to become second nature to all of us. Visit the Face Coverings & Masks page for more information.
Research and literature on the effectiveness of face coverings on coronaviruses can be found here.
Social distancing of at least 6 feet should be maintained whenever possible indoors and outdoors. TXST has modified on-campus operations in numerous ways to promote physical distancing:
- Limiting indoor spaces occupant density to 50% of the room's capacity
- Changing face-to-face classroom activities and expanding online and hybrid courses
- Using assigned seats in classes that must meet face-to-face with empty seats between students
- Re-arranging and sometimes removing furniture in common areas
- Controlling entrance and exit points of high traffic areas
- Limiting event attendance and face-to-face student activities
- Modifying on-campus shuttle services
- Reducing face-to-face meetings
Practice proper hand hygiene. Frequent hand washing is one of the most important things we must do to keep our community safe. When hand washing is not possible, hand sanitizer is a good substitute.
- Students will be issued personal hand sanitizer misters.
- Students can refill these personal misters at hand sanitizer refill stations, which will be placed throughout the campuses by the final weeks of July. These stations will be refilled nightly with hand sanitizer manufactured by Texas State’s College of Science and Engineering.
- Students will also have access to hundreds of hand sanitizer dispensing stations, which will be deployed at the entrance to buildings and other high-traffic areas by the end of July.
Remember to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Review the CDC guidance on covering your mouth, sneezing and coughing.
Custodial staff have been trained on effective methods and provided protective equipment as needed for their jobs. LEARN MORE and WATCH A VIDEO about TXST on-campus sanitation and disinfecting practices
- Custodial services will spray classrooms nightly with a hospital-grade sanitizer using an electrostatic sprayer. The concentration is sufficient to kill the virus but low enough not to damage fabrics or corrode metal surfaces. The product is approved by the FDA and has long been utilized in hospitals.
- Cleaning supplies, including sprayers, cloths, and disposable gloves, will be placed in a container in each classroom in case there is an immediate need. Custodial services will clean and restock supplies as needed. The containers will also provide a few masks for those individuals who may have forgotten their masks that day.
Sick persons must stay home and not come to either university campus or any university events. This includes anyone exhibiting symptoms who is not yet diagnosed with an illness.
- Students: Conduct a daily self-assessment. Sick persons must stay home. This includes anyone exhibiting symptoms who is not yet diagnosed with an illness. Notify your instructors as soon as possible that you'll miss class. Call your doctor or the Student Health Center for medical attention and COVID-19 testing, if deemed appropriate.
- Employees: Conduct a daily self-assessment. Sick persons must stay home. This includes anyone exhibiting symptoms who is not yet diagnosed with an illness. Employees must follow appropriate polices for providing notice when sick. The university provides several leave and benefit options for our employees, which have been enhanced with the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act provisions. If an employee shows up to work and is symptomatic, their supervisor must direct them to leave the workplace immediately and report the incident. Employees who come on university property while they have been directed to self-isolate or self-quarantine will be subject to discipline.
Each day, students and employees must conduct a basic self-assessment for symptoms of COVID-19 before they come to either university campus.
This self-assessment is a critical step every Bobcat must take to keep our community safe. View the self-assessment.
Below are some, though not all, of the university facilities or departments that are requiring mandatory on-site daily assessments, which include COVID-19 symptom and temperature screening, for all staff:
- Child Development Center (twice per day on staff and children)
- Student Recreation Center
- All Athletics Facilities (including Bobcat Stadium, exercise rooms, etc.)
- Dining Services Facilities
- University Police Department
Indoor ventilation is being evaluated and optimized across our campuses. Many university departments are collaborating with Facilities Operations to evaluate and identify spaces where indoor ventilation improvements are warranted, following a set of guidelines being used by many large universities across the country. This optimization involves:
- Maximizing the amount of outside air introduced into our buildings
- Decreasing temperature while maintaining humidity control
- Optimizing space pressurization
- Increasing air changes per hour
Facilities Operations is leading efforts to place physical barriers, such as plexiglass sneeze guards, in key areas where there is significant face-to-face interaction. Examples of facilities on-campus where new physical barriers have been installed include the Alkek Library, the Office of Financial Aid, and the Testing Center.
Students, faculty and staff at higher risk for complications from COVID-19, as defined by the CDC, can request additional working or learning modifications.
To request these accommodations, visit these resources:
- Employee Special Request for Additional Workplace Modifications
- Student Special Request for Additional Academic Modifications
*Information provided in the Roadmap may change or be updated as needed to respond to the evolving COVID-19 situation.