Health & Safety Guidelines
13 Health and Safety Guidelines
The following guidelines are guiding Texas State in protecting the health and safety of our living, learning, and working environments. Although university operations are modified in different ways to suit each area’s daily functions and populations served, these thirteen guidelines are the foundation for all modifications university-wide.
University Marketing created outstanding visual designs to promote and illustrate the critical messages of social distancing, required face coverings, hand washing, and the symptoms of COVID-19. Visit the Return to Campus Toolkit to see and download these posters. Help us reinforce our health and safety guidelines by placing these signs on office doors, in breakrooms, in conference rooms, etc.
Cloth face coverings are required in all:
- public indoor spaces
- private indoor spaces when physical distancing is not possible
- outdoor spaces when physical distancing is not possible
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.
Physical distancing of at least 6 feet should be maintained whenever possible indoors and outdoors. Texas State has modified on-campus operations in numerous ways to promote physical distancing:
- Limiting indoor spaces occupant density to 50% of the room's capacity and outdoor social gatherings to no more than 10 people
- Changing traditional face-to-face classroom activities and expanding online, hybrid and "flexible" face-to-face 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
- Limiting outdoor social gatherings to 10 people
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 have been issued personal hand sanitizer misters. For example, hand sanitizer misters were handed out by Residence Life staff during move in.
- Hand sanitizer stations are on the San Marcos and Round Rock Campuses. Visit, Sanitizer Stations at Texas State to find either a dual purpose or standard hand sanitizer station at Texas State. The dual purpose stations provide students a place to refill their university-issued misters or quick, touch-free hand disinfection. There are also hand sanitizer stations in all Texas State residence hall lobbies. The stations are refilled nightly.
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
COVID-19 testing is critical in our efforts to keep our campuses healthy and safe. COVID-19 testing for students, faculty and staff consists of three components: testing people with symptoms, testing people with NO symptoms, and testing people who have been exposed or are close contacts. Find testing locations at TX COVID-19 Test Collection Sites and Curative, Inc. Testing Sites.
Report to Bobcat Trace
If you receive a positive COVID-19 test result, report it to Bobcat Trace as soon as possible. When you do, you will receive guidance on isolation protocols, and the contact tracing team will begin to identify and notify close contacts.
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 policies for providing notice when sick. The university provides several leave and benefit options for our employees (Note: The 2020 Families First Coronavirus Relief Act provisions benefits has not been extended into 2021 by Congress. After that time, employees should use their own accrued leave if unable to work due to COVID-19 related absences.) If an employee shows up to work and has symptoms consistent with a COVID-19 illness, their supervisor must direct them to leave the workplace immediately and seek medical evaluation and COVID-19 testing, if deemed appropriate. Employees who come on university property while they have been directed to self-isolate or self-quarantine will be subject to discipline.
Custodial staff have been trained on effective methods and provided protective equipment as needed for their jobs. LEARN MORE and WATCH A VIDEO about Texas State on-campus sanitation and disinfecting practices
- Custodial services 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.
We have extended the classroom electrostatic anti-viral spraying to include shared spaces and private offices on our campuses on a regular basis.
- Cleaning supplies, including sprayers, cloths, and disposable gloves, are placed in a container in each classroom in case there is an immediate need. Custodial services clean and restock supplies as needed. The containers also provide a few masks for those individuals who may have forgotten their masks that day.
Indoor ventilation was evaluated and optimized across our campuses. Many university departments collaborated with Facilities Operations to evaluate and identify spaces where indoor ventilation improvements were warranted, following a set of guidelines being used by many large universities across the country. This optimization involved:
- Maximizing the amount of outside air introduced into our buildings
- Decreasing temperature while maintaining humidity control
- Optimizing space pressurization
- Increasing air changes per hour
Installing HEPA filtration equipment with ultraviolet light treatment capabilities in all organized classrooms.
Physical barriers and boundaries, such as plexiglass sneeze guards, have been installed in key areas on Texas State campuses where there is significant face-to-face interaction. Additionally, students, faculty and staff should not congregate in public walkways and spaces. This guidance is important for everyone at Texas State:
Students should exit buildings as quickly as possible upon class dismissal and not linger in hallways.
Outdoors, all of us should avoid crowded areas, not gather in large groups, maintain a six-foot distance, and wear face coverings when we are interacting with other people.
Request Additional Modifications
Students, faculty and staff at higher risk for complications from COVID-19, as defined by the CDC, can request additional working or learning modifications through May 31, 2021.
Persons who want to request working or learning modifications after this date should follow established university processes for requesting accommodations. Students may contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS) and employees may contact the ADA Compliance Coordinator (ADA Compliance) to submit requests for accommodations.
To request working or learning modifications through May 31, 2021, visit these resources:
Get a COVID-19 Vaccination
Vaccination has been shown to be safe and effective for preventing infection with COVID-19. Vaccination can also decrease the spread of infection.
Several vaccines have received FDA Emergency Use Authorization. For more information on authorized vaccines, see the CDC information on Different COVID-19 Vaccines. Texas State University is scheduling weekly vaccination clinics. Vaccination registration emails are sent to current faculty, staff and students weekly. Appointments for vaccination are scheduled by the Student Health Center based on vaccine availability each week. More information on vaccinations at Texas State can be found on the Health Center website. For information on vaccination providers in Texas, see the Texas Department of State Health Services.
*Information provided in the Roadmap may change or be updated as needed to respond to the evolving COVID-19 situation.