Health & Safety Guidelines

The following guidelines help the Texas State community protect the health and safety of our living, learning, and working environments.

We encourage you to take these steps to protect your health and the Bobcat community:

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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. Texas State has held several mass vaccine events for students, faculty, staff, and community members. Vaccines are available at the Student Health Center (SHC) by appointment for students, faculty, and staff. Call the SHC to make an appointment. Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine.

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Check Yourself

Each day, students and employees must conduct a basic self-assessment for symptoms of COVID-19 before they come to either university campus. A significant proportion of those infected with COVID-19 are asymptomatic and don’t know they are infected. Variants of the virus often cause mild symptoms like a cold (headache, sore throat, runny nose and fever). If you feel like you have a cold, get tested for COVID-19 and self-isolate.

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Get Tested

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.

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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.

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Mask Up

Face masks have proven very effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19 on our campuses. The university strongly urges that everyone, vaccinated and unvaccinated, wear face masks indoors. A few masks for those individuals who may have forgotten their masks are provided in every classroom. Face masks are not necessary outdoors but are recommended for unvaccinated persons in crowded settings. Per standing guidance from Governor Abbott’s Executive Order No. GA-36 Texas State is not able to require face coverings. 

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Stay Home

Sick persons must stay home and not come to either university campus or any university events. 

  • Students: Notify your instructors as soon as possible if you'll miss class. Call your doctor or the Student Health Center for medical attention and COVID-19 testing.
  • Employees: Employees must follow appropriate policies for providing notice when sick. The university provides several leave and benefit options for our employees. Visit the COVID-19 Information for Employees page for details.
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Social Distancing

Whenever possible indoors and outdoors, it's recommended to practice social distancing. It’s best to avoid crowded areas, not gather in large groups, and maintain a six-foot distance when interacting with other people.  

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Wash Up

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. 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. There are also hand sanitizer stations in all Texas State residence hall lobbies. The stations are refilled nightly.

 

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Cover Up

Remember to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Review the CDC guidance on covering your mouth, sneezing and coughing.

Modifications have been made to Texas State campuses and facilities to promote health and safety:

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Cleaning Up

Custodial services spray classrooms 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 extended the classroom electrostatic anti-viral spraying to include shared spaces and private offices on our campuses on a regular basis.

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Installed Boundaries

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. Texas State modified on-campus operations in numerous ways to promote physical distancing, including reconfiguring furniture in select high traffic areas.

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Optimized Ventilation 

Indoor ventilation was evaluated and optimized across our campuses. 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; and installing HEPA filtration equipment with ultraviolet light treatment capabilities in all organized classrooms.

*Information provided in the Roadmap may change or be updated as needed to respond to the evolving COVID-19 situation.