- The only courses that will meet face-to-face are those that require it for licensure or degree requirements. (Examples: Laboratory-based classes in health professions and science and engineering; field-based courses in biology)
- Only about 200 students are enrolled in face-to-face courses on each of the San Marcos and Round Rock campuses for summer II.
- Courses remaining in face-to-face mode will follow strict procedures to ensure the health, wellness, and safety of faculty and students.
- Classrooms and public spaces on campus will be de-densified to promote social distancing.
- Face coverings are required on TXST campuses indoors and outdoors, unless you are alone.
- For more on how classroom capacity will be managed, visit the "Instructional Delivery & Classroom Capacity" section on the Social Distancing Measures page.
- We are planning for a return of face-to-face instruction and services in fall 2020.
- Providing flexibility in these difficult circumstances is important. If students are comfortable returning to our campuses, we have many protective measures in place. For students who are not able to return to campus at this time, or choose not to do so, we are in the process of expanding remote learning opportunities to keep them on track academically.
- Due to the nature of some classes, including the curricular, degree, or licensure requirements, not all classes will be available in an online delivery format. Students are encouraged to meet with their advisors in their degree programs to identify the courses that are available to them in an online delivery format for this fall.
- Texas State is committed to supporting students who are at a higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. If you are in a higher risk group and want to request an academic modification related to COVID-19, submit the Student Academic Modifications Request Form by August 1.
Actions Students Must Take
- Wear a face covering! Know respect, show respect. Wear your mask to slow the spread of COVID-19 on our campuses. Visit our Face Covering page for more info on quality, effective face masks
- Follow the Ten Health and Safety Guiding Principles: Including face coverings, social distancing, hygiene practices, cleaning and disinfecting, and more. View Ten Health and Safety Guiding Principles.
- Take the Bobcat Pledge: Each member of our community must take steps to protect themselves and others. Pledge to respect yourself and others by making healthy choices.
Protecting your health and safety on campus
- How will the face-to-face classes be delivered?
For face-to-face courses, classrooms will be filled at 50 percent of the room’s rated maximum occupancy. Students may be divided into an A/B model in which one half of the students are in the classroom and the other half could be learning remotely. Each instructor will communicate information on how the course will be delivered. Cameras and microphones will be installed in classrooms to support multiple modes of instructional delivery, including access for students learning remotely.
- How will classroom capacity be managed to reduce density?
Assigned seats will be used in all classrooms that are holding face-to-face classes. For more on how classroom capacity will be managed, visit the "Instructional Delivery & Classroom Capacity" section on the Social Distancing Measures page.
- What will lab classes look like?
Social distancing will be practiced in all lab classes. As laboratories and computer labs vary across campus, academic departments and instructors will be afforded flexibility in determining what adaptations will meet their classes’ needs and limitations on space.
- How will exams be handled, including online exams?
Each instructor will provide information on how exams and graded components of the course will be managed. Some faculty may choose to use online proctored examinations in distance learning and hybrid classes. Use of online proctoring would require student access to a computer (with a webcam and microphone) and a reliable Internet connection. If applicable, your instructors will share each course’s specific technical information and appropriate protocol for online testing.
- Can I still visit my faculty in office hours?
Office hours will be held virtually or electronically (Ex: Zoom, Teams, phone). Please ask your instructor how they prefer to be contacted to hold office hours.
- How will the face-to-face classes be delivered?
- Transportation: The Bobcat shuttle schedule has been modified, and wait times for the shuttle will be longer as a result of social distancing modifications. Cloth face coverings are required when riding on buses. To avoid being in close contact with other shuttle-riders, we encourage you to walk or ride bikes across campus instead of riding the shuttles.
- Social distancing: Furniture has been rearranged or removed to promote social distancing. With less furniture in the Albert B. Alkek Library and common areas in buildings, additional places have been transformed so that you can study and complete online coursework while social distancing – including the LBJ Student Center Ballroom.
- Tight spaces: The number of people allowed in enclosed spaces such as classrooms, laboratories, and elevators has been reduced by 50 percent. Pay attention to capacity signs placed in these areas. When riding an elevator, wear a mask; or better, yet, take the stairs if you are able. Students will be dismissed from class one row at a time to avoid crowding. If a classroom has two doors, one will be established as an entrance only and one as the exit only. Students will be asked to leave the building rather than congregate/wait inside the building. Students are also encouraged to “walk to the right” in building hallways, quad, and other high traffic areas.
Bobcats, we encourage you to stay engaged by participating in newly-modified co-curricular activities. Co-curricular activities are ones that are not part of your course work curriculum. Examples of co-curricular events include Common Experience, Academic Clubs, Student Diversity and Inclusion, and Student Affairs events and programming.
- Size & Participant Limits: Event participation should be restricted to a maximum number of participants to be determined by the recommendations of state and local officials. Event attendance should not exceed 50 percent of the capacity of the space where the event is being held.
- Pre-registration: Pre-registration is required for co-curricular activities, or event attendance must be recorded. This is intended to aid in the contact tracing process if a confirmed COVID-19 case is reported in an attendee. For event pre-registration and attendance, event organizers may use the Event Management computer application. Please contact Student Affairs Technology Services at email@example.com to access Event Management.
- Remote/Virtual: Co-curricular meetings and activities will be offered remotely or cancelled if they cannot adhere to the safety guidelines or occupancy limits. The sponsoring organization of an event is responsible for compliance with these guidelines.
- Tabling Events: “Tabling” events (tables reserved and manned by students in the Quad, Mall area and Bobcat Trail) may occur if only two students are at each table and only fifty percent of the normal table space is being utilized. Students cannot hand out food during tabling events.
- Visitors: Visitors may come to TXST campuses for student activities if they adhere to safety standards in the Health and Safety Guiding Principles. Prior to the event, event organizers must provide communication to visitors who are at high risk for COVID-19 or over the age of 65 regarding safety considerations.
- Athletics: Athletics activities will conform to their own separate and specific guidelines.
- On-campus Housing: The Housing and Residential Life staff has released new guidelines to promote residents’ health and safety, as well as that of our staff. Modifications include reducing occupancy in community spaces; reduction in available apartment units as space may be needed for isolation of on-campus residents; reduction of triple-occupancy rooms to double-occupancy; adjusting move-in dates and check-in to support social distancing; and changes to visitation policy for outside guests. These guidelines and more will be shared frequently with housing residents by email and are published on the Department of Housing and Residence Life website.
- Dining On-Campus: Dining locations on-campus have put in place a variety of health and safety practices including: eliminated self-service at dining halls, incorporated the daily requirement of wellness and temperature checks on all dining associates, installed sneeze guards at guests interaction points such as cash registers and/or pick up areas, minimized or eliminated cash transactions, increased frequency of disinfection at common touch points, and other practices. Visit the Texas State Dining website for FAQs, Hours and Locations, Menus, Meal Plans and more.
- Counseling Center
- Student Health Center
- Student Recreation Center
- Office of Disability Services: COVID-19 Request for Additional Academic Modifications
- Dean of Students Office: Student Emergency Services
- Student Learning Assistance Center
- Testing, Evaluation, and Measurement Center
Here are some quick tips from the Office of Distance and Extended Learning (ODEL) for success as a remote learner:
- Active communication. Be proactive in keeping lines of communication open. Remote learners need to ask questions when they have them. Participation in class relies on different tools during remote learning but is still a necessary part of being a good student. Remember, faculty will not be able to see that a student has a hand raised or looks unsure about the information just presented. Being actively engaged in learning will make all the difference.
- Practicing good writing. Write clearly and professionally and plan to review any written items before posting them to discussion boards or sending them via email. Try composing and editing items in Microsoft Word before copying and pasting the final message into an online forum. Students who have never sent an email message to an instructor should keep in mind that a more formal start to an email such as "Dear Dr. X," is an appropriate approach. More informal forms of address or simply opening an email with "Hey!" is not often received well. And sign your email message.
- Scheduled study times. Routines will change as we shift to remote learning. Aside from remote classes, work schedules and family commitments may alter what we do and when. Scheduling specific times to study will help re-establish a routine and ensure that students take the appropriate amount of time to continue their studies. A typical 3 credit hour course requires approximately 9 hours of work per week even when delivered remotely.
- Making a study space. Having a dedicated space to study may seem like a luxury but will help if it can be arranged. The process of creating a place to work each time remote learning begins will discourage making the study time necessary for success.
- Creating daily and weekly goals. Setting mini-goals along the way will help remote learners stay positive. Study and work in chunks of time that make it possible to finish some manageable goal (a chapter or paper read, a paragraph written, or a section of problems solved).
- Discussing remote learning commitments with family and friends. Family and friends can and often do support students in accomplishing their goals. Support works best when those who care know what the student in their life needs. Discuss the study schedule, study space, and the commitments and tools needed to access remote learning with those who will want to help.
*Information provided in the Roadmap may change or be updated as needed to respond to the evolving COVID-19 situation.