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Texas State University has returned to a vibrant university experience, offering in-person classes, services, and activities at full capacity.

All fall classes that are scheduled to meet in-person will be offered at 100 percent classroom capacity. Please note that the extensive remote learning and working opportunities that were available last year will not be available as the semester starts.

Most student life activities, support services, athletics and programs will be held in-person this fall.

If you plan on attending in person activities and events, please review the following important actions for a safe in-person fall semester:

  • Get vaccinated and wear a face mask: While Texas State cannot currently require you to be vaccinated or to wear a face mask, we strongly urge you get vaccinated and wear a mask indoors, regardless of vaccination status. These prevention measures significantly reduce the risk of infection and transmission of COVID-19. Please schedule a vaccine appointment today.
  • Get tested. Regardless of vaccination status, get tested before the start of the fall semester and when selected to participate in Texas State’s random COVID-19 testing program. Consider testing every two weeks in addition to testing if you experience any symptoms. Delta presents as a cold or allergies. If you experience any of those symptoms you should test to rule out COVID-19. Testing information can be found on the Texas State’s COVID-19 Testing, Reporting, and Response Steps webpage. 
  • Stay home and get tested if you develop cold-like or other COVID-19 symptoms, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Promptly Report to Bobcat Trace if you test positive for COVID-19 or have had close contact with someone who received a positive test result. Reporting information can be found on the Texas State’s COVID-19 Testing, Reporting, and Response Steps webpage.
  • Isolate if you test positive for COVID-19. Stay home and away from others for 10 days from the start of symptoms or the positive test if no symptoms.
  • Quarantine if you have been identified as a close contact and stay home for the prescribed time period.
    • Fully vaccinated Bobcats who are asymptomatic are not required to quarantine but should get tested for COVID-19 three to five days after last exposure. They should also wear a face mask when indoors in public spaces for 14 days since the exposure or until a negative test result is obtained three to five days after exposure.
    • Unvaccinated Bobcats are required to quarantine for 7 days, test five to seven days from the date of exposure, and produce a negative test to leave quarantine and return to work or school. If an unvaccinated Bobcat cannot test, they must quarantine for 10 days and be symptom free before returning to work or school.

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Based on rising numbers of positive COVID-19 cases across the state of Texas and following the guidance of our university’s chief medical officer, Texas State students living in on-campus housing will need to complete a COVID-19 test prior to move-in.  

    • Testing prior to arrival in San Marcos will allow individuals who are positive to isolate in their hometowns with support of family. 
    • You must complete a COVID-19 PCR test within 7 days prior to your assigned move-in date. Contact your healthcare provider or visit your state or local health department’s website to find the latest local information on testing.  
    • At move-in, you will need to show proof of a negative test result within the last 7 days or documentation of a positive COVID-19 test within the last 90 days.  
    • Being fully vaccinated does not exempt you from testing due to the possibility of breakthrough cases among vaccinated individuals. Vaccinated individuals infected with Delta variant of COVID-19 can spread the virus to others.  
    • If you are unable to test before arrival, there will be free, rapid COVID-19 tests at a centralized location on campus between 9am-5pm on August 15-17. Please allow 1-2 hours for this process. Students and families will not be permitted to check-in or move belonging into on-campus housing until a negative test result is received. Students who test positive will need to return home to isolate for 10 days before coming back to Texas State campuses. 
    • The department of Housing and Residential Life will be sending out revised instructions on where to begin the move-in process.
  • Students who must isolate or quarantine should report to Bobcat Trace and contact their professors to make appropriate arrangements for completing assignments. Students can notify their professors directly or utilize the absence notifications form. Within 24 hours, contact tracers will provide instructions via email. Students should forward this email to their professors. Such arrangements are expected to be like those offered in the past for students who missed class due to illness. Faculty members will be responsible for determining appropriate arrangements.

    Student employees who must isolate or quarantine should report to Bobcat Trace and visit with their supervisor.

  • Student organizations may work with their advisors or the department of Student Involvement on pre-event planning and to review suggestions for event organizers

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

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