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Texas State University Statements Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Pandemic and Post-Pandemic Work Groups

May 18, 2020

In my May 1, 2020 email to the Texas State University community about our preparation to resume in-person teaching for summer II classes and the fall semester, I outlined several work groups established to create a plan that protects the safety and wellbeing of our students, faculty, and staff as they return to live, learn, and work on our campuses. Read the full message.


Spring and Summer Commencement Ceremonies

President Denise M. Trauth | May 11, 2020

When the decision was made to move classes to remote delivery after spring break to protect our Texas State University community from the spread of the coronavirus, we also decided to postpone spring commencement to August 6 and 8, 2020, to coincide with August 7, 2020, summer ceremonies. Read the full message.


Week Six of Remote Instruction: Roundup

Dr. Gene Bourgeois, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs | May 9, 2020

As we end the sixth week of remote instruction in spring 2020, please join me in celebrating the resilience and courage of our faculty, staff, and students in making numerous and successful transitions in response to COVID-19. Texas State University’s community spirit and shared values have never been more apparent and important.  Read the full message.


Plans Move Forward for Summer II and Fall In-person Instruction

Texas State University President Denise Trauth | May 1, 2020

Today, the Texas State University System announced that its seven member institutions, including Texas State University, have begun plans to resume face-to-face instruction. Texas State will return to in-person instruction for the summer II session which begins July 6, and for the fall 2020 semester. Summer I classes (June 1 – July 2) will be delivered remotely. Read the full message.


Week Five of Remote Instruction: Roundup

Dr. Gene Bourgeois, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs | May 1, 2020

As we close the fifth week of remote instruction, I am reminded of how much has changed at Texas State University since mid-March 2020. Throughout it all, I have been inspired by the numerous displays of cooperation, transparency, and innovation as we swiftly adapted to the challenges of COVID-19. Read the full message.


Safety is priority as Texas State University prepares return to face-to-face instruction

May 1, 2020

In preparation to resume in-person teaching for classes held during the second summer session beginning July 6 and the fall 2020 semester, Texas State University has established several pandemic and post-pandemic work groups to address areas related to safety, learning and university operations. Read the full message.


TSUS Institutions Plan to Resume Face-to-Face Instruction This Fall

May 1, 2020

The Texas State University System’s seven member institutions have begun plans to resume face-to-face instruction this fall, while implementing enhanced health and safety measures to minimize the spread of COVID-19. Read the full message.


Stay the Course Bobcats—Safety Measures Remain at Texas State

Eric Algoe, Vice President for Finance and Support Services | April 30, 2020

Although some shelter-in-place orders are expiring or being amended at the state, county and local levels, all safety measures Texas State University implemented in response to the COVID-19 pandemic remain in place through the Summer 1 session (July 2, 2020).  Read the full message.


Week Four of Remote Instruction: Roundup

Dr. Gene Bourgeois, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs | April 24, 2020

As we close the fourth week of remote instruction, I want to highlight the positive innovations that continue to result from Texas State University’s strategic and values-based response to COVID-19.  Thank you for your significant commitment to ensuring a healthy and successful spring semester for all. Read the full message.


Texas State University Provides $30 Million in Assistance to Students

President Denise M. Trauth | April 23, 2020

I am announcing today the launch of Bobcat Cares to help ease the financial strain many of you are experiencing. Through Bobcat Cares, we will give $30 million in relief to Texas State students, including providing funds directly to currently enrolled and eligible students with COVID-19 related expenses, emergency grants to all students enrolled in summer courses, pro-rated refunds of certain spring semester charges, and a new scholarship to assist with fee and tuition costs for the fall 2020 semester. Read the full message.


Use of Facemasks on Campus

Emilio Carranco, M.D., M.S., Director, Student Health Center | April 23, 2020

While social distancing, hand-washing and staying home if sick remain the most important strategies for slowing the spread of COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends using cloth face coverings in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.  Based on this CDC recommendation, Texas State University is encouraging faculty, staff and student employees working on campus whose work makes it difficult to maintain social distancing to use cloth facemasks. Read the full message.


Week Three of Remote Instruction: Roundup

Dr. Gene Bourgeois, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs | April 17, 2020

As we close the third week of remote instruction, I want to thank you for your significant commitment and efforts in making the transition.  My office has received many compliments on how well our faculty and staff are supporting students, and each other, to ensure a healthy and successful spring semester for all.  I could not be prouder of the unprecedented collaboration and community spirit that is alive and well at Texas State. Read the full message.


FFCRA Leave Request Forms Now Available in SAP

John E. McBride, Assistant Vice President for Human Resources | April 17, 2020

Texas State University staff, faculty, and undergraduate and graduate student workers have two additional options for leave as announced on March 31, 2020— Emergency Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave.  The university is providing these options to Texas State employees as part of the newly enacted Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).  Employees who wish to request either FFCRA leave category will now find two new leave forms in SAP. Read the full message.


Week Two of Remote Instruction: Roundup

Dr. Gene Bourgeois, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs | April 10, 2020

As we end our second week of remote instruction, this message provides responses to feedback and questions received by my office on matters related to Texas State’s COVID-19 response. This week’s roundup begins with four decisions that were made after consulting the Faculty Senate and academic leadership. Read the full message.


Counseling Center COVID-19 Mental Health Resources- Upcoming Webinar and more!

Texas State University Counseling Center | April 9, 2020

The Counseling Center has developed a Webinar for Texas State Students, Faculty, and Staff. This webinar will provide strategies for psychological coping and wellness, managing various responsibilities, and adjusting to online/distance learning. This information will be helpful for students in fostering academic resilience and success. In addition, this webinar will provide helpful resources for students adapting to academic, social, and environmental changes due to COVID-19. Read the full message.


A Message from Dr. Denise Trauth, President of Texas State University

President Trauth | April 8, 2020

Dear Friends, I'd like to take a moment to remind all our Bobcats, no matter where you find yourself right now, Texas State is always your home and your fellow Bobcats will always be your family. Watch the video message.


Williamson County extends stay-home-stay-safe order to April 30

Dr. Ruth B. Welborn, AVP for Academic Affairs Round Rock Campus | April 8, 2020

You may be aware that Williamson County, including our Round Rock Campus, is under a Stay-At-Home order through 11:59 p.m. on April 30, 2020. The order was issued by Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell and is intended to help control the spread of COVID-19 by keeping people isolated at home. Read the full message.


Emergency Notification: COVID-19 Message

Dr. Emilio Carranco, TXST Chief Medical Officer and Director, Student Health Center  | April 3, 2020

Today, the university learned that a student in our Texas State University community tested positive for COVID-19 on March 30, 2020.  The student came back to campus with a parent to move out of the residence hall on March 27, 2020.  The student was asymptomatic at that time and did not have close contact with anyone other than the parent. Read the full message.


Week One of Remote Instruction: Roundup

Dr. Gene Bourgeois, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs | April 3, 2020

Let me begin by acknowledging the tremendous efforts by our faculty, staff, and students in making the first week of remote instruction a success.  As we end this historic week, I wanted to answer several questions, highlight resources, and provide reassurance that the university is here to support you every step of the way. Read the full message.


Announcement regarding Summer 2020 Courses and Summer/Fall 2020 Registration

Dr. Gene Bourgeois, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs | April 1, 2020

To make summer 2020 courses at Texas State as accessible as possible while ensuring the continued safety of our students, faculty, and staff, we will move scheduled class sections that start meeting at any point in June to online/remote delivery, and return to face-to-face and online classroom delivery for the Summer II session (July 6 – August 5). Read the full message.


Research Laboratories Restricted to Only Essential Activities

Dr. Gene Bourgeois, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs | April 1, 2020

Laboratory-based science is an important component of our research mission at Texas State University. Circumstances related to the coronavirus pandemic now require us to work together to temporarily restrict access to laboratories on the Texas State campuses for the health and safety of faculty, staff, and students, and to comply with the stay-at-home directives now in place throughout Central Texas. Read the full message.


Spring 2020 Final Grades

Dr. Gene Bourgeois, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs | March 31, 2020

As part of the transition to remote instruction for the spring 2020 semester, Texas State University will make a temporary change to the final grades policy. This change will provide students with the option to request modification of final course grades to the “EP” (emergency pass) grades. Read the full message.


Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Eric Algoe, Vice President for Finance and Support Services | March 31, 2020

Signed into law on March 18, 2020, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act  (FFCRA) provides two new distinct leave categories that Texas State University is making available to all students, staff, and faculty to alleviate some of the work, health, family, and leave challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the full message.


Confirmed COVID-19 Case in Texas State University Community

Emilio Carranco, M.D., M.S., Chief Medical Officer and Director, Student Health Center | March 27, 2020

Today, the university learned that a faculty member in our Texas State University community tested positive for COVID-19.  The faculty member became ill during spring break on 3/17/20 while away from the San Marcos university campus. Read the full message.


Summer and Fall 2020 Registration Delayed

TXST University Registrar | March 27, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we are delaying the start of summer and fall registration by one week to April 6. Read the full message.


New Financial Constraints Implemented

Dr. Denise M. Trauth, President | March 27, 2020

As we prepare to welcome back our students to the completion of the spring semester through remote and alternate delivery methods, I want to thank you all for your leadership during this time of unprecedented challenge.  I am very proud of the dedication you have shown to our students and each other as we have made difficult decisions to protect our community.  Now as the economic effect of the COVID-19 pandemic becomes more apparent, we must prepare for the reality that the events attendant to the virus will have an impact on our financial future. Read the full message.


Impact of COVID-19 on Laboratory Based Research

Dr. Gene Bourgeois, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs | March 27, 2020

This is a challenging time for everyone and certainly the research community is facing the daunting task of continuing to advance their important work while keeping health and safety as a top priority. Read the full message.


E-NPO Changes Related to COVID-19

Lisa Braun, Director of General Accounting | March 27, 2020

Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the new e-NPO procedures. These procedures will help the university identify COVID-19 costs and are in effect for the duration of the disaster declaration period.  Read the full message.


Bobcat Shuttle Service Schedule and San Marcos Transit Adjustments

Steven Herrera, Director, Transportation Services | March 27, 2020

In response to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, effective Monday, March 30, 2020, the Bobcat Shuttle service will adjust to a new schedule. Read the full message.


Hays County “Stay At Home” Order

Dr. Joanne H. Smith, Vice President for Student Affairs | March 26, 2020

Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra has issued a “Stay at Home” Order for Hays County, including San Marcos, that goes into effect at 11 p.m. tonight, March 26. The order includes a curfew from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m., except for essential workers whose employment requires it. Read the full message.


Hays County Stay-at-Home Order & What it Means to Us 
 

Eric Algoe, Vice President, Finance and Support Services | March 26, 2020

Last night,  Hays County joined Williamson, Travis, and Bexar counties in issuing a Stay-at-Home order for residents. Public universities such as Texas State are considered an essential function of state government and must remain open with essential staffing while stay-at-home orders are in place. Read the full message.


Texas State University statement in response to Travis County, Bexar County, Williamson County, Hays County stay-at-home orders 

Texas State University | March 25, 2020

Texas State University remains open to provide essential services to students and employees. Read the full message.


Sewell Park Closure

Email from Eric Algoe, Vice President for Finance and Support Services to Students, Faculty and Staff | March 24, 2020

In order to best serve the interest of public health, Sewell Park on the Texas State University San Marcos Campus will close at sunset today, March 24, 2020, and remain closed until further notice. Read the full message.

Revised Essential Office Operations

Email from President Trauth to Faculty and Staff | March 23, 2020

To enable Texas State University employees to comply with shelter-in-place or other restrictions that may be issued by local or state officials, we are providing the following guidance regarding managing your work schedule.  Read the full message.



Important information about remote course delivery, commencement, and housing

Email from President Trauth to Students, Faculty and Staff | March 19, 2020

To protect our students, faculty, and staff from the ongoing spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), the decision has been made to move courses to remote or alternative delivery beginning March 30 through the end of the spring semester.  Read the full message.


Email from Emilio Carranco, M.D., M.S. to Students, Faculty and Staff | March 18, 2020

COVID-19 continues to spread in the United States but there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Texas State campuses at this time. Read the full message.



Email from Eric Algoe, Vice President for Finance and Support Services to Faculty and Staff | March 16, 2020

Three important exceptions to policy that we are implementing for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester are more flexible rules around work from home, leave usage for child care if schools are closed, and accessing the sick leave pool if this specific leave is exhausted. Read the full message


Email to Students, Faculty and Staff | March 9, 2020

Out of an abundance of caution, Texas State University is monitoring 10 people who are self-isolating at home and are not on campus. The cases are connected to international travel. There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 among the individuals self-isolating and there is no reason for alarm. Read the full message

Email to Students, Faculty and Staff | March 9, 2020

Out of an abundance of caution, Texas State University is monitoring 10 people who are self-isolating at home and are not on campus. The cases are connected to international travel. There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 among the individuals self-isolating and there is no reason for alarm. Read the full message


Cancellations and Restrictions on International Travel

Email from President to Students, Faculty and Staff | March 6, 2020

As new cases of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) emerge and our university community prepares for spring break, I want to share some expanded travel restrictions and important updates to safeguard our faculty, staff, and students. Read the full message


City & Regional Partners Coordinate Coronavirus and Flu Precautions

Press release from the City of San Marcos | March 5, 2020

The City of San Marcos in coordination with Hays County, Texas State University, Congressman Lloyd Doggett’s office, local school districts, regional and state agencies, met Wednesday, Mar. 4 to coordinate and discuss efforts underway to address Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Read the full message


Coronavirus (COVID19) University Update

Email from President to Students, Faculty and Staff | March 2, 2020

As news continues to evolve about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), it is understandable there may be concern on our campuses and in our community. I am providing this update to inform you about the precautionary measures being taken at Texas State University. I also want to stress that this is a time for all of us to demonstrate compassion, civility, and personal responsibility as we make the best decisions for our community. Read the full message


University Update Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Email from VPSA@txstate.edu - Dr. Emilio Carranco - to Faculty, Staff and students | February 28, 2020

Over the past several weeks, Texas State University has been preparing for the possible spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The Texas State Student Health Center continues to monitor the situation and is collaborating with local public health authorities as new recommendations and guidance are provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Read the full message


Health Advisory: Novel Coronavirus and Recent Travel to Wuhan, Hubei Province, China

Division of Student Affairs | January 24, 2020

The outbreak of a respiratory illness caused by a new Coronavirus (2019 n-CoV) in China is being closely monitored by the CDC and World Health Organization. Cases of the illness have been reported in several other countries, including at least two confirmed cases in the U.S. Risk to the U.S. population is considered low at this time. However, any person that develops fever and signs of a respiratory illness (cough or shortness of breath) and has traveled to Wuhan, or Hubei Province, in China during the previous 14 days should seek medical care. Early symptoms could include chills, body aches, runny nose, sore throat or headache. Healthcare providers should be contacted prior to the visit to alert them to the respiratory symptoms and recent travel to China. Precautions should be taken to reduce the possible transmission of infection by covering coughs or sneezes, wearing a surgical mask, limiting contact with others and washing hands frequently. The Student Health Center is monitoring the situation and will follow any guidance provided by the CDC or state/local health department as the situation evolves. For more details about the Novel Coronavirus outbreak, check the CDC website 2019 Novel Coronavirus. Students can schedule an appointment at the Student Health Center by calling 512-245-2161.


Travel Advisory for China

Darryl Borgonah, Associate Vice President, Financial Services | February 6, 2020

In accordance with Texas State University System Rules and Regulations, all university-sponsored travel is hereby restricted for employees and students based on the Level 4 travel advisory for China issued by the U.S. Department of State effective immediately.

Questions and concerns regarding this matter may be directed to the Travel Office at 512-245-2775 or travel@txstate.edu.


2020 Education Abroad Trip Cancelled to China Due to Coronavirus

Texas State Newsroom | January 30, 2020

In response to the Novel Coronavirus outbreak, Texas State University has cancelled a planned summer 2020 Education Abroad trip to China. The cancellation is in accordance with the Texas State University System travel policy which stipulates that graduate and undergraduate students are not permitted to undertake official travel to regions designated Advisory Level 3 (Reconsider Travel) or 4 (Do Not Travel) by the United States Department of State. China has been designated a Travel Advisory Level 3, and Hubei Province in China as Level 4. Read the full message

For more information, contact University Communications:

Jayme Blaschke, 512-245-2555

Sandy Pantlik, 512-245-2922