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SHSU Updates:

As of 11:00 a.m. on April 3

  • New federal employee leave information (see Employee FAQ)
  • Allowances to grading structure (see Student FAQ)
  • Closing and consolidation of residence halls effective April (see Student FAQ)

Important Dates:

  • Closing and consolidating residence halls effective April 5
  • For students moving home, all belonging must be out of residence halls by April 5
  • Must voluntarily check out of residence hall by April 5 to receive 40% credit
  • Spring Commencement: July 30 & 31 (order cap & gown by July 7)

Older updates can be found in the archives

Letter from the President

March 25, 2020 1:55 p.m.

Dear Students,

These are truly exceptional times. As the COVID-19 public health crisis unfolds, every day brings new challenges and guidance. Our SHSU administration has been tirelessly consulting available resources to make decisions that are in the best interest of the health and welfare of our campus community.

I understand many of you may be facing financial hardship with numerous businesses closing or reducing hours. Our Bearkat community is here to help. 

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What do current students need to know?

  • What should I do if I feel ill or am showing symptoms of COVID-19 after being exposed to someone who tested positive?

    If you feel ill: 

    • Make an appointment with your healthcare provider.
    • Students can make an appointment at Student Health Services by calling 936-294-1805, M-F from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Staff will determine whether you will come into the center or if we can assist you via telephone or video chat telemedicine.

    If you are showing symptoms after being exposed:

    • You must call the Department of State Health Services. Dial 2‑1‑1, then choose Option 6. Hours: 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., 7 days per week
    • If you experience difficulty when dialing 2-1-1, please email coronavirus@dshs.texas.gov.

    Important Reminders:

    • Please do not show up at a clinic, urgent care or other healthcare facility without calling first.
    • Your provider may need to take special measures to protect other people in the clinic. Telemedicine may also be available, enabling you to consult a provider from home.
    • If you have symptoms such as a cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, contact your primary care doctor first.
    • Do not go to an emergency room. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs.
    • Practice social distancing. Stay indoors and avoid contact with others, just as you would with the flu. Those with contagious diseases should stay home from work or school until they are well.
    • People with fever, cough and respiratory issues should seek immediate medical attention.
  • How is SHSU responding to the Governor’s Executive Order?

    In the Governor’s Executive Order Number GA 088 issued on March 19, 2020, all “schools,” dining facilities, and gyms were instructed to temporarily close.

    While schools refer to K-12, SHSU has implemented a number of operational changes and guidelines:

    1. All classes have been moved to remote learning starting on March 23 through the remainder of the semester.
    2. Student services have moved to online/remote formats to continue serving our campus community.
    3. Self-quarantine requirements have been implemented.
    4. Students that can go home are encouraged to do so. Credits for residence halls and dining, will be processed.
    5. All dining rooms are closed. As of March 21, we will be providing hot, to-go meals for those students and employees who remain on campus.
    6. The Recreational Sports Center/HKC is closed.
    7. All events on campus with more than 10 people have been cancelled through May 15. Commencement has been postponed.
    8. All university-sponsored travel has been suspended.

    SHSU will continue to monitor guidelines and respond as needed. 

  • What if I need to miss class?

    As of March 23, SHSU will move all courses to remote delivery for the remainder of the semester. However, should you have the need to miss class for medical or other documented reasons, please utilize this form and the Dean of Students Office will notify your professors. 

  • Will SHSU change to a pass/no pass system?

    In an opt-in, pass/no pass or credit/no credit option, students with a C or above have the pass or credit and those with a D or F grade receive a no-pass or no-credit.  Students must finish the semester with the P/NP or C/NC being issued based upon their grade at the end of the semester. After careful consideration and much exploration, SHSU will not change to a pass/no pass (P/NP) system. Instead, the university has made several modifications to its grading system to ensure that all students are successful this semester by:

    • reaching out to students who have not completed coursework or responded to professors.
    • extending the drop deadline until May 1, which is the last work day before final exams. This gives students the autonomy needed to measure their individual progress and greater control in determining their success, as well as providing maximum flexibility in each course up until the day before finals.
    • allowing individual students to request an “incomplete.”  Some students, based upon their individual needs, will require more time to finish a course and, given the issues related to COVID-19, we are committed to working with them to make sure they have every opportunity to succeed.
    • working with department chairs to develop an approach to grade appeals that will take into consideration the challenges students are now facing.

     

    Why will SHSU not change to a Pass/No Pass (P/NP) system? 

    All grading structures have been explored including the pass/no pass options some public universities are providing. In these cases, students with a C or above have the pass or credit and those with a D or F grade receive a no-pass or no-credit. Students must finish the semester with the P/NP or C/NC being issued based upon their grade at the end of the semester.  At this point, the university feels that changing to a P/NP grading structure would be too disruptive and cause too many unintended, negative consequences such as:

    • May disrupt or prevent student financial aid and veteran aid awards for summer and/or fall due to impact on academic standing
    • P/NP grade in a course that is a prerequisite for a subsequent course may negatively impact progress or timing in completing a major
    • Posting of P/NP grades may prevent a student from satisfying requirements for Latin Honors (cum laude, magna cum laude, summa cum laude)
    • Eligibility for Dean’s & President’s Lists
    • Future eligibility to qualify for graduate school including law and graduate professional health programs
    • P/NP grades may extend time on of an academic probation period
    • Meeting certification requirements (i.e. student teaching)
    • Student athlete NCAA eligibility

    These outcomes can have a unique effect on each student’s academic plan, based on individual circumstances, and can even have a differential impact at the course level.  Instead of changing to a Pass/No Pass system, we will allow for exceptions to our guidelines, wherever possible, to assist students on an individual basis and provide the best possible opportunity to succeed.

  • Will residence halls remain open?

    In order to manage residential services more efficiently, the university will close the following buildings and consolidate those students needing to remain living on campus to another building, effective Sunday, April 5.

    All residents who live in Anne Shaver, Baldwin, Crawford, Creager, Gibbs, Houston, Mallon, Texas, Tripod, and Woodland houses must either return home, or move into a new space in White Hall or Piney Woods Hall.  It is strongly encouraged that students move home.   You will not be able to choose which space you are moved to, or be able to make roommate or suitemate requests.  All check-outs and moves will occur beginning Thursday, April 2 and must be completed by Sunday, April 5.

    1. Students who are moving home must remove all their belongings and return their key to hall staff by Sunday, April 5 at 5:00 pm. Please return your keys to staff at your hall office between 8am and 5pm on Thursday and Friday.  If it is after 5pm or on the weekend, you must contact the staff on duty to return your keysIf there is some reason why you cannot move your belongings by April 5, you will not be able to access the building again until May 1.  Please contact the Residence Life Office at 936-294-1815 if you have questions.
    1. Students who are moving to a new space on campus must contact the Residence Life Office at 936-294-1815 by Friday, April 3 at noon to receive your new assignment. There will be no additional charge for the move to one of these buildings; your rent rate will remain the same as it is currently.  All moves must be made by April 5, as you will no longer have access to the building after that.
    1. Students who require further assistance regarding their move may contact Mrs. Retha Utley at 936-294-3296 by 2:00 pm on Friday, April 3.

     

  • Is SHSU going to close campus?

    Beginning March 23, SHSU will move courses to remote delivery for the remainder of the semester. 

  • What fees can I get credit for?

    Housing and Dining

    Students who voluntarily checkout of their rooms by April 5 will receive a maximum 40% credit for housing and dining. This percentage will decrease on a pro-rated basis if students voluntarily checkout later in the semester.

    The credit will be applied to the students’ remaining account balance starting on March 30.  Any additional credit would be applied to a future term (not limited to housing and dining) within the next twelve months. 

    Graduating seniors will receive the prorated amount, minus any balance owed, as a refund. This refund will be processed by Student Financial Services after grades are posted. Visit the Residence Life website for information on how to checkout of your room. 

    Parking Fees

    Students will receive parking credits for the spring 2020 semester if they are not returning for summer session(s). These credits are based on Parking and Transportation’s current return schedule.

    You must apply for a parking credit by March 31, 2020. To apply, email parking@shsu.edu or call 936.294.1800.

    • A Residential ePermit credit will be $27
    • A Zone 2 ePermit credit will be $24.75

    All credits (minus any outstanding debt) will be applied to a future term within the next 12 months. Students who elect to receive this credit and decide to return to campus for summer sessions will be responsible for the credited amount. 

    A permit is still required to park on campus. 

    Distance Learning Fees

    Distance learning fees will not be credited. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, SHSU rapidly transitioned all face-to-face classes to remote instruction for the remaining six weeks of the semester. Unlike those courses specifically designed for online delivery and support, remote instruction is a combination of technologies temporarily pulled together as an interim delivery solution.  

    Mandatory Fees

    No credits or refunds will be made for mandatory fees. As opposed to fee for service, such as dining, mandatory fees help to cover total costs associated with the infrastructure supporting student services. This includes, but is not limited to, facility bond payments, maintenance as well as regular operating costs, many of which are fixed.

    Graduation Application Fee

    The graduation application fee will not be credited as the fee funds the printing of the individual degrees awarded.

    Cap and Gown

    If you plan to graduate in a future term, the cap and gown you purchased can be used at that time.  If you wish to receive a refund, submit your request on the Herff-Jones website.

  • Will events (including athletic and commencement) be cancelled?

    At this time, all SHSU events over 10 people are suspended through May 15, 2020, as per CDC guidelines.

    Ring Ceremony: The Spring Ring Ceremony is cancelled and rings will be distributed directly to students. Please verify your shipping address by April 13. Due to COVID-19, the ring manufacturer,  Balfour, is temporarily closing its operations until at least April 13, 2020. Therefore, ring shipments will be unavoidably delayed for a minimum of 30-60 days from whatever date the factory is able to reopen.

    Commencement: Commencement will not be cancelled, but the May ceremonies will be postponed until July 30th and July 31st. Those scheduled to graduate in May will have their degree conferred with May’s date. Diplomas will be printed and mailed to your permanent legal address on file with the university. The commencement schedule will be released at a later date. Students can still order cap and gowns online through July 7.

    Athletics: The Southland Conference announced on March 14 that all remaining spring sports competitions and championship events have been canceled, effective immediately. SHSU Athletics has also prohibited all team activities, organized or voluntary, through March 30 at which time campus leaders will make determinations on other immediate and longer-term issues, such as team practice opportunities and other activities. 

  • Is there any emergency financial assistance available for students due to COVID-19?

    Yes. The SHSU Emergency Fund was established to provide temporary financial assistance to those students who have hardships due to COVID-19. Depending on your circumstances, you may qualify for emergency fund assistance. To start the process, please complete the Emergency Fund Form by March 31.

  • What buildings are open?

    In helping to contain the spread of COVID-19 on our university, beginning March 31, 2020, all campus buildings, with the exception of those listed below, will require SHSU keycard access for entry.

    Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    • Newton Gresham Library
    • Academic Building I
    • Estill Building
    • Visitors Center - Live-streaming campus tours
    • Health/Counseling Center - Walk-in and online appointments are not being accepted. All appointments should be scheduled by calling 936-294-1805 for the Health Center and 936.294.1720 for the Counseling Center.
    • Psychological Services Center (Monday & Tuesday: 8 a.m. -5 p.m., Wednesdays: noon – 5 p.m.) Face-to-face services temporarily suspended.
    • KatPost - All UPS and FedEx packages will be delivered to KatPost until further notice.

    Open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    • LSC

    The following computer labs will be open via keycard access only from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    • Margaret Lea Houston

    Most university offices will continue offering their services virtually during this time.

    For more information regarding the services of a specific office, visit department website or monitor this page for up-to-date campus hours of operation.

  • What Academic Departments and Student Services are open?

    Residence Halls: Open

    Dining: Providing hot meals in To-Go containers for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. No longer offering dine-in services.

    Academic Departments: At this time, all academic offices and academic support offices will be open remotely during normal business hours. Academic Dean’s offices will be open, but with limited staff. Please call or email before coming to campus.

    College of Osteopathic Medicine: Closed

    Graduate School: Open during normal business hours. However, due to reduced staff, please call before coming to campus.

    Rec Sports: Closed. Visit the Rec Sports website for online fitness and programming. 

    Student Health Center: Open with regular business hours. You MUST call 926-294-1805 to schedule an appointment – no walk-in services allowed.

    Counseling Center: Providing counseling services through web or phone. Call 936-294-1720 to begin services.  Checkout our online self-help program TAO connect using your SHSU email address for additional tools for coping during stressful times.

    Advising Center: Open to new and current students during regularly posted hours. Walk-in appointments are suspended throughout the semester. You can make an appointment through Campus Connect or by contacting the SAM Center. Students served by faculty advisors should contact their advisors or department directly.

    Career Services: Open during regular business hours. Walk-in appointments are suspended through the rest of the semester. Students can make appointments via Campus Connect. Students and alumni can have resumes and cover letters reviewed by sending them to careerservices@shsu.edu

    Testing Center: The Testing Center is evaluating testing availability on a daily basis. If unavailable, examinees with appointments will be contacted to discuss rescheduling and remote test options. Please visit the Testing Center website for current operating hours or email test.ctr@shsu.edu for more information.

    Academic Success Center: The Academic Success Center is open and all services are available in an online format.  No physical appointments or walk-ins are available, but you can reach the center at 936-294-3680 or asc@shsu.edu. Please view the Academic Success Center website for information about services, schedules, and appointments. 

    Newton Gresham Library: Open, with reduced staff, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., until April 3.

    The Woodlands Center: Closed to the general public except for the Counseling Clinic, which will be open on Tuesdays from 1-9 p.m. and Thursdays from noon-6 p.m. for clients with appointments. However, times/days may be shortened based upon demand. The building will be open to nursing faculty and staff per established schedule.

    Food Pantry: Open. During the following hours:

    Monday/Tuesday/Thursday: 9 am – 3 pm
    Wednesday: 9 am – 5 pm
    Friday: 9 am – Noon

    Computer Labs:

    Newton Gresham Library & Library Reference – Follows Library Business Hours:
    M - F 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    CHSS 130 – Regular Spring Hours:
    M - Th 7 a.m. - 12 a.m. | F 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. | Sat/Sun Closed

    Woodforest 24 hours, 7 days a week with Bearkat OneCard access

    The Woodlands Center:
    M - F 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    SHSU Physicians Clinic: The clinic, located in Conroe, TX, is open to the public as an essential service to public health. Please call 936.525.3600 or schedule an appointment online.

  • Are student-workers allowed to work?

    Yes. Student workers should return to work as normal unless they are under self-quarantine or under a government shelter order. If the student worker’s job duties can be performed by telecommuting or other remote methods, the appropriate authority level must fill out the temporary telecommuting form. A telecommuting employee will report their time as if they were on campus for the duration of the self-quarantine.

    At the present time, if a student worker is not working or telecommuting and their job responsibilities are not classified as “essential,” they will not be eligible for compensation. 

  • How does COVID-19 impact students on a payment plan?

    Our university community is facing many challenges due to COVID-19, including financial hardships. In response, SHSU is waiving late fees for all remaining Spring 2020 installments (April and May). If you are charged a late fee, please contact the Cashier’s Office.

  • Will registration be impacted?

    Summer and Fall 2020 registration will continue as planned on the Academic Calendar. Courses for summer and fall are scheduled to be taught with the traditional face-to-face and online instructional modalities as currently noted in the class schedule. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation to determine if changes to the instruction modalities are deemed necessary. Please check the Registration Toolbox in MySam for updates.

  • What about GI Bill benefits?

    GI Bill students will continue to receive benefits for Spring and Summer 2020 semesters even as courses move to an online/remote format. If you have any questions, please contact the Veterans Resource Center at 936-294-1046 or through email at veterans@shsu.edu

  • Does SHSU have any travel restrictions?

    If you or someone in your household travelled via public, common carrier (i.e. bus, train, plane, vans, etc.), from March 7 until further notice, you must self-quarantine, beginning on the date of your return, for 14-days as per CDC guidelines. 

    As per Governor Abbott’s Executive Order on March 26, if you or someone in your household have travelled by air from the states of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and New Orleans, you MUST self-quarantine, beginning on the date of your possible exposure, for 14 days, as per CDC guidelines.

    As of March 15, 2020, all university-related travel by common carrier has been canceled through April 14, 2020. All non-essential university travel is suspended for the same time period. Any questions regarding non-essential travel should be directed to your supervisor.

  • Will parking be enforced?

    Beginning Monday, March 23, valid ePermit holders may park in all parking zones, with the exception of Zone 1 and the parking garage, without receiving a citation. The parking garage and reserved parking spaces are restricted to permit holders, as well as those who choose to use pay-by-hour only. 

    A permit is still required to park on campus.  The campus parking map can be found on the parking website. 

What do employees need to know?

  • Is SHSU going to close campus?

    Spring break is extended through March 22. Beginning March 23, SHSU will move courses to remote delivery for the remainder of the semester. Faculty and staff should report to work on Monday, March 16. 

  • What happens if SHSU has a suspected or positive case of COVID-19?

    To protect medical privacy, SHSU legally cannot release personal information about any university community member who is being monitored or tested for COVID-19. If there is a positive case, any individuals identified as having potential exposure to COVID-19 cases will be directly notified by public health officials with the Texas Department of State Health Services.

  • What should I do if my county or my employee's county issued a home/shelter-in-place order?

    For employees: 

    If you are not already telecommuting, and the county in which you reside issues a stay at home/shelter in place order, please contact your supervisor immediately. Your supervisor will explore work requirements and options with you. SHSU staff under a stay at home/shelter order will work in-person when required by the supervisor or telework, if appropriate for the position.  Employees that cannot work or telework should fill out the COVID Leave Form. Employees must first use federally required emergency sick leave of up to 80 hours for full-time employee and a pro-rated amount for part-time employees. If the county remains under a stay at home/shelter in place order, a non-working employee will receive institutionally provided emergency leave. 

    For supervisors:

    There are several options regarding employee leave status:

    1. If your employee’s job duties can be performed by telecommuting or other remote methods, please have the appropriate authority level fill out the temporary telecommuting form. The employee will report their time as if they were on campus for the duration of the stay at home/shelter in place order.
    2. If the employee’s job duties are essential to the critical operations and delivery of services for the university, and cannot be performed by telecommuting or other remote methods, provide the employee with a transit letter on letterhead from the appropriate vice president.
    3. If your employee’s job duties are not essential and cannot be performed by telecommuting or other remote methods, please instruct your employee fill out the COVID Leave Form and report time as FFCRA leave for the first 80 hours (for full-time employees and a pro-rated amount for part-time employees).  Any additional periods under a shelter order will be reported as SHSU emergency leave. 

    For student workers: 

    Student workers that continued to work through the COVID Pandemic (including those that returned to work after self-quarantining in March) will receive a one-time pay based upon average hours the student has worked. 

  • I have been approved to telecommute. Now what do I do?
    • All temporary telecommuting begins, upon approval, through April 10, 2020. However, this date is subject to change at the discretion of the department head/director or university.
    • Monitor COVID-19 website for most up-to-date changes.  
    • You must continue to report your time as you would on campus.
    • Visit shsu.edu/remote-work for tutorials and other information.
  • Am I eligible to receive emergency paid sick leave if I self-quarantine?

    Recent federal legislation allows any full-time employee unable to work due to one of the COVID-19 related conditions below to receive the employee’s full rate of pay up to 80 hours of paid sick leave. (Part time employees are eligible for a prorated amount.)

    1. Self-quarantine or government issued isolation order;
    2. Self-quarantine on the advice of a health care provider;
    3. Experiencing symptoms and seeking a medical diagnosis;
    4. Caring for an individual subject to an order described in (1) or self-quarantined as described in (2);
    5. Caring for a child whose school or place of care is closed; or
    6. Experiencing any other substantially-similar condition specified by federal or state authorities.

    This leave is effective April 1 through December 31, 2020.

  • What if I started my self-quarantine prior to April 1, 2020? Am I still eligible for the emergency sick leave pay?

    All full-time employees receive up to 80 hours of emergency sick leave available for use on April 1, 2020. This leave is not be reduced by earlier awarded emergency leave or loss of compensation payments for periods of self-quarantine up to March 31, 2020. 

  • I was sent home to self-quarantine on the advice of a health care professional. My test (or the test of my close contact) was negative. Can I come back to work?

    Return to work is based upon the guidance of a medical professional in conjunction with the direction of your supervisor.

  • Are medical notes required for employees?

    No, medical documentation requirements for COVID-19 self-quarantine are being waived.

  • What precautions should employees take returning to campus?

    Employees on campus should continue to practice social distancing, wash your hands and avoid touching your face as per the CDC.

  • I can’t come to work because my child’s school is closed. What should I do?

    If you cannot come to work because you are caring for a child whose school or place of care is closed for reasons related to COVID-19, effective April 1 through December 31, 2020, you should visit with your supervisor regarding flexible work options including:

    • Telecommuting 
    • Flextime
    • Use of accrued leave
    • Emergency Paid Sick Leave under FFCRA and as described elsewhere in this FAQ
    • Emergency Family Medical Leave for Child Care under the FFCRA and as described elsewhere in this FAQ
  • If I am home with my child because his or her school or place of care is closed, or child care provider is unavailable, do I get paid sick leave, expanded family and medical leave, or both?

    You may be eligible for both types of leave, but only if not telecommuting and only for a total of twelve weeks of paid leave. You may take both emergency paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave to care for your child whose school or place of care is closed, or child care provider is unavailable, due to COVID-19 related reasons. The Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act provides an initial two weeks of paid leave which covers the first 10 workdays of expanded family and medical leave. Otherwise, you can use accrued leave or leave without pay for the first two weeks of Emergency Family Medical Leave for child care reasons. After the first 10 workdays have elapsed, you will receive 2/3 of your regular rate of pay for the hours you would have been scheduled to work

  • Is child care leave unpaid for the first two weeks?

    Yes.  However, all non-telecommuting employees are eligible for emergency paid leave due to governmental orders, health care advice, and care of a child or other individual from April 1 though December 31, 2020. This emergency paid leave can be applied to the first two weeks of unpaid child care leave. 

  • Can I use accrued leave for weeks 3-12 for child care instead?

    No. When an employee is on an extended leave, it triggers the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which was expanded to include child care during the COVID Pandemic. FMLA for child care is paid at 2/3 the employee’s salary.  No accrued leave can be used to supplement child care FMLA.

  • Am I able to use FMLA if I cannot work remotely/telecommute?

    Yes, if you have a qualifying event.  For more information on FMLA see the Human Resources

    During the period of April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020, qualifying events are expanded to include an employee’s care for a child when the school or care provider is closed due to COVID-19 conditions. The new legislation allows Emergency Family Medical Leave for child care as follows:

    • Up to 12 weeks of job-protected FMLA leave due to a public health emergency when an employee has been on the payroll for at least 30 calendar days.
    • The first 10 days of the leave will be unpaid, but the employee may substitute accrued leave (including emergency paid sick leave). Employers cannot require employees to make such a substitute.
    • For the remaining 10 weeks, the employee will receive two-thirds of their normal salary rate up to a maximum of $200 a day.

    FMLA requests are administered in accordance with HR Policy B-1 . Contact employment@shsu.edu for specific guidance.

  • I am a SHSU employee with a chronic medical condition and am concerned about coming to work.

    SHSU encourages supervisors to authorize flexible work options for employees with personal or family situations that prevent physical presence on campus. If an employee cannot work remotely or telecommute, the employee may opt to use accrued leave and may be eligible for Family Medical Leave.

  • May I take 80 hours of paid sick leave for my self-quarantine and then another amount of paid sick leave for another reason provided under the new federal legislation (FFCRA)?

    No. If you are not telecommuting, you may take up to two weeks—or 10 days (80 hours for a full-time employee, or an average of historical hours worked for a part-time employees) of paid sick leave for any combination of qualifying reasons. However, the total number of hours for which you receive paid sick leave under the FFCRA is capped at 80 hours for a full-time employee or an average of historical hours worked for part-time employees.  

    Beyond the new leave provided by the FFCRA, you may still use accrued leave (sick, vacation, compensatory time) as approved by the employee’s supervisor.

  • Are the paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave requirements retroactive?

    No. This leave is effective from April 1 – December 31, 2020

  • Is all leave under the FMLA now paid leave?

    No. The only type of family and medical leave that is paid leave for child care when such leave exceeds 10 days. This includes leave taken because the employee must care for a child whose school or place of care is closed, or child care provider is unavailable, due to COVID-19 related reasons.

  • Are student-workers allowed to work?

    Yes. Student workers should return to work as normal unless they are under self-quarantine or under a government shelter order. If the student worker’s job duties can be performed by telecommuting or other remote methods, the appropriate authority level must fill out the temporary telecommuting form. A telecommuting employee will report their time as if they were on campus for the duration of the self-quarantine.

    At the present time, if a student worker is not working or telecommuting and their job responsibilities are not classified as “essential,” they will not be eligible for compensation. 

  • Does SHSU have any travel restrictions?

    If you or someone in your household travelled via public, common carrier (i.e. bus, train, plane, vans, etc.), from March 7 until further notice, you must self-quarantine, beginning on the date of your return, for 14-days as per CDC guidelines. 

    As per Governor Abbott’s Executive Order on March 26, if you or someone in your household have travelled by air from the states of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and New Orleans, you MUST self-quarantine, beginning on the date of your possible exposure, for 14 days, as per CDC guidelines.

    As of March 15, 2020, all university-related travel by common carrier has been canceled through April 14, 2020. All non-essential university travel is suspended for the same time period. Any questions regarding non-essential travel should be directed to your supervisor.

  • Will parking be enforced?

    Beginning Monday, March 23, valid ePermit holders may park in all parking zones, with the exception of Zone 1 and the parking garage, without receiving a citation. The parking garage and reserved parking spaces are restricted to permit holders, as well as those who choose to use pay-by-hour only. 

    A permit is still required to park on campus.  The campus parking map can be found on the parking website. 

  • Will events (including commencement and athletics) be cancelled?

    At this time, all SHSU events over 10 people are suspended through May 15, 2020, as per CDC guidelines.

    Ring Ceremony: The Spring Ring Ceremony is cancelled and rings will be distributed to students. 

    Commencement: Commencement will not be cancelled, but the May ceremonies will be postponed until July 30th and July 31st. Those scheduled to graduate in May will have their degree conferred with May’s date. Diplomas will be printed and mailed to your permanent legal address on file with the university. The commencement schedule will be released at a later date. 

    Athletics: The Southland Conference announced on March 14 that all remaining spring sports competitions and championship events have been canceled, effective immediately. SHSU Athletics has also prohibited all team activities, organized or voluntary, through March 30 at which time campus leaders will make determinations on other immediate and longer-term issues, such as team practice opportunities and other activities. 

What do incoming students need to know?

  • Will campus tours continue?

    Out of an abundance of caution regarding COVID-19, we are transitioning our in-person campus tours to online, live-streaming campus tours until further notice. You can register for a virtual tour through the Visitor Center website. A SAMbassador will lead the online visits and there will be a live chat available to answer all of your questions, just like they would if you were visiting in person. When you register for an online campus visit, you will receive an email with login details and additional information. If you have any questions, please email seesam@shsu.edu

  • Is SHSU going to close campus?

    Beginning March 23, SHSU will move courses to remote delivery for the remainder of the semester.

  • Will SHSU sponsored events be cancelled?

    At this time, all SHSU events over 10 people are suspended through May 15, 2020, as per CDC guidelines.

    Ring Ceremony: The Spring Ring Ceremony is cancelled and rings will be distributed to students. 

    Commencement: Commencement will not be cancelled, but the May ceremonies will be postponed until July 30th and July 31st. Those scheduled to graduate in May will have their degree conferred with May’s date. Diplomas will be printed and mailed to your permanent legal address on file with the university. The commencement schedule will be released at a later date. 

    Athletics: The Southland Conference announced on March 14 that all remaining spring sports competitions and championship events have been canceled, effective immediately. SHSU Athletics has also prohibited all team activities, organized or voluntary, through March 30 at which time campus leaders will make determinations on other immediate and longer-term issues, such as team practice opportunities and other activities. 

  • Have admission decision dates and/or deposit dates been changed due to COVID-19?

    Undergraduate Admission Application Deadlines will remain as follows (SHSU does not require a deposit to secure admission):
    Summer 2020 - May 15
    Fall 2020 - August 1

  • Will orientation be on campus or online?

    At this time, all Bearkat Orientations are scheduled on campus. As we evaluate and navigate through health concerns related to COVID-19, we will continue to assess our orientation schedule. To register for orientation, visit https://orientation.shsu.edu. If a change in orientation dates and/or location becomes necessary, we will let you know immediately through your SHSU email. If you have any questions, please email orientation@shsu.edu.  

  • What transcripts will be accepted?

    For Summer 20 and Fall 20 freshman applicants, transcripts will be accepted through traditional methods and directly from your high school counselor's school email account (mail to: admissions@shsu.edu). For Summer 20 and Fall 20 transfer applicants, transcripts will be accepted through traditional methods and applicants may submit a copy of their unofficial transcript (mail to: admissions@shsu.edu).

    Final high school transcripts will not be required for admission purposes. However, final high school transcripts will still be required for financial aid purposes (scholarships and Texas Grant).

  • Are you willing to change test requirements, given test date cancellations for ACT/SAT?

    For Summer 20 and Fall 20 freshman applicants who have not taken the ACT/SAT, you will need to complete all other requirements (admission application, app fee, high school transcript). Admissions will then contact you with next steps. For 2021 applicants, any possible changes are still being determined.

  • How do you plan to handle AP course completion and/or testing for placement purposes?

    SHSU does not administer AP exams. AP credit will still be awarded as outlined on the SHSU Testing website. All updates regarding testing availability are listed on the Testing Center website.

  • Will there be changes/flexibility to payment plans for students entering this fall (2020)?

    There are currently no adjustments to the payment plans offered for the Fall 2020 semester. SHSU's payment plan offers 5 installments throughout the semester.

  • Will registration be impacted?

    Summer and Fall 2020 registration will continue as planned on the Academic Calendar. Courses for summer and fall are scheduled to be taught with the traditional face-to-face and online instructional modalities as currently noted in the class schedule. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation to determine if changes to the instruction modalities are deemed necessary. Please check the Registration Toolbox in MySam for updates.

  • What about advising appointments?

    Advising remains available to new and current students at regular posted hours. The SAM Center will open on March 16, but walk-in hours are suspended until the end of the semester. All students who have advising appointments should keep their appointment times; advisors will contact you via email to provide remote options. If students do not have advising appointments, they can make appointments through Campus Connect (instructions can be found online) or by contacting the SAM Center. While the format in which advising takes place will change to meet circumstances, the quality of these services will be retained.

    Students served by faculty advisors should contact their advisors or department directly.

    Courses for summer and fall are scheduled to be taught with the traditional face-to-face and online instructional modalities as currently noted in the class schedule.

  • Should I still submit my housing deposit for the fall semester?

    Students accepted to the Fall 20 semester should continue to submit their housing applications and deposits. At this time, there are no changes in Residence Life policy/procedure (in response to COVID-19) for students accepted for the Fall 20  semester.

  • Will you honor admission offers for international students?

    All Summer 20 accepted international students who are currently overseas will have to defer their application/admittance to Fall 2020 (app fee will be moved).  All Summer 20 accepted international students who are currently in the US may begin online coursework for that term.  No decisions have been made on incoming/overseas students for the Fall 20 semester.

    In the event international students are not allowed to return to the US and start as freshmen in the fall, what are your alternatives?

    If international students are in their home country, and are able to do so, they can enroll in a fully online program without any restrictions.  Only F-1 Visa holders (students), currently in the US, are restricted to one online course counting toward their full-time status (12 hours or more) each semester.

  • Does your institution know if early course registrations or summer programming will be offered?

    Anything scheduled after May 15 is currently still scheduled as planned. Always refer back to updates on the SHSU Coronavirus website, as information changes frequently.

  • How can high school juniors and seniors virtually connect with campus in lieu of traditional campus tours?

    Prospective students may register for virtual tours.

  • What should I do if I cannot get my required meningitis vaccine at my local doctor's office?

    At this time, all major pharmacies (CVS, Walgreens, Wal-Mart, etc.) offer the meningitis vaccine. Please contact your preferred location to schedule a vaccine.

    Currently, SHSU has not made any policy changes regarding proof of meningitis vaccines submitted prior to housing or registration processes. If you have additional questions, please call the Student Health Center at 936-294-1805.

CDC information about COVID-19

  • What is the Novel Coronavirus COVID-19?

    Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. Follow the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.

  • How does it spread?

    The virus that causes COVID-19 probably emerged from an animal source, but is now spreading to people. Monitor the CDC website for more information about how the virus is transmitted.

    • Person to Person: The virus is thought to spread mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
    • Surfaces: It also may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
  • What are the symptoms?

    Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of

    • fever
    • cough
    • shortness of breath
  • What do I do if I am sick?

    If you experience symptoms and have been in contact with a person to have COVID-19 or you live in or have recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread, seek medical advice by calling to a healthcare professional. Monitor the CDC website for more information about the symptoms or what to do if you experience these symptoms.

  • How can I protect myself?

    People can help protect themselves from respiratory illness with everyday preventive actions.

    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

    Monitor the CDC website for more information about how to prevent the virus.

  • Is there a vaccine or treatment?

    There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to take everyday preventive actions, like avoiding close contact with people who are sick and washing your hands often.

    There is no specific antiviral treatment for COVID-19. People with COVID-19 can seek medical care to help relieve symptoms. Monitor the CDC website for more information about vaccinations and treatments.