COVID-19 Checkup


September 24, 2020

SHSU Community,

With the official start of fall and cooler temperatures on the horizon, you may find yourself yearning for the great outdoors. Large, off-campus gatherings, especially where people are not wearing face coverings and practicing proper social distancing, should be avoided. For ideas on socially distanced activities visit

We will continue with the COVID-19 restrictions that are in place, including 50% capacity at dining halls. Please remember, your actions count!

  • Wear a face covering, on and off campus
  • Avoid large gatherings
  • Practice social distancing
  • Proper hygiene

COVID Conversations

In case you missed it, grab a cup of coffee and watch Dr. Drew Miller, chair of the COVID-19 Work Group and associate vice president of Student Affairs and Erica Bumpurs, director of the Student Health Center discuss testing procedures and share insight about the measures in place in response to COVID-19 in COVID Conversations. The goal of COVID Conversations is to provide clarity on how our campus community is navigating the pandemic.

COVID-19 Updates

As a reminder, confirmed cases of COVID-19 are added to the university’s dashboard every Monday through Friday, at approximately 4:30 p.m. To see the current number of cases, visit Dashboard Updates.

Starting this week, students can receive FREE symptomatic and exposure COVID testing at the Student Health Center (SHC).

Huntsville Memorial Hospital is also providing students FREE symptomatic and asymptomatic testing on campus, every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Specific testing information can be found on the SHC or Restart 2020 sites.


I have a face covering accommodation. What do I need to be aware of?

Individuals who receive a face covering accommodation should maintain strict social distancing and avoids crowds, gatherings and events. This is for the protection of both the person accommodated and the campus community. The main measure to protect our community from coronavirus infection is to properly social distance and wear a face covering.

SHSU is following a blended instructional model this semester, so why do some labs and courses need to be held in-person? How do I know the lab areas are safe?

Depending on the subject area and course, there will be exceptions, such as highly specialized science labs and some studio courses. In these particular classes, face-to-face instruction is necessary for students to develop familiarity with experimental techniques and hands-on experience with modern laboratory equipment which can’t be replicated online. Knowing this, instructors take extra precautions to enhance lab safety including: minimizing the use of shared equipment; sanitizing essential equipment between users; using PPE to minimize contact with a shared surface; mandatory face coverings; and separating students a distance of at least six feet apart during class.

COVID-19 Resources


Since COVID-19 information seems to change on a daily basis, please refer to official university sources for the most accurate information. For the most current information, visit the Restart 2020 website daily.

COVID-19 Work Group

Drew Miller Student Affairs
Brian Loft Academic Affairs
Robert Williams Health Center
Joellen Tipton Residence Life
Ann Theodori SAM Center
Stephanie Knific Marketing & Communications
Rachel Shorter Tech/Desktop Services
Dustin LeNorman Athletics
Matt Roberts Facilities Services
Rhonda Beassie Human Resources
Candace Walkley College of Osteopathic Medicine
Erica Bumpurs Health Center
Mary-Katherine Breen Academic Success Center
Wayne Barrett College of Arts & Media
Anne Gaillard Biology/College of Science & Engineering Technology
Steve Jeter Public Safety
Ad Hoc Members
Jerrell Sherman Dean of Students Office
Jessica Smith Human Resources
Rachel Valle Student Activities
Clint Lockwood Enrollment Management
Terry Blaylock Client Services
Kristy Vienne Auxiliary Services
Bill Angrove SHSU Online
Julie Schwab Provost's Office