What do I do if I feel sick or if I have been exposed?
Reducing the student density on campus every day — along with wearing facial coverings and washing hands frequently — can help stop the spread of COVID-19 while enjoying the benefits of the university experience. To reduce student density on campus, the majority of Fall 2020 classes will be blended. Blended courses allow students to learn as much as possible and spend time with their classmates and instructors while also maintaining a safe distance from each other. In a blended course, more than half (but not all) of the instruction is done from a social distance.
Here are a couple of examples of a blended course:
- A T-Th course might split the class into two groups. Each group attends in-person either Tuesday or Thursday (while the other group participate via Zoom).
- A large MWF course might split the class into three groups. Each group attends face-to-face in the classroom one day each week while the other two groups participate with Zoom.
- The first 3 weeks of a course are taught face-to-face (either in a larger room or in smaller groups) while the remainder is taught online, with exams proctored face-to-face in a large room every other week.
For more information about blended courses, view the student FAQ.
There are different types of blended schedules, so know that faculty are working to make sure that the most appropriate format is used for your specific courses. You will need to check the course syllabus on Blackboard to determine the exact arrangement for each of your courses.
SHSU has granted students the ability to request 100% remote delivery of a blended course. Due to specific course requirements, some courses may not be able to be completed in a 100% remote option. The determination of the request is solely up to the discretion of the instructor.
How to request the remote option?
- On Friday afternoon, August 7, a new link will be added to your blended course menu in Blackboard, titled “Request Remote Option”.
- Click the “Request Remote Option” link and follow the instructions displayed.
- For help, contact the SHSU Online Support Desk, open 24/7, at email@example.com or 936-294-2780.
Fall Course Schedules
The course schedule for Fall 2020 has been updated to add additional information concerning delivery method. For example, courses that are moving to a blended format will display additional information to help you better plan for your classes. To view the delivery method of your currently registered courses, follow these instructions.
Blackboard will open to registered students on August 1. Most course materials will not be viewable until the start of the fall semester; however, at this time the Blackboard course site will indicate how often the class will meet, your textbook, and other preliminary materials. Instructors will add additional information as the semester begins. Students may reach out to their individual instructors to discuss remote options and request permission to take their classes through 100% remote attendance. This decision is solely up to the discretion of their instructors.
You can still add or drop courses. Please contact your academic advisor if you have questions. Please remember that we are here to help, so you don’t have to make decisions on your own.
Given the uncertainties surrounding the coronavirus, faculty will establish clear guidelines regarding attendance and inform their students of their policy at the first class meeting and in the course syllabus.
Face Covering Requirements
Face coverings are required indoors and outdoors on Sam Houston State campuses unless you are in a private space or are engaged an activity for which wearing a covering is impractical (such as eating).
For more information about face coverings, view the face covering FAQ.
Precautions and Cleaning
Across campus, precautions are being taken to minimize the spread of COVID-19. Social distancing measures are being taken to reduce density on campus by 50%. Additionally, SHSU has installed signage across campus to direct traffic and enhance social distancing.
Facilities Management has implemented enhanced cleaning protocol across campus to minimize the spread of COVID-19. In addition to cleaning commonly used areas and restrooms a minimum of three times a day, Facilities Management has established protocols for cleaning areas that have been compromised with the coronavirus.
For more information about cleaning procedures, view SHSU's comprehensive cleaning protocols.
Students will move in to residence halls over a three day period. All students will complete a COVID-19 agreement prior to receiving their key to ensure residents understand and comply with new guidelines and procedures.
For more information about residence life and COVID-19, view the residence life FAQs.
Students who are diagnosed with COVID-19, experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, and/or recently came in contact with an individual confirmed to have COVID-19 will be advised to return to their off-campus permanent residence for isolation or quarantine.
If campus closes due to COVID-19, all students living in residence halls must move out and return home. Under these circumstances, students could request an exception to stay on campus and approval would be made on an individual basis using strict guidelines.
To mitigate COVID-19, the following guidelines will be implemented by Dining Services. All campus facilities, with the exception of the Three Horse Tavern, will be open during Fall 2020. For a list of hours of operations of each individual location, visit the Dining Services Website.
Creating & maintaining safe environments for our Customers
- No Self-Serve stations
- Social Distancing
- Centralization of certain food items - All packaged items on request
- Conduct a deep cleaning of the Facility (CDC approved sanitizer & disinfectant)
- Increased cleaning frequency of all high touch surfaces
- Sanitization of all equipment (CDC approved sanitizer & disinfectant)
- Plexi-glass barriers at all locations for customer/employee protection
- Line stanchions and floor markers for all areas
- Directional arrows and table and chair configurations to encourage 6’ spacing
- Increased availability of sanitizer
Focusing on Students
- Touchless Technologies - Implementation of No-Touch Payment process
- Guest required to wear facial coverings while in Dining facilities, until sitting to eat
- Increased availability of tissues and trash cans
- Streamlined menus w/ focus on speed of service for all dining venues (incl.National Brands)
- Maintaining occupancy limits controls
- Residential take out solutions - Providing to-go meals (this will be provided at both Dining Location) all Retail is currently packages as to-go
- Increased outdoor seating
- Quarantine Meals available if needed at any time
- On-going collaboration with students through dining committee or student roundtable
- Continuous modification of plans
Engaging Our Employees
- Employee mental & physical well-being - Safety, productivity and engagement is top of mind
- Employee Health Monitoring Daily Health verification
- Time Clock – Employee screening – 1st Employee Health Attestation
- Employee Temperature screening – Upon entrance
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) provided
- Leveraging technology to recruit employees
- Enhanced team training
Sanitation for Employees
- Hand washing & glove change - every 15 mins
- Employees required to wear facial coverings
- Customers required to wear facial coverings on campus
- Self-sanitizing stations in all areas
Adapting our Operations
- Mobile ordering through GrubHub at all Campus Venues
- LSC Subway will be used for GrubHub orders only (SUBWAY pick-up orders)
- All Retail locations to package all food items to-go
- Touchless technologies at all Dining Venues provided – download QR Codes for all No-Touch Payment Process
- Social Media – Communicate openly with students and parents as things change
- South Paw Dining - Developed a To-Go only program for Students and Faculty & Staff and To-Go options will be available at both Dining Halls
- Amped up Grab-n-Go options at our 5 campus POD Locations (Sandwiches, Salads & Snacks)
- Catering Department and Menus have been revamped to comply with all Local, State Federal guidelines
To reduce density of students on campus, the majority of academic and student support services will provide remote access, with limited face-to-face services.
|Academic Success Center||Yes||Limited|
|Center for Law, Engagement, and Politics||Yes||Limited|
|Dean of Students Office||Yes||Limited|
|ELITE & EVOLVE||Yes||Limited|
|Health Center||Yes||Telemedicine first, then appointment created if necessary|
|Newton Gresham Library||Yes||Limited|
|Office of International Programs||Yes||Limited|
|Smith-Hutson Scholarship Program||TBD||Yes|
|Student Advising & Mentoring (SAM) Center||Yes||Emergency Only|
|Student Legal & Mediation Services||Yes||Limited|
|Student Money Management Center||Yes||Limited|
|Testing Center||Appointment only||Appointment only|
|TRIO SSS||Appointment only||Appointment only|
|Veteran Resource Center||Yes||Limited|