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Blended/Hybrid Courses

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.

Students will be able to check Blackboard starting on August 1. Please have your syllabus posted or at least a welcome with an overview of the course format on Blackboard by August 1. Additionally, please indicate whether or not students can opt for a totally remote schedule in your course. 

For more information about the blended course model, view the FAQ. 


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. Per the letter from Provost Eglsaer dated May 15, 2020, faculty must record attendance for ALL courses in Blackboard for each course beginning in Fall 2020.  

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).

Faculty will be allowed to wear a face shield in lieu of a face covering while teaching as long as they maintain physical distancing from students. The expectation is that faculty would wear the required face covering when traveling to their classroom. Once they arrive at their classroom, they would put on the face shield prior to removing their face covering. When they finish teaching, they would put on their face covering before removing their face shield or leaving the classroom.​

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

Teaching/Blackboard Help

Need help with teaching remotely or online? SHSU Online is available to help! 


In the event of a conflict between SHSU policies and the COVID-19 travel guidelines, these guidelines shall control through December 31, 2020.

University-Sponsored Travel

  • No international travel
  • Domestic travel by personal or chartered/rented conveyance (car, van, bus, or private plane) is allowed and will follow standard policies and procedures
  • Domestic travel by common carrier may be allowed given the below:
    • Except travel to destinations under travel advisories will not be sponsored or reimbursed
    • Must
    • University travel policies are located at https://www.shsu.edu/dept/procurement-business-services/travel/index.html

Faculty - Personal/Convenience Travel

  • An employee’s supervisor must approve vacation requests in advance.
  • Employees should notify their supervisor of plans to travel domestically via common carrier or personal conveyance to destinations under travel advisories so the university may determine whether the employee is required to self-isolate for 14 days after returning to the employee’s domicile and before returning to work.
  • Any international travel requires 14 days of self-isolation after returning to the employee’s domicile and before reporting to work.
  • Prior to travel that requires self-isolation upon returning to the employee’s domicile, an employee must secure pre-approval for leave during the period of self-isolation.
  • Domestic travel is subject to any CDC COVID advisory or state and local travel restrictions.
  • The CDC and S. Department of State advises against cruise ship travel (Warning – Level 3.) Any cruise ship travel requires self-isolation upon return.

Leave Information

Faculty may be eligible for Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL) for qualifying COVID-19-related absences detailed below. Full-time benefit-eligible faculty may receive up to 80 hours of EPSL and part-time faculty may receive the average of two weeks pay. All faculty are eligible for Emergency Family and Medical Leave Act Expansion for Child Care (EFMLA) for absences related to COVID-19 lack child care or school closures.

Once approved, time is reported as: 

  • Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL)
    • Up to 80 hours for full time employees and the two week average for part-time
    • Eligible COVID-19 conditions include:
      • Seeking advice of a health care professional for COVID-19 symptoms and for quarantine or isolation based on the advice of a medical provider.
      • Caring for another individual due to self-quarantine or shelter order
      • Caring for the employee’s child due to school closures
  • Emergency Family and Medical Leave Act Expansion for Child Care (EFMLA)
    • For employees that cannot work due to child care or school closures
    • Up to 12 weeks of leave
      • Weeks 1-2 may be paid through available EPSL or accrued leave
      • Weeks 3-12 are paid at 2/3 the employee’s rate of pay
      • EMFLA may, with the approval of your supervisor, be used on an intermittent basis.