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New Safety Protocols For Fall Semester

Aug. 6, 2020
SHSU Media Contact: Wes Hamilton

Sam Houston State University’s campus will look a little different this fall. As you prepare for the semester, it is important to be aware of the changes SHSU has made to keep all Bearkats healthy and safe from the spread of COVID-19 and other infections.

Dr. Drew Miller, executive director of Counseling and Health Services at SHSU, explains the changes implemented and what to expect when you get back to campus:

Sam Houston State now requires cloth face coverings, both indoors and outdoors, on campus, unless you are in a private space like your residence hall or when wearing one is impractical, such as eating. Information about the university’s face covering policy can be found at

You will also see a lot of signage pertaining to social distancing, such as floor markers and signs showing available seating in common spaces. Please follow these requirements in order to practice proper social distancing.  

If you are a student experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to the virus, you need to self-report to the Student Health Center by calling 936-294-1805. If you are a university employee, call your doctor right away and follow up with your supervisor. If you test positive for COVID-19, you must self-report on the university’s coronavirus page at:

Remember, protection against COVID-19 is a shared responsibility and we need all students, faculty and staff to make Sam Houston State a healthy place to work, learn, and live.  

So, what can you do to help protect yourself and your fellow Bearkats?

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water
  • Avoid close contact with others and social distance which means stay at least six feet from other people outside your living space
  • Wear a cloth face covering which covers your nose and mouth.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough and sneeze with a tissue
  • Clean and disinfect those surfaces you touch daily, such as tables, doorknobs, phones, keyboards, and faucets.

To learn more on how SHSU will restart the new semester, visit or email

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