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COVID-19 Information for Faculty

Continuity Plan for Academic Instruction and Activities

Update June 06, 2022:

As the COVID-19 Pandemic enters the third year, its impact has changed in some important ways.  With the development of safe and effective vaccines, the expanded availability of testing, and therapeutic agents that decrease the risk of severe illness both in and out of the hospital, we are seeing a different pattern of disease emerging.  While Omicron subvariants continue to cause new infections, the incidence of severe illness appears lower and fewer hospitalizations are occurring than during previous waves of infection.  This is most likely due to rising population immunity associated with vaccination and natural infection.  However, COVID-19 will continue to circulate and require that we continue to assess risk and determine appropriate prevention measures.  

 

Using the COVID-19 Toolbox
While the university will continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and provide guidance on prevention measures, it will be each person’s responsibility to assess their risk for infection and severe illness and take advantage of the available tools to reduce their risk and prevent infection:

  • Vaccination and boosters remain the safest and most effective way to protect yourself against severe illness and hospitalization.
  • Avoiding activities that increase risk of exposure will continue to be important for those at higher risk of severe illness.
  • Wearing a face mask indoors when COVID-19 community levels are high is an easy way to add a layer of protection.
  • Staying home when sick and testing for COVID-19 helps to prevent spread of infection to others.
  • Following the CDC’s quarantine and isolation guidelines reduces the risk of infecting others.
  • Contacting your doctor for COVID-19 treatment quickly if infected and at high risk for developing severe illness may keep you out of the hospital.

 

The full statement by Dr. Emilio Carranco can be read on the University Statements webpage. 


Visit the Spring 2022 COVID-19 Information webpage for additional information and updates. 


Update March 30, 2022:

COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations have dropped significantly. Safe and effective vaccines are widely available for those 5 and older. Several treatments for COVID-19 have been authorized/approved. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has established COVID-19 Community Levels, a new tool to help communities determine appropriate prevention steps. The counties around our campuses are currently designated as "Low."

 

The Omicron subvariant BA.2 has become the dominant strain worldwide and is expected to become the dominant strain in the United States within the next few weeks. Omicron BA.2 is causing surges in cases in Europe and Asia. Medical experts anticipate that we will see an increase in cases. Omicron BA.2 is more contagious than the original Omicron but does not appear to cause more severe illness. Given the possibility of an increase in cases, the university will continue its current mitigation strategies. 

 

The full statement by Dr. Emilio Carranco can be read on the University Statements webpage. 


Visit the Spring 2022 COVID-19 Information webpage for additional information and updates. 


Update January 3, 2022:

In response to the current COVID-19 surge, the university temporarily moved class sections to online/remote delivery January 18 through January 30, 2022. Deans, chairs/directors, and faculty will consult on and communicate with students about courses that may need to remain face-to-face during this two-week period due to licensure requirements or specific academic imperatives. Face-to-face instruction for all courses will resume on January 31.

Read the full January 3, 2022 message from the President 


Visit the Spring 2022 COVID-19 Information webpage for additional information and updates. 


Commitment to Transparency and Dialogue 

The Office of the Provost is committed to open dialogue, active listening, and transparent responses to questions and concerns raised by the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on instruction, research, and other academic matters.  In alignment with the university's mission, vision, and shared values, the Office of the Provost promotes a shared governance environment that values compassion, respect, a diversity of people and ideas, and a sense of community.

Feedback on the university's COVID-19 response has occurred frequently through meetings and direct communication with Faculty Senate, Council of Academic Deans, Council of Chairs, town halls, individual faculty, individual students, and other stakeholders. These communications provided vital information shared with President's Cabinet in frequent meetings with Dr. Emilio Carranco, the university's Chief Medical Officer. 

Information Sources

Feedback and changing conditions may prompt updates or changes to the university's response to COVID-19. These changes are communicated to the campus community in a timely manner.  Texas State University's Roadmap provides information on health and safety responsibilities of faculty, staff, and students and related questions. Latest statements may include emails sent from the President, Provost, and Chief Medical Officer, among others.  Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to visit the Roadmap frequently and check their Texas State email accounts on a regular basis.

Background

This webpage was designed in response to Texas State University’s commitment to an effective system of risk management and planning for the continuity of academic courses and instruction.  In March 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other public health officials recommended that universities plan for the potential impact on instruction and academic operations as cases of COVID-19 occur in our nation, state, and community. The academic continuity process is complemented by the expertise and services of many other offices on campus. Information became centralized on the university's Roadmap and included a Teaching and Research section for faculty, an Employer section for all employees, and a Student section.  At the end of fall 2021, the Roadmap was revised to provide the most relevant information for faculty, staff, students, and other stakeholders.

Past Information

The following resources address academic activities in fall 2021, fall 2020, summer 2020, and spring 2020.

Fall 2021 Continuity Plan

Fall 2020 Continuity Plan

Summer 2020 Continuity Plan

Summer 2020 Training Opportunities for Online Instruction

Spring 2020 Continuity Plan

June 11, 2020  Week Six of Remote Instruction: Roundup
May 8, 2020  Week Five of Remote Instruction: Roundup
May 1, 2020  Week Four of Remote Instruction: Roundup
April 24, 2020  Week Three of Remote Instruction: Roundup
April 17, 2020  Week Two of Remote Instruction: Roundup
April 10, 2020  Week One of Remote Instruction: Roundup
April 3, 2020  Announcement regarding Summer 2020 Courses and Summer/Fall 2020 Registration
April 1, 2020  Research Laboratories Restricted to Only Essential Activities
April 1, 2020  Spring 2020 Final Grades
March 31, 2020  Summer and Fall 2020 Registration Delayed
March 27, 2020  Impact of COVID-19 on Laboratory-Based Research
March 23, 2020  Revised Essential Office Operations
March 19, 2020  Important Information about Remote Course Delivery, Commencement, and Housing