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Spring 2022 COVID-19 Resources

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 following sections provide access to University Statements regarding COVID-19, specific information on instruction, research, and activities in the division of Academic Affairs, and answers to frequently asked questions.

Instruction, Research, and Activities in Academic Affairs

 

The following information provides specific guidance on instruction, research, and other activities in the division of Academic Affairs. Please continue to monitor your university email account and the university's Roadmap for updates related to COVID-19 plans and protocol. Through mutual care, flexibility, and commitment to the university's mission and shared values, we will successfully navigate this challenging public health situation together.

 

Spring 2022 Courses – Online/Remote through January 30, 2022

To make spring 2022 courses at Texas State as accessible as possible while ensuring the continued safety of our university community, we will temporarily move class sections and class activities to online/remote delivery beginning Tuesday, January 18, 2022 through Sunday, January 30, 2022.  
 
Face-to-face instruction for all Texas State class sections coded as face-to-face will resume on Monday, January 31, 2022.  For courses coded as online, hybrid, or other instructional method, faculty will implement the first two weeks remotely/online, then transition to the planned instructional method and course delivery schedule on January 31, 2022.  
 
The first two weeks of online/remote delivery will not count against the face-to-face contact hours required for certain course instructional methods per the University Registrar’s Schedule of Classes documentation.

 

Online Course Resources

For assistance with designing and implementing online/remote classes, please visit the following resources and offices. Staff are eager to assist faculty with remote and online course design, strategies, and success.

COVID-19 Roadmap Resources for Teaching (Faculty Development)

Teaching Continuity Guide (Office of Distance & Extended Learning)

Teaching, Learning, and Working Remotely at Texas State (ITAC)
 
 

Spring 2022 Courses – Exceptions to Online/Remote Delivery

Deans, department chairs/school 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.  While most classes will be taught online/remotely for the first two weeks of the semester, students are urged to check their university email accounts and Canvas course sites for updates on any exceptions to the online/remote delivery provision.  
 
Research, Creative, and Scholarly Activities

Laboratories and other spaces dedicated to research, creative, and scholarly activities may remain open with reasonable mitigation measures for health and safety. 
 
Academic Services and Offices

To reduce density, the university is encouraging remote work and flexible scheduling for employees through January 30, 2022 when it makes sense and ensures the effective and efficient provision of services.  If remote or flexible arrangements are pursued, supervisors should first consult their respective college dean or associate vice president and then develop a plan for operational continuity, work priorities, and performance expectations through the end of January.  Office websites, voicemail greetings, and employee emails should communicate modified office arrangements as appropriate.  Remote Work Guidance is available from the Office of Human Resources. 
 
Events and Activities

In-person events and activities in Academic Affairs may be suspended or moved to an online/virtual format.  Sponsors and coordinators of in-person events and activities in January 2022 are asked to consult with supervisors to evaluate the situation and determine if it is better to postpone, cancel, or transition to an online/virtual format.   
 
Health and Safety 

While the university cannot mandate actions, faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to be vigilant about wearing a mask, social distancing as much as possible, testing regularly, and getting vaccinated and boosted.  It is up to each member of our community to follow CDC isolation/quarantine guidelines and take necessary precautions if exposed to or testing positive for COVID-19.  

Communication

The President, Provost, Chief Medical Officer, and other university officials will continue to provide updates on important precautions, CDC guidelines, and related information via campus-wide emails and the university's Roadmap.  

FAQS - Teaching, Instruction, and Research

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January 3, 2022

The start of spring 2022 semester is being impacted by the rapid spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19. In order to ensure the continued safety of our university community, we will temporarily move class sections and class activities to online/remote delivery beginning Tuesday, January 18, 2022 through Sunday, January 30, 2022. Face-to-face instruction will resume on Monday, January 31, 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. Students should check their university email accounts and Canvas course sites for more information.

The following sections provide access to University Statements regarding COVID-19, specific information on instruction, research, and activities in the division of Academic Affairs, and answers to frequently asked questions.


Instruction, Research, and Activities in Academic Affairs

 

The following information provides specific guidance on instruction, research, and other activities in the division of Academic Affairs. Please continue to monitor your university email account and the university's Roadmap for updates related to COVID-19 plans and protocol. Through mutual care, flexibility, and commitment to the university's mission and shared values, we will successfully navigate this challenging public health situation together.

 

Spring 2022 Courses – Online/Remote through January 30, 2022

To make spring 2022 courses at Texas State as accessible as possible while ensuring the continued safety of our university community, we will temporarily move class sections and class activities to online/remote delivery beginning Tuesday, January 18, 2022 through Sunday, January 30, 2022.  
 
Face-to-face instruction for all Texas State class sections coded as face-to-face will resume on Monday, January 31, 2022.  For courses coded as online, hybrid, or other instructional method, faculty will implement the first two weeks remotely/online, then transition to the planned instructional method and course delivery schedule on January 31, 2022.  
 
The first two weeks of online/remote delivery will not count against the face-to-face contact hours required for certain course instructional methods per the University Registrar’s Schedule of Classes documentation.

 

Online Course Resources

For assistance with designing and implementing online/remote classes, please visit the following resources and offices. Staff are eager to assist faculty with remote and online course design, strategies, and success.

COVID-19 Roadmap Resources for Teaching (Faculty Development)

Teaching Continuity Guide (Office of Distance & Extended Learning)

Teaching, Learning, and Working Remotely at Texas State (ITAC)
 
 

Spring 2022 Courses – Exceptions to Online/Remote Delivery

Deans, department chairs/school 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.  While most classes will be taught online/remotely for the first two weeks of the semester, students are urged to check their university email accounts and Canvas course sites for updates on any exceptions to the online/remote delivery provision.  
 
Research, Creative, and Scholarly Activities

Laboratories and other spaces dedicated to research, creative, and scholarly activities may remain open with reasonable mitigation measures for health and safety. 
 
Academic Services and Offices

To reduce density, the university is encouraging remote work and flexible scheduling for employees through January 30, 2022 when it makes sense and ensures the effective and efficient provision of services.  If remote or flexible arrangements are pursued, supervisors should first consult their respective college dean or associate vice president and then develop a plan for operational continuity, work priorities, and performance expectations through the end of January.  Office websites, voicemail greetings, and employee emails should communicate modified office arrangements as appropriate.  Remote Work Guidance is available from the Office of Human Resources. 
 
Events and Activities

In-person events and activities in Academic Affairs may be suspended or moved to an online/virtual format.  Sponsors and coordinators of in-person events and activities in January 2022 are asked to consult with supervisors to evaluate the situation and determine if it is better to postpone, cancel, or transition to an online/virtual format.   
 
Health and Safety 

While the university cannot mandate actions, faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to be vigilant about wearing a mask, social distancing as much as possible, testing regularly, and getting vaccinated and boosted.  It is up to each member of our community to follow CDC isolation/quarantine guidelines and take necessary precautions if exposed to or testing positive for COVID-19.  

Communication

The President, Provost, Chief Medical Officer, and other university officials will continue to provide updates on important precautions, CDC guidelines, and related information via campus-wide emails and the university's Roadmap.  

FAQS - Teaching, Instruction, and Research