Important information about remote course delivery, commencement, and housing
President Trauth | March 19, 2020
Email sent to students, faculty and staff
Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,
This is a difficult time for all of us, and it requires me to share information that I know will have a tremendous impact on our Texas State University family. To protect our students, faculty, and staff from the ongoing spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), the decision has been made to move courses to remote or alternative delivery beginning March 30 through the end of the spring semester.
Members of my Cabinet, other key university administrators, and I considered every aspect of this unprecedented decision and what it would mean for our students, but in the end, out of the utmost concern for everyone’s safety and health we reached this conclusion.
Ensuring students can easily access their remote course material is our primary focus. All undergraduate and graduate students will have the opportunity to complete the courses for which they are currently enrolled. We will work to find solutions for students without off-campus access to a computer or Wi-Fi. Students who have questions or need support can contact the IT Assistant Center (ITAC).
In accordance with national and state recommendations on social distancing, we request our students living in residence halls or in Bobcat Village Apartments return home or make other off-campus living arrangements for the remainder of the spring semester. We realize moving out of a residence hall is not an option for everyone, and are committed to being flexible for special considerations. Those who need to remain on campus will have limited access to services and facilities, such as the LBJ Student Center and dining options. Clearly, there will be fewer opportunities for interaction due to the need for social distancing and thus the cancellation of university events and activities. The Department of Housing and Residential Life will communicate directly with on-campus residents about how to apply for an exception to remain on-campus, establish a time to retrieve belongings and move out, and the process for receiving a financial credit for housing costs.
For Bobcats planning to graduate in May, I know you are concerned about spring commencement ceremonies. We are moving spring ceremonies to August 6 and 8 to coincide with summer commencement. An updated schedule of those ceremonies will be available soon here. I am so proud of our students graduating in May, and look forward to celebrating that achievement with you and your families in August. It is important to remember if you are eligible to graduate at the end of this spring semester, you will still receive your degree and a diploma even if you are not able to participate in the rescheduled commencement ceremonies.
Understandably, these developments will generate many questions from our students regarding course completion and credit, access to technology you need to learn and work remotely, and housing options. Our Texas State faculty and staff are prepared to make the transition as smooth as possible and are here to help you navigate the process. We will continue to share detailed information as we respond to COVID-19. To stay informed, check your university email often, and visit the COVID-19 webpage for the most recent updates and helpful FAQs.
I am extremely grateful for our Texas State staff and faculty who have worked tirelessly to support our university community, and who will help us overcome the challenges ahead. I know their work is done out of dedication to and love for our Bobcat students.
These are extraordinary times that call on the best of our Bobcat spirit, grit, compassion, and determination. I am proud to be a part of this amazing community, and your safety and well-being will continue to be my highest priority.
Be well Bobcats.
Denise M. Trauth