Update on Facial Coverings

As we prepare for a Return to Campus this fall with in-person instruction, we continue to closely and carefully consider all options to provide a safe learning and teaching environment for our students, faculty, and staff. Of particular importance is an update to our previous face covering recommendations.

 

Beginning July 6, 2020,  and continuing until further notice, MSU Texas is implementing a mandatory facial covering requirement for our campus community.

 

  • Face masks or appropriate face coverings will be required in campus buildings by all students, faculty, and staff.
  • Exceptions to this requirement for faculty and staff will be made only while in their private office or workspace.
  • In the classroom where a physical distance of at least 10 feet between the instructor and the students can be maintained, faculty will not be required to wear a face mask or face covering.
  • Students will be required to wear a mask or face covering when attending an in-person class.
  • Students will be required to wear appropriate face coverings in all campus buildings with the exception of their private residence hall room or when eating and drinking.
  • Patrons of the Redwine Student Wellness Center will continue to follow protocol as defined by the guidance set forth from the Governor for reopening gyms.

In the video link below, Dr. Keith Williamson, Medical Director for Vinson Health Center and University Physician, provides more information about how masks keep us safe.

 

It is important that we all do our part, not only for ourselves, our friends and our families, but also for our more vulnerable classmates, faculty, and staff. A safe campus environment can be achieved and maintained only by working together. Thank you for your attention to and support of this important measure. 

 

Suzanne Shipley

President

Midwestern State University

 

 

 


Frequently Asked Questions

Information for Students

Has commencement been postponed?

Based on information we are receiving daily, it is unlikely for the rapid rollout of gatherings of large groups. The University will not be able to proceed with the August 1 ceremony as previously planned. 

Our team is working on a plan for a virtual commencement ceremony in May. Additionally, our May 2020 graduates will be invited to participate in a separate ceremony in December.

Will refunds be issued for housing and dining?

The University will begin issuing refunds to impacted students with housing and dining plans beginning the week of April 20. The refunds will be prorated from March 23. This is a shift from the earlier announcement of applying credits to the upcoming fall term.

For those students with an account balance, the housing and dining refund will be applied toward that balance, and any remaining funds will be issued as a payment to the student.

For faster refunds, we encourage you to sign up for direct deposit through Touchnet located on the myMSUTexas portal.

What's the status of housing?

For the remainder of the spring semester and for the Summer I session, limited access housing is available to residents meeting one of the following conditions:

  • Student is independent;
  • Student is part of the foster care system or has aged-out of the foster care system;
  • Student does not have a permanent residence;
  • Returning home would present a health and safety threat to the student;
  • Student's permanent residence is outside of the United States and they are unable to travel home; or,
  • Student is participating in internships, practicums, clinicals, or student teaching that continues.

If not already approved to stay on campus, students meeting one of these conditions who need limited access housing should complete the limited access housing form. A decision regarding Summer II housing will be finalized at a later date.

More information may be found at summer housing webpage.  

Will dining services be available?

We continue to provide food services to a limited number of students for whom it is necessary. 

Will Mustangs Route and MESA still provide service?

The Mustangs Route will observe is regular summer schedule as follows:

  • May 15, 2020: 1 bus, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • May 18-22, 2020: No service
  • May 25, 2020: Memorial Day, no service
  • May 26-29, 2020: 1 bus, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • June 1-August 6, 2020: 1 bus, 7 a.m.-6 p.m. (Monday-Thursday, no bus on Fridays)

Do student employees continue working while courses are online?

Student employees should consult with their supervisors regarding work schedules.

Will campus activities be canceled or delayed?

Student organization meetings and events, recreational sports, and student activities will be canceled or delayed until MSU returns to face-to-face instruction. MSU Texas has announced classes will remain online or remote through Summer II 2020.

How will courses be delivered?

All classes will remain in online/remote format through the duration of the spring semester and for the both summer terms. We will continue working through Deans and Department Chairs to coordinate this effort and consider changes to the summer schedules to accommodate this decision. There will be unique challenges in certain courses, such as those leading to professional licensures. Our faculty will work to make sure students meet the criteria of those degree plans and are adequately prepared for licensure exams. We are working with accrediting bodies for these programs to ensure proper substitutes are implemented.

What about returning rentals to bookstore?

All students who are renting books will have a free FedEx shipping label to return their books. They will receive four email reminders, which start around two weeks before the return date, and there will be a link for a printable label. All they need to do is drop it at a FedEx location. If they have any further questions, they can contact us at the bookstore by calling 940-397-4303.

What about drops or withdrawals?

In an effort to assist students and faculty in determining best options for the unusual circumstances experienced this semester, the administration has determined that an additional extension of the deadlines will occur as follows:

  1. The deadline to drop a course, or withdraw from the university for the regular spring (16 week) semester with a grade of “W” has been extended to May 1.
  2. The deadline to drop a course or withdraw if only enrolled in part of term B (second 8 weeks) of the semester with a grade of “W” has been extended to May 8.

Students are encouraged to work with their instructors and advisors to determine the best course of action.

Is the Clark Student Center open?

The Clark Student Center is open 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The computer lab is open during these same hours. The recreation room is closed. The Mesquite Dining Hall is open daily and serving take-out to students with a meal plan daily from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5-7 p.m.

Is Moffett Library still open?

Moffett Library is now open following the guidance provided in Gov. Abbott's executive order.

Enhanced health protocols include regularly and frequently cleaning and disinfecting any regularly touched surfaces, disinfecting any items that come into contact with visitors, and making hand sanitizer stations readily available to employees and visitors. In addition, librarians will wear masks, wash or sanitize hands upon entering the library and between interactions with visitors, and will maintain proper social distancing.

MSU Texas students and faculty may continue to receive virtual services and resources via the Library’s homepage, which will also provide further details about circulation policies and additional service adjustments.

Access to Online Resources

Electronic library resources are accessible at https://msutexas.edu/library/research.php.

Online Hours

Online chat is available Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday 2 p.m.-9 p.m.

Returning Books

Library materials may be returned to our drop boxes, located at the front and side (facing Hardin) of the building. 

There will be no fines through May 15, 2020, excluding media items.

Renewing Books

If you need to renew an item you can do so by logging into your Library Account through the MSU Portal.

Contact Us

We are here to help! Find us online or email us at library@msutexas.edu with additional questions.

Is the Wellness Center open?

In accordance with Gov. Abbot’s executive order, the Redwine Student Wellness Center will remain closed through May 17, at which point we will reassess resuming operations. Additionally, all athletic and recreational fields are closed through the same time period.

Is Vinson Health Center open?

The Vinson Health Center will transition to summer hours of operation beginning May 18, 2020.

May 18-May 29, 2020
7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monday-Friday

June 1-July 23, 2020
7:30 a.m.-1:45 p.m. Monday-Thursday

July 27-August 14, 2020
7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monday-Friday

Students are asked to call the health center for an appointment or for guidance with individual health needs. 

Is the Counseling Center open?

The Counseling Center remains open with counselors working remotely to help students. Therapy sessions are conducted through the Therapy Assist Online (TAO) video conferencing platform. Whether they are at home or on-campus, students campus can have a video or telephone session with a counselor using the platform. Appointments are available Monday through Friday, 8am–5pm. Please call 940-397-4618 to schedule an appointment. 

A number of free online mental health resources are available through the Counseling Center website. Additional online resources include:

Students may also access TAO Connect, a free online self-help resource on general well-being, calming your worry, improving your mood, pain management, and other useful topics. Students can access TAO Connect through the Counseling Center website.

Information for the MSU Texas Community

Working Remotely

The health and well-being of our campus remains our highest priority, and the rapidly changing circumstances surrounding this pandemic are a significant challenge that we are taking very seriously.

On March 30, MSU moved to essential services only for campus operations. Specific offices remain open to ensure the continuity of our operations. Most employees are working remotely.

Working Remotely Resources are available on the MSU Texas Human Resources webpage. Additionally, Information Technology has provided an Online Transition Resources page for members of the campus community.

What preventative actions can the campus community take at this time?

Beginning July 6, 2020,  and continuing until further notice, MSU Texas is implementing a mandatory facial covering requirement for our campus community.

Face masks or appropriate face coverings will be required in campus buildings by all students, faculty, and staff.

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Avoid sharing food, beverages, and utensils. Avoid close contact with those who may be ill; stay at least six feet away. Stay home when you are sick or have flu symptoms. Cover cough/sneeze with a tissue or cough/sneeze into your elbow. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects or surfaces. Get your annual flu shot.

What should I do if I feel ill?

  • If you are feeling ill and need to be seen, make an appointment with your healthcare provider. Students can make an appointment at Vinson Health Center by calling (940) 397-4231.
  • Please do not show up at a clinic, urgent care or other healthcare facility without calling first. Your provider may need to take special measures to protect other people in the clinic.
  • Telemedicine may also be available through your insurance, enabling you to consult a provider from home. Check with your health insurance provider. If you are a student enrolled in the MSU Academic Healthplans Student Health Insurance, HealthiestYou telemedicine is available for you.
  • Do not go to an emergency room. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs.
  • Practice social distancing. Stay indoors and avoid contact with others, just as you would with the flu. Those with contagious diseases should stay home from work or school until they are well. People with fever, cough and respiratory issues should seek medical attention.

What happens if there is a confirmed case on campus?

If a COVID-19 virus is confirmed, then the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) protocols will be followed. Those who have had close contact with the patient will be contacted and monitored by the Wichita Falls-Wichita County Public Health District. Midwestern State University will fully support that effort.

University Response

What is MSU Texas doing?

MSU Texas has activated its Incident Management Team made up of individuals in leadership positions from across campus. The IM Team meets regularly to discuss and review the rapidly evolving situation regarding the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). The team is coordinating preparedness and response activities as outlined in the University’s emergency operations plan. Members of team are closely monitoring the situation, utilizing information from local and state health officials as well as the Centers for Disease and Preparedness and the World Health Organization.

The University is also participating on a community-wide COVID-19 task force, coordinated by the Health Department, which consists of key physicians and staff who meet regularly to coordinate communications and ensure proper training and protocols are in place.

A return-to-campus task force has been established to prepare for our intended return to in-person operations this fall.

The University will continue to address questions and concerns through regular communication and additions to this page.

What is the campus doing for infection control?

The University is working diligently to ensure the safety of the campus community, including additional distribution and placement of hand sanitizer stations, enhanced cleaning procedures in common areas, and an awareness campaign of the importance of hand washing and staying home when ill.

What is being done in the residence halls to prevent any spread of COVID-19?

Residence Life is taking enhanced steps to reduce exposure within each of the MSU Texas residential facilities. These efforts include:

  • Increasing frequency of surface cleaning; specifically, handrails, elevator buttons and door handles are being disinfected regularly.
  • Providing additional hand sanitizer stations in public spaces, as long with supplemental education information.
  • Ensuring that Residence Life staff knows where to direct students with concerns about coronavirus.
Travel Guidance

University Travel Guidance

Domestic travel is allowed with the expectation that employees will continue daily self-monitoring; there is no quarantine requirement for domestic travel. University-sponsored domestic travel remains restricted to essential business.

All university-sponsored and/or sanctioned international travel is discouraged. University-sponsored and/or sanctioned international travel must receive appropriate Vice President and President approval, be considered essential business, and is subject to conditions in the area of travel. Travelers returning from countries outside of the U.S. will be required to notify the Global Education Office, who will advise on quarantine requirements. International students returning to the United States who require quarantine and reside in University Housing will be placed in University Housing quarantine for a 14-day period.

Is Study Abroad canceled?

All Study Abroad programs for summer 2020 have been canceled. If you are registered for a summer Study Abroad program, you should have been contacted by the Global Education Office. If not, please contact the office directly. The University looks forward to providing outstanding Study Abroad opportunities to our students after summer 2020.