Updated COVID-19 Procedures

Dear Mustangs family,

As we welcome back our new and returning students, faculty, and staff to the new school year, we want to share our updated COVID-19 procedures.

Faculty/Staff ​

Although COVID-19 vaccinations are not mandated, MSU Texas is strongly recommending that all faculty and staff be vaccinated for COVID-19. The vaccines are safe and effective and will protect the employee and other members of the MSU Texas community. 

Masks will not be required for either indoor or outdoor activities on campus, however, all visitors to the Vinson Health Center will be required to wear a mask. The wearing of masks while in public indoor settings and frequently washing your hands has proven to be effective at preventing the spread of COVID-19. Accordingly, we strongly recommend wearing masks when around others in indoor settings.

Fully-vaccinated faculty and staff members who are not experiencing symptoms will NOT be required to quarantine or seek testing following an exposure to a COVID-19 positive person, including colleagues who work together in close proximity. Following a known exposure, faculty and staff should monitor for symptoms over the course of 14 days and quarantine if symptoms develop.  

Unvaccinated faculty and staff members who have been identified as having a known exposure to a COVID-19 positive person will be required to quarantine for a minimum of 10 days or longer depending upon testing and degree of contact. If an employee is unvaccinated and can prove a COVID-19 diagnosis and recovery in the last 90 days and is symptom free, quarantine will not be required. All employees will utilize sick and or vacation leave through the entirety of the quarantine period. Employees may work remotely only if requested and approved by the employee’s supervisor. 

Self-isolation will be required for all employees (vaccinated or unvaccinated) who test positive for COVID-19. All employees will utilize sick and or vacation leave through the entirety of the self-isolation. Employees may work remotely only if requested and approved by the employee’s supervisor.

If an employee tests positive for COVID-19, they must report the diagnosis to Dawn Fisher, Director of Human Resources, at ext. 4787 or via email at dawn.fisher@msutexas.edu.

Wichita County Public Health District Quarantine Procedures

Students 

Although COVID-19 vaccinations are not mandated, MSU Texas is strongly recommending that all students be vaccinated for COVID-19. The vaccines are safe and effective and will protect the student and other members of the MSU Texas community.

Masks will not be required for either indoor or outdoor activities on campus, however, all visitors to the Vinson Health Center will be required to wear a mask. The wearing of masks while in public indoor settings and frequently washing your hands has proven to be effective at preventing the spread of COVID-19. Accordingly, we strongly recommend wearing masks when around others in indoor settings.

Fully vaccinated students who are not experiencing symptoms will NOT be required to quarantine or seek testing following an exposure to a COVID-19 positive person, including roommates. Following a known exposure, students should monitor for symptoms over the course of 14 days and quarantine if symptoms develop.

Unvaccinated students who have been identified as having a known exposure to a COVID-19 positive person will be required to quarantine for a minimum of 10 days or longer depending upon testing and degree of contact. If a student is unvaccinated and can prove a COVID-19 diagnosis and recovery in the last 90 days and is symptom free, quarantine will not be required.

Self-isolation will be required for all students (vaccinated or unvaccinated) who test positive for COVID-19. Students who live in university housing will be provided with a location to complete the self-isolation period. 

Any student (vaccinated or unvaccinated) who has a laboratory confirmed case of COVID-19 must complete the COVID-19 Reporting Form for Students.

The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and Texas Tech Health Sciences Center El Paso hosted a virtual town hall “This is Your Shot: Vaccine Facts & Science” this week to answer questions regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. Please note the program begins at the 10:24 mark of the recording.

Sincerely,

James Johnston, Provost
Keith Lamb, Vice President for Student Affairs