COVID-19 Campus Update

Dear MSU Texas Mustangs,

Much has changed since our initial announcement of modified instruction on March 12 regarding response to the COVID-19 outbreak. We remain focused on our primary goal to help our students complete the necessary coursework to progress toward their degrees in a manner that ensures the safety and well-being of our campus community and beyond.

After careful consideration and extensive comparison to our peer institutions in the state, we will begin implementing several aggressive measures to continue our part in further mitigating the spread of COVID-19.

Course Delivery

All classes will remain in online/remote format through the duration of the spring semester and for the first summer term. We will continue working through Deans and Department Chairs to coordinate this effort and consider changes to the Summer I schedule to accommodate this decision. There will be unique challenges in certain courses, such as those leading to professional licensures. We have dedicated and talented faculty who will work to make sure their students have met 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.

As students prepare for this transition in course delivery, our Information Technology department has developed an online transition webpage for your convenience.

On-Campus Housing

Limited access housing is available to current residents meeting one of the following conditions:

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

Students meeting one of these conditions that need limited access housing should complete the limited access housing form.

All other residential students will need to schedule a check-out date between March 25 and April 5. Information about this process will be emailed to residential students. Be assured your belongings will continue to be safe in our facilities.

Students will receive a room and board credit, pro-rated from March 23, to be applied to their accounts for future semesters. Graduating students will receive a refund, pro-rated from March 23. Further information will be available April 6.

Dining

The Mesquite Dining Hall is open for take-out. The Mesquite Dining Hall hours are 10 a.m. -7 p.m. Legacy Commons is also available for grab-and-go items. Hours are from noon to 6 p.m.

Moffett Library

Moffett Library will remain open but with limited staff and on a modified schedule. The library will be open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. We will continue to provide updates regarding library services and online access.

Vinson Health Center

The Vinson Health Center will continue to operate during its regular hours from 7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Students are asked to call the health center for an appointment or for guidance with individual health needs. Health information as it relates to COVID-19 may also be found on our coronavirus webpage.

Redwine Student Wellness Center and Recreational Fields

In accordance with Gov. Abbot’s executive order, the Redwine Student Wellness Center will remain closed through April 3, at which point we will reassess resuming operations. Additionally, all athletic and recreational fields are closed through the same time period.

Events

All scheduled events for gatherings of 10 or more persons are canceled through May 16. Events scheduled beyond this date will be reviewed at a later time. Although group events have been canceled at the Wichita Falls Museum of Art, exhibits will remain open.

Commencement

Following the guidance of the CDC concerning mass gatherings and large events, spring commencement ceremonies will be postponed until August 1. Our team is working on a plan to allow our May and Summer I graduates an opportunity to participate in a traditional commencement ceremony.

Campus Operations

Beginning the week of March 30, many MSU Texas employees will be working remotely. However, our business operations will continue, with some offices open on a shortened schedule.

There is much uncertainty in our world, but what we know to be true of our MSU Mustangs is a spirit of strength, courage and wisdom. As we work independently for the greater good, we are in fact working as one by facing the challenges before us today. Thank you for your contribution in addressing this challenge.

 

Sincerely,

Suzanne Shipley, Ph.D.

MSU Texas President