MSUTexas

Academic Instruction

Fall 2020

MSU Texas will resume in-person teaching and learning for the fall 2020 semester utilizing a blend of face-to-face, hybrid (combination of face-to-face instruction and online learning), and online modalities. Our course modalities will remain flexible with the majority of our courses being taught using some degree of face-to-face instruction.

The first day of classes has not changed. Weekday classes will begin Monday, August 24, and will run until Thanksgiving break. Students will not be required to return after Thanksgiving. Students will complete coursework remotely from November 30 through December 4 (last week of classes). Final exams will be administered remotely.

Masks or appropriate face coverings will be required of all faculty, staff and students while on campus, as outlined by the University’s Facial Covering Requirement.

Classrooms, laboratories and studios will operate at reduced capacity using guidance for social distancing protocols. The University will continue to adapt room assignments as needed but do not anticipate a need to make changes that would substantially affect student schedules.

Sanitization

The MSU Texas custodial staff will disinfect high touch point surfaces throughout the course of each day including the following locations: door handles, door crash bars, light switches, handrails, elevators and other horizontal surfaces.

All restrooms and common areas are cleaned and disinfected on a daily basis. The disinfectants that are used are proven to kill viruses like COVID-19, as well as others.

Personal Hygiene

Masks or appropriate face coverings will be required of all faculty, staff and students while on campus, as outlined by the University’s Facial Covering Requirement.

Additional hand sanitizer dispensers have been placed throughout campus, including the residence halls. Sanitizer bottles will be placed at building entrances, as well as in each classroom/laboratory.

Social Distancing

The University will emphasize social distancing of at least six feet between individuals. Students, as well as faculty and staff, should adhere to the latest state and federal guidance for social distancing. Print and digital media throughout campus will provide reminders to the campus community.


Technology Guidance

MSU Texas will utilize our learning management system (D2L) and Zoom for live stream. Every course will contain the minimum information in D2L:

  • Syllabus
  • Course communication
  • Course schedule
  • Gradebook
  • Online faculty office hours

Personal technology requirements will be communicated in advance of the semester. Technology required may include computer, webcam, and specific software required for the course. The University will develop minimum hardware and software recommendation for students to self-assess personal technology for Fall 2020 readiness. Campus technology availability (time, location, type) will be communicated to students, as continued access to computer labs will be available with appropriate capacity and time limits for social distancing.