MSUTexas

Health & Safety for Students


How to Protect Yourself

Read through CDC recommendations to learn what you can do to protect yourself and others.

Reporting Protocol

Confirmed COVID-19

In the event that a student tests positive for COVID-19, the student should immediately isolate, notify their physician, and complete the COVID-19 Reporting Form for Students. Alternatively, students may contact the Office of Student Affairs at 940-397-7500. A campus contact tracer will follow up with all reporting students.

Exposure to COVID-19

In the event that a student has been in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19, the student should immediately quarantine, notify their physician, and complete the COVID-19 Reporting Form for Students. Alternatively, students may call the Office of Student Affairs at 940-397-7500. A campus contact tracer will follow up with all reporting students.

Symptoms of COVID-19

Students who experience symptoms of COVID-19 should immediately quarantine, notify their physician, and complete the COVID-19 Reporting Form for Students. Alternatively, students may call the Office of Student Affairs at 940-397-7500. A campus contact tracer will follow up with all reporting students. Symptoms may include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.

COVID-19 Protocol Based on Testing, Reported Symptoms, and/or Exposure

Symptomatic Confirmed Positive

Immediate self-isolation* until the below criteria are met:

  • 10 days have passed since the onset of symptoms and
  • 24 hours have passed without fever (without the use of fever reducing medications)
  • If symptoms continue on day 10, contact your primary care physician or Vinson Health Center to schedule an appointment for continued symptoms.

If possible, stay away from others, especially people who are at a higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19.

Students who need to isolate/quarantine should notify their physician and complete the COVID-19 Reporting Form for Students. Upon completion of the form, students will be notified of next steps toward their academic progress.

Asymptomatic Confirmed Positive

Immediate self-isolation* until at least 10 days have passed since the date the test was administered.

Self-monitor for symptom development, check temperature twice daily, and keep a log of the results; contact your healthcare provider with new or worsening symptoms.

If possible, stay away from others, especially people who are at a higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19.

Students who need to isolate/quarantine should notify their physician and complete the COVID-19 Reporting Form for Students. Upon completion of the form, students will be notified of next steps toward their academic progress.

Close Contacts of COVID-19 Positive Cases

Release from quarantine after 10 days, if you meet the below criteria:

  1. You must not have experienced any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 since your exposure to the positive case.
  2. MSU does not require students to submit a negative COVID-19 test result. It is recommended to test only if a student becomes symptomatic OR can choose to test 6-8 days after exposure. This test can be PCR or a rapid antigen test.

Definition of Close Contact

CDC defines Close Contact as:

Individual who has had close contact (<6 feet) for ≥ 15 minutes with some one that meets the following criteria:

  • Person with COVID-19 who has symptoms (in the period from 2 days before symptom onset until they meet criteria for discontinuing home isolation; can be laboratory-confirmed or a clinically compatible illness)
  • Person who has tested positive for COVID-19 (laboratory confirmed) but has not had any symptoms (in the 2 days before the date of specimen collection until they meet criteria for discontinuing home isolation).

For more information, view the CDC fact sheet Quarantine If You Might Be Sick.


 

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 utilized by the custodial department are proven to kill viruses like COVID-19, as well as others.
  • The staff also utilizes a misting system specifically designed to reduce the risks of health-care acquired infections by killing viruses, bacteria and mold faster, safer and quieter.
  • 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.
  • Bottle filling stations will remain open while traditional water fountains will be turned off.
  • Sneeze guards have been installed at locations with high student volume, including the following offices: Registrar, Financial Aid, Business, Clark Student Center, Residence Life, Moffett Library, Wichita Falls Museum of Art, D.L. Ligon Coliseum, and other similar locations.
  • Disinfectant will be placed in classrooms along with paper towels so that students and instructors may disinfect their seating area during the class change time. 

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.


General Guidelines

  • Wash hands frequently with soapy water (soap and water) for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based sanitizer. 
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Face masks or appropriate face coverings will be required in campus buildings by all students, faculty, and staff.
  • Cover mouth with tissues whenever sneezing, and discard used tissues in the trash. If a tissue is not available, sneeze or cough into elbow or upper sleeve, not into hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. This includes cell phones, laptops, ipads, etc. with approved wipes and cleaning solutions.
  • Use telephone and video conferencing instead of face-to-face study sessions or group meetings.
  • Refrain from shaking hands.
  • If you suspect you may have COVID-19, you can utilize this the Coronavirus Self-Checker to review your symptoms. In addition, the CDC has partnered with Apple to provide a screening application for iPhones.
  • For students who may need adjustments to their class schedules because of a vulnerable condition, visit the COVID-19 Student Concerns - Disability Support Services webpage for additional guidance.