Faculty

About Masks

  • SMU is no longer requiring masks in most spaces on campus.
  • During the fall, faculty will have the discretion to require masks in their instructional spaces (classrooms, labs, etc.) as well as during research activities.
    • Please submit this online form two weeks prior to the first day of class to indicate whether you will require masks in your classroom.
    • The online form generates a list of faculty who need masks. Each School/College has a designated contact person who will tell you how to obtain masks the week prior to classes.
    • We also strongly encourage you, during the week prior to classes, to send an email to your class roster(s) that confirms classroom masking requirements.
    • You can choose to change your masking policy as the semester unfolds by simply revisiting the same online form.
  • Please note that masks must still be worn inside the health center and when using public transportation (DART) in accordance with local and federal rules.

Academics

  • SMU is transitioning towards a traditional fully in-person fall semester.
  • Unlike the 2020-21 academic year, there will be no Red/Blue days.
  • Check here for the full timeline of expected modifications during the summer transition to a regular fall semester.

COVID-19 Vaccines

COVID-19 Testing

  • Off-Campus - Through Virtual Care Families
    • SMU faculty and families can receive no-cost, rapid drive-through testing for COVID-19 at several Virtual Care for Families clinic locations in the DFW area.
    • Instructions on how to schedule a test can be found here.
  • On-Campus - Through the Dr. Bob Smith Health Center
    • SMU employees may also use the Dr. Bob Smith Health Center during the summer months for COVID-19 testing.
    • An appointment is required and can be scheduled by calling the health center at 214-768-2141.

Maintaining Academic Continuity During Isolation and Quarantine

  • Isolation is for those who have tested positive for COVID-19. These individuals remain at home for at least 10 days and until they are no longer symptomatic.
  • Quarantine, which spans 10 days, is for individuals who have come into close contact with a known positive case. An individual is not considered a close contact if they've been fully vaccinated.
  • Faculty who test positive should complete the SMU Health Reporting Form, isolate at home, and work with their chair and students with a clear plan to ensure academic continuity.
  • If a dependent tests positive, faculty should contact their department chair and dean per the guidelines laid out by each department for additional instructions.
  • When a student tests positive and is in University isolation, the student receives an email from the Office of Student Academic Engagement and Success as part of the contact tracing process.

Air Filtration

  • University buildings will continue to use MERV-13 filters, the highest allowed by the air handling system, throughout the summer months and into the 2021-22 academic year.