Masks are optional on the SMU campus in indoor spaces with a few notable exceptions.
- Faculty have the discretion to require students to wear masks in their instructional spaces (classroom, labs, etc.) and during research activities.
- More guidance for faculty about how to execute the mask requirement in their classrooms can be found here.
- For those faculty who had already made this selection and posted the mask requirement to their syllabus and in Canvas at the beginning of the semester, no further action is required—although a reminder to students would be strongly recommended.
- For faculty who would like to update their position on classroom masking, they need to complete this brief survey that will produce an email directly to the faculty member that provides the standard language to be used in the Canvas announcements and syllabus to communicate to students.
- It is important to use both Canvas announcements and the syllabus in Canvas as a way to communicate clearly ahead of time with your students if masks will be required. Additional masks can be obtained within each school if faculty request them.
- Although masks are not required in faculty or staff office spaces, individuals can wear one and request that others do so when visiting.
- Masks are still required inside the Dr. Bob Smith Health Center and on public transportation including campus shuttles.
- The COVID-19 vaccine is available at SMU’s Dr. Bob Smith Health Center for University employees, as well as their spouses and dependents at no cost to you.
- The vaccine will continue to be offered on campus to the SMU community and new employees throughout the fall.
- To schedule your vaccination, or to learn more about the University's COVID-19 vaccine campaign, click here.
- SMU faculty and families can receive no-cost testing for COVID-19 at several Virtual Care for Families clinic locations in the DFW area.
- More information about testing availability for faculty and staff is available here.
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 does not need to quarantine 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.
- 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.