Maintaining a Healthy Campus

With wide vaccine availability, SMU is beginning to make the following transitions to regular operations:

 

COVID-19 Vaccination

  • SMU is providing vaccines for the campus community as well as employees' spouses and dependents at the Dr. Bob Smith Health Center. 
  • Information about SMU's COVID-19 vaccinations is available here

If You Need a COVID-19 Test

All students, faculty and staff are expected to conduct a daily self-screen for COVID-19 before coming to campus.

  • Students experiencing symptoms should stay home and contact the Dr. Bob Smith Health Center at 214-768-2141 for a screening interview by trained medical staff and possible testing and referral for treatment. 
    • If the Health Center is closed, students can receive treatment through one of the local urgent care center listed here. The closest such facility to SMU is the Sanai Urgent Care Center (3414 Milton Ave., Dallas, TX 75205 // 469-522-3995).
    • Students who test positive outside the University’s Health Center must complete a Caring Community Connections Form to report their status. The University contact tracing team will follow up with information about isolation and quarantine procedures, if needed.
  • Faculty and staff should contact their primary physician, or get a no cost rapid COVID-19 test through virtualcarefamilies.com/smu.
    • During the summer months, employees may also use the health center by contacting 214-768-2141 for a screening interview by trained medical staff and possible testing/referral for treatment
    • SMU faculty and staff who test positive should report to their supervisor and complete the SMU Health Reporting Form.

Student COVID-19 Testing Costs

  • If you are enrolled in the University insurance: Costs are fully covered without additional steps.
  • If you are enrolled in a non-University insurance plan: Costs are typically fully covered after filing a claim.
    • You may receive a charge for testing services on your student portal, which most private insurers will fully reimburse if you file a claim.
    • In the event your insurance denies your claim, contact the Health Center and ask for assistance on testing costs.
    

Contact Tracing

  • Contact tracing is an effort to identify and inform anyone who has come in close contact with an infected individual. The CDC defines “close contact” as being within 6 feet of an infected individual for 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. You are not considered a close contact if you were fully vaccinated at the time of exposure. SMU contact tracing standards includes individuals who were wearing a face covering at the time of exposure. 
  • Individuals who have tested positive, or come into close contact with an individual who has tested positive, will receive a phone call from a member of the SMU contact tracing team to discuss symptoms, current living situation, isolation procedures, close contacts and academic support. 
  • It is imperative that you answer SMU's contact tracing team truthfully should you receive a phone call. Your honest answers will play an important role in slowing the spread of the virus. 

Student Isolation and Quarantine 

  • The University is providing a total of 44 isolation quarters for students living on campus who contract COVID-19. In many instances, students may opt to isolate at their permanent residence.
  • Students living off campus will isolate in their residence.  
  • Additional protocols are in place—and available to read in the COVID 2021 Operations Planshould demand for isolation quarters near or exceed capacity. 
  • Students in isolation can expect periodic check-ins from a member of the Health Center staff, as well as regular communication from the contact tracing team to discuss symptoms, provide further resources and answer questions. 
  • Students should stay in isolation for a minimum of 10 days and will be instructed about when they can leave by a member of the Health Center. 
  • Students will be able to continue their studies while in isolation, as possible, by taking their courses virtually.