SMU has four operational levels that indicate the severity of COVID-19 transmission and its implications for instructional operations: very high, high, moderate, and low. The university operations level is reviewed and updated weekly, and posted on the Mustang Strong website. University leadership use the Assessment Tool and Plan to guide the University operational decisions. Additionally, state and local orders may supersede or a rapid outbreak of the virus could prompt a change in the university’s operational level.
Please see the full SMU COVID-19 2021 Operations Plan
Current assessment ranks SMU’s operations level at LOW
Federal/state/local mandates supersede institutional planning. If stay-at-home orders are in place, nonessential businesses are closed and individuals may be expected to remain at home. Campus and building access maybe restricted and telework may be the protocol for as many employees as possible following state and local requirements. It is possible instruction is virtual, and in-person housing and programs may be canceled.
High Operational Level
Significant prevention policies are in place, which may include limitations on meeting sizes, enforced PPE use, screening, contact tracing and selective quarantining/self-isolation.
Moderate Operational Level
Protective measures may still actively be in place. Vaccines and treatments for the disease are available, lowering the risk of severe outcomes.
Low Operational Level
With vaccines and/or highly effective treatments widely available and coronavirus infection rates lower, prevention are lifted. Reengineered processes and new technologies may persist, so long as they are functional.