This year campus will look and feel a bit different than it has in the past. You’ll notice your fellow Mustangs wearing face coverings, as well as the multiple hand sanitizing stations and social distancing signage around the University. These are just a few of the more visible examples of our comprehensive plan for a healthy campus for fall 2020.

While we’ve gone to great lengths to create and maintain a healthy campus, we need your help and leadership as well. Please minimize large social gatherings, wear face coverings while indoors, maintain a 6-foot distance from others when possible and wash your hands often. Your health is important and your commitment to each other will be essential to keep you and your fellow Mustangs learning.

Below are a few highlights of what you can expect from the fall.


  • In-person, on-campus instruction will be a major component of the majority of SMU courses
  • Various approaches to accommodate social distancing in class will be employed, such as staggered schedules, evening and Saturday classes to extend the traditional weekly calendar, the use of facilities temporarily fitted for classroom use, and limiting capacity to every other seat
  • Some classes will follow a hybrid model, SMUFlex, in which faculty will teach an in-person group at the same time as the remote group
  • Some courses will be offered in a virtual format (previously called remote only). These courses will take advantage of all the effective techniques that have been developed in the last decade for high-experience remote learning.
  • Undergraduate students whose circumstances prevent them from attending courses in-person can file an “Exclusively Virtual Learning” request until Friday, Aug. 14. These students will engage in their co-curricular activities remotely. More information about the request process—including the online form and requirements—can be found on the SAES website
  • Learn more about SMUFlex and how instruction will be offered in the fall

Maintaining a Healthy Campus

Maintain Healthy Campus
  • SMU is currently requiring that everyone on the SMU campus wear a face covering over the mouth and nose in all public indoor spaces.
  • The University’s enhanced cleaning protocols include more hand sanitizing stations, a surge in custodial staff hiring and an increased emphasis on disinfecting high-touch areas like light switches and door knobs
  • All air filters— which can capture particles between 0.3-1 micron in diameter—are being upgraded to the highest-rated filtration level possible for SMU’s air management system.
  • Classrooms will feature staggered schedules and spaced seating to ensure social distancing
  • The University will provide, as available, isolation quarters for students living on campus should they contract COVID-19
  • All water fountains have been removed from service; however, bottle fillers are available for use.
  • Learn more details about SMU’s efforts to maintain a healthy campus 


  • University dining halls will be open only to the SMU community and will operate following the most current occupancy guidelines established for commercial restaurants in Dallas County and Texas
  • Diners will be expected to use available sanitation stations to wipe down tables
  • Self-serve and buffet style options will not be available in accordance with Texas restaurant guidelines
  • Stations and queuing lines will be set up in a manner to promote physical distancing
  • Only contactless payment options will be accepted (no cash).
  • Social distance seating arrangement will be used within each dining hall

Campus Life

Campus Life 
  • Individuals or organizations wishing to host an event must submit an online request form for an event exception to be reviewed by the Events Committee. Additionally, event planners and attendees must adhere to all state and local guidelines for any approved events. Learn more.
  • The Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports is open with limited capacity and hours to meet health and safety guidelines. Individuals should plan on making a reservation prior to their desired workout time and must present an SMU, Dedman Center Member, or government-issued photo ID at time of check-in. Learn more or reserve a time today.
  • The campus shuttle will continue to operate its normal route and will follow current guidelines for public transportation in Texas and Dallas County, which include social distancing and the use of face coverings. Learn more.
  • Family Weekend is scheduled for September 25–27. The latest information on the weekend's events can be found on the Student Foundation website.
  • Opening Convocation is scheduled to take place on Sunday, August 23. The event, which is being held virtually this year, welcomes all first-year and transfer students to the SMU community. 
  • The SMU Libraries – Bridwell, Business, DeGolyer, Fondren, Hamon Arts, and Underwood Law – will be open for the fall semester with limited capacity, required face coverings and spaced seating for social distancing. Each library will only be accessible with a valid SMU ID. Curbside pickup, mail delivery, study room reservations, librarian consultations and other online resources (e-books, journals, databases) will also be available for students.  
  • The University Advising Center (UAC) will provide advising by appointment
  • SMU’s Disability Accommodations and Success Strategies (DASS) team will remain available to help with the unique needs of DASS students, such as a reader or scribe during tests.
  • The Safety Escort program will continue to operate between 7 p.m. and 3 a.m. daily when fall classes are in session. CDC guidance established for rideshare, taxi, limo and other passenger drivers-for-hire to operate the Safety Escort program will be followed. Learn more.