Students

There’s no question that academics and campus life have been a little different this school year. Between the mask wearing, increased hand washing and social distancing, your commitment to each other – and to SMU’s Pledge to Protect – continues to be an essential component in minimizing the spread of COVID-19. 

Below are a few highlights and resources as you navigate through spring semester.

Academics

  • In-person, on-campus instruction continues to be a major component of the majority of SMU courses.
  • Students can once again expect 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 follow a hybrid model, SMUFlex, in which faculty teach an in-person group at the same time as the remote group.
  • Some courses are offered in a virtual format. These courses have been adapted to maximize the learning experience by taking full advantage of SMU’s digital tools.
  • Learn more about SMUFlex and how instruction is offered.

Maintaining a Healthy Campus

  • SMU requires 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 – have been upgraded to the highest-rated filtration level possible for SMU’s air management system.
  • Classrooms feature staggered schedules and spaced seating to ensure social distancing.
  • The University provides, as available, isolation quarters for students living on campus should they contract COVID-19.
  • Learn more details about SMU’s COVID-19 testing procedures and its comprehensive efforts to maintain a healthy campus.

Dining

  • University dining halls continue to be open only to the SMU community and operate following the most current occupancy guidelines established for commercial restaurants in Dallas County and Texas.
  • Diners are expected to use available sanitation stations to wipe down tables
  • Self-serve and buffet style options are not available in accordance with Texas restaurant guidelines.
  • Stations, seating and queuing lines are setup to promote social distancing guidelines.
  • Only contactless payment options are accepted (no cash).

Campus Life

  • Individuals or organizations wishing to host an event can submit an online request form for an event exception to be reviewed by the Events Committee. 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 operates its normal route following current guidelines for public transportation in Texas and Dallas County, which include social distancing and the use of face coverings. Learn more.
  • The SMU Libraries – Bridwell, Business, DeGolyer, Fondren, Hamon Arts, and Underwood Law – are open with limited capacity, required face coverings and spaced seating for social distancing. Note that libraries are only accessible with a valid SMU ID. Curbside pickup, mail delivery, study room reservations, librarian consultations and other online resources (e-books, journals, databases) are also available for students.  
  • The University Advising Center (UAC) provides advising by appointment
  • SMU’s Disability Accommodations and Success Strategies (DASS) team remains available to help with DASS students’ unique needs, such as a reader or scribe during tests.
  • The Safety Escort program continues 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 are followed. Learn more.
  • Additional resources and helpful links are available by visiting the Campus Reservations, Resources and Accommodations page.

Events

  • Individuals or organizations wishing to host an event may submit an online request form for review by the Events Committee.
  • An event is any activity involving University and non-University individuals and organizations scheduled in a venue, not including classroom instruction. 
  • Types of events include meetings, conferences, study groups, rehearsals, practices, receptions, catered meals, screenings, ceremonies, performances, athletic games and lectures.
  • Event planners and attendees must adhere to all state and local guidelines for any approved events. Learn more.

University-Sanctioned Travel

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