Mustang Strong Newsletter Archive

21: Contact tracing, isolation and quarantine at SMU

SMU's contact tracing procedures are explained along with isolation and quarantine.

20: How testing and vaccinations work at the health center

Testing and vaccinations are available at SMU's Dr. Bob Smith Health Center.

19: Masks now required, report your vaccinations status

President Turner announced this week that SMU is temporarily requiring masks in indoor public spaces. Here are some highlights.

18:Finishing the semester Mustang Strong and looking ahead

Last week, President Turner outlined SMU’s plan to move toward a normal, in-person fall semester. Some highlights are included.

17: What You Need To Know About the Vaccines

Now that you’re eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, here’s what you need to know

16: Campus COVID-19 Updates, Resources and Reminders

SMU may not have the vaccine on campus quite yet, but learn about the state’s expanded eligibility, how you can get the shot if you qualify through another provider and much more.

15: Welcoming You Back and Keeping You Informed About the Vaccine

Earlier this week, the Dr. Bob Smith Health Center sent an update about SMU’s plans to provide the COVID-19 vaccine for the campus community when we receive it.

14: CDC Updates Quarantine Guidance, Finishing the Fall Semester Mustang Strong

The CDC updated their quarantine guidance for individuals exposed to COVID-19.

13: Traveling Safely During the Holiday Season

Keep yourself and your loved ones healthy this holiday season by planning ahead as you travel home. 

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12: Course Withdrawal Deadline Extended & CDC Revises Close Contact Definition

The date to withdraw from a course or term for the fall 2020 semester for undergraduate students has been extended to December 2 (5 p.m. CST).

11: Plans Underway for Spring 2021 Semester

SMU will begin its 2021 spring semester one week later than previously planned – now on Monday, January 25 – and will conclude it, without a spring break, on Wednesday, May 12.

10: Stay Informed With SMU’s New COVID-19 Dashboard

We’ve been committed to keeping you informed about the impact of the coronavirus on our campus from the beginning of this pandemic. To stay updated, many of you signed up to receive an email notification as new cases were posted to our COVID-19 case list on the Mustang Strong website. Today, we’re excited to launch a refreshed dashboard that further increases transparency in an easy-to-use, interactive format.

9: Get Your Head In The Game With COVID-19 Safety and Flu Season

Your passion is important to winning, so if you’re planning to attend this – or any – game this season, be a good teammate and remember to follow a few simple rules to keep yourself and others healthy and Mustang Strong.

8: How To Get An On-Campus Flu Shot This Year

Minimizing your chances of contracting influenza this year is one of the most important steps you can take to stay healthy and help prevent our community’s COVID-19 medical resources from becoming depleted. Learn more about how you can get a flu shot this fall.
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7: About SMU's Operational Levels

SMU uses specific criteria outlined in the Fall 2020 Operations Plan to measure the impact of the pandemic. These are only tools – not automatic directives – for managing COVID-19 on the SMU campus. The sections below explain the operational levels and what they mean.
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6: Develop Lifelong Connections through Socially Distanced Events

SMU students can still develop — and maintain — lifelong connections through safer socially distanced events and get-togethers.

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5: How contact tracing works at SMU

SMU uses contact tracing protocols developed by Johns Hopkins University and stands ready to respond to our students' health needs.

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4: Maintaining a Healthy Campus

SMU has worked diligently to create a healthy campus. Maintaining it will be up to every Mustang.

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3: How to Benefit From Campus Life Through Flexibility and Foresight

Campus life will be different in the fall, but with flexibility and foresight, you’ll benefit from the abundance of experiences and services at SMU.


2: Delivering High-Quality Instruction Through SMUFlex and Remote-Only (Virtual) Courses

SMU is delivering a high-quality academic experience by adapting its learning environment to meet the needs of our students through SMUFlex and remote-only (virtual) instruction.

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1: Keeping our Campus Healthy and Clean During COVID-19

As you prepare to start or resume your studies, we want to give you a good idea of what our campus will look like in light of COVID-19.