COVID Guidelines for Student Events
These guidelines govern event planning for student groups of all types during the academic year given the COVID-19 pandemic. Student groups recognized by or affiliated with SMU (both formally or informally) must follow these guidelines to ensure the health and safety of all participants. These guidelines govern any activity, event, meeting, gathering, practice, ceremony, etc. planned by a SMU student or student group (formal or informal). This includes both on-campus and off-campus activities.
All events planned by student organizations are subject to the following expectations:
- Follow all campus guidelines for COVID protocols
- Record event attendance through Connect either directly or through uploading a participation list after the event.
Additionally, Student Affairs has developed color designations to prescribe more specific expectations, dependent on the current campus climate related to COVID-19.
Event coordinators should plan for the current restriction level and one level more restrictive in case the level changes prior to the event date. All groups will be held responsible for meeting the event guideline status level expectations according to the guideline status on the date of the event - so plan ahead in case last minute changes are needed.
Please note, given the extenuating circumstances of the pandemic, the situation is extremely fluid and requirements are subject to change at any time including cancellation of events. It is recommended no financial commitments be made.
Student leaders have a particular responsibility to plan events that are safe and do not put students at risk for contracting COVID-19. Additionally, all students must honor the spirit and actions outlined within the University's Pledge to Protect. Additional information regarding the event guidelines is forthcoming and will be included in MOM training for this year.