SMU remains committed to adjusting campus operations, as needed, to meet the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and to best support our community. To reflect the most current guidance from the CDC and the State of Texas, the University has established a set of guidelines for flexible work arrangements. To learn more, please visit the Flexible Work Arrangements Guidelines.
Yes. SMU is now requiring that everyone on the SMU campus wear a face covering over the mouth and nose in all public indoor spaces at least through Aug. 4. This requirement—in accordance with the latest Dallas County ordinance—includes classrooms; building entrances and exits; lobbies and lounges; as well as in hallways, stairwells, restrooms and elevators and also extends to SMU’s Meadows Museum – both for staff and visitors.
Students enrolled in the Summer II session will be required to wear face coverings in their classrooms. In addition, for the following fall semester faculty members are authorized to require face coverings in their classrooms. All faculty will have access to disposable face coverings to provide to students who forget to bring one to class.
Face coverings are not required outdoors, in private spaces such as inside an office or partitioned cubicle for employees, or inside an individual residence hall room for students.
The COVID-19 website will be updated as positive cases are identified. Additionally, anyone can sign up to receive alerts when the site is updated by sending an email to email@example.com.
All individuals testing positive for COVID-19 are contacted and
confidentially interviewed to identify people who came into close contact with
the infected individual. University employees are trained on contract tracing
by Johns Hopkins University and follow county, state, and federal guidelines. Close
contact is described by the Centers for Disease Control as within 6 feet
for more than 15 minutes without direct respiratory droplet exposure.)
This trace assesses the class schedule, living situation,
activities, work locations including offices and job sites, face-to-face
meetings and any other situations that may have resulted in close contact from
2 days before the onset of symptoms or testing (if asymptomatic).
This process will evolve as we add technology to further support
Those in the SMU community who may have come into close contact with the positive case are notified directly and given further instructions to prevent the spread. If you are not directly contacted, it was determined you did not have close contact with anyone who has tested positive.
Medical confidentiality must be maintained for everyone. Managers, supervisors and others who learn of positive cases must – by law – respect privacy by not commenting on any information that could identify the person with COVID-19. Refrain from social media posts about the case.
There are three main ways that SMU learns of positive cases of
the virus on campus.
through the Dr. Bob Smith Health Center
by the local county health department
by faculty, staff, or student
When a positive case is confirmed, within four to eight hours, SMU custodial workers deep clean and sanitize the area in which the person worked or lived, as well as adjacent rooms and public spaces in the building.
All employees returning to work completed a “COVID-19 Return-to-Work Training” before returning to campus. The required training can be accessed on Canvas here. The training covers the following topics:
- Social Distancing and Face Coverings
- Cleaning and Disinfection
- Medical Self-Screening and Reporting
- Meeting and Meal Etiquette
In addition to health and safety measures by employees of social distancing, face coverings and daily self-screenings, SMU put in place enhanced cleaning protocols designed to keep University students, faculty and staff healthy while on campus. Enhancements include a 94% increase in hand sanitizer availability, a 10% surge in custodial staff hiring, and an increased emphasis on disinfecting high-touch areas like light switches and door knobs. Additional measures, including the use of hospital-grade disinfectants, are outlined in the custodial response guide.
Visitors are currently welcome to campus on a limited basis. Exterior building doors will remain locked, requiring those hosting visitors to make special arrangements to provide them with access.
Facilities that welcome visitors as a general course of business will need to create plans to open that to meet any federal, state, or local requirements specific to their function and should plan to be open to visitors by July 6, 2020. Examples of these campus facilities are the libraries, the Meadows Museum and Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports.