Update on Texas State University Classes and Operations
February 19, 2021
Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,
I recognize the tremendous personal toll the last few days have taken on our Texas State University family. Our students, staff, and faculty are dealing with a variety of issues related to taking care of their basic needs for shelter, food, and water.
These difficulties and the safety of our university community have guided the decisions the President’s Cabinet and I have made about how university operations will be restored over the next several days. I know our Bobcat qualities of flexibility, compassion, and resilience will serve us well as we move forward from this latest crisis together.
Today, I have important updates to share regarding classes and university operations.
Power and water restored: First and foremost, power and water have been restored to the majority of buildings on the San Marcos Campus, including the Bobcat Village Apartments. The Round Rock Campus did not experience prolonged power outages. Any student who is still experiencing a power or water outage in their residence hall or Bobcat Village Apartment should report it to their Resident Assistant (RA) on-call. We have discontinued the warming shuttles, due to low demand as power has been restored.
Classes: All in-person and virtual classes are canceled until 8 a.m. on Wednesday, February 24. We know many factors related to power and water outages are disrupting student and faculty engagement and limiting access to the internet, computers and software, and course materials. While classes are canceled, assignment deadlines, scheduled exams, lectures and discussions, and other co-curricular activities are postponed to a later date. A separate message from the Provost will be sent to faculty, staff, graduate teaching assistants, and academic administrators later today with information on addressing instructional disruptions and moving forward to successfully complete the spring 2021 semester.
Reopening the university: Staff across the university have been truly heroic over the last several days in support of our students and in maintaining university services and infrastructure. Many have worked non-stop on the San Marcos Campus and from home. Just like our students, many staff are also dealing with personal challenges caused by the winter storm. With that in mind, we will open university offices on Monday, February 22, at 8 a.m. for regular business hours but will be flexible for staff members who are facing hardships or need to be off to take care of personal issues. We count on our amazing staff to be in the office or accessible remotely to ensure we can return to normal university operations. If you are unable to report to work either in person or remotely, please discuss this with your supervisor.
Services and buildings available beginning this weekend:
- On Saturday, February 20, and Sunday, February 21, the following buildings on the San Marcos Campus will open at noon and close at the regularly scheduled times: Alkek Library, the Student Recreation Center, and the LBJ Student Center. The Student Health Center will open on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. for limited services, including a walk-in clinic. We are assessing any damage from the winter storm to these buildings today, so please check the Safety webpage for possible changes to these opening schedules. The Avery Building on the Round Rock Campus will follow regularly scheduled weekend hours.
- Limited Bobcat Shuttle service will begin Saturday and will include the regular route that transports students to some retail areas in San Marcos. Watch for an email from Texas State transportation regarding hours of operations and routes.
- Students can now dine-in at the two on-campus open dining halls, Harris and Commons, which were previously only providing carry out meals. The meals provided are still hot to-go meals. Soon, we will be able to provide information about expanded options for on-campus dining as we begin to receive food shipments from our suppliers. As a reminder, through Monday, February 22, students with a Texas State ID can get food from the on-campus open dining halls regardless of whether they have a meal plan.
Over the next few days, I look forward to sharing information about special support services Texas State will provide to students who have been impacted by the winter storm.
I continue to hear so many inspiring stories of how our university community supported one another through this crisis. As always, I am proud of who we are as Bobcats and know, once again, we will emerge stronger together. I am looking forward to the warmer Texas days ahead.
Please take care and be safe.
Denise M. Trauth