A Message from President Denise M. Trauth

August 10, 2021

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

Texas State University is preparing to return to a vibrant university experience, offering in-person classes, services, and activities at full capacity. As we navigate the challenges of the current COVID-19 environment, I write to share Texas State’s continued efforts for mitigating the spread of COVID-19 and how you can play a role.

It will take our individual commitment to personal responsibility to mitigate the spread of this virus and to preserve the in-person experience for which Texas State is known. It is my hope that all Bobcats will choose to act responsibly and do their part. Let’s work together to keep our university healthy and safe!

While Texas State cannot currently require you to be vaccinated or to wear a face mask, I strongly urge you to get vaccinated and wear a mask indoors, regardless of vaccination status. These prevention measures significantly reduce the risk of infection and transmission of COVID-19. If you have not done so, please schedule a vaccine appointment today.

Considering rising infection rates and recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, Texas State is requesting all members of the university community to take these five additional steps:

  1. Get tested. Regardless of vaccination status, get tested before the start of the fall semester and when selected to participate in Texas State’s random COVID-19 testing program. Testing information can be found on the Texas State’s COVID-19 Testing, Reporting, and Response Steps webpage.  
  2. Stay home and get tested if you develop cold-like or other COVID-19 symptoms, regardless of vaccination status.
  3. Promptly Report to Bobcat Trace if you test positive for COVID-19 or have had close contact with someone who received a positive test result. Reporting information can be found on the Texas State’s COVID-19 Testing, Reporting, and Response Steps webpage.
  4. Isolate if you test positive for COVID-19. Stay home and away from others for 10 days from the start of symptoms or the positive test if no symptoms.
  5. Quarantine if you have been identified as a close contact and stay home for the prescribed time period.
  • Fully vaccinated Bobcats who are asymptomatic are not required to quarantine but should get tested for COVID-19 three to five days after last exposure. They should also wear a face mask when indoors in public spaces for 14 days since the exposure or until a negative test result is obtained three to five days after exposure.
  • Unvaccinated Bobcats are required to quarantine for 10 days since the time of last exposure.

Missed Classes or Work
Please note that the extensive remote learning and working opportunities that were available last year will not be available as the semester starts.

Students who must isolate or quarantine should report to Bobcat Trace and contact their professors to make appropriate arrangements for completing assignments. Students can notify their professors directly or utilize the absence notifications form. Such arrangements are expected to be like those offered in the past for students who missed class due to illness. Faculty members will be responsible for determining appropriate arrangements.

Faculty and Staff
Employees who must isolate or quarantine should report to Bobcat Trace and visit with their supervisor about leave options. Employees may work remotely only if requested and approved through their Department Head. For more information, visit the Employee Time and Leave section on the Roadmap.

My Cabinet and I continue to meet weekly with our Chief Medical Officer to review the latest data on vaccination rates and COVID-19 case counts, to assess the effectiveness of current protocols, and to make adjustments. As the situation evolves, please be on the lookout for additional communications and future updates posted on the Texas State Roadmap.


Denise M. Trauth