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Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed Executive Order GA-36 on May 18, 2021, prohibiting governmental entities and officials from requiring face coverings. What this means for our university, as a state entity, is that we can no longer require anyone on campus to wear a facial covering, effective immediately.

From May 19th 2021 forward, face coverings/masks will be optional. If you feel the continued use of face coverings is in the best interest of your personal health you are certainly welcome to continue wearing them. If you have not been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 we recommend that you continue to wear them, but it is entirely up to each individual to make that decision.

The university suggests that everyone give ample consideration to getting vaccinated. At this time having a large percentage of our university community vaccinated is our best defense against a resurgence of COVID-19. We will host vaccination clinics on site during each of our eight SOAR sessions, beginning on June 8th. These vaccination clinics will be open to anyone who wants the vaccine. We will get more information to you about the vaccine clinic times and dates as it becomes available.

We need everyone to continue to report symptoms of COVID-19 as well as any exposure to someone with COVID-19 through the university’s reporting portal. The university will continue its free COVID-19 testing program as well. Links for both the reporting portal and the testing portal are located on this page.

We’ve come a long way in the past 14 months, and will continue to move forward until the pandemic is behind us. We expect there will be additional changes and updates as we move towards the fall 2021 semester. Please continue to check your email frequently for more updates concerning university COVID-19 protocols.


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