The increase in vaccination rates and decrease in COVID-19 rates in the state allow Texas State University to plan for a fall semester that provides an engaging and safe university experience for our students, faculty, and staff. Per the university’s direction, all COVID-19-related academic (e.g., online or remote access to lectures, quizzes, and exams) and housing modifications expired at the end of Summer Session II. COVID-19-related academic modifications will not be provided during Fall 2021.
If students are concerned about COVID-19 and attending their face-to-face courses, then they can do the following:
- Get vaccinated (if they have not done so already). Faculty, staff or students wanting to be vaccinated on campus can call the Student Health Center at 512.245.2161 to schedule an appointment. For additional information, please review the Student Health Center’s COVID-19 Vaccination Information webpage.
- Continue to abide by the CDC recommendations (e.g., wear a mask, social distance at least 6 feet away, avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces, wash your hands often, etc.). For additional information, please review the CDC's How to Protect Yourself & Others webpage.
- Meet with an academic advisor in your college or degree program to identify degree-applicable courses and options available. Due to the nature of some class content and degree programs, including licensure requirements, not all classes will be available online. Information regarding your college’s undergraduate advising center may be found on the Academic Advising website. Graduate students may find information on how to contact your graduate advisor by selecting your academic program on The Graduate College website.
Frequently Asked Questions
Academic accommodations are academic adjustments or auxiliary aids that are necessary to ensure that students with disabilities have equal access to an academic program, specific course, and/or course materials. If a student is approved for an academic accommodation, the ODS will provide the student with an academic accommodation letter, which states they are registered with the office and describes the academic accommodations they are eligible to use.
Students at higher risk for serious complications from COVID-19 as recognized by the CDC previously requested additional academic modifications through the ODS. The modifications were typically requests for an alteration to the method of instruction and/or method of assessment. For example, the student may have indicated that they could not physically come to campus because it would put them at a heightened risk of contracting the virus. Therefore, they may have requested to access the course and course assessments remotely.
No. All COVID-19-related academic (e.g., online or remote access to lectures, quizzes, and exams) and housing modifications expired at the end of Summer Session II. Modifications were offered in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Yes. The ODS provides reasonable accommodations to qualified students with disabilities. Reasonable accommodations are academic adjustments or auxiliary aids that allow the student to participate equally. The students with disabilities should be held to the same academic, performance, and behavior standards as any other student. A student is otherwise qualified if they meet the academic and technical standards requisite to admission or participation in the educational program or activity.
I am a student with a disability and am unable to attend my face-to-face classes. Are faculty required to provide me with online or remote access to my classes as an academic accommodation?
No. Although students may discuss alternatives with their instructors if they are unable to attend face-to-face classes. A faculty member is not required to accommodate a request that represents a fundamental alteration to a course or program methods of delivery.