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  • SMU fall 2021 COVID-19 guidelines
    Wednesday, July 21, 2021 SMU looks forward to welcoming students, faculty and staff for the upcoming fall academic semester next month. Preparations continue for a safe return to regular operations, in-person instruction and full campus activities. However, it is important to balance the desire to embrace a traditional college setting with the need to maintain […]
  • COVID-19 reminders for July term
    As SMU moves into Summer Session II (July term), it’s important to maintain a healthy campus by diligently following SMU’s current COVID-19 protocols. Here are some reminders. The Mustang Strong Dashboard recording COVID-19 cases at SMU is now updated weekly on Thursdays. SMU strongly encourages everyone to receive the COVID-19 vaccination to prevent the spread […]
  • Summer COVID-19 vaccinations and testing at the health center
    The Dr. Bob Smith Health Center continues to offer COVID-19 vaccinations and COVID-19 testing for members of the SMU community during the summer months. The Health Center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Vaccinations COVID-19 vaccinations are available to all current and incoming students, SMU employees and their spouses/dependents. An […]
  • June COVID-19 campus updates and reminders
    May 27, 2021 Dear SMU Community Member, As SMU moves toward a fully in-person semester this fall, updates and modifications will be communicated during the summer months. Most of the changes were already shared in a letter from President Turner and are detailed in the “operations at a glance” grid that accompanied it. Here are […]
  • SMU lifts mask requirements for campus
    Dear SMU community, SMU is no longer requiring masks to be worn on campus with a few exceptions. The mask requirement is lifted immediately except in classrooms and the Dr. Bob Smith Health Center. Masks will continue to be required in all classrooms for the duration of the current term which concludes on May 28. […]
  • Convenient, one-dose J&J vaccine now available at Health Center
    The Dr. Bob Smith Health Center is now offering the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine for the campus community. Unlike the Pfizer vaccine, the J&J vaccine only requires one dose and is an especially convenient for individuals who need to be fully vaccinated before traveling. The J&J vaccine is approved for individuals 18 years […]
  • Vaccinations For SMU Dependents As Young As 12 Now Available At Health Center
    The Dr. Bob Smith Health Center is now offering the Pfizer vaccine for dependents of SMU employees who are 12 years of age and older. Both the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently approved expanded usage of the Pfizer vaccine in children as young as 12. […]
  • President Turner Outlines Summer and Fall Plans
    Dear SMU Community, As the semester comes to a close, excitement is building for what lies ahead. We have nearly completed a full school year in the midst of a global pandemic. And we made the most of it – successfully continuing the high-quality education and engaging campus life for which SMU is known. Now […]
  • Amazon Gift Card Opportunity from SMU
    April 27, 2021 Dear Mustang, Greetings from the Office of the Dean of Students! I hope your spring semester is wrapping up successfully and you are looking forward to some well-deserved rest and rejuvenation. As you know, SMU is reviewing operations and making plans. Having a good understanding of how many members of our campus […]
  • Moderna Vaccine Availability at Urgent Care for Kids Clinics for SMU Employees and Dependents
    Dear SMU Employees- Our partners at Urgent Care for Kids have notified us that they are providing the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at two of their DFW clinic locations: Plano and Alliance (Ft. Worth).  The Moderna vaccine is approved for individuals who are 18 years of age or older. SMU employees and their dependents who wish […]
  • First-dose Vaccines Still Available to SMU Community
    Dear SMU Community, A limited number of first doses of the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine are still available this week at the SMU vaccination site for students, faculty and staff, as well as benefits-eligible spouses and dependents. Retired SMU employees are also now eligible to receive the first dose of the vaccine on campus. First Dose […]
  • Vaccine Appointments Still Available On Campus
    April 12, 2021 Dear SMU Community, Appointments are still open for current SMU students, faculty, adjunct instructors and staff to receive their COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine at the on-campus vaccination site. Scheduling is easy through the registration portal, and the vaccination process is fast, with most appointments sailing through in about 20 minutes. These open slots, […]
  • HEERF II – Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA)
    SMU Distributes $2.3 million in Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF II) as authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA) Direct payments will support low-income undergraduate and graduate students SMU is directing an additional $2.3 million in funds from the Federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA) […]
  • More Vaccines Coming to SMU Vaccination Site
    SMU is receiving another round of the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine for distribution to our University community through the vaccination site near the Dr. Bob Smith Health Center. Once again, all SMU faculty, staff and students are eligible. Vaccination appointments are by appointment only on a first-come, first-serve basis. Online registration is now open to schedule […]
  • SMU Connected: Enrollment Begins Next Week
    It’s time to plan for the upcoming May, summer and fall terms at SMU. Enrollment begins next week as we work to safely transition over the summer to a more normal semester this fall with in-person classes and more campus events and activities.  Here’s what you need to know to get started: Fall 2021 Enrollment […]
  • Vaccine Scheduling Now Available at SMU
    March 26, 2021 Dear SMU Community, It’s here!  SMU is pleased to announce the campus is receiving an allotment of the COVID-19 vaccine for distribution to our University community. All SMU faculty, staff and students are eligible. Online registration will open at noon today, March 26, to schedule vaccination appointments beginning Monday, March 29. Vaccinations […]
  • SMU to Remember Lives Lost on Pandemic Anniversary
    March 8, 2021 Dear SMU Community, One year ago this week, on March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a global pandemic. Two days later, on March 13, 2020, the SMU community left the Hilltop for an extended spring break, expecting to return for normal spring activities by the end of the month. […]
  • SMU Continues Current Campus Safety Protocols for COVID-19
    March 3, 2021 Dear SMU Community, Throughout the pandemic, SMU has based our safety protocols and campus operations on guidance from local, state and federal health officials. These measures, backed by our Pledge to Protect, have enabled the University to safely offer in-person classes and host important events such as commencement ceremonies and other celebrations […]
  • SMU Releases New Vaccination Self-Reporting Survey
    Dear SMU Community, Like most universities in Texas, we’re patiently waiting for a COVID-19 vaccine allotment from the state. With this past weekend’s news of the Food and Drug Administration granting Emergency Use Authorization of Johnson and Johnson’s vaccine candidate, we’re optimistic some of the supply issues are being alleviated. Each week, SMU requests an […]
  • Dr. Bob Smith Health Center Still Offering Flu Shots
    Stay protected as we enter the height of influenza season by getting your free flu shot at the Dr. Bob Smith Health Center.  This option is available for all SMU students, faculty and staff. Remember: The seasonal flu and COVID-19 have similar symptoms, making it difficult to differentiate between the two without a lab test. You can […]
  • SMU COVID-19 Vaccination Update
    Dear SMU Community, Welcome back to the Hilltop for the spring 2021 semester. Many of you have been asking when the COVID-19 vaccine will arrive on campus and how it will be distributed to our SMU community. It’s not here yet. SMU has requested allocations under the state’s first and second distribution phases but has […]
  • SMU Plans for Primarily in-Person Fall 2021 Semester
    Dear SMU community, It is with high hopes that we enter 2021 expecting to move toward a primarily in-person fall semester at SMU. With the understanding that vaccinations for COVID-19 will be offered widely this spring, including on our own campus, we are planning to return to regular on-campus courses and activities by fall. It […]
  • SMU COVID-19 Vaccination Plans
    January 8, 2021 Dear SMU Community, SMU has received approval from the state to be a COVID-19 vaccination provider for the campus community. Initial supplies allocated to our campus have not arrived yet but are expected in the near future. The Dr. Bob Smith Health Center will administer the vaccine in phases according to the […]
  • COVID-19 Vaccinations Coming to SMU
    Dear SMU Community, SMU is pleased to announce that the Dr. Bob Smith Health Center will be a provider of the COVID-19 vaccination for the campus community. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved an emergency authorization for a vaccine developed by Pfizer/BioNTech. The Texas Department of State Health Services will be laying out […]
  • SMU Releases 2021 COVID-19 Operations Plan
    Dear SMU Community, We hope you had a safe and restful holiday and are recharged to finish the fall semester strong. As we prepare for winter break, planning for next semester is well underway. We learned a great deal over the past eight months about how to keep teaching, working, living and interacting on campus […]
  • SMU Faculty and Staff Invited to Participate in COVID-19 Study
    A major challenge to stopping the spread of COVID-19 is a lack of information. You can help change that by participating in the DFW COVID-19 Prevalence Study. The results of this important study will be used to develop ways to reduce COVID-19 infections. SMU is partnering with UT Southwestern and Texas Health Resources on this […]
  • A Message About Holiday Travel Guidelines and COVID Testing
    Friday, November 13, 2020 Dear SMU Students, As you get ready to leave campus for Thanksgiving, it’s important to recognize the potential risks associated with going home to family members who may be vulnerable to viral spread. Your best defense is to wear a face mask to reduce the chance of catching or spreading COVID-19, […]
  • Extra Faculty and Staff Vacation Days Added to Holiday Break
    November 2, 2020 Dear SMU Faculty and Staff,  We are heading into the home stretch of a successful fall semester, thanks to you and your tremendous dedication and support. I am grateful for your continued commitment and resilience in the face of this pandemic. It was through research, planning and implementation of campuswide operational changes […]
  • A Message About Halloween This Year
    Dear Students, I hope this message finds you well as we approach the last few weeks of the semester. Certainly, this has been a fall like no other, and I think we all have a new appreciation for academic experiences, time with friends, and sporting events on the Hilltop. Most of you have worked hard […]
  • SMU Seeks Ideas To Support Mental Health This Upcoming Spring Semester
    October 22, 2020 Dear SMU Community,It is encouraging to see the stamina, resilience and determination of our Mustang community in handling the challenges of this pandemic. It is with that same diligence that we’ll tackle 2021. What we are doing this fall is working. After cases peaked in September, they fell and remain steady. Conducting […]
  • SMU Update on December Commencement and Spring Semester
    October 14, 2020 Dear SMU Community, Fall 2020 has been a semester like none other. After months of planning, preparation and adjustments, we are now halfway through this term. You’ve done a great job of working together to maintain a healthy environment, and it is reassuring to see the downward trend in COVID-19 cases on […]
  • About SMU’s New COVID-19 Dashboard
    October 8, 2020 Dear SMU Faculty and Staff, As we’ve settled into the semester and started to plan for our next one, it’s promising to see the numbers of COVID-19 cases on campus diminish. Thank you all for working tirelessly to make the fall semester as safe as it can be. We continue to respond to […]
  • Fall Flu Shot Information
    Minimizing your chances of contracting influenza this year is one of the most important steps you can take to stay healthy and help prevent our community’s COVID-19 medical resources from becoming depleted.  Students, getting your flu shots has never been more important. SMU is providing students with on-campus flu vaccinations for free while supplies last. […]
  • SMU Adjusts Fall Operations Assessment Tool
    Since we began welcoming our students back in mid-August, we have learned a great deal about how to manage the campus through the pandemic. Some of our early expectations have changed based on experience; therefore, it is time to use the latest information to make adjustments in the metrics we use to provide the most […]
  • SMU Moves To High Operational Level
    Dear SMU Community, Every week, our Emergency Operations Center group and the president’s leadership team review a number of data points regarding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the SMU campus, then update the University’s operational level. This week, we are increasing the overall operational level from “moderate” to “high” to reflect the number […]
  • Message to Campus on Rising COVID-19 Cases
    September 4, 2020 Dear SMU Student, With two weeks of the fall semester successfully behind us, I would want to recognize our SMU students, faculty and staff for your efforts to adapt to learning, living and working on campus during this pandemic. As we anticipated, we are seeing a rise in COVID-19 cases as well […]
  • SMU Welcomes Students To Fall Semester
  • A Message to Parents and Family From the Dean of Students About Returning This Fall
    14 August 2020 Dear Mustang Parents and Family Members, Hello from the Hilltop! I hope this message finds you and your loved ones doing well. I imagine you are making final preparations for your student’s return to Dallas and SMU, and we are excited to welcome them back. As I have shared with you previously, […]
  • Important Message from the SMU Dean of Students
    13 August 2020 Dear Mustangs, Hello from the Hilltop! I hope this message finds you and your loved ones doing well. I imagine you are making final preparations for your return to Dallas and SMU, and we are excited to welcome you back. By this time, I hope you have reviewed the Canvas course that […]
  • Message from President Turner on SMU Fall Operations Plan
    As we prepare to welcome our students back for the upcoming semester, SMU’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) team has finalized and posted the Fall 2020 Operations Plan, designed to ensure the safety of our campus and minimize the spread of COVID-19. This plan formally outlines the many strategies and changes that we have already implemented and communicated in virtual town […]
  • Essential personnel status extended through April 30
    Dear SMU Faculty and Staff,   Following the guidance of Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s latest executive order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, SMU will extend its “essential personnel only” status through April 30, allowing most of our faculty and staff to continue working remotely. We miss seeing all of you on campus, but I […]
  • SMU Classes Move Online Through End of Spring Semester
    Dear SMU Community, Each day we evaluate the challenging issues created by COVID-19 and work diligently to make the best possible decisions for all of us. To align with declarations from federal, state and Dallas County health authorities, SMU is moving all classes online for the remainder of the spring semester. We also are reducing […]
  • Reduced Campus Operations
    Dear faculty and staff, In consultation with the President’s Executive Council, I have decided to move the University to “reduced operations” status until April 6 to responsibly care for our campus population in response to the spread of COVID-19. We will monitor developments in the days ahead and will revisit the possible extension of this […]
  • Employee Payroll Tax Update
    Southern Methodist University will not implement the payroll tax deferment program announced by Presidential Memorandum on August 8, 2020. The executive action is optional, allowing employers to postpone the collection of payroll taxes, specifically an employee’s portion of Social Security taxes, for affected employees. The action applies to wages paid to affected employees beginning on […]
  • New Digital Tools Help SMU Community Check for COVID-19 Symptoms and Log Locations
    SMU is offering two new digital tools to help monitor your health and protect the campus community: a daily COVID-19 symptom checker and a contact tracing log. Daily checks for virus symptoms and support of contact tracing are two important safety measures emphasized in SMU’s Pledge to Protect. The Mustang Daily Symptom Checker is a […]
  • A crucial message from Dr. Turner and Dr. Mmeje
    Dear SMU Students: As new and returning students move into their Residential Commons or apartments this week, we must reemphasize how crucial it is for each member of the SMU community to take individual responsibility for our ability to complete and enjoy the fall semester on campus. As you have surely read or heard, several […]
  • SMU Updates Campus Community on Testing, Travel and Facilities
    August 19, 2020 As the University prepares for the start of the fall semester on Monday, August 24, please see the following updates for the SMU campus community. No-cost, rapid curbside COVID-19 testing for employees is now available at Expressway Tower SMU employees and families can now receive no-cost, rapid drive-through testing for COVID-19 at […]
  • Virtual Town Hall Invitation
      Dear Faculty and Staff, As we prepare to welcome students and parents to campus, we invite you to a virtual town hall to address issues and questions as we begin our upcoming fall semester. Date: Thursday, August 20, 2020 Time: 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Who: Hosted by President R. Gerald Turner who will […]
  • SMU Updates Faculty on Pledge, Operation Levels, Contact Tracing and Air Filtration
    Dear SMU Faculty and Staff, It is exciting to see students return for our Fall 2020 opening. Thank you for everything you have done to prepare for their arrival. We will continue to monitor the pandemic to ensure we can move forward in a healthy and safe manner. I’d like to share a few updates […]
  • Completion of Required COVID-19 Training Course Due August 24
    Hello, Mustang! As we prepare to return to campus for the fall semester, it is of the highest importance that all SMU students educate themselves on the ongoing COVID-19 situation and the updated policies and procedures at SMU. To accomplish this, all SMU students will be required to complete the Returning to Campus: COVID-19 Student Training Course through their […]