Latest Updates

  • DART update on face mask requirement for public transportation
    Passengers who use the 440 SMU Express and 442 Museum Express shuttles are no longer required to wear a face mask. Earlier this week, Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), which operates both shuttles in a partnership with the University, suspended enforcement of the federal mask requirement following a court ruling. The full announcement by DART […]
  • Campus COVID-19 protocols ending May 15
    OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT Wednesday, March 30, 2022 Dear SMU community, With COVID-19 case counts low and health restrictions easing locally, nationally and globally, SMU will follow suit by sunsetting our pandemic procedures by the end of this semester. We can do so with confidence because we have faced this unpredictable pandemic together ­– assessing […]
  • N-95 masks available for faculty and staff
    SMU is providing N-95 masks for staff as well as faculty who wish to use them in their workspace. Masks are being delivered to the Vice President’s offices and schools around campus. Staff who wish to pick up a mask can do so from the office of the Vice President to whom they report. Masks […]
  • New COVID-19 test options available today for SMU employees
    SMU is offering two additional resources for employees, their spouses and dependents who are seeking COVID-19 testing – a no-cost on-site testing option and insurance coverage for at-home test kits. New on-campus testing option Beginning today (January 20, 2022) on-site testing for COVID-19 will be available at no cost for SMU employees and spouses and their dependents at an […]
  • COVID-19 case management for 2022
    Welcome back and Happy New Year, As SMU carefully monitors the surge in COVID-19 cases, the University will continue to guide individuals who contract the virus via its case management protocols. It has become evident that many local governments have adjusted their contact tracing efforts and are no longer actively identifying close contacts. In line […]
  • SMU COVID-19 operations for 2022
    OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT Thursday, December 30, 2021 Dear SMU Community, I hope you are enjoying a safe and healthy winter break and that the time off from studies and work is providing a much-needed respite. I want to assure you that we are continuing to monitor the current surge in cases of COVID-19 brought […]
  • SMU pauses federal employee vaccine mandate following nationwide injunction
    OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT Wednesday, December 8, 2021 Dear SMU community, A federal judge in Georgia has entered a nationwide injunction that temporarily stops the enforcement of Executive Order (EO 14042). Consequently, SMU is pausing the requirement that all employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by January 18, 2022, unless and until the courts instruct […]
  • Tomorrow is the deadline for Moderna vaccine first dose
    Dear SMU employees, If you remain unvaccinated, tomorrow, December 7, is the last day to receive the first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine and still meet the federal requirement to be fully vaccinated by January 18, 2022. You can make a COVID-19 vaccine appointment on campus at the Dr. Bob Smith Health Center through […]
  • Today is the day – upload your vaccination info if you are an SMU employee
    Dear SMU employees, Please upload your COVID-19 vaccine information by today through the secure University health center portal to provide proof of vaccination. If you received your vaccine at the Dr. Bob Smith Health Center or already uploaded your card or other proof of vaccination, no further action is needed. Click here for steps to […]
  • Important information for SMU employees about federal vaccine mandate
    OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT Friday, November 19, 2021 Dear SMU community, The pandemic has threatened what matters most to our community and the rest of the world – our health and well-being, our times together and cherished traditions. Yet, through it all, our campus has met these challenges and remained Mustang Strong. Now, we face […]
  • SMU reviews federal mandates requiring COVID-19 vaccinations
    November 9, 2021 SMU, along with many other institutions and companies, is continuing to review two separate and distinct federal mandates requiring COVID-19 vaccinations and other protocols for employees:    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS), which applies to organizations with more than 100 employees; and Executive Order 14042, which […]
  • November COVID-19 update – Dallas County moves to Orange level
    Dear SMU Community, Headed into November with cooler weather and the holiday travel season approaching, here’s an update on COVID-19 at SMU. The COVID-19 risk level has lowered for Dallas County Dallas County has moved from level “Red” to “Orange”, which indicates a moderate risk of community transmission and follows a decrease in positive cases. […]
  • Booster COVID-19 doses now offered at Health Center
    October 22, 2021 Dear SMU Community, Boosters are now available at the Dr. Bob Smith Health Center for all three U.S. COVID-19 vaccines – Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has approved booster vaccinations for Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, along with a “mix and match” approach, […]
  • SMU moving to mask optional status effective Monday, October 11
    October 8, 2021 Dear SMU community, After carefully reviewing the current COVID-19 environment on campus, SMU is moving to a mask-optional status effective Monday, October 11, but will continue to require masks in the classroom at the faculty’s discretion. Many of our campus members will welcome this move, while others may be apprehensive. It was […]
  • SMU COVID-19 cases update
    September 30, 2021 Dear SMU community, I would like to share another snapshot of our COVID-19 trends on campus as we head into October and toward fall break. We continue to see a steady decline in cases at SMU, Dallas County and other counties in the metro area. As members of the Emergency Operations Center […]
  • COVID-19 trends on campus
    September 23, 2021 Dear SMU community, As the leader of the SMU Emergency Operations Center (EOC) ­– the cross-sectional group of campus representatives which manages our COVID-19 response­­ – I wanted to share a bit of good news now that we are a month into the fall semester. We are seeing several promising trends on […]
  • Labor Day testing available at health center
    COVID-19 testing will be available to students, employees, and their families this holiday weekend at the Dr. Bob Smith Health Center on Sunday, September 5, and Monday, September 6, from noon to 2:30 p.m.  No appointment is necessary; an SMU ID is required (employees can use their own SMU ID for spouses and dependents). Tests […]
  • Update on COVID-19 testing locations for SMU employees
    With the return to in-person classes on campus this fall, the Dr. Bob Smith Health Center is providing COVID-19 testing as needed for students and will be unable to accommodate testing for SMU employees beginning on Tuesday, September 7. As offered last year, SMU is still providing access to convenient COVID-19 testing for employees and […]
  • Read and sign the Pledge to Protect
    Dear SMU community, Please take a moment to read and sign the “Pledge to Protect” to help keep us all Mustang Strong. You may recall that last year, our campus community embraced the “Pledge to Protect” that was developed by a cross sectional group of students, faculty and staff called SMU Community Action Network (SMU […]
  • A Message from graduate school Dean Quick at the Beginning of the fall term
    Dear Graduate Students, Welcome back to our continuing students, and to our new graduate students: welcome to SMU!  These are difficult times, and I know the recent surge in COVID-19 cases has created challenges for all of you.  You come from many different backgrounds, are at many different stages of life, and have many different […]
  • Vaccination and mask requirement update
    August 24, 2021 Dear SMU community, It is heartening to learn that Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine has received full approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The FDA endorsement should bolster confidence in the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine, which will hopefully lead to an increase in vaccinations. Getting the vaccine remains the best […]
  • Important Message from the SMU Dean of Students
    August 16, 2021 Dear Mustangs, Greetings from the Hilltop! I hope you’re doing well and enjoying what remains of the summer. The first day of classes for the fall semester is just a week away, which is why I am reaching out to you today. While we are planning for the fall to look and […]
  • Message to students and families about fall 2021 plans
    Dear students and families, We are excited to welcome you to the Hilltop and want to share what to expect before you arrive. We are returning to a traditional semester, with some exceptions, in order to maintain a healthy and safe campus. Our faculty and staff are eagerly awaiting you and looking forward to engaging […]
  • Message to faculty and staff about fall 2021 plans
    Dear faculty and staff, As the COVID-19 situation in North Texas remains highly dynamic, our Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will meet twice a week and remains vigilant regarding the local impact. As a reminder, some members of the EOC also meet regularly with Dallas County health officials and Dr. Robert Haley, our consulting epidemiologist, to […]
  • Voluntary vaccine reporting tool moved to SMU’s Dr. Bob Smith Health Center
    SMU Community, As we prepare for the fall semester, SMU has transitioned to a new way of voluntarily reporting your COVID-19 vaccination status. The vaccine reporting tool previously located on the Mustang Strong website has now moved to the SMU Health Portal and is maintained by the Dr. Bob Smith Health Center. If you were […]
  • 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 […]