By Lauren Jurgemeyer
Web Content Manager
Updated as of March 20, 2020- 11:05 a.m.
SAN MARCOS, Texas– Texas State University will shift to online-learning the rest of the spring semester, residence halls will close and spring commencement has been moved.
On March 19, President Denise Trauth announced via email that classes will move to an online format the rest of the spring semester.
“We are moving courses to remote or alternative delivery beginning March 30 through the end of the spring semester,” Trauth said in her email to students and faculty.
In compliance with Governor Greg Abbott’s executive order to avoid gatherings of 10 or more people, Texas State has cancelled or postponed university related events, including spring commencement.
President Trauth announced that spring ceremonies will be moved to coincide with summer commencement, August 6-8.
The university is also requesting that on-campus residents, including Bobcat Village Apartments, return home or find other living arrangements off-campus for the remainder of the spring semester.
“We realize moving out of a residence hall is not an option for everyone,” Trauth said. “Those who need to remain on campus will have limited access to services and facilities, such as the LBJ Student Center and dining options.”
In accordance to Governor Abbott’s statewide order of closing gyms, the Student Recreation Center will close March 20. The Recreation Center is providing home fitness videos and resources for students and faculty on their website.
To enhance remote-learning, the IT Assistance Center (ITAC) announced that they will provide all students, faculty and staff access to Adobe Creative Cloud. Students will be able to download the applications directly to their personal computers through May 31, 2020.
ITAC encourages students to use resources like LinkedIn Learning for Adobe training courses. Adobe is also offering Daily Creative Challenges for the different applications.
On March 17, the Texas Department of State Health Services confirmed the first death of a Texas resident related to COVID-19. Community spread of COVID-19 was announced, meaning that it is now being passed community member to community member rather than being related to travel.
Governor Abbott activated the Texas National Guard in response to the pandemic for further assistance in the effort to fight COVID-19. This will allow the National Guard to aid in various capacities across the state of Texas.
On March 18, a second case of COVID-19-death was confirmed. According to WFAA, the patient was a 64-year-old man from Plano, Texas, who had an underlying heath condition prior to being infected with the Coronavirus.
On March 19, Governor Abbott issued an executive order advising Texas residents to avoid gatherings and groups larger than 10 people. The order closed all schools, bars, dine-in restaurants and gyms. The order goes into effect March 20 at midnight and will continue till midnight on April 3.
In coincidence to the order, the Texas Heath Commissioner declared a public health disaster because of the virus.
“[COVID-19] has created an immediate threat, poses a high risk of death to a large number of people and creates a substantial risk of public exposure because of the disease’s method of transmission and evidence that there is community spread in Texas,” the Texas Health Commissioner said.
According to the Austin American-Statesman, five deaths have been linked to the virus thus far.