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Community Guidelines in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

This site is to provide our South Texas community with updated information regarding our law school’s operations in response to the coronavirus situation.

From the beginning, we have used the following three principles to guide all of our decision-making:

  1. Provide for the health and safety of our South Texas community and their loved ones.
  2. Maintain excellence in our educational mission.
  3. Preserve and foster the unique community that makes South Texas special.

We have relied on outside medical expertise to help us make the decisions that will allow us to keep our community safe and to provide an excellent education while maintaining our community.

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY,

MASKS ARE REQUIRED FOR ALL PERSONS (VACCINATED OR NOT VACCINATED)

(1)    IN THE ELEVATORS AND RESTROOMS AT ALL TIMES;

AND

(2)    IN THE HALLWAYS ON FLOORS 3, 4, AND 5 BETWEEN CLASSES

AND

(3)    WHEN MORE THAN FIVE PEOPLE ARE PRESENT
IN A CONFINED SPACE FOR MORE THAN FIFTEEN MINUTES.
(INCLUDING IN THE STUDENT LOUNGE OR THE DELI)

“Confined spaces” includes classrooms; students will be expected to wear a mask in class.  The atrium, hallways, the open study areas in the library and lounges, and transient spaces generally do not count as a “confined space” – unless they are used for an event such that more than 5 people are gathering together for a period of fifteen minutes or more.  Nor are individual offices “confined spaces” – although individual office holders may ask that visitors wear a mask.