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This website will be updated throughout the summer as information becomes available.

For up-to-date information on our Fall 2020 reopening plans and procedures:

Visit Open SFA: Guide to Fall 2020

What is Lumberjacks FLEX?

Lumberjacks FLEX offers the maximum flexibility for our students, giving them more options than ever before. For students who want to return to campus in the fall, we’ll train students on the standard health protocols that can reduce the spread of COVID-19 and the likelihood of infection. We will also be offering more online courses than ever before, and courses in new, more flexible formats. We are outfitting 80 classrooms with technology that will allow many students the option to come to class on some days and access class remotely when they wish. We are also ensuring that more events and critical student services can be easily accessed by students remotely.

Classes and Course Scheduling

Can you describe what types of classes a student may experience with the Lumberjack FLEX model?

Faculty and academic unit heads are working hard to evaluate the best way to deliver quality learning experiences this fall, given course content and objectives, room capacity, and safety. The five main ways they'll offer courses include:

  1. Face-to-face - A traditional course in which you attend class with a faculty and fellow students on campus for each class meeting. Smaller class sizes will ensure social distancing. This class type may not always be possible due to social distancing requirements.
  2. Online - A course in which content and activities are delivered online. No on-campus attendance is required, and you can engage in the course at any time of day.
  3. Livestream - A course in which regularly scheduled class sessions are delivered via Zoom, with real-time interaction between you, the faculty, and fellow students. On-campus attendance is not required.
  4. Hybrid - A course that is delivered as a blend of face-to-face and online, face-to-face and livestream, or online and livestream instruction. Classes meet at regular, scheduled intervals. Soon, your course schedule will reflect the days and times when on-campus or livestream attendance is required. The schedule may continue to evolve throughout the summer as faculty have more information about class sizes and room capacities.
  5. HyFlex - A course in which you decide whether to attend the class face-to-face, via livestream at scheduled times, online anytime, or any combination.

For a print-friendly format, view the Flexible Ways to Learn PDF.

As a student, what factors should I consider as I plan my fall class schedule?

As always, you have the option to register for the classes, faculty, and delivery options that are available and that are best for you! As you think about the fall, we encourage you to evaluate your strengths as a learner, consider your work schedule or other non-academic obligations, and mix and match the course delivery options available that are best for you.

When will more specific details for fall 2020 class options become available?

The faculty and staff of SFA are working tirelessly behind the scenes to put important processes in place to get you information as soon as possible about how your individual classes will be delivered. We expect that some of these changes will be in place as early as next week. Other changes may not be announced until later in the summer; this will depend entirely on each faculty member’s determination of how he/she/they can create the best learning experience.

Residence Life and Dining Services

What safety measures are being taken in the Residence Halls?

Housing staff is adjusting our already very stringent cleaning and operational procedures, expanding service solutions, and revising community standards to make the on-campus experience as safe as possible.  A comprehensive list of health protocols in the residence halls is being put together to help reduce the spread of the virus. Maintaining physical distancing in our community will be a daunting task, but we feel we have the space for students to live safely among each other as long as everyone takes individual responsibility to exercise good personal and respiratory hygiene, cleaning practices and social distancing measures.

What cleaning measures are being implemented within the Residence Halls?

Each hall has its own dedicated full-time custodial staff who will work throughout the days and evenings continually cleaning common restrooms and high touchpoints.

How will the move-in process work to incorporate safety measures?

We’re organizing a multi-day, staggered and controlled move-in process, to be scheduled by appointment only.

Will “physical distancing” be practiced in the Residence Halls?

Each of the rooms in our residence halls is large enough to accommodate “physical distancing,” so students who have requested to room together will be able to do so within the guidelines. We will guide them through a few extra steps in their roommate agreement to ensure they understand each other’s roles to keep their “household” safe, including cleaning tutorials of private restrooms. However, those who wish to live in a single may submit a request and we will work to accommodate this based on availability.

What will happen should a student become sick?

We have an immediate protocol for isolation, testing and contact tracing. We have even taken a building off-line to accommodate isolation rooms should they be needed.

Even with the safety measures being developed, what if I am not comfortable living on-campus this fall?

Our live-on requirement for students with less than 60 credit hours is designed to provide a great supportive environment and an unparalleled experience for students during the start of their collegiate journeys. We know that living on-campus helps support student success. We also know that COVID-19 has presented us with the challenge to prepare for new ways to safely learn, work and live as we prepare for the fall. While we are working to create an on-campus living experience that will meet those goals, we understand that some students might feel uneasy living in the residence hall environment during this time.  So, for the 2020-21 academic year we are temporarily lifting the live-on residency requirement.

What adjustments are being made regarding the dining program to make it easier, faster and touchless?

  • Students will swipe their own cards into the dining hall and at retail locations. 
  • We use the mobile and online order platform, Grubhub, and have expanded the pickup locations.
  • We’re reducing seating capacity in the dining halls and outside retail areas (current state guidance is 50% reduction in capacity).
  • The Student Center dining hall has been fully renovated over the summer and includes enhanced grab-n-go stations and outdoor seating.
  • We have eliminated self-serve in both dining halls. Each area will be staffed by servers and/or chef.
  • Visual cues have been added to remind our students and guests to maintain social distance and to use face coverings if they are unable to do so.
  • Conversion to disposables utensils.
  • Floor graphics and stanchions will help us reconfigure line management within dining areas.
  • In addition to a rigorous daily cleaning process of high touch points, staff will be required to wear facemasks and to perform other employee health monitoring processes such as temperature checks.


Will hand-sanitizing stations be available on campus?

Yes. We are also planning stations where students can have their personal bottles of hand sanitizer filled.

What is the best way to reduce my likelihood of being infected with COVID-19?

Personal responsibility will be the critical factor in keeping our campus safe. Students or employees who are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 including (but not limited to) fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea/vomiting, or diarrhea must not come to work or class, participate in student organization activities, or attend events. Students or employees with new or worsening signs (or any symptoms listed above) should not return to campus or participate in student activities or events until at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared, symptoms have improved (such as cough and shortness of breath) and at least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications).

Students or employees with known close contact to a person who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19 must not come to work, participate in student organization activities, or attend events until the end of the 14-day self-quarantine period from the last date of exposure.

All individuals should maintain at least 6 feet separation from others. If such distancing is not feasible, other measures such as face covering, hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette, cleanliness, and sanitation should be rigorously practiced.

How will students and employees know SFA’s guidelines?

All students and employees will receive training on our guidelines prior to the start of the fall semester.

Are we ending the semester at Thanksgiving like other Texas colleges?

This idea is being discussed; a final decision has not been made; a planning team is thoroughly looking at the implications of this decision.