Updated March 11, 2020, 3:20 p.m.

To help ensure the health and safety of our campus community, St. Mary’s University is extending spring break by one week for students. The campus remains open, and faculty and staff will continue campus operations. Classes will resume on campus on Monday, March 23, 2020.

St. Mary’s faculty, who uniformly deliver in-person instruction, will use the week of March 16 to prepare for the possibility of delivering effective online instruction. This time will also allow others to ensure the delivery of all University services in the safest way.

At this time, there are no confirmed or suspected cases of the coronavirus among the St. Mary’s community. However, students (resident and nonresident) are encouraged to remain at their permanent residence during the extended break. The University is discouraging students from returning to campus unless necessary to gather essential items, such as computers and study materials, until classes resume on March 23. If remaining off-campus for the extended break is not an option, please contact the Office of Residence Life by calling 210-431-4312 or emailing reslife@stmarytx.edu.

Students living on campus will receive further guidance from the Office of Residence Life. The Office of the Provost will communicate with faculty about preparations for alternative course delivery methods, including training opportunities. Check your St. Mary’s email for additional instructions.

Students will be excused from activities and student-work responsibilities during the extended break.

All other events scheduled for next week will be held unless notified otherwise.

There are no plans at this time to suspend classes beyond Friday, March 20, 2020.

The St. Mary’s Critical Incident Response Team has been meeting daily to monitor the rapidly evolving situation and identify necessary steps to safeguard our campus community.

Please keep in mind that all critical and important information and notifications will be posted on the St. Mary’s website, and distributed through the University’s email system and/or RAVE Alert System.

More information about COVID-19 is available at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website. For the most up-to-date information about the virus in Texas, please visit the State Department of Health’s coronavirus webpage, which has information in English and Spanish.