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COVID 19 Updates

Dear Sociology Majors,

I am writing to you all on behalf of the department’s faculty and staff as we face unprecedented changes in both our daily and educational lives. Our first priority is for your safety and health so we wish you all good health in the coming weeks and months. We know this is a stressful time for everyone so the department encourages you all to take some time for self-care in order to keep yourself mentally and physically healthy.

In order to do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, the Department of Sociology is putting social distancing into practice in our physical spaces. Faculty are encouraged to work from home and, as you all know, beginning March 30th all face-to-face coursework will be moved online for the remainder of the semester. As of now, the university is requiring all university offices to remain open. However, the department is implementing social distancing protocols in order to minimize the spread of the disease and to protect the health of our department personnel, our students, and the community. To that end, most of the office is working remotely, but we will maintain a physical presence in the office as long as the university requires the department to do so.

Because of all of these changes, I wanted to share with you the best ways to communicate with the department. If you have a question about your class or your class moving online, I would recommend that you begin by contacting your instructor. Obviously, email is the most efficient means of reaching faculty at this time. You may leave them a message on their office phone, but faculty may not be checking their voicemail as regularly as their email.

With registration quickly approaching, you may need to contact the main sociology office. We recommend you do so via email at sociology@txstate.edu. However, should you wish to contact us by phone (512-245-2113) you may do so. Messages left with staff or left on our answering service will be forwarded to the proper contact, but the response you receive may be via phone or email. Until further notice, all appointments (advising, internship program, etc.) will all be completed using zoom, email, or phone to maximize social distancing protocols.

If you have questions regarding COVID-19 and its affect upon the Texas State campus, I encourage you to visit the Coronavirus page for updates. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns. Best of luck and good health.

Chad L. Smith, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair

Department of Sociology

Texas State University

Chad L. Smith

Dr. Chad L. Smith

Chair, Department of Sociology