Frequently Asked Questions

1. Are we going online after Thanksgiving for the rest of the school year? I don’t want to go back just for a couple of months.
The campus will remain open after Thanksgiving. Classes end on November 24 and exams are scheduled December 1-7 and includes the usual number of days of instruction. Some classes may have in-person final exams. Students should consult with their faculty and check their syllabi for information regarding final exams.

2. Are classes all online? Do I have a choice?
Classes that were always designed as online courses will remain online. Other classes will be in-person and some will be designed in a hybrid format. The fall class schedule will be available after July 1 and will indicate the format for each course. Students may choose the type of class they want to take from the schedule. Since not all classes will be available in an online format, students should speak with an advisor and carefully assess how their chosen schedule could affect their progress toward graduation before setting their schedules.

3. What class options are available this fall?
You can choose what kind of class you want to take this fall. We have online, blended, and face-to-face classes available. For more information and to register, please refer to the fall class schedule.

Instructional Method Instructional Delivery
Face-to-Face & 1-24% Online Students and faculty will meet in classroom each meeting period as indicated in schedule. No instruction is replaced with online delivery, but 1-24% of course content is in Blackboard.
Blended/25-49% Online Course Students and faculty will meet in classroom as indicated in the schedule. Majority of instruction occurs when the instructor and students are in the same classroom, which may include rotating face-to-face and live video sessions. Up to 50 percent of instructional delivery is conducted online in Blackboard. Professor will communicate meeting pattern to students.
Blended/50-84% Online Course Courses may require some face-to-face meetings as indicated by the days and times in the schedule. More than 50 percent but less than 85 percent of the planned instruction occurs when the students and instructor(s) are not in the classroom. Online content in Blackboard may be presented synchronously at the days and times indicated in the schedule.
Fully Online Course A majority (more than 85 percent) or all of instruction occurs when the student and instructor(s) are not in the same physical space but online. Online content in Blackboard is presented synchronously/asynchronously.

4. Can we get face to face classes?
Yes, face to face classes will be offered in the fall. Hybrid and online classes also will be available. Not all classes will be offered online. Please refer to the fall class schedule.

5. If I commit now, am I locked into housing?
If you sign a housing contract, the contract is enforceable. Please keep in mind that the same is true for off-campus housing.

6. What are my fees for? Why am I paying an orientation fee if its online? Will I be paying fees for stuff I will not be using?
Fees are used to fund positions dedicated to the creation and promotion of programs to enhance the student experience. It is important now more than ever to provide the students with sense of the campus experience. Orientation is a very important part of that experience and we have put a lot of thought into the online presentation.

Services will be available in the fall with appropriate adjustments for social distancing and other necessary safety protocols. If another transition to remote learning becomes necessary, student services will not cease to operate. For example, during the spring and summer the Health Services team implemented Tele-Health to allow access to health care professionals from anywhere and the Recreation Sports team is producing digital content to promote healthy eating and physical activity.

If your student has financial need during this time, please contact Financial Aid at 361.825.2338. There may be some options that will help.

7. Am I required to live on campus if I am able to commute?
You are automatically exempt from the housing requirement and do not need to complete the Special Residency Requirement Exemption Form if your permanent address is inside of the following counties: Aransas, Jim Wells, Kleberg, Nueces, and San Patricio or inside the zip codes 78340 (Bayside) and 78393 (Woodsboro). Please review the housing requirement at

8. What precautions are being made about safety since Coronavirus cases are increasing in the Coastal Bend?
Your health and safety are a top priority. Social distancing plans are in place in each building and extra cleaning and sanitizing are scheduled. Extra hand sanitizer dispensers have been placed across campus and each office will receive cleaning supplies to keep frequently touched surfaces sanitized. All faculty, staff, students and visitors will be required to wear face coverings when social distancing is not possible. In addition, all students, faculty, staff and visitors must perform a self-assessment prior to coming to campus each day. Anyone with symptoms of illness is required to stay away from campus and seek medical advice/testing.

9. Is my child going to be safe in the fall if classes are in person? What is the University doing to prevent COVID?
The University is following CDC guidelines as well as those set forth by Governor Abbott and The Texas A&M System. Safety protocols are in place including social distancing, face coverings and additional sanitizing and cleaning across campus.

10. Can students pick the way they want to have classes? I can save money if I stay at home and have classes online.
We will offer in-person, hybrid and online classes in the fall. The fall class schedule will be available after July 1 and will indicate the format of each class. Students may choose the class format that works best for them. However, not every class will be available online. It is important to speak to an advisor and assess how your chosen schedule may affect your progress toward graduation. Please refer to the fall class schedule.

11. What safety precautions are you taking for face to face classes?
Students returning to campus for in person classes will be given a face covering and a small personal bottle of disinfectant which can be refilled. Refilling locations are being determined and will be publicized when ready. Students will be able to sanitize their work space in classes before and after usage.

Although one face covering will be provided, students are encouraged to have more than one face covering so they can be washed between usage.

The average capacity for classrooms will be 40% to maintain social distancing. Maximum room capacity will be posted inside and outside of classrooms. Classrooms will have indicators where students will sit for social distancing, and students will be seated with empty seats between them. In some stadium seating classrooms, there will be less than 6 feet of distance between rows, so plexiglass is being installed directly in front of the student’s seat to mitigate risks.

Some classes may be offered where one half of the class is in the classroom and the other half is participating remotely.

Classrooms with two doors will have signage indicating designated entry and exit doors. Classrooms with only one door will require students to allow one person at a time to enter or exit. Students will exit by rows to avoid crowding in doorways or other spaces.

12. Are visitors allowed on campus?
Visitors are permitted only when their visit is crucial to the University’s mission. Conducting business via WebEx or other digital means is preferred in order to limit the number of people on campus. All visitors must be pre-approved by the appropriate vice president or designee. In all instances, visitors must comply with the safety guidelines established by the University, including social distancing and wearing face coverings.

Additional guidelines will be added as they become available.