CS Covid-19: Student Information

Student during Covid-19


With a few exceptions, all CS classes scheduled in fall 2020 will not exceed 50% of room capacity. According to the University-set policies, these classes will be delivered in the Hybrid A/B model. In this mode, students are split in groups A and B. Group A attends the lecture physically on one day while group B attends remotely. And then the groups switch roles for the next lecture. The A/B model is designated as a F2F class by the University. In a F2F class, more than 50% of the total instructional time is required to be face-to-face. As such, there is a requirement to deliver most of the lectures F2F in the classroom. Faculty can make the A/B split at their discretion as long as (i) social distancing is maintained in the classroom and (ii) each group gets an equal amount of F2F interaction and (iii) students with approved academic modifications are allowed to always be in the remote group.


As per University guidelines, assigned seats will be used in all classroom learning spaces to benefit contact tracing should a positive COVID-19 case emerge. (From the Social Distancing Measures page).


Exam and quiz policies will be determined by individual professors. This includes final exams.


Assignments should be submitted, graded, and returned via Canvas.


Policies regarding attendance are left to the judgement of the professors. Please see their syllabus for individual policies. The department will offer both online and F2F classes in fall 2020. This designation will be finalized by July 22. Students are asked to check the schedule after that date. If the student wants to attend a F2F class remotely, they are asked to apply to the Office of Disability Services for student academic modifications, and to check with the instructor if remote attendance can be accommodated..

Student Accommodation:

A student may request academic modifications through the Office of Disability Services. If a student has an approved academic modification, the student can take the class remotely. Currently, there is no deadline set by ODS for when students need to submit a request.

Open Labs:

During Fall 2020, Computer Science will have DERR 231 open in limited capacity.

Rules for OPEN LAB use (DERR 231) for Fall 2020:

  • All users must wear a face mask properly (over mouth and nose) for the full time in the lab.
  • One person to a computer. No extra seating.
  • No food or drink
  • Keyboards/mice/desk must be sanitized between each use
  • 1-hour time limit per session.
  • No waiting in the lab. Waiting to use lab equipment must be done outside while observing social distancing protocols.
  • At times of high traffic, 231-C MAY be opened to accommodate an additional six people. The same rules apply.
  • No group-work.
  • Printing should be kept to a minimum
  • Failure to abide by these rules and regulations will result in a semester-long ban from lab facilities.
  • Anyone displaying ANY SYMPTOMS of illness MUST refrain from entering the lab. No exceptions.

Instructional Lab Policy (DERR 236)

  • All students must wear a face mask properly (over nose and mouth) for the full time of the lab.
  • One person to a computer. No extra seating.
  • The class may operate at a MAXIMUM of 50% capacity (12 seats only per room). All others MUST use Zoom to attend lab sessions.
  • If more than 12 students want to attend class in person, it is up to the instructor's discretion to assign who will be in person and who will be online.
  • If no students wish to attend class in person, classes can be given in a remote-only environment.
  • No food or drink in labs.
  • Keyboards and mice must be cleaned after each use.
  • No group-work
  • Assignments should be turned in ELECTRONICALLY.
  • Anyone displaying ANY SYMPTOMS of illness MUST refrain from entering the lab. No exceptions.

International Students:

The policy to bar international students from attending online-only classes was rescinded by the administration on July 14, 2020. International students on F-1 visas can continue the academic pursuits with no disruption in the event that the University goes into a full online mode.


  1. How are A/B splits determined? Should MWF classes follow the ABC model?
    This is up to the faculty as long as social distancing measures are observed, and each group gets equal F2F interaction.
  2. Are PhD classes exempt from the A/B model of delivery?
    No, they are not. If the classroom capacity exceeds 50% then the classes need to follow the A/B model. If the faculty teaching the class has an approved workplace modification, then the class can be delivered online.
  3. What action can be taken if a student does not agree with the split? A remote student wants to attend a specific F2F lecture? What is the protocol for when a student from group B shows up in the physical lectures designated for group A?
    If the remote student being in the classroom violates social distancing measures (it may not always be the case) then the request should be denied. If the student shows up in the classroom then they should be asked to leave. For students who do not comply, the university has outlined procedures for disciplinary actions in the RoadMap.
  4. What action can be taken if a student does not agree with the split? An F2F student wants to attend lectures remotely.
    If the student wants to attend a F2F class remotely, they are asked to send in a request to the CS department at https://cs.txstate.edu/resources/student_forms
  5. Can faculty require all students to bring a laptop and headset to the class?
    Students can be asked to bring a laptop and headset. But if a student does not have access to these, then the faculty needs to make alternate arrangements.
  6. Can faculty require F2F students to log in to the Zoom meeting in class?
  7. Will students be allowed to use their devices during exams? Those taking the exam remotely cannot be prevented from doing so.
    Policies for assessment and exam administration are left to the faculty.
  8. What is the protocol for dealing with a sick student in class?
    It should be reported to the Student Health Center. The Health Center is developing a tool for reporting which will be made available prior to the fall semester.

Covid-19: Student Information

The Department of Computer Science is working toward the common goal of continuing to provide academic excellence while keeping the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff foremost in our minds. For the university-wide plan, please see Texas State's Roadmap to Return.

The information on this page, while available to everyone, is specific to students. To access more faculty-oriented information, please visit our Covid-19 Faculty Information page