Fall 2021 COVID-19 protocols for Southwestern Seminary and Texas Baptist College

  1. All members of the seminary community are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated against COVID-19, although this is not mandated for faculty, staff, or students, believing this to be a matter of personal responsibility and freedom of conscience.
  2. Facemasks are strongly recommended for all unvaccinated persons during all indoor activities when gathered with other individuals. Faculty members are permitted to require facemask usage in their classrooms at their discretion. 
  3. All persons exposed to COVID or who have COVID symptoms are advised to be tested, regardless of vaccine status. If you have been exposed to COVID or are exhibiting symptoms consistent with cold, flu, or COVID, please report that through the Symptoms Form on the seminary’s COVID-19 website, and refrain from all activities on campus, including work or class.
  4. All currently scheduled indoor events will be moved to outside events as much as possible (such as the forthcoming church fair). The previously announced plans to return to regular chapel schedule for the Fall semester will go on as planned in MacGorman Chapel, while observing social distancing. During Convocation on Aug. 24, the traditional academic processional will not be practiced.
  5. The ongoing protocol related to the seven-day quarantine for any member who has traveled internationally, including incoming international students, will continue to be strictly enforced.
  6. Unvaccinated persons are requested to maintain social distancing of three feet in all interactions on campus.
  7. Hand sanitizer stations will continue to be available across the campus.
  8. Persons in dorm housing are asked to maintain adequate distancing, as much as possible.
  9. The RAC will return to heightened COVID protocols.
  10. Plans to begin student intramural activities will be delayed until further notice.
  11. Roberts Library will operate from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  12. The Seminary will follow any governmental orders issued by Tarrant County officials.