January 30, 2023

Forecasts are predicting worsening weather conditions this evening and into Tuesday, January 31. The Dallas-Fort Worth area remains under a Winter Storm Warning, and we are continuing to monitor the storm. Please note the following:

  • Dallas campus facilities will close today at 3:30 p.m. CT. Please be careful when exiting the building, as parking areas and surface areas may be slick.
  • Classes will continue as scheduled Tuesday, January 31 through a virtual format.
  • The Dallas campus facilities will be closed Tuesday, January 31, and all employees should work virtually.
  • Students on clinical/field work experiences will check directly with their onsite clinical supervisor as to operations and closure information and follow local government guidance. Any absences will be coordinated with their clinical supervisor and clinical faculty for make-up arrangements.

As of now, the campus facility will be open Wednesday, February 1. If conditions require a change in regular operating hours, we will notify our campus community through the University alert system (text message and phone call). Please also monitor your usa.edu email.

Class availability: All student online resources including Blackboard remain unaffected. Online faculty and students in areas affected or potentially affected by adverse conditions may experience Internet interruptions or unavailability due to weather. Online coursework should continue as normal when possible. Faculty will post updates on availability and course expectations. Students needing extra time or extensions on assignments because of severe weather should make those requests directly to faculty. Accommodations will be made as needed.

Cold weather preparedness is important: Be prepared. Please see these tips from the University’s ComPsych / Employee Assistance Program. Visit guidanceresources.com and use Web ID USAEAP if you are registering and accessing for the first time.

Student Administration announces dates for in-person commencement ceremonies for the 2023 Spring Term graduates. The University will also livestream each ceremony online and have the recording available post-ceremony. 

 

CALLING ALL SINGERS! The University is seeking a student singer to perform the National Anthem at each commencement ceremony. If you're interested in this paid opportunity, please send a link to your performance video or audio file for consideration to [email protected] by February 14.

 

 

Clinical Placements: Most clinical partners require students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to meet their Clinical Experience requirement. Clinical placements and experiences may be at risk for those students who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

  • Quick Reference Guide to COVID-19 Links

  • Reentry Communications can be found at usa.edu/return-to-campus/.

  •  Updated FAQS and Reentry Decision Chart

  • Face Masks remain optional in all campus facilities, except:
    • If you are exposed to COVID-19 and do not have symptoms, wear a mask for 10 full days following the most recent date of exposure.
    • If you test positive for COVID-19, remain off campus and isolate for five days after the date of symptom onset. When symptoms resolve, campus may be accessed if a mask is worn at all times through the 10th day after symptoms began.
    • We continue to encourage the use of face masks for our pro-bono clinics and with research study participants.
    • Face masks will continue to be made available on all campuses.

  • Use THIS procedure to report exposure to COVID-19 at clinical internships or fieldwork experiences.