Texas A&M-Galveston Classes Cancelled    

March 12, 2020

Classes cancelled Mar. 16 - 20. Online-only classes will resume Mar. 23

The situation pertaining to the Coronavirus is fluid and rapidly evolving. Available details are below and additional updates will be provided in the coming days. Please monitor official information channels for updates and impacts to the Galveston Campus. At this time there have been no cases of coronavirus reported at the Galveston Campus of Texas A&M University and no students, faculty or staff are presenting any symptoms.

SUMMARY OF UPDATES:

  • Class cancellation March 16-20
  • Online classes March 23 – April 28
  • Campus will remain open to students, faculty and staff during this time period and normal business operations will continue
  • New meetings and events guidance with a maximum of 50 participants
  • Guidance for self-monitoring (all) or self-isolation (Level 3 country travelers)
  • New travel restrictions internationally and domestically
  • Campus services and other information


CONTINUED PRECAUTIONS:

  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds;
  • Use hand sanitizer;
  • Avoid shaking hands;
  • Disinfect frequently touched objects using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe;
  • Stay home when you are sick and avoid close contact with those who are sick; and
    Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.


CLASSES

Classes are canceled for the full week of March 16-20 to allow further implementation of health and safety measures and allow time for coordinated planning of alternate learning, teaching and working accommodations where necessary.

Classes will resume exclusively online March 23 – April 28, which is the last day of classes.

The university will remain open to faculty, staff and students who choose to be on campus.

A determination will be made in the coming weeks about the ability to hold final exams and meet program/licensure face-to-face evaluation requirements in person, as well as commencement.

Galveston Campus and Texas A&M Maritime Academy leadership will advise on all protocols in the days to come and will provide direction to individual classes before resuming on March 23.

No undergraduate students will be required to be physically on campus but students are permitted to be on campus for services and facility usage in line with meetings cap numbers as outlined below. Graduate and professional students should contact their respective programs for guidance.

Students conducting clinical activities should consult your respective program leadership for guidance.


GUIDANCE FOR INTERNATIONAL & DOMESTIC TRAVEL

As the United States is a COVID-Level 2 country, students, faculty and staff should follow self-monitoring protocols listed below and available on the CDC Care Guide. The same protocols are now applied to all Level 2 countries, be it traveling to, from, or through them.

Any students, faculty or staff traveling from CDC Level 3 countries (including most of Europe) must self-isolate for 14 days before returning to campus and report travel on the travel reporting portal. Domestic travel is not required to be entered into the portal at this time. Self-isolation protocols can be found below and are also listed on the CDC Care Guide.

No university travel is permitted domestically or internationally unless mission- critical or health-critical as approved by leadership. The university strongly discourages out-of-state and international personal travel.

Only international travel should be recorded on the travel reporting portal.


SELF MONITORING

According to the CDC, self-monitoring means people should monitor themselves for fever by taking their temperatures twice a day and remain alert for cough or difficulty breathing. If you feel feverish or develop measured fever, cough, or difficulty breathing during the self-monitoring period, you should self-isolate, limit contact with others, and seek advice by telephone from a healthcare provider. Report any symptoms of COVID-19 immediately to your medical provider – preferably by calling to get advice and instructions. Galveston Campus Student Health Services is available (409) 740-4736.

To download the CDC Check and Report Every Day (CARE) Booklet which helps you understand how to self-monitor your health and how to check your symptoms daily visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/COVID-19_CAREKit_ENG.pdf


SELF-ISOLATION

Self-isolation requires that you do not come to campus including work, residence halls, on-campus apartments, classes, athletic events or other social gatherings until 14 days without symptoms after leaving the Level 2 or 3 country in question. The 14-day clock starts on the day a person leaves one of those countries. Likewise, please avoid public places and gatherings in the community. For more information and guidance about how to self-isolate visit the coronavirus FAQ page.

The University is working to accommodate the classes and work schedules for students and personnel who self-isolate or are ill. More information about these accommodations will be posted over the next week.

Report any symptoms of COVID-19 immediately to your medical provider – preferably by calling to get advice and instructions. Galveston Campus Student Health Services is available (409) 740-4736.


HOUSING

Residence halls will remain open to support students, with additional CDC-precautions in place for cleaning.


DINING

Dining will remain open to support students. 


TRANSPORTATION

Transportation will remain on the break schedule.


MEETINGS & EVENTS

Campus community meetings and events are now restricted to less than 50 participants.

No participants from off campus other than campus community members should join in-person meetings on campus, nor should any participants who travel from other states or countries effective March 13 – April 3.

Meeting rooms must have considerations for appropriate social distancing described in the Texas A&M FAQs.


CAMPUS RECRUITING & TOURS

No undergraduate or graduate on-campus recruiting and no campus tours will take place through April 3. Alternate options to virtually participate in campus tours will be available in the coming weeks.


ATHLETICS

All intercollegiate competition is cancelled through March 30, 2020.

Per the SEC, all NCAA in-person official or unofficial recruitment activity is suspended through March 30 on or off campus.

Student athletes should consult coaching leadership regarding training and practice.