Galveston Campus COVID-19 Update & Fall Information     

August 13, 2021

Texas A&M University at Galveston is committed to continuing with in-person classes and activities for the fall semester. We are equally committed to the protection of our campus community to the best of our ability as COVID-19 cases continue to rise on our campus and in our communities.

Currently, our primary concern is slowing the spread of COVID-19 on campus and to support our students, faculty and staff in maintaining business continuity. We also strive to be transparent in providing information specific to the Galveston Campus. We will continue to update the Galveston Campus COVID-19 dashboard weekly to provide you with information.

As the situation continues to evolve, we will continue to provide weekly updates to better aid you in planning for the fall semester. It is critical that you continue to monitor university communications.

We urge you to consider adopting the community mitigation strategies that so effectively served us during the spring semester. Vaccines remain the most effective tool to aid in reducing the severity of symptoms and the chance of hospitalization. Information concerning vaccine incentives available to students, faculty and staff is contained below.

IMMEDIATE & UPCOMING ACTIONS

Slowing the Spread

  • Supervisors retain the authority to develop staff rotations and develop assignments to ensure business continuity through Aug. 20, 2021.
  • Emergency leave is available for staff required to isolate or quarantine. Contact Galveston Campus Human Resources for additional information.
  • On-campus events and activities have been adjusted, where possible, to allow for physical distancing.
  • Encouraging face coverings indoors
  • Mandatory testing for the fall semester

Events

We will continue to hosts events as long as staffing is available to do so. In the event we are forced to cancel an event we will communicate that information as quickly as we are able to do so. Please be flexible in making plans and have a contingency plan in place.  

As of today, all events listed below are currently scheduled to take place on-campus in person:

  • New Student Conference
  • Transfer Conference
  • Commencement
  • Week 4 Howdy Week
  • Salt Camp
  • O-Week
  • Faculty Forum
  • Faculty Resource Fair

The following events have been canceled or adjusted:

  • Howdy Week & SALT Camp Week 2
  • Howdy Week & SALT Camp Week 3
  • Campus Expo

Mandatory Testing for all Students, Faculty and Staff for Fall 2021

All students, faculty and staff will be required to participate in testing for COVID-19 for the fall semester. Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to submit a COVID-19 diagnostic test within three weeks of arriving on campus.

There are three ways to meet this requirement:

  1. Provide proof of negative test results within the past 72 hours from any testing center.
  2. Provide documentation showing that you have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days. For those who tested positive through on-campus testing, no additional action is required.
  3. Make an appointment to test on campus.

Additional information concerning on-campus testing options and instructions will be provided next week.

Individuals who test positive will be asked to leave campus due to limited on-campus resources available to support the quarantine or isolation needs of those who test positive. Individuals who are able to do so should develop contingency plans to quarantine and/or isolate off campus in the event of a positive test result or if determined as a close contact to someone who received a positive test. Those who anticipate difficulties in doing so should contact their Housing Coordinator for assistance.

Vaccination Options & Incentives

Vaccines remain widely available in our region and also remain our most effective tool in slowing the spread of COVID-19. The Galveston County Health District has complete information on where and how to obtain a vaccine. Vaccine clinics will be available on campus during the first few weeks of the fall semester for those who choose to vaccinate.

The vaccine incentives developed by Texas A&M University extend to the Galveston Campus:

“To be eligible for a vaccine incentive drawing, you must be a student enrolled for the fall 2021 semester at any Texas A&M campus, other than Texas A&M Qatar, and you must provide valid proof of vaccination (either one or two shots depending on the vaccine) in the TAMU Voluntary Vaccination Reporting Portal. This portal is different than the Galveston Campus mandatory COVID-19 reporting portal.

Eligible Texas A&M students will be entered into a random drawing for a chance to win a prize equivalent to one year of undergraduate resident tuition and fees. Complete rules for this drawing will be made available soon.

An incentive drawing for faculty and staff who show proof of vaccination will also be announced soon. In addition, some colleges may have their own incentive drawings to encourage vaccination reporting. Complete rules for these drawings will also be available soon.

Unrelated to the above incentive program, Texas A&M researchers are participating in Get Vaxxed!, a study that’s part of Prevent COVID U, a National Institutes of Health-funded program.

Adults younger than 30 who have not had COVID-19 and who are not yet vaccinated against COVID-19 can earn up to $1,000 by participating. Visit this website for more details. The study involves responding to questionnaires, completing symptom screens, daily testing for COVID-19, attending clinical visits with the team, and getting vaccinated. This is an observational study; no vaccine, treatment or exposure is being tested. For questions regarding the study, please contact the team at GetVaxxed@tamu.edu.”

Contact Tracing & Close Contact Protocols

Contact tracing and close contact protocols are determined by vaccination status. Please review the information here to aid you in determining the appropriate protocols to follow.

Students, faculty, and staff who are symptomatic, have been in close contact with a presumptive or known positive case of COVID-19, or received a positive test result for COVID-19 must complete the reporting form. They will be contacted by a campus case manager.