COVID-19 Guidance

Texas A&M University at Galveston’s first priority is the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff, while supporting continued education and training in response to the Coronavirus, or COVID-19. The situation is fluid and evolving rapidly.

This website serves to provide available details and is your source for additional information in the coming days and weeks.

For information regarding Galveston County, please follow the Galveston County Health District.

Technology resources for telecommuting and training are available below:

A Message from Michael E. Fossum

 
Summary of Updates: May 22

Division Of Student Affairs - Summer Fees 2020

  • Information regarding 2020 Summer Fees added to the Refunds page

Employee Return To Campus - Multiphase Plan

  • Information regarding the multiphase plan for employees to return to campus added to the FAQ Page and Updates

Additional information available in our Frequently Asked Questions.

 

PRECAUTIONS    


Wash your hands for 20 seconds.

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


UPDATES
    

May 15: Employee Return To Campus
May 15: Employee Return To Campus

Texas A&M University at Galveston Employees,

Under the direction of President Young and Colonel Fossum, the Texas A&M University at Galveston Office of Human Resources is closely monitoring developments related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. As a result of Governor Abbott’s executive order of April 27 (GA-18) which laid out the plan for the reopening of Texas, we have developed a three-phase return-to-campus plan informed by guidance from state and federal officials.

This plan intentionally takes a phased approach so that we can learn from small, incremental movements towards a full return to work on campus. The percentages of employees that you will see associated with each phase are intended to set absolute maximums for the respective phase and are in no way, targets that must be reached. Any percentage below the maximum guidance is perfectly fine and the actual number of employees returning should reflect the unique needs of each Division or College and the employees that work there.

As is the nature with a phased plan, we will carefully monitor the effect of each phase and this guidance is subject to change along the way based upon what we learn. In developing this plan, we have adopted the following guiding principles:

  • the health, wellbeing, and safety of all of our Aggie family members are key priorities;
  • we are committed to supporting the mission of education and research and seek to maintain all university operations necessary to support mission-critical activities;
  • we must remain committed to the Aggie core values of excellence, integrity, leadership, loyalty, respect, and selfless service;
  • to the extent possible, implementation of each phase of the plan should proceed only after careful evaluation to ensure that risks identified in each phase have been mitigated;
  • adjustments to our phased return-to-campus plan will be made as changing conditions require; and
  • employees who can effectively complete their work remotely may remain in their Alternate Work Location (AWL) status. Department heads may continue to approve AWL requests for employees in a manner that addresses departmental needs and in accordance with System Regulation 33.06.01.

While the majority of University employees have transitioned to working remotely as COVID- 19 reached our area, it is important to acknowledge that many essential workers continue to perform their duties on-site to sustain critical functions. We want to recognize and thank them for their significant efforts to support our great university.

 

IMPORTANT DATES
Phase 1:        May 18 – May 31, 2020 (Earliest date non-essential employees may return to campus)

Phase 2:        Proposed June 1 – June 30, 2020

Phase 3:        Proposed July 1 – August 31, 2020

 

HIGH RISK POPULATIONS
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), certain health conditions may increase an individual’s vulnerability to the COVID-19 infection. Some vulnerable populations include:

  • Persons 65 and older
  • Persons with HIV
  • Persons with moderate-to-severe asthma
  • Persons with cancer
  • Persons with chronic lung disease
  • Persons with diabetes
  • Persons with serious heart conditions
  • Persons with chronic kidney disease being treated with dialysis
  • Persons with severe obesity
  • Persons who are immunocompromised

Employees who are instructed to return to work on campus and have concerns about doing so as a result of a medical condition that places them in a higher risk group, those who are caring for someone in a higher risk group, or those who are pregnant should consult with their manager and/or HR to discuss the feasibility of the employee continuing to work remotely.  The employee’s specific medical information should not be shared with managers directly, but rather discussed with HR, to prevent unintended disclosure of Protected Health Information under federal law.

Flexibility from managers and employees is essential as we navigate the process of returning to the workplace. Extenuating circumstances expressed by employees should be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. An employee (staff, faculty & student workers) who requires a reasonable accommodation should inform their manager and/or HR. Departments can find support for responding to ADA Reasonable Accommodation requests by contacting the HR Office at hr@tamug.edu or 409-740-4534.

 

RETURN-TO-CAMPUS PHASES
Current mode of operations (including remote work protocols) is in effect through May 17, 2020.  In every phase of this plan, managers/department heads are asked to establish room occupancy limitations to ensure a minimum of 6 feet distance between individuals. In addition, managers are asked to take into consideration those employees:

  • Whose job duties cannot be performed remotely
  • Whose essential job duties can partly but not entirely be performed remotely
  • Who are needed to work on-site based on managerial priority
  • Who would be more productive on-site rather than working remotely

PHASE I: May 18 - May 31, 2020
This Phase Not to Exceed 25% of Staff in Any Area
Current mode of operations (including remote work protocols) remains in effect for the majority of employees. In this phase, a small number of employees (not to exceed 25% of the workforce in a given physical area, inclusive of those already working on-site) may be asked to return to campus based on the unit’s operational needs and managerial discretion. Managers must provide advanced notice to employees outlining when the employee is expected to return (minimum of 2 business days of notice is recommended).

PHASE 2: Proposed June 1 – June 30, 2020
This Phase Not to Exceed 50% of Staff in Any Area
Remote work protocols continue for employees, where feasible. Depending on the results of Phase 1, a second group of employees may be asked to return to campus based on the unit’s operational needs and managerial discretion. The total number of employees on-site must not exceed 50% of the workforce in a given physical area, inclusive of those who have already returned to campus. Again, managers must provide advanced notice to employees outlining when the employee is expected to return (minimum of 2 business days of notice is recommended).

PHASE 3: Proposed July 1 – August 31, 2020
Based Upon the Unique Needs of Each College or Division, This Phase May Include a Full Return to Work on Campus
Remote work protocols may continue for employees, where feasible. Depending on the results of Phase 2, all remaining employees may be asked to return to campus based on the unique needs of each college or division.

 

INFECTION PREVENTION PROTCOL
In order to satisfy the requirements set forth by Governor Abbott’s executive order GA-21 as amended by GA-22, employees will be required to complete two TrainTraq courses before returning to work on campus (regular worksite). This requirement also applies to employees who have continued to work onsite.

2114131: Safe Practices for Returning to the Office During the COVID-19 Pandemic
2114130: Protocol and Certification for System Member Employees

In all phases of this plan, all activities on Texas A&M University at Galveston property will follow social distancing measures and good hygiene practices consistent with guidelines from state and federal officials, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other public health officials.

Employees will:

  • Return to campus when advised by their manager/department head
  • Not come to campus when ill
  • Self-screen daily for possible COVID-19 symptoms before coming to campus. Consult the CDC’s online self-checker
  • Frequently wash hands with soap and/or hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
  • Practice good respiratory etiquette by covering their mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing
  • Maintain a minimum distance of 6-feet from other individuals

 

Managers/Departments Heads will:

  • Develop and communicate their return-to-campus plan to each employee (considerations: jobs that can telework, jobs that must be performed in the office, flexible hours, alternating work days, etc.)
  • Evaluate employee extenuating circumstances for returning to campus on a case-by-case basis
  • Promote physical distancing with visual aids and/or markings (hallways, elevators, stairways, conference rooms)
  • Evaluate meeting spaces to determine the maximum capacity based on a 6-foot social distancing requirement
  • Use virtual meetings whenever possible and limit all in-person meetings and gatherings of faculty, students, staff, or others to 10 or fewer people
  • Communicate social distancing and other expectations for common areas and individual interactions
  • Leverage staggered shifts and lunch breaks
  • Make adjustments to workstations to increase separation
  • Implement one-way traffic patterns throughout the workplace where feasible

As recommended by the CDC, employees are highly encouraged to wear face coverings (such as simple cloth face coverings) when interacting with individuals, attending in-person meetings, or using common areas (restrooms, breakrooms, conference rooms) to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  Although masks are not required, we know the wearing of masks does have an impact on disease transmission and it is highly-recommended to do so in certain situations.  We are thus appealing to all to use the safest of precautions in order to favor a return to safer work conditions throughout the Summer and for the Fall.

There are several scenarios to consider. These all assume you have been self-monitoring, have no reason to believe you may have been exposed to COVID, and have no personal underlying health condition which places you at elevated risk.

  • In a private office. If you are alone in a private office, there is no need to wear a mask throughout the day while you work. If face-to-face meetings are required, consider using a conference room instead of your personal office and maintain the distance between participants to greater than 6 feet.
  • In your office suite. If your private office is part of an office suite with no more than 10 people, it is reasonable to move through your normal work area while maintaining social distancing with co-workers, for instance to use the copy machine or access a coffee pot. Supervisors may mandate the wearing of masks by everyone in their office suite if anyone in that area is known to have a health risk from COVID. In this case, signs should be posted on all entrances stating that the wearing of masks in these areas is mandatory.
  • Indoor public spaces. This would include places like restrooms, hallways, elevators, cafeteria line, and bookstore where you encounter people from different areas of the campus. Masks should be worn at all times.
  • Outdoor public spaces. When walking in sparsely populated areas of the campus with only incidental encounters with other persons, masks are not required.
  • Visitations to the office or office area of another unit. When employees visit another unit, they should wear masks as should those they are visiting. If someone has been called to an area to provide a service, such as maintenance or IT support, they may refuse to perform that service unless the person they are assisting is taking precautions, including wearing a mask and maintaining appropriate distance.

 

EXTERNAL VISITORS
Visitors may be invited to physically attend meetings at the university no earlier than June 1 and should be expected to observe guidelines related to social distancing, meeting size, face coverings, which may be in place at the time of the visit. The return of external visitors is also following a phased approach. Guidance on the phases for a return of external visitors will be distributed soon from the TAMU Office of Risk, Ethics, and Compliance.

 

TRAVEL
Prior guidance regarding University business travel remains in effect. No international travel is permitted through May 31 unless it is directly critical to the ongoing international efforts to deal with COVID-19 or a waiver is granted by President Young. No domestic air travel is permitted through May 31 unless deemed mission critical. All University business travel must be approved by university central administration in advance. Travel requests approved prior to COVID-19 will need to be resubmitted for review and approval 30 days prior to departure.

Additional guidance, which may include an extension of the travel ban, will be forthcoming prior to May 31.

 

We encourage all employees to visit our website for employment-related resources concerning COVID-19 including frequently asked questions (FAQs).

The past couple of months have presented a variety of challenges resulting from the global pandemic. As Aggies, we have responded the best way we know how – with courage, confidence, and resolve! Better days lie ahead of us. We look forward to your safe return to campus and wish you well!

Jeffrey A. Boyer, SPHR, SHRM - SCP
Executive Director of Human Resources
Texas A&M University at Galveston
ph: 409.740.4503
fax: 409.740.5005
boyerj@tamug.edu

 

March 24, 4PM
March 24, 4PM

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

Per the guidance and information provided by Texas A&M University President Michael K. Young earlier today, the Galveston Campus is implementing the same or similar protocols in response to the Galveston County deadline for shelter in place of residence order.

Any additional updates will continue to be provided on the Galveston Campus COVID-19 site.

Faculty, staff and student workers should telework unless deemed essential to be on campus

All non-essential university offices will limit face-to-face interactions and move to virtual support to the general public at 5 p.m. today. All building entrances will revert to controlled access for faculty, staff, and students. We ask that you contact your supervisor to discuss any required on-campus staffing for your office. Any individual who is in a high-risk category should not be required to come to campus.

Essential on-campus services will continue in support of students, faculty and staff

Even in a telework environment with few on-campus personnel, it is important that we continue to provide limited, yet essential on-campus services in support of students, faculty, and staff. For students, this includes on-campus housing, food service, and restricted areas for computing labs and wireless internet. Information related to on-campus facilities is available here.

All of these activities must be carried out using social distancing practices. Please see the Keep Learning Galveston website and the Galveston Campus COVID-19 site for updates on available student services and hours of operation.

Guidance to Faculty and Graduate Students and Continuity of Instruction

For faculty and graduate students who are teaching or supporting instruction, one essential priority is to continue our crucial online course instruction and activities needed to support teaching that will remain online at least through the end of the spring semester. We encourage faculty and graduate students who are teaching courses to develop methods that allow for the continuation of instruction that minimizes time on campus. Those individuals who need to access their office to teach an online course need to contact their respective department head to make sure they will retain access. Please refer to the Keep Teaching and Keep Teaching Galveston Learning Commons website for additional teaching resources.

Staff Guidance

For staff, we ask that you contact your supervisor to discuss the expectations of your work arrangements. Please refer to earlier e-mails on the Human Resources web site on instructions for continuing work assignments.

Ongoing Critical Services

Critical aspects of our business operations are considered essential under the orders and these will continue. These include but are not limited to: food services that are available to-go, emergency responders, public safety, mail services, residence halls, janitorial and maintenance services, technology support, financial services, construction where approved, utilities and scientific research.

Ongoing Research

Regarding ongoing scientific research, the Office of Research provides the following guidance: To the extent possible, Texas A&M-Galveston researchers are encouraged to engage in activities that can be performed remotely (e.g., writing, data analysis, etc.); essential laboratory operations are permissible, provided they can be performed while meeting the "6-feet" requirement for social distancing. Faculty, staff and graduate researchers may come to the research labs to conduct research activities that cannot be performed remotely. Paid undergraduate student workers may continue to carry out important support functions necessary for continuing laboratory operation. Any individual who is in a high-risk category should not be required to come to campus. Please see vpr.tamu.edu/covid-19 for additional information.

Students must comply with applicable local government orders

In most cases, the orders allow students to leave their residence only for essential activities, such as going to the grocery store or picking up to-go meals on campus or from restaurants, visiting a healthcare professional and engaging in outdoor activity, such as walking, hiking, running, or riding a bicycle, with proper social distancing. Students may also leave to go to university-designated locations for accessing computers and internet resources as indicated on Keep Learning Galveston website.  Please consult the Galveston Campus COVID-19 site for facility availability and hours updates.

Student Health Including Counseling

Student health and counseling options are available no matter our students’ location. Counseling information is available here or by calling Ken Bailey at 409-740-4725. Additional student health options have been developed to include Telemedicine with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Details on this service is available here.

Campus Libraries will be closed

However, library personnel will continue digitizing resources to support online teaching. Access to all of the libraries' digital resources and online research support will continue uninterrupted.

We will continue to share information and updates by email, social media and on our Galveston Campus COVID-19 site for facility availability and hours updates.

March 24, 1:00PM
March 24, 1:00PM

Housing, Dining and Parking Refunds/Credits

Housing
On-campus residents canceling their housing contract, removing their belongings, and returning their key prior to March 24, 2020 will be issued room rent refunds or credits based on the number of nights between their check-out sign-up date and the end of the contract term, May 9.  For residents canceling their housing contract, removing their belongings, and returning their key on or after March 24, room rent refunds or credits will be based on the number of nights between the date of check-out sign-up and the end of the contract term, May 9 as long as the student has vacated the room. Individuals who have questions about this process should contact Campus Living & Learning at 409.740.4445 or reslife@tamug.edu.

Check-outs can be reserved at https://www.tamug.edu/cll/#moveout.

NOTE: For either Housing or Dining, students may choose to either apply any prorated amounts as a credit to their Fall 2020 student fees or receive a direct refund. The amount of any refund will first be used to reduce any existing balance in the student’s fee account, with any remainder refunded via direct deposit. 

 

Dining

Students who wish to receive a refund (or credit) for dining must apply at fda.tamu.edu/diningcredit. Students’ dining privileges will be suspended the business day following their application. This refund (or credit) will be calculated based upon the total amount of unused dining dollars and a prorated amount for meal plans based on the length of time between the business day following their application and May 9, 2020.

NOTE: For either Housing or Dining, students may choose to either apply any prorated amounts as a credit to their Fall 2020 student fees or receive a direct refund. The amount of any refund will first be used to reduce any existing balance in the student’s fee account, with any remainder refunded via direct deposit. 

 

Parking
Refunds for parking will be handled under normal procedures, found at: https://transport.tamu.edu/parking.aspx.

For those considering departure from on-campus housing this spring given the pandemic, you may do so anytime between now and the end of the semester, May 9, by coordinating with Campus Living & Learning, to include social distancing as required when arranging for check-out.

March 23, 2020
March 23, 2020

Students,

Yesterday Governor Abbott held a news conference to brief on measures that he and other state leaders are taking to help slow the spread of COVID-19, including not leaving home unless necessary. He did not order a state-wide shelter in place of residence to allow counties the option to do so on a county-by-county basis.

Given that Dallas and McLennan Counties have announced their own shelter in place of residence orders, and others may follow suit very soon, all students may want to consider returning to their family home residences.

For those in need of housing, you may remain in on-campus housing and should be prepared to shelter in place if the order follows for our College Station and/or Galveston campuses. We will of course continue dining take-out, medical and other essential services, and academic affairs support has already moved online.

On-campus students choosing to depart may utilize an “Express Check-Out” option with Campus Living & Learning to allow for an orderly move of belongings. Students who have been dwelling in their family homes but retained on-campus housing and wish to check out may also coordinate with Campus Living & Learning on arranging to pick up their belongings at some point this semester.

The Texas A&M System is reviewing dining and housing credit or refund options and will provide guidance in the very near future.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we do all we can to support Aggies, especially those who may not have other housing and dining options.

March 14, 5:00PM
March 14, 5:00PM

Information for Graduate and Professional Students:

We understand that reports on the impact of Coronavirus around the world can be stressful and confusing, and that the response measures taken by the university and others may be disruptive. Please know that your safety and well-being are our top priorities. If you have concerns or need support, please do not hesitate to contact advisors, faculty, staff, our office, or Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS).  Our most important mission is to support students in attaining their education goals while enhancing the safety of our campus.

In hopes of addressing your questions, I would like to provide you with a few clarifying details as they relate to graduate and professional students.

  1. Graduate classes
    1. March 16-20 – Classes are canceled
    2. March 23 to April 28 –
      1. Classes:  We recommend that all classes move to an online format. No student can be required to attend a face-to-face class. If small graduate classes (≤10) are held face-to-face, they must be held in classrooms that allow for the social distancing of 6 feet between students and most likely will require a larger classroom (i.e. 30 seats for 10 students). Therefore, we are instituting an exception policy for requesting to teach any small graduate class in face-to-face format.
      2. Your instructor should notify you with details on how classes will proceed for the remainder of semester. Also, please inform your instructor if you need an online option for a planned face-to-face course.
  2. If you are ill or required to self-isolate, you may not enter any labs, classrooms, or seminar rooms.  You must stay home and follow the appropriate protocols [see the self-isolate and self-monitor protocols found in the Frequently Asked Questions section on the university web site and on the CDC Care Guide]. Please contact your course instructors if you are self-monitoring, self-isolating, or at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19 and need accommodations.
  3. Graduate assistants are expected to return to work on Monday, March 16, and continue to perform their duties, which may be modified if need be. The goal is to maintain continuous employment status for graduate assistants to the fullest extent possible.
  4. Graduate assistants who are self-monitoring, self-isolating, or at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19 and need accommodations to continue their employment should notify their supervisor, PI, and department head.
  5. GATs (Graduate Assistant Teaching) and GALs (Graduate Assistant Lecturer): Please consult with your lead instructor/department head regarding how your assigned classes (including laboratory sections) will operate remotely and how you will be expected to provide support/remote instruction.
  6. GARs (Graduate Assistant Research): Research operations will continue. Please consult with your PI/supervisor/coordinator and department administration to determine whether you will continue working in your typical research location or an alternative work location.
  7. GANTs (Graduate Assistant Non-Teaching) and Hourly Student Workers: Please consult your supervisor or report to your regular work location to discuss whether you will continue working in your typical location or an alternative work location.
  8. Preliminary Exams and Final defenses are still allowed. These may be done fully online at the discretion of the student and Advisor. In-person final defenses and preliminary exams should be limited in attendance to the committee. Please set up remote meetings for any audience members. Hybrid in-person/remote meetings for the committee are recommended.
  9. In person qualifying/comprehensive exams and research meetings are still allowed but must be held in a room that allows for the social distancing of 6 ft.  Virtual/remote meetings are recommended whenever possible.
  10. Students conducting clinical activities or student-teaching should consult their respective program leadership for guidance.
  11. As the United States is a COVID-Level 2 country, students, faculty, and staff should follow self-monitoring protocols found in the Frequently Asked Questions section on the university web site and on the CDC Care Guide. The same protocols are now applied to all Level 2 countries, be it traveling to, from, or through them for 14 days following travel.
  12. 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 in the FAQ section and are also listed on the CDC Care Guide.
  13. No university travel is permitted domestically or internationally unless approved by leadership as mission-critical or health-critical. The university strongly discourages out-of-state and international personal travel. Only international travel should be recorded on the travel reporting portal.


Precautions to Continue to Take:

  • 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
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

FAQ’s and the university site will continue to be updated.

Additional questions or needs can be routed to the IT Help Desk at (979) 845-8300, where staff will address issues or transfer you to the correct support personnel.

I hope I have been able to provide you with some clarity and reassurance. We appreciate your patience as we adjust to this rapidly-changing situation.

March 12, 7:00PM
March 12, 7:00PM

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.

 

March 12, 1:00PM
March 12, 1:00PM

Students, faculty and staff advised to return to the U.S. amid pending Europe Travel Restrictions.

The White House has announced travel restrictions from 26 European states in the Schengen area of Europe to the United States that will go into effect this Friday, March 13. Given this news, prompted by COVID-19 concerns, Texas A&M University at Galveston is strongly advising students, faculty and staff in this region to return to the United States. This does not apply to American citizens studying abroad, permanent U.S. residents and others. All returning from this region must self-isolate for 14 days.

This area includes Austria, Belium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. 

GUIDANCE:

  • Students, faculty and staff returning from Spring Break should keep their current itineraries in the days to come.
  • University-sponsored education-abroad trip participants in this area are being informed to return to the United States.
  • All Galveston Campus faculty, staff or students are required to register travel from or through any locations designated as Level 1, 2 or 3 by the CDC for COVID-19 in the university’s travel portal whether travelling on university-sponsored, third-party and/or personal travel.
  • We urge students, faculty and staff to avoid nonessential international and domestic travel and seek alternative ways to participate in conferences and professional meetings.
  • Continue to monitor your university email and official social media channels for updates.

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.

This situation is fluid and changing daily. The Texas A&M coronavirus website will be updated with new information as it becomes available.

At this time, classes for Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17 remain cancelled to ensure the provision of campus services in the most efficient, effective and safest way. Dining, health, counseling and other services will be available on a normal schedule Monday, March 17 and Tuesday, March 18 with the exception of Campus Recreation Facilities. Hours for these facilities will be 12 p.m. – 9 p.m. Monday through Tuesday.

Additional information previously provided as guidance by Texas A&M University and the Galveston Campus is provided below and is applicable to all Texas A&M-Galveston students, faculty and staff. 


SELF-REPORTING

Students, faculty and staff are reminded of the mandatory reporting portal for travel from or through any locations that’s been designated as Level 1, 2 or 3 by the CDC for COVID-19 as was previously communicated on Friday, March 3. The registration is required for both personal and university business travel before leaving or immediately upon return.

In addition to logging online to register travel, individuals who traveled from or through a Level 2 or 3 country are required to self-isolate off-campus upon returning from those countries for 14 days before returning to campus. This is especially important as some on our campus are traveling over Spring Break.


UNIVERSITY-SPONSORED TRAVEL

Texas A&M and the Galveston Campus cancelled university-sponsored travel outside of the United States between March 16, 2020 – May 1, 2020. Students, faculty and staff currently traveling abroad may continue to follow the same guidelines issued on March 6 which is noted below. Given the fluid nature of the situation, the university will make decisions about travel beyond May 1 in the weeks to come.

Any mission-critical or health-critical exceptions must be approved in advance by senior administrators. Additionally, the university strongly encourages faculty, staff and students to refrain from all international travel during this time.


SELF ISOLATION

All faculty, staff and students currently on international travel are subject to guidelines issued on March 6 which advise anyone returning from COVID-19 Level 1, 2 or 3 areas to self-isolate for 14 days before returning to campus. The reporting portal remains intact for students, faculty and staff currently on travel to, through or from any location that has been designated as Level 1, 2, or 3 by the CDC for COVID-19.

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.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

We continue to follow guidelines consistent with direction from The Texas A&M University System. Regular updates can be found on the Texas A&M coronavirus page; there's also a button on the university home page.

As of March 6, 2020, the CDC has identified these areas having a Level 2 and 3 for COVID-19 risk assessment. (Definitions for what each level means can be found on the CDC website), along with updated travel health notices.

Texas A&M urges students, faculty and staff to avoid nonessential international and domestic travel and seek alternative ways to participate in conferences and professional meetings.

For more information about international travel please go to the Travel Guidance section of the coronavirus FAQ page.

Texas A&M leaders across campus continue to work with health officials regarding safely and effectively responding to potential COVID-19 cases.

This situation is fluid and changing daily. The Texas A&M coronavirus website will be updated with new information as it becomes available.

 

March 10, 5:00PM
March 10, 5:00PM

Texas A&M-Galveston Campus Suspends Class to Ensure Provision of Campus Services

The Galveston Campus of Texas A&M University has suspended classes for Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17 to ensure the provision of campus services in the most efficient, effective and safest way. Dining, health, counseling and other services will be available on a normal schedule Monday, March 17 and Tuesday, March 17. Only classes are suspended; all other operations will continue as normal.

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.

Information previously provided as guidance by Texas A&M University and the Galveston Campus is provided below and is applicable to all Texas A&M-Galveston students, faculty and staff. 


SELF-REPORTING

Students, faculty and staff are reminded of the mandatory reporting portal for travel from or through any locations that’s been designated as Level 1, 2 or 3 by the CDC for COVID-19 as was previously communicated on Friday, March 3. The registration is required for both personal and university business travel before leaving or immediately upon return.

In addition to logging online to register travel, individuals who traveled from or through a Level 2 or 3 country are required to self-isolate off-campus upon returning from those countries for 14 days before returning to campus. This is especially important as some on our campus are traveling over Spring Break.


UNIVERSITY-SPONSORED TRAVEL

Texas A&M and the Galveston Campus cancelled university-sponsored travel outside of the United States between March 16, 2020 – May 1, 2020. Students, faculty and staff currently traveling abroad may continue to follow the same guidelines issued on March 6 which is noted below. Given the fluid nature of the situation, the university will make decisions about travel beyond May 1 in the weeks to come.

Any mission-critical or health-critical exceptions must be approved in advance by senior administrators. Additionally, the university strongly encourages faculty, staff and students to refrain from all international travel during this time.

SELF ISOLATION

All faculty, staff and students currently on international travel are subject to guidelines issued on March 6 which advise anyone returning from COVID-19 Level 1, 2 or 3 areas to self-isolate for 14 days before returning to campus. The reporting portal remains intact for students, faculty and staff currently on travel to, through or from any location that has been designated as Level 1, 2, or 3 by the CDC for COVID-19.

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.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

We continue to follow guidelines consistent with direction from The Texas A&M University System. Regular updates can be found on the Texas A&M coronavirus page; there's also a button on the university home page.

As of March 6, 2020, the CDC has identified these areas having a Level 2 and 3 for COVID-19 risk assessment. (Definitions for what each level means can be found on the CDC website), along with updated travel health notices.

Texas A&M urges students, faculty and staff to avoid nonessential international and domestic travel and seek alternative ways to participate in conferences and professional meetings.

For more information about international travel please go to the Travel Guidance section of the coronavirus FAQ page.

Texas A&M leaders across campus continue to work with health officials regarding safely and effectively responding to potential COVID-19 cases.

This situation is fluid and changing daily. The Texas A&M coronavirus website will be updated with new information as it becomes available.

 

March 6, 5:00PM
March 6, 5:00PM

REMINDER: Mandatory Travel Reporting Portal for Faculty, Staff and Students Visiting COVID-19 Level 1, 2 and 3 Destinations

Texas A&M University and the Galveston Campus have created a mandatory reporting portal for all students, faculty and staff traveling from or through any country that’s been designated as a Level 2 or 3 by CDC for COVID-19. See below for definitions of those levels. The registration is required for both personal and university business travel before leaving or immediately upon return.

In addition to logging online to register travel, individuals are required to self-isolate off-campus upon returning from those countries for 14 days before returning to campus. This is especially important as some on our campus are traveling over Spring Break. Please pass this new requirement along to friends and colleagues just in case they haven’t yet heard.

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.


Travel Advisory Update

As we carefully track the CDC’s risk assessment for COVID-19, we continue to follow guidelines consistent with direction from The Texas A&M University System. Our regular updates can be found on the Texas A&M coronavirus page, also found on a button on the tamu.edu home page.

As of March 5, 2020, the following are categorized by the CDC as Level 2 and 3 for COVID-19 (definitions for what each level means can be found on the CDC website), along with updated travel health notices.

Level 3 COVID-19: China, Iran, Italy and South Korea
Level 2 COVID-19: Japan

Texas A&M-Galveston urges students, faculty and staff to avoid nonessential international and domestic travel and seek alternative ways to participate in conferences and professional meetings.

For more information about international travel please visit the Travel Guidance section of the coronavirus FAQ page.

Texas A&M and Galveston Campus leaders across campus continue to work with health officials regarding safely and effectively responding to potential COVID-19 cases.

This situation is fluid and changing daily. The TAMU coronavirus website will be updated with new information as it becomes available.

March 3, 5:00PM
March 3, 5:00PM

Texas A&M University and Galveston Campus Guidance Related to Coronoavirus Disease, or COVID-19

As Texas A&M University continues to closely watch the spread of the coronavirus across the globe, we want to assure you all that the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is our highest priority.

To that end, today’s update relates to our students, faculty, staff and visitors who have visited areas affected by COVID-19, or the coronavirus. To date, no such cases have been reported in Galveston County, which is home to Aggieland by the Sea.

As we carefully track the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Levels 1, 2 and 3 risk assessment for COVID-19, we are now implementing guidelines consistent with direction from The Texas A&M University System. Regular updates can be found on the Texas A&M coronavirus page.

As of March 2, 2020, the following countries are categorized as Level 1, 2 and 3 countries:

Level 3: China, Iran, Italy and South Korea
Level 2: Japan
Level 1: Hong Kong


Guidance on Returning to the United States

Texas A&M-Gaveston-sponsored student groups currently returning from Level 2 or 3 countries should follow CDC guidelines by self-isolating at their family home or off-campus residence for 14 days. Should symptoms occur, seek immediate medical attention.

Any student, faculty, staff or visitor traveling from or through Level 2 or Level 3 countries must self-isolate for a minimum of 14 days before returning to the Texas A&M-Galveston campus.


Guidance for International Travel

Texas A&M-Galveston is cancelling University-sponsored student education abroad spring programs to Level 1, 2 and 3 countries.

For faculty and staff, only mission-critical travel to countries Level 1 or above will be considered and will require prior high-level institutional approval.


Ongoing Actions

To ensure the safety and security of Texas A&M-Galveston students, faculty and staff, we are doing the following:

  • We are sharing information with local, regional and state public health authorities and the Texas A&M University System administration to ensure the appropriate exchange and notification of timely information.
  • Spring Break and personal travel: Texas A&M-Galveston does not set requirements for personal travel, but we are strongly urging people to not travel to areas with active community transmission and/or Level 1, 2 or 3 countries. All travelers are encouraged to check the CDC’s COVID-19 travel page, State Department travel advisories, and the International Air Transport Association’s list of travel and entry restrictions for the latest information before departing. Regardless of personal or professional travel, all individuals visiting Level 2 or 3 countries will be required to undergo the 14-day self-isolation period before returning to campus.
    • Note that if you leave the country, your trip may affect your ability to return to the United States and campus.
    • During the 14 days of self-isolation, students should contact Student Health Services for updated guidance and requirements prior to returning to school or work.

This continues to be a rapidly evolving situation and it is difficult to anticipate what the future may hold.

We encourage you to monitor developments through the State Department and CDC websites. Students who are traveling should, in addition to taking recommended measures to prevent getting sick, take basic precautions to prepare for potential travel disruptions.

A few easy things we can all do include:

  • 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
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

Texas A&M and the Galveston Campus will continue to work with federal, state and local officials to monitor potential risks. If conditions change, we will update our campus community.

Please check the Texas A&M University website for updated information. Emergency information will be distributed via Sea Aggie Alerts.

You can find updated information about COVID-19 disease activity and recommendations at these sites:

CDC: 2019 Novel Coronavirus

WHO: Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

 

Real-time updates will be provided on Texas A&M at Galveston social media channels. Questions regarding information not found on this page or in the Frequently Asked Questions may be submitted to infoline@tamug.edu.

  

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