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Fall Together@TAMIU

Although the Pandemic will still be with us for Fall 2022, with vaccines and boosters widely available, we are in a much better position than we were a year ago. Still, we all need to take personal responsibility to respect and follow the guidelines and restrictions that now affect our daily lives. This University is no different from any other campus or community entity responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Each of us must resolve to do our part to help protect ourselves, and others.

Let’s make it a great and healthy semester!

Below are details of our Fall Together@TAMIU Plan.

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  • All members of the University community (faculty, staff and students) will be asked to self-certify prior to returning to campus each day that they:
    • have not been determined to be actively infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19,
    • do not have a fever, cough, or other symptoms of COVID-19 as listed on the CDC’s website,
    • have not been in close contact with anyone known or suspected to have tested positive for COVID-19, and
    • have adhered to travel guidelines as set forth by the University.
  • If you are sick or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, you should NOT come to work or school.
  • Students who test positive or believe they have been exposed should follow the Student Health Services process for reporting and/or consultation.
  • All faculty, staff, students, and visitors should practice social distancing, and frequently wash their hands while on campus. It is highly recommended you also carry a personal bottle of hand sanitizer.
  • Wearing a face-covering is not mandatory, but highly recommended in all campus buildings and outdoors.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available across campus, and disinfectant (spray and/or wipes) will be available.
  • Water fountains are turned off, but those fountains with bottle fill stations will remain functional.
  • High-traffic work stations/areas may have the added protection of plexiglass shields.
  • Air handlers in all buildings have been refitted with higher efficiency filters.
  • On-campus testing will remain available during the Fall 2022 semester. If conditions warrant, the university may activate suveillance testing.
  • Internal contact tracing for TAMIU community members who test positive for COVID-19 continues. All information provided to our contact tracers is confidential and will follow public health privacy requirements.
  • Campus signage will reinforce current CDC guidelines.

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  • The Fall 2022 semester begins Monday, August 22, 2022. Instruction ends Tuesday, November 29, 2022. Final exams begin Wednesday, November 30, 2022. For additional information, visit the University’s online calendar and select the Academic Calendar.
  • Each learning space/classroom has been assessed and arranged for social distancing. Furniture has either been blocked off or otherwise marked as unavailable to ensure adherence to distancing protocol.
  • Face coverings are recommended for students and faculty in all classrooms.
  • Face coverings are recommended in all buildings and outside on campus grounds.
  • There will be two modes of delivery for classes:
    • In-Person or Face to Face (F2F): Students enrolled in a fully F2F class will attend class on campus during regularly scheduled class meetings.
    • Online Classes: Classes developed and designed so that students can attend class online. Students who are enrolled in fully online courses must adhere to the participation expectations outlined in the course syllabus.
  • In-person and online courses are assessed the same tuition and fees.
  • Every course will have an instructional continuity plan should we be forced to modify delivery mode because of COVID-19, or in the event of instructor illness.

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  • Faculty members must observe social distancing when lecturing and conferring with students and colleagues. Faculty members will be provided with a face shield upon request.
  • Faculty members are expected to hold office hours on campus while adhering to campus safety, recommended face-covering and social distancing guidelines, or at an appropriate open space outside their office. They can also offer office hours virtually via WebEx, Collaborate, or Zoom while in their office and must be available for on-campus meetings.

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  • Study Abroad - TAMIU has resumed student Study Abroad programs and services. Some restrictions may apply. Consult with the Office of International Engagement.
  • Please note:
    • Effective December 6, 2021, all air passengers, regardless of vaccination status, must show a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 1 day before travel to the United States.
    • Noncitizens who are nonimmigrants:
      • Seeking to enter the United States by air are required to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States from a foreign country.
      • If you are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you will NOT be allowed to board a flight to the United States, unless you meet the criteria for an exception under the Proclamation and CDC’s Order.
    • More information can be found by visiting: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/proof-of-vaccination.html
  • At this time, anyone traveling internationally must:
    1. Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms upon return
    2. Test 5 days after returning, and
    3. Present a negative viral test result to Student Health Services or HR before being allowed to return to school or work, respectively.
  • If unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated:
    1. Self-quarantine for a full 7 days after arrival into the United States.
    2. Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days.
    3. If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
  • If vaccinated:
    1. No quarantine is required, however, the use of a face covering for 14 days upon return is strongly encouraged.
  • *International travel includes travel to México other than to Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, México. Travel beyond Nuevo Laredo is considered International travel. Thank you for supporting our efforts to help keep both TAMIU and our community safe. Please travel safely and be well.
  • Students planning to study abroad are strongly encouraged to purchase travel insurance. Travel insurance is separate from the required medical insurance and provides partial or full reimbursement in the event your trip must be canceled. The University will not be responsible for any lost deposits or travel expenses resulting from canceled trips.
  • More information can be found by visiting the CDC website.

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Most buildings will be open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday – Friday. Specific campus buildings may have different operating schedules, including the Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library and research facilities/laboratories.

Please note that all hours are subject to change.

 

Student Frequently Asked Questions

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Avoid sharing food, beverages, and utensils. Avoid close contact with those who may be ill. Stay home when you are sick or have flu symptoms. Cover cough/sneeze with a tissue or cough/sneeze into your elbow. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects or surfaces. Get your annual flu shot and your COVID-19 vaccine(s) and booster(s).

We recommend you also follow all CDC and State Department of Health guidelines.

TAMIU has augmented its cleaning of facilities, using hospital-grade disinfectant on surfaces. We are following updates from the  CDC, State Department, our Texas A&M University System and the City of Laredo Health Department regarding any additional precautions or actions that should be considered.

If a COVID-19 case is confirmed, then the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) protocols will be observed. Those who have had close contact with the positive individual may be contacted and monitored by the City of Laredo Health Department and/or TAMIU’s contact tracing team. TAMIU will fully support that effort.

If you are feeling ill, make an appointment with your healthcare provider. Students can make an appointment at Student Health Services by calling 956.326.2235. The use of a face-covering (mask) is required while visiting Student Health Services.

Please do not show up at a clinic, urgent care or other healthcare facility without calling first. Your provider may need to take special measures to protect other people in the clinic. Telemedicine may also be available, enabling you to consult a provider from home.

Do not go to an emergency room. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs.

Practice social distancing. Stay indoors and avoid contact with others, just as you would with the flu. Those with contagious diseases should stay home from work or school until they are well. People with fever, cough and respiratory issues should seek immediate medical attention.

Members of the TAMIU community seeking help with stress now have an online ally at their fingertips: Therapy Assistance Online (TAO).  Here’s an explainer video.  TAO is open to all actively enrolled students and employees too. Use your University email and login to TAO. 

You’ll be redirected to login with your current University credentials (University email and password).

After logging in, you’ll complete an approximately 5-minute wellness survey and then will have access to all available assistance modules and a mindfulness library. Additional online services will be added as available.

You may also read our dedicated COVID-19 Self-Care Packet, produced by TAMIU Student Counseling and Disability Services for Students.

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