March 12, 2020: Message from the President: Spring Break Extension

Published: Mar 12, 2020 2:38 PM

The University continues to monitor the dynamic COVID-19 situation, more commonly known as the Coronavirus. As you know, A&M-Corpus Christi is a first-choice, destination university for many throughout Texas and beyond. Although there are no confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Corpus Christi or Nueces County at the time this message was drafted, many members of our community have been traveling during spring break, making our efforts to fully assess health risks more difficult. As a result, we will be extending spring break for students through Friday, March 20, 2020.

The University will remain open during the extension, and we currently plan for classes to resume on March 23, 2020. Additionally, current online courses will continue as scheduled. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide timely updates. Coronavirus is a serious disease, and the University remains committed to ensuring that faculty, staff, and students attain academic and professional success, while also ensuring their health and safety. During this time, faculty and staff should report to campus and continue exercising their business and academic continuity plans. Student employees are not required to report to work and should communicate with their supervisor regarding their schedule. Resources and additional information are available on our Coronavirus website. Please continue to monitor your Islander email and the university website regularly for updates related to COVID-19.

Student housing and food services remain available during this time. Fortunately, because the Island University does not have traditional dorms but, instead, has a partnership with American Campus Communities, there will be no changes to housing operations for students. For students who are not comfortable eating in the dining hall, grab & go options will be available. Due to an increased demand for services, the university health center will schedule services by appointment. Operations for counseling services remain unaffected and will continue as usual.

Once again, we cannot stress enough the importance of acting responsibly during this situation. If you are exhibiting flu-like symptoms, do not come to campus. Contact your health provider before your arrival to let them know you are symptomatic. If you have travelled or plan to travel abroad, we continue to request that you self-report in the travel portal.

During my 26 years at A&M-Corpus Christi, I have never been prouder to be an Islander than when we came together as a team during Hurricane Harvey. We are in unchartered territory, and we will need to remain flexible to once again demonstrate this truly remarkable teamwork. Our institution prides itself on its unparalleled commitment to every student’s success. Together, I know that we will continue that commitment, even in this difficult situation.

Visit our spring break extension FAQ for more information.

Thank you,

Dr. Kelly M. Miller
President & CEO
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi