March 25,2020: Message from the President: Order to Stay at Home for Nueces County

Published: Mar 25, 2020 5:43 PM

Dear Islander Faculty, Staff, and Students,

As we near the end of our first week of transitioning online in response to the COVID-19 crisis, the entire Island University should take pride in the way we have come together to make this unexpected transition as smooth as possible. Of course, we face many challenges but continue to work through them together to ensure the success of all Islanders and continued academic excellence.

Our newest challenge is our response to the Nueces County Order to Stay at Home. Please carefully review the order to ensure your compliance.

The following is important information about the impact of the Stay at Home Order on the Island University:

Faculty and staff must work remotely unless deemed essential to be on campus. All non-essential university offices will remain open but move online at 5 p.m. tomorrow, March 26. All building entrances will be locked and only accessible to those with key and swipe access. Work directly with your supervisor regarding any on-campus and remote staffing needs for your office. Any individual who is in a high-risk category should not be required to come to campus even if their position is deemed essential.

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

Essential, on-campus services will continue in support of students, faculty and staff. The University Police Department will remain on campus and be available 24/7 for campus security.

For students, this includes on-campus housing, dining services to-go, student health and counseling services, and computer labs. The following services are available by appointment only.

  • The University Health Center (For appointments, call 361.825.2601)
  • The University Counseling Center (For appointments, call 361.825.2703)
  • Disability Services (For appointments, call 361.825.5816)
  • Computer labs in Corpus Christi Hall (Appointments may be scheduled Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm by calling the IT Service Desk at 361.825.2692. Access to discipline specific software is available in this central location as well.)

All of these activities must be carried out using social distancing practices.

For faculty and staff, SSC will continue to disinfect buildings and post signage indicating disinfected areas. If you enter a building, please contact SSC at 361.825.2324 so they can maintain the integrity of the disinfecting process. Mail services will only be available on Mondays and Thursdays, 10am to 5pm, and mail can be picked up at the University Center. No mail deliveries will be made to departments. If you are expecting a delivery, please inform Central Receiving so a pickup time can be arranged. The Bursar’s Office will only be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays. Please note: Mail Services and the Bursar’s Office are open only for essential functions and for essential personnel.

For all employees
, we ask that you contact your supervisors to discuss expectations of your work arrangements. For those that have not yet completed an Alternative Work Location Forms, please coordinate with your supervisor immediately. If an Alternative Work Location form has already been submitted, you do not need to submit a revised form if your remote work schedule has been expanded due to the order. Additional information is available on the Human Resources website. Please note: Faculty DO NOT need to fill out the Alternative Work Location form.

The Island University will continue providing instruction through online learning. Please remember resources are available to help you at every turn. For faculty, resources are available via the Academic Digital Resource Course in Blackboard and the Office of Distance Education and Learning Technologies (ODELT) will move to virtual trainings and appointments. ODELT can be contacted via email at odelt@tamucc.edu. For students, on-demand resources are available in the Student Digital Resource Course in Blackboard and via the IT Service Desk. For further support for online teaching and learning , please visit the Anytime, Anywhere Access website.

The few Science & Engineering labs that have remained open, as well as some Nursing labs that were still meeting face-to-face, are suspended at this time. Once we know when the stay at home order has been lifted, we will make a determination as to whether they can be completed through flex time or if an incomplete needs to be issued.

University Library will be closed to walk-in traffic.  Access to all of the library’s digital resources (24/7) and online research support (Mon.-Thurs. 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sun. 12 p.m.-6 p.m.) will continue uninterrupted. In addition, interlibrary loan of e-resources will continue. For the most up to date information regarding library resources and services, please visit: https://guides.library.tamucc.edu/covid19. For more information, please call 361.825.2643.

Ongoing Research: To the extent possible, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 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 all governing regulations and the CDC recommendations on COVID-19 including the "6-foot" requirement for social distancing. Paid student workers may continue to carry out important support functions necessary for continuing laboratory operations. Any individual who is in a high-risk category should not be required to come to campus. For more information, please visit http://research.tamucc.edu/coronavirus/.

General points to consider: Please check any automated messaging that is distributed from your unit. You may wish to postpone some messaging, given the current circumstances. Please note: we will no longer be taking calls through the Islander Help Call Center, but your questions will still be answered through the email address: islanderhelp@tamucc.edu. The continuously updated FAQ webpage remains available.

For additional questions or concerns, please contact your dean or supervisor who can direct the question to the appropriate area.

I will continue to share updates and information as they are available. Your continued patience and flexibility in this changing environment are greatly appreciate and critical to our success.

Thank you,

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