Health and Safety

Several safety measures are in place for the fall semester. Additional details will be added as they become available.

COVID-19 Testing

The University will offer COVID-19 testing to students, faculty, staff and local A&M System agency personnel. Tests are limited in number and are available based on the following criteria:

  • person shows symptoms of COVID-19
  • person has been exposed to someone who tested positive
  • students going into clinical assignments including student teaching or nursing assignments
  • student athletes as required by the Southland Conference

Family members of students, faculty, staff and local agency employees are not eligible and are asked to visit their medical provider or other public testing sites.

Pre-registration is required and appointments will be assigned if criteria are met. Appointment confirmation and location will be sent directly to you once eligibility is determined. No walk up or unscheduled tests will be administered.

We expect to begin testing the week of August 10. A link to pre-screen and sign up for testing will be available soon.

Safety Supplies/Face Coverings

Faculty and staff will be given a face covering and a small personal bottle of disinfectant which can be refilled. Students who are returning to campus for in person classes also will be given a face covering and bottle of sanitizer. The sanitizer can be used to wipe down commonly used surfaces such as cell phones, desks, door handles, etc.

Refilling locations are being determined and will be publicized when ready.

Although one face covering will be provided, students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to have more than one face covering so they can be washed between usage.

Classrooms

Capacity will be reduced in classrooms and other spaces. The average capacity for classrooms will be 40 percent to maintain social distancing. Maximum room capacity will be posted inside and outside of classrooms. Classrooms will have indicators where students will sit for social distancing, and students will be seated with empty seats between them. In some stadium seating classrooms, there will be less than 6 feet of distance between rows, so plexiglass will be installed to mitigate risks. 

Some classes may be offered where one half of the class is in the classroom and the other half is participating remotely.

Classrooms with two doors will have signage indicating designated entry and exit doors. Classrooms with only one door will require students to allow one person at a time to enter or exit. Students will exit by rows to avoid crowding in doorways or other spaces.

Cleaning/Disinfecting Spaces

Custodial services will disinfect classrooms twice daily. Your personal, refillable bottle of sanitizer can be used in between these scheduled cleanings. Custodial staff will pay particular attention to high-touch and high traffic areas such as door handles, push plates, light switches, elevator buttons, and handrails. In addition, spaces will be disinfected if a person who tests positive for COVID-19 has been in that location.

Plexiglass

Plexiglass has been installed in areas in which service to customers occurs within 6 feet. In addition, plexiglass is installed in some stadium seating classrooms.

 Symptom Screening

All students, faculty, staff and visitors on campus must perform a self-screening prior to coming to campus. This must be done prior to every trip to campus.