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Coronavirus Update

Frequently Asked Questions


Updated:

The response to the global COVID-19 pandemic is a rapidly evolving situation. This information will be updated as new developments occur.

Faculty will be working through finals according to their materials and their students.

Exit Exams for seniors will be conducted by faculty. Those with final exams will be conducted as normal with grades due May 18th and Texas A&M University-Kingsville will certify those results on May 20th. Seniors who have an exit exam that requires an interview, will need to contact their program to make arrangements in order to minimize social contact.


Please work directly with your professors. If you have difficulties with virtual coursework at home, you can apply for an i-contract or Incomplete which allows you to finish the course in a one year period.

If you do not have access to a computer or Internet at home, please speak directly to your professors to see if other arrangements can be made through cell phone or applying for an Incomplete.

 


If you were taking a dual credit class at the Kingsville campus, your class has moved online. For any questions, please contact your professor.

If you were taking a dual credit class at your local high school, your class has also moved online. Please check your TAMUK email and/or check with your counselor for any additional details.


As of 3/30/2020, the Faculty Senate is still exploring all options and will be providing the administration a recommendation. Students are encouraged to reach out to their advisors to see how a pass/fail grade may effect their individual situation.

 


We are in this together. If you are not getting contacted by your professors, please copy the department chair on your next email to the professor.

 


The Marc Cisneros Center for Young Children will remain closed until 5/1/2020 and we will reaccess at that time.

 


Yes, the W (withdrawal) can be waived and will not count towards the "6 Drop" rule.

 


If you're applying as an undergraduate, first time in college freshman, you will receive an admissions decision within 1-2 business days of completing your application if you meet the requirements for assured admission. Students transferring from another institution of higher education (undergraduate only) must have a transfer GPA of 2.0 or better. Decisions are also made within 1-2 business days of having a complete application. If you have any questions on your undergraduate admission, please contact admissions@tamuk.edu

Graduate admissions are reviewed by faculty engaged in teaching and research in the department of interest and the decision may take a little longer. If you have any questions on your graduate admission, please contact graduateadmissions@tamuk.edu


Texas A&M University-Kingsville is open and we continue to provide the same quality programs and individual instruction that we always have. We're encouraging students to apply and we're accepting applications and do not anticipate ever not accepting applications.

 


We strongly suggest that international applicants follow the guidance put forth by their home country and the U.S. State Department in consultation with family, friends and mentors at home when making a decision about whether to travel abroad for collegiate studies.

 


The College of Business Administration at Texas A&M University-Kingsville accepts scores from the GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test) and GRE (Graduate Record Exam) but does not accept scores from the MAT (Management Aptitude Test) for admissions decisions. The GRE test can be administered through Proctor-U (an at-home option) for a $35 service cost.

If you're applying for a different graduate program and you haven't taken your GRE, we encourage you to take the at-home option through the Educational Testing Service.


Every decision that the University has made is focused first on the safety and health of our students. The University remains open to all students and classes have been moved online. We are offering all essential services to assist students in completing their educational studies online in a safe and healthy environment.

The Student Health Clinic is open and available to all students.

The decision to close the Student Rec Center was made in response to a national health emergency declaration made by the President of the United States that protects our students and employees by implementing social distancing. It will be reopened when determined safe to do so.

We are not planning to issue refunds of these fees for the Spring 2020 semester. The University offers a wide range of student funding aid and financial aid counselors are available to address individual situations.


Texas A&M University-Kingsville remains committed to our students and their families with flexible options during these challenging times. For those students who wish or must remain on campus the residence halls, food service, computer labs, the Business Office, the Javelina Enrollment Services Center and the library will remain open.

For those students who choose to return home and pursue your courses remotely we would appreciate if you would let us know your intent by Wednesday April 1st by filling out this form.

Credit

Students checking out of housing and/or canceling a meal plan will have a prorated credit applied to any remaining outstanding university balance or credited to their next semester bill.

Refund

Students who are graduating in May and who check out of the residence halls and/or cancel a meal plan, may be eligible to receive a cash refund upon completion of their degree program.

Students will see credits applied to accounts once cancellations are processed and confirmed (the student has completed the check-out process by removing their belongings and returning their room key). Prorated credits will be calculated based on the check-out date and applied to any outstanding university balance or credited to their next semester bill. Credits eligible for refund will be processed at the conclusion of the spring semester.

Students who are graduating in May or complete this semester online and will not be returning to TAMUK for another semester, may be eligible. Refunds will begin after May 15, 2020 and will follow the normal student refund process through BankMobile.

When filling out the Express Housing Checkout application, students will be required to select a date and time for moveout to allow us to maintain proper social distancing during checkout. We ask that students honor the scheduled move-out time for which the sign-up. Students will also be asked to provide their own boxes and may be assisted by no more than two individuals.


Yes. The campus plans to remain open but does not plan to offer face-to-face instruction. During this time of reduced service residence halls, student health and wellness, the bookstore, computer laboratories, library, the Javelina Enrollment Services Center (JESC), and Javelina Dining will be open. In addition, you can still schedule a personalized campus tour.

Beginning March 30:

Jernigan Library

Monday-Thursday: 8 am to 8 pm

Friday: 8 am to 5 pm

Saturday-Sunday: Closed

Javelina Dining Hall

Monday-Thursday: 7 am to 8 pm

Friday 7 am to 7 pm

Saturday & Sunday: 9 am to 1 pm & 5 pm to 7 pm

Memorial Student Union Building

Chick-fil-A

Monday-Thursday: 11 am to 6 pm

Friday: 11 am to 3 pm

Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Subway

Monday-Thursday: 8 am to 6 pm

Friday: 8 am to 5 pm

Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Pizza Hut

Tuesday & Thursday: 11 am to 3 pm

Friday-Monday, Wednesday: Closed

Starbucks

Monday-Friday: 7:30 am to 5 pm

Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Revolve: Closed

Turner Bishop Dining Hall

Closed

Cup & Chaucer

Closed

Many offices will be closed as faculty and staff work from remote locations.

The University will be open with limited operations during this time. Many offices will be closed as faculty and staff work from remote locations. Please note that some campus offices may have transitioned to remote appointments – so it is a good idea to call ahead for up-to-date information before coming to the campus


Yes. Texas A&M University-Kingsville is currently in the process of transitioning all courses to a virtual delivery format and plans to deliver all courses online beginning March 23. This is expected to continue through the semester. Students will be receiving additional instructions from their faculty. Students in the following programs should contact their program coordinators for more information about labs in their fields:

  • Social Work
  • Veterinary Technology
  • Nutrition
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders

The University is making every effort to not impede a student’s ability to complete their degree program. We are postponing the spring commencement ceremonies scheduled for May 15. Students who meet the appropriate graduation requirements will still be conferred a degree. Graduating students will receive their diploma in the mail.

Walking the commencement stage is an important moment in the lives of all Javelinas. Those earning their degrees this spring will be able to participate in a future commencement ceremony this year and celebrate their special achievement. We will provide additional details as they are available.


Faculty and staff who can complete their job duties from home will be allowed to work remotely. Each Vice President or senior director have been delegated the responsibility to assess and approve or deny requests to work remotely. Employees whose job responsibilities require them to be present on campus will continue to work on campus, though some areas may adjust work schedules as needed. Direct supervisors should coordinate and communicate work schedule changes with their direct report(s) and the Vice President or senior director.

Yes, the Residence Halls are open at TAMUK and students can return to their room at any time. If you are currently back on campus and living in the residence halls you can continue to do so for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. Check-out for the end of the semester will be Friday, May 15, 2020 by 6:00 p.m. Should you chose to move out before the end of the semester please follow these procedures.

  1. I am already on campus and want to check out. What is the procedure for moving out of the residence halls, should I wish to do so? If you are currently on-campus, you do not need to sign-up for a check-out time. You can move out when you wish to do so. The front desk hours in each hall will be Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., 1:00-5:00 p.m. and 6:00-10:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. You must follow all Express Check out procedures (refer to #3)
  2. I am not on campus and want to check out. What do I have to do? If you are currently away from campus, you will need to sign-up for a specific check-out time. You will be given a two-hour time block. Use this link to select a day and time. Students can sign up online for a specific day and time between March 26 – April 10 to come retrieve their belongings, clean their room, return their room key and follow the Express Check-Out Procedures (#3)
    • Only two other persons may accompany you into the hall.
    • Bring your own packing, moving, and cleaning supplies.
    • There will be no hand- carts or dollies available for moving items.
    • Once you arrive on campus, report to your assigned residence hall there is no need to go to the Housing Office (unless you have additional business or questions)
    • This process allows us to manage the number of students in the hall at one time, minimize the need for interactions with others and practice social distancing for the safety of all.
  3. Express Check Out Procedures
    1. Remember:
      • Bring your own packing, moving, and cleaning supplies.
      • Report to your assigned room first there is no need to go to the Housing Office (unless you have additional business or questions).
      • You may only be accompanied by 2 other people in the building to assist you with your move out.
    2. Once you have removed all your belongings, cleaned your room, and are ready to turn in your key – go to your hall’s front desk. Be sure to lock your room (and unit door if applicable) as you leave.
    3. The Express Check-Out envelopes will be at each front desk.
    4. Fill out the express check-out envelope and place your keys in the envelope.
    5. Once the staff collects your envelope and signs off that it has been received they will ask if you wish to take a photo of the form with your cell phone for your records.
    6. There will be no room inspections upon check-out. However, intentional damages to the room, or rooms that have not been cleaned may be charged to the resident after the staff checks the rooms. If you have already moved all of your belongings out and do not need to return to campus, please contact housing at residencelife@tamuk.edu to make arrangements for returning your key and getting officially checked out.
    7. OTHER IMPORTANT CHECK OUT INFORMATION
      • What are the expectations for cleanliness when I leave my space? Can I check-out cleaning supplies?
        • We ask that you remove ALL your personal items, and belongings. Do your best to clean your space with the supplies you have or bring with you. We will not be checking out cleaning supplies to limit germ transference from people handling the same objects. You must properly dispose of any trash and unwanted items by placing in a trash bag or receptacle.
      • Do You Have Carts / Hand Trucks or Dollies Available to Check-Out?
        • We will not be checking out carts/hand trucks or dollies to limit germ transference from people repeatedly handling the same objects. We recommend you bring dollies to get your belongings to your car.
  4. How Do I Sign Up for a Check-out Time?
    1. The number of students able to sign up for each check-out time is limited to ten (10) per hall in two hour blocks. Students will be allowed to sign up for a two hour check-out time slot at each residence hall between the hours of 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. / 1:00-5:00 p.m. / 6:00-10:00 p.m. M-F and 10 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. DO NOT SHOW UP WITHOUT A CHECK-OUT TIME AND DATE SCHEDULED.
    2. Utilize the checkout link to access the sign-up page (once 10 people have taken a slot, that time slot will be closed).
    3. Please do not come to campus until your assigned time for your safety and the safety of others.
  5. What if I already moved all of my belongings out of my room and want to mail my key back? Residents who have already removed their belongings can mail their key back to University Housing & Residence Life following the specifications listed below. University Housing & Residence Life is not responsible for returned keys that are lost in the mail.
    1. Key must be sent in a secure envelope (we recommend taping the key to a piece of paper as loose keys tend to get pushed out of the envelope in transport). Also please list on the paper your name, student ID number, hall and room number.
    2. Include a brief statement telling us your plans:
      1. If you are graduating this semester.
      2. If you plan to return this summer or Fall Semester, OR
      3. If you are not planning to return to the University d. List your mailing address c. Key must be placed in a sturdy envelope that cannot be easily damaged by the keys inside. It is recommended to utilize a bubble mailer/envelope.
      4. Your check-out date will be the date your key is received.
      5. Key must be mailed to:
        • University Housing & Residence Life, 1015 N Retama Lucio Hall Office 119, Kingsville, TX 78363
  6. How are you going to maintain social distancing when so many students are moving out?
    • We will support social distancing by the check-out schedule we have developed.
    • We ask that only two persons accompany you to help move your things.
    • We encourage all students to practice social distancing during this time on-campus.
  7. What happens after I check out of the hall? Students will see credits applied to accounts once cancellations are processed and confirmed (the student has completed the check-out process by removing their belongings and returning their room key). Prorated credits will be calculated based on the check-out date and applied to any outstanding university balance or credited to their next semester bill. Credits eligible for refund will be processed at the conclusion of the spring semester. Students who are graduating in May or complete this semester online and will not be returning to TAMUK for another semester, may be eligible. Refunds will begin after May 15, 2020 and will follow the normal student refund process through BankMobile.
  8. Will university staff be on campus to help support students who remain in the residence halls? There will be staff working in the residence halls at the front desks to support students and respond to emergencies.
  9. How frequently are common areas cleaned? Our custodial staff and student work crew is cleaning and disinfecting daily. All high touch areas, such as door handles, faucet handles, flush handles, elevator buttons, stairway handrails and drinking fountains are disinfected a minimum of two times daily. All common area restrooms are also being disinfected multiple time throughout the day.
  10. What is going to happen to my USPS mail and packages after I check out of the halls?
    • Please go into your shipping provider’s account if the package has not been sent yet and change the delivery method to your home address.
    • Please check your mailbox for mail or package pick up slips when checking out.
    • After you have checked out of the hall, all of your mail and packages that arrive will be returned to the sender or post office (please do a forwarding address form with the post office).

Texas A&M University-Kingsville is doing everything possible to ensure the campus community remain safe and healthy. Campus leadership is meeting regularly to plan for the university response to the rapidly-evolving COVID-19 situation. Members of the team continue to closely monitor the situation, relying on local and state health officials. The university is coordinating with the Texas A&M University System and other intuitions of higher education to ensure that issues related to campus communities are appropriately addressed.

The University is employing recommended social distancing measures, including cancelling or postponing many events through May 10. All meetings or gatherings of faculty, students, staff or others will be limited to 10 or fewer people through March 31. In addition, all events with more than 250 people planned for before May 31st will be postponed. Check our COVID-19 Events page for updated information on event cancelations.

**Dates are subject to change.


SSC has increased sanitization of all campus touch points, including door handles, tables, light switches, countertops, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks, push bars and stairwell handrails) and phones and are intensifying their sanitization of public spaces. Aramark continues to intensify sanitizing efforts, replacing utensils at appropriate food stations, such as the tongs at the salad bar and other touch points. Sanitization is occurring every 15 minutes. More information about the SSC.

SSC has increased sanitization of all campus touch points, including door handles, light switches, countertops, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks, push bars and stairwell handrails.


No, all university-sponsored travel has been cancelled. Please contact the Dean of Students (kirsten.compary@tamuk.edu) for more information.

Yes in some cases. Student workers may work if there is work that needs to be completed and if students are able to work. Students should contact their direct supervisors for more information.

Texas A&M University-Kingsville requires all faculty, staff and students who have traveled internationally to report their travel to university officials. Faculty and staff should report their travel to Human Resources (henry.burgos@tamuk.edu) and students should report to the Dean of Students (kirsten.compary@tamuk.edu).

Every person who enters the State of Texas as the final destination through an airport, from a point of origin or point of last departure in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, or the City of New Orleans, or in any other state or city as may be proclaimed hereafter, shall be subject to mandatory self-quarantine for a period of 14 days from the time of entry into Texas or the duration of the person’s presence in Texas, whichever is shorter. This order to self-quarantine shall not apply to people traveling in connection with military service, emergency response, health response, or critical-infrastructure functions, as may be determined by the Texas Division of Emergency Management. Each person covered under this order to self-quarantine shall be responsible for all associated costs, including transportation, lodging, food, and medical care.


If a COVID-19 virus is confirmed, then the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) protocols will be followed. Those who have had close contact with the patient will be contacted and monitored by the Texas State Health Department. Texas A&M-Kingsville will fully support that effort.

Close contact is defined as:

  • being within approximately 6 feet (2 meters) of a COVID-19 case for a prolonged period of time (10 minutes or greater); close contact can occur while caring for, living with, visiting, or sharing a healthcare waiting area or room with a COVID-19 case

– or –

  • having direct contact with infectious secretions of a COVID-19 case (e.g., being coughed on)

The following risk categories for exposures have been identified during contact investigations of laboratory confirmed case:

High - Living in the same household as, being an intimate partner of, or providing care in a nonhealthcare setting (such as a home) for a person with symptomatic laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 infection without using recommended precautions for home care and home isolation

Medium - Close contact with a person with symptomatic laboratory-confirmed COVID-19. On an aircraft, being seated within 6 feet (two meters) of a traveler with symptomatic laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 infection; this distance correlates approximately with 2 seats in each direction. Living in the same household as, an intimate partner of, or caring for a person in a nonhealthcare setting (such as a home) to a person with symptomatic laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 infection while consistently using recommended precautions for home care and home isolation.

Low - Being in the same indoor environment (e.g., a classroom, a hospital waiting room) as a person with symptomatic laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 for a prolonged period of time but not meeting the definition of close contact.

No identifiable risk - interactions with a person with symptomatic laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 infection that do not meet any of the high-, medium- or low-risk conditions above, such as walking by the person or being briefly in the same room.


In the event of an emergency, Texas A&M University-Kingsville will send out communication through Blackboard Connect.

To update your emergency notifications, please go to JNET, click on the Campus Resources tab and scroll down in the center column until you find the Emergency Notification box. Click on Blackboard Connect Portal to update your information. If you need assistance, please click on Emergency Notifications Update Instructions.


The Centers for Disease Control recommends the following actions:

  • Avoid close contact with individuals who are sick.
  • Refrain from touching your eyes, mouth and nose with unwashed hands.
  • Use tissue to cover your nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing.
  • Wash your hands often using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. You can also use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable.
  • Stay home if you are sick.

The Texas A&M University-Kingsville Department of Student Health and Wellness, along with the Texas Department of State Health Services, is closely monitoring the potential development of outbreak in Texas. To help limit potential exposure, individuals experiencing symptoms and seeking medical attention should call ahead prior to entering any healthcare facility. Symptoms of the virus include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Students can contact Student Health and Wellness at 361-593-3991 for more information.


Please email us at javelinahelp@tamuk.edu and check this page often for updates.