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Texas A&M Kingsville Updates


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Campus Updates

As part of our on-going effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Texas A&M-Kingsville will launch a free COVID-19 screening program beginning September 23, 2020 for individuals from select groups who are not experiencing any symptoms associated with COVID-19 but who frequently come in contact with others on campus.

The screening will provide greater insight into the virus's presence on campus and how, if needed, we might manage future transmission.

Groups are selected based on their frequent direct contact with other groups. A minimum of 25 percent of students/employees from a designated group will be screened each week.

The following groups will be sampled:

  • Emergency Management Team
  • Greek Life
  • Javelina Marching Band
  • Javelina Student Enrollment Center (JSEC)
  • Library staff
  • Rec Center staff
  • Residence Life (residents and residential advisors
  • ROTC • Student Health and Wellness staff
  • Student Success tutors
  • University Police Department
  • Others to be determined

Groups will be notified one week prior to their scheduled screening. Supervisors from each group will ask for volunteers for the screening program. Volunteers will receive an email from Curative once registered for screening with additional details about the process.

Both faculty teaching face-to-face courses and staff working on campus who are not experiencing symptoms or who have not been notified as a direct contact of a positive case will also be able to screen for COVID-19 each Thursday from 3-3:30 p.m. at the on-campus testing site located in the SHW parking lot. Interested faculty and staff must contact Renee Weiss via email renee.weiss@tamuk.edu to register no later than 5 p.m. the Tuesday before each Thursday test date. There will be 15 slots available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Those participating in screenings are not required to self-quarantine pending their test results. Individuals who test positive are required to follow University protocol, and employees should notify their supervisors, while students must inform the Dean of Students. Individuals testing positive must also self-report via the COVID-19 reporting portal.

As a reminder, students, faculty, and staff experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or who have been notified of direct exposure to the virus may register for free on-campus testing through the TAMUS-Curative website. Campus COVID-19 case information is updated weekly and can be found on our Dashboard.


Beginning Aug. 10, we will offer free COVID-19 testing for faculty, staff and students at Texas A&M-Kingsville. Testing is for people who have symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive. Pre-registration is required.

Testing will be done adjacent to Student Health and Wellness. Pre-registration will open at 9 a.m. every Monday for appointments Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of the current week. Appointments are available Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 to 2:30 p.m.; 2:30 to 3 p.m.; and 3 to 3:30 p.m. and Wednesdays from 9 to 9:30 a.m.; 9:30 to 10 a.m.; and 10 to 10:30 a.m. Only 15 appointments will be made during each 30-minute interval. If you made an appointment for a particular time slot, but do not get signed in during that time window, your appointment will be canceled.

These dates and times may be subject to change.


As we prepare for the start of the Fall 2020 semester, all students are required to take an online COVID-19 Training Course and complete a self-certification form. You have been enrolled in the no-fee online mandatory COVID-19 training course that also includes a self-certification process, housed in our learning management system, Blackboard Learn.

Who must take this training? This training is required for all students regardless if you are taking face-to-face or virtual classes.

By when must I complete the training? This online COVID-19 training is live for Fall 2020 and must be completed prior to your arrival on campus or by 5:00 PM on Friday, August 21, 2020, whichever is earlier.

What if I miss the deadline? If the training is not completed, you will be dropped from all of your courses and/or labs and you may not attend your classes. Once dropped, you will have until the close of business for the 11th class day, September 8, 2019, to complete the training. Once the training is completed, you may reenroll in classes for the semester. Missing the deadline may impact your financial aid and may result in late registration and/or late payment fees, depending on your unique situation. If you fail to complete the training before the 11th class day, you must go through the non-funded late registration process between the dates of September 10, 2020 – September 21, 2020, when you will incur an out of pocket expense for 100% tuition and fees. Missing the deadline may impact your financial aid and may result in late registration and/or late payment fees, depending on your unique situation.

What happens if I am dropped for not completing the training requirement and certification form? Because you will be dropped from all of your courses and labs, you will be considered withdrawn from the university. You will lose any priority for classes and your guaranteed seat, thus providing an opportunity for other students on a waiting list to take your now-open seat. You may not be able to be placed back in the same class section due to COVID Max occupancy limits for face to face classes or may not be able to take the class in the Fall if no other sections are available.

How do I access this COVID-19 training? Training is accessible from tablets and desktop computers.

  • Log into JNET and select the Blackboard Learn icon in the upper right corner of the JNET landing page.
  • Once you are in Blackboard Learn, select “Courses” in the left menu bar.
  • Select the COVID-19 course and review the purpose and instructions on the landing page. To complete the course,
    • Step 1: View and acknowledge the Student COVID-19 Training Quiz by acknowledging each slide within the PDF (23 slides).
    • Step 2: Next, read and acknowledge all six question in the “COVID-19 Student Protocol and Certification Quiz”.
  • If you have any questions, please contact your academic advisor, or myself at Kirsten.compary@tamuk.edu

Please ensure that you are monitoring your health daily, and if you have symptoms that could be COVID-19 related, stay home and seek medical care as needed. Javelinas care, protect and help.

Regards,

Kirsten M. Compary

Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs / Dean of Students


Earlier this month we shared that free COVID-19 testing will be available at Texas A&M-Kingsville through an agreement between the Texas A&M University System and Curative Inc.

The launch of the Curative Inc. online registration website for the testing has been delayed. We will notify the campus community when testing registration becomes available.

Testing is only available to students with a valid K#, and faculty and staff with a valid University Identification Number. Faculty, staff and students from the Rangel College of Pharmacy are also eligible for testing. Testing will be prioritized as follows:

  • Individuals experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
  • Individuals who have been identified as a close contact of a COVID-19 positive individual
  • Those with programmatic needs (athletes, interns, etc.)
  • Groups who may have been exposed to someone with the virus

Due to limited testing resources, family members of faculty, staff, and students, alumni and third-party vendors are not eligible for on-campus testing.

A list of available COVID-19 testing sites in Texas is available on the Texas Department of Health Services website.

Individuals are encouraged to continue to self-monitor and should get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms; or if they suspect they have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, such as through close contact (close contact is defined by the CDC as being within 6 feet of a COVID-19 case for a period greater than 15 minutes at any time beginning 48 hours before the individual had symptoms, regardless of wearing a face mask.)


Texas A&M University-Kingsville has been notified that three employees of a third-party contractor have tested positive for COVID-19. The individuals were last on campus July 9, 10 and 15 respectively. The vendor continues to comply with University requirements, including social distancing and face coverings. Custodial staff has sanitized the individuals’ work areas.

As part of contact tracing protocol, the Texas Department of State Health Services Region 11 should contact any individuals believed to have had close contact with the positive cases at least two days before the onset of symptoms. Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet of a person with COVID-19 for 10-15 minutes.

As a proactive measure, the University currently is working to identify members of the campus community who may have been in close contact with the positive cases and those who may have had brief encounters of less than 6 feet with an infected person due to increased risk of exposure. That information will assist in the contact tracing process.

Members of the campus community are encouraged to continue to self-monitor and are encouraged to get tested should they begin to exhibit symptoms of COVID-19.


As Texas and our region continue to see a rise in COVID-19 cases, increased access to on-campus testing will be available to all faculty, staff and students at Texas A&M University-Kingsville beginning Monday, August 3.

Access to this level of testing has been made possible thanks to The Texas A&M University System who entered into an agreement with Curative Inc. to provide access to oral testing kits across all System universities and agencies. Curative is a national testing company with a simple cheek swab sampling test. In the System’s agreement with Curative, they have committed to turning around lab results within 30 hours from when the sample arrives at their lab.

By facilitating increased accessibility and availability of COVID-19 testing we continue to mitigate the spread and help to protect each other by taking preventative and proactive measures to ensure the safety of our communities.

You are encouraged to continue to self-monitor and should get tested if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms; or you suspect you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, such as through close contact (close contact is defined by the CDC as being within 6 feet of a COVID-19 case for a period greater than 15 minutes at any time beginning 48 hours before the individual had symptoms, regardless of wearing a face mask.)

  • Who Can Register: Texas A&M-Kingsville students with a valid K# and faculty, staff with a valid University Identification Number. Students, faculty and staff may also use a current Texas A&M-Kingsville email address to register.
    • Testing for family members or third-party vendors is not available at the Texas A&M-Kingsville site. Testing for these individuals can be coordinated through local health care providers or public health testing facilities in your community.
  • Registering for Testing: Individuals seeking testing will register online prior to being tested and make an appointment. The testing registration website is not yet available. We will share more information and a link to the testing website within the next week.
  • Testing Site(s): Testing will be located near the Student Health and Wellness building and will be conducted by trained individuals across the Texas A&M-Kingsville campus. Individuals will be asked screening questions upon arrival.
  • Testing Cost: These tests are available at no charge through the generosity of The Texas A&M University System. For those who have insurance, we encourage you to use your primary care physician to arrange for testing at their office as the cost will be covered by your insurance.
  • Test Results: Lab results will be available within 30 hours from the time the test is received by Curative. Negative test results will be provided directly to the individual via email. Positive test results will be reported to the Department of State Health Services, and the local or regional health department. The local or regional health department will contact you directly to provide guidance on self-quarantine or self-isolation, ask about close contacts and notify those contacts, and provide recommendations and resources, and promote best practices.

Texas A&M University-Kingsville has been notified that four staff members have tested positive for COVID-19. Three employees were last on campus July 7, 9, and 10 respectively. The fourth individual was last at the Citrus Center in Weslaco on June 30.

As part of contact tracing protocol, the Texas Department of State Health Services Region 11 should contact any individuals believed to have had close contact with the positive cases at least two days before the onset of symptoms. Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet of a person with COVID-19 for 10-15 minutes.

As a proactive measure, the University currently is working to identify members of the campus community who may have been in close contact with the positive cases and those who may have had brief encounters of less than 6 feet with an infected person due to increased risk of exposure. That information will assist in the contact tracing process.

Members of the campus community are encouraged to continue to self-monitor and are encouraged to get tested should they begin to exhibit symptoms of COVID-19.


Texas A&M University-Kingsville has been notified that a staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. The student was last on campus June 24.

As part of contact tracing protocol, the Texas Department of State Health Services Region 11 should contact any individuals believed to have had close contact with the positive cases at least two days before the onset of symptoms. Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet of a person with COVID-19 for 10-15 minutes.

As a proactive measure, the University currently is working to identify members of the campus community who may have been in close contact with the positive cases. That information will assist in the contact tracing process.

Members of the campus community are encouraged to continue to self-monitor and are encouraged to get tested should they begin to exhibit symptoms of COVID-19.


Texas A&M University-Kingsville has been notified that a staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. The student was last on campus July 6, 2020.

As part of contact tracing protocol, the Texas Department of State Health Services Region 11 should contact any individuals believed to have had close contact with the positive cases at least two days before the onset of symptoms. Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet of a person with COVID-19 for 10-15 minutes.

As a proactive measure, the University currently is working to identify members of the campus community who may have been in close contact with the positive cases. That information will assist in the contact tracing process.

Members of the campus community are encouraged to continue to self-monitor and are encouraged to get tested should they begin to exhibit symptoms of COVID-19. Testing for COVID-19 is covered for Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Texas members with no prior authorization needed and no member copays, deductibles or coinsurance.


Texas A&M University-Kingsville has been notified that a staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. The student was last on campus June 29, 2020.

As part of contact tracing protocol, the Texas Department of State Health Services Region 11 should contact any individuals believed to have had close contact with the positive cases at least two days before the onset of symptoms. Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet of a person with COVID-19 for 10-15 minutes.

As a proactive measure, the University currently is working to identify members of the campus community who may have been in close contact with the positive cases. That information will assist in the contact tracing process.

Members of the campus community are encouraged to continue to self-monitor and are encouraged to get tested should they begin to exhibit symptoms of COVID-19. Testing for COVID-19 is covered for Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Texas members with no prior authorization needed and no member copays, deductibles or coinsurance.


Texas A&M University-Kingsville has been notified that a student has tested positive for COVID-19. The student was last on campus June 26, 2020.

As part of contact tracing protocol, the Texas Department of State Health Services Region 11 should contact any individuals believed to have had close contact with the positive cases at least two days before the onset of symptoms. Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet of a person with COVID-19 for 10-15 minutes.

As a proactive measure, the University currently is working to identify members of the campus community who may have been in close contact with the positive cases. That information will assist in the contact tracing process.

Members of the campus community are encouraged to continue to self-monitor and are encouraged to get tested should they begin to exhibit symptoms of COVID-19. Testing for COVID-19 is covered for Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Texas members with no prior authorization needed and no member copays, deductibles or coinsurance.


Texas A&M University-Kingsville has been notified that a staff member and a student have tested positive for COVID-19. The staff member was last on campus June 30, 2020 and the student was last on campus June 18, 2020. The two cases appear to be unrelated.

As part of contact tracing protocol, the Texas Department of State Health Services Region 11 should contact any individuals believed to have had close contact with the positive cases at least two days before the onset of symptoms. Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet of a person with COVID-19 for 10-15 minutes.

As a proactive measure, the University currently is working to identify members of the campus community who may have been in close contact with the positive cases. That information will assist in the contact tracing process.

Members of the campus community are encouraged to continue to self-monitor and are encouraged to get tested should they begin to exhibit symptoms of COVID-19. Testing for COVID-19 is covered for Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Texas members with no prior authorization needed and no member copays, deductibles or coinsurance.


Texas A&M University-Kingsville has been notified that two staff members have tested positive for COVID-19. One individual was last on campus June 2, 2020 and the other was last on campus June 18, 2020.

As part of contact tracing protocol, the Texas Department of State Health Services Region 11 should contact any individuals believed to have had close contact with the positive cases at least two days before the onset of symptoms. Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet of a person with COVID-19 for 10-15 minutes.

As a proactive measure, the University currently is working to identify members of the campus community who may have been in close contact with the positive cases. That information will assist in the contact tracing process.

Members of the campus community are encouraged to continue to self-monitor and are encouraged to get tested should they begin to exhibit symptoms of COVID-19. Testing for COVID-19 is covered for Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Texas members with no prior authorization needed and no member copays, deductibles or coinsurance.


Students,

To ensure the safety of our students in a close contact environment, the Business Office will no longer accept student cash or debit/credit card payments in person.

The change is effective immediately and will allow the office to remain open for other services while maintaining social distancing. The Business Office will continue to accept in-person payments made using money orders, cashier’s checks, and 3rd party scholarship checks.

All other student payments using debit/credit card and personal checks must be made online through MoneyConnect. The current debit/credit card convenience fee rate has been lowered from 2.5% to 2.2%, retaining a $3 minimum.

Students must pay their balance or enter into a payment plan for Summer II by 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, June 30th to avoid being dropped.

An announcement to student organizations with agency accounts will be made separately.

TIPS TO AVOID CONVENIENCE FEES:

  • Using a debit card? Pay by Electronic Check! Debit cards are tied to bank accounts. Obtain routing/account numbers from your bank to create an electronic check instead of using your debit card.
  • Add authorized users to your MoneyConnect profile to allow others to make payments on your account. Privacy settings can be customized per user.
  • Pay for parking permits and citations thru Parking Spot in JNET using any method.
    • NOTE: August is Permit Giveaway month! Opt to have your 2020-2021 parking permit mailed to you during the month of August and automatically enter to win 1 of 5 student full year parking permits! Details about the Parking Permit Giveaway will be available in July.

Best regards, Texas A&M University Kingsville – Financial Services

MSC 104 - 700 University Blvd - Kingsville, TX 78363

(361) 593-2616 |  moneyconnect@tamuk.edu


For the most current hours of operation, please visit the Javelina Dining website.

The following hours will take effect on Friday, July 3rd.

Javelina Dining Hall

Monday - Friday: 10 am to 2 pm only.

There will be no breakfast or dinner service provided. The free lunches will be available at any time during the 10 am to 2 pm window. The dining hall will be closed for the July 4th Holiday on Saturday and Sunday (July 4th and 5th).

Retail location hours will remain the same:

Starbucks

Monday - Friday: 7:45 am to 2:30 pm

Chick-fil-A

Monday - Friday: 11 am to 2:30 pm


In May when we announced our phased approach for reentry to campus, we noted that all return dates would be dependent on local health conditions. As Texas and our region continue to see a rise in COVID-19 cases, and out of an abundance of caution, we have postponed the date for 100 percent return of staff to campus until July 20.

Staff who are deemed by their supervisor as essential for the planning of the fall 2020 resumption of classes may be asked to return prior to July 20. Individuals with underlying health conditions should contact Sarah.Martinez@tamuk.edu in Human Resources for an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Please contact your supervisor for additional information.


Texas A&M University-Kingsville has been notified that one staff member and one student have tested positive for COVID-19. Both were last on campus Thursday, June 18, 2020. The two cases appear to be unrelated.

As part of contact tracing protocol, the Texas Department of State Health Services Region 11 should contact any individuals believed to have had close contact with the positive cases. Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet of a person with COVID-19 for 10-15 minutes.

As a proactive measure, the University currently is working to identify members of the campus community who may have been in close contact with the positive cases. That information will assist in the contact tracing process.

University custodial staff has begun the process of disinfecting the affected areas.

Members of the campus community are encouraged to continue to self-monitor and are encouraged to get tested should they begin to exhibit symptoms of COVID-19. Testing for COVID-19 is covered for Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Texas members with no prior authorization needed and no member copays, deductibles or coinsurance.


In our ongoing effort to keep our campus community safe and in light of the rise in COVID-19 cases in our area, all students, staff, faculty and visitors must wear face coverings when inside public buildings on the campus of Texas A&M University-Kingsville effective Tuesday, June 23, 2020.

Private offices with a single occupant are exempt from this requirement as are individuals who are outside and are able to practice proper physical distancing. You will be notified if the requirement to wear face coverings on campus changes.

Please visit the face coverings FAQ on our website for more information.

If you have additional questions related to face coverings, please contact your supervisor, Human Resources or the Dean of Students.


Texas A&M University-Kingsville has been notified four students have tested positive for COVID-19. Two of the positive students were last on campus June 11. The other two were last on campus June 18.

As part of contact tracing protocol, the Texas Department of State Health Services Region 11 should contact any individuals believed to have had close contact with the positive cases. Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet of a person with COVID-19 for 10-15 minutes.

As a proactive measure, the University currently is working to identify members of the campus community who may have been in close contact with the positive cases. That information will assist in the contact tracing process.

University custodial staff has begun the process of sanitizing the affected areas.

Members of the campus community are encouraged to continue to self-monitor and are encouraged to get tested should they begin to exhibit symptoms of COVID-19. Testing for COVID-19 is covered for Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Texas members with no prior authorization needed and no member copays, deductibles or coinsurance.


Texas A&M University-Kingsville has been notified of four positive COVID-19 cases among a group of subcontractors working on audio/visual technology from June 8-18 in the following areas:

  • Sam Fore Hall
  • Jernigan Library
  • Human Sciences
  • Vet Tech

The four individuals tested positive June 18-19. Effective immediately, all contractors on the Texas A&M-Kingsville are required to wear face coverings.

As part of contact tracing protocol, the Texas Department of State Health Services Region 11 should contact any individuals believed to have had close contact with the positive cases. Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet of a person with COVID-19 for 10-15 minutes.

As a proactive measure, the University currently is working to identify members of the campus community who may have been in close contact with the positive cases. That information will assist in the contact tracing process.

Individuals who believe they may have been in close contact with the positive cases should contact Dr. Shane Creel, Executive Director of Enterprise Risk Management at randolph.creel@tamuk.edu

Members of the campus community are encouraged to continue to self-monitor and are encouraged to get tested should they begin to exhibit symptoms of COVID-19. Testing for COVID-19 is covered for Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Texas members with no prior authorization needed and no member copays, deductibles or coinsurance.


To the members of the Javelina Family,

Today, we shared an emergency alert notification informing the campus of the first positive case of COVID-19 in our campus community. The individual is a construction subcontractor who was last on campus Wednesday, June 17. The individual had limited interaction with others while on campus.

The Texas Department of State Health Services will be tracking contact patterns and will be in communication with those with whom this individual has been in close contact.

The health and safety of our campus community is paramount. Our campus has undertaken unprecedented measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including transitioning all courses to a virtual environment. The University Emergency Management Team has worked to develop our response to the pandemic based on guidelines from government, health and local authorities.

We have communicated campus news and updates through mass emails, social media alerts, the COVID-19 webpage and through our emergency alert system.

This one-time communication provides the required warning related to these events. Ongoing updates regarding Texas A&M University-Kingsville’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic will be posted here.

It is imperative the Javelina community continue to take preventative measures to slow the spread of this virus. We ask that you continue to take responsible actions to protect yourself and others. Here is what you can do:

  • Engage in social distancing of six or more feet.
  • Wear a face covering.
  • Stay home when ill or if other family members are ill.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • 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 your face, eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Get a flu vaccine.
  • Watch for cough, troubled breathing, or other signs of respiratory infection.
  • Monitor temperature for a fever above 100.4 degrees F (38 degrees C).
Please continue to monitor this page for frequent updates.

In March, we announced that all summer courses would be delivered in a virtual modality with a continued focus on excellence and to allow for proper physical distancing.

To continue to assist students pursuing courses remotely this summer, the University will waive the Rec Sports, Health Services and Student Center fees for students who reside outside a 50-mile radius of Kingsville.

While students living outside the 50-mile radius will receive waivers for some fees, it is important to note that services funded by these fees will still be offered throughout the summer for students living on campus or within the designated 50-mile radius.

These services include:

  • the Student Rec Center, which is tentatively scheduled to open June 1 and will be available to students by appointment only. Facility users can reserve their workout time online and are encouraged to review the Rec Center reopening guidelines.
  • Student Health and Wellness, which remained open during the spring semester and will continue to provide health care and Tele-mental health counseling services to students enrolled for summer courses.
  • the Memorial Student Union Building.

Students enrolled for summer semester and living outside the 50-mile radius will have the waiver automatically applied to their account. If your residence on file has changed, please be sure to update your contact information through JNET (under Academic Records - Personal Info).

If you have questions about the summer fee waiver, please contact javelinahelp@tamuk.edu


Javelina Community,

Based on recommendations and guidelines from state and health authorities, Rec Sports will begin a three-phased approach to reopening the Student Recreation Center. Beginning May 13, members may start reserving 1.25-hour time slots via our website. The target date to reopen is tentatively June 1.

A few important updates to note: entry will be by reservation only, changing areas and showers will be offline, masks will be worn, and several other precautions will be taken.

Post COVID – 19

[PUBLIC] Guidelines for reopening

Overview

In alignment with guidelines from state and health authorities and best practices from around the world, this document provides a tiered approach to re-opening the Student Recreation Center (STRC). It begins with the strictest policies and guidelines in-place and transitions to a gradual phase-out of restrictions. An important note to consider given the fluidity of the pandemic is that this document must not be treated linearly. There may come a time where the department needs to revert to a stricter phase given the circumstances at-hand or even government restrictions.

Phase I

Phase I will focus on preparations for re-opening and the initial stages.

Policies:

  • Facility entry limited to 25% and/or 30 occupants at a time (including staff).
    • Access the facility by reservation only.
      • Online reservation process through Fusion.
        • Time slots are 1.25 hours long.
        • Concurrent sessions (i.e. back-to-back) prohibited.
        • Slots will be forfeited 15 minutes after the start time.
        • Members with two forfeited slots will be suspended from further reservations.
      • Members-only: no day passes/guests.
    • All occupants will…
      • be screened for temperature and symptoms prior to entry.
      • use hand sanitizer prior to entry.
      • be required to wear face masks.
        • Participants using cardio equipment may choose to remove face mask if enough spacing is available.
      • maintain social distancing recommendations.
    • Building flow will be tightly managed to facilitate distancing.
    • No external reservations permitted.
  • Stricter dress code for participants.
    • Clothing must cover skin that may come into contact with equipment.
    • Policies that are generally in practice at other facilities prior to pandemic.
  • At a minimum, staff will wash hands every hour or more frequently as required when shifting between tasks.
  • Close-contact recreation will remain closed.
    • Gymnasium will be closed off except as a walkway to provide adequate distancing of participants leaving.
  • Locker rooms
    • Showers and changing area will be inaccessible.
  • Water fountains will be turned off.
  • Participants will be required to clean their own equipment before and after use.
  • Failure to follow Rec. Sports policies may lead to suspension.

Exercise Recommendation:

In alignment with many agencies, the following exercise recommendations must be followed:

  • No exercising that requires spotting.
  • Some machines/equipment may be blocked from usage to promote increased exercise distancing; i.e. 10 feet or more.
  • Super setting and giant sets are prohibited.
    • This is when a participant does one exercise, then immediately moves to different equipment to do another exercise before returning to the first.
    • Some circuit-style workouts may be possible in the correct conditions.
      • Example: patron using three different types of equipment in an outdoor/large, open area. The equipment is clearly limited to their area and can be cleaned before another patron accidentally uses it.
    • GroupX program will continue virtually only.
    • Equipment will not be available for check-out.
      • Participants may continue to bring small bags in and use their own equipment, but it must be tightly managed by that patron.
    • Towel service will be suspended.

Cleaning:

  • There will be a 10-15 minute window between each group of participants allowed in the facility.
    • During this time, the staff will clean high-touch areas and wipe down used equipment.
  • Participants will be required to clean their own equipment before and after use.
    • Single-use wipe stations and bins will be placed throughout the facility.
  • There will be a one-hour break each weekday to allow for deeper cleaning and staff re-gathering.

Phase II

Phase II will begin the process of loosening restrictions.

Key Indicators for Phase II Implementation:

  • Consistent, or reduction in reported, confirmed positive cases.
  • Recommendation from governmental sources.
  • Policies and practices from Phase I are being consistently implemented and followed by staff and patrons.
    • Staff are not having to consistently remind patrons to socially distance.
    • Patrons are accustomed to the reservation and check-in process.
  • New equipment and signage are clearly posted and present.
  • Staffing element is clearly present and prepared to loosen restrictions.

Policies:

  • Facility entry limited to 50 occupants at a time (including staff).
    • Access to the facility will continue by reservation only.
      • Members only
    • All occupants will…
      • be screened for temperature and symptoms prior to entry.
      • use hand sanitizer prior to entry.
      • be required to wear face masks.
        • Participants using cardio equipment may choose to remove face mask if enough spacing is available.
      • maintain social distancing recommendations.
    • Building flow will be tightly managed to facilitate distancing.
    • No external reservations permitted.
  • Stricter dress code for participants.
    • Clothing must cover skin that may come into contact with equipment.
    • Policies that are generally in practice at other facilities prior to pandemic.
  • At a minimum, staff will wash hands every hour or more frequently as required when shifting between tasks.
  • Close-contact recreation will remain closed.
    • Gymnasium will be closed off except as a walkway to provide adequate distancing of participants leaving.
  • Locker rooms
    • Showers and changing area will be inaccessible.
  • Water fountains will be turned off.
  • Participants will be required to clean their own equipment before and after use.
  • Failure to follow Rec. Sports policies may lead to suspension.

Exercise Recommendations:

The same recommendations from Phase I will apply.

  • No exercising that requires spotting.
  • Some machines/equipment may be blocked from usage to promote increased exercise distancing; i.e. 10 feet or more.
  • Super setting and giant sets are prohibited.
  • GroupX program will continue virtually only.
  • Equipment will not be available for check-out.
    • Participants may continue to bring small bags in and use their own equipment, but it must be tightly managed by that patron.
  • Towel service will be suspended.

Cleaning:

  • There will be a 10-15 minute window between each group of participants allowed in the facility.
    • During this time, staff will clean high-touch areas and wipe down used equipment.
  • Participants will be required to clean their own equipment before and after use.
    • Single-use wipe stations and bins will be placed throughout facility.
  • There will be a one-hour break each weekday to allow for deeper cleaning and staff re-gathering.

Phase III

Phase III will be the loosest restrictions in preparation for return to regular operations. Important to note that the department may never fully return to operations prior to the pandemic.

Key Indicators for Phase III Implementation:

  • Consistent, or reduction in reported, confirmed positive cases.
  • Recommendation from governmental sources.
  • Policies and practices from Phase II are being consistently implemented and followed by staff and patrons.
  • Equipment and building flow are in working order and are practical.
  • Staffing element is clearly present and prepared to loosen restrictions.

Policies:

  • Facility entry limited to 100 occupants at a time (including staff).
    • Access to the facility will continue by reservation only.
      • Walk-up reservations may occur.
      • Members only
    • All occupants will continue to be screened prior to entry.
    • Facemask restrictions will be considered.
    • Building flow will be tightly managed to facilitate distancing.
    • External group reservations must be approved by the Director.
  • Dress code will remain in place.
  • Close-contact recreation will remain closed.
    • Gymnasium may be re-opened for minimal sport participation.
      • Examples: shooting hoops, practicing soccer, racquet sports, etc.
    • Locker rooms
      • Day use lockers will be accessible, but spaced out to provide distancing.
    • Water fountains will be turned off.
    • Participants will be required to clean their own equipment before and after use.
    • Failure to follow Rec. Sports policies may lead to suspension.

Exercise Recommendations:

Similar recommendations from Phase I will apply.

  • Exercising that requires spotting may be considered.
  • Some machines/equipment may be blocked from usage to promote increased exercise distancing; i.e. 10 feet or more.
  • Super setting and giant sets are prohibited.
  • GroupX program will consider options for in-person classes.
  • Equipment will not be available for check-out.
    • Participants may continue to bring small bags in and use their own equipment, but it must be tightly managed by that patron.
  • Towel service will be suspended.

Cleaning:

  • There will be a 10-15 minute window between each group of participants allowed in the facility.
    • During this time, staff will clean high-touch areas and wipe down used equipment.
  • Participants will be required to clean their own equipment before and after use.
    • Single-use wipe stations and bins will be placed throughout facility.
  • Custodial will continue at least two sanitizations each day, but the hour break during mid-day will be evaluated for consideration.

Per the approval from the Office of the Provost, the deadline to submit the application for 2020 August graduation has been extended from May 29th to June 5th (due to COVID-19 response). Application for graduation can be submitted by logging into Blue and Gold Connection via JNet.

For more information regarding graduation deadline dates, please refer to the Academic Calendar.

Summer 2020 (August):

Graduation Application Opens: February 3, 2020

Graduation Application Deadline: June 5, 2020 (extended due to COVID-19 response)

Graduation Cancellation Deadline: July 31, 2020

Change of Name Deadline: June 8, 2020

Fall 2020 (December):

Graduation Application Opens: April 1, 2020

Graduation Application Deadline: August 31, 2020

Graduation Cancellation Deadline: November 30, 2020

Change of Name Deadline: September 17, 2020

Additional graduation information for students, family members/friends can be found on the Office of the Registrar webpage.


We want students to know they have access to the computers in the library during finals. The library currently have about 50 computers that can be used to take online tests. In addition, we will have two additional computer rooms open for those who need access to take a test. Rhode Hall room 308 and Engineering room 275. These rooms will be open 7:30 to 9:30 pm Friday, Saturday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Thursday they will close after the last final. Please remember that even during the finals we have to honor the appropriate physical distance.


Yesterday, Chancellor John Sharp asked presidents from across the Texas A&M University System to prepare our campuses to be open and operational for the fall 2020 semester.

Texas A&M University-Kingsville administrators, faculty and staff are preparing a plan to do so in the safest manner possible. The health and safety of the campus community remains our highest priority.

For nearly a century this University has provided a residential college experience to the students of south Texas and beyond. Our small class sizes, one-on-one faculty mentorship, commitment to excellence, and supportive community are just some of the reasons many students choose to become Javelinas. We are committed to continuing that legacy well into the future beginning this fall.

I want to assure our students that we plan to be open for the fall semester to hold face-to-face classes. We will also be offering hybrid virtual courses for those who prefer that modality. We will socialize within the guidelines recommended by health experts. We are committed to your health, safety, and to helping you reach your educational goals. Texas A&M University-Kingsville is your home, and we look forward to welcoming you back!

We will share details about the fall semester as soon as possible. Thank you for your continued patience and flexibility as we work together as one Javelina Nation to move our University forward.

Mark A. Hussey

President, Texas A&M University-Kingsville


Dear Faculty and Staff,

As many of you are aware, Governor Greg Abbott has announced a plan to allow the state Stay-At-Home order to expire Thursday, April 30. As part of the plan to Re-Open Texas, some businesses will re-open beginning Friday, May 1 as part of a phased approach.

Texas A&M University-Kingsville staff currently working remotely will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Faculty should continue to plan to teach courses remotely through the summer.

The University is working to develop a staggered approach to re-opening to normal business operations. We will communicate our plans with managers and supervisors at least one week before implementing the first stage of returning to campus. These efforts will be driven by operational needs after considering the health and safety of our students, staff and faculty.

Supervisors are encouraged to remain flexible and to work with employees with underlying health conditions and parents, who for the foreseeable future, may face challenges in securing childcare over the coming weeks. Where possible, these employees should be allowed to continue to work from home, work a flexible schedule, or secure leave under the Family First Corona Virus Response Act. Supervisors should continue to work with the Department of Human Resources for specific guidance about these options.

We thank each of you for your ongoing commitment to Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

Best regards,

Henry Burgos Executive Director, Human Resources


Traditionally, April marks the month in which we recognize our outstanding staff for all they do in support of our students and campus. While we cannot celebrate Staff Appreciation month as we had planned, I want to take a moment to express my gratitude to our staff for their hard work and continued dedication to Texas A&M-Kingsville. I want to thank each staff member for the flexibility and adaptability they have demonstrated as the campus has responded to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The last several weeks have been a time of rapid change and transition, with the majority of staff and faculty working remotely. Our campus remains open to provide essential services, including housing, food service, library, etc. We are able to continue to offer these important services to students, because staff are here to provide them while keeping the campus safe for everyone.

Staff play a critical role in the success of our University. On many occasions, a staff member is the first to reach out and connect with a prospective student. It is staff who help make sure that student is admitted, enrolled, advised and ready to begin their educational journey. It is staff who often support that student along the way, through health services, tutoring and extracurricular activities, but also through kindness, encouragement and care. That is what makes the Javelina Family special. Again, thank you for all you do. I look forward to showing our appreciation for your hard work and dedication in a more formal way later this year.

Mark A. Hussey

President, Texas A&M University-Kingsville


Attention all candidates for graduation:

Last month, Texas A&M University-Kingsville announced the postponement of May 2020 graduation as part of the response to COVID-19. Spring 2020 graduates will still be allowed to walk the stage at another ceremony. Watch below for a special announcement from Dr. Allen Rasmussen, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs about a virtual graduation ceremony on May 15th.


Texas A&M-Kingsville receives $7 million from CARES Act to help students

Texas A&M University-Kingsville has received more than $7 million to help support students impacted by COVID-19 as part of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

United States Senator John Cornyn announced the funding Tuesday, April 14. Half of the allocation will directly support students who have been affected by the COVID-19 and subsequent disruption to regular university operations by providing emergency aid grants. Universities will be able to use the remaining portion of federal funding to assist students in other ways. Texas A&M University-Kingsville continues to plan for how best to utilizing this funding.

“I want to express my gratitude to Senator Cornyn and the entire Texas delegation for providing much-needed support for our students who, along with the rest of the nation, have been deeply affected by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Texas A&M University-Kingsville President Mark A. Hussey. “This funding allows us to assist our students so that they may continue to work toward achieving their educational goals. We know that students and their families remain concerned about the future and we urge Congress to continue to support universities and students as they consider the next relief package. As we look toward the fall semester, Texas A&M University-Kingsville remains committed to continuing to offer high-quality education and opportunity as we have for more than 95 years.”

More information about how students can benefit from the funding will be announced in the coming weeks.

“No Texan should have to give up their education because of the economic effects of the coronavirus,” Sen. Cornyn said. “In addition to allowing students to defer their federal student loan payments for six months, the CARES Act provides targeted funding to Texas institutions to help students continue their education – even if that means taking classes online.”


Our Emergency Grading Policy for Spring 2020 is in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the dramatic changes it created for our students at TAMUK. We do not plan on using this in the future. These changes are for Spring 2020 semester only.

Will S/U impact my GPA? The S/U will not impact your GPA. The S will give you credit for the class. If you get a U you will not get credit for the class. But neither the grade or hours will be used in the GPA calculation.

I received an F in a class during a previous semester and this spring I am repeating the class. Will the S/U replace the F? Yes the S or U would replace the F. The F will be removed from your transcript and it would be removed from the calculation of your GPA.

How will grades of S/U impact my honor’s distinction for graduation? Honors distinction will be determined by your GPA and honors classes and project. Since S/U will not affect your GPA, it will not affect the Honors GPA and an S will provide credit for honors classes and contracts this semester.

Will grades of S/U impact my financial aid? What if I am on a SAP appeal? No, this will not impact financial aid any differently than our standard grading system. An S will count as progress towards completion of your degree, and a U will count as an incomplete course when considering percentage of courses completed under SAP. The U.S. Department of Education has given institutions of higher education the ability to consider COVID-19 as a reason when a SAP appeals. If a student is already on a SAP appeal they can appeal again, based on COVID-19 circumstances. But you must apply for this appeal.

I am a student in a teacher certification program. Will TEA require me to earn letter grades? TEA requires a GPA of 2.75. They do not require specific grades. Please consult with your academic advisor.

I have already been admitted to graduate school. Will a grades of S/U cause my admission to be retracted? You must contact the graduate program to determine if they will accept the S/U. All programs have different requirements and you would need to consult each one of them to be certain.

If I require a “C” or better in a course, will an S count or do I need to choose all traditional letter grades? For Spring Semester of 2020 an S will provide credit for any class requirement, unless a programs specific outside accreditation agency mandates a letter grade.

I am graduating in May. If I choose satisfactory/unsatisfactory how does that affect my transcript? The S or U will be placed on your transcript for each specific course you choose to have an S/U. In addition, each transcript will contain the following statement: “In Spring 2020 the COVID-19 pandemic altered our grading policy to include the choice of the students to select either a Satisfactory (S) or Unsatisfactory (U) for each individual class in lieu of a traditional letter grade.”

Can I still graduate with a D and not a C? If a particular course requires a C for you to graduate and you choose the letter grade for that course you must follow your program’s requirements. If you choose the S you will get credit and it will count for graduation.

My degree requires a certain GPA. If I take a S/U grade, will this still count towards my graduation requirements? Yes, the course will count but will not be included in the GPA. The GPA requirement still stands. So you must make sure your GPA is adequate.

I am a student wanting to apply into a professional school (ex: med school, PT/OT school, vet school, pharmacy school), can I take S/U grades? We strongly encourage students wanting to apply into professional schools to contact their school(s) of interest for more information.


First, I want to continue to thank everyone for your understanding during the last several weeks as we transitioned course delivery to a virtual environment. This has been a time of rapid change and I continue to be proud of how our University has responded.

We are quickly approaching the time of year that is usually marked by a number of spring holidays and celebrations. I want to remind you of the advice by government and health officials from across the country in prioritizing social distancing, practicing good hygiene, wearing face coverings as appropriate, and limiting travel during this crucial time. I know that there are times when you may wish to celebrate with family and friends, but I strongly encourage each of you to think carefully about your social responsibility to our university and community as we continue to work together to slow the spread of COVID-19.

At this time, Kleberg County has two confirmed cases of COVID-19 which is much fewer than many cities in Texas. Please know that the number of coronavirus cases observed in Texas to date lags behind what we are seeing nationally so I urge you to continue to follow the advice of state and local health officials. You can find more information about COVID-19 travel recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control.

Also, please remember to notify university officials if you believe that you have been exposed to COVID-19. Students should notify the Dean of Students (kirsten.compary@tamuk.edu) and faculty and staff should notify Human Resources (henry.burgos@tamuk.edu).

The Javelina Family is rooted in integrity and selfless service and I know those values continue to drive our faculty, staff, and students to make responsible choices. Thank you again for all that you do to insure the health and safety of your fellow classmates and our local community.

Mark A. Hussey President, Texas A&M University-Kingsville


Dear Staff,

For the past several weeks, Texas A&M University—Kingsville faculty, staff and students have worked diligently to provide essential services during these unprecedented times. While it has been challenging, we are all learning to adapt to this new environment.

As of today, Kleberg County has two confirmed COVID-19 cases and Nueces County has over 60 confirmed cases with the number of confirmed cases across the country trending upwards. It is important to know that Texas is lagging behind the rest of the country in confirmed COVID-19 cases. It remains imperative that we adhere to the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) by maintaining social distancing, practicing good hygiene and reducing the number of faculty and staff working on campus. Texas A&M-Kingsville is committed to the health and safety of our community. As a result, we are extending the Remote Worker Agreements and Emergency Leaves of staff until close of business Friday, May 1, 2020.

Supervisors may need to adjust these arrangements to ensure that we continue to maintain the staffing levels needed to sustain critical business operations and continuity. Questions related to this should be addressed to your supervisor.

We thank each of you for your ongoing supporting towards our students, our community and the State of Texas.

Best regards,

Henry Burgos Executive Director, Human Resources


As part of Texas A&M University-Kingsville’s continued effort to support our students during these challenging times, students enrolled in the spring 2020 semester will be able to choose how their courses are graded.

Upon the recommendation of the Faculty Senate, students will be able to choose from a satisfactory (S)/unsatisfactory (U) or letter grade system.

Satisfactory (S):

  • a letter grade of A, B, C or D
  • student will receive credit for the course
  • will not affect GPA

Unsatisfactory (U):

  • a letter grade of F
  • student will not receive credit for the course
  • will not affect GPA

Students will be able to select the grading system of their choice for each class in which they are registered through a form on Blue & Gold from April 20-May 19. More information about how to access the form will be forthcoming.

Students must contact their advisors to determine which option is best.

In addition, the Drop/Withdraw date for students has been extended from April 1 to April 30.

I want to thank the Faculty Senate for their advisement and for continuing to prioritize the needs of our students.

Dr. G. Allen Rasmussen, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs


There are a lot of unknowns in these trying times, but what to have for lunch no longer is one of them. Beginning Monday, 4/6/2020, Texas A&M University-Kingsville in conjunction with their food service provider, Aramark, will provide free daily lunch for all students, even those without meal cards.

Students must only present a valid Texas A&M-Kingsville Identification card that shows the student is registered for classes this current semester. Lunch will be served to-go at the Javelina Dining Hall, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Off campus students will be permitted to park in Lot 2 (behind Support Services), Lot J (behind Martin Hall), Lot S (behind Human Sciences) and in the 1100 block of Engineering Boulevard on the north side of Human Sciences.


In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and a decision by the College Board and the ACT to suspend the availability of standardized testing, Texas A&M University – Kingsville will no longer require First-time in College (FTIC) applicants to submit SAT or ACT scores to be considered for admission to the University for summer and fall of 2020. TAMUK’s admission policy currently allows students who do not meet Assured Admission requirements to be considered for admission through an Individual Review process, which consists of a holistic review of academic achievements, extracurricular activities, community service, talents and awards and other factors that support an applicant’s ability to succeed at Texas A&M – Kingsville. TAMUK will now allow applicants to be evaluated for admission by the Individual Review Committee without submitting SAT/ACT test scores. As always, we encourage prospective students who do not meet Assured Admissions requirements to highlight their achievements on their Apply Texas application so that the Committee can identify support for a positive admission decision, regardless of whether a test score is required or submitted. Students who have been denied admission should know that our Admission Appeal Process remains in effect without change. Anyone with questions is encouraged to contact us at admissions@tamuk.edu or 361-593-5372 (JESC) by phone.

Enrollment Management staff wish you the best during these unprecedented times. We are here for you and can answer any questions you may have.


The global COVID-19 pandemic is causing stress, fear and anxiety for many around the world, causing us to re-think how to stay safe, healthy and connected. Texas A&M University-Kingsville is committed to providing mental health resources that are available from home to students, faculty and staff during this challenging time.

For Students

Student Health and Wellness, Counseling Services is moving to Tele-Mental Health counseling services rather than face-to-face appointments for the duration of the semester or until the social distance recommendations are lifted. This means students can access safe, secure Tele-Mental Health counseling from anywhere they have internet access. Tele-Mental Health will be delivered through a HIPPA secure platform called ZOOM.

Eligibility to receive Tele-Mental Health services:

  • Currently enrolled in classes at Texas A&M University-Kingsville or the Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy
  • Student must be in the state of Texas at the time of service delivery
  • Ability to connect to a meeting on-line through ZOOM
    • Access to the internet
    • Access to a confidential location

Between the hours of 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, Tele-Mental Health appointments may be scheduled by calling:

  • Student Health and Wellness 361.593.3991
  • Renée Weiss, Assistant Director 361.593.4471

Students may also call a Professional Counselor to schedule a Tele-Mental Health appointment:

  • Maria Coolbaugh (office) 361.593.3492 or (cell) 361.589.5034
  • Synthia Garza (office) 361.593.3421 or (cell) 361.355.9355
  • Cory Martin (office) 361.593.3397 or (cell) 361.356.7224

Confirmation of your identity and location will be confirmed at the beginning of each Tele-Mental Health counseling session.

Please note: Upon the initial counseling intake session you and your counselor will determine if Tele-Mental Health services are appropriate to address your specific need. Specific instances where Tele-Mental Health may not be appropriate include but are not limited to: current suicidal or homicidal ideation, moderate to severe mental health disorders, and/or unsuitable technological capability. If the need for direct, in-person services are more appropriate, you may be referred to an outside agency or provider and may be responsible for any financial obligations incurred.

** The Student Health and Wellness Health Care Clinic is providing services by phone on a scheduled basis. No walk-in appointments are being taken at this time. Call 361.593.3991 for assistance and /or to schedule a phone consultation with our health and wellness professionals.

For Faculty/Staff

Our Employee Assistance Program Work/Life Solutions by GuidanceResources offers telephonic counseling services and provides resources that help employees deal with a range of stressful issues at no cost to the employee. For more information please visit their website at http://www.guidanceresources.com (WEBID: TAMUS) or contact them by phone at 1.866.301.9623.

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers, including Texas A&M University - Kingsville, to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. These provisions will apply from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020. The A&M System is developing Workday programming for qualified employees to submit these new leaves. Details will be provided as soon as available. Please contact Sarah.Martinez@tamuk.edu if you have any questions.

For A&M Care plan members, those on student insurance and graduate student employee plan

As of Monday, March 16, A&M Care plan members, as well as those on the student insurance and graduate student employee plan, can receive tele-medicine services from their network physicians who provide it, for medically-necessary, covered medical and behavioral health services for a zero copay until April 30. The claim must indicate services were provided via tele-medicine/tele-health. If there is a need to continue this practice, we will re-evaluate before that time.

The copay for MDLIVE telehealth services has been temporarily reduced to a $0 copay beginning Thursday, March 19 for all A&M Care members, until further notice. MDLIVE Virtual Visits is a tele-health feature through the A&M Care health plan that can be accessed via phone, video, or computer 24/7 to treat non-emergency, medical and behavioral health conditions.

In addition, the copay for MDLIVE through the student insurance and graduate student employee Plan has also been reduced to a $0 copay through April 30.


Update 1: Please be advised that “the last day to drop a course or withdraw from current semester” for students registered for Part of Term 1 (16 weeks) has been extended to April 30, 2020.

Update 2: The Office of the Registrar has added additional forms that are now PDF fillable and will allow each signer to type in his/her name. Please visit the Registrar website.

Once all the required signatures are obtained, the following options are available for students, faculty and/or staff to submit the completed forms to the Office of the Registrar:

Fax: 361-593-2195

Email: registrar@tamuk.edu (PDF preferred)

By Mail: Office of the Registrar Texas A&M University-Kingsville 1050 W Santa Gertrudis Ave, MSC 105 Kingsville, TX 78363

In Person: Javelina Enrollment Services Center (JESC) Memorial Student Union Bldg., Room 132

If you have questions, please contact our office at 361-593-2811 or via email at registrar@tamuk.edu




As part of our ongoing response to COVID-19, Texas A&M University-Kingsville will be offering all summer courses online. If social distancing measures change before May 1, 2020, the University may consider adding some face-to-face courses for the summer semesters. Any such changes would be announced by May 1. We remain committed to offering out students flexible options during these challenging times.


Over the past three weeks, Texas A&M University-Kingsville has implemented pro-active measures that have prepared our campus to deliver instruction online and support essential university operations as our state and nation attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Yesterday, Kleberg County issued a Stay-at-Home order to take effect at 11:59 p.m. today and that will remain in effect through April 8. Only essential activities as listed in the order will be allowed. You can read the full order from their website.

The Stay-at-Home order identifies critical university operations as essential activities. During this time our campus will continue to offer courses through a virtual environment. Campus offices including residence halls, Javelina Dining, the business office, the University Police Department, and Student Health and Wellness will remain open. All employees who have been identified previously as essential should report to work. A few offices and facilities, including the Conner Museum, Welcome Center, Marc Cisneros Center for Young Children, the Steinke Physical Education Center (SPEC) and the Student Recreation Center will be closed until further notice. All other employees will continue to work remotely and be available to assist students, faculty and staff during normal business hours M-F.

The Jernigan Library will be closed to the public but will remain open for current students, faculty and staff only. Students, faculty and staff must swipe their university identification cards to access the building. Electronic resources will remain available to all users. Beginning Monday, March 30, new library hours are:

  • Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Saturday-Sunday: Closed

Essential employees working on campus should continue to practice social distancing. The Stay-at-Home order allows for these individuals to continue their work in support of our students, faculty and staff.

Staff who are working remotely should submit a Remote Work Agreement to their supervisor as soon as possible. Employees should contact their direct supervisor with questions about remote work operations and expectations.

Please continue to check the COVID-19 website for the most recent campus developments.


Due to recent changes, the Office of the Registrar has made some adjustments to forms utilized by students, faculty and/or staff at Texas A&M University-Kingsville that required actual signatures in order for our office to process. The Request for Official Transcript is now available for DocuSign submission and electronic PDF completion. An access code will be sent to the email address the user provides to complete the request form.

The following forms have been changed to a PDF fillable format that will allow each signer to type in his/her name:

  • Add/Drop Registration
  • High School Dual Enrolled Add/Drop Registration
  • Blue & Gold Password Reset
  • Change of Curriculum
  • Change of Personal Data
  • Course Drop for Non-Attendance (for faculty use)

Options on how to submit forms can be found on the Registrar’s webpage. For questions or additional information, please contact our office at 361-593-2811 or via email at registrar@tamuk.edu .



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.


Dear Faculty and Staff,

We understand that the current situation regarding COVID-19 may be causing stress and uncertainty for many of you and we want to remind you of the Employee Assistance Program that we offer. Work/Life Solutions by GuidanceResources offers telephonic counseling services and provides resources that help employees deal with a range of stressful issues at no cost to the employee. For more information please visit Guidance Resources Online (WEBID: TAMUS) or contact them by phone at 1-866-301-9623.

As a reminder, the system has temporarily reduce the copay for MDLive telehealth services to a $0 copay beginning Thursday in an effort to facilitate access to medical care for all A&M Care members. MDLive Virtual Visits is a telehealth feature through the Blue Cross and Blue Shield A&M Care Health Plans. To use MDLive, go to Blue Cross Blue Shield and activate your account. You can also download the MDLive app on your phone or call customer service at 1-888-680-8646. You’ll need your BCBSTX member ID card if registering on MDLIVE’s website or by phone.

Please do not hesitate to take advantage of these benefits and if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to sarah.martinez@tamuk.edu via email or by phone at 361-593-3398 for more information.

Additionally, we want to share with you the following resource links:

EDUCATION

The Audible website provides audible books for all ages; Littlest Listeners, Elementary, Tween, Teen and Literary Classics. I hope you enjoy!

STORYTIME

The Children’s Museum of the Brazos Valley (there is probably something similar in your local areas) In an effort to add a little sunshine during everyone’s extended vacation – they are going to have a new daily feature on their website, Facebook and Instagram pages.

SCHOLASTIC

The educational company Scholastic has created a digital “Scholastic Learn at Home” website that offers free daily courses for students from pre-kindergarten through high school. The hub is designed to support virtual learning plans, and covers language arts, STEM, social studies and social-emotional learning. It is accessible on all devices, with no sign-up required.

COPING

FINANCIAL

TIAA is hosting a webinar on Wednesday, March 25 from 1 to 2 CST regarding the current market volatility. Any employee is welcome to join and can do so via guest access after clicking the “Schedule Online” button in the attachment. Voya has also has resources that can be reached by visiting Voya Learn, Seminar Library, and the Voya blog on Market Volatility.


Today marks an important moment for our university. Over the past week, faculty and staff have worked diligently to move all course content online and into a virtual delivery format.

This is what we must do to serve you, our students, and ensure that you are able to complete your studies this semester while working to halt the spread of COVID-19. I know this is a very challenging time for our campus, our country, and our world. I want you to know the health and safety of our Javelina Family comes first. We make all decisions for our campus with that foremost in mind.

While we have transitioned our courses online, our campus remains open with limited operations. Our residence halls, computer labs, library and campus bookstore remain open. Food service also remains open, though in an effort to implement social distancing measures, all dine-in facilities will be closed. You can still pick up a meal or snack to-go.

Our partners at SSC have increased their efforts to keep the campus clean, sanitizing touch points like door knobs, rails and elevator buttons several times a day.

Many of you have elected to remain at home as you complete the semester online. Please know that our faculty and staff are ready to help support you. Our tutoring and Writing Center services have also transitioned online and your advisors have already reached out to you via email.

Your faculty continue to be committed to your success and will be available through email or phone during their regular office hours.

As I mentioned, we will be open with limited operations. Whenever possible, faculty and staff will be working remotely or on alternate schedules to ensure social distancing. This means some offices may not physically be open on campus. Some may be open with limited staff. I encourage each of you to reach out via email whenever possible.

I can understand that for some of you, in particular our students who will be completing their course of study this semester, the decision to postpone graduation may be disappointing. This in no way diminishes the great sense of pride and accomplishment you are entitled to upon reaching such a critical milestone. Our Spring 2020 graduates will be able to participate in a traditional graduation ceremony once conditions change. I look forward to celebrating that day with you.

Javelina history tells us that the founders of our great institution selected the Javelina as our mascot, in part because of their tenacious behavior. I am certain that the Javelina Family will make it through this challenge together precisely because of that tenacity.

I want to thank our students, faculty and staff for the great effort everyone has put forth to make this transition. You have demonstrated the great things that can be accomplished when Javelinas help Javelinas.

Stay well.

Mark A. Hussey, President, Texas A&M University-Kingsville


As indicated in previous alerts from the university, Texas A&M University-Kingsville is working to slow the spread of COVID-19. As a precaution, the Office of Compliance asks that faculty, staff and students who wish to discuss resources and the administrative process for incidents of discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, relationship violence, and stalking please email titleix@tamuk.edu or call 361-593-4758 to make an appointment before visiting the office.

For other inquiries including questions about export controls, required online EverFi Training (Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates and/or Sexual Assault Prevention for Student Athletes), required online employee training (Harassment and Discrimination Prevention training), and/or registration holds, staff will be communicating through email and phone only. All persons may contact 361-593-4758 to speak to someone on the phone. You may email exportcontrols@tamuk.edu if you have questions regarding export controls. You may email tasha.clark@tamuk.edu if you have questions regarding online training and/or registration holds. Please include your full name and K number in emails.

In addition, the Office of Compliance has an online Open Records Portal for public information requests. You may also wish to visit the online website for information on additional resources.

These temporary changes are necessary to assist with maintaining proper social-distancing practices. Thank you for your understanding and patience. The Office of Compliance will work diligently to get back to individuals as quickly as possible.


I would like to express my thanks and appreciation to all of the Academic Affairs Team (faculty and staff) in dealing with our response to COVID-19. The response, by the nature of the issue, is very fluid and will change with new information. The University wants to keep our students, staff and faculty safe and will be following the CDC guidelines. Marcomm has been providing updates on the COVID-19 UPDATE site.

I would especially like to express my gratitude to our Digital Technology Team. In the last two weeks they have done a phenomenal job helping us move our courses into a virtual format. This is not easy and like most of us they have not been fully staffed. However, they pulled together and changed the normal several hour training to just 1.5 hours. I also want to thank the faculty who have put in tremendous effort in moving their teaching to a completely different modality to help all of our students to meet their educational goals.

I realize next week will not be easy for any of us as we restart the semester. This will be difficult for our students as well. Next week will generate many questions and we will address them as quickly as possible. I ask that everyone have patience with each other because we are all trying to adjust to this new reality. We have to help each other.

Again thank you!

G. Allen Rasmussen, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs



03/19/2020 | 5:00 PM: We know that many of you have questions about May graduation. As we continue to respond to the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, the health and safety of students, faculty, staff and extended Javelina Family remain our top priority.

As such, 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.


Please be advised that “the last day to drop a course or withdraw from current semester” and “the last day for faculty to drop students for non-attendance” has been updated for 2020 Spring for the following parts of term:

  • PT 1 (16 week session): April 1st
  • PT R3 (2nd 8 week session): April 23rd

The following options are available for students to submit forms to the Office of the Registrar:

  • Fax: 361-593-2195
  • Email: registrar@tamuk.edu (PDF preferred)
  • By Mail: Office of the Registrar, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, 1050 W Santa Gertrudis Ave, MSC 105 Kingsville, TX, 78363
  • In Person: Javelina Enrollment Services Center (JESC) Memorial Student Union Bldg., Room 132
If you have questions, please contact the Office of the Registrar at 361-593-2811 or via email at registrar@tamuk.edu

The Center for Student Success will convert to online operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are doing this to protect the health and safety of the community, while still providing you needed support. The website has been updated to provide you with necessary information. Please read the email below regarding how to access our services:

  • ADVISING: Those of you with non-faculty advisors have already received an email from your advisor. Advisors will conduct either online or phone-based appointments. Please make your appointments through Starfish as you typically do.
  • CAREER SERVICES: Due to public health guidelines, we have canceled both the Education Career Fair and the Social Sciences Career Fair. We are working with employers to facilitate communications between employers and students, and will work with those targeted groups of people. Career Services will continue to conduct resume reviews, career counseling, and practice interviews. To set up an appointment, please use the following email: CareerServices@tamuk.edu
  • PAAC (Tutoring, SI, and Mentoring): Beginning March 23, we will begin online services. Supplemental Instruction will be held virtually at your regularly scheduled time. SI Leaders will be reaching out to their students with a link to their online SI sessions. To request tutoring or mentoring, please email us at paactutoring@tamuk.edu
    • Be sure to state the following in your email:
      • Specify in the email subject line the type of service being requested: tutoring, mentoring, general question or other
      • K number
      • Class needing tutoring assistance (Example: CHEM 1302-001, Inorganic Chemistry)
      • Review the tutoring schedule to view tutor availability and let us know what time you would like to meet with a tutor during that subject time availability.
    • You will receive an email from your tutor or mentor that will provide a link to get you into your session at the appointed time.
    • Please be advised that each tutoring or mentoring session will be one hour in length.
  • WRITING CENTER: Beginning March 23, we will have online appointments available. Each session will be one hour in length. To make an appointment:
    • If you do not already have one, create an account for yourself.
    • After creating your account, you will be taken to an online schedule. Click on a white square for the time you’d like your one-hour appointment.
    • Fill out the appointment sheet.
    • When the time comes to meet with your tutor online, go back to the schedule and click the same square you made your original appointment on. Then click the red “Start or Join Online Consultation.” You will be guided by your tutor on what to do next. (If you cannot connect within 5 minutes of the start of your appointment, your tutor will attempt to email you with the email address you provided. They will instruct you via email on what to do next.)
  • SOCIAL WORK SERVICES: Students may have non-academic concerns caused by this public health emergency. Our Social Work interns are standing by to provide information about community services that you may need. If you are having financial difficulties or struggling with family issues, please email our interns at TAMUK.Socialworkhelp@tamuk.edu

In addition to the services listed above, beginning on Monday, our UNIV instructors will share study tips and support on YouTube videos. You can also follow them on Twitter.

You are not in this alone. The staff members in Student Success are here to help. Please reach out to us for support.

Sincerely,

Dr. Shannon L. Baker, Interim Associate Vice President for Student Success shannon.baker@tamuk.edu


03/17/2020 | 7:15 PM: Texas A&M University-Kingsville faculty have been working to ensure we can deliver course content in the most effective manner during this rapidly-evolving times. We want to ensure you are able to complete this semester.

As such, beginning March 23, all lecture courses and labs will be delivered in a virtual format.

Students in the following programs should contact their program coordinators for information about labs in their discipline:

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

Engineering students currently enrolled in the Senior Design course should contact their senior design advisor.

I want to assure our students scheduled to graduate in May that we are making every effort possible not to impact your plans to complete your degree. Graduate students should contact their committee chairs.

Students should monitor their student emails for further instructions from their faculty in the next few days.

We are committed to supporting each of you as continue your educational journey. As such, we are also prepared to provide virtual tutoring and advising through the Center for Student Success. You have already received an email from your advisers with instructions on how to set-up virtual advising through Starfish. Both the PAAC and Writing Center will be available online and you will be receiving an email tomorrow with additional information.

Campus will remain open during this time, including residence halls, food service, computer labs and the library.

We realize these are trying times. Javelinas help Javelinas and by working together we will get through this.

G. Allen Rasmussen, Provost Vice President for Academic Affairs


03/15/2020 | 12:00 PM: LSC announces cancellation of all spring sports.


03/14/2020 | 9:15 AM: The Texas A&M University-Kingsville leadership team continues to prepare for this rapidly-changing situation. These actions reflect those outlined in Chancellor John Sharp’s memo this week and are aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19.

This is an unprecedented situation and we know the campus community has many questions. Please be assured that we will address your questions as quickly as updates are available.

Please continue to be vigilant with public health measures such as frequent hand washing, social distancing, and staying home if ill. We will continue to monitor the situation and appreciate everyone’s diligence and cooperation during this challenging time as we seek to protect our community.

Classes

As announced yesterday, Texas A&M University-Kingsville is joining all other Texas A&M University System institutions in extending its Spring Break for students and no classes will be held March 16-20. University leadership continues to assess and plan while implementing this social distancing measure. Faculty and staff are asked to report to campus Monday, March 16 and are encouraged to use the time during the extended spring break to plan for delivery of online/alternative education options for all students for the remainder of the semester or until the current situation changes. Training sessions will be scheduled to accommodate those who need additional assistance.

The Center for Distance Learning & Instructional Technology (DLIT) will be having Blackboard Learn Transition Quick Start Workshops for faculty. Topics include communication, adding content, discussion boards, assignments, and reviewing the Faculty Resource Center Course in Blackboard for additional resources.

Where: James C. Jernigan Library – 3rd Floor – Room 302 (Room Capacity – 30)

When: Tuesday, March 17, 2020

  • 8:30 - 10:00 AM: Workshop
  • 10:30 - 12:00 PM (Noon): Workshop
  • 1:00 - 2:30 PM: Workshop
  • 3:00 - 5:00 PM: Appointments Only (Walk-Ins will be assisted as time permits.)

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

  • 8:30 - 10:00 AM: Workshop
  • 10:30 - 12:00 PM (Noon): Workshop
  • 1:00 - 2:30 PM: Workshop
  • 3:00 - 5:00 PM: Appointments Only (Walk-Ins will be assisted as time permits.)

Thursday, March 19, 2020

  • 8:30 - 10:00 AM: Workshop
  • 10:30 - 12:00 PM (Noon): Workshop
  • 1:00 - 2:30 PM: Workshop
  • 3:00 - 5:00 PM: Appointments Only (Walk-Ins will be assisted as time permits.)

Friday, March 20, 2020

  • 8:30 - 10:00 AM: Workshop
  • 10:30 - 12:00 PM (Noon): Workshop
  • 1:00 - 2:30 PM: Workshop
  • 3:00 - 5:00 PM: Appointments Only (Walk-Ins will be assisted as time permits.)

Seating per each session is limited. Please sign-up for a workshop.

Faculty, please review the  Blackboard Learn Rapid Transition Manual for Faculty  developed by DLIT. A similar manual designed to assist students as they may need to navigate courses on Blackboard can also be downloaded. 

Campus

All Texas A&M University System campuses, including Texas A&M-Kingsville, will remain open, as will residence halls and food service.

Travel

As of March 13, 2020, no international travel is permitted and no domestic travel is permitted unless deemed mission critical. If you have traveled recently, you are encouraged to self-monitor.

What does it mean to self-monitor?

According to the CDC, self-monitoring means people should monitor themselves for fever by taking their temperatures twice a day and remain alert for cough or difficulty breathing. If you feel feverish or develop measured fever, cough, or difficulty breathing during the self-monitoring period, you should self-isolate, limit contact with others, and seek advice by telephone from a healthcare provider. Download the CDC Check and Report Every Day (CARE) Booklet which helps you understand how to self-monitor your health and how to check your symptoms daily.

What does it mean to self-isolate?

If you are not experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 and are asked to self-isolate after returning from a country listed on the CDC’s COVID-19 travel advisories page as Level 3, you should stay off campus and remain home. Do not go to campus including work, residence halls and apartments, classes, athletic events or other social gatherings until 14 days after leaving the Level 3 country in question. Likewise, avoid public places and gatherings in the community.

Please follow these guidelines for self-isolation:

  • Report any symptoms of COVID-19 immediately to your medical provider, preferably by calling to get advice and instructions.
  • Stay in your room or apartment.
  • Do not go to work, classes, athletic events, or other social or religious gatherings until 14 days after your return to the United States from the country in question. Limit contact as much as possible. This also means limiting close contact with others including persons living in your residence.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water, or use alcohol-based hand rubs after coughing or sneezing or throwing a used tissue in the garbage. Cover coughs and sneezes with your upper sleeve or a tissue. Never cough in the direction of someone else.
  • Avoid sharing household items. Do not share drinking glasses, towels, eating utensils, bedding, or any other items until you are no longer asked to self-isolate.
  • Keep your surroundings clean. While the virus is not spread very well from contact with soiled household surfaces, try to clean surfaces that you share with others, such as door knobs, telephones, and bathroom surfaces (or any other object that you sneeze or cough on), with a standard household disinfectant wipe. Wash your hands after cleaning the area.
  • Monitor yourself for symptoms at least daily including measuring your temperature. Any symptoms of COVID-19 should be reported to your physician. Download the CDC Check and Report Every Day (CARE) Booklet which helps you understand how to self-monitor your health and how to check your symptoms daily.

Javelina Athletics

All athletic contests are cancelled until further notice.


03/12/2020 | 2:30 PM: As the spread of COVID-19 continues around the world, Texas A&M University-Kingsville continues to prioritize the health and safety of our students and campus community. This week, many of our students are traveling to places near and far for Spring Break. While there have been no confirmed cases of the virus in our community, we are committed to reducing possible exposure on our campus through social distancing measures that limit group settings.

As such, we are extending our current Spring Break and there will be no classes March 16-20. This will allow our campus time to assess this rapidly-changing situation.

The University, including residence halls and food service, will remain open during this time. Faculty and staff should report to work as regularly scheduled on Monday, March 16.

As we have mentioned in previous messages to campus, your health and wellness come first. I encourage each of you to use the recommended good hygiene practices and to limit your interactions with large groups. If you are feeling unwell, please stay home.

There will be more updates to come regarding scheduled campus events. Please check this page frequently for updates and information on travel restrictions and best practices.

Mark A. Hussey
President, Texas A&M University-Kingsville


03/12/2020 | 6:45 PM: Javelina Sports updates on LSC and NCAA events.


03/11/2020 | 5:15 PM: As scheduled, the Texas A&M University-Kingsville campus will close Thursday and Friday, March 12-13, for Spring Break. Classes are scheduled to resume on Monday. University officials continue to closely monitor the outbreak of COVID-19.

There have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our area.

This week the Texas A&M University System announced further limitations on foreign travel, halting all university-sponsored international travel between March 16 - May 1, 2020. The previous guidance only applied to CDC-designated Levels 1-3 countries.

Students, faculty and staff currently traveling abroad may continue to follow the same guidelines issued by the Texas A&M University System on March 5, 2020. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to refrain from all international travel during this time.

Given the fluid nature of the situation, additional guidance on travel beyond May 1, 2020 may be forthcoming in the weeks to come.

As always, your health and safety are most important to us. Students who are feeling unwell should contact the Dean of Students, Kirsten Compary for a notice of absence. The Dean of Students can be reached at (361) 593-3606 or via email kirsten.compary@tamuk.edu.

Faculty and staff should communicate with the direct supervisor. Report any symptoms of COVID-19 immediately to your medical provider by first calling to get advice and instructions. People with fever, cough and respiratory issues should seek immediate medical attention. We encourage students to 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.

Remember, Javelinas help Javelinas. We are all in this together.


03/11/2020: Update from Javelina Athletics: NCAA DII South Central Regional - Restricted Attendance Policy


03/05/2020: As Spring Break approaches and the global outbreak of COVID-19 remains a rapidly evolving situation, the health, and safety of our students, faculty, and staff remain paramount. We can all work together to ensure the continued health and safety of our campus community. It is important to note that the Texas Department of State Health Services says the immediate risk of infection to most Texans remains low. The Texas A&M-Kingsville Emergency Management Team continues to monitor the situation.

Foreign Travel

Earlier this week, The Texas A&M University System issued guidance related to COVID-19 and foreign travel restrictions for all System institutions which:

  • Strongly discourages all foreign travel by Texas A&M University System students, faculty and staff while the outbreak remains a dynamically changing and uncertain situation,
  • Directs students, faculty and staff to report all personal international travel to the university if they have traveled to a CDC-designated Level 1 or higher risk country as soon as possible,
  • Requires students, faculty, staff and visitors traveling from countries with CDC-designated risk levels of 2 and 3 to self-isolate for a 14-day period prior to returning to school or work.

You can read the complete guidelines by clicking “Message from the Texas A&M University System” below.

All University-sponsored international travel (including study abroad programming) is suspended until further notice. Faculty and staff who travel on personal business to CDC-designated Level 1 or higher risk countries, including Japan, Italy, South Korea, Iran, and China, must immediately report their travel to the Office of Human Resources by emailing Executive Director Henry Burgos at henry.burgos@tamuk.edu. Students traveling to and returning from Level 1 of higher countries must immediately contact the Dean of Students by emailing kirsten.compary@tamuk.edu. Please note that if you are traveling to a country that is added to the Level 1, 2, or 3 CDC Warning List while you are traveling, you must also inform Human Resources or Dean of Students promptly upon your return.

In the Classroom

As we continue to focus on preparation and awareness, faculty and staff are encouraged to review their department’s Business Continuity Plans. A joint message from the Provost and Faculty Senate President shared with faculty earlier today encourages faculty to review the Blackboard Learn Rapid Transition Manual for Faculty developed by Distance Learning & Instructional Technology (DLIT). The manual serves as a guide for faculty to deliver course content online in the event of extended student absence due to illness. A similar manual designed to assist students to navigate courses on Blackboard may be downloaded as well. If you have questions about Blackboard Learn, please contact DLIT by creating a 24/7 Help Desk Support ticket at 361-593-(HELP) 4357.

Medical Care

Students, faculty, and staff should seek medical assistance if they have traveled to an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19 or been near someone known to have COVID-19 and experiencing the following symptoms, fever, shortness of breath, and cough. ALWAYS call ahead before seeking medical attention and notify someone of your concern about COVID-19. This will allow the medical facility to prepare appropriately.

Beginning tomorrow, the Student Health and Wellness Health Care Clinic will see patients by appointment only. While walk-ins will no longer be accepted, students must phone ahead to make an appointment. You can call Student Health and Wellness at 361-593-3991.

Staying Healthy

As a reminder, everyone is encouraged to follow CDC tips for good personal health habits, including:

  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
  • Staying home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Covering your coughs and sneezes with a tissue.
  • Cleaning frequently touched surfaces and objects daily.
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, sneezing or coughing, after shaking hands or handling money and before eating. If soap and water are not available, hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol may be used.

If you have additional questions about COVID-19 and campus preparations, please contact Dr. Shane Creel, Executive Director of Enterprise Risk Management, at randolph.creel@tamuk.edu .


2/27/2020: The Texas A&M University-Kingsville Emergency Management Team continues to monitor the global spread of the Coronavirus, which has now reached more than 40 countries, including the United States.

As part of the ongoing effort to curb the spread of the virus, Texas A&M University System Risk Management has asked System member institutions to suspend undergraduate to travel to China and South Korea. In addition, educational travel to some regions of Italy, including Lombardy and Veneto, is also restricted.

We will continue to share updates about the Coronavirus as needed. Updates may also be shared via the emergency notification system, if necessary. Sign up for emergency alerts or make sure your contact information is up-to-date via the Blackboard Connect Portal. Be sure to update your emergency notification preferences, so that you can join the university community in receiving messages in the event of campus emergencies.


02/03/2020: Texas A&M University-Kingsville is closely monitoring the global outbreak of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. The virus originated in the Hubei Province of China and causes respiratory illness. As of January 30, six individuals in the United States have tested positive for the virus.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the risk of the disease spreading in the United States remains low.

There have been no confirmed cases of the Novel Coronavirus in Texas. We encourage the campus community to be vigilant as the situation continues to evolve. Officials with the Department of Student Health and Wellness and the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) are monitoring the development of the outbreak in the United States.

For information on 2019-nCoV prevention and treatment, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html 

Individuals experiencing symptoms that include fever, cough and difficulty breathing and who have traveled to China in the last 14 days or been in close contact with individuals who have, are encouraged to seek medical care right away and should call ahead before arriving at any health care facility.

The Texas A&M University System Office of Risk Management has announced the suspension of all undergraduate travel to China and has added China to a list of extreme risk countries. In addition, visitors from China who have been invited to the campus are being asked to postpone their travel.

University officials will communicate additional information and updates as needed.