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Coronavirus Update

Texas A&M Kingsville Updates


Updated:

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.


There are a lot of unknowns in these trying times, but what to have for lunch no longer is one of them. 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.


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 their website (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 their website 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.

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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.

Dr Hussey signature

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 programing—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.