University Housing and Residence Life

COVID-19


Texas A&M University-Kingsville (TAMUK) has announced its intent to return to a combination of in-person, remote and hybrid instruction for fall 2020. The following housing information provides guidance for students and parents as we prepare for the fall during the COVID-19 pandemic. This plan will continue to evolve based on local conditions related to COVID-19 and our response to federal and state public health guidelines and system guidance. Flexibility in operational planning will be necessary in the coming months. Requirements and procedures put in place may be changed in response to updates as the university also follows guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Texas Department of Health.

Guiding Principles

  • TAMUK will continue to provide a quality educational experience for our students through a flexible combination of in-person, remote, and hybrid instructional methods.

  • We will be ready to transition between in-person and remote instruction depending on local conditions and guidance from the Texas Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Non-instructional employees also will be ready to pivot between on-campus and remote work assignments pending developing conditions.

  • We will work with the Texas Department of Health to determine and implement processes for self-assessment, monitoring, testing and contact tracing.

  • We will enforce a campus directive to wear face coverings and social distancing to minimize the potential of COVID-19 virus spread. This applies to all classrooms, public spaces, the residence halls and common areas used by multiple people. Students, faculty, and staff should plan to provide their own face mask(s) for use although the university will have some face coverings available primarily for students.

  • Facilities (including class rooms and residence halls) and their furnishings will be adjusted.
  • We will follow best practices from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Environmental Protection Agency for cleaning and sanitizing facilities.

University Housing and Residence Life (UHRL) is committed to providing the amenities and high level of service that students residing on campus expect. UHRL will house students in its residence halls following standard assignment procedures. Room assignment requests will be made on a first-come, first-serve basis. All assigned students will receive email notifications about the check-in process for the Fall Semester, which will be by appointment only to assure conformance with social distancing requirements during the move-in process.

UHRL is also implementing a series of preventive measures to reduce exposure in response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus):

  • Extra cleaning and sanitizing of public areas is scheduled.
  • Hand sanitizer dispensers have been placed in all the halls.
  • Social distancing and face coverings are required in all housing facilities.
  • Prior to move-in all students must complete the required COVID-19 training and certification process
  • All students and university employees are to check temperature daily and self-assess for any signs or symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Face coverings are required in all university facilities.
  • Residence hall staff will receive training on public health measures, signs, and symptoms of COVID-19.
  • All events on campus will follow current State of Texas, System, University, and local public health guidelines.

Although the university requires all students with less than 30 completed semester credit hours to live on campus, a student may request an exception to the requirement if they are taking all their courses online. Refer to the UHRL website for additional information about the required residence policy and the forms needed to request an exception to the policy.  http://www.tamuk.edu/housing/undergrad.html 


In order to maintain proper social distancing during check-in and limit face to face contact, University Housing and Residence Life have arranged for a Check-In Process that permits students to check in by prior appointment only.

  • Students will receive detailed move-in instructions on December 16th
  • Students are encouraged to was their hands frequently and use hand sanitizer.
  • Move-in for all Residence Halls will be from Sunday, January 17th and Monday, January 18th by appointment only. Students should not show up for move-in outside of their designated day and time frame they have confirmed with UH&RL.
  • All residents are required to sign up for a move-in day and time in order to limit the number of people allowed to move in each hour.  Students should check their TAMUK email after December 16th for the check in link.
  • Students may only bring two helpers with them. All students and helpers are required to wear face coverings or masks.  Volunteers will be available for wayfinding/assistance in buildings only and will not be allowed to assist with move-in or handle students’ property.
  • Volunteers and staff will participate in constant wiping down of elevator buttons, door handles, and other touch points, etc.
  • Carts/Dollies will not be available for checkout, so students are encouraged to bring their own carts/dollies.
  • At Lucio Hall and Mesquite Village West we will allow 3 people to use the elevators at a time during move-in as long as they are from the same family unit/group.
  • Unscheduled early arrival will not be permitted.

All residence hall students will be expected to abide by residence hall community standards which have been designed to support a healthy living environment during the COVID-19 pandemic. They include:

  • Students will be expected to wear face coverings or masks in the residence halls except for in the privacy of their residence hall rooms and when showering and brushing teeth. All residence hall common spaces are included (i.e. kitchens, lobbies, lounges, study rooms, tutoring labs, laundry facilities, hallways, stairwells, community restrooms, etc.).
  • Students will be expected to physically distance at 6-foot intervals in all common residence hall areas.  Common area furniture has been reorganized to allow for the physical distancing requirements. Furniture may not be moved since it has been strategically placed to keep students distanced.

To mitigate the risk of spread of infectious diseases, students are strongly encouraged to take personal responsibility for the health and safety of themselves and others by complying with these physical distancing guidelines.

  • Prior to checking in to University housing, all students must sign a COVID-19 Housing Acknowledgement Form explaining the measures students are to follow.
  • A welcome packet will be provided to all residents and include a thermometer and helpful information for reducing the spread of COVID-19.
  • All students and staff must wear a face covering when in the residence halls and all other campus buildings. The resident does not need to wear a face covering when alone in their own residence hall room.
  • Social distancing must be practiced at all times (at least six feet apart; not gather in groups larger than 10 individuals; stay out of crowded places where social distancing is not possible, etc.) The number of in-room / suite visitors at one time will be limited. Guests can only be other residence hall TAMUK students. No overnight guests / visitors will be allowed. Depending on public health guidance and community spread, visitation in general may be limited or suspended as circumstances change. Immediate family members will be allowed for short term visits or to pick-up a student should they become ill.  The only exception to the visitation guidelines will be during move-in and check-out when students have others assisting them.
  • Students are encouraged to wash their hands frequently and use hand sanitizers.
  • Students are expected to check their temperature daily and self-assess for any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 (refer to form provided by UHRL). If a student feels sick or has symptoms, the student must stay in their room and immediately contact a residence hall staff member by phone for assistance, or the University Police Department (361) 593-2611 if it is an emergency. The student must put on a face covering before help arrives.
  • If a student becomes aware that they have come in close contact (within 6 ft. for 15 minutes) with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, even if they are not presenting symptoms, they must immediately contact a residence hall staff member and stay in their room until further instructions.
  • The number of in-room / suite visitors at one time will be limited. Guests can only be other residence hall TAMUK students. Overnight guests / visitors will not be allowed. Depending on public health guidance and community spread, visitation in general may be limited or suspended as circumstances change.
  • Roommates can be in closer proximity to one another. Otherwise, students must practice social distancing (stay six feet apart).
  • Common spaces will be labeled with maximum number of occupants, which will represent a reduction in the number of people allowed inside at any one time. For small study rooms and laundry rooms in some buildings, this will be one at a time.
  • At Lucio Hall and Mesquite Village West only 2 people will be allowed in elevators at a time.  During move-in we will allow 3 people as long as they are from the same family unit/group.
  • The number of in-room/suite visitors at one time will be limited. The number of students allowed to visit in a room/suite are based on the hall style and room layout:
    • Lynch Hall and Martin Hall-May only have the occupants of the room plus one guest. If you have a Private Room issued to you then you may have the one occupant of the room plus up to 2 guests.
    • Lucio Hall and Mesquite Village West-May each have one guest in their individual bedroom. There cannot be more than 2 people in the common area at one time (this includes residents and guests) unless it is in passing going and coming from the room.
  • Guests can only be other residence hall TAMUK students, you will not be allowed to host off-campus TAMUK students or non-TAMUK students.  Immediate family members will be allowed for short term visits or to pick-up a student should they become ill.  The only exception to the visitation guidelines will be during move-in and check-out when students have others assisting them.
    • No overnight guests/visitors will be allowed.
    • Depending on public health information and community spread, visitation in general may be limited or suspended.
  • Students will be expected to maintain a basic level of cleanliness in their residence hall rooms by disinfecting and sanitizing your area see helpful cleaning tips at tamuk.edu/housing/resources/CleaningGuidelines.html

Students who fail to cooperate with the community standards identified by University Housing & Residence Life may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of their residence hall contract and/or suspension from the university. Every reasonable effort will be made to gain voluntary cooperation from a student before engaging in the formal disciplinary process.


  • Residence Halls on campus will remain open for the fall semester. Hall and room assignments will be made on a first-come, first-serve basis in accordance with each hall’s room configuration. Lynch Hall and Martin Hall, house two persons per room. Lucio Hall and Mesquite Village West house one person per bedroom in suites of two or four occupants.

  • Students with compromised immune systems should discuss their individual situation with their local health provider to discuss what arrangement works best for them and consider their risk before deciding whether to return to campus or elect to take classes remotely.

  • Due to space limitations, private rooms are not assigned in advance. UHRL maintains a waiting list and students are notified in accordance with the waiting list if space becomes available after the start of the semester.

  • If the student's medical needs call for more limited physical exposure to others than will potentially occur in University housing, the student may request an exception from the requirement to live on campus, so that they may make their individual housing arrangements that best meets their health needs.

  • If a student requests a private room for health reasons, a written request with applicable documentation must be submitted to UHRL. Students are also encouraged to register with the Disability Resource Center for assistance with their needs for class accommodations


  • University Housing & Residence Life staff are required to wear face coverings when on duty or in the front offices.
  • No equipment check-out (board games, cleaning supplies, sporting equipment, cooking equipment, pool/ping pong table equipment) will occur this semester.
  • The front desk phone number will be published and utilized to reach staff members for assistance. To report maintenance you can contact the front desk by phone or report on-line at http://www.tamuk.edu/housing/resources/ReportingMaintenance.html
  • Staff will receive training on proper use of personal protective equipment and handwashing.
  • Residence hall desks will operate as normal. Desk workers will sanitize the desk areas, counter tops, pens etc. hourly.

  • Our custodial service will clean all public bathrooms twice per day with touch up cleaning as needed. Other public areas will be swept and cleaned daily, with touch up cleaning as needed.
  • High touch areas in the building will also be frequently cleaned.
  • Hand sanitizers have been placed in all buildings.
  • Students are encouraged to bring their own cleaning, sanitizing and cleaning wipes for use in their individual rooms and living area
  • Social distancing must be practiced at all times. Lobbies, study areas, public kitchen areas, will have reduced furnishings to encourage physical distancing.
  • Signs will also be posted indicating the maximum occupancy allowed for each area.
  • Plastic shields have also been installed at all front desk locations

  • Signage will be posted to promote information about physical distancing guidelines, handwashing and wearing face coverings or masks to programs.
  • We realize the importance of resources that the students will need to succeed socially and academically. The student’s safety and options to build community are very important to our staff.  We will adjust the programming provided in the residence halls to include ways for students to engage virtually and we will host smaller in-person events that will focus on community building and making connections with others while maintaining physical distancing standards—including wearing face coverings and maintaining social distancing.
  • For in person activities, all participants must sign in to indicate attendance as instructed by the event host.
  • Living on-campus will still provide many benefits to students including proximity to academic buildings, dining facilities, campus resources, a diverse environment and connections to their peers.
  • We will have our tutoring labs open limiting the number of students per hour.

For student information about returning to classes and to the residence halls on campus please visit the following link to the campus COVID FAQ page.

https://www.tamuk.edu/return/student.html