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Fall 2020 Plans: Quick Reference

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General Updates

  • Classroom instruction will begin on Wednesday, August 19, and will conclude on Tuesday, November 24. November 25 is designated as a Reading Day, and there will be no classes on November 26 and 27 in observation of the Thanksgiving break. The campus and all services will remain open after Thanksgiving break with final exams taking place on December 1-7. Refer to the Academic Calendar for additional semester deadlines. 
  • For the fall 2020 registration and scheduling information, please refer to the University Registrar.
  • TAMU-CC Case Counts can be found on the Fall 2020: Campus Plans.

 Returning to Campus

  • A Faculty and Staff Return to Campus Guide provides information related to workplace expectations, wellbeing, and health and safety guidance.
  • Per Texas A&M University System, all employees are required to complete two TrainTraq courses before returning to work on campus (regular worksite). This requirement also applies to employees who have continued to work onsite. Courses are also available in Spanish.
    • “Protocol and Certification for System Member Employees” (course 2114130)
    • “Safe Practices for Returning to the Office During the COVID-19 Pandemic” (course 2114131).
  • Remember to pick up your TAMU-CC face covering and personal disinfectant bottle from the SandDollar$ Office Monday through Friday 8 AM-2:30 PM. You will need your SandDollar$ for pick up. 
  • For Human Resource information including time off, benefits, and resources for managers, visit http://hr.tamucc.edu/coronavirus/index.html.

 Reporting COVID-19, Testing, and Contact Tracing

  • Students, faculty, and staff who test positive for COVID-19 or who are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 are required to self-report through the TAMU-CC COVID-19 Report Form.
  • With support from the A&M Health Science Center and our Student Health Center, we have a plan for testing and contact tracing. Priority is given to students and employees without health insurance that are exhibiting symptoms or have knowingly come into contact with someone that has tested positive. For more information, visit https://www.tamucc.edu/-2020/health-and-safety/.
    • As a part of the contact tracing program, the student will be notified of potential exposure. The guidance will be that the student would need to self-monitor and self-quarantine for 14 days. Faculty have been given instructions by their Deans to allow for flexibility in the attendance policy for any student that needs to self-quarantine. For non-lab courses, as long as the student followed proper protocol (face mask, socially distant) and was not in close contact (less than 6 feet for at least 15 minutes), the student can just self-monitor and return to class.

Campus Safety Measures

  • To this day, Facilities has installed 55 additional hand sanitizer stations and 211 plexiglass shields across campus and in classrooms with more installs planned over the next couple of weeks.  

Classroom Configurations

  • Over 70 classrooms and laboratories were assessed for face-to-face course/lab delivery. The average capacity for classrooms will be 40% to maintain social distancing of 6 feet between faculty and students. Maximum room capacity will be posted inside and outside of classrooms.
  • In some stadium seating classrooms, there will be less than 6 feet of distance between rows, so plexiglass was installed directly in front of the student’s seat to mitigate risks.
  • The Office of the Registrar created Classroom Diagrams and Capacities
  • Outdoor spaces with adequate Wi-Fi can be identified on the interactive campus map.

 Distance Education Fee

  • Fees will be the same as the original instructional method as designated before July 1. If your course had an instructional method change as of July 1st, no additional distance education fees will be assessed. The Business Office is currently working to correct any of these charges.

 

COVID-19 Temporary Amendment to Syllabus

Below is sample text that can be included in the syllabi.

Campus Safety Measures

To promote public safety and protect students, faculty, and staff during the coronavirus pandemic, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has adopted policies and practices for the Fall 2020 academic term to limit virus transmission. Students must observe the following practices while participating in face-to-face courses and course-related activities (office hours, help sessions, transitioning to and between classes, study spaces, academic services, etc.):

  • Self-monitoring—Students should follow CDC recommendations for self-monitoring. Students who have a fever or exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 should participate in class remotely and should not participate in face-to-face instruction.
  • Face Coverings—Face coverings (cloth face covering, surgical mask, etc.) must be properly worn in all non-private spaces including classrooms, teaching laboratories, common spaces such as lobbies and hallways, public study spaces, libraries, academic resource, and support offices, and outdoor spaces where 6 feet of physical distancing is difficult to reliably maintain. Description of face coverings and additional guidance are provided in the Face Covering policy and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) available on the Fall 2020: Plans for Campus website.
  • Physical Distancing—Physical distancing must be maintained between students, instructors, and others in the course and course-related activities.
  • To attend a face-to-face class, students must wear a face covering (or a face shield if they have an exemption letter). If a student refuses to wear a face covering, the instructor should ask the student to leave and join the class remotely.

 

Absences - COVID-19 Impact on Attendance [insert with your attendance policy]

While attendance is expected as outlined above, it is important for all of us to be mindful of the health and safety of everyone in our community, especially given the concerns about COVID-19. Please contact me if you are unable to attend class because you are ill or unable to attend class due to a related issue. It is important that you communicate with me prior to being absent so that I may make a decision about accommodating your request to be excused from class.

If you are experiencing cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, or any of the other possible symptoms of COVID-19, please seek medical attention from the Student Health Center (361) 825-2601 or your health care provider. If you have questions about what actions to take due to symptoms or potential exposure, contact…If you have received positive test results, please report it to TAMU-CC COVID-19 Report Form. While attendance is an important part of succeeding in this class, your own health (and those of others in the community) is more important.

 

Class Recordings

Synchronous (live) sessions in this course will be recorded for students to refer to throughout the semester. Class recordings are reserved for use only by students in this class for educational purposes. The recordings should not be shared outside of class or outside of Blackboard. Failing to follow this restriction is a violation of the TAMU-CC Student Code of Conduct and could lead to disciplinary action.