Published on Tue 08/25/20
Welcome back to campus! Please remember that our ability to teach classes face-to-face depends on minimizing COVID-19 on campus. We absolutely need your help.
If you have symptoms, get exposed, or are diagnosed with COVID-19, please immediately go to tx.ag/covidreport so that we can keep you and our community safe. Our operations center will initiate contact tracing, so please answer or return their phone calls.
As students have returned, we are seeing an increase in COVID-19 diagnoses in this population and in the community. Texas A&M understands the importance of COVID-19 testing and the critical nature of sharing data with the Aggieland community. The COVID-19 dashboard is available here for public access and will be updated weekly, though data are being monitored daily by our health experts and administration. Information to date is as expected with thousands of students returning to the Bryan-College Station region and campus. As you review the dashboard, please carefully review each graph’s footnotes to notate what is included in each, as data may vary from county or state information on a given day.
I meet regularly with university representatives to review the dashboard data and other metrics in order to make recommendations to the President and the System about University operations. We also work closely with Dr. Seth Sullivan of the Brazos County Health District and are monitoring the current situation very carefully.
We want our Aggie community to be safe. Each one of us can easily help and effectively minimize the spread of infection by wearing face coverings, physical distancing, staying home when sick, quarantining when exposed, assisting with contact tracing, and getting tested. Thank you for doing your part both inside the classroom and out. Your help is essential if we are to continue teaching classes face-to-face.
Please remember that information about COVID-19 can be found on the central COVID-19 page accessible from the university’s central web page.
Other important information:
- Canvas users should read this note about Canvas course access. Help Desk Central is available 24/7 to assist you with your IT questions both through chat or by calling (979) 845-8300.
- Please refrain from gathering in groups without physical distancing both inside of our buildings and outside, as this has been shown to increase the spread of the virus. This week, you will see new tents going up to provide shelter, shade, and WiFi in between classes. Tables and chairs will follow.
- We’ve identified classrooms for you to use as study space with appropriate physical distancing. Please click here and scroll to “Study Rooms (Open Access).” Additionally, visit keeplearning for additional information.
- If you are remote and need a copy of your Aggie ID for an upcoming exam, log in to Howdy and click on the My Profile tile. In the top right corner you will see your Aggie Card photo, full name, and UIN. You can screenshot this display for your phone, save it as a pdf, or print it.
- The add/drop deadline has been extended to 5 p.m. on Friday, August 28, to allow you additional flexibility with making changes to your schedule for in-person and/or remote classes.
- Our thoughts are with our Sea Aggies in Galveston who have evacuated their campus given the unpredictability of Tropical Storm Laura. Students in Galveston will have until 5 p.m. on Monday, August 31, to make changes to their schedule and will be remote the rest of this week.
Your character counts now more than ever. Respect is an Aggie core value and the Aggie Honor Code reminds us that Aggies do not lie, cheat, or steal, or tolerate those who do. Selfless service means engaging with each other safely, wearing your face coverings, and physical distancing so that we can continue operating with face-to-face classes and an on-campus experience.
Carol A. Fierke
Provost & Executive Vice President