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Updates for Fall 2020 courses, registration, distance education tuition, and safety procedures

Published on Tue 07/14/20
Dear Students:

Today, I’d like to update you on fall courses, registration, distance education tuition, and enhanced safety procedures for campus. 

As I previously wrote:
  • Colleges may make changes to time, location, and mode of delivery of courses during the next two weeks.
  • The final schedule will post Friday, July 24th and open registration begins on Monday, July 27th.

To date, we can report the following data:
  • More than 50% of course sections are now offered face to face and 63% of students have two or more courses face to face (with a remote option).
  • We are making every attempt to get all students at least one face to face course and most with two face to face courses (with every class having a remote option).
  • Because of physical distancing, classroom space is limited; only 13 classrooms are large enough to accommodate 100 or more students.
  • As a reminder, with the exception of some professional programs, no student will be required to be on campus.

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 using this COVID-19 Report Form.  
  • Additional information about COVID-19 testing and contact tracing will be released this week.

Distance Education Tuition
  • The university will not charge the additional distance education differential tuition for undergraduate students who enroll in online courses this fall despite increased costs for online delivery, enhanced safety measures for campus facilities, and improved technology for delivering courses. This results in a net savings of $8.5 million in tuition to students for the fall semester.

Enhanced Cleaning and Safety
  • For all classes, students must wear a face covering or have a documented exemption to wear a face shield. Otherwise students must attend classes remotely.
  • In most rooms on the main campus, we have increased fresh air flow into the HVAC system and decreased the amount of recirculated air.
  • Hand sanitizer stands are located at each elevator and the entrance into each building.
  • High traffic building lobbies and teaching spaces will receive an additional cleaning and disinfection.
  • Large computer labs (over 50 stations) will have a stationed porter service to clean stations between student use.

This information and additional details are provided on the Fall 2020 FAQ located here and accessible at provost.tamu.edu. Information will be updated periodically. 

I anticipate providing additional information about academic planning the week of July 27th.  

Sincerely,

Carol A. Fierke  
Provost and Executive Vice President