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Texas A&M Fall 2020 Course Frequently Asked Questions
Published on Tue 07/14/20
What is the latest information about face to face and online courses?
In the preliminary schedule, 50% of course sections are offered face-to-face and more than 60% of students have two or more courses face-to-face (with a remote option). By the time the final schedule posts, 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). This is a work in progress, but we are hopeful we will meet this goal.
While our faculty did outstanding work converting courses for remote learning very quickly in the spring, they did not have time to adequately prepare for online delivery. With additional time to prepare for the fall semester and investments in developing better online courses, we look forward to providing an outstanding slate of courses designed for online delivery.
When can students change their schedules?
All students will have the ability to make changes to their fall schedules starting on July 27
Graduate students have access to registration now, but are encouraged to hold on making registration changes until July 27 when the schedule is finalized.
What are the rules for cancelling/withdrawal and readmission?
Students are advised to delay this decision until they have an opportunity to update their fall schedule for preferred courses.
Undergraduate students wanting to cancel their fall classes prior to the start of the fall, or who withdraw from the university during the first twelve class days of the fall term would be required to apply for readmission when they want to return and would be subject to a re-evaluation of their application in accordance with the readmission policy.
Graduate students wanting to cancel their fall classes prior to the start of the fall, or who withdraw from the university during the first twelve class days of the fall term would be required to apply for readmission if they were also not enrolled in the Spring 2020 or Summer 2020, resulting in a break in enrollment of one year.
Undergraduate and Graduate Readmissions information can be found:
Are there any changes to tuition and fees for this semester?
The university has made the decision to 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.
Enhanced Safety for the Campus Community
What protective equipment and supplies will the university provide?
Teaching spaces will be equipped with portable shields for use by faculty when lecturing to provide protection for airborne droplets.
Hand sanitizer stands will be placed at entrances to every building and at each bank of elevators at every floor.
Disinfectant spray bottles and paper towels will be provided to faculty/staff for use in the library, research labs, computer labs (less than 50 stations), and all classrooms.
What changes are being made to facilities and ventilation?
Ventilation in buildings will be enhanced through increased HVAC operating time and increased number of air changes within buildings.
Elevator occupancy will be limited to a maximum of four persons.
Stairwells in all buildings will be open for use.
Individual departments will be installing plexiglass in locations they deem as necessary.
between classes have been increased to 30 minutes, with a 45-minute passing period scheduled once each day for expanded classroom cleaning.
Classrooms will be marked with ingress, egress, and seating directions.
Outdoor spaces with adequate wifi for student congregation between classes are being identified.
In the university providing enhanced cleaning services?
High-traffic building lobbies and areas will receive an additional (mid-afternoon) thorough cleaning and disinfection.
Teaching spaces will receive an additional (during 45-minute
) thorough cleaning and disinfection.
Large computer labs (over 50 stations) will have a stationed porter service to clean stations between student use.
Touch-point cleaning will be performed on door handles, water fountain buttons, elevator buttons, handrails, light switches, desk tops, arms/backs of chairs, keyboards, computer mouse, podium, faucets, stall/partition handles, toilet seats, flush handles, sink handles, grab bars, and other highly-impacted areas.
Custodians will be deployed to clean areas impacted by positive cases reported through the
TAMU Explains Changes for Upcoming School Year
(July 9, 2020)