Frequently Asked Questions

STUDENTS  |  FACULTY  | STAFF

 

STUDENTS


All students are required to complete a mandatory training module on safe conduct regarding exposure to viruses. Not completing the training will result in a hold imposed by the Dean of Students Office.


Classes will be up to 10% in-person and up to 20% hybrid (remote and in-person) and 70 percent online. (As announced so far, but subject to change and updates.) On-campus courses will be in a block schedule where students stay in one room while faculty cycle in and out, and rooms will be frequently cleaned and sanitized.


Faculty will be given special protective equipment for face-to-face instruction; students will receive temperature scans before classroom entry and social distancing guidelines will be observed.


When on campus, always wear a face mask or covering except when alone in a study or testing room, avoid handshaking and mass gatherings and stay at least 6 feet from others. The University will support proper hygiene practice through enhanced cleaning and sanitation efforts.


Information Technology Services (ITS) will provide laptops and/or portable hotspot devices for students who lack the equipment or internet connectivity to engage in remote learning. Cameras will also be installed in 10 classrooms and five labs to help students who cannot come to campus feel like they are in the classroom.


The University will have a small COVID-19 testing site on campus in Portable Building 101b. All who get tested on campus will be required to self-quarantine until their test results are confirmed.


Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms, use a self-screening tool for assessment and consider getting tested immediately, if symptomatic. Do not come to campus, notify the Dean of Students, and complete the COVID-19 Report Form.


Student services and resources will be available with adjustments to promote health and safety, and to observe social distancing. A full list of services and adjustment is available on the Student Services page.


Housing will be available, with rooms configured for no more than two students sharing a common vanity area, and with separate sinks, restrooms, and showers. A special isolation section comprising six beds will be available for residents who need to self-quarantine due to exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, COVID-19 exposure or testing positive for COVID-19.


No. The University is not a covered entity subject to HIPAA. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) protects the privacy of the information submitted through the self-reporting tool by currently enrolled University students, while the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects the confidentiality of the information submitted by University employees.

FACULTY


All faculty members are required to complete a mandatory training module on safe conduct regarding exposure to viruses. Failure to do so will result in disciplinary action.


Classes will be up to 10% in-person and up to 20% hybrid (remote and in-person) and 70 percent online. On-campus courses will be in a block schedule where students stay in one room while faculty cycle in and out, and rooms will be frequently cleaned and sanitized.


Faculty will be given special protective equipment for face-to-face instruction; students will receive temperature scans before classroom entry and social distancing guidelines will be observed.


Face shields and Plexiglas shields on rolling stands will be available for faculty conducting face-to-face courses. Classrooms will be arranged with capacity limits to adhere to social distancing, and students will be required to wear face coverings and take temperature scans upon entrance.


When on campus, always wear a face mask or covering except when alone in a study or testing room, avoid handshaking and mass gatherings and stay at least 6 feet from others. The University will support proper hygiene practice through enhanced cleaning and sanitation efforts.


Information Technology Services (ITS) will provide laptops and/or portable hotspot devices for students who lack the equipment or internet connectivity to engage in remote learning. Cameras will also be installed in 10 classrooms and five labs to help students who cannot come to campus feel like they are in the classroom.


The University will have a small COVID-19 testing site on campus in Portable Building 101b. All who get tested on campus will be required to self-quarantine until their test results are confirmed.


Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms, use a self-screening tool for assessment and consider getting tested immediately, if symptomatic. Do not come to campus, notify the Risk Manager, and complete the COVID-19 Report Form.


If a student discloses exposure or suspected exposure: 
If in person or on campus – 1) Ask the student to immediately leave campus, 2) encourage the student to consult with their medical provider and 3) immediately notify the Dean of Students, Jo Anna Benavides-Franke, at dos@tamusa.edu or (210) 784-1354, and complete the COVID-19 Report Form through the designated web portal

If by phone or email – Contact the Risk Manager, Rita Arredondo, at Rita.Arredondo@tamusa.edu or (210) 784-2028. 


Public Health & Safety Assistants will be stationed near your classroom; weekly emails with COVID-19 and support/service updates will be distributed; students will be required to conduct self-certification prior to coming to campus; and virtual workshops for chairs and managers will be available throughout the semester. The dedicated microsite, tamusa.edu/community-safety-TOGETHER, will include the latest updates, guidance and resources, such as points of contact, FAQs, policies and a self-certification tool.


No. The University is not a covered entity subject to HIPAA. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) protects the privacy of the information submitted through the self-reporting tool by currently enrolled University students, while the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects the confidentiality of the information submitted by University employees.

STAFF


All employees are required to complete a mandatory training module on safe conduct regarding exposure to viruses. Failure to do so will result in disciplinary action.


Human Resources (HR) will continue to support employees through the oversight and implementation of alternate work location policies. They will adopt flexible sick leave policies so that employees stay home when sick or when known COVID-19 exposure has occurred. Managers may allow employees accommodation to continue working remotely due to high-risk factors after discussions with HR.


Disinfectants will be provided to employees to wipe down keyboards, phones, desks, and other items. Breakroom use should adhere to social distancing protocols, and the use of shared office supplies is discouraged. Facilities Services can be asked to help map out social distancing plans, such as floor markings, to mark waiting areas, directional flow, etc.


To promote social distancing, elevator occupancy will be limited to two persons, room capacity will be posted outside all rooms, large meeting rooms and other group event spaces will have limited usage, throughways will be marked with “stay right” directions and both indoor and outdoor seating and lounge areas will be limited to one person in most cases.


When on campus, always wear a face mask or covering except when alone in a study or testing room, avoid handshaking and mass gatherings and stay at least 6 feet from others. The University will support proper hygiene practice through enhanced cleaning and sanitation efforts.


The University is recruiting Public Health & Safety Assistants to provide various services, including distributing self-monitoring checklists, distributing face masks if individuals arrive on campus without their own, performing touchless temperature scans and reminding students, staff and faculty to adhere to social distancing guidelines.


The University will have a small COVID-19 testing site on campus in Portable Building 101b. All who get tested on campus will be required to self-quarantine until their test results are confirmed.


Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms, use a self-screening tool for assessment and consider getting tested immediately, if symptomatic. Do not come to campus, notify the Risk Manager, and complete the COVID-19 Report Form.


Instruct the person to go home immediately (or stay home) and complete the COVID-19 Report Form; tell the person that the information provided through the COVID-19 Report Form will be used by the Institution to provide them with information and resources and potentially to initiate contact tracing; and do not disclose any medical information about individuals outside of the COVID-19 Report Form.


Public Health & Safety Assistants will be stationed around campus to assist with safety operations; weekly emails with COVID-19 and support/service updates will be distributed; individuals will be required to conduct self-certification prior to coming to campus; and virtual workshops for chairs and managers will be available throughout the semester. The dedicated microsite, tamusa.edu/community-safety-TOGETHER, will include the latest updates, guidance and resources, such as points of contact, FAQs, policies and a self-certification tool.


No. The University is not a covered entity subject to HIPAA. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) protects the privacy of the information submitted through the self-reporting tool by currently enrolled University students, while the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects the confidentiality of the information submitted by University employees.


Yes. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has advised that, during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act permit employers to ask employees who report feeling ill at work, or who call in sick, questions about their symptoms to determine if they have or may have COVID-19. Additionally, an employer can send home an employee with COVID-19 or symptoms associated with it.