Texas A&M releases Fall 2020 updates
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (KBTX) - Texas A&M University Office of the Provost announced several updates to the upcoming Fall 2020 semester. This update includes information on fall courses, face coverings and safety procedures for campus.
More than 50 percent of course sections will be offered face to face and 63 percent of students have two or more courses face to face, with a remote option available. Texas A&M Provost, Carol Fierke said in the announcement that “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 a remote option.”
The Faculty Senate approved a syllabus addendum for fall that will inform students about campus safety measures.
Face coverings must be worn entering and exiting buildings, but faculty can lecture in face shields.
Students must wear a face covering if attending face-to-face classes. Students can wear a face shield instead if they have an exemption letter. If a student refuses to wear a face covering in class, they will be asked to leave and join the class remotely. If the student does not leave the class, they will be reported to the Student Conduct office for sanctions.
The updated enhanced cleaning and safety polices include the following:
- In most rooms on the main campus, we have increased fresh air flow into the HVAC system and decreased the amount of recirculated air.
- Teaching spaces will be equipped with portable plexiglass shields for use by faculty when lecturing to provide protection for airborne droplets.
- Classrooms will be disinfected twice a day.
- 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.
- 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 and staff for use in the library, research labs, computer labs (less than 50 stations), and all classrooms.
Texas A&M has created a COVID-19 report form for students, faculty and staff who test positive for COVID-19 or who are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19. Self-reporting positive tests or symptoms is required, according to the announcement.
The university will not charge the additional distance education differential tuition for undergraduate students, resulting in a net savings of $8.5 million in tuition to students for the fall semester, according to the announcement.
The final Fall schedule will be posted Friday, July 24th and open registration begins on Monday, July 27th.
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