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How is it Spread?

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Coughing and sneezing

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Close personal contact

 
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 Not washing hands

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Touching your mouth, nose, or eyes

Prevent the Spread!

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

Do NOT touch your mouth, nose, or eyes with unwashed hands

Avoid close contact with people who are sick

Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue, throw tissue in trash

Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces

Stay home from work or school if you have fever or are not feeling well.

 

 

Symptoms

Symptoms may appear in as few as 2 days or approximately 2 weeks after exposure.

Symptoms may include:

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Fever

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Cough

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Difficulty Breathing

 

If you have symptoms, contact a healthcare provider. Current TAMIU Students can call Student Health Services at (956) 326-2236 or visit Student Center (STC) room 125.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Updated: 05/22/2020 

Things are changing. You've got questions, we've got answers. Browse our FAQ section for the latest guidance and information regarding COVID-19.

About Campus Classes and Operations

The campus is closed to the public.  Services at the University continue, practicing all CDC Guidelines on gathering and social distancing.  For students, faculty, staff  and those having legitimate reasons to be on campus,  it is recommended that phone or email contact be made first to determine the office schedule and operation. Please note that children are NOT permitted on campus at this time.

All buildings are locked with the exceptions indicated below. All office hours and services subject to change, contact specific department/office by phone or visit their respective website for updated information.

On March 31, 2020 the City of Laredo enacted a local Emergency Ordinance requiring residents to cover their nose and mouth by some form of covering. Those with authorized business on campus will only be provided with access and services if they are in compliance with the Ordinance.  For additional information, see the General COVID-19 Information tab on this page.

  1. Senator Judith Zaffirini Student Success Center is open Mon-Thurs  from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Open Friday 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.; all services available by email and phone until 5 p.m.
  2. Effective Monday, April 13, 2020, the Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library (KLM) will have a new operating schedule. Computer labs in the Library are no longer available.
  3. Dusty’s Diner will be closing for the summer after dinner Tuesday, May 5, 2020.  For the remainder of this week, GrilleWorks will be open from 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  Starting next week, Subway will join dining offerings from 10 a.m. -1:30 p.m. Starbucks hours will remain unchanged from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  4. Dr. Billy F. Cowart Hall will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Friday and from 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday.  Closed Sunday.
  5. Center for the Fine and Performing Arts will be open Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  6. The Lamar Bruni Vergara Science Center and University Police Department will be open from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday – Friday.
  7. The Student Center will be open daily from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  8. The OIT Help Desk will operate from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  9. Effective April 13, 2020, the Bookstore will be open from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Monday-Friday only. It is closed Saturday and Sunday until further notice.
  10. The Kinesiology, Wellness and Recreation Center is closed through Monday, April 6.
  11. The Lamar Bruni Vergara Planetarium will be closed through April 30.
  12. The University Learning Center will provide online tutoring services from 8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Monday – Friday.
  13. The Writing Center will offer online tutoring and supplemental instruction sessions, Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.  
  14. The SkyLab is closed.
All office hours and services subject to change, contact specific department/office or visit their respective website for updated information.

Texas A&M International University students will complete final classes of the Spring semester  in a Virtual Environment effective Monday, March 30. While the City has enacted a Stay at Home/Work Safe Order, TAMIU’s essential education mission continues as authorized by the Governor of Texas.

TAMIU President Dr. Pablo Arenaz said the change, part of the University’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, represents a shared challenge.

“The classroom that our students will join is much different. Our traditional places of exchange and growth, physical classrooms, are now the Virtual Classroom.  For the next few weeks, we will all work together to complete this semester.  TAMIU professors have worked diligently to transition their classes and be ready for our students. We know there will be challenges, but they will be shared and together we’ll rise to this challenge.  Virtual classes offer remarkable opportunities for insight and growth for us all. As I tell our University community and community at large, we are TAMIU Together and Laredo Together,” Dr. Arenaz said.

All courses offered this Summer will be delivered online in the Virtual Classroom. Registration  is now underway for TAMIU Summer, and Fall classes.
Dusty Camp and Dustdevil Transition, required for all incoming students, will be provided in a virtual format. Dusty Camp is TAMIU’s orientation for incoming first year students. Dustdevil Transition is TAMIU’s orientation for incoming transfer students. A combination of sessions will be available for all students, allowing them to interact with the incoming Class of 2024, faculty, and staff. Students can expect a mixture of educational and social activities aimed at ensuring  the best possible transition to becoming a Dustdevil. Find out all the details here.

Virtual means “being on or simulated by a computer or computer network” or “primarily occurring or existing online.”  Your TAMIU Virtual Classroom is located inside each of your classes in Blackboard, which has a variety of resources to assist you.

But virtual classes are much more than online classes. In a virtual class, you might be able to logon and listen to your professor lecture in real time -- just as if you were sitting in a campus classroom.

You might also be able to logon when most convenient and listen to a recorded lecture by your professor or other scholar.

Bottom line, you’ll be able to access your classes from wherever you have access to some sort of device (smartphone, tablet, laptop or computer) and an Internet connection.

At this time, in accordance with federal, state and local directives, TAMIU is remaining open.

You can always come to campus and use our computer labs or campus Wi-Fi. If you have the needed technology described above at home, you don’t need to come to campus for virtual offerings!

Read our Guide to Adjusting Your Study Habits During COVID-19 prepared by the University Learning Center.

We are awaiting further instruction on this from the Texas Education Agency, as well as our local school districts. Students will be contacted when that information is complete. You can learn more about Field and Clinical Experiences here. 
Dusty’s  Food Pantry has temporarily relocated to the University Village Club House and is open from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday-Friday.  To schedule an appointment, please call 956.326.3210.

Many believe that online courses cost less to offer than face-to-face courses. In fact, the costs just come from different types of services unique to each. Both face-to-face and online instruction have faculty, and academic and student support costs.

Face-to-face fees include in-person services like health, recreation, athletics, and student facilities (each covered by its respective fee). Virtual and online courses require additional support for tech infrastructure to deliver courses-- and the support staff to help faculty in conversion or delivery.

As required by current federal, state and local directives, the University is remaining open so you can still access traditional face-to-face services (the library, select campus computer labs, and tutoring, writing, and health centers). Some of these services are also being transitioned to a virtual format if you choose not to come to campus.

This past Spring, in light of the global COVID-19 Pandemic, TAMIU had to quickly convert  face-to-face classes to an online format in the new Virtual Classroom. This was the only way  to provide students the best opportunity to complete their semester, earn their grade and continue or complete their degree without interruption. It was a challenge that students and faculty, administration and staff met together. 

For this Maymester and all Summer Sessions, classes continue online. TAMIU students join students across the state, nation and world in doing the same thing – learning in a virtual, online environment.

Some believe online courses cost less to offer than face-to-face courses. In fact, the costs just come from different types of services unique to each. Both face-to-face and online instruction have faculty, and academic and student support costs.

Face-to-face fees include in-person services like health, recreation, athletics, and student facilities (each covered by its respective fee). Virtual and online courses require additional support for technology infrastructure to deliver courses-- and the support staff to help faculty in conversion or delivery.

We are currently planning for a face-to-face Fall, if determined to be possible.

Our total commitment to provide TAMIU students with the safest, most accessible and success-focused experience continues.

The  Virtual Classroom experience is indeed a change from the traditional classroom setting, but students have found that if they continue to take an active and responsible role in their journey here they will continue to succeed.

All registered students can virtually contact Student Health Services or call the office. However, to ensure your safety and the safety of those around you, you must schedule an appointment prior to your arrival.  Unfortunately, we are unable to see walk-ins at this time.  Students who do not have a scheduled appointment will not be admitted to Student Health.  Please call 956.326.2235 to schedule an appointment or speak with a Registered Nurse.  For additional information, visit the Office of Student Health website.  You can also contact the City of Laredo 24-hour Hotline at 956.795.4954. More information is available under the tabs below:  General COVID-19 Information and Monitoring Your Health.

Members of the TAMIU community seeking help with stress now have an online ally at their fingertips: Therapy Assistance Online (TAO). It’s open to all actively enrolled students and employees too. Use your University email and login to TAO.

You’ll be redirected to login with your current University credentials (University email and password). Employees must use the enrollment key: Wellness19-20 (case sensitive/no spaces). Students do not need an enrollment key.

After logging in, you’ll complete an approximately 5-minute wellness survey and then will have access to all available assistance modules and a mindfulness library.  Additional services will be added online as available.

Read our dedicated COVID-19 Self-Care Packet, produced by TAMIU Student Counseling and Disability Services for Students.

The Lone Star Conference has cancelled all competition for the remainder of the Spring season.

The decision was reached by the LSC Council of Presidents with the health, safety and wellness of student-athletes, coaches, administrators, athletic staffs and fans as the top priority. 

The announcement aligns with the recent NCAA decision to cancel all Spring championship events due to the evolving COVID-19 public health threat.

In a video message to Class of 2020 candidates Friday, April 17, 2020, TAMIU president Dr. Pablo Arenaz announced the University’s plans to honor Spring and Summer candidates for graduation in Commencement Exercises tentatively scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020 at the Sames Auto Arena. Find out more.

The Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library is closed to the public. Only TAMIU faculty, staff and students may enter the building with their current TAMIU ID. The current Library hours, subject to change, are Monday, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Library is closed on weekends. Physical access to the Library is limited to the first-floor Circulation Desk.  All other Library Services remain available virtually and online.  Full information on services and resources available can be found here.

What are the University Learning Center Hours and Services?

The University Learning Center will provide online tutoring and online SI for the rest of the semester via Blackboard Collaborate. We have adapted our services to meet your needs via virtual sessions. Online services are Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. No weekend hours are available. To sign-up for online tutoring, go to the TAMIU Net Check In app or visit our website. Include your name, phone number, and email for instructions to connect with a tutor. If your class has Supplemental instruction sessions, check Blackboard messages for more information on online sessions and schedules. In compliance with CDC gathering and social distancing standards, we will no longer provide our space for independent study or computer use. If you need access to a computer, the SKYLAB will be open. If you need to acquire internet access, Spectrum is offering free 60 day service to students. Please contact Spectrum directly and request information on the “free Spectrum broadband and WIFI access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription at any service level up to 100 Mbps.” Please note that all ULC hours and services are subject to change.

What are the Writing Center Hours and Services?

The  Writing Center will offer online assistance for all tutoring and supplemental instruction sessions.  Students will submit their essay using a form, providing contact information and general assignment specifications.  It will be assigned to a writing for feedback and guidance using the Word comment feature. The writing consultant will return the essay and an attendance verification form through email. Students should use their @dusty.tamiu.edu email account.   Any online submission sent after 3 p.m. on Fridays may not receive a response until the following Monday. For supplemental instruction sessions, students will be utilizing Blackboard Collaborate to participate in virtual SI sessions facilitated by their SI leader. For students in an SI course, please check your emails for details from your SI leader. In order to comply with the CDC guidelines regarding gathering and social distancing, no more than 10 people will be allowed in the Writing Center. The Writing Center will no longer offer its space for independent study and computer use. If you need to have access to a computer, the SKYLAB will be open.  Effective March 30, 2020 the Writing Center will  be open Monday – Thursday  from  8 a.m. – 8 p.m. and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays. No weekend hours.  All online assistance will occur during these hours. Students should call or email the Writing Center in advance at 956.326.2884 or  email writingcenter@tamiu.edu. Please note that all Center hours and services are subject to change.

What about the Advising and Mentor Center’s Hours and Services?

The Advising and Mentoring Center will provide online advising and mentoring for the rest of the semester via Blackboard Collaborate to all freshmen and sophomores and MDS students in  virtual sessions. Advising services are available Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 5:00 pm.  To sign-up for online advising, use the Calendly appointment scheduler at the bottom of our webpage to schedule an appointment with your assigned advisor (named at the top of your DegreeWorks).   Mentor meetings remain as scheduled.  Your mentor will contact you by email with details on the use of Blackboard Collaborate for your regularly scheduled meeting. Face to face services  will not be provided in our offices in compliance with CDC gathering and distancing guidelines. Please note that all Center hours and services are subject to change.

What about Service-Learning?

Decisions about service-learning courses will be made with the faculty in a case-by-case course scenario. Faculty will contact the students with more specific instructions by March 30, 2020 or soon thereafter.  For more, visit our website. Please note that Service-Learning  hours and services are subject to change.

How will the Testing Center Operate?

The Testing Center will be open Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00p.m.  Services will be limited to all exams previously scheduled. We will be serving online classes and open for students needing to use our facility. We must comply with CDC gathering and social distancing guidelines of only 10 examinees at any given time for online proctoring for TAMIU students that require Examity (first-come, first-served). Assistance is available by phone at 956.326.2131 or  thetestingcenter@tamiu.edu. Please note that the Center’s hours and services are subject to change.

What about the TRiO SSS program?

Beginning March 20, 2020, TRiO SSS will assist students in the following areas through  online assistance (Blackboard Collaborate) for all tutoring/ coaching scheduled in students’ contracts. 

 To comply with CDC, TAMIU, And the City of Laredo guidelines groups of 10 or less people, only full-time staff will be in the TRiO Office.  Thus, to ensure we are able to meet these guidelines, TRiO will no longer offer its space for independent study and computer use. Computer labs are available in SkyLab, Killam Library and Pellegrino Labs with applicable CDC guidelines for gathering and social distancing.   If you need to acquire internet access,  Spectrum is offering free 60 day service to students.   TRiO is accessible as an organization on Blackboard for all TRiO staff and students. TRiO hours are Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., but hours and services are subject to change.

Starting Monday March 30, 2020, all student organizations may start holding meetings, educational activities, etc. in a VIRTUAL environment. At this time, student organizations may not hold any event that is in-person. This includes fundraisers. No fundraisers may be held that involve food and all fundraisers must be held in a virtual format. All fundraisers must be approved by SOLE. As a reminder, all student organization travel is still suspended until further notice. This is done to ensure the safety of all TAMIU students. For more information, visit the Office of Student Orientation, Leadership and Engagement for office hours, meeting alternatives and more.

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Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

The virus is thought to spread mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It also may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. Learn what is known about the spread of newly emerged coronaviruses from the CDC website transmission page.

According to the CDC, self-monitoring means people should monitor themselves for fever by taking their temperatures twice a day and remain alert for cough or difficulty breathing. If you feel feverish or develop measured fever, cough, or difficulty breathing during the self-monitoring period, you should self-isolate, limit contact with others, and seek advice by telephone from a healthcare provider. TAMU students may call (956) 326-2235. For after-hours contact/inquiries, call the City of Laredo Health Department COVID-19 24-Hour Hotline at (956) 795-4954.

To download the CDC Check and Report Every Day (CARE) Booklet which helps you understand how to self-monitor your health and how to check your symptoms daily visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/COVID-19_CAREKit_ENG.pdf
If you are not experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 and are asked to self-isolate after returning from a country listed on the CDC’s COVID-19 travel advisories page as Level 3, you should stay off campus and remain home.

Do not go to campus including work, residence halls and apartments, classes, athletic events or other social gatherings until 14 days after leaving the Level 3 country in question. Likewise, avoid public places and gatherings in the community.

Please follow these guidelines for self-isolation:

Report any symptoms of COVID-19 immediately to your medical provider – preferably by calling to get advice and instructions. TAMIU students may call (956) 458-8300. For after-hours contact/inquiries, contact the City of Laredo, COVID-19 24-Hour Hotline at (956) 795-4954.

Stay in your room or apartment. Do not go to work, classes, athletic events, or other social or religious gatherings until 14 days after leaving the Level 3 country.

Limit contact as much as possible. This also means limiting close contact with others including persons living in your residence.

Wash your hands with soap and water, or use alcohol-based hand rubs after coughing or sneezing or throwing a used tissue in the garbage.

Avoid sharing household items. Do not share drinking glasses, towels, eating utensils, bedding, or any other items until you are no longer asked to self-isolate.

Keep your surroundings clean. While the virus is not spread very well from contact with soiled household surfaces, try to clean surfaces that you share with others, such as door knobs, telephones, and bathroom surfaces (or any other object that you sneeze or cough on), with a standard household disinfectant wipe. Wash your hands after cleaning the area.

Monitor yourself for symptoms at least daily including measuring your temperature. Any symptoms of COVID-19 should be reported to your physician. To download the CDC Check and Report Every Day (CARE) Booklet which helps you understand how to self-monitor your health and how to check your symptoms daily visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/COVID-19_CAREKit_ENG.pdf

Cover coughs and sneezes with your upper sleeve or a tissue. Never cough in the direction of someone else.

Patients with COVID‑19 have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness. Symptoms can include:

  1. Fever
  2. Cough
  3. Shortness of Breath

At this time, CDC believes that symptoms of COVID‑19 may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. This is based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of MERS coronaviruses.

There is no specific vaccine or antiviral treatment to protect against COVID-19. People with mild COVID-19 symptoms may experience symptom relief from supportive care measures such as rest and over-the-counter medications for fever and cough. For severe cases, treatment should include care to support vital organ functions. The best way to prevent infection is to take everyday preventive actions, like avoiding close contact with people who are sick and washing your hands often.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) has been recorded in Laredo, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. The Centers for Disease control posts reports of confirmed cases regularly.

Stay educated on the disease by reading the CDC website. Take care of yourself by doing the following:

  1. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
  2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  3. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  4. Stay home when you are sick.
  5. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  6. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

On March 31, 2020 the City of Laredo enacted a local Emergency Ordinance requiring residents to cover their nose and mouth by some form of covering such as a homemade mask, scarf, bandana, or handkerchief, when: entering into or inside of any building open to the public; when using public transportation, taxis, or ride shares; or when pumping gas. This does not apply when a person is: engaging in a permissible outside physical activity; riding in a personal vehicle; alone in a separate single space; that are with their own shelter group (household members); when doing so poses a greater health, safety or security risk; or for consumption purposes. The penalty for a violation of this section shall be a Class C misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000.   The University expects all to comply with the City Ordinance.  Those with authorized business on campus will only be provided with access and services if they are in compliance with the Ordinance.

The CDC provides additional recommendation regarding the use of cloth face coverings that complements the President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America, 30 Days to Slow the Spread.

A summary of the CDC’s guidelines follows:

Wear disposable gloves (e.g. nitrile or latex) when cleaning and disinfecting surfaces. Disposable gloves are single-use and should be discarded after each cleaning. If disposable gloves are not available, and reusable gloves (e.g. dishwashing gloves) are used instead, those gloves should be dedicated for cleaning and disinfection of surfaces for COVID-19 and should not be used for other purposes. Consult the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning and disinfection of products used. Wash hands with soap and waterimmediately after gloves are removed.

If surfaces are dirty, they should be cleaned using a detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

Focus on disinfecting other commonly touched surfaces such as keyboards/mouse, touchscreens, furniture (e.g. desk chair arms), coffee pot and refrigerator handles, etc.

For disinfection, diluted household bleach solutions, alcohol solutions with at least 70 percent alcohol, and most common EPA-registered household disinfectants should be effective.

Diluted household bleach solutions can be used if appropriate for the surface. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.
Prepare a bleach solution by mixing:

  1. 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water, or
  2. 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water, or
  3. 1-part bleach with 9 parts water

A list of products with EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens claims, maintained by the American Chemistry Council Center for Biocide Chemistries (CBC), is available on the Novel Coronavirus Fighting Products list. Products with EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens claims are expected to be effective against SARS-CoV2. based on data for harder to kill viruses. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products (e.g., concentration, application method and contact time, etc.)

For porous surfaces such as carpeted floor, rugs, and drapes, remove visible contamination if present and clean with appropriate cleaners indicated for use on these surfaces. After cleaning:

  1. Launder items as appropriate in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. If possible, launder items using the warmest appropriate water setting for the items and dry items completely, or
  2. Use products with the EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens claims that are suitable for porous surfaces.
For specific information about pets and COVID-19, visit the COVID-19 and Animals section of the CDC COVID-19 FAQ

Effective 5.21.20, the Governor of Texas has terminated travel restrictions in place for entering Texas through various U.S. ariports, known as Executive Order GA-20.  Please see Executive Order  GA-24 as it relates to the Governor’s strategic plan to Open Texas in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As per The Texas A&M University System’s guidance, all students, faculty and staff  need to continue to report all personal international travel as part of our response to protect the University community we serve.  We thank you in advance for your cooperation.  Please complete the online form.  All A&M System employees, including TAMIU employees, are reminded that prior System guidance regarding travel remains in effect. No international travel is permitted  unless it is directly critical to the ongoing international efforts to deal with COVID-19 or waiver is granted by the President or Agency Head. No domestic travel is permitted unless deemed mission critical.  All travel must be approved by University/agency central administration in advance.

If you have traveled internationally you should stay home  (self-isolate) for a period of 14 days from the time you left your international destination.  You should continue to be vigilant about monitoring yourself for fever and lower respiratory symptoms such as cough and shortness of breath. However, not all affected individuals will exhibit all symptoms, and if you have any symptoms at all, call a healthcare provider or Student Health Services at 956.326.2235 if you are a student. Please call in advance of your planned visit.


Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Avoid sharing food, beverages, and utensils. Avoid close contact with those who may be ill. Stay home when you are sick or have flu symptoms. Cover cough/sneeze with a tissue or cough/sneeze into your elbow. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects or surfaces. Get your annual flu shot.

We recommend you also follow all CDC and State guidelines and City of Laredo ordinances.

TAMIU has augmented its cleaning of facilities, using hospital-grade disinfectant on surfaces and supplementing its regular cleaning schedule and staff. We are in ongoing communication with the CDC, State Department, our Texas A&M University System and the City of Laredo Health Department regarding any additional precautions or actions that should be considered.
TAMIU has an online form submitted by all students, faculty, and staff traveling from or through any country that is designated as a Level 2 or 3 by CDC for COVID-19 in order to register their travel. These individuals are also required to self-isolate upon returning from those countries for up to 21 days before returning to campus.

Residence Life is taking proactive steps to reduce exposure within each of the TAMIU residential communities. These efforts include:

The Office of Housing and Residence Life has installed hand sanitizer dispensers at every entrance of the Residential Learning Community and is installing exterior dispensers around University Village. Dispensers are currently found in the clubhouses of both communities. Additionally, the Housekeeping team is responsible for disinfecting all door handles throughout the communities twice a day with disinfectant spray. “Please wash your hands” signs are being put into the community restrooms.

Additionally, the Office of Housing and Residence Life has created posters that share best practices for good personal hygiene.

If a COVID-19 virus is confirmed, then the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) protocols will be followed. Those who have had close contact with the patient will be contacted and monitored by the City of Laredo Health Department. TAMIU will fully support that effort.

  1. If you are feeling ill, make an appointment with your healthcare provider. Students can make an appointment at Student Health Services by visiting the website or by calling (956) 326-2235.
  2. Please do not show up at a clinic, urgent care or other healthcare facility without calling first. Your provider may need to take special measures to protect other people in the clinic. Telemedicine may also be available, enabling you to consult a provider from home.
  3. Do not go to an emergency room. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs.
  4. Practice social distancing. Stay indoors and avoid contact with others, just as you would with the flu. Those with contagious diseases should stay home from work or school until they are well. People with fever, cough and respiratory issues should seek immediate medical attention.

It is important to remember that this is cold and flu season, and regardless of an individual’s travel history, coughs and other upper-respiratory symptoms are much more likely to be signs of a bad cold or seasonal influenza than the new coronavirus. You can protect yourself in the same ways you would normally do to avoid getting sick:

  1. Clean your hands, and remind others to do the same. Wash your hands for 20 seconds frequently and thoroughly with soap and warm water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  2. Don’t share towels. Use paper towels after washing your hands, or use a cloth towel that isn’t shared with anyone else.
  3. Clean common surfaces. Use a standard household disinfectant, and wash your hands after cleaning the area.
  4. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  5. Stay home when you are sick and avoid close contact with those who are sick.

While self-isolation is considered a University Excused Absence, students are encouraged to keep up with any class activities that can be completed away from campus, especially if they have no or mild symptoms. However, you are required to stay away from campus during your self-isolation period. If you attempt to attend class sessions in person during your isolation period, your instructor will temporarily remove you from class.

To keep up with your classes and other on-campus activities, we recommend you take the following actions as soon as your self-isolation begins:

  1. If you have traveled to or through a location designated as a Level 2 or 3 by CDC for COVID-19, provide your information through the Travel Reporting Portal. Maintain a copy of your travel reporting confirmation email along with related records of your travel (transportation itineraries, boarding passes, etc.).
  2. Contact your instructors to let them know that you will not be able to participate in any on-campus course activities. Ask about opportunities to access course materials and assignments electronically so you can work from your isolation location.
  3. Graduate student guidance:
    1. If you are defending your thesis or dissertation, please contact your committee chair and/or academic advisor to reschedule or discuss possible alternatives.
    2. If you are taking preliminary, qualifying, or comprehensive departmental exams, contact your committee to reschedule or discuss possible alternatives.
  4. Undergraduate students should contact their academic advisor, graduate students should contact their committee chair and/or academic advisor, and all students should check Howdy to make sure you don’t miss any deadlines related to pre-registration, degree plans, etc.
  5. If you are employed, contact your employer to explain that you are self-isolating and identify the date when you can return to work or inquire about opportunities to work from your isolation location. If you are a graduate assistant, contact your department chair or supervisor so that arrangements can be made to fulfill your duties in your absence.
  6. If you experience barriers to accessing online course materials (poor/no internet access, lack of appropriate technology, etc.), contact your college dean’s office.
  7. If you need support for self-care (counseling, health services, emergency aid, etc.) or access to items and facilities for daily living (medicine, groceries, laundry, personal hygiene products, etc.) contact Student Assistance Services.
  8. If you experience symptoms of COVID 19, contact Student Health Services at (956) 326-2235 (8:00am-5pm Mon-Fri ) closed daily from 12 pm - 1 pm.

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Past Updates

Updated: 05/08/2020

Office of the President

Dear University Community,

Today is a bittersweet day for all of us. We should be readying for our favorite time of the year: Commencement Exercises.

We should be bracing for the last-minute arrangement of caps, tassels and gowns… and the reassuring pat on the back that signals the candidate for graduation can take the stage. Provost Mitchell and I should be greeting each candidate and congratulating them on their achievements and success as your family and faculty watch with admiration. Regrettably, those moments have been delayed…for the time being.

Candidates for graduation of the 50th Anniversary Class, I want you to know that we are proud of each and every one of you. You are testaments to our legacy and mission. You have a bright future ahead of you. You will continue to Go Beyond and you WILL impact our community, region and State. I have a special video message for all of you here.

Let’s not dwell on our unexpected delay and look forward instead to the future when we will come together, TAMIU Together, celebrating your achievements Aug. 13, 2020 at the Sames Auto Arena. It will be a grand day indeed!

I continue to encourage all students to seek out opportunities for assistance from the TAMIU CARES program. Details and links to application forms are available here. Funding consideration will be provided to qualified, enrolled students for this Spring, Summer and Fall semesters for as long as funding is available.

Registration for Maymester, Summer and Fall 2020 is underway. You can still make an appointment with your advisor over the phone or remotely. All classes for Maymester and Summer will be delivered online in the Virtual Classroom. Here’s more on Summer fee reductions and ongoing services.

I ask that you please continue to keep medical professionals, first responders, caregivers, service providers and others on the front lines of this global health challenge in your hearts.

This is National Nurses Week and we’re especially proud of the efforts of Dr. F. M. Canseco School of Nursing graduates who are leading responses here and across the nation. Learn more about alumni on the front lines at our TAMIU Together website.

Again, our best wishes to all Spring Candidates for graduation. You have indeed risen to the challenge and moved beyond.

We are TAMIU Together.

Be Safe. Be Well.

Pablo Arenaz, Ph.D.

President

Updated: 04/30/2020

Office of the President

Dear University Community,

Finals are underway as we begin the end of our Spring Semester of Challenges. I want to commend everyone: TAMIU students, faculty and staff on your combined resilience and resolve in completing this historic semester. So much has changed, but through it all you have maintained your focus and your commitment to our shared mission. I wish you all the very best on your exams. Your successful semester completion is but days away.

This week, we’re proud to announce that TAMIU’s School of Engineering is now home to two new degrees approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board: a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering. Details are below, but we are excited to bring these programs to Laredo and know they will make for some very bright futures here and beyond.

As we all move through our shared response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we likely have opportunities to help others, to share the burden, to encourage hope. One such remarkable effort has been that undertaken by Dr. Tariq Tashtoush and our Engineering students. Together, they have designed and created a supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) including masks, shields and aerosol boxes for Laredo and Webb County Fire Departments and three local hospitals. This is an outstanding example of how we are TAMIU Together and Laredo Together. My thanks to these students and Dr. Tashtoush for truly showing how we continue to Go Beyond.

I continue to encourage all currently enrolled students to seek out opportunities for assistance from the TAMIU CARES program announced last week. Details and links to application forms are available here. Funding consideration will be provided to qualified, enrolled students for this Spring, Summer and Fall semesters for as long as funding is available.

Registration for Maymester, Summer and Fall 2020 is underway. You can still make an appointment with your advisor over the phone or remotely. Please be reminded all courses for Maymester and Summer will be delivered online in the Virtual Classroom. Here’s more on Summer fee reductions and ongoing services.

Students, the TAMIU Bookstore has extended the non-return charge window by 15 days to Tuesday, May 5, 2020. This means there will be no charges to your collateral credit card within 15 days from your due date. You can return your rentals in-store or ship them to the Bookstore using the free return shipping label sent to your student email address by the Bookstore. Print your shipping label, and drop off the package at a FedEx Ground location. For more, call 956.326.2080 or go online.

I ask that you please continue to keep medical professionals, first responders, caregivers, service providers and others on the front lines of this global health challenge in your hearts.

Better yet, share your thanks with them with this editable PDF for use on your preferred platforms…or print and post in your home or auto windows.

Again, my best wishes to all and congratulations on completing this semester. You have risen to the challenge and moved beyond.

We are TAMIU Together.

Be Safe. Be Well.

Pablo Arenaz, Ph.D.

President

Updated: 04/23/2020

Office of the President

Dear University Community,

This completes the fourth week in our Virtual Classroom transition and brings the end of the semester closer than ever. We continue to adjust to meet the needs of our TAMIU community of students, faculty and staff in our ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Students, please note that your Credit-No Credit Grading Option closes today Thursday, April 23, 2020…which is also the last day to withdraw from classes. This decision is yours and yours alone, so please review your options carefully.

Spring Final Exams are scheduled Wednesday, April 29 to Tuesday, May 5. See the online Final Exam Schedule for details. I wish you all the success you deserve. Study hard!

There’s a broad range of online resources and services available to the TAMIU community. I’m also especially proud of the ways that TAMIU faculty have transitioned to our Virtual Classroom to provide students with bold and innovative class experiences this semester.

Registration for Maymester, Summer and Fall 2020 is underway. You can still make an appointment with your advisor over the phone or remotely. Please be reminded all courses for Maymester and Summer will be delivered online in the Virtual Classroom. Read more on Summer fee reductions and ongoing services below.

Some great news recently from U.S. News and World Report: its 2020 Edition of the popular Best Colleges guide ranks TAMIU as the second highest-ranked Texas public university in the Best Regional Universities West category and the highest-ranked regional campus of the Texas A&M University System. Hats off to all who make this honor real and possible every day.

We anticipate that were will soon be changes to the City’s guidance on masking. Please check our dedicated COVID-19 response website for the most recent updates. Thanks for your positive response to our TAMIU Together website. It provides insight and guidance as we move forward together to our campus,’ city’s, state’s and country’s recovery. We’re updating this shared journey regularly. Kudos to our Office of Public Relations Web Team and student intern Edelmiro Santos that led this effort.

Please continue to keep medical professionals, first responders, caregivers, service providers and others on the front lines of this global health challenge in your hearts. You can share your thanks with them with this editable PDF for use on your preferred platforms…or print and post in your home or auto windows.

You can share your thanks with them with this editable PDF for use on your preferred platforms…or print and post in your home or auto windows.

We are TAMIU Together.

Be Safe. Be Well.

Pablo Arenaz, Ph.D.

President

Updated: 04/16/2020

Office of the President

Dear University Community,

This completes the third week in our Virtual Classroom and brings the end of the semester closer than ever. Our response to the COVID-19 pandemic remains flexible and we are continually adjusting to meet the needs of our TAMIU community of students, faculty and staff.

This week, we were alerted by Texas Senator John Cornyn’s office that TAMIU is the recipient of  $9.5  million in CARES Act relief funding. The CARES Act, (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act), provides campus-based aid waivers, supplemental educational opportunity grants for emergency aid, institutional refunds and federal student loan flexibility and temporary relief for federal student loan borrowers, among other components.

We’re enormously appreciative of Senator Cornyn, Congressman Henry Cuellar (’82) and the entire Texas delegation for their quick initial response to this historic emergency. Half of the  initial allocation will provide assistance directly to students.

As we’ve moved through this Spring of Challenge, I am impressed with the broad range of online resources and services that are available to the TAMIU community. Take a look here.

I’m equally excited about the efforts of our student philanthropists, who through the TAMIU Student Philanthropy Council have decided to donate 2020 Class Giving Campaign funds to help support students facing unforeseen financial difficulties.  THAT’s the Dustdevil spirit! 

Registration for Maymester, Summer and Fall 2020 is underway.  You can make an appointment with your advisor over the phone or remotely. Please be reminded all Maymester and Summer courses will be delivered online in the Virtual Classroom. 

This week, new hours for the Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library began.  Please review the new operating schedule.

Students, please bear in mind the Credit-No Credit Grading Option  selection closes Thursday, April 23, 2020…which is also the last day to withdraw from the University.

Today, I want to introduce all to a new website dedicated to TAMIU Together. It’s a way of affirming that our Dustdevil community is together today and together always. We’re students, we’re faculty, we’re staff. We’re alumni and we’re community members and partners.  And, simply put, we’re together. This site will provide insight and guidance as we move forward together towards our campus,’ city’s, state’s and country’s recovery.  Check back often for updates.

Please  continue to keep medical professionals, first responders, caregivers, service providers and others on the front lines of this global health challenge in your hearts. Share your thanks with them with this editable PDF that you  can share across platforms, print or post in your home or auto windows.

We are TAMIU Together.

Be Safe. Be Well.

Pablo Arenaz, Ph.D.

President

Updated: 04/09/2020

Office of the President

Dear University Community,

This completes our second week in our Virtual Classroom and brings the end of the semester within three weeks of completion.

Our response to the COVID-19 pandemic remains flexible and we are adjusting to meet the needs of our TAMIU community of students, faculty and staff.

This week, Provost Mitchell provided undergraduate students with details of our Credit-No Credit Grading Option which can be selected by students for the Spring semester only. Please review your selection carefully and make sure that your decision includes feedback from your advisor. The last day to select your option is Thursday, April 23, 2020…also the last day to withdraw from the University.

Registration for summer and Fall 2020 opened Monday. Registration dates are here. You can also make an appointment with your advisor over the phone or remotely. The University has decided that all courses offered this Summer, including Maymester, will be delivered online in the Virtual Classroom.

If you’re a parent with children at home, you’ll appreciate the dedicated efforts of our College of Education students who have created a broad spectrum of bilingual virtual-learning ideas you can use, complete with videos. Check out their impressive efforts here.

As most are aware, many TAMIU offices and services are working remotely, which can impact full phone capability. If your call isn’t immediately answered remotely, please leave a voicemail message or email the office as instructed so that a response to you can be forthcoming.

With the fluid nature of the COVID-19 response, the City of Laredo has adjusted its Emergency Ordinance. Please visit the City’s dedicated website to keep yourself abreast of these changes. As you know, citations can be issued and fines assessed.

I want to strongly ask that for this Easter holiday, we continue to respect social distancing and gathering restrictions that follow CDC and City of Laredo guidelines and directives.

While we all traditionally gather with friends and family to share the blessings of this special day, with today's reality we must instead remain at a distance…respecting the guidelines that continue to frame our shared response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please defer from the usual gatherings and festivities that mark this holiday...so that we may all one day share again in these holidays and more in the future.

Our offices will close on Friday, 10 April, 2020 at noon for the Easter holiday and reopen Monday, 13 April at 8 a.m. The Library will close all day Friday and begin a new operating schedule Monday.

Visit and bookmark our dedicated COVID-19 Response website for updates and information as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 Pandemic together.

 Please continue to keep medical professionals, first responders, caregivers and others on the front lines of this global health challenge in your hearts.

We are TAMIU Together.

Be Safe. Be Well.

Pablo Arenaz, Ph.D.

President

Dear Dustdevil Family,

Texas A&M International University has learned that an employee at our University has tested positive for the novel coronavirus-COVID-19. The individual has not been on campus since March 25, 2020, but employees in the impacted department(s) may be contacted by the City of Laredo Health Department (CLHD) and asked to self-monitor, take their temperature twice daily, and if ill, stay home.

The CLHD recommends that all students and employees adhere to the principle of social distancing and good hygiene. If you are experiencing mild flu-like symptoms, please stay home and treat these symptoms as you would any other flu/cold-like illness. If symptoms become unmanageable, call your medical provider, or if symptoms worsen, call 911.

Questions should be directed to the City of Laredo Health Department’s 24/7 COVID-19 hotline at (956) 795-4954. We appreciate your cooperation during this time. We are a strong community and we will continue to support and care for each other. We are TAMIU Together.

Additional information is available on the TAMIU COVID-19 dedicated webpage.

Updated: 04/03/2020

Office of the President

Dear Dustdevil Faculty, Staff, and Students,

It saddens me to inform you that a member of our Dustdevil family has tested positive for COVID-19. In an abundance of caution, employees in the impacted department(s) may be notified by the City of Laredo Health Department.

Although this is not the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Webb County, it is the first confirmed case of COVID-19 at Texas A&M International University. I understand that this announcement will cause concern, and I want to assure you that we will continue working closely with the City of Laredo Health Department, following all recommendations. Since the national COVID-19 outbreak began, all buildings and high-volume touchpoints on campus have been and will continue to be cleaned and disinfected on a regular basis. Privacy laws prevent us from releasing more specific information publicly.

 We continue to work with department supervisors to limit the number of employees on campus. Once again, CDC recommends, and I urge you to follow, these preventative measures to stop the spread of germs, including those associated with COVID-19:

  1. Avoid close contact with people who are sick;
  2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands; Avoid shaking hands;
  3. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
  4. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol;
  5. Do not come to work when you are sick;
  6. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and discard used tissues; and
  7. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleanser.

If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms (fever, coughing, shortness of breath), please contact your medical provider. Faculty and staff should notify Environmental Health and Safety at safety@tamiu.edu or at (956) 326-2194, if they test positive for COVID-19, and students should inform Student Health Services at studenthealth@tamiu.edu or at (956) 326-2235, so the University can take appropriate steps to prevent the spread of illness.

The safety of all Dustdevils and our larger community remains our top priority. Please join me in extending our thoughts and prayers to our fellow Dustdevil and their family as they face this challenge head on. Continue to take care of yourselves, your families, and your fellow Dustdevils. Together, we will get through these difficult times. We are TAMIU Together.

Pablo Arenaz, Ph.D.

President

Updated: 04/02/2020

Office of the President

Dear University Community,

This first week of our Virtual Classroom is drawing to an end and we have been impressed by your combined resilience and commitment in these challenging times. Some student experiences are shared below.

With a week’s time, we’ve shifted from classroom to online and have seen a nearly seamless transition. I was able to view some our faculty’s class deliveries and was truly impressed. At the end of this week, we will have three weeks remaining in the semester. Let’s move forward together.

Our campus is a much different place these days. Here’s a video message for all from here that shows why we’re TAMIU Together . Please share with your colleagues, friends and family to remind them that our shared journey moves forward.

 We will begin registration for summer and Fall 2020 Monday, April 6, 2020. Registration dates are here. You can also make an appointment with your advisor over the phone or remotely.

 This week, a number of difficult decisions were made that we feel best position students for success. As was shared yesterday, we will offer undergraduate students a credit/non-credit grading option for this Spring. We will extend the drop date to Thursday, April 23, also the last date for students to select the credit/non-credit grading option.

Semester finals will be delivered online on the day and times originally scheduled for their delivery.

The University has decided that all courses offered this Summer, including Maymester, will be delivered online in the Virtual Classroom. The ongoing COVD-19 pandemic makes it increasingly unlikely that we will be able to return to face-to-face classes until the Fall semester.

You are probably aware that the City has issued a new Emergency Ordinance to curb the spread of COVID-19. Briefly, a curfew is implemented for all residents from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. unless those that work at these times have proof of this from their employer. A mask requirement is also in place that requires you to have mouth/nose covered when entering a building. Additional details at link above.

While the campus is closed to the general public, services here at the University continue, respective of CDC Guidelines on gathering and social distancing. For students, faculty, staff or others having legitimate reasons to be on campus, it is always advised that offices be contacted in advance. Some will have essential staffing only, and others may be closed. Reach out by phone or visit websites first for revised schedules or service changes. Hours and access are always subject to change.

Visit and bookmark our dedicated COVID-19 Response website for updates and information on often daily adjustments and changes as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 Pandemic.

In closing, always monitor your health and those you love carefully. Keep medical professionals, first responders and care givers on the front lines of this global health challenge in your hearts and thoughts.

We all share great anxiety these days, but let’s strive to be known for the compassion we can give and the kindnesses we can share every day.

We are TAMIU Together.

Be Safe. Be Well.

Pablo Arenaz, Ph.D.

President

Office of the President

Dear University Community,

The world and classroom that we return to Monday, March 30 is much different.  While the City will enact a Stay at Home/Work Safe Order at 12:01 a.m., Saturday, March 28, 2020, TAMIU’s mission will continue.  As the City of Laredo and County of Webb are aware, the University’s higher education mission moves forward, authorized as an essential service by the Governor of Texas.  While offices are operating remotely and with reduced staffing, the University’s essential services to students, faculty and staff continue.

As we are well aware, the global COVID-19 Pandemic has impacted all aspects of our lives.  Here at TAMIU, it has moved our traditional places of exchange and growth, the physical classroom, into the Virtual Classroom.  For the next four weeks, we will all work together to complete this semester.  You can now attend class from the comfort of your home.  TAMIU professors are eager to meet you online and finish this semester with you. All have dedicated themselves this week to transitioning coursework with OIT to be ready for you.

I know there will be challenges. We will share them.  And rest assured, the challenges we are facing are the same being shared at institutions across the state and the country. As always, we are passionately committed to your success.  Some students  have shared their disappointment about this sudden move away from face-to-face learning.  We understand this, but hope you will soon realize that the Virtual Classroom, while markedly different, does offer remarkable opportunities to expand both the teaching and learning experience.  

The University is remaining as flexible as possible throughout this crisis so that we may be of better service to our University community.  As you may have heard, in order to help our housing residence students and their family who have indicated they would prefer to return home at this time, we have launched a plan for qualified campus housing students to receive a waiver of their outstanding housing or meal plan balances, or a refund pro-rated for April and May. Details are here.

While the campus is closed to the general public, services here at the University will continue, respective of CDC Guidelines on gathering and social distancing. For students, faculty, staff or others having legitimate reasons to be on campus,  it is always advised that offices be contacted in advance. Some will have essential staffing only,  and others may be closed.  It is best to reach out by phone or visit websites first for revised schedules or service changes.  Some services will transition to online options.  The Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library has revised its operating hours and services in order to comply with CDC Guidelines. See those here.  Hours and access are always subject to change.

Those wanting to access Student Health Services here on campus must contact those offices by phone at 956.326.2235 in advance to schedule an appointment and visit.  Walk-Ins are not permitted.

For the remainder of this week, through Friday, March 27, University buildings with the exception of Bullock Hall will be open from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.  The Student Center will be open from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. This weekend,  March 28 – 29, all buildings will be locked with the exception of the Student Center, open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

For the week of March 30 and moving forward, most TAMIU buildings will be locked.  Exceptions are the Zaffirini Student Success Center, Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library, Cowart Hall and Fine and Performing Arts from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday-Friday.  The Lamar Bruni Vergara Science Center and University Police Department will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday and the Student Center from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

I strongly encourage you to visit and bookmark our dedicated COVID-19 Response website for updates and information on often daily adjustments and changes as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 Pandemic. Here’s a COVID-19 Self-Care Packet available there. 

We will begin registration for summer and fall 2020 on Monday, April 6, 2020.
Please visit our registration page for assigned registration dates. You can also make an appointment with your advisor over the phone or remotely.

In closing, I urge all of you to monitor your health and that of those you love carefully.  Please hold in your hearts and thoughts the medical professionals, first responders and care givers who are on front lines of this global health challenge.  In this time of great anxiety, let us all be known for the compassion we give and share and the kindnesses we practice daily. 

Indeed, we live in times of great challenge and change… but we are TAMIU Together… and so we will rise to this challenge together.

Be Safe. Be Well.

Pablo Arenaz, Ph.D.

President

Office of the President

Dear Students,

As we continue to adapt to the daily challenges of an ongoing COVID-19 response, we want to help students and parents face these challenges. Students living on campus who wish to move out of campus housing and join their families will now be eligible for a housing waiver of their outstanding housing or meal plan balances, or a refund pro-rated for April and May.

While we remain fully committed to keeping TAMIU housing open for those students wishing to remain on campus to continue their education virtually (online), we realize that some students and their families may feel it best to bring their student home for the remainder of the semester. We understand this and offer this proactive program to assist students and their families during this difficult time.

Rest assured, we’ll continue to keep both University residences: University Village and the Residential Learning Center, open for those choosing to remain on campus -- and provide a range of services and support required for student success. For those wishing to move out, options will be available depending upon their status.

By April 1, students wishing to move out of campus housing must submit a Mobile Move Out Form to be eligible for a waiver of their prorated April and May outstanding housing/meal plan balances, or a refund as of the later of their April 1 or later move out date scheduled with TAMIU’s Office of Housing and Residence Life. To be eligible for this, students must fill out the Mobile Move Out Form and properly vacate the premises.

Students who have paid in full for housing and meal plans for the semester will be issued a pro-rated refund. This refund will be less any outstanding University balances (such as book loans, emergency loans, Title IV return and others). Electronic refunds will be issued starting on Fridays, generally within two weeks after move out. Student recipients of Pell Grant or other Title IV programs who withdraw from all classes are advised they may be required by federal law to return a portion of these federal funds.

For those students who have not paid in full, their outstanding housing and meal plan balances, excluding any past due balances, will be waived by the University as of April 1 or the day of move-out, whichever is later. Additional information is being shared directly with current residents.

We are living in challenging times and I am glad that we are able to provide this opportunity to students and their families. Information on the program will be forthcoming from the TAMIU Office of Housing and Residence Life directly to current residents. Other South Texas institutions in the Texas A&M University System are offering similar opportunities.

To our campus residents who may be departing, we wish you and yours all the best and truly look forward to welcoming you back to TAMIU this coming Fall semester. Be Safe. Be Well.

Pablo Arenaz, Ph.D.

President

From The Office of Governor Greg Abbott

Updated: 03/20/2020

This memo will provide additional guidance on the continued operation of your institution of higher education in light of the Governor’s Executive Order Number GA 08 issued on March 19, 2020. Educating future generations is a crucial feature of any society, second only to ensuring public safety. In the executive order, institutions of higher education are directed to operate in accordance with Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines. As described in the text of the order, the state is following guidance from the CDC to slow the spread of COVID-19 to the greatest extent practicable. Please continuously monitor the CDC’s Interim Guidance for Administrators of US Institutions of Higher Education for any updates. Texas’ institutions of higher education have already taken on this responsibility and acted swiftly in responding to this unique crisis. The work your institutions have already done is admirable and for that we are grateful.

Please click here to read the rest of Governor Greg Abbott's memo.

 Office of Texas Governor

Greg Abbott

Message President Arenaz

COVID-19 Update For Students 3-19-20

Updated: 03/19/2020

Dear Dustdevil Family,

This semester, Dustdevil Nation and our world have been dealt a blow, prompting some tough decisions. And so, there will be some changes. We must and will reimagine higher education for the immediate future.

Your classroom is now a Virtual Environment and our campus now is as close as the palm of your hand. Your TAMIU faculty and staff are by your side and we’re all ready to help. Together, we will rise to the challenge.

While the COVID-19 Pandemic continues, our situation remains fluid and so we must be flexible. Everything is subject to change, and we will adjust as needed within guidelines defined by authorities.

Currently, here’s what will happen Monday, March 30, 2020 (This may change):

  • Online classes resume Monday, March 23, 2020
  • All face-to-face classes resume Monday, March 30 in a Virtual Environment
  • Our Virtual Environment will provide a variety of ways to connect and advance your class learning with innovative teaching and delivery
  • Some classes and labs may require face-to-face interaction and will follow approved social distancing guidelines and CDC standards for group size limits
  • OIT Support will continue to be available
  • All Student Services will continue to be available
  • Food Services will continue to be available with modified operations
  • Housing on campus remains open to residents only
  • Cowart and Killam Library Computer Labs will be available
  • For students with Internet access challenges, a free program is available ( see attached)
  • The campus will follow all limitations on the size of public gatherings and meet social distancing requirements
  • If you’re a student worker or employee, additional information is forthcoming on your work assignment.
  • Students returning from domestic and international travel must follow guidance (below).
Domestic Travel Guidance: International Travel Guidance:
  • Given ongoing developments in COVID-19 transmission in recent days, any faculty, staff or students returning from international travel from any country (including cruises) AND through any U.S. airport must self-isolate for 14 days before physically returning to TAMIU. This policy is effective immediately.
May Commencement: This saddens us all, but we regret that in light of the restrictions on gatherings by the White House, CDC, state and local government, we must postpone May Commencement Exercises. We share your disappointment and wish this were not the case. We look forward to celebrating your accomplishment and commitment in the future.

 

Moving Forward:

In closing, please follow all guidance from the City of Laredo, state government, the CDC and the White House Coronavirus Task Force regarding all aspects of the response to this pandemic. Any news, updates or additional resources will be posted on our dedicated COVID-19 website at: https://www.tamiu.edu/coronavirus/index.shtml

As I indicated at the beginning of this letter, we are indeed facing a formidable challenge – but the semester is two-thirds of the way done and our commitment to your completion remains steadfast.

Like our higher education counterparts across the state, nation and world, we will move boldly into the Virtual Environment. You can expect the same commitment and energy from your TAMIU faculty and staff that have always hallmarked your programs. We’re in this together.

With Dustdevil commitment and energy, I know that together we will rise to this challenge. Together, Dustdevils will finish stronger.

Be Well. Stay Well.

Pablo Arenaz, Ph.D.

President

MESSAGE PRESIDENT ARENAZ

Updated: 03/16/2020

TAMIU’s International Travelers Clearing Customs at 13 Airports Should Self-Isolate for 14-Days Before Returning to Campus

Dear University Community,

As you are likely aware, new United States government travel restrictions are routing travelers from Europe and other Level 3 countries through a specific set of 13 US arrival airports.

With increased health screening upon arrival at these airports, which are now experiencing long delays and large volumes of traffic clearing customs and health screening, any international traveler arriving at these airports (see below) – be it coming from a Level 3 or other country – from Saturday March 14 onward will have an increased chance of exposure than other travelers.

Therefore, any Texas A&M International University faculty, staff and students returning from international travel on or after March 14 and arriving in-country to clear customs at the Boston (BOS), Miami (MIA), New York City (JFK), Chicago (ORD), San Francisco (SFO), Seattle (SEA), Los Angeles (LAX), Atlanta (ATL), Honolulu (HNL), Newark (EWR), Dallas (DFW), Detroit (DTW) or Washington, D.C. (IAD) international airports should consider themselves as having returned from a Level 3 COVID-19 location and self-isolate for 14 days after their arrival before returning to campus. Self-isolation guidance is listed in the Frequently Asked Questions section of this web site.  More information is available on the CDC Care Guide.

Domestic travelers through all airports and international travelers from non-level 3 countries arriving at airports other than those listed are required only to self-monitor at this time. Self-monitoring guidance is listed in the  Frequently Asked Questions section of this web site and on the CDC Care Guide.

Only international travel should be recorded on the TAMIU Traveling Form. Faculty and staff are advised that this should be entered as  Emergency Leave, subject to verification by TAMIU Human Resources.

Thank you for all that you are doing to help keep both TAMIU and our community safe.

Be Well,

Pablo Arenaz, Ph.D.

President

Message from Chancellor Sharp

Updated: 03/13/2020

Dear TAMIU Community,

I wanted personally to reach out to our students, faculty and staff during this difficult time. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to pose significant challenges and is likely to remain a concern for the next several weeks.

Please click here for the rest of Chancellor Sharp's update on the Texas A&M System's Response to COVID-19 spread.

Sincerely,

John Sharp

Chancellor

Message from President Arenaz

Updated: 03/12/2020

Dear TAMIU Community,

Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) will join 11 other Texas A&M University System campuses in suspending face-to-face classes for an additional week after Spring Break so that TAMIU faculty and staff can prepare for a possible transition to online course delivery. The extension is being taken as part of an A&M System-wide response to the COVID-19 ("Coronavirus") pandemic.

In accordance with guidance from our System, we are acting out of an abundance of caution. The planned Spring Break from March 16 – 20 will be extended for students only to include the week of March 23 – 27. During that week, University faculty and staff will be dedicated to training for online course delivery, with possible deployment determined upon further assessment and guidance. TAMIU classes will return Monday, March 30.

The campus will be open and student housing will be in service as will on-campus food service.

The campus will operate during normal business hours. All student and academic support services will continue to operate, including the Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library, Student Health Services, Counseling Services and all business operations. Faculty and staff will observe their normal schedules.

It is recommended that TAMIU students remain at home or in University housing during this extended period and continue any planned coursework or research papers for their courses. They should continue to exercise ongoing precautions consistent with best practices recommended by health officials. This includes frequent handwashing, social distancing and staying at home if ill.

We will continue to monitor the developing situation and are in constant coordination and communication with the Laredo Health Department, and the Texas A&M University System, the Centers for Disease Control and the State Department.

Additional information will be posted here regularly.

Be well,

Dr. Pablo Arenaz

President

Dear University Community,

As all of you are aware, our country and world are gripped with concerns about the global pandemic of COVID-19 (“Coronavirus”).

While no cases have been reported in Laredo, on our campus or in Webb County, we must all proceed with an abundance of caution.  In partnership with the Texas A&M University System, we have instituted guidelines suspending  foreign travel for students, faculty and staff. 

Here on campus, we have also augmented our cleaning of facilities, using hospital-grade disinfectant and supplementing our regular cleaning schedule and staff.  The campus is in ongoing communication with the CDC, State Department, the Texas A&M University System and the City of Laredo Health Department. 

This dedicated web site will remain your go-to TAMIU resource for any news and information about COVID-19.  Please read through for important health information, including voluntary reporting forms for all personal international travel, health information and insight.  It will be updated regularly. Please bookmark and visit often. 

In closing, let’s be responsible and keep ourselves calm and well-informed. All things done well are done best with the help of others… something all members of the Dustdevil community truly excel at. 

Dr. Pablo Arenaz

President

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has made its way into the state of Texas. Maintaining awareness and vigilance is crucial as the number of outbreak cases reported in our nation grows. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has a dedicated section with up-to-date information regarding the virus. 

Community is an integral part of our university and city. As responsible members of this community, we must take precaution-- not just for our sake, but for others as well. Since there is no current vaccine for the novel Coronavirus, staying informed is critical for preventing the spread of this illness.

 

Dr. Pablo Arenaz

President

Dear Dustdevil Community Members,

We are all aware of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in China and its rapid spread across the globe.  While there are relatively few cases in the United States and Texas is considered at low risk, we should all maintain awareness and vigilance.

Fortunately, there are reputable resources available to all of us and I encourage your use of them. These websites are listed below.  Visit them regularly for the most current information.

Again, Texas is a low risk.  Let’s keep our awareness high. 

 

Dr. Pablo Arenaz

President