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.