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TAMIU On-Campus Testing
Last updated: 11/20/20
For a comprehensive week-by-week breakdown, please visit our COVID TESTING DASHBOARD.

The University will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday Nov. 26 - 29, 2020. Testing results will not be posted Friday, Nov. 27, 2020.

Posting of on-campus COVID-19 testing results resumes Friday, Dec. 4, 2020.

Information on COVID-19 Testing Sites throughout Laredo is here. 
Date Total Tested Positive Negative Inconclusive Estimated Recovered Positivity Rate* Laredo Positivity Rate
Cumulative Totals 4259 72 4140 47 58 1.69% 17.51%

*The Positivity Rate is the percentage of positive test results to the total number of tests conducted at TAMIU.

Fall 2020 will bring certain challenges and require innovation from all TAMIU students, faculty, staff and administrators.

This TAMIU Back Together Plan is the product of five committees formed by President Arenaz that included faculty, staff, students and administrators. Their recommendations, along with guidance from The Texas A&M University System, guides our safe return to campus this Fall. Our goal has always been to create an environment that is as safe as possible for all our community members, while ensuring our mission – excellence in learning, teaching, and scholarship – continues.

We all need to take personal responsibility to respect and follow the guidelines and restrictions that now affect our daily lives. This University is no different from any other campus or community entity responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Each of us must resolve to do our part to help and protect not only ourselves, but others as well.

Below are details of our TAMIU Back Together Plan for Fall.

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  • All faculty and staff must complete a mandatory COVID-19 safety-training course in TrainTraq and sign a certification form before returning to work. You will not be allowed on campus until you complete the training. For staff, the certification must have been completed by June 1. For faculty, training will be available beginning Friday, July 31 and must be completed by Thursday, August 13.
  • All students must complete a mandatory COVID-19 safety-training course and sign a certification form before they can return to campus. Training will be available in Blackboard approximately one week before the beginning of the Fall Semester.
  • All members of the University community (faculty, staff and students) will be asked to self-certify prior to returning to campus each day that they:
    • have not been determined to be actively infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19,
    • do not have a fever, cough, or other symptoms of COVID-19 as listed on the CDC’s website,
    • have not been in close contact with anyone known or suspected to have tested positive for COVID-19 in the previous 14 days, and
    • have not returned from travel or traveled in or through an area with federal, state or local travel restrictions that mandate quarantine upon arrival home in the previous 14 days.
  • If you are sick or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, you should NOT come to work or school.
  • Students who test positive or believe they have been exposed should follow the Student Health Services process for reporting and/or consultation
  • All faculty, staff, students, and visitors must practice social distancing, wear face coverings, and frequently wash their hands while on campus. It is highly recommended you also carry a personal bottle of hand sanitizer.
  • Wearing a face-covering is mandatory and required in all campus buildings and outdoors. Face-coverings must cover both the mouth and the nose. Exceptions are:
    • When you are alone in a private office, however, you will need to put your face covering on any time someone enters your office;
    • When eating or drinking while practicing social distancing, including in campus dining facilities;
    • For students, when alone or with a roommate in an assigned dorm room;
    • When an alternative such as a face shield has been approved as part of the Americans with Disabilities or religious observance accommodation.
  • Community members are required to wear a face-covering while on campus. This is required in all campus buildings and outdoors.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available across campus, and disinfectant (spray and/or wipes) will be available in each office and classrooms.
  • Water fountains will be turned off, but those fountains with bottle fill stations will remain functional.
  • High-traffic work stations/areas will have the added protection of plexiglass shields.
  • Air handlers in all buildings have been refitted with higher efficiency filters.
  • We are working with the Texas A&M University System to develop a strategy for testing select members of the University community, including some surveillance testing and testing of those who may have been exposed or exhibiting symptoms. The Texas A&M University System is providing a limited number of test kits to each institution for students and employees. Instructions for accessing testing will be announced in early August.
  • We are working with the Laredo Health Department to conduct our own internal contact tracing for TAMIU community members who test positive for COVID-19. All information provided to our contact tracers will follow public health privacy requirements.
  • Only two people will be allowed in an elevator at a time and there will be a limit on the number of people who can use restrooms at one time.
  • Campus signage will reinforce current CDC guidelines, including social distancing.

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  • The Fall 2020 semester will begin Monday, August 24. Instruction will end Wednesday November 25, the day before Thanksgiving. It is expected that most students will remain away from campus for the remainder of the semester. Final exams will be given online beginning Tuesday, December 1.
  • Each learning space/classroom has been assessed for maximum capacity in accordance with the current COVID-19 CDC guidelines for social distancing, and furniture has either been blocked off or otherwise marked as unavailable to ensure adherence to the new capacity. Classes will only be assigned to rooms where social distancing can be maintained.
  • Face coverings will be required for students and faculty in all classrooms.
  • For most courses, students will have the option of choosing to attend in-person or remotely (online).
  • There will be four modes of delivery for classes:
    • In-Person or Face to Face (F2F): These are courses where at least some essential material can be acquired only through in-person attendance. Students enrolled in a fully F2F class will attend class on campus during regularly scheduled class meetings. Fewer than 2% of our classes will require F2F for every scheduled class meeting.
    • Online Classes: Classes developed and designed so that students can attend class online. Students who are enrolled in fully online courses must adhere to the participation expectations outlined in the course syllabus. Just under 18% of courses for the Fall are fully online.
    • Hybrid Classes: A class that has both an in-person and a remote learning component, with the frequency of in-person meetings determined by instructional needs. Students enrolled in hybrid classes attend scheduled in-person meetings and adhere to online participation expectations established by the instructor of the course. Just under 2% of Fall courses are hybrid.
    • TAMIUFlex Classes: As with Hybrid classes, students in TAMIUFlex classes attend class meetings when they are scheduled to attend. When they are not scheduled to attend their classes on campus, they will be able to watch lectures in synchronous, live transmission at its scheduled meeting time. Should that not be possible, students can view the recording of the class meeting in Blackboard when it is made available by the instructor. At 46%, TAMIUFlex is the largest mode of delivery this Fall.
  • In face to face, hybrid and TAMIUFlex courses, lectures will be streamed and recorded to allow students who become ill or who need to self-isolate to keep up with the class.
  • Should reduced room capacities require it, a course may have to be changed from one mode of delivery to another (e.g., from in-person to TAMIUFlex or hybrid). This decision will be made by the Dean of the College or School on the recommendation of the department chair. Such changes will be made before August 1, and the instructor and all students enrolled in an affected course will be notified. Students will be given the opportunity to make schedule changes after consulting with their advisors.
  • In-person, hybrid, TAMIUFlex and online courses are assessed the same tuition and fees.
  • Every course will have an instructional continuity plan should we be forced to modify delivery mode because of COVID-19 or in the event of instructor illness.

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  • Before beginning classes, all students are required to view a brief and crucial online training found on Blackboard regarding health and safety for our Dustdevil community.
  • Student Health Service will be open during normal hours. However, you will need to make an appointment; Walk-ins will not be seen unless it is an emergency.
  • Student Counseling will be open during normal hours. However, you will need to make an appointment; only emergency walk-ins will be seen.
  • At this time, the Rec Center is planning to open with limited access in the Fall.
  • Library will be open with reduced hours and seating will be limited to foster social distancing. Study rooms will not be available.

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  • Student employees should work with their supervisor to determine their work location.
  • We encourage supervisors and employees to work together to find solutions to address any current or future concerns.

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  • Residents must wear face-coverings when in common areas of the Village and the RLC.
  • Residents coming from an international destination will be required to quarantine for 14 days in their dorm and should plan accordingly.
  • Guests will not be allowed in on-campus housing until further notice.
  • Rooms in each community have been designated as quarantine units.
  • Furniture has been removed or blocked off to promote social distancing practices.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be provided at every hallway entrance and in the clubhouses and offices.
  • Facilities:
    • Swimming pools are closed until further notice.
    • Common areas including offices, computer labs, laundry rooms, game rooms, study rooms, kitchens, grills, and pool areas will be disinfected throughout the day.
    • Sanitizing wipe stations will be in specific areas such as computer labs and laundry rooms of both communities.
  • Move-In Day
    • Move-in days will be Friday, August 21 and Saturday, August 22, 2020.
    • The schedule for Move-In Day will be spread out to accommodate social distancing. Various areas of the community will be moved in at different times.
    • Move-In Day will be scheduled as a drive-through so no one will be required to leave their vehicle until they have picked up their keys to ensure a contactless experience.
    • All students and guests must wear face-coverings and practice social distancing.
    • Students will only be allowed to bring a maximum of one guest during Move-In Day to decrease social density and facilitate social distancing.
    • For details on Housing contracts and availability, please visit here

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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 in the following FAQS:   General COVID-19 Information and  Monitoring Your Health.

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Texas A&M International University serves a broad community of students in Laredo and South Texas with unique needs as a result of the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic. In order to meet the needs of TAMIU students and their families who have been impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, TAMIU will award $5.1 million in emergency grants to assist students as part of its TAMIU CARES Program.  Of this, 92%, or $4,750,878, are federal funds while the remaining 8%, or $394,000, is from non-governmental sources. 

These allocations are designed to provide grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. The CARES funds will be used to address financial hardship, including housing and food insecurity, medical expenses, and lack of educational support and supplies (including technology).

TAMIU CARES Emergency Student Grants

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Texas A&M International University Fall 2020 classes are being offered in various formats: TAMIUFlex, Face to Face, Hybrid, and Online. Visit this explainer to find out more about each.

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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.

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Effective August 24, 2020, the following schedule will be observed for all University buildings this Fall.

The Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library Fall Schedule is as follows:

  • Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: CLOSED
  • 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Visit this page for more Library details

Academic Innovation Center (AIC) – 6 a.m. – 11 p.m. (M-Th), Friday close at 5 p.m., Saturday closed

Dr. Billy F. Cowart Hall (CWT) – 7 a.m. – 11 p.m. (M-Th), Friday close at 9 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. – noon, Sunday 11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Bob Bullock Hall (BLK) – 5:45 a.m – 11 p.m. (M-Th), Friday close at 4 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.- noon

Center for the Fine & Performing Arts (FPA) – 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. (M-Th), Friday close at 5 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. – noon

Western Hemispheric Trade Center (WHT) – 5:45 a.m. – 10 p.m. (M-Th), Friday close at 5 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. – noon

Student Center (STC) – 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. (M-Th), Friday close at 8 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.- 7 p.m., Sunday, 10:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Dr. F. M. Canseco Hall (CNS) – 7 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. (M-Th), Friday close at p.m., Saturday closed

Anthony J. and Georgia A. Pellegrino Hall (PLG) – 7 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. (M-Th), Friday close at 5 p.m., Saturday closed

Lamar Bruni Vergara Science Center (LBV) – 7 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. (M-Th), Friday close at 9 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Senator Judith Zaffirini Student Success Center (ZSC) – 7 a.m – 9:30 p.m. (M-Th), Friday close at 6 p.m., Saturday closed

Kinesiology, Wellness and Recreation Center (REC) – 8 a.m. – regular closing hours, Friday – Saturday (regular REC hours)

Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library (KLM) – 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. (M-Th); Friday close at 5 p.m., Saturday closed; Sunday noon – 8 p.m.

All office hours and services subject to change, contact specific department/office or visit their respective website for updated information.

Dusty Camp/Dusty Transfer

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.

Student Frequently Asked Questions

All face to face loan counseling sessions (entrance and exit) have been postponed until next year. Student is required to complete the one online only at: https://studentaid.gov/app/counselingInstructions.action

TAMIU's Office of Instructional Technology (OIT) has created a dedicated website for assisting students with the online transition. Visit the links below for in-depth information.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Effective October 5, 2020, all student organizations may hold meetings, educational activities, and events in a limited F2F environment in accordance with the SOLE Re-Opening Plan. This is a combination of Green and Yellow phases. Fundraisers may be held; however, there can be no food fundraisers. All attempts should be made to host the meetings, event, or activity in a virtual format. All events and 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, please visit the Office of Student Orientation, Leadership and Engagement.

Dustdevil Wellbeing

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 Uconnect and your TAMIU email 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.

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.

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