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Posted: 8/13/20

TAMIU Student Housing Readies for Fall Move-in Aug 21 - 22

 

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Move-In Days for Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) students who will be living on campus this Fall semester are Friday and Saturday, Aug. 21 - 22.  Campus officials say the on-campus housing experience has been revised and retooled in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic response.

Housing Director Manuel Vela said his team has worked hard to make sure that the housing experience places health and safety of residents at the highest priority, while still making on-campus residence rewarding and relevant.

In addition, the student resident communities are implementing a first-of-its-kind resident responsibility and disinfection program specifically for the higher education residential experience.

Called “Be Safe. Be Smart. Do Your part” TM with LysolProtection, the program focuses on cleanliness and disinfection practices for surfaces in the communities’ residential units and in common areas to help offer protection for residents and staff members.

“We’ve spent a great deal of time this summer in preparing both of our housing areas:

University Village (UV) and the Residential Learning Community (RLC). Preparation work has focused on the well-being of residents and staff including cleaning and disinfecting rooms, adding hand sanitizing stations and other materiality to common areas, and installing physical barriers where appropriate. We are dedicated to making the housing experience at TAMIU truly meaningful for our student residents,” Vela explained.

For example, the TAMIU Move-In Day experience has been completely revised to better accommodate social distancing, he noted.

“Our residents’ move-in experience is going to be as contactless as possible with assigned move-in times and a convenient drive-through set up. Each housing community will require all students and guests to wear face-coverings and practice physical distancing. To decrease physical density during the move-in process, students will only be allowed one guest to assist them with move-in,” Vela explained.

Other measures in place include the requirement that residents wear face-coverings when in common areas of both the Village and the RLC. Those residents coming to TAMIU from international destinations will be quarantined for 14 days.  

Guests are not allowed in on-campus housing.  Furniture has been removed or blocked off to promote social distancing practices and hand-sanitizing stations are at every hallway entrance, clubhouse and offices.  If they should become necessary, quarantine units have been designated at both communities.

In total, the combined living communities at TAMIU provide housing for over 680 residents.

For additional information about on-campus housing, a virtual tour and more, visit:

tamiuliving.com  Information is also available by phone at 956.326.2100 or email housing@tamiu.edu.

To learn more about TAMIU’s Back Together Plan for Fall, go to  https://www.tamiu.edu/coronavirus/student-faqs.shtml  Fall classes begin Monday, Aug. 24, 2020.

Registration for TAMIU’s Fall 2020 is now underway. TAMIUFlex, Hybrid, Face-to-Face and online courses will all have the same tuition rates. An online catalog containing a list of all undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs is at http://catalog.tamiu.edu

TAMIU  ranks 5th in the nation among the 100 Most Affordable Public Schools with the Highest Return on Investment (ROI), according to ranking authority Great Value Colleges. U.S. News and World Report’s 2020 Edition of its popular Best Colleges guide ranks TAMIU as the second highest-ranked Texas public university in its Best Regional Universities West category and the highest-ranked regional campus of the Texas A&M University System.

Most recently, TAMIU earned a top tier ranking for its COVID-19 Pandemic response. The 2020 Educate to Career College ranking placed TAMIU in Tier I for colleges and universities that have responded to the pandemic in ways that benefit and protect students, especially in terms of available online learning resources. Some 1200 colleges across the nation were reviewed.

As part of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, TAMIU’s campus is closed only to the general public. Entry to campus continues for students, faculty, staff and those having legitimate reasons to be on campus. Online and virtual services at the University continue, practicing all CDC Guidelines on gathering, masking and social distancing and with some staff working remotely.  

The University’s online COVID-19 Response Center is updated regularly and includes information on office schedules and services, an expansive FAQ, quick links, student resources, official information resources and much more. 

Office hours are subject to change and it is recommended that phone or email contact be made first to determine the office’s schedule of operation.   An online directory is here.