Message from the Provost

March 6, 2020, 4:30 p.m. CST

Students, faculty and staff traveling on business or personal trips are required to register online

Texas A&M has created a mandatory reporting portal for all students, faculty and staff traveling from or through any location that's been designated as Level 1, 2 or 3 by the CDC for COVID-19. The registration is required for both personal and university business travel before leaving or immediately upon return.

In addition to logging online to register travel, individuals who traveled from or through a Level 2 or 3 country are required to self-isolate off-campus upon returning from those countries for 14 days before returning to campus. This is especially important as some on our campus are traveling over Spring Break. Please pass this new requirement along to friends and colleagues just in case they haven't yet heard.

Self-isolation requires that you do not come to campus including work, residence halls, on-campus apartments, classes, athletic events or other social gatherings until 14 days without symptoms after leaving the Level 2 or 3 country in question. The 14-day clock starts on the day a person leaves one of those countries. Likewise, please avoid public places and gatherings in the community. For more information and guidance about how to self-isolate visit the coronavirus FAQ page.

The University is working to accommodate the classes and work schedules for students and personnel who self-isolate or are ill. More information about these accommodations will be posted over the next week.

Report any symptoms of COVID-19 immediately to your medical - provider preferably by calling to get advice and instructions. Texas A&M students and international visiting scholars may call (979) 458-8300. For after-hours contact/inquiries, call the Dial-a-Nurse program at (979) 458-8379.

Travel Advisory Update

As we carefully track the CDC's risk assessment for COVID-19, we continue to follow guidelines consistent with direction from The Texas A&M University System. Our regular updates can be found on the Texas A&M coronavirus page. There's also a button on the university home page.

As of March 6, 2020, the CDC has identified these areas having a Level 2 and 3 for COVID-19 risk assessment. (Definitions for what each level means can be found on the CDC website), along with updated travel health notices.

Texas A&M urges students, faculty and staff to avoid nonessential international and domestic travel and seek alternative ways to participate in conferences and professional meetings.

For more information about international travel please go to the Travel Guidance section of the coronavirus FAQ page.

Texas A&M leaders across campus continue to work with health officials regarding safely and effectively responding to potential COVID-19 cases.

If you have any questions, please contact Help Desk Central anytime day or night, at 979-845-8300.

If you are a student, faculty or staff member who is affiliated with a remote campus site (TAMU-Galveston, TAMU Qatar, Higher Education Center at McAllen, School of Law and all Health Science Center locations) please contact your campus administration for specific questions related to your campus.

This situation is fluid and changing daily. The Texas A&M coronavirus website will be updated with new information as it becomes available.

Carol A. Fierke
Texas A&M University Provost and Executive Vice President