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Updated: January 25, 2021, 2:30 p.m. CST

Guide for Sick or Exposed Campus Members

If you are currently sick or think you have been exposed to a person with COVID-19, the Guide for Sick or Exposed Campus Members has information on where to get tested, who should be notified, how to get support, and when it is safe to return to campus.

Return to Campus Guide

Creating a plan before you return to campus can help protect your health and the health of other Aggies. The COVID-19 Guide for Students Returning to Campus contains important information to help you through your semester. 

Student Health Services

Student Health Services (SHS) is available for testing and treatment. If a private health care provider is preferred, have health insurance information readily available. Contact Student Health Services at (979) 458-8310 or visit their website online at https://shs.tamu.edu/ for more information.

Keep Learning

Keep Learning at TAMU is an online resource dedicated to helping you transition your learning online. For more information and resources, please visit https://keeplearning.tamu.edu/

If you need assistance with course accommodations, please contact Disability Resources

Mental Health Resources

On-campus Housing

On-campus student housing is open and available for students taking classes on-site, online or both.  If an on-campus student needs to self-isolate because they have tested positive for COVID-19 or are considered a close contact, they should contact their hall/apartment staff regarding self-isolation options.  Contact the Department of Residence Life at 979-862-3158 or visit their website at https://reslife.tamu.edu for more information.

Travel Guidance

For the latest information about domestic and international travel restrictions and return to campus protocols, visit https://www.tamu.edu/coronavirus/travel.html

Additional Resources

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Frequently Asked Questions


  • Will I be informed if another student in my face-to-face class tests positive for COVID-19?

    In order to protect personal health information Texas A&M University legally is not able to release personal information about any students or University community members who are being monitored or tested for COVID-19. When a campus member is diagnosed with COVID-19, the relevant local health department and the University initiate appropriate protocols to protect the health and privacy of anyone deemed to be at risk.

    The Operations Center, staffed by Texas A&M University, Brazos County Health District, and Texas A&M System personnel, is contacting and interviewing individuals who have either tested positive for COVID-19 or have been in close contact to someone with COVID-19. If there is any known risk that a campus member may have been exposed to COVID-19, then the Operations Center will reach out to those individuals directly.

    Students are encouraged to notify their instructors of personal illness via the Explanatory Statement for Absence from Class form.  If they wish to provide the diagnosis of a positive test, they may do so.

  • Will my class move to remote delivery if a student in my face-to-face class tests positive for COVID-19?
    The student will be isolated and contact tracing will be conducted to quarantine anyone who meets the definition of an exposure.  The masking and physical distancing requirements in the classroom would likely enable the course to continue unless contact tracing determines it should be moved to remote delivery, at which time the instructor and students will be notified.
  • Can my student organization or I as an individual reserve a space?

    Yes. Individual students, faculty, staff, and/or student organizations can reserve both indoor and outdoor spaces. Whether indoor or outdoor, you must comply with physical distancing and face covering policies and be prepared to communicate how you will comply with occupancy restrictions (invitation, controlled access, etc.). However, if non-University units and Sponsored Student Organizations seek to reserve an outdoor space for more than 10 persons, you will first be required to get approval from the mayor/county attorney.

  • Why do I or my student organization have to get approval from the mayor/county judge?

    As part of executive orders GA-28 and GA-28 amended, Governor Abbott directly delegated approval authority for outdoor gatherings in excess of 100 people (GA-28) and later lowered to outdoor gatherings in excess of 10 people (GA-28 amended). Neither of these executive orders was assigned an expiration date and remain in effect until individually or collectively rescinded.

  • Can Sponsored Student Organizations reserve outdoor space for gatherings in excess of 10 persons?

    Yes. Sponsored Student Organizations are those aligned and affiliated with a university department. However, the sponsoring department will be asked to ensure that the outdoor activity is presently critical to the university’s mission or the function of the department. UCEN will review these requests and may seek additional information from the department direction in addition to the approval from the department advisor.

  • If I get approval from the mayor/county judge, can the university still deny my request for an outdoor gathering?

    Yes. While the current executive order requires approval from the mayor/county judge for outdoor gatherings in excess of 10 persons, it does not guarantee space availability or campus approval. Texas A&M’s principle mission is education and research and therefore reserves the right during this pandemic to restrict use of space in manners that could further jeopardize our ability to meet our mission.

  • If a faculty member wants to teach a class outside, does the group size need to be a maximum of 10 persons?

    No. Faculty can reserve both indoor and outdoor spaces. Whether indoor or outdoor, the group must comply with physical distancing and face covering policies and be prepared to communicate how you will comply with occupancy restrictions.

  • What should I do if I am ill and cannot keep up with my courses?
    • 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 (979) 458-8310. 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. If possible, request a medical provider’s note to document your illness.
    • Follow the directions outlined here
    • Contact your instructors to notify them of your illness.
    • Personal injury or Illness that is too severe or contagious for the student to attend class may be considered an excused absence under Student Rule 7.  The student is responsible for providing documentation substantiating the reason for the absence, including reasons stated in Student Rule, Section 7.2. This documentation must be provided within three business days of the last date of the absence, unless otherwise stated in this rule.
  • Is there Financial Aid for Students?

    Please visit the Financial Aid website for more information on how to apply for Financial Aid. If you have already applied, please check howdy.tamu.edu and click on the Financial Aid Portal icon.

  • What should I do if I feel ill?
    • 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 (979) 458-8310.
    • 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.
    • Check with your health insurance provider. If you are a student enrolled in the TAMU Student Health Insurance plan, MD Live is available for you (a medical visit copay applies). If you have symptoms such as a cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, contact your primary care doctor first.
    • Do not go to an emergency room. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs.
    • Practice physical 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.
  • What is the guidance that International Student Services is giving to its students?

    International Student Services continues provides information about health insurance, immigration status, travel, employment, ISS office operations and programming on its website. Visit http://iss.tamu.edu/Current-Students/Traveling-and-Coronavirus for more information.

  • What should I do about my coursework if I am a student and I'm required to self-isolate?

    If you are enrolled in a face-to-face course and you must quarantine either because of exposure or because you were diagnosed with COVID-19, follow these instructions

    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 (Student Rule 21).

    We recommend you take the following actions, if relevant, as soon as your quarantine begins:

      • Complete the COVID-19 report form and the quarantine form. 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.
      • Graduate student guidance:
        • If you are defending your thesis or dissertation, please contact your committee chair and/or academic advisor to reschedule or discuss possible alternatives.
        • If you are taking preliminary, qualifying, or comprehensive departmental exams, contact your committee to reschedule or discuss possible alternatives.
      • 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.
      • 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.
      • If you experience barriers to accessing online course materials (poor/no internet access, lack of appropriate technology, etc.), contact your college dean’s office.
      • 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.
      • If you experience symptoms of COVID-19, contact Student Health Services at (979) 458-8310 (8am-5pm, Mon-Fri). Dial-A-Nurse if available after hours at (979) 458-8379, or you can contact your primary care doctor immediately.
  • Is the Recreation Center open?

    The Rec Center is now open for limited activities. Refer to https://recsports.tamu.edu/coronavirus/ for hours of operation, program/facilities in operation, as well as policies and COVID-19 protocols, to which users must adhere.

    You also can continue to work out remotely: 

    • Join in a virtual live Group RecXercise class
    • Participate in a pre-recorded Group RecXercise class or one of our new strength and conditioning at-home workouts on our Rec Sports website
    • Check out online Intramural Sports activities too by going to our Rec Sports website.

    As always, follow the Rec on Twitter (@RecSports), Instagram (@RecSports) and Facebook (TAMURecSports) to keep up to date on activities.