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Updates on Coronavirus

03.02.2020 | By: Texas Wesleyan University

March 13, 5 p.m.: Friday, Texas Wesleyan canceled all athletic events and suspended activity indefinitely. This includes games, workouts, practices, and on-campus recruitment events.

Also, events and activities hosted on campus have been canceled. These areas include our gym, swimming pool, library, fitness center among others.

While we apologize for any inconvenience these actions may cause, we are taking these actions to limit the spread of COVID-19 following recommendations by various local, federal and international organizations.

Visit and bookmark txwes.edu/coronavirus for the latest updates. 

 

March 11, 9 p.m.:  While there are no known cases of the coronavirus on campus, Texas Wesleyan University will suspend on-campus classes March 16-21 and transition to online instruction starting March 23 until further notice. Online classes remain unchanged and will follow current schedules.

“The safety of our campus community is our first priority. We want to be proactive to help ensure the health of our students and success of their education,” President Frederick G. Slabach said. “Our entire campus community will keep those affected around the globe in our thoughts and prayers.”

Faculty and staff, except student workers, will return to campus March 16-20 in order to prepare to teach classes and work remotely.

Students living on campus are encouraged to remain or go home while classes are suspended. Students unable to leave the residence halls are required to check in with their hall staff to make appropriate arrangements. Dining services will remain operational to serve our residential population’s needs.

Students, faculty and staff who have been exposed to an individual testing positive, or traveled to areas highly impacted by COVID-19 are not permitted to return to campus – including residence halls. This includes areas with a CDC level 2 or 3 travel health notice. After 2 weeks of self-isolation and symptoms pass, contact the Office of the Dean of Students or your supervisor before returning.

Texas Wesleyan will continue to monitor the situation and take additional precautions as needed and recommended by local and federal agencies.

Bookmark this page for the latest information.

Classes

  • On-campus, in-person classes have been suspended March 16-21 and will transition to online instruction starting March 23 until further notice.
  • Online classes continue without any changes.
  • Training to help faculty transition their courses online has been scheduled for March 17 and 18 through CETL. Faculty are encouraged to check their email for details.
  • Graduate Health Professions students in clinical residencies and practica should continue all assignments, including rotations, subject to the decision of the clinical coordinator.
  • As confirmed by the Student & Exchange Visitor Program (USDHS/USICE), international students in F-1 visa status may temporarily engage in online instruction, either from within the U.S. or outside the country.

On-Campus Housing, Dining and Activities

  • Students living on campus are encouraged to remain or go home while classes are suspended.
  • Students unable to leave the residence halls are required to check in with their hall staff to make appropriate arrangements.
  • Dining services will remain available to serve our residential population’s needs.
  • All student meetings and activities have been suspended through March 31.
  • The Eunice and James L. West Library will remain open.
  • Campus tours for prospective students and families will continue as scheduled.
  • It’s important to consider those at a higher risk of serious illness when considering returning to campus. The CDC has created a resource to help.
  • Practice social distancing and sneeze/cough etiquette. The CDC recommends you wash your hands thoroughly and often; cover coughs and sneezes with your sleeve/elbow; avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth; clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces; and stay at away from campus and others if you are sick.  

Faculty and Staff

  • Contact Human Resources if you or someone in your household are a member of a high-risk group or special population as defined by the CDC.
  • Practice social distancing and sneeze/cough etiquette, as well as follow CDC recommendations for handwashing and the use of disinfectant on frequently-touched surfaces.
  • Employees and their families covered by Texas Wesleyan University medical benefits have 24/7/365 access to U.S. board-certified doctors through the convenience of phone or video consults by:
  • The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is also available by phone and online.
  • Additional information from Human Resources can be found online.

Travel

  • If you traveled over spring break either domestically or internationally to areas with widespread, ongoing community spread of COVID-19, you should follow CDC guidance to self-isolate for 14 days and monitor for symptoms, including fever, cough and shortness of breath. 
    • If you experience any of these symptoms, please consult with your supervisor and the Office of Human Resources or the Dean of Students office, stay away from campus and call your doctor or healthcare provider. 
  • All international travel for students, faculty and staff has been suspended through the summer. 
  • All employee domestic travel has been restricted to essential business purposes through March 31. This restriction includes academic conferences. Any mission-critical exceptions must be approved in advance by the appropriate senior administrator.  

Events and Athletics Competition 

  • Events, conferences and other large gatherings scheduled through the end of the spring semester are currently under review by a task force. We will have a follow-up communication regarding these activities in the near future. 
  • Home athletics competitions will continue pending the receipt of additional guidance from the NAIA and the Sooner Athletic Conference. Enhanced cleaning and communication procedures for these events have been implemented.  

We encourage you to bookmark this page and check for future updates. 

We recognize these are difficult times, but the safety of our campus community is our first priority.

 

March 6, 4 p.m.: The safety and health of our students, faculty, staff and campus community continues to be our top priority. 

For those traveling internationally during Spring Break to or through a country with a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention level 2 or 3 warning, Texas Wesleyan students, faculty, staff and campus community members must isolate themselves off campus for at least 14 days before returning to campus. As of today, these countries include: 

  • Italy
  • Iran
  • South Korea
  • China
  • Japan 

Those who choose not to self-quarantine may be subject to disciplinary action. Also, it’s important to consider that travelers returning from certain countries may be subject to additional restrictions, as mandated by the CDC.

This policy has been created to follow CDC travel guidelines regarding the Coronavirus and to ensure the safety of our campus community. Texas Wesleyan will continue to follow CDC guidelines and will adjust procedures accordingly.

Students affected by this policy should contact Dennis Hall, vice president of student affairs and dean of students, at dhall@txwes.edu. Employees should contact Angela Dampeer, associate vice president of Human Resources, at adampeer@txwes.edu.

Tarrant County Public Health has opened a non-urgent Coronavirus hotline to help answer questions. You may contact them at 817-248-6299.

 

March 2, 10:32 a.m.: At this time, we do not have any reported or suspected cases among the university community. However, university leaders continue to monitor the situation both here in Texas and beyond. 

If you have recently traveled from an area with an ongoing spread of COVID-19, you should monitor your health for fever, cough or shortness of breath and difficulty breathing. If you develop these symptoms, please take the following steps:

  • Call your healthcare professional, who will work with the state’s public health department and the CDC to determine if a test is necessary.
  • Avoid contact with others.
    • University employees are urged to notify their supervisor and not come to work.
    • Students who commute to campus are urged to contact their professor, not go to class and stay home.
    • Students who live on campus are urged to not go to class, stay in their residence hall and notify their resident assistant.
  • Do not travel while sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

Your health and safety are our priority. For more information on the virus, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website.

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