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UPDATED: 1/14/22

 

TCU Mask Policy

 

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ACADEMIC CONTINUITY OPTIONS

AFTER JANUARY 18, 2022

If your classroom is disrupted by quarantine and isolation and you determine that you cannot ensure a good classroom experience, or if you are in isolation or quarantine, you have several options for academic continuity:

  1. GO ONLINE TEMPORARILY FOR THE DURATION OF ISOLATION/QUARANTINE. TCU is not providing the option for instructors to move entire courses online during Spring 2022.
  2. RECORD YOUR CLASS and make it available to isolated or quarantined students until they are able to return to class.
  3. TEACH IN PERSON and allow isolating/quarantining students to WATCH VIA ZOOM but not interact until they are able to return to class.
  4. TEACH A DUAL IN-PERSON/ONLINE interactive class for the duration of isolation or quarantine.
  5. MAKE UP MISSED CLASSES using the method you established prior to Zoom.

NOTE: All instructors are required to teach from their classrooms unless they are isolating or quarantining themselves. This includes instructors teaching hybrid lectures.

 

CLASSROOM FAQs

For the first week of classes only, instructors have the option to offer lectures either in person, in hybrid mode, or online. Notify your students of any change.

This option is limited to January 10-15 only. please follow these protocols:

  • Ensure that every student enrolled in the course has the appropriate technology. If needed, contact the IT Coordinator in your college or your dean to see if loaner technology is available. (Note that the integrated circuit chip shortage continues to limit TCU’s supply of loaner laptops.)
  • Submit to your department chair the day you are going temporarily online and the day you return to the classroom. This will help us understand the extent the pandemic is affecting the classroom and communicate such to Horned Frogs and their families.

AFTER JANUARY 18, 2022

If your classroom is disrupted by quarantine and isolation and you determine that you cannot ensure a good classroom experience, or if you are in isolation or quarantine, you have several options for academic continuity. Notify your students of any change.

  • GO ONLINE TEMPORARILY FOR THE DURATION OF ISOLATION/QUARANTINE. TCU is not providing the option for instructors to move entire courses online during Spring 2022.
    • Ensure that every student enrolled in the course has the appropriate technology. If needed, contact the IT Coordinator in your college or your dean to see if loaner technology is available. (Note that the integrated circuit chip shortage continues to limit TCU’s supply of loaner laptops.)
    • Submit to your department chair the day you are going temporarily online and the day you return to the classroom. This will help us understand the extent the pandemic is affecting the classroom and communicate such to Horned Frogs and their families.
  • RECORD YOUR CLASS and make it available to isolated or quarantined students until they are able to return to class.
  • TEACH IN PERSON and allow isolating/quarantining students to WATCH VIA ZOOM but not interact until they are able to return to class.
  • TEACH A DUAL IN-PERSON/ONLINE interactive class for the duration of isolation or quarantine.
    • Ensure that every student enrolled in the course has the appropriate technology. If needed, contact the IT Coordinator in your college or your dean to see if loaner technology is available. (Note that the integrated circuit chip shortage continues to limit TCU’s supply of loaner laptops.)
    • Submit to your department chair the day you are going temporarily online and the day you return to the classroom. This will help us understand the extent the pandemic is affecting the classroom and communicate such to Horned Frogs and their families.
  • MAKE UP MISSED CLASSES using the method you established prior to Zoom.

NOTE: All instructors are required to teach from their classrooms unless they are isolating or quarantining themselves. This includes instructors teaching hybrid lectures.

Notify your students of any change.

1, If you are too ill to teach, notify your department chair to make sure your class is covered.

2. If you are in isolation or quarantine and not too ill to teach, you can go online temporarily for the duration of your isolation or quarantine.

    • Ensure that every student enrolled in the course has the appropriate technology. If needed, contact the IT Coordinator in your college or your dean to see if loaner technology is available. (Note that the integrated circuit chip shortage continues to limit TCU’s supply of loaner laptops.)
    • Submit to your department chair the day you are going temporarily online and the day you return to the classroom. This will help us understand the extent the pandemic is affecting the classroom and communicate such to Horned Frogs and their families.

NOTE: All instructors are required to teach from their classrooms unless they are isolating or quarantining themselves. This includes instructors teaching hybrid lectures.

Yes. Notify your department chair and your students with as much advance time as possible.

Submit to your department chair the day you are going temporarily online and the day you return to the classroom. This includes the first week of class.

Such logs will help us understand the extent that the pandemic is affecting the classroom and communicate such to Horned Frogs and their families if needed.

Instructors are expected to teach from the classroom unless you are in isolation or quarantine yourself.

Computers are available in the library. If teaching synchronously, contact the IT coordinator in your college or your dean to see if loaner technology is available. Note that the integrated circuit chip shortage continues to limit TCU’s supply of loaner laptops.

Instructors are encouraged to double-mask (two paper masks or a paper mask inside a cloth mask) or wear N-95 or KN-95 masks. TCU will be providing at least one N-95 or KN-95 mask to every employee for Spring 2022. These masks are reusable.

Instructors may continue to require masks in their classrooms. Please clearly convey requirements to your students. A mask requirement can be included in your syllabus.

While masks offer the best protection, face shields may be exchanged for masks once you are inside the Teaching Zone for instructors, guest speakers and student presenters. Masks should be worn while entering and exiting the Teaching Zone. Face shields are available through TCU Physical Plant, 817-257-7956 or pltworkrequest@tcu.edu. 

Classrooms provide a Teaching Zone (not marked) with a minimum of 6 feet of distance around the instructor as a health and safety measure. If you stay within the Teaching Zone you will not be a close contact. You may choose whether or not to stay within them. You may ask students to respect the area.

Students who do not comply with the classroom mask requirement should be referred to Dean of Students Mike Russel at deanofstudents@tcu.edu. This is solely for reporting students in academic instruction; i.e., your classroom. Students are receiving emails, videos, social media and other communications concerning the mask mandate and will continue to receive reminders via various communication channels while the mask requirement is in place.

No one is required to enforce the mask requirement.

In the classroom: If a student refuses to wear a mask in the classroom the instructor can refer them to the deanofstudents@tcu.edu to be treated as a code of conduct disciplinary issue. It is up to the instructor/chair/dean if the instructor takes action such as asking the student to leave, canceling class, stopping the lecture, etc. You are encouraged to open class with a personal appeal to wear masks and be considerate of others.

Outside the classroom: TCU employees may ask students to wear masks or offer them masks. The same goes for colleagues. Again, you are not required to enforce the mask requirement.

Classrooms provide a Teaching Zone with a minimum of 6 feet of distance around the instructor. The majority of classrooms allow approximately 3 feet of distance between students. Students may distance as much as possible within the classroom configuration.

Five auditorium-style classrooms do not allow social distancing: SWR LH1, SWR LH2, SWR LH3, SWR LH4, and MOUN 141. Instructors teaching in these classrooms have been contacted with specific academic continuity options. These are the only classrooms being afforded those options.

Only five auditorium-style classrooms do not provide social distancing: SWR LH1, SWR LH2, SWR LH3, SWR LH4, and MOUN 141. Instructors teaching in these classrooms have been contacted with specific academic continuity options. These are the only classrooms being afforded those options.

Cleaning and sanitizing by instructors and students are no longer required but they are encouraged. Classrooms are disinfected by TCU Facilities based on CDC guidelines. If someone tests positive for COVID-19 and was in your classroom within 48 hours of symptom onset, TCU Facilities will initiate additional disinfection protocols. The room does not need to be closed.

No. We are maintaining 3 feet of distance as much as possible and assuring that every student has a seat in the classroom throughout the semester. Even if classrooms go online temporarily due to isolation or quarantine, or are taught hybrid temporarily, every student must have a guaranteed seat in the classroom.

  • For specific technology issues, contact the TCU IT liaison for your school or college, or refer to TCU IT.
  • For BLUU, contact Kent Mire.
  • For Kelly Center, contact Cheryl Cobb. 
  • For classroom capacities and set up for Spring 2022, contact Jack Washington.

 

COVID NOTIFICATION FAQs

If you think you have been within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes in a 24-hour period with an infected person, contact the TCU COVID-19 hotline at 817-257-2684 or via email at covidresponse@tcu.edu.

Guidance for close contacts is provided on the TCU Protect the Purple website here.

Only those within 6 feet of the infected person for 15 minutes are considered close contacts per CDC & Tarrant County Public Health guidelines.  Contract tracers interview each case to identify and notify all who meet that criteria. If you stay within the Teaching Zone you will not be considered a close contact. Sitting across the room or passing down the aisle are considered incidental contacts and are advised to be diligent in hygiene and monitor symptoms. If you have a seating chart (not required), reply to the Positive Test Instructor Notification and attach it, to assist with contact tracing in your classroom.

 

You may if you choose; however,it is not your responsibility. Those determined to be in close contact will be notified by TCU EOC.

Most likely the student has not self-reported to TCU.  Direct them to report at tcu.edu/protect-the-purple or you may email covidresponse@tcu.edu so that Campus Life can contact the student to begin the tracing and notification process.

If the student needs immediate medical attention, dismiss class and call 9-1-1. If they are healthy enough to return to their residence, instruct them to go there immediately and contact the TCU Health Center for testing options. If they test positive for COVID-19, the contact tracing and notification process will begin.

 

OTHER FAQs

Yes. Instructors may maintain office hours either in person, online or both. Masks are required if meeting in person on campus.

Shared offices are your personal space, so masks are not required if you are alone. Masks are required if you have visitors or are sharing the office with a colleague at the same time. You may spread out if you have the space or work on a rotating schedule between being on campus in the office and working remotely.

Yes. Visitors are allowed on campus and must follow TCU’s mask requirement to wear masks indoors on campus.

No, TCU no longer requires documenting visitors to campus for contact tracing. It is up to your dean, program director or department chair to determine if this step should be implemented for your event. All guests on campus must abide by TCU’s mask policy at all times inside all buildings

Yes.

 

INCLEMENT WEATHER – CAMPUS CLOSING FAQs

When the university announces an official campus closure, all academic instruction and activities, online or in-person, on or off campus, will cease until the university officially reopens. Since there is no guarantee of the ability to communicate or access academic resources, students will not be expected to attend class, submit assignments, take exams or quizzes, or meet any scheduled deadlines during the closure. The instructor will make every attempt to communicate with students prior to a campus closure—but not during since this may not be possible—to provide expectations for upcoming course activities. Upon reopening, faculty will communicate with students to adjust course expectations and deadlines to make sure the course learning objectives are met.

Since there is no guarantee of the ability to communicate or access academic resources for every class member, no classes may go online. No communication will be expected. All activities or deadlines (such as class meetings, quizzes, exams, assignments) that occur within the time the campus is closed should be adjusted to after the campus reopens.

No. Any make-up time will take place during the scheduled class time or through out-of-class activities. Faculty should not schedule additional class meetings where all students are expected to attend—in-person or online—outside of normal class hours.

Include the syllabus statement (under Guidelines, above) to address students’ expectations well in advance.

  • When campus closures are predicted, faculty may communicate with students to provide expectations for upcoming course activities in the case of campus closing. No communication is expected between faculty and students once campus closes, since communication may not be possible for every class member.
  • When campus reopens, faculty will inform students of adjusted course expectations and deadlines to make sure the course learning objectives are met.

 

No. Since there is no guarantee of the ability to communicate or access academic resources for every class member, communication will not be expected when campus is closed. Course activities or deadlines scheduled within the time the campus is closed should be adjusted to after the campus reopens.

Instructors may attempt to contact students prior to closing with expectations after reopening, but all course activities or deadlines that occur within the time the campus is closed should be adjusted to after the campus reopens.

Any activities or deadlines scheduled to occur within the time when campus is closed should be adjusted to after the campus reopens.

No classes can be held on campus when the university is officially closed. The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff are of the utmost importance.

Faculty are encouraged to build flexibility into your course schedules to account for personal illness or campus closures. Do not schedule additional class meetings where all students are expected to attend (in-person or online) outside of normal class hours. Instead, utilize out-of-class activities that students can complete in a reasonable timeframe, such as homework, reviewing a PowerPoint, watching a recorded lecture video, reading, writing a reflection, etc.

SACSCOC requirements follow the U.S. Department of Education definition of a credit hour at one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class work each week for approximately 15 weeks. For TCU, this requirement is met by having course work equal 700 minutes of instruction per credit hour plus 150 minutes of a final evaluative exercise. The use of asynchronous instruction allows using out-of-class activities for making up missed class time due to campus closures without the need for scheduling specified make-up days.

 

 

HELPFUL LINKS

TCU Protect the Purple Guidance

Campus-wide COVID FAQs

Report Your Vaccine to TCU

Get a Vaccination on Campus

Report Symptoms, Close Contact, or Positive Test