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This Is Our TCU

Every Horned Frog is part of something timeless, and our traditions run deep. Preserving an enriching student experience is vital to the spirit of the university.

 

All campus event spaces will be prioritized for use as classroom space to allow for physical distancing, or other mission-critical student-focused activities. For that reason, and to help protect the campus’ health and well-being, all in-person events must be approved by the appropriate vice chancellor or cabinet leader.

In true Horned Frog fashion, however, every department at TCU has quickly developed solutions for creating the fullest college experience possible for each new and returning student, designed to foster the spirited belonging we’re known for. We’re here to lift one another up.

 


To help prepare students for the fall semester, we've developed a checklist outlining what to pack, what to prepare for, and tasks to complete.

Download the Healthy Campus Checklist (PDF)

 

What to Expect This Fall

Housing
As usual, students will be assigned a timeslot for move-in, only this semester the timeslots will be shorter and the number of students who will be able to move in at any one time will be limited. This will help minimize crowds, long lines and wait times.

We know move-in can be strenuous, but we recommend bringing as few people to assist as possible. Students should also know that TCU will not be providing movers as in years past. All of these measures will help provide a safe experience for all.

Our residential housekeeping staff works seven days a week, and all public areas, laundry rooms, community restrooms, elevators and other high-touch areas will receive extra cleaning and disinfecting. Students will be supplied disinfecting wipes in order to wipe down surfaces in their rooms, and hand sanitizing stations will be placed in all halls.

While outside their rooms, students will be required to wear face coverings at all times when in common areas, hallways and public outdoor spaces where social distancing is not possible. Furniture layout in all lounges and study rooms has been evaluated and set up to promote physical distancing.

Residents will still be able to enjoy engaging, community-building activities and programs that follow health and safety protocols.

Dining
TCU will minimize risk by implementing a multifaceted approach in dining halls and retail outlets that follows university, CDC, state and local restaurant requirements.

Facilities will offer carryout for meals and seating will begin at 50% of capacity (as currently permitted by State of Texas and Tarrant County)We will adjust seating to be in compliance with regulations, guidelines and the university’s leadership. Students may take meals back to their rooms or eat in a de-densified public space and outdoor seating spaces, adhering to social distancing guidelines.

Food service workers will have specialized training and will comply with all health and hygiene requirements on campus. Additionally, food service workers will have access to enhanced hygiene gear and specialized personal protective equipment, when warranted.

Market Square will be open and operating under social distancing requirements, which will reduce the number of people able to dine at peak times. We will also offer a revised and flexible set of dining options, including enhanced takeaway service. Dining in Market Square and all locations will no longer be self-serve.

Those visiting retail dining outlets such as Chick-fil-A® and Magnolias Zero7 will experience expanded pre-packaged meal options, mobile pre-order and payment, no self-service stations and additional directional signage for new traffic patterns and pickups. Some menu modifications may be required in order to adhere to health and safety protocols.

Counseling & Mental Health
We’ve reconfigured the facility to provide student “therapy suites.” These suites will utilize a HIPPAsecured version of Zoom and phone access to conduct remote counseling sessions, and they are large enough to allow for physical distancing in the event that an in-person assessment or session is needed (i.e., in a crisis situation). 

First-Year Experience
Although many aspects of the first-year experience have moved online due to public health concerns, students will still feel welcomed and connected. Student Affairs’ dedicated team of orientation leaders, First-Year Experience staff, faculty/staff advisors, and staff and peer coaches will still help students each step of the way. They’ll quickly find out what it means to be part of the Horned Frog Family, even though it might be in a nontraditional way.

Orientation
Summer orientation has moved online but will remain just as informative. Student Affairs developed orientation modules to introduce students to the basics of housing, dining, health and wellness, and financial services, as well as options for how to get involved on campus. Students must complete their orientation modules prior to the start of the fall semester.

Each incoming student has been assigned a “coaching pair” that consists of a current student and TCU staff member who provide a personal contact throughout the summer. Through Zoom coaching meetings, students can get to know other incoming students, access additional advising assistance and have their most pressing questions answered by trained staff and students.

Frog Camp
A TCU tradition since 1993, Frog Camp provides incoming students with an opportunity to make new friends, experience TCU spirit, and learn what it takes to be a Horned Frog. Through interactions with small groups and by participating in a variety of activities on-campus, Frog Camp will be an exciting way for students to kick-start their TCU journey.

Camp will be held on campus during four two-day sessions from Aug. 12 to 16. There is no need to sign up; students are assigned the session the day after their move-in date. Students not living on campus (i.e., commuter students) will be assigned a session. The camp experience will be the same across all sessions, regardless of which camp students are assigned. Specifics about check-in and when camp will conclude will be sent to every incoming student’s TCU email in mid-July.

Recreation & Wellness
A host of resources—some virtual—will still be offered to keep the Frog family happy and healthy. Although the University Recreation Center will operate normal hours, certain activities such as cardio, racquetball, swimming and others may be restricted in order to adhere to physical distance and other health guidelines. Only the main entrance will be open to monitor occupancy counts. Reservations made via an online portal will be required in order to use the University Rec Center. Patrons will be required to wear face coverings and will be asked to disinfect equipment before and after each use. 

Innovative programs such as FIT@HOME and WELLNESS@HOME offer live and prerecorded online workouts, as well as virtual events related to time management, mindfulness and relaxation, and more. Intramural and club sports will be offered only if they involve little to no contact and allow for physical distancing.

Fraternity & Sorority Life
The Greek experience will likely look much different this semester as recruitment activities, meetings and other events will be conducted largely by virtual means. In-person events will follow all public health guidelines as well as local, state and federal regulations.

Clubs & Organizations
TCU leadership has guided student leaders and advisors on how to stay engaged with members of our approximately 300 student organizations. In-person events will be limited and must be approved by the appropriate vice chancellor or cabinet leader prior being planned. However, Student Affairs remains committed making sure students with similar interests will still be able to connect as meetings and events move online.

Religious & Spiritual Life
To provide spiritual support to the campus community during these stressful times, The Office of Religious & Spiritual Life will offer a variety of engaging programming delivered both online and in-person. Staff and chaplains will still conduct individual pastoral and spiritual care sessions, as well as guide small groups in Bible studies, book studies, interfaith programming and Spiritual Wellness Wednesdays. The popular “Blessing of the Animals” program will be online, but chaplains will be available outside the chapel later that day so that students, faculty, and staff can bring their pets to receive a blessing (physical distancing and face coverings required). During the holiday season, Carols by Candlelight will take place utilizing pre-recorded performances.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
It’s easy during fearful and uncertain times to say or do things that diminish groups of people. That’s why now, more than ever, TCU is committed to aligning our efforts to help support conversations around social change at all levels. With health and safety in mind, Inclusiveness and Intercultural Services will be moving many of its programs online. Participate in a virtual conversation on hidden bias, the First Gen Day of Celebration or a book club relating to faith and social justice.

Events & Meetings
To help protect the health and well-being of the campus and community and decrease risk on campus due to the global pandemic, all in-person university events, on-campus or off-campus, must be approved by the appropriate vice chancellor or cabinet leader prior to being scheduled. When possible, events should be administered and attended virtually. Check calendar.tcu.edu and what2do@tcu.edu for the latest on events.

Student Affairs FAQ

Our Student Affairs team has compiled additional information about key student experience groups across campus: