Keeping Campus Healthy
The success of the 2020-21 academic year relies on each one of us.
You’re a critical part of the Horned Frog family. Please join us in keeping the entire TCU community safe while enjoying an engaging and fulfilling semester. Your commitment to making good decisions will affect not only your own health and academic journey, but the well-being of others.
A Healthy Campus Is in Our Hands
Take Personal Responsibility
As a member of the TCU community, you are first and foremost responsible for your health and well-being. Always use good judgment in every activity you undertake. It’s our personal responsibility as Horned Frogs to protect ourselves and each other. If you see someone without a face covering, let them know that disposable face coverings are located at the primary entrance to every building. Read more about the expectations for campus visitors in the frequently asked questions.
Your New Daily Habit
Local and residential students, before you head out to campus each day, you’ll need to run through a quick health assessment. Your student health kit contains a thermometer, and you can follow this Daily Student Responsibility Guide to know the symptoms you’re looking out for.
Face Coverings Are Required
The purpose of wearing a face covering isn’t just to protect your own health—it’s to protect the health of others around you. It’s also the new reality this semester. The full policy on face coverings can also be found in TCU's Public Health Guidance for elaboration. Don’t feel alone. We’ll all be wearing them for a while.
General Face Covering Guidelines
- Face coverings must be worn by students, faculty, staff and visitors inside all shared indoor spaces and in outdoor areas where physical distancing isn’t possible.
- Face coverings must be worn even if when the wearer is alone in a non-private space. They may be removed only while eating and drinking.
- Wearing a face covering does not replace the continued need to maintain a 6-foot physical distance from others; it augments physical distancing.
- Exceptions to the use of face coverings may be justified in certain academic settings such as performing arts classes. In these cases, instructors and students must follow the guidelines established by the department or college/school.
- Students seeking a medical exemption to this policy should contact email@example.com
Vaccine Distribution Plans
TCU is registered with the Texas Department of State Health Services to be a provider of the COVID-19 vaccination, for TCU students, faculty and staff when it becomes available. The Office of Emergency Management and TCU Health Center is in regular consultation with state and local health officials for distribution planning, updates and considerations for the TCU community. Colleges and university with students living in group settings are among the priority groups.
Student Health Kits
New students living on campus or locally will be given a health kit during January orientation. The kit includes two face coverings, a thermometer and a handy devise to minimize physical contact with doors and buttons. If a new student cannot attend the spring orientation, they can stop by the Brown Lupton University Union Information Desk (Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to midnight). Kits are first-come, first-served and will not be mailed.
Cleaning & Disinfecting
The university—using EPA-approved germicides that kill the COVID-19 virus—has instituted twice-daily cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch areas: handrails, door handles, elevator buttons, sinks and faucets, countertops, light switches, vending machines, copiers and phones.
We’ve also heightened cleaning protocols for our dedicated gathering spaces, such as recreational facilities, dining, performance and meeting spaces.
For an added level of protection, electrostatic misting systems are used to disinfect places such as:
- Classrooms and labs (daily)
- University Recreation Center (daily)
- Brown-Lupton University Union and King Family Commons (daily)
- Mary Couts Burnett Library (daily)
- Large common office areas (weekly)
Air Quality & HVAC
We are also closely monitoring public health guidance related to air circulation and ventilation. TCU Facilities has taken steps to ensure that HVAC systems meet or exceed recommended air flow and filtration guidance from the CDC and the industry.
The Brown-Lupton Health Center has a new HVAC system that provides medical-grade air treatment. Across campus, we keep our HVAC units well maintained through regular maintenance, and we've increased fresh air intake for our systems; additional fresh air helps with virus dilution in interior spaces.
Hand sanitizer stations all across campus are there to help thwart the spread of COVID-19. Chemical hand sanitizers are a supplement to hand-washing when soap and water aren’t readily available.