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April 3, 2020 (2:30 PM) – Update regarding notification of positive COVID-19 cases to the TCU campus:

Confirmed positive COVID-19 test results that are reported to TCU and have a direct on-campus impact will be posted to this website (tcu.edu/coronavirus) under the “Staying Informed” section.

TCU student living in campus apartment tests positive for COVID-19

TCU learned late in the day on April 1 that a student living in a TCU apartment has tested positive for COVID-19. The student has been in self-quarantine while awaiting test results for COVID-19, which were submitted March 19. The student is doing well, has been symptom-free for seven days and is beyond the 14-day, self-quarantine period.

TCU will notify social and residential groups with whom this student has interacted in the last two to three weeks, to the extent possible. Although notification of the case has occurred outside of the 14 days of required quarantine, out of an abundance of caution and in keeping with TCU policy, the student’s apartment and common areas will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized under public health guidance.

COVID-19 – Positive case notifications

Per public health guidance, TCU will announce only positive, confirmed COVID-19 test results.

On April 1, TCU sent a mass notification to all students, faculty and staff of the first COVID-19 case reported on the TCU campus. Moving forward, additional confirmed cases will be posted on this microsite (tcu.edu/coronavirus) under the tab, “Staying Informed.” Additionally, information will be shared with social and residential groups who have interacted with the COVID-19 positive individual(s) over the prior two to three weeks, to the extent possible.

Stay home, and work and learn safe

Please take every precaution to stay healthy and stop the spread of coronavirus. Remember to wash your hands frequently, cover your mouth if you cough or sneeze and practice social distancing when you must go out. If you experience flu-like symptoms and have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, call your health care provider.

More information about COVID-19 in Tarrant County may be found at Tarrant County Public Health.

TCU announces standardized tests are now optional for Fall 2021 applicants

Texas Christian University has announced that it is suspending the requirement of standardized tests for students who are currently high school juniors. For students expected to enter college in Fall 2021, the suspension of SAT and ACT testing due to COVID-19 has created additional complications, and the university is making accommodations to address these challenges.

“We understand the uncertainties high school juniors are currently facing,” Heath Einstein, TCU’s dean of admission, said. “Campus visits are now virtual, the ACT and SAT testing dates are shifting and it has heightened the already high stress these students are facing. TCU wants to do what we can to reduce some of the anxiety, so that students may focus on their safety and successfully shift to a new educational modality.”

With the policy shift, prospective students may decide for themselves whether they wish to include standardized test scores with their application. Students should consider their academic record in addition to their co-curricular experiences when making their decision on whether to include test scores. Other factors considered in the admission process are curriculum rigor, essays, and contributions to school and community. 

“TCU has never relied solely on one factor in admission decisions, and that will be reinforced while we are suspending the testing requirement,” Einstein said. “We have always believed that while standardized tests provide some useful information, there is more to a student’s record that indicates how they would contribute in and out of the classroom at TCU. The qualities that matter most to us – personal character and the ability to meaningfully engage with the community – can’t be found by looking at a test score.”

TCU will continue its policy to allow applicants to self-report test scores through the online admission portal. For any of these students who enroll, the university requires official results from the test agency.

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Construction contractor at Amon G. Carter Stadium tests positive for COVID-19 

Texas Christian University has learned that a Turner Construction employee working at Amon G. Carter Stadium has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual is currently doing well, receiving care and recovering at home.

The contractor was last at the work site March 24 and worked primarily outside. The area was cleared of personnel and sanitized per public health guidance. The construction work group was following social distancing protocols and the two team members that were in closest contact with the COVID-19 positive individual are currently in a 14-day quarantine and self-monitoring period. Neither are currently showing symptoms.

“Our thoughts are with the contractor and their family, and all those affected by COVID-19,” Jane Torgerson, M.D., medical director for Brown-Lupton Health Center, said in an email to campus. “The general risk to the TCU community from this case is considered low, given the limited exposure the individual had on campus and the work team’s adherence to CDC guidelines.”

This is the first report of a positive COVID-19 case on the TCU campus. COVID-19 updates for the TCU campus will continue to be posted on this site.

For more information about COVID-19 in Tarrant County, visit Tarrant County Public Health.

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Tarrant County Public Health

Coronavirus Hotline for non-urgent COVID-19 questions: 817-248-6299

If you have had close contact with someone who is confirmed to have or is being evaluated for, COVID-19, call: 817-321-5350

About COVID-19

COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by a new coronavirus. First detected in China, the disease has been found in about 70 locations internationally, including the United States.

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