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Latest Campus-Wide Statements on COVID-19

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.

Chancellor Boschini announces new Spring Commencement date

A message from the Chancellor

Watch as Chancellor Victor Jr. Boschini, Jr. shares a message of support with the TCU community.

"Together, we're going to get through this... because that's what Horned Frogs do."

Online classes will continue through the remainder of the semester.

TCU Chancellor Victor Boschini, Jr. announced to students, faculty and staff today that online classes and virtual instruction will continue for the remainder of the semester.

“The uncertainty of the spread and duration of COVID-19 in our area means that we must chart a responsible path forward for you, your parents, our faculty and staff, and our full community,” Chancellor Boschini said in an email to students March 19. “You’ll soon start receiving activities and news from Student Affairs to keep you connected during our time apart. It would be difficult to replicate the singular experience that the TCU campus offers, but we are going to do everything we can to maintain our purple connections. We will be together in spirit, if not in person.”

Online classes and virtual instruction will begin Monday, March 23. Connect with Virtual Support Services for Students or read the Chancellor’s email to TCU students.

TCU is currently experiencing difficulties with our main phone line. For assistance, please call 817-257-7808.

In response to the University's decision to extend spring break and move to online coursework through April 3rd, 2020, the University Unions has made some adjustments to our operations and access.

The Unions will only be available to TCU faculty, staff, and students through card swipe access. The Brown-Lupton University Union will only be accessible via the north and south archway entry and the King Family Commons will only be available at the Information Desk entry.

TCU will give the campus community one-week advance notification if online instruction is extended past April 3.

TCU is extending Spring Break through the week of March 16 – 20 and will move from in-person instruction to online classes beginning March 23 – April 3.

Texas Christian University is extending Spring Break through the week of March 16 – 20 and will move from in-person instruction to online classes beginning March 23 – April 3. While there are no cases of COVID-19 on the TCU campus, the move is being made due to the rapid spread and unpredictability of the disease. Faculty will use the week of March 16 in order to prepare for a full online format.

“TCU’s highest priority is the health and well-being of our community and these measures are being put in place to secure that as best we can,” Chancellor Victor Boschini, Jr. said. “We have a responsibility to each other, our campus and the greater community to help ensure good health, decrease the potential impacts of COVID-19, and to prevent its exposure to vulnerable populations.”

Students who have been away from campus for Spring Break are asked to hold on returning to campus until they receive further instruction.

All large meetings, conferences and on-campus events are canceled through April 3. TCU business operations will remain open the week of March 16, as well as March 23 - April 3. TCU community members are asked to check their campus email and tcu.edu/coronavirus for the latest campus updates and information.

International travel suspended

With increased community transmission being reported in the United States and globally, TCU has suspended all University-related international travel and University-related non-essential domestic travel through the end of the month or until further notice.

The University requests that non-essential personal travel to regions with community transmission be reconsidered.

Wash your hands, stay home if you are sick

TCU community members are reminded to safeguard their health and the health of others by washing hands regularly, covering their mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing and staying home when sick.

TCU is working continuously with local, regional and federal health authorities to monitor the coronavirus situation and we are adhering to their guidelines. Currently, students and faculty are on Spring Break and university staff is operating regular business hours. There are no reported cases at TCU. Please continue to visit this website for TCU-related updates and information regarding updated procedures. At this time, there is no change to our status and we continue to monitor the situation closely.

There are currently no reported cases of coronavirus at TCU. We are working with local, regional and federal health authorities to monitor the situation. TCU will continue to update this web page as information becomes available.

TCU continues to work with local, regional and federal health authorities to monitor the coronavirus situation. There are no reported cases at TCU.

TCPH Coronavirus Hotline
Tarrant County Public Health has provided a non-urgent Tarrant County Public Health Coronavirus Hotline (817-248-6299) for coronavirus-related questions as an extra resource for county residents.

Spring Break Travel
Students, faculty and staff are asked to monitor CDC travel advisories during Spring Break travel. (Please note that information and risk assessment guidance changes frequently; countries that may not pose a risk today may become a country of concern within days.) TCU will adhere to the guidance of Tarrant County Public Health and require self-observation for 14 days for anyone who has traveled to a country considered Level 3 Widespread Sustained Transmission by the CDC, prior to returning to campus.

TCU will continue to update this web page as additional information becomes available. Please see drop-down menu below for updated FAQs.

TCU is continuing to closely monitor the coronavirus situation. TCU has no reported cases of coronavirus on campus. Please continue to visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the most up-to-date information about coronavirus and this webpage for the latest TCU-related information. View the drop-down menu below for updated TCU coronavirus FAQs.

TCU and our Emergency Management Team continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 issue, in conjunction with local, state and federal health authorities. There are no reported cases of coronavirus on campus. Any updates related to TCU and coronavirus will be shared on this website.

Page Last Updated: April 03, 2020