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Latest Campus-Wide Statements on COVID-19

July 20, 2020 (10:00 AM)

TCU will honor May and August 2020 graduates with online festivities that include a Facebook Live event, digital class photo mosaic and social media posts recapping their four years at TCU.

The university previously announced it would be unable to host the Aug. 7 Senior Toast and Aug. 8 commencement ceremonies for May and August 2020 graduates due to the surge in coronavirus cases across the region and state.

To kick off the virtual celebrations, graduates will receive an email with a link to upload photos to be included in a Class of 2020 commemorative mosaic. Grads also can show their Horned Frog Class of 2020 pride by posting pics on their favorite social media accounts using the #TCUgrad2020 hashtag. Uploads will run July 27 through Aug. 9.

Starting Aug. 3, Class of 2020 “Year in Review” photos will be posted on TCU’s social media accounts, highlighting memories from across their four years on campus. Photos will come from the TCU yearbook archives.

Also available starting Aug. 3, a graduate digital party pack on commencement.tcu.edu will include all the essentials: purple margarita recipe, printable banners, photo props, mortarboard stencil and more!

The online celebrations will culminate with a Facebook Live party at 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, where each graduate’s name will scroll across the scoreboard at the Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena. The event will be livestreamed. (Visitors will not be allowed inside the arena.)

“The class of 2020 is very special. This global pandemic has disrupted so many of their plans and dreams, but they have continued to respond with grace, grit and resiliency. I couldn’t be more proud of their ability to adapt, persevere and innovate in the face of every new challenge that comes their way. They are inspiring examples of Horned Frogs who lead on,” Chancellor Victor J. Boschini, Jr. said. “And while we can’t laud their many accomplishments and milestones in person right now, we can celebrate them online.”

Diplomas

May graduates’ diplomas were mailed earlier this summer. August graduates’ diplomas will be available for pick up in the Registrar’s office in M.E. Sadler Hall, Room 1006, the week of Aug. 11-14. Any diplomas that are not picked up will be sent by certified mail to the permanent address listed in the system.

Graduates’ deluxe diploma cover will be mailed to their permanent address along with a tassel and a copy of the commencement program. There is no charge for the mailings, and TCU is refunding/reversing graduation fees that have already been collected.

Caps and Gowns

TCU’s signature purple graduation gowns and all the regalia will be available for photo ops and graduates’ family celebrations. By using the link, https://www.jostens.com/apps/store/customer/1078709/Texas-Christian-University/, May and August 2020 grads may reserve caps, gowns and regalia to be shipped to them. The cost of their rental regalia and shipping will be billed to TCU.

The rental regalia package will include a return UPS label. Graduates are asked to use the labels to return gowns, master’s hoods and doctoral tams within three weeks. (If the return label is missing, grads can call Jostens at 800-854-7464.)

Class of 2020 Stats

May’s 2,082 graduates hail from 43 states and 42 countries and include:

  • 1,657 bachelor’s degrees
  • 367 master’s degrees
  • 31 doctoral degrees
  • 27 Brite Divinity School degrees
  • 34 students earning double degrees
  • 14 students graduating with 4.0 GPAs

August’s 163 graduates represent 17 states and four countries and include:

  • 110 bachelor’s degrees
  • 35 master’s degrees
  • 10 doctoral degrees
  • 8 Brite Divinity School degrees
  • 1 student graduating with a 4.0 GPA

July 13, 2020 (5:46 PM)

The Chancellor’s Fall 2020 Campus Readiness Task Force today  shared Phase III guidance as part of the Return to Campus for Employees plan. 

In an email to TCU faculty and staff, Kathy Cavins-Tull, vice chancellor for student affairs, and Yohna Chambers, vice chancellor and chief human resources officer, explained that while new updates are being shared as part of the Phase 3 guidance, this issuance of the updated guidance does not indicate that all employees are expected to return to campus. 

“As with Phases I and II, employees will be notified by their supervisors if they are expected to return to campus. Due to the resurgence of COVID-19 across the country, employees should continue working remotely with their supervisor/department leader’s approval and if job duties allow,” Cavins-Tull and Chambers said. 

Updated information in the Phase III guidance includes testing and tracing information for employees. Faculty and staff who display symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or were recently exposed should seek a viral test from an off-campus health provider/testing facility. University Urgent Care, located at 3107 Greene Ave., is prepared to test TCU faculty and staff employees for convenience or if the employee does not have a regular health care provider (there is no out-of-pocket expense with TCU health insurance).

If an employee tests positive for COVID-19, they should self-report to the TCU COVID-19 Self-Report Hotline, 817-257-2684 (COVI). TCU Care Coordinators will work with the employee to conduct contact tracing and connect them to support services.  

“Your health and safety continue to be our priority. Employees working on campus must continue to closely adhere to the health and safety protocols as outlined in this document. This includes wearing a face covering, washing hands regularly, cleaning personal office spaces, practicing physical distancing and staying home if sick,” Cavins-Tull and Chambers continued.

TCU will continue to follow guidance from state and local officials and recommendations from the CDC, and will be prepared to adjust operations accordingly.

July 6, 2020 (11:30 AM)

Texas Christian University announced today in a video message from Chancellor Victor J. Boschini, Jr. that the University’s Aug. 8 commencement ceremonies are canceled due to the surge of COVID-19 cases across the country. The Aug. 8 ceremonies were scheduled to recognize spring 2020 and August 2020 graduates. Senior Toast, which was planned for Aug. 7, is also canceled.

“We have spent the last three months planning, reimagining and doing everything in our power to create a safe event for our graduates and families to celebrate your incredible achievements; we created a plan that followed all CDC, state and local guidelines,” Chancellor Boschini said. “But, after meeting with public health department officials we realized that the event, no matter how well planned, poses too much risk for our graduates, their families, friends and our campus community.”

Three commencement ceremonies were scheduled for Aug. 8 – all to be held inside Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena with capacity limited to 50 percent of the indoor arena’s capacity and physical distancing in place.

“We hoped the surge would decrease and give us more assurance, but it is our obligation and responsibility to make this decision now to enable families to plan ahead and also, unfortunately, rearrange their plans,” Chancellor Boschini continued.

Spring 2020 graduates were initially scheduled to participate in commencement ceremonies on May 9, but the event was postponed due to COVID-19. All spring 2020 and August 2020 graduates will receive their signed diploma and deluxe diploma cover, which was to be delivered at commencement. For a list of frequently asked questions for graduates, visit the Commencement website.

Chancellor Boschini expressed his deep regrets to the spring 2020 and August 2020 graduates and their families and shared some of the message he was planning for the Aug. 8 commencement ceremonies. In closing he said, “And I promise you, we will celebrate on campus together when COVID-19 is behind us. We will welcome you and your families with open arms, hugs, handshakes and celebrations when the pandemic is behind us.”

TCU has recently made other decisions to reduce travel and limit large indoor gatherings ahead of and during the fall semester to decrease risk to the campus community. Last month, the university announced that Family Weekend and Homecoming activities would be canceled this fall. The university also revised its Fall 2020 calendar to shorten the semester and reduce travel, and classes will end before the Thanksgiving holiday and December 2020 commencement is now scheduled for May 2021.

June 25, 2020 (5:00 PM)

Tarrant County announced today a countywide Executive Order requiring face coverings. The order is effective 6 p.m. Friday, June 26, through 6 a.m. Monday, Aug. 3. Effective immediately, face coverings are required on campus, unless you are alone in your private office.  Required face coverings on the TCU campus will be in effect beyond August 3 and until further notice. Face coverings for students and instructors inside classrooms will be required throughout the fall semester.

Due to the spike of coronavirus cases in Tarrant County, TCU will postpone Phase 3 of the Return to Campus for Employees plan. We anticipate that our new target date for Phase 3 will be July 13. We will continue to follow guidance from state and local officials and recommendations from the CDC, and will be prepared to adjust our operations accordingly. It is critical that we all do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19. We will continue to share information through this COVID-19 microsite.

As part of our safe return to campus plan, we will not host Family Weekend or Homecoming activities this fall. This is a proactive move to reduce travel to the campus and limit large indoor gatherings in an effort to decrease risk to campus. Events will be largely limited to mission critical activities. Additional campus events guidance will be issued in the coming days.

Please continue to take care of yourselves and your loved ones. Wear a face covering, practice physical distancing outside of your home, wash your hands, and please stay home if you are sick. COVID-19 testing is available on-campus through 5 p.m. Friday, June 26, and walk-ins are now accepted.

Thank you for doing your part to protect our community.

June 24, 2020 (12 PM)

Free, Voluntary COVID-19 Testing Offered for TCU Students and Employees June 22-26

Texas Christian University, in partnership with the Texas Division of Emergency Management and Tarrant County Public Health, will offer free, voluntary COVID-19 testing to TCU students and employees from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, June 22, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday – Friday, June 23-26, in the Dee J. Kelly Alumni Center located at 2820 Stadium Dr. on the TCU campus. 

Testing sites are offered in cities and to various organizations to help benchmark coronavirus cases in the community and help stop the spread of the COVID-19. The site is a Texas National Guard mobile coronavirus testing site, managed by the Texas Division of Emergency Management and in collaboration with Tarrant County Public Health.

Walk ins are welcome, but community members may schedule a time in advance by registering. 

Register here. Registration is on a first-come basis, and is open to the community.

Participants need not be symptomatic to receive testing, although they will be asked to report symptoms when registering online. Testing is free and insurance is not required. Once registered online, participants will receive a call back from testing administrators to confirm their testing date and time.

TCU staff will be on site to support students and employees.

Important Information for Participants

Participants must bring their driver’s license and will be required to wear a face covering. Participants are encouraged to wear their own face covering, but if they do not have one, a disposable face covering will be provided.

Testing will take place indoors due to the heat. Participants may be asked to wait in their car to allow for physical distancing.

Location

Dee J. Kelly Alumni Center
2820 Stadium Dr.
Parking: Lot 6

Times

Monday, June 22: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tuesday – Friday, June 23-26: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Results

Participants will receive information at the testing site on how to retrieve test results. Typically, results are available two to four days after testing. If you receive a positive COVID-19 test, please stay home and call your health care provider, followed by calling the TCU COVID-19 Reporting Hotline at 817-257-2684 for care and assistance. This also will initiate follow-up from TCU Care Coordinators and contact tracing.

FAQs

Scroll to the bottom of our news story on testing for a list of Frequently Asked Questions.

May 29, 2020 (3:45 PM)

University announces revised academic calendar for fall, introduces TCU Connected Campus initiative

Texas Christian University Chancellor Victor J. Boschini, Jr. announced changes today to the university’s fall 2020 semester calendar to help protect the health and safety of the campus community. The semester will begin Aug. 17, a week earlier than originally planned, and end the on-campus portion of the semester Nov. 24. The final deadline for grade submissions, graduate student defenses and other project work will be Dec. 10.

“As an organization that employs and cares for so many, we must plan responsibly, deliberate with transparency, and make the best decisions for our future,” Chancellor Boschini said. “Our goal in altering the fall 2020 calendar is to reduce non-essential travel over the holidays and minimize time on campus during peak flu and cold season. This also allows students to return home before Thanksgiving and enjoy an extended winter break with their families.”

The change is one of several proactive actions TCU is making to respond to the global pandemic while preparing to welcome students back to campus Aug. 17. Further information regarding health and safety measures for students, faculty and staff will be announced later in June, which includes plans for physical distancing, use of larger classrooms and outdoor spaces, enhanced cleaning protocols and residence hall capacity.

“In the final analysis each member of the TCU community is first and foremost personally responsible for their health and well-being,” Chancellor Boschini said. “As such they should always use good judgment in any and every activity they undertake. This is a personal responsibility which is assumed of everyone in this community.”

The university welcomed Phase 1 employees back to campus May 26, as part of the Return to Campus plan. In it, the university outlines initial personal health and safety expectations for employees with an emphasis on personal responsibility and using good judgment, as well as enhanced cleaning protocols and physical distancing for workplace scenarios.

“We are creating a new way forward, and absolutely cannot wait to have our students on campus in August,” Chancellor Boschini said.  “As I have said before, they are the heartbeat of TCU, and we are ready to welcome them to their home away from home.” 

TCU Connected Campus

The university introduced today the “TCU Connected Campus” – an initiative to address safety and prepare for and reimagine what the approaching school year may look like for the Horned Frog family as the global pandemic evolves.

The microsite outlines the university’s commitment to the student experience and is based on four key pillars: Academic Excellence, with added agility; Student Support, to meet the physical, spiritual and mental health needs of our students; Student Experience, helping students forge connective bonds that nurture them on and off campus; and Campus Readiness, which will guide TCU through a safe return and on-campus instruction.

The key to the Connected Campus is the personalized attention for which TCU is known. This takes place in the classroom led by high-quality expert faculty and in the myriad programs and activities led by Student Affairs. TCU is committed to supporting its students, both virtually and on campus.

Further, the initiative ensures that TCU will deliver the same high-quality instruction both in person and online. Learn more about TCU Connected Campus.

May 22, 2020 (3:00 PM)

TCU has shared Phase I initial guidance for employees returning to campus beginning May 26. The initial information has been prepared under the careful guidance of the Chancellor’s Fall 2020 Campus Readiness Task Force. Communication regarding employee return expectations and timing will come through supervisors.

TCU will continue to adhere to public health authorities and guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control as the plan progresses. Additional information for employees may be found here.

A limited number of leaders and department heads will return in Phase 1 to prepare the campus for succeeding phases and ultimately the return of students in August. All members of the TCU community should wear face coverings when in public (each employee will receive one machine washable cloth face covering).

Gatherings will be limited to avoid community spread. Employees are encouraged to continue using Zoom for meetings with colleagues and others. If in-person meetings are required, physical distancing guidelines should be followed.

Daily health assessments should be conducted to ensure the health and safety of your family and the TCU campus. Employees should not report to work when they are sick.

More details of the plan will be released prior to the start of Phase II on June 8. Each employee contributes significantly to the TCU culture and experience, and the university is grateful for their passion and dedication to the mission.

April 30, 2020 (4:18 PM)

TCU planning for students to return to campus for in-person classes this fall

Texas Christian University Chancellor Victor J. Boschini, Jr. announced to students, parents, faculty and staff today that the university intends for students to safely return to campus for the fall 2020 semester, with a planned start date of Aug. 24.

Chancellor Boschini stated that TCU will continue to abide by government and public health guidance and that under his direction, the Fall 2020 Campus Readiness Task Force will oversee the safe return of residential life and on-campus instruction.

“The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is our responsibility and our highest priority,” Chancellor Boschini said. “As an institution of higher learning, we also must preserve our academic environment, the intellectual advancement of our students, and safely provide all that the TCU experience promises.”

The Chancellor’s task force is organizing and directing formal processes and policies for reopening campus across key areas, including academic affairs, student affairs, campus life, campus operations, health and safety, workplace, athletics and finance. Based on the guidance of the task force and public health authorities, TCU will phase faculty and staff back to campus, while continuing online classes for the summer.

Further, Chancellor Boschini said that rigorous academic planning is being led by Provost Teresa Abi-Nader Dahlberg to position TCU for flexibility while honoring the personal needs of our students and strengthening TCU’s connected campus culture.

“COVID-19 has caused significant disruption to all of our lives, and temporarily required us to change some of the ways we interact,” Boschini said. “This pandemic has reinforced our strong belief that preparation is key, and the TCU experience must be preserved, regardless of how it’s delivered.”

The university has also expressed its dedication to working with students and families who require additional financial support due to financial uncertainties caused by COVID-19. TCU is allocating additional institutionally funded aid to immediately assist with summer school costs and plans are being developed to provide additional financial assistance for the fall semester, with more information coming in the weeks ahead.

Chancellor Boschini also released a video “postcard from the TCU campus” to the campus community.

 April 22, 2020 (8:45 AM)

Second construction contractor at TCU Music Center tests positive for COVID-19 

A second construction worker at the TCU Music Center has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual was in a work team and had direct contact with the individual who tested positive for COVID-19 on April 17. The building is new construction and is not open to faculty, staff or students.

This individual was last at the work site April 16. The area was cleared of personnel and sanitized at that time and construction at the building is paused until May 1 (14 days from the time the individuals were last at the work site).

The general risk to the TCU community from this case is considered low, given that the construction site is a new building and closed to anyone other than construction personnel.

This is the second positive COVID-19 case reported on the TCU campus at this time. The previous two positive cases with direct on-campus contact have recovered.

COVID-19 updates for the TCU campus will continue to be posted in the Staying Informed section of this website, tcu.edu/coronavirus. For more information about COVID-19 in Tarrant County, visit Tarrant County Public Health.

April 21, 2020 (8:05 AM)

With COVID-19 community transmission continuing in the United States and globally, TCU has now suspended all University-sponsored domestic and international travel until August 1, 2020 or until further notice.  Exceptions to this travel suspension must be approved by the appropriate Vice Chancellor via email. In the event that international travel is approved by a Vice Chancellor, it must be registered using the TCU Faculty & Staff Authorizations & Registration system. The University requests that non-essential personal travel to domestic and international regions with community transmission be reconsidered.

April 17, 2020 (5:55 PM)

Construction contractor at TCU Music Center tests positive for COVID-19 

A construction worker at the TCU Music Center has tested positive for COVID-19. The building is new construction and is not open to any faculty, staff or students.

The construction worker was last at the work site April 16. The area has been cleared of personnel and sanitized. Out of an abundance of caution, construction will be paused for 14 days. There are no other reported COVID-19 cases within the contractor’s site work team.

The general risk to the TCU community from this case is considered low, given that the construction site is a new building and closed to anyone other than construction personnel.

This is the only positive COVID-19 case reported on the TCU campus at this time. The previous two positive cases with direct on-campus contact have recovered.

COVID-19 updates for the TCU campus will continue to be posted in the Staying Informed section of this website, tcu.edu/coronavirus. For more information about COVID-19 in Tarrant County, visit Tarrant County Public Health.

April 8, 2020 (7:00 PM)

Dear Horned Frogs:

The end of the spring semester is in sight, and I want to thank all of you for your patience and dedication to your academic goals. Together, we are keeping our campus community safe and quickly adapting to the challenges of a virtual educational environment.  

We’re now transitioning to the summer term, and are faced with the same uncertainties as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to threaten the health and well-being of our communities.  Consequently, the University has decided to continue in an online learning environment for almost all courses offered from May through August of 2020.

I’m happy to say that this will be a new and improved remote learning environment.  I know that for some, the transition has not always been smooth, given the quick pivot required. We did our best to get through this transition, and I’m proud of all of you. We have now had time to apply our learnings in preparation for a robust summer term.

Please note that registration appointments for summer and fall will begin on April 20, 2020. Additional information will be coming as we get closer to the beginning of the term, but I want to share some key points with you in order to assist with your planning as soon as possible.

This summer, you will encounter two types of online course offerings.  The difference is primarily in how class participation is structured:

  1. FULLY ONLINE: Some existing courses are still available in a fully-online format. We describe these courses as being “asynchronous,” meaning students work independently of each other. You can identify those by their section numbers of 400 to 499.
  2. HYBRID ONLINE: All other courses will be “Hybrid Online Courses,” TCU’s new educational format for summer.  In this type of course, students will:
    • attend required synchronous sessions, meaning you will have scheduled meetings as a class.
    • engage with other students in content-focused learning activities.
    • submit work or create a learning artifact at least every seven days during the course session.
    • have faculty who have been trained and certified to teach in the Hybrid Online format.

Although we don’t have every detail to share with you yet, we are in the process of reviewing and confirming current course offerings, and also exploring the possibility of adding courses to help keep you on-track with your degree plan.  Consequently, we encourage you to continue monitoring your anticipated schedule using TCU’s “Class Search” tool at https://classes.tcu.edu/ and to reach out to your advisors closer to April 20th.

We can’t wait to gather again on-campus as a TCU community! Until that is possible, you can expect an online learning environment that is engaging, challenging, and reflects the high academic standards of a Texas Christian University education. Our faculty and staff are making every effort to keep you safe, and on path to graduation.

Chancellor Boschini and I have heard from many of you over the past few weeks, and I want to personally thank you for your wit, your resilience and for your grace as we navigate these unusual times in the life of our University.

Sincerely,
Teresa Abi-Nader Dahlberg

April 2, 2020 (8:05 PM)

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.

April 1, 2020 (7:30 PM)

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.

For more information:

April 1, 2020 (1 PM)

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.

March 27, 2020 (9:47 AM)

Chancellor Boschini announces new Spring Commencement date

March 26, 2020 (12:02 PM)

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."

March 19, 2020 (2:04 PM)

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.

March 17, 2020 (9:53 AM)

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

March 16, 2020 (2:54 PM)

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.

March 13, 2020 (11:43 AM)

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

March 12, 2020 (2:45 PM)

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.

March 11, 2020 (3:50 PM)

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.

March 10, 2020 (9 PM)

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.

March 9, 2020 (2 PM)

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.

March 5, 2020 (6:19 PM)

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.

March 4, 2020 (6 PM)

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.

March 2, 2020 (10 AM)

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: July 22, 2020