Dear TCU Faculty and Staff,
Our students are excited about the upcoming Spring Refresh next week, March 9 – 11, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and I hope over these few days you will also take a moment of rest for yourself.
Today, Vice Chancellor Cavins-Tull sent the below email to Horned Frog students, outlining our expectations for travel and underscoring that we have not made any changes to our COVID-19 protocols. I’m also happy to report that we are expanding our TCU-only testing capability to two locations as noted below.
Our community has done an incredible job of prioritizing health and safety over this past year, with thorough planning, generous support services and re-imagining elements of our Connected Campus. Thank you for continuing to extend your patience and compassion to all, and for supporting each other and our students.
Victor J. Boschini, Jr.
Hello Horned Frogs,
Texas Christian University’s upcoming Spring Refresh (March 9 – 11, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) is intended to be an opportunity for students to take a short break from their daily academic routine to get some rest and relaxation. We encourage you to stay on campus, and are offering several safely distanced events during these three days; see Spring Refresh Events for more information.
TCU is maintaining its established COVID-19 safety protocols including wearing face coverings; these precautions have kept case count and transmission low on campus and we intend to continue protecting the health of our campus community. Note that the CDC’s recommendations for traveling have not changed; please do not travel to locations where your health could be compromised.
Additional TCU Testing Site Locations:
Beginning next week, the TCU-only* Curative testing site currently located in the BLUU will close to allow for expansion to two convenient locations:
- Lizard Lounge in the Mary Couts Burnett library (close to Café Bistro) on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
- The Carter Technology Center (middle of the Campus Commons on the end of Carter Hall) on Fridays through Mondays.
*These testing sites remain available only to TCU students, faculty, and staff.
The Curative testing site in Lot 6 (Alumni/BLUU lot) remains available to all TCU students, staff, and faculty as well as the general public.
If you elect to travel during Spring Refresh, you are encouraged to test in sufficient
time to get results before you leave. The CDC recommends a viral test one to three
days before you travel. Keep a copy of your test results with you during travel in
case you are asked for them. A negative COVID test will allow you to comfortably and ethically travel.
If you do travel, we ask you to quarantine for seven days upon your return to the TCU campus.
Pack plenty of face masks and hand sanitizers. Have a back-up plan should you not be allowed to travel at the end of your planned stay.
Summary of CDC Travel Recommendations when Returning Back to Campus:
- Get tested again with a viral test three-five days after your trip and stay home and self-quarantine for a full seven days after travel, even if your test is negative.
- If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
- Do not travel if you test positive for COVID-19 (either leaving campus or returning to campus).
The CDC website for travel during COVID-19 is thorough and informative. This site also provides restrictions and guidelines for international travel and travel within the U.S.
We are all looking forward to a brief respite and we are grateful for all your hard work in keeping the impact of COVID-19 at a minimum on campus this semester. We want to maintain this safe environment and appreciate your continued care for one another.
Go Frogs! (In this case… Stay, Frogs!)
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs