Dear Horned Frogs,
Happy New Year! We hope you had a restful and rejuvenating break. We are very excited to welcome you back to campus for another great semester of academic achievement and personal growth at Texas Christian University. Teams across campus in Housing and Residence Life, dining, housekeeping, maintenance, academic affairs and other groups have been busily preparing for your return.
We find ourselves again beginning the new semester by calling on all Horned Frogs to remain vigilant in Protecting the Purple. We are grateful for the diligence of our students, faculty and staff for their continuous efforts to maintain a healthy environment and care for one another.
Please review important new information and reminders:
Week of January 10-15
Classes will begin on January 10, as planned. For the first week of classes, instructors may choose to deliver lectures either in person, in hybrid mode or online. If there is a change to your course delivery, you will be notified by your instructor. Thank you for your flexibility as we work together to keep our community healthy.
Report Symptoms, Positive Test or Known Exposure
If you have been exposed to COVID-19, are experiencing symptoms or test positive, please report using TCU’s online notification forms. Reporting through TCU is required to initiate notification procedures, including student support services.
Get vaccinated and boosted as soon as you can, and report your vaccination.
It’s free, it’s convenient at our walk-in clinic in the Brown-Lupton Health Center and it’s the best way to protect you and your loved ones from COVID-19.
TCU’s free Curative testing site is open for business in Lot 6. Appointments are required. Testing sites are overburdened across the county, so watch for slots to open at Curative in the coming days. The Protect the Purple website lists additional testing resources, including TCU’s Brown-Lupton Health Center and links to find other locations near us and in Tarrant County.
CDC Changes Quarantine and Isolation Guidelines
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shortened their quarantine and isolation times. Tarrant County Public Health adopted the guidelines this week and we will soon update the Protect the Purple website and related protocols to reflect these changes.
Our basic principles for protecting the community while maintaining the TCU experience remain in effect:
- Wear a mask. Masks remain required in indoor spaces on campus and are readily available in every building. Wear them correctly; masks not only reduce your risk, but also help protect others.
- Maintain healthy hygiene practices. Hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes are available across campus and were refreshed over the break. Frequent hand washing is always encouraged.
- If you’re sick, stay home. Being sick is no fun, but if you are sick and have COVID symptoms, follow the what to do guides and do not go to class. Take care of yourself, protect your friends, other students and campus members.
- Take care of your mental health. Your mental health and well-being is just as important as your physical health. Visit TCU’s Counseling & Mental Health Center website for services and contact information.
In our third year of COVID, we continue to work to manage the impact to our campus under the guidance of health officials. We have been heartened to see the latest evidence that this variant causes milder symptoms, especially for those who are vaccinated.
Thank you for maintaining your flexibility and your sense of Horned Frog community. Please continue to utilize our Protect the Purple website for information and resources. Together, we’ll have another outstanding semester at TCU.
Welcome Back, Horned Frogs!
Kathy Cavins-Tull, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Chair,
Campus Readiness Task Force