COVID-19 Information for On-Campus Residents
WHAT TO DO IF YOU TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19, OR ARE EXPOSED TO SOMEONE WHO TESTED POSITIVE
On-campus residents who test positive for COVID-19, or are exposed to someone who tested positive, should submit the COVID-19 Report Form and inform their live-in residential staff. Residential staff are prepared to discuss available options and guide them through the next steps. Some residents may be able to isolate/quarantine in their own room or apartment, depending on their unique situation and where they live. Residents who are from a location beyond a five hour drive from College Station might have the option to isolate/quarantine in an alternate location on campus. Each case will be evaluated individually.
On-campus residents are strongly encouraged to be proactive and formulate a plan now for where they will go if they become ill or exposed, even those who are fully vaccinated. Residents who are able to return to their permanent residence to isolate/quarantine are strongly encouraged to do so and save the limited resources for residents who cannot logistically return home to isolate/quarantine.
Residents are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the Guide for Sick Campus Members and the Guide for Exposed Campus Members. Many questions, especially in regards to academics, are answered in these guides.
If You are Diagnosed with COVID-19
If you have tested positive for COVID-19, you are expected to follow TAMU Guidelines for isolating, even if you are fully vaccinated.
- Monitor your symptoms. If you have an emergency warning sign, including trouble breathing, seek emergency care immediately.
- Stay in a separate room from other household members, if possible.
- Use a separate bathroom, if possible.
- Avoid contact with other members of the household and pets.
- Don’t share personal household items, like cups, towels, and utensils.
- Wear a mask when around other people.
If you can follow these guidelines in your own living space, you may be permitted to isolate in your room/apartment. If not, you will need to leave campus to isolate. Isolation spaces have not been held on campus. If you are diagnosed with COVID-19, contact your hall or apartment staff to discuss your isolation location options.
If You are Exposed to COVID-19
If you have had close contact (being within 6’ for 15 minutes or more in a 24-hour period) with someone who is positive for COVID-19, you are required to follow TAMU Guidelines for quarantining, as listed below, unless you are fully vaccinated.
- Stay home for 14 days after your last contact with the person who has COVID-19.
- Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
- If possible, stay away from people you live with.
If you can follow these guidelines in your own living space after being exposed, you may be able to quarantine in your room/apartment. If not, you will need to leave campus to quarantine. Quarantine spaces have not been held on campus. If you are exposed to someone with COVID-19, contact your hall or apartment staff to discuss your quarantine location options.
Meals and Laundry while in Isolation/Quarantine on Campus
If you isolate or quarantine on campus, you will need to rely on a short-term personal care attendant (friend, roommate, etc.) to bring you meals and assist you with laundry. TAMU Dining will permit your short-term personal care attendant to use your student ID in a dining facility or C-Store to pick up a hot meal, groceries, or a grab and go option for you. For information on TAMU Dining Sick Meals, visit dineoncampus.com/tamu/quarantined-meals.
Your short-term personal care attendant must be a current TAMU student, faculty, or staff member. If your care attendant does not live in your residence hall or apartment building, contact your hall/apartment staff for more information on how they can access your building to assist you.
Notifying Professors You are Isolating/Quarantining
Students who are required to isolate or quarantine should complete this Quarantine Form which will be automatically sent to your instructors. You should also e-mail your instructors and ask how to keep up with your class and assignments. Visit tamu.edu/coronavirus/sick-campus-members/ for more information.
COVID-19 Testing and Vaccinations
COVID-19 tests and vaccinations are available on campus at the Student Health Center. Adults aged 18-29 may also be eligible to earn up to $1000 by participating in a vaccination study. For more information, visit Prevent COVID U.
Still Have Questions?
If you have further questions, speak with your hall/apartment staff, or email email@example.com.