Keeping Campus Healthy
The success of the 2020-21 academic year relies on each one of us.
Our commitment to shared personal responsibility is how the Horned Frog community will make this an engaging and fulfilling semester.
A Healthy Campus Is in Our Hands
As a member of the TCU community, you are first and foremost responsible for your health and well-being. Always use good judgment in any and every activity you undertake. It’s our personal responsibility as Horned Frogs to protect ourselves and each other.
Your New Daily Habit
Here's a quick health assessment for faculty and staff to use before coming to work every day. Students are also asked to complete this self-assessment before leaving their rooms or homes each day.
Face Coverings Are Required
The purpose of wearing a face covering isn't just to protect your personal health—it’s to protect the health of others around you. The full policy on face coverings can also be found in TCU's Public Health Guidance for elaboration.
General Face Covering Guidelines
- Face coverings must be worn by students, faculty, staff and visitors inside all shared indoor spaces and in outdoor areas where physical distancing isn’t possible.
- Shared indoor spaces include non-private office spaces.
- Face coverings must be worn even if when the wearer is alone in these non-private spaces. They may be removed only while eating and drinking.
- The use of a face covering does not replace the continued need to maintain a 6-foot physical distance from others; rather it augments physical distancing.
- Exceptions to the use of face coverings may be justified in certain academic settings such as performing arts classes. In these cases, instructors and students must follow the guidelines established by the department or college/school.
- Faculty and staff unable to wear a face covering should contact Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org to seek an accommodation.
Vaccine Distribution Plans
TCU is registered with the Texas Department of State Health Services to be a provider of the COVID-19 vaccination, for TCU students, faculty and staff when it becomes available. The Office of Emergency Management and TCU Health Center is in regular consultation with state and local health officials for distribution planning, updates and considerations for the TCU community. Colleges and university with students living in group settings are among the priority groups.
Cleaning & Disinfecting
Using EPA-approved germicides that kill the COVID-19 virus, we've deployed twice-daily cleaning and disinfection of these high-touch areas on campus: handrails, door handles, elevator buttons, sinks and faucets, counter tops, light switches, vending machines, copiers and phones.
We’ve also heightened cleaning protocols for our dedicated gathering spaces, such as recreational facilities, dining, performance and meeting spaces.
For an added level of protection, electrostatic misting systems are being used to disinfect places such as:
- Classrooms and labs (daily)
- University Recreation Center (daily)
- Brown-Lupton University Union and King Family Commons (daily)
- Mary Couts Burnett Library (daily)
- Large common office areas (weekly)
To limit crowding personnel in private workspaces, cleaning of private offices has transitioned from daily to weekly, although common areas will continue to receive daily cleaning services. TCU Facilities is providing supplies for each office area to allow self-sanitization of personal and shared workspaces.
Air Quality & HVAC
We are also closely monitoring public health guidance related to air circulation and ventilation. TCU Facilities has taken steps to ensure that HVAC systems meet or exceed recommended air flow and filtration guidance from the CDC and the industry.
Across campus, we keep our HVAC units well maintained through regular maintenance, and we've increased fresh air intake for our systems; additional fresh air helps with virus dilution in interior spaces.
Chemical hand sanitizers are a supplement to hand-washing when soap and water aren’t readily available. Hand sanitizer stations have been installed all over campus to help thwart the spread of COVID-19.