Governor Abbot’s Executive Order GA-14
Executive Order GA-14 allows only essential services in the state until April 30, 2020. Unlike the various local orders that have been issued by cities and counties across the state, The Texas A&M University System and its member institutions and agencies are legally obligated to comply with the Governor’s order.
WFES Building Access and Work Orders for Staff, Faculty, and Graduate Students
The Wildlife, Fisheries, and Ecological Sciences Building (WFES building 1537) is locked and can only be accessed using a TAMU ID card. If you lock yourself out of the building contact Dawn Miles at firstname.lastname@example.org or 979.845.6295. Please keep in mind Dawn is working remotely and it will take her at least 20 minutes to get to campus to let you into the building.
Should you encounter any issues with the WFES building that require a work order, please contact Dawn Miles directly at email@example.com or 979.845.6295. It is very important that faculty, staff, and students contact Dawn for all requests to avoid unnecessary charges from Facility Services.
All face-to-face/in-person programs are canceled through June 30th. Institutional level decisions regarding the remainder of the summer will be made May 1st.
All summer courses offered through Texas A&M University in the first, second, and 10-week summer terms (including the May “minimester”) will be delivered online.
All advising appointments are online via Zoom, no face-to-face advising is available. Undergraduate students should continue to make appointments in Navigate and graduate students may email Lindsay Hutchins at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All undergraduate in-person classes are canceled for the remainder of the semester and all classes and advising are online only until the end of the semester. The syllabi for all undergraduate classes have been updated to reflect this change posted in Howdy and eCampus. Undergraduate students with questions about their courses should communicate directly with their professors by email.
Questions about graduate-level courses should be directed to the instructor of record; inquiries about research activities should be directed to the lab’s Principal Investigator. Please review the new OGAPS guidelines for document submission instructions. Please ensure you continue to stay in contact with Lindsay Hutchins at email@example.com for all necessary signatures and routing to OGAPS.
Per The Office of the President: To the extent possible, Texas A&M researchers are encouraged to engage in activities that can be performed remotely (e.g., writing, data analysis, etc.); essential laboratory operations are permissible, provided they can be performed while meeting the “6-feet” requirement for social distancing. Graduate researchers may come to the research labs to conduct research activities that cannot be performed remotely. Paid undergraduate student workers may continue to carry out important support functions necessary for continuing laboratory operation. Any individual who is in a high-risk category should not be required to come to campus. Please see vpr.tamu.edu/covid-19 for additional information.
Per Departmental Administration: Graduate students, technicians, postdocs, and student workers are encouraged to perform their research activities from home. Such activities might include compiling datasets, analyzing data, researching the literature, drafting reports, preparing talks and posters, and writing research proposals.
Essential Research Approval Request Form
All AgriLife PIs who intend to continue essential research must inform their immediate supervisors (e.g., Department Heads, Center Directors) and seek approval to conduct that research through the Essential Research Approval Request Form. Unit leaders have the delegated authority to approve or suspend all proposed research activities. All research activities that are not approved as being essential, and that cannot be carried out remotely, must be suspended. The AgriLife Research Director will provide oversight and review all research individual units approve as essential. Additional information and guidance can be found on the AgriLife Research website.
Required Laboratory Cleaning
All touchpoint areas should be disinfected every morning that people are in the lab. These areas include, but are not limited to the following, tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, knobs, desks, and push plates. If there are multiple people in the area, cleaning more than once a day is recommended. Each person should clean and disinfect their personal items including phone, keyboard, mouse, monitor, computer, and desk. Cleaning should be carried out using EPA rated virucides. These cleansers can be obtained by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org with a cc to email@example.com. More information is available at vpr.tamu.edu/covid-19.
LAUNCH: UGR for NSF-REU and Summer Undergraduate Research Experiences
After consulting with the Vice President for Research at TAMU, it is strongly recommended that Texas A&M groups planning to host REU and other SURE programs cancel plans for summer 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All LAUNCH: UGR sponsored summer research program events are canceled. Please direct questions about training to Environmental Health and Safety. For groups that are receiving funds from outside agencies, please consult directly with those agencies to see what policies and extensions are in place. Some useful links can be found here:
- NSF: https://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/covid19/covid19faqs_proposerandawardee.pdf
- NIH: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/natural_disasters/corona-virus.htm
- NEH: https://www.neh.gov/news/information-neh-and-covid-19
- No international travel is permitted, through May 31st; this date will be revisited and may be extended.
- No domestic air travel, exclusive of Texas, is permitted unless deemed mission-critical, through May 31st; this date will be revisited and may be extended.
- In addition, the TAMU System discourages travel between TAMUS campuses and locations until further notice.
- Mission-critical travel, both domestic and in-state, should be reported through the Office of Risk, Ethics, and Compliance with final approval by the Agency CEO or designee. Please note, this only relates to travel that is reimbursable by AgriLife or the college.
- Contact the business office directly with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 979.450.1482.
Royce Robinson is working on-campus and may be reached at email@example.com or 979.845.5795.
Pro-Rated Refunds Available
Covid-19 Resources for Faculty and Staff
Covid-19 Resources for Students
TAMU Coronavirus Updates
Covid-19 Updates from Disabilities Resources
Covid-19 Updates from OGAPS
Covid-19 Updates from ISS
Covid-19 Updates for all Student Support Services (Division of Student Affairs)
Department Head: Kirk Winemiller | firstname.lastname@example.org
Associate Department Head for Graduate Programs: Georgianne Moore | email@example.com
Associate Department Head for Undergraduate Programs: Sorin Popescu | firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant to the Department Head and Building Proctor: Dawn Miles | email@example.com | 979.845.6295
Business Operations: Kristi Smith and Victoria Binns | firstname.lastname@example.org | 979.450.1482
IT Support: Royce Robinson | email@example.com | 979.845.5795
Graduate Program: Lindsay Hutchins | firstname.lastname@example.org
Undergraduate Program: Faegen Lee and Lindsay Hutchins | email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org