Message from the Chancellor (COVID 19 March 13, 2020 2 p.m.)

A Message from the Chancellor

Update, March 13, 2020 at 2 P.M.

Dear Texas Woman’s Community:

I hope you are able to take a little breather this weekend while we gear up to a new coronavirus-normal, at least for a while. I need to make you all aware of the following details.

Travel between campuses

To clarify about the domestic part of the travel ban (see previous message), we are asking you to travel between campuses, when necessary, by vehicle rather than by air. Please also consider using videoconferencing or other virtual means, when possible. In addition, you should avoid conferences or large gatherings.

Self-isolating requirements for international travelers and those who are sick

Notice to all TWU students and employees who have returned from international travel since February 29th, 2020.

As of March 12, 2020, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has greatly enhanced their travel restrictions. Based on CDC recommendations, all TWU students and employees who have traveled to ANY international location within the past 14 days are requested to complete a self-report form. In addition, employees and students who have traveled internationally since February 29th, must self-isolate for 14 days after your return to the U.S., and report to TWU Risk Management prior to resuming usual campus-related activities. During the isolation, students and employees should monitor their health.

As mentioned before, anyone who is exhibiting any cold or flu-like symptoms—not just a confirmed case of Covid-19—should self-isolate until fully recovered.

Students

If you are asked to self-isolate you should stay home—in your room, your apartment, or your house. Do not go to work, classes, athletic events, or any social gatherings until the conclusion of the self-isolation period. Prior to resuming any TWU related activity, students must contact TWU Risk Management (risk@twu.edu)—see form.

  • Ideally students asked to self-isolate should do so at home, off-campus. If campus is your primary residence, please contact Department of University Housing (housing@twu.edu).
  • Students concerned about medical symptoms or underlying health conditions should seek medical advice from their healthcare provider or Student Health Services at 940-898-3826.
  • An additional communication will be sent to all students who may need academic accommodations.
Employees

Self-isolating employees should contact their supervisors to discuss and make telecommuting arrangements as appropriate. If you become ill during the quarantine period, you are obviously eligible to use sick leave and rest rather than telecommute. Prior to resuming any TWU related activity, employees must contact TWU Risk Management (risk@twu.edu)  —see form.

Lone Star Conference Athletic Events

The Lone Star Conference met yesterday and decided to cancel all athletic events at least until March 31st.

I know each of us has a different set of challenges. Social distancing might also make you feel isolated and unable to share challenges and joys with each other as usual. I hope you will intensify communication with each other, albeit virtually. I also plan on sending you short messages in the coming weeks sharing stories of your innovations and creativity in facing challenges. I hope these will help you feel like we are staying connected. Again, thank you for being part of this wonderful community where we each take care of ourselves while supporting one another.

With Pioneer Pride,

Carine M. Feyten, Ph.D.
Chancellor and President

 

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