TWU's
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Coronavirus

COVID Testing

FREE COVID testing is available on TWU's Denton campus for TWU students, faculty and staff 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. on these dates:

  • Nov. 2-6
  • Nov. 16-20
  • Nov. 30 - Dec. 4

Denton COVID Testing Info

Information about testing in the Dallas area:
gogettested.com

Information about testing in the Houston area:
covidcheck.hctx.net
houstonemergency.org 

COVID Reporting

If you think you are sick, or were exposed to someone who was, you must report it. 

Employees and students are required to report all suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19, as well as close, prolonged exposure to other individuals who may have COVID-19, using the confidential online form.

COVID-19 Reporting Form

Learn the difference between quarantine and isolation.

Required COVID-19 Self-Screening

All TWU employees, students and visitors are required to self-screen daily BEFORE coming to any TWU campus. This is in accordance with the Governor’s reopening guidelines.

For more details, download the COVID-19 Self-Screening Form

Supervisors, be sure to read the COVID-19 Prevention in the Workplace document

How To Self-Screen

Prior to coming to campus each day, assess yourself for any of the following COVID-19 signs or symptoms:

  • Feeling feverish or temperature greater than 100℉
  • Chills or repeated shaking with chills
  • Unexplained new or worsening cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Unexplained muscle aches
  • Unexplained sore throat
  • Unexplained nausea or vomiting
  • Unexplained congestion or runny nose
  • Unexplained fatigue
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Unexplained headache
  • Diarrhea
  • Close contact with anyone having COVID-19

If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, STOP! Do not come to campus.

Reboarding training for employees

These requirements must be fulfilled before employees may return to campus:

  1. Notification from your supervisor of your campus return date.
  2. Completion of the reboarding training prior to returning to campus.

The online reboarding training covers new procedures and guidelines, as well as community expectations, necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The training currently is  available in two formats and works with Chrome, Firefox and Safari browsers — it does not work in Internet Explorer:

To get credit for the training, you must sign the acknowledgment form that is linked on the last slide. If you have visual impairments and need the training in a format that enables screen readers, please email risk@twu.edu

The training also is available for students and other non-employees to voluntarily complete. We encourage everyone to check back and refresh themselves on current guidance as we continue to navigate the “new normal.”

TWU's Fall and Spring Plans

TWU student studies online in the student union

There are no changes to our fall 2020 calendar, and courses will resume as currently scheduled following Thanksgiving Break. We ask that members of the TWU Community remain vigilant and follow social distancing guidelines during the holidays to assist with our efforts to manage the virus at the university.

At this time, our academic calendar has not changed for the spring semester. We will offer a mixture of online, hybrid and in-person learning options. Classes will start Jan. 11, 2021, and we will have spring break March 8-12, 2021.

Latest Updates

For Travelers - updated Oct. 6, 2020

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*International Travel

As of August 25, 2020, the CDC no longer requires mandatory quarantine upon return from international travel. Therefore, at this time, you do not need to report international travel to TWU Risk Management or quarantine upon your return. However, should you be exposed to somebody with COVID-19 during your travels, or are showing symptoms of COVID-19, you must still report this to Risk Management using the COVID-19 Reporting Form.

University travel and travel between campuses

  • All non-essential university travel – both domestic and international – is restricted until further notice
  • Please use videoconferencing or other virtual means, when possible.

Frequently Asked Questions

For Employees — updated July 14, 2020

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*Return-to-campus date now scheduled for Aug. 3

Please see the Chancellor's July 14 message for details. This pertains to employees who are not already cleared to work on campus by their supervisors.

Reboarding training for employees

These requirements must be fulfilled before employees may return to campus:

  1. Notification from your supervisor of your campus return date.
  2. Completion of the reboarding training prior to returning to campus.

The online reboarding training covers new procedures and guidelines, as well as community expectations, necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The training currently is  available in two formats and works with Chrome, Firefox and Safari browsers — it does not work in Internet Explorer:

To get credit for the training, you must sign the acknowledgment form that is linked on the last slide. If you have visual impairments and need the training in a format that enables screen readers, please email risk@twu.edu

The training also is available for students and other non-employees to voluntarily complete. We encourage everyone to check back and refresh themselves on current guidance as we continue to navigate the “new normal.”

Telecommuting

Employees are required to telecommute unless deemed as essential personnel. If you become ill during the quarantine period, you are eligible to use sick leave and rest rather than telecommuting. Prior to resuming any TWU related activity, employees must contact TWU Risk Management (risk@twu.edu)  —see form.

Resources for telecommuters

ITS has put together a Google site that provides information to TWU employees on how to work remotely: https://sites.google.com/twu.edu/twu-remotework/home. Call technical support at 940-898-3971or email servicedesk@twu.edu if you need assistance.

Among the steps, think about the files and applications you need at home. Ensure your work-at-home computer is updated and secure. VPN is not required for email or access to Google Drive files. Plan ahead for phone calls and voicemail messages. Voicemails will be sent to your email, and in many cases, you can respond to them from a personal phone. Phones can be forwarded to an off-campus number in many cases.

Frequently Asked Questions

For International Students - Updated July 14, 2020

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security rescinded the new SEVP guidelines issued last week. According to media sources, international students should be allowed to take fully online course loads this fall. TWU is waiting to receive more details on this decision.

For Prospective Students — updated July 6, 2020

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*Campus Tours On Hold

In the interest of the health and safety of our visitors and the campus community, we are postponing on-campus tours until further notice.

Online meetings with admissions counselors are available and strongly encouraged. Schedule an appointment today, register for the Transfer Connection experience or take a virtual campus tour.

To speak to an admissions counselor: admissions@twu.edu | 940-898-3188

*Virtual TSI Testing

TWU’s Academic Testing Services now offers remote TSI assessments. Our Virtual Testing Voucher fee is $20, plus a $20 remote proctoring fee: $40 for all three subjects. You must prepay and make an appointment. You must have a built-in or external webcam, microphone and speakers to test virtually. More information and step-by-step instructions are available on the Academic Testing Services website.

Entrance Exam Requirements

ACT/SAT and GRE/GMAT requirements are temporarily suspended in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fall 2020 Classes

At this time, a university-wide decision to move all classes online for the Fall 2020 semester has not been made. However, TWU does provide many classes in an online format and may move additional classes online for fall should circumstances necessitate the move to a virtual format. The best resource for determining the class format for fall is the schedule of classes. All updates and changes to formats will be reflected in the schedule of classes. TWU continues to monitor the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and how it will affect the Fall 2020 semester.

Frequently Asked Questions

For Current Students — updated June 17, 2020

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*Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

We are no longer accepting applications for Emergency Aid at this time. Check back for updates.

*Fall 2020 Classes

At this time, plans for the Fall 2020 semester include

  • Prioritize courses that need in-person instruction to achieve course objectives;
  • Work with facilities to creatively use spaces we do not typically use as classrooms to maximize the opportunity for on-campus instruction;
  • Potentially increase the number of classes that meet on Saturdays;
  • Facilitate large sections online, some with smaller breakout sessions for discussion;
  • Ensure each course can easily transition to fully online—and perhaps back—should our contact tracing team require individual isolation for a time; and
  • Publish an updated schedule in July to allow time for any needed changes.
We will have the same published start and end date, but we will remain agile should local and state health officials change their guidance on maintaining the health and safety of our community.

*Graduation Regalia Returns

Returns for regalia to the Bookstore and to Herff Jones have been extended to July 17, 2020. Please check out the Student Life website for updates and more information.

Summer Courses

TWU continues to monitor official health and safety guidelines to evaluate if we can provide limited face-to-face courses, including labs and practicums, later in the summer. See the Summer 2020 Academic Calendar for registration deadlines.

May 2020 Virtual Commencement

TWU hosted an online celebration of Spring & Summer 2020 graduates in May. To view the ceremonies, visit https://twu.edu/commencement-2020/

Pass/DCR/No Credit Grading Option for Spring 2020

For the Spring 2020 term only, TWU implemented an interim grading policy that allowed undergraduate students in undergraduate courses to opt for a Pass/DCR/No Credit grading option for each of their courses and provided them the ability to receive credit for course completion with no impact to their GPAs. 

Library Materials Due Date Update

All Denton campus library materials are now due on Dec. 15, 2020. Returned items can be placed in the book drop in front of the Blagg-Huey Library prior to that date, if necessary.

If you are not returning to campus, please contact the Library Information Desk to make alternative return accommodations.

Academic Accommodations

With the online delivery of courses, you may need to submit a request for academic accommodations.

Housing and Dining

Student Life has provided information for residential students regarding prorated credits for housing and dining.

Frequently Asked Questions

COVID-19 Self-Reporting Requirements - updated June 9, 2020

TWU students and employees MUST notify TWU by completing the COVID-19 Reporting Form, if any of the following COVID-19 conditions are present:

  • You, someone you live with, or someone you have been in close, prolonged contact with is sick and exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms*
  • You, someone you live with, or someone you have been in close, prolonged contact with is considered a Person Under Investigation (PUI) for COVID-19
  • You, someone you live with, or someone you have been in close, prolonged contact has tested positive or been diagnosed with COVID-19
  • You, someone you live with, or someone you have been in close, prolonged contact has been instructed by Public Health Officials to self-isolate due to COVID-19

*See the CDC website for a list of possible symptoms.

Close is generally defined as within 6 feet, and prolonged is any exposure greater than a few minutes, according to the CDC. If any of the situations described above apply to you, complete COVID-19 Reporting Form. For further information, contact TWU Risk Management.

Campus Access Updates - updated July 14, 2020

TWU-Denton campus

As of July 14:

  • The Bursar's Office is open.
  • Library Hours (all campuses)
  • The Campus Store at Brackenridge Hall opens for in-store transactions, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. (M-F).
  • The Student Union in Hubbard Hall opens with limited hours: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. M-F.
  • Select on-campus dining services are open. Check the Dining Services website for updates.

TWU's Houston and Dallas campuses

For Supervisors — updated May 29, 2020

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*Prevention in the Workplace

Risk Management has compiled a list of guidelines for supervisors to read and follow as employees return to campus. Be sure to read the COVID-19 Prevention in the Workplace document and bookmark the link as the document will be updated as CDC guidance changes.

Supervising Telecommuting Employees

Supervisors are responsible for ensuring employees are effectively performing the functions of their position while working in a temporary telecommuting arrangement. Supervisors may also modify employee duties based on the current operational needs of the department. Daily reports of work duties/tasks performed are expected to be submitted by employees to their supervisors. Please click the following to download optional attachments with documents you and your employees are welcome to use:

Forms

Additional information has been added to the Supervisor FAQ page.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

TWU students and employees MUST stay home and notify TWU by completing the COVID-19 Reporting Form, if any of the following COVID-19 conditions are present.

  • You, someone you live with, or someone you have been in close, prolonged contact with is sick and exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms (can include cough, fever, shortness of breath)
  • You, someone you live with, or someone you have been in close, prolonged contact with is considered a Person Under Investigation (PUI) for COVID-19
  • You, someone you live with, or someone you have been in close, prolonged contact has tested positive or been diagnosed with COVID-19
  • You, someone you live with, or someone you have been in close, prolonged contact has been instructed by Public Health Officials to self-isolate due to COVID-19

Close is generally defined as within 6 feet, and prolonged is any exposure greater than a few minutes, according to the CDC. If any of the situations described above apply to you, complete COVID-19 Reporting Form. For further information, contact TWU Risk Management.

  • Based on CDC recommendations and travel restrictions, all TWU students and employees who have traveled to ANY international location within the past 14 days are requested to complete this self-report form.
  • In addition, employees and students who have traveled internationally since February 29 must self-isolate for 14 days after their return to the U.S. During the isolation, students and employees should monitor their health.
  • Anyone who is exhibiting any illness symptoms—not just a confirmed case of Covid-19—should self-isolate until fully recovered.
  • If you are experiencing any illness symptoms, including fever, cough or difficulty breathing, and you have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or have traveled from an area where the spread of COVID-19 has been reported in the last 14 days, call ahead before going to your doctor’s office or emergency room to prevent any potential spread. 

Training for transition to online instruction - updated July 13, 2020

The Office of Teaching & Learning with Technology offers resources to faculty migrating courses to online formats. Check out the Transition to Online Delivery webpage for more information.

Additional Resources

Media Inquiries

All media inquiries contact Matt Flores at mflores48@twu.edu

Page last updated 11:44 AM, November 11, 2020