Spring 2022 Welcome and Updates

Open letter to students, sent Jan. 6...

Dear TWU Pioneers,

I hope you had a great winter break and enjoyed some downtime. By now you should have received Dr. Feyten’s message regarding the start of our spring semester. In addition to remaining fluid, one of the university’s key goals is to allow for a more gradual return to campus density while starting classes as scheduled on Tuesday, Jan. 18.

Our campuses will remain open and ready to serve you, but we will implement and encourage the following:

Teaching and Learning

Faculty will have the flexibility to modify the course delivery format for the first three weeks to allow for online instruction with an in-person option if possible. You will receive specific instructions from your instructor(s) regarding details. Please watch your email. 

If your instructor implements changes, those classes should shift back to the assigned teaching modality on Monday, Feb. 7. If you need to request additional accommodations due to COVID-19, please remember to complete the Health and Academic Support Request Form available on the TWU Coronavirus webpage.

Residence Halls and Dining

Residence halls will open as scheduled and will be ready to accommodate students as planned on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 1-5 p.m., and SHS will be hosting a vaccine clinic during that time in the Stark Commons as well. See the Housing website for more information. Additionally, dining services on all campuses will resume operations according to this schedule.

New Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently shortened isolation and quarantine guidance for the public. Your vaccination status determines your guidelines, and you should note the differences in restrictions for those who are boosted within two to six months of their primary series, depending on vaccine brand. As such we have modified our quarantine protocols, so please familiarize yourself with the new requirements. Additionally, Risk Management will continue contact tracing, so please complete the COVID-19 Reporting Form if you have tested positive for COVID-19, are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, or have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19.

Masking Recommended

Masks are highly encouraged while indoors, regardless of your vaccination status. 

Vaccination and Testing

TWU does not plan to implement the proactive testing program at this time. The best way to prevent getting the virus and spreading it to others is getting vaccinated or boosted if you are eligible. For Denton and Dallas students, Student Health Services is accepting appointments for PCR testing and vaccination, and we are working on providing additional testing options for Dallas. Houston students may use UT Health Services vaccination (appointment required) and may contact the Houston Health Department for available testing sites. 

Events

We will continue to offer events and activities on campus, including Maroon Madness. If an event is indoors, please be mindful of our masking recommendations and be flexible if changes are required. Decisions about whether to move forward with campus activities will be left to the discretion of the vice president.

With your continued vigilance, we will get through this together. Stay safe, stay well, and have a great 2022! 

With Pioneer Pride,
Monica Mendez-Grant, Ed.D.
Vice President for Student Life

Page last updated 3:36 PM, January 6, 2022