COLLEGE STATION, TX — All Texas A&M students living on campus for the upcoming spring semester must be tested for COVID-19 before January 22, according to university leadership.
President Michael K. Young and Provost Carol A. Fierke made the announcement in a letter to students Monday.
Before the start of the spring semester, the university is requiring all students, whether they are attending classes in-person or online, to complete an online COVID-19 Training and Certification no later than January 13.
The training must be completed before arriving on campus.
Students who are living in university housing on the College Station campus must be tested for COVID-19 before the end of the first week of classes, meaning on or before January 22.
Students will be allowed to test remotely or participate in free testing on campus.
Those living off-campus are not required to be tested. However, the university is "strongly [encouraging] and [asking] them to do so, especially if attending in-person classes, visiting campus, accessing in-person campus resources and/or attending in-person student activities."
Additionally, all employees working on Bryan-College Station campus/ sites are required to test for COVID-19 before the start of the semester or returning to work. This includes faculty, staff, part-time employees, student workers and grad assistants.
Student employees must be tested before the start of the semester or returning to work.
Employees must take a COVID-19 PCR test between January 2 and January 12 in order to provide results by January 15.
Young and Fierke are encouraging all students, faculty and staff returning from travel outside of the Brazos Valley to avoid contact with others "to the greatest extend possible for 72 hours."