COVID-19 Guidance


Effective Thursday, March 19, 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic LAUNCH is moving all appointments, meetings, courses, and programming online. No face to face meetings will be accepted and Henderson Hall will be locked. Please contact LAUNCH staff via email or phone.

On March 25, Texas A&M University announced the COVID-19 Disaster Relief Fund. Your gift to the fund will support those suffering from financial hardship as a result of circumstances surrounding COVID-19, such as those Aggies who are struggling to find alternative housing or face unexpected moving expenses, or those facing food insecurity or lost wages.

More information on the Texas A&M Foundation's Disaster Relief Fund website

Click here to donate to the Disaster Relief Fund. 
 

Students seeking emergency aid as a result of circumstances surrounding COVID-19 should complete the Scholarships & Financial Aid Emergency Aid Application.

From Texas A&M University’s Scholarships & Financial Aid office to all students that might need assistance with equipment to connect virtually for classes or pay for extra data usage, among other issues that may affect their financial stability due to the COVID-19 virus:

"We are prepared to assist each student with not only options they already have available, but whatever additional aid we can offer. At this time, we are asking students to complete the Emergency Aid Application. Our office will respond to individual students as soon as possible with all available options. If you require additional information or would like to discuss this in further detail, please visit or call our office at (979) 845-3236.”

Spectrum

Spectrum is offering FREE Broadband and FREE Wifi to students for 60 days. Visit the Spectrum website to find out more.

Comcast

Comcast is offering low-income families who are new customers FREE Internet Essentials service for 60 days through their Xfinity services. In addition, Comcast announced that WiFi hotspots are free for everyone, data plans have been paused for 60 days to give everyone unlimited data for no charge, and there will be no disconnects or late fees if you contact them ahead of time. Find out more on the Comcast website.

Altice/Suddenlink

Altice/Suddenlink is offering Altice Advantage broadband free for 60 days to any new household in our service area with K-12 and/or college students who may be displaced due to school closures and who do not currently have home internet access. If you live in the Optimum service area, please call 866.200.9522 or visit the Optimum Coronavirus website.

Chartwells On Campus Dining issued the following statement to the campus:

"All locations are still open and available for students with or without meal plans. That is our directive from the University and we’re following all policies & procedures. We spoke with our leadership and were advised to utilize the current Swipe Out Hunger program for any students in need during this time. There are currently 835 meals available to be donated for the remainder of the semester. Student Assistance Services would need to be involved to determine how those meals are distributed for students in need and follow the same process."

Be sure to direct all questions about meal plan refunds and policies to fda@tamu.edu.

For residents canceling their housing contract, removing their belongings, and returning their key after March 24, room rent refunds or credits will be based on the number of nights between the date of check-out and the end of the contract term, May 9. Individuals who have questions about this process should contact Residence Life: (888) 451-3896 or (979) 845-4744 or the Reslife On-campus Housing website.

You can donate your remaining meal plans through the Swipe Out Hunger program. Your unused meals will help any students in need during this time. You must work with Student Assistance Services to donate your meals. 

Be sure to direct all questions about meal plan refunds and policies to fda@tamu.edu.

Students who wish to receive a refund (or credit) for dining must apply on the FDA Dining Credit website; the students' dining privileges will be suspended the business day following their application. This refund (or credit) will be calculated based upon the total amount of unused dining dollars and a prorated amount for meal plans based on the length of time between the business day following their application and May 9, 2020.

Hullabaloo U's Tips To Be A Successful Online Learner

  • Treat online and on campus classes the same
    • Treat an online class the same way as an on-campus course.
    • Be prepared.
    • Your professors will have work you’ll do on your own time, as well as live, real-time lectures or discussions.
    • Be sure to dedicate the time necessary to do work on your own time.
  • Stay Engaged – It might feel more challenging right now, but our goal is for students to stay connected and engaged with the campus, their classmates, advisor, and faculty. 
    • Collaborate in online course discussions to better grasp the course materials and connect with classmates.
    • Set up a Google Hangout to have group discussions. 
    • Request a virtual meeting with your professor if you have questions about the material.
    • Reach out to your professor if you are falling behind with the online coursework for any reason. It’s better to get the help you need as early as possible.
  • Time Management
    • Plan ahead. Use a day planner or Google calendar to keep track of deadlines and assignments.
    • Create a daily and/or weekly schedule that includes online class time and study time.
    • Don’t multi-task.
    • Set a timer. Using a timer or phone alarm for 25-40 minutes allows you to work uninterrupted for a scheduled period of time and will help you stay on track.
    • Review each course syllabus to ensure you stay on top of upcoming tests and quizzes.
  • Practice mental wellness and avoid burnout
    • Take short 5-15 minute breaks after working on the computer for 25-40 minutes.
    • Move around and stretch.
    • Relax in ways that de-stress. Get a good night’s sleep, 7-8 hours, every day.
  • Staying focused and eliminating distractions will help you  meet deadlines and avoid procrastination.
    • Once again, set time aside each week as class time and study time.
    • Don’t let Netflix, Amazon shopping, or YouTube distract you from meeting course deadlines.
    • Figure out what strategy works best for you.
  • If you need help staying focused, consider creating lists using a project management tool, such as Trello or Smartsheet, to help organize tasks.
    • If you prefer a traditional to-do list, then look at digital notebooks like Todoist or Evernote.
    • Cold Turkey and Freedom can help eliminate distractions by blocking the apps and websites such as Youtube, Snapchat, and Twitter.
  • Academic Advisor
    • Reach out to your advisor for guidance and support.
    • Advisors are available via email, phone, and Zoom. 
  • Educational Environment
    • Wherever you choose to study, organize your space to help you focus on your studies; ensure reliable high-speed internet as best you can.
    • Headphones may be helpful if your professor posts a required course video to watch.
  • Keep your device(s) charged!