Guidance from Campus


To align with recent VPR guidance regarding undergraduate student workers employed in research settings, the eligibility for in-person credit-bearing undergraduate research has been expanded to include paid undergraduate student researchers who are returning to research programs/laboratories in which they have previous experience. They should be able to function with little further training or direct supervision so that physical distancing can be observed.
 
The original message describing the in-person undergraduate research request, including a link to the Qualtrics request form, can be found in the 05/08/2020 update below.
 
Please note that no new undergraduate researchers may be hired or permitted as volunteers. And, as noted previously, some colleges have established policies forbidding in-person undergraduate research for summer 2020. This approval process does NOT supersede any college policies regarding summer undergraduate research.
Undergraduate Studies is requesting information through a Qualtrics form to facilitate an approval process for students who need to complete in-person research to meet requirements for degree plans or for transformational learning programs. Please note the following:
  • Eligibility: Only students who are required to complete undergraduate research in summer 2020 to fulfill requirements for their degree or a transformational education program (e.g. Undergraduate Research Scholars). Students who are not required to complete research projects or who can defer research to a future term are not eligible.
  • Remote Research: This form is required only for students who need to conduct their research in an in-person format. Those who have projects that can be completed remotely do not require approval.
  • College Policies: Some colleges have established policies forbidding in-person undergraduate research for summer 2020. This approval process does NOT supersede any college policies regarding summer undergraduate research. Please distribute the link to others in your college as you feel most appropriate.
Link to Undergraduate Research Request Form: https://tamu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0HtsVIjX4ZqhBT7
 
The Vice President for Research at Texas A&M has provided guidance for faculty, staff, graduate students, and undergraduate students involved in research activity on their website. View the VPR's Official Guidance on Research During COVID-19.

On March 31, 2020 Governor Abbot issued Executive Order GA-14, which identifies essential services in the state: On 4/2/2020, the VPR announced that Texas A&M University, TEES, and AgriLife Research created forms for research groups to identify essential personnel and request approval for essential research: View the VPR's full statement from 4/2/2020.

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.

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.

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.