COVID-19 test mandatory for students, professors and staff in progress from August 23 to September 7 ten

August 22, 2021, 12:00 p.m. CDT

Mandatory COVID-19 testing for the entire Texas A&M University campus – regardless of vaccine status – begins Monday and continues through September 10, a move that public health experts around the world say is needed to help slow the “silent spread” fueled by symptom-free individuals.

According to the Texas Department of State Health Services:

  • As of Friday alone, Texas reported 22,650 new cases of COVID-19 and 198 deaths.
  • The Brazos Valley region – which includes Aggieland – has not have intensive care unit beds available on Fridays. Of the 576 staffed hospital beds in the region, only 36 were available.
  • Unvaccinated people are more likely to be hospitalized or die from COVID-19 than people who are fully vaccinated.
  • Two tools proven to help protect people from the contagious virus: Full vaccination and wearing a face cover. Texas A&M strongly encourages both. The vaccines, offered free of charge to students, professors and staff, are offered by the student health services of the AP Beutel health center.

All students, faculty and staff at each Texas A&M site are obligatory to participate in this first mandatory COVID-19 testing program for fall 2021. Everyone will be required to submit a COVID-19 diagnostic test provided free of charge by Texas A&M. One of the factors taken into account by the administration in determining safety protocols is the results of effective tests.

  • Exemptions from testing will be managed by human resources and organizational efficiency.
  • The tests are widely available on the flagship campus; a full list is below.
  • For the Bryan-College Station campus, tests performed by other off-campus entities not be accepted to meet the mandatory testing requirements.
  • Sites outside Bryan-College Station, see instructions below.

Sanctions for non-compliance with mandatory declarations

Students reported for non-compliance with mandatory COVID-19 reporting and / or quarantine / isolation requirements will go through the student conduct process. This may put a student at risk of separation (ie suspension or expulsion) from the university, or of being considered a “not in good standing” student. A “not in good standing” status makes the student subject to the following restrictions:

  • Ineligibility to hold office in a student organization recognized by Texas A&M or to hold elected or appointed office.
  • Ineligibility to represent the university in any way, including in any official function, intercollegiate athletics, or any form of intercollegiate competition or representation both on and off campus.

Professors and staff who do not comply with mandatory COVID-19 reporting, testing and / or quarantine / isolation requirements will receive a written reprimand, at a minimum, which will impact their eligibility for merit increases and will also be subject to review. other more severe disciplinary measures if necessary.

Tests carried out by other off-campus entities not be accepted to meet the requirements of the mandatory testing requirement. One of the factors taken into account by the administration in determining safety protocols is the results of effective tests.

A&M sites outside Bryan-College station

Sites outside of the flagship campus may have different mandatory test dates, according to their academic calendars. If you are on one of these campuses, please confirm the required testing window with your local campus. Check the following points regarding the locations of tests and vaccines:

Test details

No test will be offered on Sunday or Saturday September 4th. The locations and times are detailed below.

You have the choice of a shallow nasal PCR swab or a saliva PCR swab.

Shallow nasal swab test

The shallow nasal swab test is available at one of the following test sites. Appointments can be made through the Texas A&M Curative Inc. site. Results are available directly from Curative, usually within two days. This test involves a self-collected shallow nasal swab. Tests are available to all Texas A&M faculty, staff, students, or contractors, but are not open to the public.

Brown line, 8441 Riverside Pkwy., Bryan

Appointment are required.

Every Tuesday and Thursday, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Great hall of the YMCA

Appointment are recommended. Registration on site / on site because slots are available.

Monday to Friday, 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Rudder Square Kiosk

Appointment are recommended. Registration on site / on site because slots are available.

Monday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Mays Plaza Kiosk

Appointment are recommended. Registration on site / on site because slots are available.

Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Mobile test van

Registration on site / on site alone.

College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences: August 23-24, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

White Creek Apartments: August 25 to 28, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

* Site hours and availability may be adjusted due to inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances. Updates will be posted on this site and on social media whenever possible.

Anyone who tests positive should self-report and follow the guidelines for sick and exposed campus members.

Texas A&M saliva PCR test

The saliva PCR test, which involves giving a sample of saliva, does not require an appointment but pre-registration is recommended for all sites. On-site / on-site registration is available. Results are available within two working days. Tests are available to all Texas A&M faculty, staff, students, or contractors, but are not open to the public.

Pre-registration for teachers and staff: https://redcap.tamhsc.edu/surveys/?s=NKT9NNNPDL

Pre-registration for students: https://redcap.tamhsc.edu/surveys/?s=9H44TDTN9F

Student recreation center – 187 Corrington Drive, College Station

Courts 5 and 6. Enter the south side of the building near the baseball stadium and follow the signs to the court test site.

Parking is always available in 100J for anyone holding a Texas A&M parking permit. A few designated free parking spaces were made available to non-license holders to use during testing.

  • Wednesday August 25: 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Thursday August 26: 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Friday August 27: 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday August 31: 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday September 1st: 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Friday September 3: 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Monday September 6: 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday September 8: 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Thursday September 9: 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Friday September 10: 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Rudder tower, 2nd floor above the exhibition hall – 401 Joe Routt Boulevard, College Station

Enter from the front of the building and follow the signs to the 2nd floor, above the exhibition hall.

  • Friday September 3: 8 am-6pm
  • Monday September 6: 8 am-6pm
  • Tuesday September 7: 8 am-6pm
  • Wednesday September 8: 8 am-6pm
  • Thursday September 9: 8 am-6pm

Zachry Engineering Training Complex * – 125 Spence Street, College Station

  • Monday August 30: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Friday September 3: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Monday September 6: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Wednesday September 8: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

SBISA test tent * – 233 Houston St., College Station

  • Monday August 23: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday August 24: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

COMMON trial tent * – 725 Mosher Lane, College Station

  • Monday August 23: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday August 24: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Gardens Apartments * – 1100 Hensel Drive, College Station

Community learning center at Les Jardins

  • Saturday August 28: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Fan Field Drive Thru

  • Wednesday August 25: 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Thursday August 26: 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Friday August 27: 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Monday August 30: 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday August 31: 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday September 1st: 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Thursday September 2: 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

* Site hours and availability may be adjusted due to inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances. Updates will be posted on this site and on social media whenever possible.

Other mandatory actions previously announced

  • As noted in an August 5 post emailed to the campus community and posted online, students must confirm that they have read and agreed to abide by the guidelines described by logging in through the Howdy portal. Professors and staff must complete the course assignment now in TrainTraq.
  • Anyone who tested positive self-identify and follow the Guidelines for Sick and Exposed Campus Members.

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