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West Texas A&M University has been named the No. 1 safest school in Texas and in the Top 10 of the United States, and we are committed to keeping our Buffalo community safe.

WT’s plans are consistent with guidance provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the State of Texas, and The Texas A&M University System (TAMUS), Randall and Potter counties, the cities of Amarillo and Canyon and the Bi-County Health Department. As our knowledge of the COVID-19 virus grows, our guidelines will evolve.

 

How we’re keeping you safe 

Testing

WT is pleased that The Texas A&M University System is moving forward with increased accessibility and availability of COVID-19 testing. All students will be eligible for testing, as will any staff or faculty member experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or who believe they might have been exposed.

Learn more about WT's free on-campus COVID-19 testing.

Sanitation

SSC teams have enhanced their disinfecting and cleaning practices across campus and are paying particular attention to high-traffic areas and high-touch fixtures such as doorknobs, light switches and handrails. SSC monitors soap and hand sanitizer dispensers and is refilling them as needed. If you find a station that needs to be refilled please contact SSC (ext. 2133 or physicalplant@wtamu.edu) with the exact location.

 

Doing your part

Masks or face coverings are required for everyone on campus, unless a health-related exception exists, in all indoor public areas (excluding private offices and private residential spaces) and in all outdoor spaces where six feet or more of physical distancing is challenging to maintain reliably. This includes, for students, all classrooms and laboratories; faculty will not be required to do so to facilitate clear instruction. All students living in resident halls will be provided a mask, and all freshmen will receive one during Buff Branding.

All students are asked to take special precautions to avoid exposure for at least two weeks prior to the start of the fall semester.

  • Sick students must not go to class on campus.
  • Maintain social distancing guidelines.
  • Wash hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Keep a supply of hand sanitizer (if possible). 
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw it away. Wash your hands afterwards.
  • Disinfect all high-touch areas in your living area on a regular basis. Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.

 

What you need to know for Fall 2020

Orientation

Buff Nation: A Buff Branding and Orientation Event will be a hybrid gathering this year. Specific plans are still being drawn up. Visit wtamu.edu/nso and wtamu.edu/buffbranding for the latest.

Buff Guarantee

Students will receive a 100 percent refund of any tuition, fees, books, and room and board if they withdraw from the University on or before Aug. 23. Students need to enroll early to ensure they’ll be placed in the style of class that they prefer, and housing slots are almost gone, as well.

Texas A&M University System Board of Regents’ Scholarship Fund

WT will offer more than $500,000 for first-time and transfer students in 2020 through a new, 10-year, $100 million scholarship fund. The money targets diverse students, first-generation college students and/or students from low-income families.