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Residential Living Updated COVID-19 Protocols

Updated COVID-19 Protocols Starting June 1, 2022

As we work through the summer and get into the 2022-2023 academic year, we want to provide updated information on the COVID-19 protocols West Texas A&M University has implemented starting June 1, 2022. 

Residential Living will not provide alternative housing on campus for students who need to isolate or quarantine. We encourage all residents living on campus to create an action plan in the event you are required to isolate due to COVID-19 diagnosis or exposure. Your plan should include a location to complete isolation/quarantine off campus and plans for access to groceries, meals, and access to necessary medications. 

If you test positive for COVID-19:

  • Vacate your residence hall to isolate off campus for a minimum of 5 days.
  • You can return to campus after five days if you show no signs of symptoms of COVID-19, or COVID symptoms are improving, and
  • You have been fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication.
  • A mask must be in use at all times while on campus for a minimum of 10 days.
  • If you cannot vacate campus, you will need to shelter in place in your room throughout the isolation period.

If you are exposed to COVID-19:

  • If you are up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations, there is no need to quarantine.
    • Monitor yourself for symptoms.
    • A mask must be in use at all times while on campus for a minimum of 10 days.
  • If you are not up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations
    • Vacate your residence hall to isolate off campus for a minimum of 5 days.
    • You can return to campus after five days if you show no signs of symptoms of COVID-19.
    • A mask must be in use at all times while on campus for a minimum of 10 days.
    • If you develop symptoms, get tested and if positive follow the instructions for testing positive.
    • If you cannot vacate campus, you will need to shelter in place in your room throughout the quarantine period. 

Students who have a meal plan will be permitted to go to any of the dining locations on campus, provided they wear a mask, to get the meals to-go and promptly leave.

If you feel you have a medical situation that needs to be considered or that would be impacted by these updated protocols, you can request a medical exemption found here: https://www.wtamu.edu/_files/docs/ResLiving/Exemptions/University%20Residency%20Exemption-SP22.pdf 

Through this process, you can request medical accommodations in your on-campus room or request to be exempt from the housing requirement based off medical documentation provided by their health care professional.

For more information about WTAMU’s COVID-19 Protocols please visit https://www.wtamu.edu/about/information/covid-19/index.html