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Fall 2020 Class Instruction Guidance for Faculty and Staff

June 29, 2020, 4:30 p.m. CDT

Dear Faculty and Staff,

As we approach the middle of summer, I want to share the most current information available on how Texas A&M University plans to implement classes this fall. As you know by now, it is incredibly difficult to predict just how the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the COVID-19 disease will impact us locally. It is undeniable that the pandemic has affected daily operations at Texas A&M, and our teams are working diligently to adjust and prepare for the return of our campus community this fall. We are prepared to be fluid in our planning and are building in contingency plans as needed.

What will not change is our firm commitment to you that Texas A&M, as a public land grant institution, will fulfill our commitment to provide the best possible education, research, and service to our state. With everyone’s help, we will do this as safely as possible considering the current pandemic situation that has encompassed our state, country, and the globe. 

We anticipate that the new schedule of courses will be available for review in Howdy on Monday, July 6th. As indicated in my previous email, be aware that almost all course start times and many locations will change in the new schedule to allow for the extension of the day, additional time in between classes, and physical distancing. Colleges will have approximately two weeks to make changes to the Fall 2020 schedule and course offerings. We will post the finalized schedule on Friday, July 24th. On Monday, July 27th, registration will open for students to be able to make changes to their fall schedule if they wish to do so as in previous years.

Given the need to be flexible, last Friday we notified all students that they should have access to a computer to use to complete their courses. Making this a university-level requirement should begin to address the inequities in students’ access to technology. Financial aid recipients may be eligible for additional funding to cover this purchase, while other students have access to emergency aid. Some colleges and professional schools may already have this policy in place as part of their program requirement.  

Finally, we have outlined details about the university calendar, the schedule, and the instruction of courses here, including expectations for face-to-face, remote, and online course delivery. We anticipate updating this page with new information as it becomes available.    

Thank you for your continued patience as we continue to plan for the fall semester. I anticipate updating you with additional information the week of July 13th.  


Carol A. Fierke
Provost and Executive Vice President