Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

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Reviewed: 10/20/2020

CTX Updates & Announcements

Concordia University Texas continues to monitor recent developments of Coronavirus (COVID-19). The University is evaluating the best steps to ensure the health and safety of our community with as little disruption as possible to the lives of students and employees.

The latest updates and announcements will be posted here as decisions are made. Because news changes rapidly, please note the dates posted for all updates. Communications going out to students, faculty/staff and parents/families will be posted under "Latest Communications" on the right side of this page.

Stay Informed, Communicate Concerns or Request Assistance

As the situation continues to evolve, please check this website for updated information. If you have personal concerns (travel plans, concerns over exposure or specific learning needs), please submit the COVID-19 Resources Request Form.

Check for Symptoms Before Coming to Campus

*In accordance with City of Austin regulation, face coverings are required for all persons inside campus facilities.

All persons are required to self-assess each day—before arrival to campus—for symptoms associated with COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

You should seek immediate medical care if experiencing the following symptoms:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

Employees who experience these symptoms must:

  • Notify their supervisor immediately and begin a 14-day at-home isolation until a test comes back negative for COVID-19 and they are symptom-free without medication for 72 hours, or
  • Until the 14-day isolation period has passed and they are symptom-free without medication for 72 hours.

Students who experience these symptoms should:

  • Notify the Office of Student Affairs immediately and must begin a 14-day at-home isolation until a test comes back negative for COVID-19 and they are symptom-free without medication for 72 hours, or
  • Until the 14-day isolation period has passed and they are symptom free without medication for 72 hours.
CTX Response & Prevention

University Response & Preventive Measures

CTX has developed a COVID-19 Emergency Operations Plan for Academic Year 2020-2021, which includes a Hygiene Plan for cleaning procedures in campus classrooms and common areas.

The following measures are currently in place, with additional measures being added as necessary.

  • The CTX Office of Emergency Management (OEM) monitors the evolving situation and coordinates closely with local and state health and public safety agencies, as well as local government, schools and universities. OEM holds regular meetings with CTX administrators and stakeholders throughout the institution to assist in preparation, prevention, response, mitigation and recovery efforts.
  • OEM continues distributing hand sanitizing supplies, sanitizing common surfaces regularly, tracking University travel and restricting travel to high-risk areas. 
  • The University posts reminders about washing hands and signage about healthy habits to help prevent viruses from spreading.
  • CTX custodial crews sanitize facilities day and night, including high-touch surfaces such as doorknobs, handles and computer keyboards in labs. 
  • CTX created hand sanitizing stations and placed them throughout campus. 
  • On the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), we remind anyone who begins experiencing fever, cough, or difficulty breathing to contact their primary healthcare provider. 
  • The University is in contact and coordinating with Austin Public Health (APH) to respond appropriately if needed.
Curriculum Changes

Curriculum Changes & Delivery

Like many colleges across the nation, Concordia is making changes to curriculum delivery. Our University leadership has made the following decisions:

Fall 2020 Planning & Updates

Services & Support

University Services & Support

The care of our students remains our primary concern. Unless the threat becomes more severe in our local area and we are directed otherwise by public health officials:

  • We will provide the highest level of support possible to ensure that our students get the support they need to be academically successful in a new learning environment.
  • As a Lutheran Christian institution of higher education, one of our priorities is care for the whole person, including spiritual care. Pastoral care will still be available during this time, and we are exploring options for a virtual daily campus devotional.

VIRTUAL OPERATIONS: CTX OFFICES & SERVICES

Remote Work Resources

Download: CTX Zoom Background Images (ZIP)

Travel

University Travel & Prevention

Study Abroad:  The University is not allowing study abroad for Fall 2020.

Concordia University Texas has temporarily suspended all University-sponsored and University-related travel for students, faculty and staff to areas designated as Level 2 or Level 3 by the CDC.

Personal travel to Level 2 or Level 3 locations will require at-home isolation of 14 days upon return, before returning to campus. The University strongly advises, during these fourteen days, that the student, faculty member or staff member:

  • Remains at home
  • Avoids using commercial transportation
  • Avoids places of general public congregation

Students, faculty and staff should consider the local situation before traveling. Check the CDC Travel Health Notices to stay informed about the ongoing situation at your destination and to check updated travel advisories. If you are planning personal travel, CTX highly recommends that you abide by U.S. government guidance, and please be mindful of the potential associated risk of disruptions to your return. It is important that all travelers adhere to these procedures in order to protect the health and safety of our campus community. Faculty and staff should register their travel plans with the CTX Office of Emergency Management (CTX OEM) by emailing Anthony.Brown@concordia.edu.

CDC & COVID-19 Information

CDC Prevention Information & COVID-19 Resources

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Please review How to Protect Yourself to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses.

The CDC has issued travel advisories to high-risk areas, asking travelers to avoid nonessential travel to Europe, China, South Korea, Iran and other countries. View the full list of CDC travel advisories.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Classes & Academic Requirements

Who can help navigate issues around missed classes, residence hall needs, etc.?
Submit the COVID-19 Resource Request Form so we can appropriately respond to your needs.

Access to Online Classes & Resources

What if I have to go home and do not have access to everything I need to complete my course-work? What if I don’t have a computer or Wi-Fi capabilities, library resources, etc.?
Please let Concordia know of your situation, and we will try to point you to resources in your local community that may be able to help.

Now that my classes are being delivered online, will I have to log on to my classes at the same time and day as I would attend my on-ground classes, or can I log on any time and complete assignments?
Each faculty member will communicate to their class about what to expect regarding the timing of their course delivery. Faculty members will not change the scheduled times of their classes.

Can I access academic support services, such as tutoring, the Writing Center, etc., now that my classes are delivered remotely?
Please check: Virtual Operations: Status of CTX Offices & Services

We provide online tutoring through Tutor.com. The CTX Library electronic resources and access to our librarians remain available.

Can faculty require us to turn in hard copies of assignments?
That doesn’t seem necessary as assignments can be turned in through Blackboard, but please contact Student Central to confirm.

Campus Hours, Operations & Services

Will support offices be open?
Yes. Please check: Virtual Operations: Status of CTX Offices & Services

Please contact studentcentral@concordia.edu with specific questions.

Can I come to campus?
All CTX offices and services will be available virtually. Please check Virtual Operations: Status of CTX Offices & Services.

Tuition & Financial Information

I have specific questions regarding my tuition and financial aid options, where do I go?
Please contact a Student Financial Planner: studentcentral@concordia.edu or 512-313-4700.

Travel

If a travel course or some other event is canceled, will refunds be available?
We will communicate directly with the students involved if canceling travel or any activity is necessary.

I’m a current international student and have questions regarding my F-1 visa, Who should I contact?
Cindy Melendez, Concordia’s Designated School Official (DSO), is your main point of contact to navigate any questions regarding international travel and visa information. She can be contacted by email (preferred) cindy.melendez@concordia.edu or by phone at 512-313-4617.

For media inquiries, please contact Heidi Robbe at heidi.robbe@concordia.edu or 512-313-4125.