Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Concordia University Texas has maintained a low positivity rate throughout the pandemic through a combination of risk mitigation, testing, and intervention.

Fall 2021 Instruction

Based on recent updates and guidance from national and state public health experts, CTX has made a preliminary decision to return to in-person learning for the Fall 2021 semester.

The University will announce a final decision before July 1.  

At CTX, caring for people is core to who we are, and therefore the health, safety, and wellbeing of our students, faculty, staff, and community remain our top priority. We will continue our hygiene and cleaning protocol and maintain our current mask requirement.  

We will continue to monitor the latest information and trends closely and adjust our plans as needed.

Return to Campus

As we prepare to welcome students back to campus for the Fall 2021 semester, we will focus our health and safety efforts on three primary strategies outlined below – risk mitigation, COVID-19 monitoring, and intervention:

Risk Mitigation

Our goal is to reduce the COVID-19 transmission risk significantly by requiring face coverings, using personal protective tools such as plexiglass barriers, and continuing our enhanced cleaning and sanitation procedures.  

  • Cleaning and sanitation – We will maintain our cleaning and sanitation efforts with guidance from the CDC and local public health officials. 
  • Face coverings – We will require face coverings in all public spaces on campus. 
  • Vaccination – We will continue working with our health care partner Austin Regional Clinic to offer vaccinations to CTX community members.*  

*We will not require all students, faculty, or staff to report vaccinations. However, students engaged in athletics, performing arts, university-related travel, or student groups that meet in person will be required to report vaccinations to remove other COVID-19 related testing and quarantining protocols.  

Residential Life
We will maintain the University's health and safety protocols, including continuing our cleaning and sanitation practices, requiring face coverings in public space, and practicing social distancing. We will be offering COVID-19 testing for residential students and making the vaccine available to our university community on campus.  

Residents are permitted to host other CTX student guests. Outside guests who are not CTX students are not permitted in residential rooms to maintain safety standards. 

COVID-19 Monitoring

Our partnership with Austin Regional Clinic helps us detect COVID-19 cases quickly to take quick action to reduce the risk of transmission to others in our campus community. We also monitor data from local, state, and national public health experts to make data-informed decisions about the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff.  

  • Symptomatic testing – Anyone who is symptomatic and unvaccinated must quarantine for ten days OR receive a negative test result no earlier than four days from their initial symptom. Concordia does not provide COVID-19 testing on-site, but our partners at Austin Regional Clinic – Wilson Parke, can assist. 
  • Asymptomatic testing – Anyone determined to be a first- or second-generation close contact of someone who has tested positive must quarantine for ten days OR receive a negative test result no earlier than four days from the exposure. Concordia does not provide COVID-19 testing on-site, but our partners at Austin Regional Clinic – Wilson Parke, can assist. 
  • Environmental monitoring – We actively monitor COVID-19 infection rates in Travis County and the surrounding communities. We will continue to follow the guidance of local, state, and national public health experts.
Intervention

We will continue our contact tracing and quarantine efforts. Once a person receives a COVID-19 diagnosis, they are encouraged to report it using the COVID-19 Positive Case / Exposure Form. A contact tracer will call within 24 hours to assess two generations of close contacts. Contact tracers will also walk the person with the positive case through the quarantine protocol. From there, the contact trace team will reach out to the 1st and 2nd generation close contacts and get them into the quarantine protocol.  

We strive to ensure students who test positive for COVID-19 feel supported and have a safe place to isolate themselves while they recover.

Vaccination

We encourage each member of our community to receive a vaccination. However, vaccinations are not required. Receiving a vaccination will remove testing and quarantining requirements for residential students, student-athletes, and students participating in performance-related or other extracurricular activities.

We will not require all students, faculty, or staff to report vaccinations. However, students engaged in athletics, performing arts, university-related travel, or student groups that meet in person will be required to report vaccinations to remove other COVID-19 related testing and quarantining protocols. Nursing students will also be required to report vaccinations. 

While vaccination reporting is not required of the entire campus community, informing the University of your vaccination will help us understand the potential risk for COVID-19 spread and exposure on our campus. You can let us know you have been vaccinated by sending a confidential email to COVID-19@concordia.edu

Concordia's quarantine protocols are different for people who are vaccinated and those who are not. Individuals who have been vaccinated and are symptomatic need only quarantine until their symptoms subside. They may return when they are feeling well and do not need a negative test result to return. Those who have been vaccinated are not considered close contacts even if they are exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Students who are vaccinated, and have reported their vaccination, are not required to participate in regular testing protocols if their program otherwise requires it, such as for student-athletes.  

We are committed to creating healthy and safe learning environments for all members of our CTX community and will be working with our partners to continue offering opportunities to receive the vaccination on campus.  

FAQ for Students

Q: Will we return to campus for the Fall 2021 semester?

A: While we continue to monitor emerging public health news and guidelines, we made the preliminary decision to return to in-person learning during the Fall 2021 semester. We will make the final decision before July 1. Students will receive email communication, and we will add updates here in Return to Campus.

Q: Why did the University decide to return to in-person learning for the Fall 2021 semester? 

A: Over the past 18 months, we have learned how essential in-person classes are to learning, socioemotional support, and building a sense of community on campus. Despite the changes and challenges we experienced because of COVID-19, we are confident we have provided high-quality virtual learning experiences. However, we recognize the immense value of learning face-to-face, collaborating with other students, and having access to resources for each student's personal and academic development. Students with documented medical concerns will have the option to apply for an in-person learning exemption. We will work with those students to ensure they receive a high-quality, equitable learning experience.  

Q: What precautions will Concordia University Texas take to ensure the health and safety of the campus community? 

A: We will maintain all our current health and safety protocols, including continuing our cleaning and sanitation practices, requiring face coverings in public space, practicing social distancing, and using larger classrooms and meeting rooms for classes, when possible, to increase the distance between people in shared spaces. We will also continue offering COVID-19 testing and making the vaccine available to our university community on campus. 

Classrooms and Labs 

Our academic leadership team is working to ensure we use our larger meeting rooms, classrooms, and spaces (such as the chapel and Black Box Theater) to allow students to distance themselves as much as possible in these spaces. When feasible, lab courses will spread students over two different lab spaces to reduce the number of students in one room. When collaboration is required, groups will work in smaller teams to minimize the risk for exposure. All classrooms and lab spaces will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized between each use. Personal protective equipment such as goggles will be assigned to individual students for the semester rather than shared between students.  

Q: Where can I find additional information? 

A: We will continue to email updates to students and update this COVID-19 information. Students may also email or call Student Central for more information at studentcentral@concordia.edu or 512-313-4700. 

Q: Where can I go for emotional support before and during the transition back to campus?

A: We recognize the shift back to in-person learning might be difficult for some students. We will provide the highest level of support possible to ensure students get the assistance they need to be academically successful and emotionally supported. We have several resources to help students navigate this change. If you need help, contact Student Central or visit at studentcentral@concordia.eduor 512-313-4700. You may also schedule an appointment with The Counseling Center by emailing counseling@concordia.edu

Additionally, our Campus Ministry team will continue to provide pastoral counseling, spiritual care, prayer, and encouragement. For more information, visit Campus Ministry 

Q: How do I apply for a medical-related, in-person learning exemption? 

A: The application for a medical-related in-person learning exemption will be available on July 1, 2021. Students must have a documented medical condition that would prevent them from attending classes on campus. All applications must be received by Friday, July 30, to ensure students who are approved for exemption can begin the semester in a virtual modality. Applications received after July 30 will be processed as soon as possible. We will provide more information about the medical-related in-person learning exemption before July 1.  

Q: If I am an athlete who is required to travel for competition, can I apply for an in-person learning exemption? 

A:  Athletic participation does not exempt a student from in-person attendance. Athletes are encouraged to meet with professors PRIOR to missing class for athletic travel to determine the best way to cover missed class material.  

Q: What are the safety protocols and procedures for residential halls? 

A: We will maintain the University's health and safety protocols, including continuing our cleaning and sanitation practices, requiring face coverings in public space, and practicing social distancing. We will be offering COVID-19 testing for residential students and making the vaccine available to our university community on campus. 

Q: Will students be allowed to have visitors in the residential halls? 

A: Residents are permitted to host other CTX student guests. Outside guests who are not CTX students are not permitted in residential rooms to maintain safety standards. 

Q: What protocols will visitors to our campus have to follow? 

A: Visitors are required to follow the same health and safety procedures as students and employees. 

Q: What are the processes for the bookstore, student center, library, cafeteria, and other public gathering spaces? 

A: Each area has its own specific procedures, and they are posted in those areas. In general, wear a mask unless eating or drinking, practice appropriate social distancing, and wash your hands regularly. 

Q: If I get tested for COVID-19 on campus, will I be required to cover the cost? 

A: No. If there are costs that are not covered by your insurance, or if you do not have insurance, Concordia will cover the out-of-pocket cost for on-campus COVID-19 testing. 

Q: If I receive a vaccine on campus, will I be required to cover the cost? 

A: No. Vaccines are free to the public, regardless of insurance status. 

Q: If I receive a positive COVID-19 test result, what should I do? 

A: Stay home. Report to Concordia as soon as possible using the online COVID-19 Case Reporting Form. Someone from Concordia's Contact Tracing Team will reach out to you directly and discretely to assess the specifics of your case, determine procedures for quarantine, and coordinate support. 

Q: If I find out I have been exposed to COVID-19, what should I do? 

A: Stay home. Report to Concordia as soon as possible using the online COVID-19 Case Reporting Form. Someone from Concordia's Contact Tracing Team will reach out quietly to assess the specifics of your case, determine procedures for quarantine, and coordinate support. 

 

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