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Prevention Practices


TCU requires that every TCU community member, students and employees, conduct a daily health assessment prior to leaving your private residence hall room or coming onto campus. The assessment includes 

  • Exposure (proximity and length) to confirmed or suspected case in the past 14 days 
  • Fever (greater than 100 degrees without the use of fever-reducing medications)
  • New Cough
  • New shortness of breath or difficulty breathing 
  • New muscle aches 
  • Sore Throat 
  • Headache 
  • Diarrhea 
  • New loss of taste or smell 

Severe symptoms that require immediate medical attention (call 911) include struggling to breathe even when inactive or resting. 


Face Coverings 

TCU will require all community members to wear a face-covering that covers both the nose and the mouth of the wearer anytime they are in a public indoor space (including and especially classrooms) or when outdoors if the wearer cannot guarantee at least 6-foot distance (the Intellectual Commons between classes). 


Physical Distancing 

The CDC defines exposure to the COVID-19 infected person as closer than 6 feet for more than 15 minutes. Every effort should be made to maintain 6 feet of physical distancing even if you are wearing a mask. TCU modified classroom and public area furniture placement to facilitate the 6-foot physical distancing requirement. 


Personal Hygiene 

Hand Washing: The CDC recommends that everyone wash their hands frequently to help slow the spread of the virus. Twenty seconds of handwashing with soap and water significantly reduces the chance of spreading the virus to your nose or mouth. It is recommended that you wash your hands when you enter a new space and wash them again when you leave that space. 

Hand Sanitizer: Hand sanitizer with at least 70% alcohol is effective in killing the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Hand sanitizer should supplement, not replace hand washing. It is recommended that you use hand sanitizer before you enter a new space and once you leave that space. TCU will strategically place hand sanitizing stations throughout campus. 

Avoid Touching Your Face: Touching your face increases the risk of infection through mucus membranes (mouth, nose, and eyes.) Make every effort to avoid touching your face unless you have just washed your hands. Face masks properly worn help remind wearers to avoid face touching. 

Cough and Sneeze Etiquette: The CDC recommends, and good manners suggest, that you cover your cough and sneeze with either a tissue (and dispose of properly) or your upper sleeve or elbow. Washing your hands or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer after sneezing or coughing is further recommended. 

Disinfection of Personal and Public Spaces: TCU will clean high touch areas of campus at least twice daily. It is the responsibility of each facility user to clean the public areas where you intend to spend significant time or have significant contact: classroom desk, library table, rec center exercise equipment, etc. TCU will provide disinfecting materials to assist in this task. Please dispose of the used wipes in the proper trash facilities. 

*** You are responsible for cleaning personal space on campus, including private offices and residence hall rooms. Using disinfecting wipes or solution on doorknobs, desktops, sink, and toilet hands, among other spaces, will help slow the infection of SARS-CoV-2. Residential students need to provide their own cleaning supplies for personal spaces. TCU will provide wipes for staff and faculty to clean office spaces. 



For more information about COVID-19 please visit

TCU COVID-19 Self Reporting Hotline: 817-257-2684 (COVI)

Remember: Face coverings are required on campus unless you are alone in your private office. Face coverings for students and instructors inside classrooms will be required throughout the fall semester.