Return-to-Campus Plans for Texas A&M University

Updated December 21, 2020

Multiphase Return-to-Work Plan New Adjustment Effective January 4, 2021.  Read full message.

CURRENT PHASE: Phase 2 (effective begining January 4, 2021) 

PREVIOUS PHASE: Phase 3 (through January 3, 2021)

Originally Posted May 15, 2020

Return-to-Campus Phases

Under the direction of President Young, the Division of Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness is closely monitoring developments related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. As a result of Governor Abbott's executive order of April 27 (GA-18) which laid out the plan for the reopening of Texas, we have developed a three-phase return-to-campus plan informed by guidance from state and federal officials.

This plan intentionally takes a phased approach so that we can learn from small, incremental movements towards a full return to work on campus. The percentages of employees that you will see associated with each phase are intended to set absolute maximums for the respective phase and are in no way, targets that must be reached. Any percentage below the maximum guidance is perfectly fine and the actual number of employees returning should reflect the unique needs of each Division or College and the employees that work there. 

In every phase of this plan, managers/department heads are asked to establish room occupancy limitations to ensure a minimum of 6 feet distance between individuals. In addition, managers are asked to take into consideration those employees:

  • Whose job duties cannot be performed remotely
  • Whose essential job duties can partly but not entirely be performed remotely
  • Who are needed to work on-site based on managerial priority
  • Who would be more productive on-site rather than working remotely

Phase 1: 

This Phase Not to Exceed 25% of Staff in Any Area
Current mode of operations (including remote work protocols) remains in effect for the majority of employees. In this phase, a small number of employees (not to exceed 25% of the workforce in a given physical area, inclusive of those already working on-site) may be asked to return to campus based on the unit's operational needs and managerial discretion. Managers must provide advanced notice to employees outlining when the employee is expected to return (minimum of 2 business days of notice is recommended).

Phase 2: 

This Phase Not to Exceed 50% of Staff in Any Area
Remote work protocols continue for employees, where feasible. Depending on the results of Phase 1, a second group of employees may be asked to return to campus based on the unit's operational needs and managerial discretion. The total number of employees on-site must not exceed 50% of the workforce in a given physical area, inclusive of those who have already returned to campus. Again, managers must provide advanced notice to employees outlining when the employee is expected to return (minimum of 2 business days of notice is recommended).

Phase 3: 

This Phase allows up to 75% of Staff in Any Area
Based upon the unique needs of each college or division, this phase may include a full return to work on campus.  Remote work protocols may continue for employees, where feasible. Depending on the results of Phase 2, all remaining employees may be asked to return to campus based on the unique needs of each college or division.


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