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TAMU-CC fall semester begins with social distancing restrictions in place

Posted at 8:43 AM, Aug 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-19 09:43:50-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The fall semester for students at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has begun but before students enter the classroom there are a few changes that are in effect. First-year students our KRIS 6 news team spoke to say they have noticed the many social distancing signs, sanitation stations, and a major requirement implemented by campus administration; face coverings.

“I think it’s very important safety is the number one priority and that’s what they’re looking out for,” says first-year Islander Abbey Yost.

TAMU-CC Provost Dr. Clarenda Phillips says there are many spots on campus where folks can get a mask and for those who do not comply with these rules and regulations to be prepared to face the consequences.

“It’s the same with faculty and staff, if they refuse, to wear a face-covering then, unfortunately, we will have to pursue dismissal as a result,” says Phillips.

“I really don’t have a problem really wearing a mask, I mean it’s sanitary precautions,” said TAMUCC Junior Jackson Wettstein.

Another expected change is classroom settings with seats surrounded in plastic coverings. For the 2020 fall semester, only 13% of classes are face-to-face while many are blended or online.

“I’m kinda nervous, the restrictions, yes, it’s defiantly going to affect my work I’m not good at taking online classes so yeah, but I’m going to try my best, said TAMUCC Senior Raven Jones.

The Islander campus has also reduced in capacity at 40% in high populated areas which include the Bell Library, Dugan Wellness Center, and dining areas.

“But the University Center, the UC if you go in there to Chick-Fil-A or wherever you’re going you can not eat inside the University Center you must go to the back patio and eat or somewhere else,” said Phillips.

Campus administration says everyone will need to do their part which helps keep everyone safe during the ongoing health crisis.

“And so we are in this together, and we are learning from each other and we’re figuring out a way forward together,” says Phillips.