Tarleton is committed to providing physical and mental healthcare services on campus for all students. Dedicated professionals deliver evidence-based, patient-centered care to ensure student success and overall well-being.

As a state institution of higher education, Tarleton State University will rely on Gov. Greg Abbot's executive orders and information from The Texas A&M University System to guide decisions related to COVID-19 safety. Other non-regulatory guidance from the CDC and best practices will be considered as well.

Student Health Services

Student Health Services is available for phone consultations, telehealth and in-person appointments during normal business hours. Call 254-968-9271.

Students will be screened via phone when making an appointment and again at the door for in-person care. Those who arrive with a temperature above 100.1 degrees Fahrenheit will go directly to an exam room.

To ensure student and staff safety, walk-ins will not be seen. Charges will be applied to a student’s Tarleton account or can be paid with a debit or credit card. SHS will not accept cash.

Students also can call Tarleton’s Nurse Line 24/7 for advice on care for an illness or injury at home or guidance about whether to see a healthcare provider. Call 833-359-0172

COVID-19 Testing

Students at all 11 Texas A&M System universities, including Tarleton, have quick access to free testing for COVID-19. Tarleton will receive approximately 1,300 test kits monthly. 

The free testing is expected to be available in August for those who experience symptoms or suspect they have been exposed to COVID-19. Watch for more information.

The testing — a simple, painless mouth swab — is possible thanks to an agreement negotiated with Curative Inc., a national testing company based in California. Curative has committed to giving results within 30 hours from when the sample arrives at its lab.

Students are encouraged to get tested if they experience symptoms or suspect they have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention define close contact as being within six feet of someone with COVID-19 for more than 15 minutes, beginning 48 hours before symptoms start, regardless of whether face coverings are worn.

While tests are free for students, faculty and staff who have medical coverage should be tested by their primary care physician so their insurance can cover the cost. That will make more tests available for students and employees without healthcare benefits.

Students who test positive for COVID-19 or who are experiencing symptoms are required to self-report to the Dean of Students Administrative Office through the COVID-19 Report Form.

Student Counseling Services

Student Counseling Services offers free telehealth assistance for Tarleton Texans experiencing stress and anxiety. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 254-968-9044 (Stephenville) or 682-703-7048 (Fort Worth, Waco, Midlothian and Global Campus). 

Prior to your appointment, download Microsoft Teams from your Tarleton email account. The software is HIPAA compliant. On the day of your session, call SCS at your location a little early to complete paperwork. 

In addition to confidential counseling, SCS offers clinical assessment and referrals, crisis management, psychiatric services, academic skills counseling and psycho-educational programming for all Tarleton students.  

Face Coverings

Tarleton’s requirement for face coverings aligns with CDC guidelines and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s Executive Order requiring all Texans in counties with 20 or more active COVID-19 cases to wear them in public. This includes in hallways, classrooms, labs, restrooms, elevators and offices where a physical distance of six feet is not possible. 

Because physical distancing cannot be guaranteed in all interior spaces, face coverings shall be worn in the following areas including, but not limited to, all hallways, classrooms, labs, restrooms, elevators and offices.

Although face coverings are the preferred method to meet Gov. Greg Abbott’s Executive Order (GA-29), face shields are permitted in lieu of a face covering once faculty begin instruction and while students are seated within the classroom or instructional space. Outside of these situations, a face covering must be worn. Face shields should extend below the chin and wrap around the wearer's face.

Face coverings are required outdoors if safe physical distancing and gathering practices are not possible, and students not actively working out in the Campus Recreation Center must wear them. Face coverings are not required inside individual residence hall rooms and apartments or in offices and classrooms occupied by only one person.

All students and employees will be provided one reusable face covering, and faculty can request a face shield to use while lecturing. Students, faculty and staff are responsible for any additional face coverings or shields they may need during the fall semester.

Students should contact Tarleton’s Office of Disability Services for an Americans with Disabilities Act exemption from coverings or shields for health- or disability-related reasons. Those with religious- or creed-based concerns should contact theDean of Students Administrative Office at 254-968-9080. Faculty and staff should contact Employee Services at 254-968-9128 for exemptions.

Students who report to class without a face covering or an ADA exemption will be asked to receive course instruction online. Those who refuse will be reported to the Dean of Students Administrative Office.

Physical Distancing 

Students, faculty, staff and visitors must maintain a safe physical distance in all areas of the campus, including offices, classrooms, labs, hallways, restrooms and common areas.

Occupancy capacity has been determined and marked for classrooms and labs to maintain physical distance. Available seating is clearly identified; some doors are labeled exits and some entrances to manage traffic flow, and halls and stairs have directional signage. Expect reduced capacity in elevators and meeting areas. 

Cleaning and Hygiene

Regular cleaning and sanitizing of frequently touched surfaces is encouraged — doorknobs, light switches, sink handles, countertops, keyboards and cell phones. While cleaning crews are taking extra precautions to clean and disinfect public areas, students can help by wiping down individual residential rooms and apartments.

Hand sanitizing stations and sanitizing wipes are located across campus. To nudge good personal hygiene, directions for proper hand washing are located in public restrooms. The CDC recommends washing hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. Also avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

Stay Home

To reduce your risk of catching or spreading COVID-19, stay home if you feel sick, even if your symptoms are mild. Do not go to class. Opt for online learning if possible.