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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

Last updated 2/22/2021 11:30 a.m.

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Important Updates

For the most current information on number of cases of COVID-19 for UHD, please visit the COVID-19 cases web page.

General Operations

  • Based on COVID-19 Response Task Force recommendations, the status of UHD operations and classes for spring 2021 will be guided by UHD’s Response Matrix and other guidance from state officials and health professionals. 
  • As a state institution, UHD follows the directives of the Office of the Texas Governor. By executive order, the Governor has moved Texas into Phase Three of his reopening plan, in order to safely and strategically restart and revitalize all aspects of the State of Texas, including schools and universities.
  • Consistent with the Governor’s directives and the opening guidelines ​from the UH System Board of Regents, UHD is currently operating in Step 2- Orange as it did during the Fall, 2020 semester. However, classes at UHD will be 100% online through at least March 14, 2021. UHD will continue to monitor pandemic levels during the Spring 2021 semester. Updates will be shared with the UHD Community and posted here.​
  • UHD will communicate updates via the website and other campus communication mechanisms.

Spring 2021 Semester

Health & Safety

  • The following safety protocols have been implemented at UHD to ensure a safe return to campus:
    • Online COVID-19 training module and certification required of students, faculty and staff before return to campus.
    • Public awareness campaign, COVID-19 website, and signage throughout campuses to provide education and communicate messaging.
    • Face coverings while on campuses unless the individual has an approved accommodation.
    • Physical distancing implemented – reduced capacity in classrooms, campus spaces, auxiliaries, rearranging of classroom seating and workspaces; assess installation of barriers; flexible work schedules; online learning options; and encouragement of virtual meetings.
    • Enhanced cleaning protocols employed throughout campuses, including frequent cleaning of instructional spaces and high-touch points, and cleaning response protocol for disinfection of areas impacted by positive COVID-19 cases.
    • Hygiene enhancements throughout campuses, including availability of hand sanitizer, cleaning products, and assessing HVAC systems.
    • A range of academic options available to provide for multi-modality of instruction.
    • Faculty, staff, and students required to perform daily self-health assessment to screen for symptoms before coming to campus; visitors and vendors required to perform self health assessment to screen for symptoms before coming to campus.
    • Protocols in place for students, faculty, and staff for reporting of COVID-19 symptoms, positive case or diagnosis, or potential exposure including:
      • Self-quarantine if exposed
      • Self-isolation upon positive case or diagnosis
      • Contact tracing to identify exposed UHS community members
      • Handling of return to campuses following self-quarantine/self-isolation
  • Establishment of a COVID-19 Response Coordinator as point of contact for handling of positive case/exposure issues
  • If you are a student who is experiencing anxiety or stress because of COVID-19, please consider contacting Counseling Services by phone or video at 713-500-3852.
  • Student Health Services will answer health-related questions by phone – 713-221-8137
  • Students, Faculty and Staff must report COVID-19 diagnosis and possible exposure. In addition, individuals who have been quarantined must request permission to return to campus. 

Emergency Assistance

  • Since March 2020, UHD has awarded nearly $5 million in financial assistance to qualified students. These funds include private donations, state, and federal assistance from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (authorized by the CARES Act). While applications for Emergency Funding are now closed, students are encouraged to complete their FAFSA as soon as possible, to ensure maximum financial aid for fall. 
  • If you are a student, and have needs related to the technology required for online classes, please complete the Technology Needs Survey.

Travel & Prevention Statement

Restrictions
The prohibition on university-sanctioned domestic travel for business or study is extended through May 31, 2021. Decisions about the policy after May 31, 2021 will be announced on or before March 15, 2021.

For international travel, the prohibition on university-sanctioned travel for business or study has been extended through July 31, 2021. Decisions about the policy will after July 31, 2021 will be announced on or before April 15, 2021.

Exceptions for domestic and international travel will be processed by vice presidents, and are subject to applicable state and federal travel guidance.

Return from International Travel
Faculty, staff and students returning from international travel, university-sanctioned or personal, are required to complete an International Travel Registration Form​ and one of the following upon return to the United States:
  • Self-quarantine for 10 days OR
  • Get tested 3-5 days after travel AND stay home for 7 days after travel.
    • ​Even if you test negative, stay home for the full seven days.
    • If your test is positive, stay home and follow the COVID-19 diagnosis protocols.​
After your self-quarantine period, you must submit a Request to Return to Campus Form​, and be released before coming back to campus.
 

Update Contact Information to Receive Updates

UHD faculty, students and staff are encouraged to update their contact information online to ensure they receive timely notices regarding the University's responses to COVID-19.

Last updated 2/22/2021 5:37 AM