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Effective immediately, face coverings are no longer required on the University of Houston-Downtown campus per Governor Abbott’s Executive Order #36. While we move forward to address appropriate edits to our COVID-19 protocols, any protocol that requires face coverings at UHD will no longer be enforced.
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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

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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

  • COVID-19 Testing​:

    • Through a partnership through with Curative, UHD is offering  COVID-19 testing on campus through a kiosk located outside the Student Life Center​.
    • UHD’s testing will be free of charge and available to the university community and the public from 8 a.m.- 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Persons may sign up for appointments through the Curative portal and must then check-in online before their visit.
    • To make an appointment, click on the links below:
    • ​Presentation of a photo identification and insurance card is suggested when arriving for testing, but not required. After persons are tested at the kiosk, they will receive their results through e-mail and text message. In addition, there is no limit to testing frequency.
  • Current Operations:

    • UHD is currently in Step 3 – Yellow. Face coverings are no longer required per Governor Abbott's Executive Order #36.
    • UHD Staff on-campus a minimum of three days per week at this time.
    • All campus entrances open. It is not necessary to enter through designated entrances.
    • Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to get vaccinated. Visit our Vaccine Information page to learn more about how to get vaccinated.​
  • July 12, 2021 Operations:

    • On July 12, UHD will switch to Step 4 – Green.
    • UHD staff will resume their pre-COVID on-campus work schedules.
    • UHD will transition back to class schedules that will include traditional face-to-face classes along with the regular complement of hybrid, online classes and online interactive classes historically offered during a fall semester.
    • It is expected that approximately 60 percent of classes at UHD will be offered face-to-face, with the remaining 40 percent offered in various hybrid, online and online interactive modalities.
    • COVID-19 related limitations on the maximum students in classrooms will be lifted for the Fall, 2021 semester. This will result in more students in classrooms. While social distancing markers throughout campus remain in place, vaccinated persons are not required to follow social distancing guidelines per Governor Abbot’s Executive Order. UHD encourages faculty, staff and students to get vaccinated for COVID-19.
  • ​While the Texas Governor’s Office has issued an Executive Order that includes ending the mask mandate for government entities​, all UHD safety protocols remain in place until further notice. These include maintaining proper distancing in hallways, classrooms and public spaces, and a four-person limit on elevators.

  • UHD will continue to communicate updates via the website and other campus communication mechanisms.​

COVID-19 Vaccine Information​

  • While UHD does not require that people be vaccinated prior to coming to campus, faculty, staff and students are encouraged to get vaccinated.

  • Visit our Vaccine Information page to learn more about how to get vaccinated.

Resources for Students

  • Alternate Grading Option: UHD will offer students the option to select an S/U grade in any of the following semesters: Spring, May, and Summer 2021. Find more information about this grading option on the Registrar’s website.

  • Gator Cares: Since March 2020, UHD has awarded over $5M in emergency funding to UHD students. UHD has opened the application for Gator Cares for summer and fall 2021. Visit the Gator Cares page to learn more and apply.
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  • Parking for Spring Semester: The University of Houston-Downtown’s Parking and Transportation Services will not charge for parking in the student lots or student garage as Gators return to campus in the spring semester. Student parking areas include the Daly Street parking lot, Parking lot B, Naylor Lot, Washington Street parking lot and Vine Street Garage. Additionally, Parking and Transportation Services will issue refunds to UHD students who have purchased parking passes for spring but did not utilize the permits due to classes being held online instruction through mid-March. For more information, visit the Parking and Transportation websiteor email parking@uhd.edu.

  • Technology Assistance: If you are a student, and have needs related to the technology required for online classes, please complete the Technology Needs Survey.

Health & Safety​

Face coverings and/or masks are no longer required at UHD per Governor Abbott’s Executive Order #36​.   For those who prefer to wear face coverings and/or masks, they may certainly continue to do so. UHD encourages unvaccinated people to wear face coverings.  We also strongly encourage our students, faculty, and staff to get vaccinated.


Travel & Prevention Statement

Domestic and International Travel for faculty, staff and graduate students

As per current UHD guidelines, all travel must be consistent with the mission of UHD and approved by the appropriate VP..     
 
In general, business travel that is directly related to advancing and improving the research, service, and teaching efforts of faculty, staff, and their respective units will be considered for approval.  However, consistent with ongoing health and safety measures, approval for such travel will be governed by ongoing guidance from Emergency Management, UHS guidelines, CDC guidelines, and any other national, state, and local requirements and recommendations, as appropriate.  Approvals granted for travel are subject to change should travel restrictions and recommendations change.  Travelers are asked to abide by the health and safety guidelines in place before, during, and after the travel in question, including any/all safety protocols required as part of the travel itinerary (as required, for instance, by the airline or destination hotel, or as required by the location/country being traveled to).  
 
For international travel, approval will be granted on a case-by-case basis. Consideration will be based on the significance of the travel to advancing the mission of the University as well as faculty productivity in core performance areas.  Travel to countries or destinations designated by the CDC or State Department as Level 4 will not be approved.   Returning international travelers must follow all government protocols as well as UHD protocols listed below.  

Travel approval should be sought prior to TR submission in order to minimize paperwork and effort for travel that is not approved.  Approval for travel is not approval for funding.
 
Faculty Travel
Requests for travel approval for faculty members who have consulted with their chairs should be presented by the appropriate dean to the provost; deans should include justification that clarifies the value of the proposed travel for the faculty member, the department, and/or the college and evidence of State Department and CDC levels for any international travel proposals.  Requests that have been endorsed by the appropriate dean will be considered for approval.  
 
Staff Travel
Requests for staff travel should be presented, with justification that clarifies the value of the proposed travel for the staff member and/or the administrative unit to the appropriate Vice President for consideration, including evidence of State Department and CDC levels for any international travel proposals.  Requests must be endorsed by the staff member’s supervisor.  
 
If a request for travel for a faculty or staff member is approved, then the TR should be submitted as per governing business processes. ​

Return from International Travel

The following CDC guidelines are applicable to faculty, staff and students returning from international travel, whether university-sanctioned or personal:

If You Are Fully Vaccinated:

You are not required to quarantine upon returning from international travel; however, you should:

  • Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel.
    • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
  • Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements after travel.

If You Are Not Fully Vaccinated:

Upon returning from international travel, you must either:

  • 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 7 days.
    • If your test is positive, stay home and follow the COVID-19 Diagnosis protocols.

Regardless of whether you get tested or not, you should avoid being around high-risk individuals for 14 days upon returning from international travel.

These requirements for self-quarantine includes international students who are traveling to the U.S. for summer classes. Upon arriving in the U.S., please submit the Reporting Potential Exposure form. (Note that no forms are required to be completed in advance of your travel, and no forms are required if you have been fully vaccinated.)

Before returning to campus following international travel if you have not been fully vaccinated, you must complete the form Request to Return to Campus and receive written approval.

Learning Abroad

The University of Houston-Downtown has cancelled all spring and summer 2021 Learning Abroad programs. This includes all faculty-led programs as well as affiliated, exchange, student service organization programs, sponsored scholarship, fellowship or research opportunities abroad, and any other programs that would be considered international travel for curricular or co-curricular purposes.

Students may continue to plan fall 2021 pro​grams abroad with the help of their Learning Abroad Advisor. However, students should understand that future Learning Abroad opportunities are subject to change based on conditions both in the U.S. and abroad.

 

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 6/9/2021 11:32 AM