Transition and Full Reopening FAQs
Answers to frequently asked questions related to UHCL's transition to on campus work and full reopening are organized by topic below.
Why do we need a transition period?
The transition period between June 15 and August 2 will allow vice presidents the flexibility needed to bring their units back to campus gradually and safely. Some units are working on campus now based on the nature and work activities of their job. During the transition period, you will begin to come to campus at least 2 or more days per week, gradually increasing the frequency until everyone is back in the office five days a week beginning August 2.
What do I have to do during the transition?
Based on your unit’s mission and your work activities, your vice president will formulate a plan to gradually bring you back to campus. This plan will be communicated to your direct supervisor.
What happens if there is another wave of COVID-19 infections?
While our assumption is that we can put the pandemic behind us, the situation in many countries is a stark reminder that COVID-19 will not be gone anywhere until it is gone everywhere. Our priority is to keep our community safe. Our strategy is to follow the CDC and state guidelines. If we need to adjust, we will.
I have a medical condition that prohibits me from coming to campus. What shall I do?
If you are an employee seeking a reasonable workplace accommodation, please contact Human Resources by phone at 281-283-2160 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Can I work from home because I find it convenient?
You and your supervisor should discuss the nature of your work and the business necessity of the department.
I need to work a non-traditional schedule for childcare reasons. Will that be allowed?
Your work schedule will be determined by your supervisor in accordance with the University transition plan and the business necessity of your department.
I am a parent of small children and/or caregiver for a family member, and I need more time to find childcare/elderly care. Can I receive an extension?
An extension will not be granted. The University has developed a transition approach to provide you the time to plan for family care. Your vice president will formulate a plan to gradually bring you back to campus during the period between June 15 and August 2.
My children’s schools and summer camps are not open in person, and I do not have childcare. Do I have to return to campus?
Everyone is required to return to campus. The University has developed a transition approach to provide you the time to plan for family care. Your vice president will formulate a plan to gradually bring you back to campus during the period between June 15 and August 2.
Will all meetings be face-to-face?
This is a decision for supervisors and managers to make considering the criteria necessary to maintain a safe and effective meeting.
We will continue to follow CDC guidelines and state mandates regarding in-person meetings or activities, which may change over time. Currently, all participants can gather or conduct activities indoors or outdoors without wearing a mask.
How will the hearing-impaired, who rely on lip reading, function in face-to-face meetings with participants wearing masks?
When planning meetings, supervisors and managers will make accommodations for the hearing-impaired.
Will campus facilities, like the patio cafe, library, and theater, be open?
Most, if not all, campus facilities will be open.
Will there be restrictions for domestic or international travel?
Currently there are restrictions based on CDC guidelines. We will continue to monitor the situation and revise our policies as the situation evolves. Please check the University’s COVID-19 website for the latest policies.
Do we have to conduct daily self-health checks?
Your presence on campus each day means that you have performed a daily assessment of your health/exposure and you:
- Are NOT exhibiting any Coronavirus symptoms (with the exception of symptoms related to a pre-existing medical condition or a medical diagnosis unrelated to COVID-19)
- Have NOT tested positive for COVID-19
- Have NOT knowingly been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or suspected/presumed COVID-19.
What if I am fully vaccinated?
Per updated CDC guidelines, if you are fully vaccinated you do not need to stay away from others or get tested unless you exhibit symptoms.
Will face coverings be required on campus?
Pursuant to the Governor’s executive order (GA-36), the University is no longer mandating the wearing of face coverings. While we move forward to address appropriate modifications to our COVID-19 protocols, any protocol that requires face coverings at UHCL will no longer be enforced; however, people can continue to wear a face covering if they wish. The University encourages persons who are not fully vaccinated to continue to wear face coverings in public settings where they will be around other people, to protect themselves, and others who are not fully vaccinated, against COVID-19 infection
What is the protocol on social distancing?
The current protocol is based on current CDC guidelines for unvaccinated and vaccinated individuals. As with all the guidance and protocols related to COVID-19, the University will adjust its guidance as necessary to reflect new information and findings. Please check the University’s COVID-19 website for the most recent COVID safety requirements.
Will the employee break rooms have special protocols?
The current protocols of social distancing in public areas, such as break rooms, will follow CDC guidelines for unvaccinated and vaccinated individuals. As with all the guidance and protocols related to COVID-19, the University will adjust its guidance as necessary to reflect new information and findings.
Campus Cleaning & Safety Practices
How will common areas be sanitized?
UHCL maintenance staff have been following CDC guidelines for cleaning and sanitizing office buildings and common areas. As with all the guidance and protocols related to COVID-19, the University will adjust its guidance as necessary to reflect new information and findings.
Will there be sanitizing stations on campus?
All public areas are equipped with hand sanitizer dispensers placed at entrances, elevator lobbies and other key areas throughout buildings. Sanitizing wipes and/or disinfectant spray are in classrooms and departments for use on hard surfaces. Most restroom fixtures have touchless faucets, touchless soap dispensers, and touchless paper towel dispensers and foot pull door openers.
COVID-19 Protocols and Vaccination
Will I be required to get a COVID-19 vaccination?
According to Governor Abbott’s Executive Order, any organization receiving state funds cannot require a COVID-19 vaccination. However, the University strongly encourages all students, faculty and staff to get a COVID-19 vaccination.
Will I lose my job or suffer any consequences if I do not get a COVID-19 vaccination?
You will not face any adverse job impact from not being vaccinated. However, to protect yourself and those around you, we strongly encourage you to consider being vaccinated.
Can my manager or any employee ask if I have been vaccinated?
Your manager or any employee should not ask whether any employee has received the vaccine or contracted COVID-19. However, if you test positive for COVID-19, it is your responsibility to report your diagnosis via the online form.