News Category: safety

UTPD’s new satellite office serves West Campus

UTPD West Now Open
Oct. 15, 2021

For the first time, the university’s West Campus community—students who live there, stakeholders who provide services, and employees who pass through the corridor daily—have storefront access to The University of Texas at Austin Police Department (UTPD) with the Aug. 31, 2021, opening of UTPD West.

Follow FAS COVID-19 guidance to drive and ride safely with others to and from the workplace

COVID Safe Vehicle
Oct. 11, 2021

The COVID-19 Guide for FAS Staff was updated in summer 2021 and re-launched on Aug. 19, 2021, in an email to FAS employees from Senior Vice President Darrell Bazzell. The Guide includes important requirements and guidance for driving university vehicles and for carpooling to and from work sites.

Love them, but please don't touch the bats!

bats on Campus
Oct. 4, 2021

Not all of the winged creatures flying around campus are birds and butterflies. Carin Peterson, senior training coordinator and outreach coordinator for Environmental Health and Safety (EHS), says there are bats on campus and a large bat population in Austin as a whole. Fall and spring are when bats are most on the move and likely to be seen by the community.

FAS team members prepare campus for inclement weather with award-winning methods

Inclement Weather Terms
Sept. 16, 2021

Campus Safety and the university’s Incident Response Meteorologist Troy Kimmel work diligently year-round to plan and prepare for inclement weather while also educating the campus community about ways to be prepared on and off campus. Campus Safety’s Director of Emergency Preparedness Jonathan Robb emphasizes that because campus is most vulnerable to severe weather emergencies compared to other types of emergency events, being prepared is the best way to minimize the possible disastrous effects that can occur.

COVID-19 guidance for FAS staff

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June 11, 2021

Dear FAS colleagues,

En Español

Thank you for your extraordinary commitment to health and safety in the months since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Together you have contributed to the decline of COVID-19 cases on our campus by wearing masks, social distancing, and keeping hands and workspaces clean.

Fire Prevention Services supports wildland fire mitigation at McDonald Observatory

Cutting trees at McDonald Observatory
May 21, 2021

McDonald Observatory (MCD), a unit of the College of Natural Sciences, is home to three large, international research telescopes, provides graduate and undergraduate education, welcomes approximately 60,000 visitors annually for star parties and exhibits, and hosts continuing education programs for teachers. The observatory is located on approximately 400 acres in the Davis Mountains of Southwest Texas where significant wildland fires have taken place on adjacent lands. MCD has not yet experienced a major wildland fire on its campus, and the College of Natural Sciences, which has project authority for wildland fire mitigation, is collaborating with FAS Fire Prevention Services (FPS) and other partners to keep it that way.

FAS celebrates six staff in the prestigious 2021 President’s Outstanding Staff Awards

Outstanding Staff and Supervisor Honorees
May 14, 2021

As part of the President’s Staff Awards, on May 12, the UT Tower was lit in honor of award recipients. Every year the university president honors staff who contribute to the institution’s success by granting 30 Outstanding Staff Awards and four Outstanding Supervisor Awards. This year six FAS staff received the prestigious Outstanding Staff Award.

Double-masking recommended for reducing transmission of COVID-19

Face mask guidance image
March 22, 2021

In February 2021, the university updated its guidance for wearing protective face masks. The university now recommends double-masking, and FAS materials have been updated to reflect that guidance. Overall, both the original and updated guidance have been intended to decrease the risk of spreading the disease, both on and off campus.

Victims Advocate Network implements best practices for crisis intervention services during pandemic

Marica Kelley, VAN Program Coordinator (Left) and Danica Morgan, VAN Caseworker (Right)
Nov. 30, 2020

The University of Texas at Austin Police Department (UTPD) Victims Advocate Network (VAN), provides immediate crisis intervention services at the scenes of crimes or distressing events. Despite changes to operations during the pandemic, the team of VAN employees and volunteers continued providing care to UT community members and beyond, according to Noelle Newton, Director of Campus Safety Communications.

Follow guidance for meetings and events to help prevent spread of COVID-19

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Nov. 12, 2020

The COVID-19 Guide for FAS Staff, available in English (PDF) and Spanish (PDF), describes procedures for Financial and Administrative Services (FAS) employees to follow when meeting with others.