University leaders share campus-wide, faculty and student updates

Recently, the university’s President, Provost and health leaders shared fall semester messages with members of the campus community. These messages provided updates on guidance and adjustments related to COVID-19 and reminded community members of the importance of vaccination, testing, and wearing masks to protect themselves and others.

President’s Fall Update

On Aug. 18, 2021, President Hartzell sent a campus-wide Update on Our Fall Semester Plans outlining the university’s amended approach for the fall semester as a result of the rise of COVID-19 cases in the community. Temporary adjustments include reducing classroom density, delaying implementation of Flexible Work Arrangements until Sept. 17 for certain employees and holding large events outdoors. The university will also increase vaccination efforts and promotion. Hartzell reminded the campus community that guidelines and FAQs about COVID-19 can be found at Protect Texas Together and that COVID-19 vaccines and testing continue to be offered.

Provost messages to faculty and students

In an email to faculty, Executive Vice President and Provost Sharon Wood outlined measures the university is taking to keep members of the campus community safe while providing in-person experiences for students and being responsive to the Governor’s executive order for state agencies, including public universities. For example, all students who will be on campus for the fall semester are required to receive a COVID-19 test. To reduce classroom density and allow for social distancing, faculty members who are scheduled to teach in-person or hybrid classes during the fall semester can conduct the in-person portions at reduced density through Sept. 17, 2021.

An email sent to students from Wood alerted them to the potential class changes they may encounter in the first two weeks of the semester and recommended that they wear masks and get vaccinated.

Health message from Drs. Terrance Hines and Amy Young

The university’s top medical professionals sent a message to students reiterating that all students coming to campus for the fall semester must be tested for COVID-19 and laying out specifics of testing requirements. Hines and Young also provided students with information on Proactive Community Testing, vaccinations, masking and daily symptom screenings.

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Aug. 23, 2021