Campus Safety Coronavirus / COVID-19 Guidance and Updates

COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

Multiple COVID-19 vaccines are being developed, manufactured and approved in the United States. The university is actively pursuing allocation of vaccine from the state and will administer it in accordance with federal and state guidance as part of our plan to keep our students, faculty and staff safe from COVID-19. The Texas Department of State Health Services recently defined Phase 1B priorities to include people over the age of 65 and individuals age 16-64 with certain underlying conditions that put them at greater risk for severe illness from COVID-19. . The state makes decisions regarding allocation on a weekly basis, and distributes vaccine accordingly. Visit the Protect Texas Together vaccine distribution web page to learn more.

Pandemic: COVID-19 and On-Campus events

Part of the university’s plan to keep our students, faculty and staff safe from COVID-19 includes UT Health Behavior Guidance created by the Health and Wellness Working Group. Guidance #7: Meetings, Events and Mass Gatherings was recently updated to reflect important approval process changes.

Campus events are limited to 10 participants. Plans must be approved in advance of a campus event for 11+ people.

  • Events taking place in Managed Venues with university-approved operating plans are acceptable; see details in the “Overview” section of the guidance document.
  • Student-sponsored events of fewer than 100 participants organized with the approval of Student Activities in the Office of the Dean of Students are acceptable; see details in the “Overview” section of the guidance document.
  • All other events require review and approval of the evaluation checklist in the guidance document. The submitted checklist must include the signature of the sponsoring dean or vice president that denotes event recommendation. 

The updated guidance document, event evaluation checklist and submittal instructions are in the UT Health Behavior Guidance section on the Protect Texas Together website’s Health and Wellness page: protect.utexas.edu/health-and-wellness/. Click on Guidance #7: Meetings, Events and Mass Gatherings.

Please continue to submit 11+ person events that require approval in as far in advance as possible. The Office of Campus Safety manages that review process and will prioritize evaluation and response as we continue working together to ensure the health and safety of our campus community. 

Pandemic: COVID-19 and Shared Work Spaces

This standard operating procedure (SOP) outlines required hygiene methods to be used by essential personnel working around others in shared work spaces during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. These practices and procedures are intended to provide a safe working environment, promote a culture of forward-thinking risk mitigation, and promote compliance with federal, state, and local regulations.

Pandemic: COVID-19 Essential Fieldwork Staff Guidance

This work guidance document outlines methods to be used by essential staff performing fieldwork around others during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

Recommended Protective Face Mask Guidance

Wear recommended protective face masks at all times when inside university buildings, except when alone in a private office. Recommended protective face masks in outdoor spaces are encouraged, especially when social distancing is not possible. All recommended face masks should cover the nose, mouth and chin and should be fitted properly.

Environmental Health & Safety (EHS)

For info related to Environmental Health & Safety, please visit the EHS coronavirus page