University Operations Update from UHV President Bob Glenn
Dear UHV Faculty, Staff and Students,
As you have all seen, we made the decision this morning to start our UHV spring break a bit early. All face-to-face and online classes were canceled as of noon today. The safety of our faculty, staff and students always is at the forefront of our decisions, and so UHV has taken the following actions:
- Classes – All classes, whether they are offered face to face or online, are canceled as of noon Thursday, March 12. Students will not be penalized for lack of participation in classes or tests that might be administered during this time. We will make a decision next week about classes after spring break and will notify all faculty, staff and students.
- Students – University housing will remain open for resident students. All protocols regarding sanitization and hygiene to prevent the spread of virus are being followed.
- Faculty and Staff – UHV employees may work from home if they are able to perform their functions remotely. Both UHV and UHV Katy will remain open, and all offices and services will continue to operate during the next week and beyond. We are recommending refraining from all international travel, and UHV is restricting all international travel that requires university funds or approval at least until the end of March. We also are recommending that you limit your domestic business-related travel at least until the end of March.
- Events – Through the end of March, UHV is discouraging the holding of events funded and sponsored by the university that require large gatherings of more than 50 people.
- Facilities– We will maintain our facilities using aggressive sanitization and hygiene protocols. This includes increased custodial cleaning during spring break and the availability of additional hand sanitizer dispensers on campus.
At this time, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at UHV or UHV Katy. Stuart Sherman, UHV assistant fire marshal-emergency management, continues to work with local, state and national authorities daily, and we will keep you informed about any updates as they relate to working and learning at UHV.
Please also keep reviewing UHV’s COVID-19 website at www.uhv.edu/alert as we are constantly making updates. Additional student questions may be directed to Jay Lambert, vice president for student affairs, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Faculty and staff should contact their Cabinet-level supervisor with questions and, if necessary, faculty also may direct questions to Chance Glenn, provost and vice president for academic affairs, at email@example.com and staff to Wayne Beran, vice president for administration and finance, at firstname.lastname@example.org. A list of useful questions and answers also is posted on the COVID-19 website.
I understand that these precautionary measures may be inconvenient and disappointing to you, but we hope these efforts can help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. Your health and safety are our utmost priority.