University of Houston-Victoria

COVID-19

UHV Closure Announcement from UHV President Bob Glenn

Dear UHV Students, Faculty and Staff,

On Tuesday, Gov. Abbott issued a new Executive Order that strongly encourages people to stay at home except for essential activities. The Harris County judge also extended her Stay-at-Home Order on Tuesday, and late this afternoon, the Victoria mayor and county judge issued a Stay-at-Home Order. In light of these orders, the following decisions have been made:

I have directed each vice president to carefully review operations with each office under his purview and encourage as much remote work as possible. There are a number of activities that must continue in order for UHV to function. A listing of essential functions that cannot be performed remotely would include, but not be limited to: Housing and Dining Operations, Information Technology, Facilities Services, Mail Delivery, Financial Services, Admissions, Records and Financial Aid. To facilitate the ability of these offices to continue to function as needed on campus but in the safest manner possible, the exterior doors of University Center and University North in Victoria will be locked. Employees will be able to enter using their employee badge. Members of the general public who need assistance will need to initiate contact by phone or email. The UHV Library will be closed, but the first-floor lounge areas of University Commons in Victoria will remain open so that students who do not have access to off-campus Wi-Fi will have an area where they can work.

We previously announced March 24 that the UHV Katy instructional site was closed through Friday, and that site now will remain closed through April 30.

I have every confidence that each faculty and staff member will continue to work in a way that supports the work of the university but in a manner that maximizes their health while minimizing contact with others. With the exception of functions that can only be performed on campus, you are expected to do your work remotely. This awkward condition will continue until April 30. I will communicate any new directives as they are issued by Gov. Abbott, the University of Houston System, local authorities or the UHV Executive Committee. Your ongoing patience is much appreciated.

I want to emphasize to students that you still should seek assistance from faculty and staff members if you need help, but you will need to initiate contact by phone or email. Meetings to resolve issues will take place remotely through digital technology (Zoom, Skype, etc.). UHV is only successful if you are. We are committed to helping you achieve your goals in every way that we can. Please be assertive in letting us know what you need. If you don’t know who else to contact, then contact me.

Sincerely,
Bob Glenn
UHV President