Fall Semester Update from UHV President Bob Glenn
Dear UHV Students, Faculty and Staff:
I wanted to write to provide additional information to you as we move forward toward the fall semester. I know that many of you are concerned about current conditions at UHV and UHV Katy with growing number of COVID-19 cases caused by the delta variant. I want to assure you that the Executive Committee is working hard to carefully monitor the situation to ensure your safety. We believe we can move into the new semester safely with your care and cooperation to slow the spread of COVID-19.
As UHV opens administrative offices and services to in-person operations again and as we prepare to resume in-person instruction, I want to reemphasize our mission of teaching and transforming the lives of our students through education. The UHV Reopening Task Force continues to work long and hard planning for the safest transition back to campus to minimize transmission of COVID-19, while allowing for us to adapt our instructional mode as necessary should conditions demand it. Again, I want to emphasize that we can safely come back to campus if we all do our part to engage in the practices proven to prevent the spread of disease. Each of us must take responsibility for our actions to foster a culture of care for our community. I want to again emphasize those areas of actions each of us need to consider.
Vaccination remains the best intervention for reliable protection. I thank each of you who have already taken the step to get fully vaccinated. If you have not, I sincerely ask that you familiarize yourself with the available options. If you are hesitant, the very best person to consult is your doctor. I strongly endorse vaccination as a safe route forward.
To further encourage vaccination, the Jaguar Vaccination Incentive Program (VIP) for all UHV students who submit proof of vaccination will launch Wednesday, Aug. 18. Each Jaguar VIP will receive $50 in his or her choice of Jaguar Bucks (to be used at Chick-fil-A, The Market, Jaguar Java or in the Dining Hall) or a credit with the Jag Station bookstore. Look for a communication soon from Jay Lambert, vice president for student affairs, with more details about this incentive campaign.
We will be holding a special vaccination clinic on the UHV campus in early September and will provide detailed information when it becomes available. There also are other vaccination locations in both Victoria and Katy, which you can find here.
Proper masking has consistently been proven effective in limiting the spread of disease. We continue to strongly encourage the wearing of face coverings in indoor public settings, especially for those individuals who are not fully vaccinated.
Free COVID Testing:
Please remember that there are still several free testing options available in our community. We are asking that you get tested once a week if you have not been vaccinated. Even if you have been vaccinated, it’s prudent to be tested if you have any concerns.
If you test positive for COVID-19, you are advised to report it to the university in accordance with our Employee/Supervisor Diagnosis/Symptoms Protocols or the Student Diagnosis/Symptoms Protocols. The Diagnosis Reporting Form goes directly to the COVID-19 coordinator to ensure confidentiality and quick response, including cleaning and contact tracing, when necessary. It is imperative that we remain well informed about the status of our campus.
Naturally, what is foremost on the minds of students and faculty is how we will address legitimate concerns related to a return to face-to-face classroom instruction. The provost is working with the dean of each school to review currently scheduled classes. An emphasis will be placed on flexibility, using the streaming of live classes to enhance flexibility and safety. Close monitoring of classes will continue for as long as needed to ensure both quality instruction and the safety of everyone involved. As public health guidance is updated, we will adapt our instructional options.
With these precautions and protocols properly implemented, we are excited to welcome each of you back to campus with the knowledge that we are doing the best we can to keep everyone safe. The Reopening Task Force will continue to monitor the situation and, as always, we will remain agile in our ability to adjust our procedures and operations subject to shifting public health guidance. Each week, I will provide a campus update, and I give you my personal assurance that every decision we make going forward will continue to keep the safety and well-being of our campus community in mind.