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New Campus Entry System Brings Safety and Convenience to Students, Employees

University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) students, faculty and staff now have the option of using a new “touchless” entry system to access campus through its designated entrances.

At these entrances (staffed by security personnel and attendants), individuals can forego signing in with pen and paper by using any of the following methods:

  • Scanning UHD identification card.
  • Downloading the TouchNet OneCard mobile app and scanning their QR code upon entry
  • Providing the name and employee/student ID number to security guard or attendant at the designated access points.

“The new electronic system allows for safe, convenient campus access options for our community,” said Liza Alonzo, Chair of UHD’s COVID-19 Taskforce. “It also will allow for a touchless and more efficient entry process for campus constituents.”

For the health and safety of the UHD Community, sneeze guards also have been installed at each of the check-in locations. A list of UHD’s entrances can be found on this map and listed below:

  • One Main Building (Third Floor; near the METRO Rail platform)
  • College of Public Service Main Entrance
  • College of Sciences & Technology Entrance
  • Marilyn Davies College of Business Entrance
  • Girard Street Garage (Third Level) Entrance to Second Floor of One Main Building
  • North Dock Lobby

According to the UHD Office of Emergency Management, the designated entrances and sign-in processes also support COVID-19 contact tracing efforts. Students, faculty and staff can obtain an updated identification card through Sports & Fitness.

For questions or assistance with the mobile app, contact UHD Information Technology Service Desk at 713-221-8031 or ithelp@uhd.edu

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) – the second-largest university in Houston – has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974.

As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 61,000 alumni and offers 45 bachelor’s, nine master’s degree programs and 16 fully online programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service; Sciences & Technology; and University College).

For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks UHD among universities across the nation for Best Online Criminal Justice Programs (No. 27 and No. 15 for Veterans) and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.

UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. U.S. News ranked the University among Top Performers on Social Mobility and awarded UHD a No. 1 ranking as the most diverse institution of higher education in the southern region of the U.S. The University is noted nationally as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution and Military Friendly School. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.