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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) is the second-largest university in Houston and 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 approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.