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Proposed Guidelines for Fall 2020

UHD successfully completed the spring semester and carried that momentum into the summer sessions. Now, the focus is on the fall and further ensuring the safety and well-being of students, faculty and staff.

Interim President Dr. Antonio D. Tillis and UHD Leadership have accepted the framework of recommendations offered by the University’s COVID-19 Taskforce to safely conduct the fall semester. These proposed guidelines align with state, city and county directives, as well as recommendations from public health officials. They also are guided by Harris County’s color coded Threat Level Assessment that was initiated by Judge Lina Hidalgo.

A summarized outline of UHD’s corresponding Threat Level Assessment is currently is as follows.

  • Level 1 RED: Classes will be online only. Essential personnel will continue to work on campus. Faculty and staff access to UHD buildings will require signing in at the UHD Police Department. (Please note that employees who are designated as essential personnel will be contacted directly by Employment Services and Operations.)
  • Level 2 ORANGE: The University will determine whether in-person classes will be conducted on campus; online classes will continue as scheduled. Limited personnel (designated by UHD Leadership) will be allowed to work on campus.
  • Level 3 YELLOW: Classes will continue in their scheduled formats (online, online interactive, hybrid, face-to-face). The number of on-campus personnel will be expanded to meet critical needs and to provide in-person services.
  • Level 4 GREEN: The campus is open to students and employees with safety protocols in place; walk-in services will resume; classes will continue in scheduled formats.

UHD will continue to assess the county’s Threat Level and inform faculty, staff and students on plans to reopen campus for the fall semester.

More details about the fall semester will be communicated soon and your questions are welcome at coronavirus@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.