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UHD COVID-19 Update: Harris County Stay at Home Order, Commencement Town Hall Online

We hope this note finds you and your families in good health and safe at home.

This week, Harris County issued a Stay at Home order, and you are urged to abide by this directive. This is something new for many of us, so Harris County has published its official order online with complete details on what is permitted at this time. Consult the county’s guidelines and apply your best judgment when departing your homes.

The Stay at Home order comes on the heels of another major event for our University Community—the move to online classes. By now, all spring courses have moved completely online. It bears repeating that many faculty and staff members worked tirelessly to make this happen. Thank you to those who assisted in making this transition a success!

And thank you students for your quick adjustment to online learning. To better support your needs, you can visit this resources page and most importantly, complete this needs assessment survey. Your survey responses are essential in helping UHD identify those students who might need assistance in a number of areas during this time. Last week, it was announced that Spring Commencement was postponed until late summer or early fall.

Tomorrow, UHD will broadcast a town hall-style meeting on Facebook Live via the UHD Registrar’s Facebook pageAdvance questions can be submitted to coronavirus@uhd.edu by noon, March 26. This meeting is the first of a series dedicated to answering questions related to topics of interest to students. All Facebook Live town halls will be archived on YouTube and shared on multiple platforms for those who cannot participate during the live events. Follow the official Facebook pages for the UHD Registrar and UHD for updates.

We are halfway through the first week of online classes … but also at the midpoint of the semester. In spite of the many external distractions, the finish line is just ahead.

Stay Strong, Gators

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.