UHD Student Services: We Got YOU!
By Sheryl E. Taylor
UHD News reached out to the Division of Student Affairs led by Dr. Meritza Tamez, interim dean of students, about services and resources that are available to our students as they continue their studies online during this challenging time.
Q: Are there any specific services that are available for students who may have questions on specific topics, such as scholarships, health services, etc.?
A: Students who are feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or fearful about COVID-19 are encouraged to contact our Counseling Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 713-500-3852 that is available by video or phone. Our Health Services at email@example.com or 713-221-8137 will also continue to serve as a resource for students for any health-related questions.
Students who have questions about their financial aid can visit the FAQs developed by the Office of Financial Aid or contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org or 713-221-8041. With registration coming up in a few weeks, students are encouraged to schedule a virtual appointment with their academic advisor.
Q: Are all hours of operation for Student Services updated on the UHD website? Is there a preferred section of our site that we can direct them to?
A: All Student Affairs departments will remain open during normal business hours, but students are strongly encouraged to contact departments remotely. Contact information for each department can be located on their respective websites. Additional resources are available on the UHD Coronavirus webpage.
Q: Will staff members be available to receive incoming calls?
A: Staff are available to answer calls remotely. All main department phone lines are routed to a designated staff member within the office.
As a reminder, Tamez noted that as classes resumed online, students should:
read communication sent out from the University
stay in contact with your instructors, and
contact Student Affairs (713-221-8100 or email@example.com) if you have a question or need.
Also, take care of yourself and each other. UHD is with you every step of the way, ready and willing to help. We will get through this together.
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.