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UTEP Officials to Discuss Safety Strategies as First Day of Classes Approaches

Last Updated on August 20, 2020 at 12:00 AM

Originally published August 20, 2020

By UC Staff

UTEP Communications

The University of Texas at El Paso President Heather Wilson, along with Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs John Wiebe and Vice President for Student Affairs Gary Edens, will answer questions and discuss plans for the fall semester, including the University’s four strategies designed to allow UTEP continue to educate its students and drive discovery of public value while protecting public health.


  1. We will allow people to study and work remotely when they can. Seventy-five percent of our classes will be fully online, 20% will be hybrid and 5% will be fully face-to-face.
  2. We will build a collective UTEP commitment to use best health practices all the time. We cover our faces. We stay 6 feet apart. We wash our hands frequently. We stay home if we are sick. Miners take care of Miners.
  3. We will make the campus a very safe place to be for those who cannot work or study remotely. We will have enhanced cleaning of every building every day, and sometimes several times a day. Classrooms have been reconfigured. Dormitories will only house one person in each room. Every classroom will have wipes to clean down your workspace before class starts. We will ask everyone to complete an online health screening each day before coming to campus.
  4. We will have a proactive UTEP COVID-19 testing program to identify those who are sick and don’t know it.

University officials will also discuss a series of initiatives the have been implemented across campus in support of the four strategies. These include a temporary health policy, a self-screening program for all those who will be on campus in the fall, and modified hours of operation for a variety of services for students, faculty and staff.

With some 29,000 students and employees, UTEP impacts a significant number of families in our community. We want UTEP to be the safest place to be in El Paso so that our students can focus on learning. And we want the actions we take at UTEP to have a positive impact on the health of the community we serve.