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Return to Campus Guidance

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As health conditions begin to improve in our region, the University has begun the transition back to in-person activities on campus while continuing best health practices to ensure the health and safety of the campus population, and following guidance from the Department of State Health Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As circumstances change, we will continue to monitor the situation and adjust accordingly.

SUMMER 2021

 

Classes

Mix of online and in-person options. More in-person class options available in summer session 2.

Operations

Beginning June 1, all on-campus offices required to be open 8-5, though not all personnel need to be physically present.

Prior to June 1, supervisors will be required to update employee hours on campus to reflect offices being open.

Department leaders will have flexibility to determine how best to serve students. Someone must be available to help in-person, but services may also be available virtually.

Supervisors should review operations and determine which positions need to be on campus and which can be remote.

For occasional continued remote work, employees will need to complete an updated Remote Work Form.

Supervisors who would like an employee to work remotely permanently will need approval from their Vice President.

By August 1, all employees must be physically located within the El Paso region and able to report to in-person work if required unless an updated remote work plan specifically approving out-of-region work is approved.  Because employment rules vary by state, employees who will not be physically located in the El Paso region after August 1 will need the approval of their relevant Vice President, who will provide a copy of that approval to the Vice President for Business Affairs.

Remote work from outside the country is strongly discouraged because the requirements to be an employer vary substantially by country and the cost of compliance can be significant. It will only be allowed with the approval of the relevant Vice President, the Vice President for Business Affairs, and the President, and the employee’s department will be responsible for paying associated costs including taxation, payroll and other mandated expenses for employment in that country as well as the costs of administering compliance for employment outside the U.S. for that employee.

On-Campus Services

Most on-campus services available by June 1. In-person and virtual options for most services to students, employees and visitors. Click here for list of vendors that are open.  

Safety Guidelines

Face masks are highly recommended for people who are not vaccinated but not required.

High-touch surfaces cleaned at least once a day

Offices with high-traffic areas should plan for how to handle large numbers of individuals safely

Social distancing is no longer required. However, if someone is wearing a face covering, you may assume that they would prefer people to maintain six feet of social distance with them.

Health Policies

Stay home if you are sick! If you have COVID-19 symptoms, get tested.

Review temporary health policy here (link to come).

Report positive COVID tests through covidaction@utep.edu.

COVID-19 Testing

Free walk-up testing available to those who must be on campus.

State of Texas will determine how long drive-through testing will remain at UTEP.

Per CDC and local guidance, fully vaccinated individuals should test only if symptomatic.  UTEP walk-up testing will begin to ramp down hours of operation. Testing for people with symptoms should take place at the state drive-through testing site or other non-UTEP sites. More info: utep.edu/covidtesting

COVID-19 Vaccination

Vaccines are widely available in the community and no mass vaccination clinics planned at UTEP.

On-campus activities

In-person events are allowed with approved safety plan. Submit your event for approval here. Events are approved by each venue manager.

UTEP-sponsored travel

International and domestic travel prohibited until guidance changed by the UT System, except to Juárez, Mexico, which requires IOC approval. Exceptions for research-related or mission-critical travel must be approved by Vice President or Dean of Students. Info: utep.edu/travel

FALL 2021

 

Classes

Majority of classes in-person.

Operations

Generally, faculty expected to have a significant on-campus presence in order to be available to students and colleagues, and to foster a classroom and campus-based culture of academic engagement and community.

Campus departments and services back to normal in-person operations with remote work as approved.

Cross university task force established to evaluate and make recommendations on “Engaging talent, achieving excellence, and the future of flexible work at UTEP”

On-Campus Services

On-campus services back to normal, in-person operations.

Safety Guidelines

To be determined, depending on local health conditions and CDC guidance.

Health Policies

To be determined, depending on local health conditions and CDC guidance.

COVID-19 Testing

UTEP’s walk-up testing operations planned to be closed. Limited antigen testing may be available for students in the Student Health Center. Private and public testing options will be listed at utep.edu/covidtesting as a resource.

COVID-19 Vaccination

No mass vaccination clinics planned at UTEP, but vaccines will be widely available in the community.

On-campus activities

Effective August 1, in-person events are allowed. No safety plan required.

UTEP-sponsored travel

To be determined, depending on UT System and CDC guidance

 

For more information about returning to campus, please review the FAQs here.

Other Resources

COVID-19 Illness Reporting: For the safety of the campus community, it is very important to inform the University when you are ill. If you have tested positive or have been exposed to an individual who tested positive for COVID-19, please inform UTEP EH&S at COVIDaction@utep.edu.