Information for Staff
UTEP staff are vital to the University’s function and elevate its research and educational mission. Essential campus operations have continued while most of us worked remotely. The well-being of our staff is absolutely vital to our continued success.
Things You Need to Know
Updated: Jan. 19, 2021
- UTEP has been approved as a COVID-19 vaccine provider under the Texas vaccination program. Vaccines will be administered to current UTEP faculty, staff and students based on risk, following CDC and state guidelines. In order to be vaccinated at UTEP, you must first complete the vaccine questionnaire and consent form at this link. When a vaccine is available for you, you will receive instructions in your UTEP email about how to register and schedule an appointment to receive the first dose of the vaccine.
- Addressing COVID-related compliance requirements involving face coverings and social distancing: This helpful guide is intended to assist the UTEP community in achieving compliance and supporting a safe and healthy environment.
- To help us ensure that our campus is safe for those who cannot work or study remotely, we have established a Temporary Health and Safety Policy. This temporary policy is effective immediately and will end when the University determines the threat of COVID-19 has subsided. One important part of the temporary health policy is the health screening tool that is required of all students, faculty, staff and visitors each day they come to campus at screening.utep.edu.
- Signs and fliers can be downloaded here for posting in buildings and other facilities.
- UTEP’s free, on-campus walk-up COVID-19 testing program is available to students, faculty and staff who must be on campus during the spring semester. For hours and locations, visit utep.edu/covidtesting. Miners who are not on campus or are showing symptoms may use the dedicated UTEP line at the state COVID-19 testing site located in the Schuster 3 parking lot at Schuster Avenue and Lawton Drive. You will need to show your UTEP Miner Gold Card to access the UTEP line.
- A PowerPoint is available for you to use with your team to cover on-campus safety topics. You can access it at this link. You might want to share the PowerPoint with your team in advance of doing your own in-person training so that people can think about their questions in advance.
- Students have also produced a training video that all students are required to watch before coming to campus. It covers the same subjects and you should feel free to use it with your team, if you wish.
- UTEP offers resources and assistance to help faculty and staff enhance mental well-being. To learn more about the resources available to you, click here.
- We are asking the UTEP community to take the Miners Pledge and make a commitment to help fight COVID-19. Visit utep.edu/minerspledge to make your pledge, and tell us why you’re doing it. Include a photo or video of yourself taking the pledge or showing what you’re doing to stop the spread.
- The Student Recreation Center is open with modified hours of operation and safety protocols. The facility is open by reservation only. For more information, click here.
The semester plan is continually evolving, and some of our planning may change as new information becomes available. We recommend that you return to this website often, in the event that pertinent updates have been communicated.
Protect Others, Report Illness
Use screening.utep.edu to comply with reporting and screening requirements before coming to campus.
People at Increased Risk for Severe Illness
Once we transition to limited campus operations and departments begin returning to campus, there may be employees who feel they fall into one of the CDC’s high-risk categories, or whose physician has recommended limited contact with others due to a serious health condition or injury. These individuals will need to go through the interactive Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) process with the University’s Equal Opportunity Office to request an ADA accommodation by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remote Work Policy
We encourage all supervisors to review the responsibilities of their work unit and, when feasible, allow their employees to work remotely when the mission of the unit can be accomplished without being physically present in the workplace. Supervisors are responsible for ensuring that their departments perform critical work to care for the UTEP community and maintain operations to the appropriate extent communicated by the University. Supervisors who allow remote work should regularly communicate with their staff regarding the fluidity of such situations as well as changing business needs (such as the need to report to campus). For questions, or to submit a remote work agreement, please email email@example.com.
UTEP CARE Packages
All departments will be receiving a UTEP CARE Package. General distribution to departments is expected to take place in August. Pickup of refill supplies will be coordinated through the departments and the Facilities Services Warehouse.