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Latest Update

July 23, 2021

Return to Campus and COVID-19 Precautions

UH is on course for a full return to campus by Aug. 2. Students move into residence halls on Aug. 18 and fall classes begin Aug. 23. With an increase COVID-19 cases in Houston attributed to the highly contagious Delta variant, Dr. Stephen Spann reminds the campus community about the importance of remaining vigilant in prevention strategies.

Read more in his July 23 communication to faculty, staff and students.

Updated Event Guidelines

The University of Houston has changed its policies regarding capacity restrictions at events on campus.

Attendance at UH events expanded to 50% of the venue’s seating capacity on June 1. It increased increase to 75% by July 1 and will reach 100% by August 1. This phased-in expansion aligns with the Governor’s Executive Order GA-36 and new CDC guidelines. It applies to all events on campus (managed and non-managed Venues).  Managed Venues are spaces and facilities that have dedicated event staff. Requests to host events at non-managed venues on campus (through July 31) will be reviewed by the Event Screening Committee. 

Read more on the Events Guidelines page.

Face Coverings

The University continues to encourage those who are not fully vaccinated to wear a mask, to protect themselves from being infected by others, and to prevent infecting others should they have an asymptomatic infection. Although people who are fully vaccinated do not need to wear a mask according to CDC guidelines, you may choose to do so for an extra level of protection. 

Vaccination Eligibility & Availability

Everyone age 12 and older is now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Texas. We strongly encourage our students, faculty and staff get vaccinated. Visit the UH COVID-19 Vaccine page for the latest on how to register for an appointment in the Houston area and get answers to common questions from students and employees.

Free COVID-19 Testing

The University of Houston is partnering with the well-known testing company Curative to provide a free testing on campus where faculty, students and staff can be tested regardless of whether they have symptoms. By appointment only, the testing service is available at the kiosk in front of the UH Student Center South from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

We strongly encourage our campus community to get tested, especially if they have recently traveled, are attending in-person classes, are living or working on campus, or have been potentially exposed to COVID-19. More information about testing options and appointments can be found on the “On-Campus Testing” page.

COVID-19 Reporting Requirements

The University has Reporting Requirements should you receive a COVID-19 diagnosis, positive test result, are exposed to someone with COVID-19, or those who are not fully vaccinated and return from international travel.

Case Support Help Desk

A COVID-19 Case Support Help Desk is available to members of the UH campus community Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., by calling 832-84C-OVID or 832-842-6843. Case support is also offered by emailing