Return to Work on Campus - University of Houston
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For Employees

UH launched a four-phase reopening of the campus beginning May 5, with certain research labs voluntarily resuming operations. Pursuant to Dr. Khator’s letter of June 2, 2020, UH will begin Phase 2 of reopening its campus (including Katy and Sugar Land) on Monday, June 8, on a voluntary basis. If you would like to work on campus or access your office, you may do so starting June 8 following (1) completion of the COVID 19 mandatory training; (2) passing a self-health screening test; and (3) informing your chair/supervisor about your desire to work from your office.

We will be limiting occupancy to 25%. As per our current guidelines, we ask that you maintain 6 feet of social distancing, however, in the event that you are unable to do so, we ask that you please wear a mask or face covering on campus. These provisions are necessary for your safety and of those around you, but they are also needed to ensure institutional compliance with the state’s criteria for public safety.  Chairs and supervisors will ensure that no more than 25% of employees are in attendance at any given time to maintain social distancing during Phase 2.  Again, I ask that if you can perform your work remotely, please continue to do so.

We expect to begin Phase 3 sometime in July; however, we have not set a date at this point.  We will continue to monitor the situation and will announce the exact date and the scope in late June..

Initial Return to Work As a Part of Phased Re-Opening

You should not return to campus until:

  • Human Resources or your supervisor informs you that you are expected to return to campus for work as part of the University’s phased reopening.
  • You have completed the Your Safe Return to Work in the Phased Reopening of Campus online training.
  • You have reviewed and acknowledged the Protocol and Certification for Employees to Return to Campus.

Even if the above have been met, you may not return to campus if you:

  • Have a diagnosis or suspected case of COVID-19;
  • Are currently exhibiting symptoms associated with COVID-19 (with the exception of symptoms related to a pre-existing medical condition or a medical diagnosis unrelated to COVID-19); or
  • Have had close (less than six feet) contact with anyone that confirmed case of coronavirus in the past 14 days.

Working on Campus

Upon returning to work, it is expected that all employees follow the General Prevention guidelines and the Workplace Prevention guidelines, including:

Before Coming to Campus Each Day

  • Take your temperature
  • Conduct a self-assessment of your health/infection exposure
  • Assess whether you are exhibiting any Coronavirus Symptoms

Your presence on campus each day means that you have completed a daily assessment of your health/exposure and you:

  • Are NOT exhibiting any Coronavirus Symptoms (with the exception of symptoms related to a pre-existing medical condition or a medical diagnosis unrelated to COVID-19)
  • Have NOT tested positive for COVID-19
  • Have NOT knowingly been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or suspected/presumed COVID-19
If you exhibit any symptoms of COVID-19, do not come to campus. Contact your supervisor and follow the COVID-19 Diagnosis/Symptoms Protocols and the guidance in What to Do If I’m Sick. You should also complete the form Reporting COVID-19 Diagnosis/Symptoms. You will be required to self-quarantine/isolate and you may not return to campus until you meet the requirements set out in Completion of Self-Quarantine/Isolation. This does not apply to the presence of symptoms due to a pre-existing medical condition or a medical diagnosis unrelated to COVID-19.

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 or are suspected/presumed to have COVID-19, do not come to campus. Contact your supervisor and follow the COVID-19 Diagnosis/Symptoms Protocols and the guidance in What to Do If I’m Sick. You should also complete the form Reporting COVID-19 Diagnosis/Symptoms. You will be required to self-quarantine/isolate and you may not return to campus until you meet the requirements set out in Completion of Self-Quarantine/Isolation.

If you have knowingly been exposed to someone who has or is suspected/presumed to have COVID-19, do not come to campus, notify your supervisor of potential exposure, and complete the form Reporting Potential COVID-19 Exposure. You may be advised to Self-Quarantine and you may not return to campus until you meet the requirements set out in Completion of Self-Quarantine/Isolation.