University of Houston has implemented numerous, enhanced cleaning and safety practices to lower the risk of COVID-19 exposure and its spread. With expert health and safety advice based on CDC guidelines and protocols, we’ve worked tirelessly to adapt our campus to protect your health.
Face coverings are required on campus in indoor public areas at all times (with limited exceptions) and outdoors when social distancing is not possible.
Classrooms, campus housing, dining and common areas have been reconfigured to allow social distancing. Signage has been added throughout campus and at all elevators as reminders to maintain 6 feet of distance. Remote learning and work are being maximized to minimize physical interaction.
Enhanced Cleaning and Sanitization
We have increased the cleaning and sanitization of high-touch surfaces such as doors, handrails and restroom fixtures. We are performing nightly electrostatic fogging for sanitization in classrooms and monthly application of a biocide on work surfaces.
Hand sanitizer dispensers have been placed at entrances, elevator lobbies and other key areas throughout buildings. Sanitizing wipes and/or disinfectant spray are in classrooms and departments for use on hard surfaces.
Cleaning After a Positive Diagnosis
Classrooms, instructional spaces, offices and other known areas used by an individual diagnosed with COVID-19 will be secured as necessary, to prevent further use until these areas are cleaned and disinfected by crews specially trained on CDC protocols. More information on the university’s cleaning response to a positive case can be found on Cleaning After a Positive Case.
Student and Employee Cleaning Responsibilities
Students and employees should keep personal items, work and living spaces clean. The use of shared objects (lab equipment, computer equipment) is discouraged and should be limited and cleaned between each use. Individuals should wash their hands before and after using shared objects.
Restroom fixtures are being replaced with touchless faucets, touchless soap dispensers, touchless paper towel dispensers and foot pulls door openers.
Facilities/Construction Management regularly inspects building ventilation systems for proper operation.
Students and employees are encouraged to bring their bottle and utilize bottle filling stations where available. Water fountains may only be used to refill water bottles. To ensure the quality of the water system, Facilities/Construction Management has taken steps using CDC guidance to ensure that all water systems and features (sink faucets, drinking fountains and decorative fountains) are safe to use after a prolonged facility shutdown.
Student Housing Safeguards
In addition to increased cleaning, sanitization and space reconfiguration, Student Housing and Residential Life has strict limitations on guests and visitors. Rooms have been set-aside for quarantine/isolation of residential students who are unable to quarantine/isolate off-campus.
Plexiglas barriers have been installed in the dining halls and dining staff serve food to customers to prevent excess exposures. Dining staff adhere to daily wellness checks, use gloves and wash hands every 30 minutes. Mobile ordering options have been increased. Outside dining halls, restaurants and other retail locations are cashless.
Reservations are required to access the gym and masks are required when exercising. Wipe stations have been added with signage to clean equipment before and after use.
Our UH Go app’s new Coog Strong feature provides campus density information for social distancing, a COVID-19 symptom self-assessment tool and safe dining info.
We’re committed to keeping you safe, but we can’t do it alone. We each have a role to play to stop the spread of COVID-19.