The Harris County “Stay Home, Work Safe” directive is extended through April 30. This order requires all individuals anywhere in Harris County to stay at home – except for certain Essential Activities and work to provide Essential Business and Essential Government services or perform essential infrastructure construction.
You can read the complete order here.
Similar to universities in other cities and states that are under stay-at-home orders, the University of Houston is continuing its operations remotely. As a state public university, we also continue to seek guidance from state authorities and to work with other institutions to determine how to safely fulfill our mission and to operate effectively.
To continue its overall efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and to meet the specific requirements of the county’s order, UH has made the following changes:
- Instruction will be delivered remotely through the spring and summer sessions.
- UH has instituted interim grade policies for both undergraduate and graduate students that gives students flexible grade options for both spring and summer courses.
- We encourage resident students who can return home safely to do so, at least until the stay-at-home order is lifted, while continuing to keep Student Housing & Residential Life facilities operational until the end of the spring semester. For more information go to Housing COVID-19 FAQ.
- Restrict admittance to research labs except for essential staff identified in Continuity of Operations plans
- Expand social distancing efforts on campus by reformatting programs and support services to involve less direct contact and more remote support. On-campus functions are limited to those that are essential to supporting basic services. The following services have closed: M.D. Anderson Library, Student Center, UH Hilton Hotel and computer labs.
- Revert all building entrances to controlled access status to limit human contact on our campuses.
- Continue to provide services from the Student Health Center and CAPS through telehealth capabilities.
- Refine the “Continuity of Operations Plan” (COOP) that each college/department has in accordance with University policy. These plans serve as the framework and starting point for assessing how departments may need to operate during the “Stay Home, Work Safe” order. For more information on the Continuity of Operations Planning Program, visit the Office of Emergency Management website.