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UIW COVID-19 Community Updates and Operations Information

COVID-19

UIW COVID-19 Updates

The University of the Incarnate Word continues to monitor the local, regional and state-wide progression of COVID-19 to inform decisions about safe campus operations. Below you will find information regarding UIW's Continuity of Operations Phase Plan, safety guidelines and helpful resources for the UIW community. This site will be updated to reflect changes or new information.

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UIW Continuity of Operations Phase Plan

Use the drop downs below to learn more about UIW's phased plan approach to continuing operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. UIW is currently in Phase 1.

Criteria

Counts of COVID-19 are doubling every three to five days. 

UIW Response

  • Mandatory face coverings
  • Social distancing
  • Signage posted (social distancing, hand washing, disinfection)
  • Online Education
  • Only essential workers allowed on campus
  • Residence Hall is semi-closed, only travel and hard-ship exceptions are permitted
  • Health Services is online only
  • Housekeeping will follow guidelines based on community spread.
  • UIW Police are deemed essential but will limit physical contact
  • Food services is limited to grab and go for remaining residence hall students
  • No University related travel
  • NCAA placed athletic participation on hold
  • Health profession students that are participating in essential roles may continue clinical rotations

Criteria

  • A downward trajectory of positive tests as percent of total tests within a 14-day period of time (flat or increasing volume of tests).
  • Hospital preparedness
  • A robust testing program is in place for at-risk healthcare workers, including emerging antibody testing

UIW Response

  • Primarily online education (updated July 23, 2020)
  • Social distancing
  • Vulnerable employees* continue to shelter in place
  • Avoid groups of more than 10 people unless essential (updated July 23, 2020)
  • Minimize non-essential travel
  • Encourage telework
  • Return to work in phases, consider alternating shifts, days, hours
  • Close most common areas (updated July 23, 2020)
  • Mandatory face coverings on campus
  • Increased housekeeping
  • Daily campus COVID-19 screening
  • Promote hand hygiene, cough etiquette, and cleaning and disinfection on all campuses
  • Prepare for Phase II
  • Health Profession students that are participating in essential roles may continue clinical rotations
  • Essential research may resume
  • Wellness Center will open by appointment only (updated July 23, 2020)
  • Residence Halls will open with decreased capacity and enhanced safety procedures (updated August 2, 2020)
  • Health Services is providing Telehealth services

Criteria

  • States and regions with no evidence of rebound and gating criteria is satisfied a second time.
  • A sustained downward trajectory of positive tests as a percent of total tests within a 14-day period of time (flat or increasing volume of tests).
  • Hospital preparedness
  • A robust testing program is in place for at-risk healthcare workers, including emerging antibody testing
  • Total sustained decrease in cases for 28 days

UIW Response

  • Online education, but consider limited in person classes
  • Health profession students resume clinical rotations per department calendar
  • Health Services must have access to COVID-19 testing before bringing students on campus
  • Social distancing
  • Vulnerable employees* continue to shelter in place whenever possible and feasible with business operations
  • Daily campus COVID-19 screening
  • Promote hand hygiene, cough etiquette, and cleaning and disinfection on all UIW campuses
  • Group gathering of up to 50 people with physical distancing in place
  • Mandatory face coverings on campus
  • Non-essential travel may resume with caution to states that may be a high-risk area.
  • Special accommodations for vulnerable populations.
  • Large venues may open but maintain groups of 50 or less with social distancing.
  • Athletics gym may reopen with strict physical distancing
  • Some athletic sports may begin voluntary practice
  • UIW Wellness Center may reopen with strict physical distancing
  • Residence Halls remain open with limited density (updated July 23, 2020)
  • Dining Hall will open on Broadway campus with physical distancing plans, decreased occupancy, and elimination of self serve meals
  • All UIW Libraries have limited access to students with physical distancing procedures and increased cleaning and sanitation.

Criteria

  • A sustained Downward trajectory of positive tests as a percent of total tests within a 14-day period of time (flat or increasing volume of tests).
  • Hospital preparedness
  • A robust testing program is in place for at-risk healthcare workers, including emerging antibody testing
  • Total sustained decrease in cases for 42 days

UIW Response

  • In-person classes may resume with flexibility to accommodate students who may become ill.
  • Classrooms and congregate areas have been modified to accommodate physical distancing.
  • All dining services on campus may fully return to operations with physical distancing procedures in place, decreased occupancy, and elimination of self-serve options.
  • Promote hand hygiene, cough etiquette, and cleaning and disinfecting on all campuses.
  • Mandatory face coverings on campus
  • Increased hand hygiene stations on all campuses
  • UIW Mass may resume with physical distancing procedures in place.
  • UIW Wellness Center may resume regular operations.
  • All employees may return to campus and resume regular business hours.
  • All Libraries are open with physical distancing procedures and enhanced cleaning.
  • Residence Halls may be occupied.
  • Health Services is fully operational and has ample access to COVID-19 testing. Telehealth services will also continue.
  • FMLA 12 weeks for vulnerable individuals
  • ADA requirements for remote work
  • Increased housekeeping services
  • Prepare for COVID-19 vaccine campaign
  • Daily campus COVID-19 screening might be required

UIW Statement of Shared Responsibility

Together We Are One Word. Let's all do our part to protect our Cardinal family.

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COVID-19 Safety Rules

Here's some useful information about the coronavirus. Please do your best to follow general hygiene and safety guidelines to help contain the spread.

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What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus discovered in 2019. Much is left to be known, but it is considered to be highly contagious and can cause severe cardio-pulmonary complications in patients.

Learn more about COVID-19 from the CDC

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Symptoms

Many who test positive for COVID-19 report feeling flu-like symptoms, cough and shortness of breathe. However, additional symptoms have been identified over the last several months as more is learned about the virus.

Learn more about COVID-19 symptoms

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Testing and Reporting

Those experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or who have been exposed to a positive case of COVID-19 are encouraged to seek testing and self-report at UIW Health Services (testing by appointment only)

Learn more at UIW Health Services

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Face Coverings

Studies have proven that wearing a mask or face covering is an effective tool in preventing the spread of COVID-19. Wearing a mask or face covering while on any UIW campus is currently mandatory.

Learn more about the benefits of masks

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Social Distancing

Social distancing means keeping a safe space between you and others who are not part of your household. You should strive to maintain at least 6 ft. of distance between you and others.

Learn more about safe social distancing

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Good Hygiene

Good hand washing, covering coughs and sneezes and disinfecting surfaces help prevent the spread of disease. These measures will also help protect you and others from COVID-19.

Learn more about protecting yourself

Looking for something else? Click here for previous UIW COVID-19 communications.

Additional Resources

Representatives from UIW's various departments are ready to assist you and answer your questions.

Athletics

(210) 829-2722 
athletics@uiwtx.edu
Athletics Website

Campus Life

(210) 829-6034
campusengagement@uiwtx.edu
Campus Life Website

Mission & Ministry

(210) 829-6000
ministry@uiwtx.edu
Mission & Ministry Website

Human Resources

(210) 829-6019 
uiwhr@uiwtx.edu 
Human Resources Website

Emergency Management

(210) 829-6035 
uiwsafety@uiwtx.edu
EHSRM Management

Communications

(210) 829-6001 
pr@uiwtx.edu
Communications & Brand Marketing Website

Tech Support/Help Desk

(210) 829-2721 
helpdesk@uiwtx.edu
Help Desk Website

UIW Libraries

(210) 829-3835 
reference@uiwtx.edu
UIW Libraries Website

Counseling & Behavioral Services

(210) 832-5656 
counseling@uiwtx.edu
Counseling & Behavioral Services Website

Health Services

(210) 829-6017 
healthsvcs@uiwtx.edu
Health Services Website

Financial Aid

(210) 829-6008 
finaid@uiwtx.edu
Financial Aid Website

Business Office

(210) 829-6043 
busad@uiwtx.edu
Business Office Website

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