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 COVID-19 response, safety guidelines and helpful resources for the UIW community.

January 5 Update

Start of Spring 2022 Semester

  • Starting January 10 and for the following two weeks, lecture-based courses held on the Broadway campus and through the School of Professional Studies will move to online instruction through the Canvas learning platform. This change is exclusive to lecture courses. Lab, studio, clinical and performance-based courses, such as music, chorale and theatre will take place in-person, as planned.
  • UIW’s health professions programs have already begun; students taking courses at health professions campuses will follow the direction of their respective deans for any changes in learning modalities.
  • Campus housing remains open and student residents should continue to follow their move-in processes as planned.

UIW COVID-19 FAQs (Updated January 5)

The UIW Mask Policy requires the wearing of face coverings at all times for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals while indoors. Current best practices and recommendations from the CDC include using a high-quality mask that has two or more layers that fits snugly and includes a nose wire for closer fit and to prevent gaps. For more information, visit CDC - Your Guide to Masks.


Read the full mask policy here. 

  • Employees and students may be tested through the UIW Curative kiosk located at Founders Hall (4119 Broadway) or the School of Osteopathic Medicine campus. For scheduling and additional information, visit UIW COVID-19 Testing. You can obtain a list of test centers near you through the national directory by texting your zip code to 438829.
  • UIW Health Services offers COVID-19 rapid antigen testing and PCR testing. Visit UIW Health Services website for important updates, cost information and additional details.
  • You may also test at one of the public testing facilities, the City of San Antonio offers this list of local testing locations.

UIW Health Services offers vaccinations and boosters. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 210-829-6017.

Masks and face coverings are now required indoors by those who are vaccinated as well as persons not vaccinated unless they are in their private work or study spaces. Masks are also required by vaccinated and non vaccinated individuals outdoors in group settings and when social distancing cannot be maintained. Special events and similar activities will still require appropriate social distancing, including 3 ft. or greater distancing for indoor events.

Students and faculty should maintain a distance of 3 ft. or greater.

If requested to do so, employees who are vaccinated and unvaccinated might be required to test depending on the circumstances. Specific instructions on who will be tested are announced at the time of testing.

See the current testing policy here

Yes, UIW will work with our cleaning staff to continue protocols for cleaning high-contact surfaces using regular cleaning products.

If you are feeling sick or suspect you may have COVID-19, you are advised to stay home and get tested. Employees and students may be tested through the UIW Curative kiosk located at Founders Hall (4119 Broadway) or the School of Osteopathic Medicine campus. You can obtain a list of a test centers near you through the national directory by texting your zip code to 438829.

For scheduling and additional information, visit UIW COVID-19 Testing.

  1. Report your positive test results on the UIW COVID-19 Illness Reporting Form within 1 hour of receiving your positive test results.
  2. Isolate in place, away from others.
  3. You are not permitted to enter any UIW buildings during your isolation period. 
  4. For most people, isolation can end once 10 days have passed, with symptom improvement and absence of fever for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication.

If you are fully vaccinated:

  1. Get a COVID-19 test 3 to 5 days after your exposure, even if you do not have symptoms. 
  2. You do not need to quarantine and may attend school or work. 
  3. Wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following your exposure or until your COVID-19 test result is negative (remember, masks are currently required at UIW regardless of vaccination status). 
  4. If you test positive, follow the guidelines in the previous FAQ answer. 

If you are not vaccinated;

  1. If you have had close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, you s hould reach out to UIW Health Services for guidance. 
  2. Quarantine in place, away from others, for 14 days. 
  3. You are not permitted to enter any UIW buildings during your quarantine period. 
  4. Get a COVID-19 test if symptoms of COVID-19 are present. 
  5. If you do not develop symptoms, get tested for COVID-19 on the 7th day after your exposure. 
  6. If you test positive, follow the guidelines in the previous FAQ answer. 

No. Per the CDC, the COVID-19 vaccines currently approved in the United States cannot cause you to test positive on viral tests, which are used to see if you have a current infection.

To speak to a counselor, students may contact Behavioral Health Services at 210-832-5656. Employees should contact the Office of Human Resources at (210) 829-6019 or by email at uiwhr@uiwtx.edu. If you require medical services, please contact Health Services at 210-829-6017 or your personal physician. The Office of Mission and Ministry is also available for pastoral care and can be reached at ministry@uiwtx.edu

Drinking fountains will remain closed until further notice.

Face Mask Requirements - Update January 5, 2022

Masks and face coverings are required indoors by those who are vaccinated as well as persons not vaccinated. Masks will also be required outdoors in group settings and when social distancing cannot be maintained.

UIW Face Mask Guidelines
  Mask Required   Mask Optional
Outside (3 feet or greater from others)     X

Outside high-intensity sports (running, tennis)

  X

Outside, presenting, teaching, or coaching (3 feet or greater from others)

  X

Outside (small groups) Socially distanced

  X
Indoors, alone in the office   X
Residence halls, with roommates or suitemates   X
Outside (large gatherings) X  
Indoors on all UIW campuses X  
Indoors presenting or teaching X  
Shuttle X  
Residence hall, visitors X  
Carpooling X  
  • All individuals, fully vaccinated or not, are required to wear face masks on all UIW properties.  
  • Face masks maximize protection against COVID-19 and precent spread when worn in public.  
  • Gaiters, valved masks, and face shields do not qualify as approved face masks.  
  • Current best practices and recommendations from the CDC include using a high-quality mask that has two or more layers that fits snugly and includes a nose wire for closer fit and to prevent gaps.

 

Please contact Dr. Nathan Johnson, Associate Vice President for Public Safety, at najohns2@uiwtx.edu, if you have any questions or concerns about this policy. The COVID-19 situation remains fluid, and this policy may be updated as changing conditions deem it appropriate. Thank you for your continued commitment to the safety of the University of the Incarnate Word community and for doing your part to maintain our philosophy of shared responsibility together as One Word.

Read the full mask policy here

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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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 3 ft. plus 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

View the COVID-19 Map Updates on Your Mobile Device

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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