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.

UIW COVID-19 FAQs (Updated 6/1/2022)

The UIW Mask Policy no longer mandates the wearing of masks indoors/outdoors whether you are vaccinated or unvaccinated. Other conditions apply. Please review the latest update to the Mask Policy (3/16/2022) for the most recent changes. Should you choose to wear a mask, CDC recommends using a high-quality mask that has two or more layers that fit snugly and includes a nose wire for a closer fit and to prevent gaps for the best protection. 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.
  • The most recent UIW Testing Policy clarifies minimum weekly testing requirements for employees subject to testing under the UIW Vaccine Policy, unvaccinated campus residents, and athletes per NCAA guidelines.

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

The university continues to encourage social distancing whenever feasible. We ask all Cardinals to use your best judgment to determine appropriate social distancing.

UIW will continue to perform nightly cleaning and sanitizing in classrooms, and in work areas upon request.

Persons who are feeling ill, regardless of their vaccination status, should quarantine themselves from others until all symptoms have passed for 24-hours, get clinically evaluated and be tested for COVID-19.

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.

Any person who receives a positive COVID-19 test result must report the finding on the UIW COVID-19 Illness Reporting Form and will be subject to an isolation period pursuant to CDC guidelines, which includes a minimum 5-day isolation period. Employees and students who test positive for COVID-19 must advise others with whom they contacted within the preceding 5 days of such potential exposure. When returning to campus, face masks are required for 5 days after a COVID-19 illness.

If you are fully vaccinated and received a Booster vaccine:

  1. You are not required to quarantine and may attend school or work unless you develop symptoms.
  2. Day 0 is the day of your exposure.
  3. Test on day 5 after your exposure.
  4. Wear a mask around others at all times until day 10 after exposure (do not eat with others, drive in cars, or socialize while unmasked).
  5. If you test positive, follow the guidelines in the previous FAQ answer (What if I test positive, what is the protocol?).

If you are not vaccinated;

  1. You are required to stay home and quarantine unless you develop symptoms.
  2. Day 0 is the day of your exposure
  3. Test on day 5 after your exposure
  4. If the test result is negative, wear a mask a well-fitted mask for the full 10 days when around others, and watch for symptoms. Avoid travel.
  5. If you test positive for COVID-19, follow the guidelines in the previous FAQ answer (What if I test positive, what is the protocol?).

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.

Masks/Face Coverings on Campus

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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 breath. 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. Learn how to protect yourself and others by visiting the CDC website for more information.

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 about the importance of hand washing.

Learn more about protecting yourself

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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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