Health & Shared Responsibility
The health and wellbeing of our Roadrunner community is central to the fall semester, and our intent is to provide a learning, living and working environment that is actually much safer than what is found in the general community for the heightened protection of all Roadrunners.
The public health safety measures described below are based on the parameters put forth by UTSA’s Public Health Task Force, in tandem with guidance from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, UT System and aligned with city, state and federal health directives.
These measures may be updated or adjusted over time as new information becomes available.
All Roadrunners must do their part
We have a shared responsibility to take steps to minimize the risk of COVID-19 infections on our campus. This means adhering to national, state, and local health guidelines and requirements, as well as those measures we deem safe and appropriate for UTSA. Every member of our Roadrunner community must do their part by abiding by the Roadrunner Pact and our Five Principles.
All students, staff and faculty were required to complete a mandatory compliance training prior to returning to campus
The mandatory training thoroughly covered the Roadrunner Pact and Five Principles. It also included information on self-screening, testing, reporting, accommodations for both students and employees, campus wellness resources, and steps to mitigating the spread of the virus.
Face coverings at UTSA
Face coverings are required in all public and common spaces on UTSA's campuses. Indoors, face coverings are required while in campus buildings. Outdoors, face coverings are required only when social distancing of six feet or more cannot be maintained. UTSA is providing a face covering to every student, staff and faculty member. >> More information about face coverings on campus
All Roadrunners are expected to closely self-monitor their health
UTSA developed a health daily self-assessment tool, which is accessible from the UTSA mobile app, and the LiveSafe app. All students, faculty, staff, contractors and visitors are highly encouraged to conduct daily health assessments and carry a personal hygiene pack which includes items such as hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, tissues and at least one extra face covering.
Testing is available on campus
Student Health Services provides on-campus testing for students who exhibit COVID-19 symptoms and who have been advised to be tested after conducting a telehealth visit. In addition, UTSA partners with Livingston Med Lab to offer testing to all students, faculty and staff, regardless of whether they are symptomatic. Results are typically received within 24 hours.
Contact tracing is taking place among students, faculty and staff
Those who have symptoms of COVID-19 or who have come in contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 are being identified and tracked.
>> What you need to know about contact tracing on campus
Campus Cleaning & Disinfection
Students are asked to limit unnecessary social interactions
In order to help prevent COVID-19 infections on our campus and within the local San Antonio community, we recommend that students limit unnecessary social interactions throughout the fall semester. Students are encouraged to stay in their residence except for essential business (groceries, medical visits), and avoid non-essential public places.
>> More information on social gatherings
Protective barriers have been installed in high traffic areas around campus
Protective plastic barriers have been placed in high-traffic areas where social distancing is difficult, such as circulation/information desks and food service counters.
We are supporting vulnerable members of the Roadrunner community
We are offering flexible working and learning conditions for individuals at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19 and those who live with or care for individuals at higher-risk, including workplace modality options and flexible alternatives for in-person learning activities.
Social distancing and physical space occupancy limits are required throughout campus
All Roadrunners must stay six-feet away from others while on campus, and abide by occupancy limits within all rooms and common areas. Signage is posted throughout our campuses to indicate occupancy limits.