Health & Shared Responsibility
The health and wellbeing of our Roadrunner community is central to our planning 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 will be required to complete a mandatory compliance training prior to returning to campus
The mandatory training is expected to be released later this summer and will thoroughly cover the Roadrunner Pact and Five Principles. It will also include information on self-screening, testing, reporting, accommodations for both students and employees, campus wellness resources, and steps you can take to mitigate 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. We will provide a face covering to every student, staff and faculty member prior to the fall semester. >> More information about face coverings on campus
All Roadrunners will be expected to closely self-monitor their health
UTSA developed a health self-assessment tool, which is available on the Roadrunner Return website, UTSA mobile app, and the LiveSafe app. All students, faculty, staff, contractors and visitors are highly encouraged to conduct daily health assessments as a way to do your part in reducing the spread of COVID-19 in our community.
>> What to do if you feel sick
Free COVID-19 testing is available to all Roadrunners through San Antonio Metro Health.
If you feel sick, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. Students should contact Student Health Services at 210-458-4142, and faculty/staff should content their health care provider.
>> What you need to know about COVID-19 testing
Contact tracing will take place among students, faculty and staff
We will ensure that those who have symptoms of COVID-19 or who have come in contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 are identified and tracked. A Public Health Risk Team has been established to manage this process.
Campus Cleaning & Disinfection
UTSA is committed to creating the safest possible environment for our students, faculty, staff and visitors. That’s why, in May, a Public Health Task Force comprised of scientists, public health experts and external health consultants was formed to help guide our processes for a safe and healthy return to campus.
The task force report defines cleaning and disinfection protocols, including regular cleaning and disinfecting of all classrooms, community spaces and high-traffic areas. Additional resources will also be made available including hand sanitizer stations, disinfecting supplies, plastic barriers for high traffic areas and online training to help students, faculty and staff take personal safety measures in gathering spaces like classrooms.
Protective barriers will be installed in high traffic areas around campus
Protective barriers/dividers will be placed in high-traffic areas where social distancing is difficult, such as circulation/information desks and food service counters.
We will support vulnerable members of the Roadrunner community
We will offer 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 will be 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 will be posted throughout our campuses to indicate occupancy limits.