MARCH 2, 2020 — Editor’s note: The following message was sent via email by President Taylor Eighmy to all students, faculty and staff today:
I am writing to give you all an update regarding the coronavirus outbreak and the action steps UTSA is taking to keep our community safe. While the immediate risk to our campus continues to be low, we are taking proactive measures in order to mitigate this emerging public health threat.
Roadrunners Studying and Working Overseas
Earlier this year, we worked with approximately 40 students, faculty and staff returning from visits to China, Korea and Japan, all of whom were asymptomatic for coronavirus. Following guidelines set by San Antonio Metro Health, we did health assessments with these individuals and implemented best practices around self-isolation off-campus for 14 days upon their return.
This morning, I contacted all UTSA students, trainees, staff and faculty currently overseas to notify them about requirements for health assessments to further ascertain they are symptom free before traveling home. I also informed them about requirements for self-isolation off-campus for 14 days before returning to school or work. All of our 70 students, faculty and staff being recalled from Italy were assessed prior to their departure, and all are asymptomatic. We are working closely with them to make arrangements for their 14-day self-isolation requirement upon their return to the United States.
We are in direct communication with all our returning Roadrunners to ensure they have housing, food and support during their self-isolation period. More detailed information on the self-isolation requirement can be found on our Coronavirus FAQs website.
It is important to note that there are currently no UTSA faculty, staff or students who have been overseas or who are overseas presently who have reported symptoms or a diagnosis of coronavirus. Any questions regarding overseas travel can be directed to Lisa Montoya, vice provost for global initiatives.
We are taking proactive steps to be as prepared as possible to ensure the safety of our community as the coronavirus situation evolves in the weeks to come. This planning is simply precautionary, and we will continue to work closely with UT System and San Antonio officials on prevention and protection efforts for our university and our large, multinational city.
Members of UTSA’s emergency response team are meeting regularly to discuss operational and contingency plans, which include telecommuting and related policies, online academics, housing/dining contingencies and readiness of critical equipment, supplies and facilities.
As always, the most important thing we can all do is vigilantly practice everyday actions to prevent the spread of germs.
Although public health officials have indicated there is currently no threat to our local community, feelings of stress and concern are natural given the level of attention surrounding the coronavirus. I encourage all Roadrunners to seek support if needed. Students can contact Counseling and Mental Health Services, and staff/faculty can call the Employee Assistance Program.
UTSA’s Coronavirus website will continue to be a centralized source for information and updates pertinent to the Roadrunner community. As always, our commitment to ensuring the health, safety and security of our students, faculty and staff is our first priority. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and to facilitate pathways for our community to learn, work and live with as little disruption as possible.
The Dreamer and Undocumented student conversation consists of a panel discussion that will center in the immigrant experience while attending college and as a new professional. Our panelist will discuss their experiences as immigrants from different Latin American countries, and as current or former members of the undocumented community.Virtual Event
Come learn more about the Whataburger Resource Room and what you can do to fight food insecurity on our campus!Student Union, Paseo Principal Staircase, Main Campus
Join us for the grand opening of our new office space! There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony at Noon with an open house at HSU 2.206, and student organization tabling on the Paseo. We will have DJ Loko along with snacks, give aways, and activities.H-E-B Student Union, 2.206, Main Campus
This year we will have a NNO kickoff party at the Downtown Campus - Frio Building breezeway. The event will be on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm. We will have snow cones, music, and door prizes! The is a free event for all our DTC community. The NNO main event will be held at Main campus on October 5.Frio Breezeway, Downtown Campus
A virtual conversation about how we can take action to improve our wellbeing to prevent future mental health burn out.Virtual Event
No matter your first language, Coffee & Conversation can help you expand your horizons. We invite all UTSA students to come spend your lunch hour with Coffee & Conversation, where international and domestic students gather and build inter-cultural connections.Anaqua Room, 2.03.08, Student Union, Main Campus
For Hispanic Heritage Month this year we will be reading two books, starting in September with "I, Rigoberta Menchú", an autobiography. The October book will be "Cemetery Boys" by Aiden Thomas. Students who join the RJBC are eligible to receive the book free.Virtual Event
The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property - for Texas, the nation and the world.
To be a premier public research university, providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.
We encourage an environment of dialogue and discovery, where integrity, excellence, inclusiveness, respect, collaboration and innovation are fostered.
UTSA is a proud Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) as designated by the U.S. Department of Education.
The University of Texas at San Antonio, a Hispanic Serving Institution situated in a global city that has been a crossroads of peoples and cultures for centuries, values diversity and inclusion in all aspects of university life. As an institution expressly founded to advance the education of Mexican Americans and other underserved communities, our university is committed to ending generations of discrimination and inequity. UTSA, a premier public research university, fosters academic excellence through a community of dialogue, discovery and innovation that embraces the uniqueness of each voice.