Updated: Apr-30-2021


Before visiting any campus/off-campus facility:

Each time you plan to visit any UTRGV campus or facility, make sure to first ask yourself these questions:

  • Have you been in close contact (within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period)?
  • Do you have a measured temperature greater than 100.0°F, or feelings of fever or chills?
  • Do you have a new or worsening cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, sore throat, muscle pain or body aches, nausea, vomiting, headache, loss of taste or smell, or diarrhea?

If you answer “Yes” to any of the questions, please DO NOT proceed with your planned visit.
If you’d like to request a free phone screening for a COVID-19 test, please fill out this form.

More information on UTHealth RGV’s COVID-19 testing services.

Wear A Face Covering:

If you are healthy enough to come to campus, you must wear a face covering! Even if you’re fully vaccinated, you must wear a well-fitted face covering in indoor public spaces on campus, such as:

  • hallways
  • stairwells
  • elevators
  • computer labs
  • common areas
  • lobbies
  • libraries
  • classrooms
  • gyms and recreation centers

However, if you are fully vaccinated and on campus, you can safely:

  • Visit in a private setting (private offices or meeting rooms) indoors with other fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask or physical distancing.
  • Visit or conduct activities outdoors without wearing a mask, except in crowded settings and venues where social distancing is not possible.

Failure to follow the CDC guidelines and UTRGV Face Covering Protocol may lead to disciplinary action. Proof of vaccination is currently not required.

For reference, people are considered fully vaccinated:

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series (i.e. Pfizer or Moderna vaccines) or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine (i.e. Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine).

Don’t Have a Face Covering? You may purchase a reusable/washable one at the nearest vending machine for a nominal cost.

Practice Social Distancing:

Whether you are walking across your department’s building or the parking lot, be sure to keep space between yourself and the people around you. Wearing a face covering while maintaining a physical distance of at least 6 feet will help keep you - and others - safe and healthy this semester.

Follow All Other Campus Protocols (as necessary):

Some of our university’s campus services have implemented additional health and safety protocols, besides those being practiced university-wide. These protocols only apply to you if you’re attempting to access these services in person, on campus.


To mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19 on all campuses, specific policies must be followed in the scheduling of all UTRGV events. Indoor and outdoor in-person events affiliated with UTRGV on and off campus continue to be cancelled until further notice. The only exceptions are Commencement events and UTRGV sponsored Athletic competitions, which have gone through extensive planning; been reviewed and approved by administration; and are in strict compliance with all NCAA, Western Athletic Conference, and institutional guidelines.

The Return to Campus Events/Gatherings Subcommittee will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and provide updates when available.

  • Click here for the Definitions of In-Person Meetings and In-person Events at UTRGV.
  • Click here for the Decision-Making Tree for In-Person Events at UTRGV (Appendix A).

If you deem that your proposed in-person event is necessary and warrants consideration for an exception by the Return to Campus Events/Gatherings Subcommittee, please complete this In-Person Event Exception form.

Please note, you are responsible for submitting the form at least two weeks prior to the proposed date you have identified for your event. Please complete all sections to the best of your ability.