University Guidelines

Protecting Yourself and Others from COVID-19

The following are effective practices for preventing the spread of COVID-19:

  • Frequent hand-washing
  • Coughing into the bend of your elbow
  • Physical distancing (staying at least 6 ft away from others)
  • Staying home, especially if you are sick

How can I prevent getting the COVID-19 (coronavirus)?

Visit the COVID-19 (coronavirus) Prevention and Treatment page to learn about how to protect yourself from respiratory illnesses, like COVID-19 (coronavirus). For now, the best defense is to follow some of the same steps you would take to prevent getting other viruses, such as the common cold or the flu.

  • Clean your hands often
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place or after blowing your nose, coughing, and/or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact
  • Clean and disinfect
    • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
    • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle
    • Get enough sleep, eat a healthy diet, drink plenty of liquids and exercise if you are able. These steps will strengthen your immune system and enable you to fight off infections easier.

The CDC website has additional FAQs on the topics of Travel, Pregnant Women and COVID-19 (coronavirus)

Use of Face Coverings/Masks

UTRGV has implemented a new face covering protocol, which requires the wearing of face coverings when entering a campus building to protect others and themselves to create the safest possible campus. This protocol applies to all students, staff, faculty, contractors, vendors, suppliers and visitors. Masks must cover both mouth and nose.

University-Wide Policy

  • Anyone entering a campus building must wear a face covering that covers the mouth and nose.  
    • The covering must be worn in all hallways, public spaces, research labs, teaching/computer labs, libraries, classrooms, automobiles with a passenger, stairwells, elevators and common areas, as well as office spaces. In office spaces, when social distancing of 6 feet is possible and maintained, face coverings may be removed. 
    • Face coverings also are required in outdoor settings, if safe social distancing and gathering practices are not possible. 
  • Individuals may supply their own face covering. If a face covering is not available, a washable/reusable covering will be provided. 
  • Face coverings protect others around you and prevent you from unintentionally spreading the COVID-19 virus to others.  
  • All individuals on campus are expected to practice robust personal hygiene, including frequent handwashing and sanitation of shared surfaces. 
  • Failure to comply with these procedures may result in disciplinary action through the appropriate processes.

UTRGV will modify these mask/face covering rules as circumstances direct and with guidance from the campus community and leadership

Campus Events

  • In order to mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19 on campus, specific policies must be followed in the scheduling of all campus events.
  • Indoor and Outdoor in-person events on all UTRGV campuses continue to be cancelled through the month of September. The Event Task Force will continue to monitor the Covid-19 situation and provide updates when available.

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