Friday, March 6, 2020
  Community, Announcements

By News and Internal Communications

UTRGV students
UTRGV archival photo by David Pike.

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – Editor’s Note: The following message was sent via email from UTRGV President Guy Bailey on March 6, 2020.

Dear Campus Community:

As part of our ongoing commitment to our UTRGV community’s health and safety, the Office of Emergency Preparedness, along with our Infectious Disease Outbreak Committee, continues to monitor the current COVID–19 (coronavirus) outbreak, both foreign and domestic. 

Given the recent levels of COVID–19, UTRGV has decided to suspend all UTRGV Faculty/Staff/Student related travel to the following states:

  • California
  • New York
  • Washington


These restrictions are effective on issuance of this memo and until further notice.  

We will continue to evaluate all restrictions on a daily basis and will send notification of any adjustments as they arise.

Questions should be forwarded to Pablo Mendez, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, at or (956) 665-2658.

Our main concern is the health, safety, and security of our UTRGV community. 



Guy Bailey, President


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new School of Medicine, and made it possible for residents of the region to benefit from the Permanent University Fund – a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and other institutions.

UTRGV has campuses and off-campus research and teaching sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley including in Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville (formerly The University of Texas at Brownsville campus), Edinburg (formerly The University of Texas-Pan American campus), Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, and South Padre Island. UTRGV, a comprehensive academic institution, enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine welcomed its first class in the summer of 2016.