Thursday, July 9, 2020
  Around Campus

By Amanda Alaniz

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – UTRGV continues to navigate a new normal as more people gradually return to campus, so hybrid operations have been developed to facilitate what that new normal should look like. 

To help with the transition and to ensure the safety and wellness of staff, faculty and student employees, the university’s Office of Human Resources, in collaboration with the UTRGV Return to Campus Task Force, has developed specific training with resources and guidance for employees and supervisors. 

A special guide – the Return to Campus Resources – lays out processes to raise awareness of new health and well-being protocols, responsibilities and helpful practices. 

HR is asking all faculty, staff and student employees to adhere to the guidelines in the Return to Campus Resources to maintain the health and safety of the on-campus community. 

All employees should: 

  • Review the Return to Campus Employee Guide.
  • Or view the recorded Return to Campus Training for Employees.
  • Acknowledge review of the content.


All resources and more information are available via Blackboard. Please refer to this document for access guidance.  

UTRGV President Guy Bailey said the health and safety of the UTRGV community is the number one priority. 

“As we are working during a time of uncertainty, we continue to be cautious and work diligently to be sure that anyone who steps on campus feels comfortable and safe,” he said. “We will continue to seek guidance, make adjustments when necessary and listen to our university community.” 



Individuals must review screening questions regarding COVID-19 symptoms and perform a self-screening before returning to campus. 

If you have any questions about the Return to Campus training, contact Human Resources by email or phone (956) 665-2451 (Edinburg) and (956) 882-8205 (Brownsville). 


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.