Staying Safe While Working and Learning on Campus
As UT Southwestern moves forward with campus operations, we place above all else:
- Your safety and well-being (both physical and mental)
- Your value and importance to the UT Southwestern family (whether working on or off campus)
This is an ever-changing time in our lives. Thank you for helping ensure safety for yourself and others while continuing to achieve the success and innovation for which UT Southwestern is known.
If you have questions not addressed here, please COVID-19Questions@utsouthwestern.edu us.
I'm returning to campus, but I do not have child care. Are there options available?
Please visit our child care resources webpage to learn about available resources and leave options related to child care.
Have building access rules been relaxed?
Access to UTSW buildings is still controlled, but additional entrances will be accessible with badge access. All doors without badge readers will remain secure. Patient and visitor entrances will continue to be available during working hours.
What facilities are reopening?
All areas of campus are now open.
Will research laboratories be back to normal occupancy?
Research labs returned to 100 percent occupancy with transition to Phase 3 on May 1.
Will common areas reopen?
All common areas are open with no seating restrictions.
Have the hours of operations changed?
There is no change in hours of operation.
Will all food areas be available?
Additional food outlets will be added as faculty, staff, and students return to campus and renovations are completed.
Where can I sit and eat?
All seating areas are accessible with no physical distancing restrictions. Chairs and tables are being returned to seating areas.
Can I bring food in to share with colleagues?
Yes, there are no restrictions to bringing and sharing food on campus as long as participation is voluntary.
Will a flexible work policy be implemented? Will this include high-risk employees?
A flexible work structure will be in place (subject to local management assessment of roles against policy and institutional guidelines with HR approval), allowing employees to either return to campus (including high-risk employees), remain remote, or perform blended work as determined in working with their supervisor and subject to HR approval.
What are the rules for group gatherings (meetings)?
Events and meetings of ten or more persons scheduled between now and at least the end of October should be held on a virtual format. In-person meetings (under 10) are limited to only the most critical staff that need to be there.
Do I still need to wear a mask?
Masks will continue to be required in all clinical buildings. In nonclinical facilities, we strongly recommend everyone regardless of vaccination status to wear a mask and maintain physical distance from others.
What are the PPE requirements for research laboratory personnel?
Research laboratory personnel must continue to wear standard PPE (lab coat, eye protection, gloves) to protect from workplace hazards, per standard policies.
Will more passengers be allowed on campus shuttles?
Shuttle seating is limited to one person per bench. Passengers are strongly encouraged to wear a mask.
Will parking return to pre-COVID-19 availability?
Yes. Parking is open for patients, visitors, and staff, including both self-parking and valet.
If I canceled my parking permit, how do I reinstate my garage/lot access?
Before you return to working on campus, go to the Parking Services website to update your parking permit account (VPN required). If you prefer to manage your parking permit account in person, visit either of the two Parking Services offices: Visitor Information Center, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; or William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital, Orange Tower, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
email@example.com Parking Services, or call 214-648-9600 if you have further questions.
I am coded as Level 5, Majority Remote. Can I continue to purchase a discounted Remote Worker parking permit?
Employees coded as Category 5, Majority Remote, are eligible to purchase a discounted Remote Worker parking permit for $10 per month. Please see the Remote Worker Parking Permit FAQ page for more information (VPN required).
Is physical distancing still required?
Physical distancing should be practiced as much as possible in addition to wearing a mask.
Have the services offered by William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital and clinics changed?
Clements University Hospital and clinics will continue to monitor the situation. At this time, we continue to offer standard services, including elective/nonurgent surgeries.
Is UTSW going back to in-person academic classes?
In-person academic classes have resumed for many key events that cannot be taught well in virtual formats. Students and instructors are strongly encouraged to wear a mask during lectures or any other academic activities in nonclinical settings. Use of masks and social distancing is particularly important for learners, colleagues, instructors, and their family members who have medical conditions that place them at high risk for COVID-19. Please consider the safety of these individuals when participating in in-person events.
Are there any restrictions on extracurricular activities, student organization meetings, and enrichment electives?
Currently, all extracurricular meetings, events, and enrichment electives should remain virtual through October. Off-campus events, outreach activities, or volunteer activities require prior review and approval.
Screeners will no longer be stationed at employee badge-access entrances to clinical facilities but will remain at patient- and visitor-facing entrances to provide masks. Employees are required to self-screen prior to reporting to work.
Can I resume work-related travel?
Domestic travel is allowed via the traditional approval process. UT Southwestern-related travel to foreign countries is subject to approval by the Travel Oversight Committee for the remainder of the calendar year. Travel to some locations with high infection rates may still require returning employees to report travel and activities to Occupational Health. Quarantine may be required based on Occupational Health review.
Returning travelers must report to Occupational Health prior to coming back on campus. Quarantine may be required.
What about personal travel restrictions?
Personal travel is allowed, but personal travel is discouraged to areas identified as having very high COVID levels as indicated by the CDC.
Are visitor limitations still in effect at clinics and the hospital?
We are returning to our pre-pandemic visitor policy.
What about general visitors?
Visitors to campus are allowed per standard protocols in both clinical and nonclinical areas.
Will vendors be allowed on campus?
Yes, vendors are permitted on campus. However, they remain subject to campus policies of nonpharmacological interventions, including masking and safe distancing.
Will candidates be allowed to interview on campus?
Visitation to campus is no longer limited.
- UT Southwestern will continue to strongly recommend – but no longer require – the wearing of masks by students, faculty, staff, and guests in nonclinical areas of our campus. Wearing a mask is still required within William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital and all other clinical facilities.
Stay at home if:
- You feel sick
- You have COVID-19 related symptoms
- You have a mild cough or low-grade fever (100˚ F/37.7˚ C or higher)
COVID-19 Positive Employees
If you are COVID-19 positive, follow the current procedure for COVID-19 employee illness. The Occupational Health Department (needs VPN to access) will provide direction for testing, contact tracing, quarantine, and isolation instructions.