Phase 3: Return to Campus
As UT Southwestern returns to work on campus, 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)
Please review the return-to-campus tip sheet for helpful information as we transition to Phase 3 on May 1.
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.
Have building access rules been relaxed?
Access to UTSW buildings is still restricted: Badges will be required to access any building on campus. All doors without badge readers will remain locked.
What facilities are reopening?
The library and student common areas will reopen, but all users of these facilities are strongly encouraged to maintain physical distancing and continue to wear a mask. The gym will not reopen until July 1.
Will research laboratories be back to normal occupancy?
Research laboratories will return to 100 percent occupancy.
Will common areas reopen?
Common areas will be open and require masks and physical distancing of 6 feet.
Have the hours of operations changed from what is posted on the Information for Employees During COVID-19 page?
There is no change in hours of operation until further notice.
Will all food areas be available?
Additional food outlets will be added as faculty, staff, and students return to campus.
Where can I sit and eat? (Nonrestaurant areas?)
All seating areas remain accessible with limited capacities. Please be mindful of signage in designated areas.
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.
What are the rules for group gatherings (meetings)?
On June 1, gatherings and meetings are limited to as many people that can safely distance in the room.
What hand hygiene methods are available?
Hand hygiene stations will remain throughout campus for everyone's use.
What about the availability of wipes and sprays in nonclinical areas?
Nonclinical departments will be responsible for purchasing disinfectant wipes or spray solutions. Supplies can be ordered from General Stores.
Do I still need to wear a mask?
Masks or other appropriate face coverings will still be required inside all clinical buildings. Masks are strongly encouraged, but not required in nonclinical areas of our campus. We advise that those who are unvaccinated (or not fully vaccinated) wear a mask regardless of setting.
What are the PPE requirements for research laboratory personnel?
Research laboratory personnel must continue to wear standard PPE (lab coat, eye protection, gloves), and are strongly encouraged to wear a mask, and maintain safe physical distancing as much as possible.
Will more passengers be allowed on campus shuttles?
Shuttle occupancy will increase to one person per seat bench, or as posted on the shuttle.
Will parking return to pre-COVID-19 availability?
Parking will be 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.
Contact Parking Services at email@example.com, 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 Level 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?
For the protection of our colleagues, patients, and visitors, please remain diligent in practicing nonpharmaceutical interventions such as universal masking, physical distancing, and frequent hand-washing – even after you have been fully vaccinated.
Have the services offered by William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital and clinics changed?
Clements University Hospital and clinics will continue to offer standard services, including elective/nonurgent surgeries.
Is UTSW going back to in-person academic classes?
In-person academic classes will resume, but students are strongly encouraged to wear a mask and maintain safe physical distancing in nonclinical areas of our campus.
Are temperature screenings still required?
Employees must continue to comply with temperature screenings upon entry to hospital and clinical buildings until further notice.
Is there still a policy for employees who test positive for COVID-19?
Employees who test positive for COVID-19 must follow the current Occupational Health procedures outlined the COVID-19 Employee Illness Guidelines.
Can I resume work-related travel?
Work-related travel will be allowed. The department head will need to approve in writing that an individual’s travel is supported and that there are safety measures equivalent to on campus in place. Travel requests will be reviewed to verify the documentation was submitted.
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 outside the U.S. is highly discouraged.
Are visitor limitations still in effect at clinics and the hospital?
Visitors to clinics and the hospital will continue to be limited until further notice.
What about general visitors?
Visitors will continue to be limited. Mission-critical and mission-optimal visitors can come to campus with the appropriate Executive Vice President or their designee’s approval. For more details, please see the COVID-19 Visitor Policy.
Will vendors be allowed on campus?
Vendors will be subject to campus policies of nonpharmacological interventions, including masking and safe distancing.
Will candidates be allowed to interview on campus?
For essential faculty and staff recruitments, all interviews must be conducted virtually until the final candidate pool is identified. All visitors and finalist candidates considered essential must receive documented approval by the Chair/Center Director/VP, and then the appropriate Executive Vice President or their designee prior to the coordination of the individual’s travel. The approval must be emailed to Occupational Health so they are prepared to clear the individual to come to campus.
- UT Southwestern will continue to strongly encourage – 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.
Daily Home Screening Guidelines
- Take your temperature at home every day before coming to work.
- 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)
NOTE: There is no penalty for utilizing sick time, and you may apply for Emergency Paid Sick Leave.
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.
If you are a high-risk employee, discuss your possible return to campus with your supervisor and Human Resources.
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