The university is implementing the following guidelines to screen for, manage, and prepare for COVID-19 cases on our University campuses.
Campus Official(s) and Communication Protocols
- All campuses shall clearly designate and publish their designated campus official(s) for students, employees, and visitors to report to if they:
- have tested positive for COVID-19;
- are suspected of having COVID-19 based on their symptoms, or history of prolonged contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19; or
- are subject to quarantine.
- The university and each campus will establish secure communication protocols whereby students, employees, and visitors will self-report to the designated campus official(s) if they are not permitted on campus pursuant to Section “Personal Safety Practices” of these guidelines. Communication protocols shall be in accordance with health information sharing regulations for COVID-19 and other applicable federal and state laws and regulations relating to privacy and confidentiality, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”), or Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”).
- Any persons with unexplained or new symptoms that suggest COVID-19 should stay home until they consult with their healthcare provider to determine next steps in accordance with CDC and HDOH guidance. Notify your supervisor, instructor, or your designated campus official(s) immediately.
- Each campus must establish a protocol to follow when a student or employee develops symptoms while onsite. The student or employee should be safely isolated and leave the facility.
- The university will not disclose the identity of any employee or student who is diagnosed with or is suspected of having COVID-19, except on a need-to-know basis.
Campus Responsibilities to Clean and Disinfect in COVID-19 Cases Identified by the Campus Official(s)
- Campuses should establish protocols for closing off areas due to COVID-19 cases identified by the campus official(s) and preventing use of these areas until after cleaning and/or disinfecting.
- If it has been more than 24 hours since the space was substantially used or occupied by a COVID-19 case, the space will not be closed and regular routine cleaning will resume.
- Protocols should also ensure safe, correct use and storage of cleaning and disinfection products.
- All students, employees and visitors are asked to monitor their own health daily for COVID-19 symptoms, including fatigue, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, cough, fever or feeling feverish, chills, muscle pain or body aches, sore throat, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, congestion or runny nose, headache, and a new loss of taste or smell.
- Any persons with unexplained or new symptoms that suggest COVID-19 should stay home until they consult their healthcare provider to determine next steps, in accordance with CDC and HDOH guidance. Notify your supervisor, instructor, or your designated campus official(s) immediately if you have tested positive for COVID-19.
Education and Communication Strategies
Campuses may develop communications strategies as appropriate to include messaging to promote behaviors that prevent the spread of COVID-19 among employees, students and visitors. Campuses may post signs in highly visible locations as appropriate that promote safer behaviors.
- UH expects all buildings and offices to be open for full, in-person services during normal business hours.
- The university will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request to all disabled employees, that will enable the employee to perform their essential job functions.
- If employees should not report to campus due to COVID-19 exposure, symptoms, or illness, but are able to perform their job duties remotely, the employee may be allowed to telework under the Revised COVID-19 Telework Policy, effective through June 30, 2022. For additional information, see the OHR Website.
Last modified: March 31, 2022