COVID-19 Information and Procedures

The University of Texas at Tyler

We strongly encourage all students, faculty and staff to get vaccinated. The NET Health mobile vaccine clinic is on campus for your convenience. COVID testing is also available if you have symptoms or have been exposed to someone with the virus. Contact the COVID hotline, 903.565.5999, or submit the COVID-19 Report Form. STAY HOME if you do not feel well or have symptoms so that you do not risk exposing others.

 

Fall 2021 COVID Procedures

The university has developed campus protocols to guide the efforts of all students, faculty and staff in sustaining a healthy and safe environment. Read more.

 

Vaccination Mobile Clinic

UT Tyler is currently working to arrange more dates for the mobile clinic to be on campus.

Please check back for updates. 

For alternative vaccination locations, please visit: https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/immunize/vaccine.aspx 

 

COVID-19 Fall Testing Schedule

The Testing Center is open to Students, Faculty, and Staff of UT Tyler. University ID must be presented at the time of testing. Full-time faculty and staff must present proof of insurance.

Campus Location Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Tyler

PHE Gym

8am-1pm
2pm-5pm

8am-1pm
2pm-5pm

8am-1pm
2pm-5pm

8am-1pm
2pm-5pm

8am-1pm
2pm-5pm

Palestine

PMH 105

9am-11am

No Testing

9am-11am

No Testing

9am-11am

Longview

LUC 104

8am-1pm

8am-1pm

8am-1pm

No Testing

8am-1pm

 

 

Campus Announcements

Vaccinate to Win

9/16/2021

In a new incentive program, current UT Tyler students, faculty and staff who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can register to win prizes, including student grant awards up to $3,000 and Visa gift cards up to $500. Weekly drawings will take place Sept. 22-Oct. 27. Read more.





Patriots Protect Others

8/19/2021

Patriots,

The fall 2021 semester is just days away, and UT Tyler’s objective of providing a safe and healthy college experience remains unchanged. While I had hoped that we would be farther along in the fight against COVID, the dangers of the Delta variant have set us back. As a result, positive cases and hospitalizations are rising, so we must take the necessary precautions to ensure your safety. 

Many of you have heard that we expect masks to be worn indoors, and some have asked if this is a requirement that violates Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order. I assure you it does not, and it is not our intention to do so. This is not a mandate with punitive consequences for noncompliance. 

This expectation is simply the epitome of our culture – Patriots protect others. You demonstrated this everyday last year by wearing your masks, and because the Delta variant is more transmissible, masks continue to be a layer of protection.

By masking, you not only protect others, but you protect yourself also. The CDC recently recommended everyone should wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status, to maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others. 

We want our students to enjoy the collegiate experience – the face-to-face learning environment, socializing with friends and those activities that they have missed since COVID began. It must be understood that all these experiences have to occur in a safe manner as we continue to maneuver COVID. 

We must all be hypervigilant about daily health assessments. What you may think is allergies or a cold, may actually be COVID. So, if you are experiencing the simplest symptoms, stay or go home, get tested and call our COVID hotline (903.565.5999). 

While masks are one layer of defense, vaccinations are still our best defense. I continue to stress the need to be fully vaccinated so that you protect yourself from severe symptoms that may lead to hospitalization or death.

Stay safe and have a great year.

Kirk A. Calhoun, MD, FACP
President

 

 

Following new CDC recommendations, we have made adjustments to those procedures, which are effective Tuesday, June 1, 2021.

Face coverings – Face coverings are expected indoors. Per CDC guidelines, they are strongly encouraged for those who are not vaccinated. 

Travel guidelines – Travel is necessary to advance the university's mission. Everyone is encouraged to adhere to health and safety protocols of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

  • Requests for domestic travel should follow regular procedures with the approval of the respective dean or vice president.
  • Requests for international travel will have the approval of the International Oversight Committee (IOC) as well as the respective dean or vice president.


 

Testing and Cases

If you have been exposed or test positive for COVID-19 and had recent contact with the campus community, please contact the COVID hotline, 903.565.5999, or submit the COVID-19 Report Form.

The dashboard reflects the testing and case numbers for members of the UT Tyler community that were physically present at a UT Tyler campus. For information about Smith County COVID cases, see the NetHealth webpage.

 

 

  • On-campus population naturally fluctuates throughout a semester. The figure here represents the on-campus figure as of the most recent official University census taken on September 4, 2021. The number of students on campus is significantly lower after the Thanksgiving break, when all classes transitioned to online until the end of the semester. The transition was planned as part of the University’s response to COVID-19.
  • Active cases are defined as symptomatic or asymptomatic individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 at any testing location, and who are still under isolation directives from UT Tyler IRT.
  • All numbers reported here represent faculty/staff and students who participate in hybrid or face-to-face classes. Students who are fully online are not counted here.
  • Individuals taking multiple tests and the lag between testing and results may create minor variations in this data.
  • These numbers are provided as a public service, and while appropriate attempts have been made to be accurate, UT Tyler makes no guarantee of their accuracy.
  • Questions about this dashboard should be sent to bgolden@uttyler.edu.

 

FAQs

Are vaccines going to be required?

UT Tyler continues to monitor guidance from the CDC, State of Texas health authorities, and UT System to inform best practices on our COVID-19 response, including the role of any vaccine.

What were the previous COVID return procedures?