Interim President's Message: Classes Remain Online Until March 1
I hope you and your families are in good health and that your semester is off to a good start.
Last week, your classes started in virtual formats as our region is experiencing a spike in COVID-19 cases. To ensure the UHD Community's safety, all classes will remain 100 percent online until March 1. This includes face-to-face, hybrid, and online interactive courses.
I recognize that we begin the New Year in a similar position we found ourselves in toward the end of 2020. Still, I encourage patience and perseverance as Houston and the surrounding area grapples with the pandemic. I also would recommend that you continue to remind your classmates and fellow Gators that they are not required to come to campus for classes at this time.
Although all classes are virtual, the campus and all of its student-facing offices are open and available to you. As a reminder, all safety protocols are in place for those coming to campus (masks, designated entrances, distancing, elevator limits).
While the arrival of the vaccine in Houston brings optimism, we all must do our part to prevent the spread of this ongoing virus. Wash your hands regularly, wear a mask in public, maintain safe distances from others, and use your best judgment to avoid large crowds. As Gators, you can help our community by practicing those habits that have kept many of you healthy, and you can set an example for our fellow Houstonians.
Additionally, stay focused on your studies. Keep up with your virtual lectures, assignments, and projects. And remember that your professors and UHD staff members are here to support you.
A New Year has begun, but the challenges presented by COVID-19 remain. As a community … and as Gators … we should continue to respond with caution, courage, and the commitment to ensure our safety and a successful semester.
Antonio D. Tillis, Ph.D.
University of Houston-Downtown