10:15 AM

Interim President's Message: Classes Remaining Online Through March 14

Dear Students,

Last week was challenging for Houstonians, including members of our very own Gator Community.

Many of you were without power during some of the coldest days in our city’s history, and I am hopeful that you and your families are in good health following last week’s winter storm.

Now, we must focus on safely and successfully completing the spring semester. In doing so, UHD will keep all of its classes online through March 14. This includes those classes originally scheduled for face-to-face, hybrid and online interactive. An announcement will be made prior to Spring Break (scheduled March 15-19) regarding the plan for the balance of the semester.

I, along with the COVID-19 Response Taskforce and Department of Emergency Management, have closely monitored pandemic levels within the region and determined that the safest path forward is to continue classes online.

While classes will be conducted virtually, UHD will remain open with all student-facing offices available for you. Safety protocols (designated entrances, masks/face coverings, distancing) remain in place.

This news may be disappointing to some of you who are ready to return to the classroom, but it is important that we do our part in reducing the risk and spread of COVID-19.

The pandemic has certainly altered how all of us learn, work, study and communicate with each other. The one thing that has not changed is your strength and determination. If anything, this situation has made all of you stronger … and better able to overcome any unexpected challenges … such as those faced earlier last week.

Your hard work this semester is commendable, but we aren’t quite at the halfway mark yet. Continue to focus on your studies, and let’s work together to ensure Spring 2021 is a success.


Antonio D. Tillis, Ph.D.

Interim President, University of Houston-Downtown