Frequently Asked Questions

General Information

What are HSC’s reopening transition dates?

HSC is committed to the well-being and safety of our students, staff and faculty. With the increased availability of COVID-19 vaccines, HSC is continuing to transition to more “normal” operations.  This includes gradually relaxing restrictions on campus.

Transition dates

April 15, 2021

  • Faculty and staff may conduct business in-person.
  • The Scheduling Office is permitted to schedule academic courses starting on May 17 with masks and 3 feet physical distancing.

April 19, 2021

  • The Gibson D. Lewis Health Science Library study space becomes accessible 24/7 for students, faculty, and staff. HSC badge required for entry.
  • The library will remain closed to visitors until further notice.
  • Lewis Library's Remote Service Desk will be staffed Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

May 14, 2021

  • HSC Commencement will be held at Dickies Arena with a traditional in-person ceremony. Safety protocols will include wearing masks and physically distanced student seating.

May 17, 2021

  • Student organizations may begin requesting space for HSC-sponsored in-person events.
  • Students may conduct in-person business.
  • Non-HSC organizations may begin requesting space on campus.
  • The Founder’s Activity Center (FAC) will reopen with the following operating hours: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
  • Faculty-staff will have to restart their FAC memberships by direct purchase or through payroll deduction.
  • Group exercise classes will continue to be held virtually.

Will HSC still allow flexible work arrangements?

As UNT universities and system increase on-campus and in-office operations, we will follow established UNT System policies related to Flexible Work Arrangements (FWA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as it relates to faculty/staff requests for leave or other needs due to COVID-19-related circumstances.  

Employees who are seeking Flexible Work Arrangements (FWA) or reasonable accommodations due to a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should work through their supervisor and follow the established system and campus procedures outlined in the links below.

Please note that return to in-person operations will vary by location and job responsibilities. Each UNT System campus will provide additional detail and guidance.

Please contact your Campus HR office with any questions related to employee leave, Flexible Work Arrangements and the American with Disabilities Act.

I am a caregiver of someone who has COVID-19, or I have COVID-19 symptoms myself. Do I return to campus to work?

  • No. According to the CDC, if you are sick or have been exposed to a person who tested positive for COVID-19, do not return to campus until you have been asymptomatic for 10 days after exposure. You should consult with a medical professional before determining you are ready to return to campus.
  • HSC has leave policies in place to allow employees to stay home when they are sick, when household members are sick, or when required by a healthcare provider to isolate or quarantine themselves or a member of their household because of COVID-19. Contact Campus HR for additional questions regarding leave policies.

Safety and Wellbeing

What role can I play to ensure the health and safety of our HSC community?

  • The health and wellbeing of our HSC community is a responsibility we all share. 
  • A significant step in reducing the spread of COVID-19 is meticulous adherence to public health practices including hand hygiene, proper cough/sneeze etiquette, frequent disinfection of common and high traffic learning spaces and symptom assessment.

Am I required to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms before leaving my home and coming to campus?

Yes, all employees and students are required to perform a self-assessment for symptoms before coming to campus every day.

Potential COVID-19 symptoms include:

  • Cough
  • Chills
  • Shortness of breath
  • Repeated shaking with chills, difficulty breathing
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Fever of greater than or equal to 100.4
  • Diarrhea or vomiting

I’m waiting on my COVID test results. Can I still come to campus?

If you’ve been exposed to someone who is a known COVID positive or has symptoms of COVID and are waiting on a COVID test result, you should isolate and not return to campus until your result is back and negative and/or are symptom free.

What do I do if I am experiencing the symptoms of COVID-19?

If you are waiting for COVID-19 test results due to symptoms or exposure:

  • Do not return to campus until you have been cleared.
  • Even if you test negative for COVID-19, you must report that you were tested to HSCCOVID@unthsc.edu.
  • You should not return to on-campus work until 24 hours have passed since last fever (without use of fever reducing medications), improvement in your symptoms, and at least 10 days have passed since the onset of symptoms.
  • You should practice self-isolation during this time. Self-isolation means that people with symptoms of COVID-19, with or without a positive test, separate from others, stay home and away from others who share a residence to prevent the spread of the virus.

If you test positive for COVID-19 or have a presumed positive diagnosis:

  • You must report your diagnosis to your supervisor (for employees) or your academic department (for students) and HSCCOVID@unthsc.edu. HSC values your privacy and is following privacy guidelines that allow HSC to keep our workplace and your coworkers safe while still protecting individual privacy as much as possible.
  • We will also attempt to identify any HSC community members who may have come into close contact with you and will reach out to them directly with guidance on how to self-quarantine, self-isolate, or self-monitor, as applicable.

If you test negative for COVID-19 and have symptoms:

  • Even if you test negative for COVID-19, you must report that you were tested to HSCCOVID@unthsc.edu.
  • You should not return to on-campus work until 24 hours have passed since last fever (without use of fever reducing medications), improvement in your symptoms,  and at least 10 days have passed since the onset of symptoms.
  • You should practice self-isolation during this time. Self-isolation means that people with symptoms of COVID-19, with or without a positive test, separate from others, stay home and away from others who share a residence to prevent the spread of the virus.

If you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 but have not been tested:

  • If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, you should report your symptoms to your supervisor/academic department regardless of whether you have been tested or not.

Use encrypted email when reporting to HSCCOVID@unthsc.edu 

HSC COVID-19 Response Algorithm

Where do I report if I’m told by an employee or student that they tested positive for COVID-19?

  • Report to HSCCOVID@unthsc.edu and include the following information: supervisor name; employee or student name; employee office # and building; employee or student contact information; and date last on campus.
  • Pursuant to the Clery Act, HSC will assess each report of a positive case to determine whether a notification to the campus or a segment of campus is needed to protect the health and safety of student and employees. Any notification would protect the privacy of the reporting individual as much as possible. 

Will there be enhanced cleaning of workspaces to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19?

  • Yes, regular housekeeping practices are being enhanced, including frequent cleaning and sanitization of high-touch areas suck as door handles, railings, and elevator panels, among others.
  • This is a shared responsibility. Please do your part to keep your personal workspaces clean and void sharking workspaces and/or equipment.

When do I have to wear a mask or other face covering?

  • Effective Monday, May 17, fully vaccinated individuals no longer need to wear a mask or social distance indoors while on-campus at HSC , unless otherwise deemed required for patient related events or contact. Furthermore, individuals can continue to wear a mask and social distance at their discretion.

What do I do if I have concerns about other employees or students not following the HSC COVID-19 Safety Guidelines?

  • Our HSC value of respect empowers you as a HSC employee or student to emphasize public health practices such as social distancing, hand hygiene, staying home when sick and proper cough/sneeze etiquette. If this concerns you, please discuss with your supervisor.

What do I do, as a student, if I’m told I must be tested before going on a clinical rotation?

  • Contact your school/program directly to determine next steps.

Is there mental health support for employees and students returning to campus?

  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available to offer support during this stressful period. This free service helps employees with family, legal or financial issues, substance abuse or other stressful events. EAP programs are available to retirement-eligible employees, retirees, household members and dependents.
  • Student Support Program is available to offer support as well. This free service provides students with unlimited telehealth mental health support.

Resources

Alliance Work Partners (www.awpnow.com, employer code – AWP-UNT-384, or by phone 800-343-3822)

Health Select BCBS

Organizational Development & Engagement

LinkedIn Learning

What if I notice unsafe working conditions?

If you observe or experience unsafe working conditions, please contact your supervisor to help address issues and concerns.

Are there still travel restrictions in place?

HSC no longer has restrictions on travel. Employees and students should follow normal travel procedures: https://finance.untsystem.edu/travel

Additional Resources

This page was last modified on June 8, 2021