UHV to stay in Phase 2 of reopening plan for at least semester start

University of Houston-Victoria administrators announced Monday afternoon that the university would remain in Phase 2 of the university’s COVID-19 reopening plan when the spring semester begins on Jan. 19.

“We made this decision based on the high hospitalization rate in Victoria County and the infection rate in Texas,” UHV President Bob Glenn said. “The safety of our campus community continues to be of paramount importance.”

The university previously moved its reopening plan from Phase 3 to Phase 2 on Dec. 14 for the winter break. UHV launched its five-phase reopening plan June 15 for its Victoria campus and UHV Katy instructional site. Under Phase 2, campus buildings are open with limited access, including up to 15 percent occupancy in offices and classrooms. Classes will be offered through a combination of online and limited face-to-face options.

UHV Athletics will continue its activities under strict protocols of testing and physical distancing, according to National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics regulations. The university is encouraging its students, faculty and staff to take appropriate precautions, including getting a COVID-19 test, before coming to campus.

The university’s administrators will reevaluate UHV’s reopening phase each week, and any changes will be announced as quickly as possible. Students will be notified through their UHV email accounts, and information will be updated on the university’s COVID-19 website at

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.