UHV plans soft opening for first two weeks of spring semester

In response to the recent uptick in COVID-19 cases, the University of Houston-Victoria will have a soft opening for the first two weeks of the spring semester, just as other universities across the state have chosen to do.

UHV’s spring 2022 semester will begin on Jan. 18. For the first two weeks, the university’s face-to-face classes will also offer real-time streaming so students who are uncomfortable or unable to attend classes are able to continue their studies uninterrupted. The university plans to return to its original class modes by Feb. 7. However, the university’s administration will continue to monitor the situation and make decisions accordingly.

“Our first priority, always, is the safety of our students, faculty and staff,” UHV President Bob Glenn said. “We are excited to welcome students back for the new semester, but we will also take steps to ensure that we are offering classes in a safe manner.”

In addition to the soft opening, UHV will continue to follow current CDC guidelines regarding isolation and quarantining in the case of an individual testing positive for COVID or experiencing symptoms. The university has encouraged all of its employees and students to take preventative measures including vaccinations and boosters, social distancing, wearing masks in public spaces and regular COVID testing.

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.