Testing and Reporting
If you are a UT staff member exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, you will be able to schedule a test with UT Health Austin. You can also arrange a test with the health care provider of your choice. UT Health Austin (UTHA) will bill an individual’s insurance plan for this clinical testing, and most insurance plans, including the UT Select employee insurance plan fully cover the cost of testing for symptomatic individuals. For employees who are uninsured, UTHA will explore the use of federal programs, if available, to help cover the cost.
Report All Testing
In order to slow the spread of COVID-19 and to help keep our employees safe, it is important that employees, including student employees, and managers report symptoms and testing regardless of test results to the Occupational Health Program (OHP) as soon as possible. Contact 512-471-4647 or email the Occupational Health Program to report COVID-19 symptoms or tests regardless results. OHP values employee privacy and is following privacy guidelines that allow the university to keep our workplace and co-workers safe while still protecting individual privacy as much as possible. Learn more about the COVID-19 reporting process and how it helps slow the spread of the virus.
Staying Healthy While Working
University Mask Guidance
Masks are optional inside university buildings and outdoors. For individuals who are not fully vaccinated or have weakened immune systems, masking and social distancing are optional but recommended.
See the university’s health behavior guidance for the most current information on who should mask and when.
PPE is Available
The university will provide recommended protective face masks for employees who require this type of personal protective equipment to perform their daily work and will have limited supplies available for other urgent needs.
Required On-Campus Jobs
For jobs that require an on-campus presence and where an employee expresses concerns about returning to campus, the university will use its existing processes that have been modified to support these requests. See Accommodation Process for High-Risk Faculty and Staff.
Work from Home
Staff members who are able to perform their job functions from home are encouraged to do so in consultation with their managers.
To ensure facilities are safe and systems are functioning properly and can accommodate adequate distancing, UT has established inspection and certification processes.
Student employees will work with their supervisor to determine their working modality and expectations, whether working in person, remotely or a hybrid.