UT Tyler Office of Marketing and Communications

COVID-19 Information

March 6, 2020

Media Contact: Lucas Roebuck
Vice President for Marketing and Chief Communications Officer
Marketing and Communications
The University of Texas at Tyler

This information is not the most recent update. For updated information, visit uttyler.edu/coronavirus.

UT Tyler continues to closely monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and wants to be as helpful as possible in addressing questions about this developing situation.

That is why we are sharing important information about actions UT Tyler is taking, and providing you with the latest health, safety and travel recommendations from UT System, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. Department of State.

University-Sponsored International Travel

All university-sponsored international travel for students, faculty and staff is prohibited. This restriction will take place until further notice. Those who have current plans to travel internationally should cancel reservations.

Any questions regarding international travel can be directed to Cynthia Martinez, Executive Director of International Programs.

Personal Travel, Self-Isolation and Reporting

UT Tyler is strongly encouraging its community members to reconsider any personal travel to countries with CDC Travel Health Notice Warning Levels of 3 or 2. All travelers should consult CDC's COVID-19 travel page, State Department travel advisories and the International Air Transport Association's list of travel and entry restrictions for the latest information before departing.

CDC's Travel Notice page can be found here: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/

In accordance with guidance from the UT System, effective immediately UT Tyler students, faculty and staff are required to report to UT Tyler any scheduled personal international travel. Personal travel information must be reported as soon as possible using the International Travel Self-Report Form.

Individuals returning to UT Tyler from a country with a CDC Level 3 or 2 travel warning will have to self-isolate at home for 14 days before returning to class or work. Upon the date of return indicated in your travel submission, employees will be contacted by the Human Resources Director and students by the Vice President for Student Success with further directions.

UT Tyler employees in self isolation will be contacted by the HR Director to determine if work-from-home, leave or other practice is appropriate.

Students in self-isolation will be contacted by the Dean of Students to provide appropriate support.

Travelers should also consider how their planned trips may affect their ability to return to the UnitedStates and to campus. This continues to be a rapidly evolving situation, and it is difficult to anticipate what the future may hold.

Those traveling should allot additional time for airport screening measures, which generally include temperature checks and questionnaires, and should follow directives from authorities. No one should travel while sick, lest they risk additional screening measures, potential entry denial and quarantine. Additionally, anyone who is sick risks spreading germs and infection to others.


UT Tyler's top priority is to protect the health and safety of all our students, faculty, staff and visitors during this evolving and unusual situation. We will continue to closely monitor the latest guidance and follow the recommendations of the UT System, CDC and U.S. Department of State.
We always recommend our community members follow CDC and public health guidelines, which are similar to what is recommended during flu and cold season, including:

  • Stay home if you are sick and seek medical attention.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Avoid contact with others who are sick.