CVAD Health Alerts

Bookmark this page to check easily for updates. You can learn more about UNT’s response to COVID-19 on the UNT Health Alerts website,, which is updated regularly with the latest information.

UNT COVID-19 Hotline: 844-366-5892. The hotline will help community members report and understand COVID-19 symptoms, testing information and/or results, and receive guidance on actions they may need to take following potential exposure or send an email to

Not feeling super? Stay in your nest, get some rest.Jan. 19: Union Circle Garage Testing

COVID-19 testing administered by WellHealth is still available at the Union Circle Garage with no individual out-of-pocket cost. Faculty, staff and students are strongly encouraged to be tested before returning to campus or soon after. Visit and follow the “Book Now" link on the Denton location to register. Include the group code "UNT" to allow positive test results to be sent directly to UNT's COVID response team. Testing is offered 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays, except holidays.

Jan. 11: Safety Precautions in Place for Spring Start from President Smatresk

For Students
For Faculty and Staff

Dec. 14: Vaccine for the Prevention of COVID-19 

The FDA issued an emergency use authorization for the first COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S. — the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine — on Friday, and the CDC officially recommended its use as the first batches were shipped out on Sunday. Among the CDC's "8 Things to Know About the U.S. COVID-19 Vaccination Program": The initial supplies will be limited and recommended for healthcare workers and long-term care facility residents, two doses will be required, and other vaccines are still being developed and tested. The CDC also notes that it's important to continue wearing face coverings, staying 6 feet apart, washing your hands often, and avoiding crowds as more is learned about how the vaccines work in real-world conditions.

Nov. 20: COVID-19 and Holiday Gatherings 

Before you head off for the holiday next week, you may want to brush up on the CDC’s recommendations regarding small holiday gatherings.

They list several items to consider when weighing the risk of exposure to the virus:
The community levels of COVID-19 — Consider the levels in the area the gathering is being held and in the area you’re traveling from.

Exposure during travel — Whether it’s the airport, a gas station or a rest stop, there’s potential for exposure in the air and on surfaces.

The setting for the gathering — An indoor gathering, especially with poor ventilation, poses the highest risk.

The duration of the gathering — Longer gatherings are riskier than shorter ones, but it only takes a cumulative total of 15 minutes within 6 feet of a person who has the virus for you to be considered a close contact.

The number and crowding of people at the gathering — The higher the number, the more the risk.

The behavior of attendees prior to the gathering — Those who haven’t consistently worn masks and practiced social distancing increase the risk.

The behavior of attendees during the gathering — As you might expect, the more safety measures in place the better.

The CDC also notes that you should not host or participate in any in-person gathering if you've been diagnosed with COVID-19 (and it's not yet safe to be around others), have symptoms, are waiting on test results, or may have been exposed to someone with the virus in the previous 14 days. If you are at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 or live or work with someone who is, avoid in-person gatherings with people who don't live in your household. You'll find more information, including advice about food and drinks, travel, and overnight stays, at the CDC website. They also offer some alternatives for the usual holiday activities, since celebrating together virtually is the safest choice.

Sept. 3: Reduce Stress With These Tips

As the semester begins, it can be stressful to manage your physical and emotional health. Read some healthy ways to maintain good health.

August: Returning to Campus Amid COVID-19

As we continue planning for the fall semester at UNT, our first priority is keeping our Mean Green Family safe and healthy.

To help ensure everyone has the necessary information to return safely, UNT’s Guide for Returning to Campus has been created to pull together necessary resources and information for personal safety practices and guidelines for faculty, staff and students. Before coming to campus for class or work, everyone will need to complete COVID-19 Safety Training.

UNT has finalized the Fall 2020 course offerings. We know that students want to have options so we have leveraged a mix of in-person, partially in-person, and online/remote course deliveries that offer the quality and rigor expected from UNT. Students should review their class schedule and make adjustments as needed to meet their needs.

Please understand that UNT’s response to the COVID-19 global health crisis continues to evolve, so our policies and plans are subject to change when necessary as more information becomes available. As a result, please plan to check this site frequently for updates.

July 17: Office of the Registrar • Fall Instruction & Section Information

July 1: COVID-19 Safety Training Part II • Completion is due July 31

The second part of a series of modules created to inform and update employees and the UNT community is available for staff and faculty. These guidelines are intended to be consistent with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as federal, state, and local authorities, and do not supersede any governing regulatory requirements. Visit UNT Bridge to complete your training.


Sign installation for Eagles to disassemble, keeping six feet of distance as a COVID precaution

June 26: Read a message from President Smatresk: Requiring masks to help keep our community safe – An Official Notice from the President

June 25: Update from Chancellor Lesa Roe: Face Coverings Now Required

UNT World Faculty & Staff:

Effective June 25, 2020, face coverings (cloth face coverings, disposable masks, etc.) must be worn by all students, faculty, staff, contractors, tenants and visitors at all UNT System locations and campuses in the following areas:   
Indoor public areas, except where marked, even if you are alone. This includes all classrooms, non-private offices and common spaces in residential facilities.
Outdoor spaces where six feet or more of physical distancing cannot be maintained.
Full details of the face-covering requirement may be viewed on the UNT System COVID-19 web site.

Any questions related to face coverings or any of the UNT System’s risk management guidelines may be sent to

As our campuses and offices open in phases, the UNT System and all member institutions will continue to follow COVID-19 safety guidelines provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). All relevant UNT System risk management guidelines can be found on the UNT System web site and each UNTS institution also has its own coronavirus web site with updates specific to that campus. As circumstances related to COVID-19 evolve, system-wide risk management guidelines may change.

Thank you for continued adaptability – we appreciate your support of these plans to ensure safety at all UNT System locations and campuses.


Lesa B. Roe


Keep six feet between you and others for proper physical distancing to prevent COVID-19 spread.

June 10: Required COVID-19 Safety Training

For Faculty and Staff: As faculty and staff prepare to begin the phased-in return to our regular work locations on campus, UNT is developing a campus-wide Health and Safety Awareness campaign to limit the spread of COVID-19. The university also has developed training to ensure that all members of the UNT family are aware of, understand and abide by the safety precautions the university has established. The first module of the COVID-19 Safety Training for UNT course now is available through the university’s Bridge System. The training is required of all faculty and staff and should be completed before returning to campus. For essential personnel and those who returned to campus earlier, the training should be completed as soon as possible. The deadline to complete the first module of this training is July  31.

June 4: Message from the President

Dear UNT Students,

As we continue planning for the fall semester at UNT, our primary focus is offering as many in-person classes as possible while still providing a safe environment during COVID-19.

It will be approximately 4-6 weeks before we are able to finalize all of our more than 12,000 course sections. This means course information available now could change as we revise class schedules to adhere to guidelines while keeping our students learning our top priority.

To safely accommodate classes, we will be engaging in social distancing, which will limit the number of students in each classroom space. We are converting additional campus facilities for use as classroom space allowing us to teach more in-person classes than otherwise would be possible. We also will extend our academic week to allow for courses to be offered on weekends to accommodate the ability to teach more students in person.

"In addition, we have decided that students will not return to campus for classes after the Thanksgiving holiday. The end of the semester and final exams will be conducted remotely. This will not change our start date of Aug. 24.

We recognize making changes to the schedule this close to the semester is inconvenient and makes planning hard. Unfortunately, in order to help keep people safe, it is necessary. If the changes made to your schedule do not work for you, please contact your advisor to discuss how to get the schedule you need once all changes are final.

Neal Smatresk
UNT President"


May 15: Survey — Researching the impact and activity levels of social distancing and shelter-in-place on children

UNT Professor Jean Keller in the Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation and Tao Zhang, director of the Pediatric Movement and Physical Activity Laboratory, are participating in a collaborative research project with Scottish Rite for Children and several other local universities on the impact that social distancing and "shelter-in-place" has had on the activity levels of children across the U.S. 

If you are caring for a child, please take a moment to complete this research survey and share the survey with others via social media.

May 14: Chancellor Roe: We are 'reinventing' the UNT System

Earlier this week, Chancellor Lesa Roe shared what summer and fall will look like as we combat COVID-19.

UNT System Chancellor Lesa Roe"In responsibly planning the immediate future, UNT System leadership teams have spent significant hours preparing to safely begin reopening aspects of our campuses and office facilities. A cross-institutional team of experts from our institutions and system headquarters is meeting daily and holding regular discussions with our Presidents and me on operational details for summer and fall. Guided by safety protocols, our campuses and offices will look vastly different – truly, we are 'reinventing' the UNT System, not 'reopening.'

"The overall strategy for a physical return to the workplace will be gradual and driven by our business needs and the safety of our students, faculty, staff and visitors. Our approach to returning faculty and staff to their offices will be phased, based on job duties and needs. This will be clearly communicated as we further solidify plans, but until that time, all team members that are currently working remotely will continue to do so until their supervisor instructs otherwise."  Read Chancellor Roe’s Full Message.


May 8: Spring 2020 Commencement Postponement — CVAD Video Montage, Narrated by Dean Greg Watts • View the video now.


UNT CVAD Congratulations to graduates


May 4: Curbside-Return Service of CVAD Equipment is May 5-7, 9-11 a.m. and May 13-15, 9-11 a.m.

To CVAD Students,

We are here to help you safely return equipment that you checked out from CVAD during the spring semester.

If you are a continuing student currently enrolled in a summer class that requires the use of the equipment issued to you, please send us an email requesting a new due date. If you are not enrolled in a Summer 2020 course, please return the equipment during the times listed below. Please ensure all pieces are included in the return for multiple attachments or items.

CVAD IT Services staff members will be offering curbside return times this week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

May 5, 9-11 a.m.
May 6, 9-11 a.m.
May 7, 9-11 a.m.

We will have a station set up to accept equipment outside of the Art Building in Parking Lot 50. Enter the parking lot near the crosswalk at the intersection of Welch and Sycamore streets and a staff member will take the equipment so you don’t have to leave your car. If you are a pedestrian, please leave the equipment on the table indicated.

NOTE: Please wear a face mask during the equipment drop-off.

If you have any questions, please send an email to or call 940-368-7104.

Thank you. We hope you are still sheltering as needed and staying safe and healthy.


CVAD IT Services


April 29: Career Focus for CVAD Students

We hope you are sheltering and staying happy and healthy. It has been an amazing spring here as we adjust to being away from campus and having CVAD classes safely available on computers, tablets and phones. A big shift for any college and we're proud of the effort.

Despite those efforts, outside the classroom, many of you may be experiencing enormous disruptions in your life. Balancing work and school was already tough enough, but now with restaurants, industrial and retail businesses closing or laying off workers, we know you may need some help.

Here are some newly posted positions and internships we would like you to see.

Positions in Handshake: 

  • #3706711 Art Teacher at Alvarado ISD - Full-Time
  • #3721140 Design Assistant - Facilities - On-Campus Student Employment 
  • #3720872 Planning & Design Assistant - On-Campus Student Employment 
  • #3729362 Internship - Exhibits - Fall 2020 at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science
  • #3729295 Internship - Creative Design - Fall 2020 at Perot Museum of Nature and Science

Videos regarding what students can do now if looking for jobs during the pandemic:
A COVID-19 Guide to Career Preparation under Quarantine
Career Center Video especially for CVAD Students

Be sure to check Student Financial Services and Financial Aid and Scholarships should you need additional financial assistance.


Denise Amy Baxter, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs
Interim Chair, Department of Art Education & Art History
Professor of Art History
College of Visual Arts and Design

April 20: Texas Commission of the Arts Care Page

The TCA has put together a resource page around COVID-19 and CARES Act relief options for artists, arts organizations, and arts businesses. Read more on the TCA website.

April 15: Art Building power outage planned for April 17

Notice: An electrical power test and outage are scheduled on April 17, from 8 a.m. to noon, in the CVAD Art Building.

April 13 — Need-based aid for students

We know that many of our students are struggling financially through this global health crisis. To help students as much as possible, UNT is greatly expanding its emergency grants-in-aid program thanks to federal funding provided by the CARES Act — Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. This need-based aid will become available soon for students currently enrolled at UNT and also will be available to students in UNT summer sessions. These funds are meant to help students pay their bills and stay in school so they can earn their degrees as planned. To apply, fill out the COVID -19 Student Success Award Application eform.

April 8 — Artist Relief Grant Opportunity

To support artists during the COVID-19 crisis, a coalition of national arts grantmakers have come together to create an emergency initiative to offer financial and informational resources to artists across the United States. 

March 31 — Message for Students: Are you struggling financially due to COVID-19? Please visit the Start Green Stay Green web page and submit the webform at the bottom of the page.

March 27, 8:55 a.m — UNT professors offer 10 tips for maintaining mental health during isolation

March 23, 12:30 p.m. From CVAD IT: New Due Date for CVAD Equipment Checked Out by Students

All students who have checked out equipment from the College of Visual Arts and Design now have an extended due date. Please visit the CVAD IT website for your new due date.

Note: The Art Building Student Computer Lab, Room 375, will be open only through March 24, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for students who may need to check out equipment, including laptops and sewing machines. Continue to check this web page for information updates to CVAD-related news.

March 20, 12:30 p.m. — COVID-19 Update: Commencement Postponed

March 19, 3 p.m. From CVAD IT: How to install Adobe Creative Cloud on a Personal Device

March 19, 2 p.m. — CVAD Hours of Operation

In response to present health alerts, we are moving to protect the health and safety of our students, staff, and faculty as best we are able. To that end, effective March 19, 2020, the CVAD Building will be open only Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. All classrooms in the building are now locked, and there will be no access until further notice.

Lab hours for the CVAD Student Computer Lab, Digital Fabrication Lab, Textiles Fabrication Lab, and Photo Documentation Lab are available at by visiting the CVAD IT Services web page for Labs. Hours listed there will apply until further notice. 

The CVAD Woodshop, Art Building, Room 490, will be open starting March 23 from 1–4 p.m., Monday through Thursday until further notice.

Effective March 19, all student — graduate and undergraduate — swipe access to the Art Building has been rescinded until further notice. CVAD graduate students will continue to have access to their own graduate studio spaces. 

All swipe access to the Fashion Design classrooms, Art Building rooms 243, 250 and 254, has been rescinded until further notice. 

CVAD full-time faculty and staff will continue to have the swipe access to the building, mailroom and print room.

March 19, 10 a.m. — Shifting from Classroom to Online Learning Anywhere

Message to CVAD Students:

Thank you for your patience as our faculty and staff worked to create a plan to shift your instruction for the remainder of the semester. Students with fully online instruction will maintain the same instruction.

Your health and safety are our top priorities. To ensure that your academic experience remains of the highest quality, it was important that we took this time to prepare.

You can learn about how each of your courses will be delivered through the UNT Online website,

In many cases, your faculty will be using Canvas,, the UNT learning management system, and Zoom,, remote conferencing services, to provide you as rich a learning experience as possible. For those classes that will continue to meet on-campus, we will be using social distancing to structure them for student and faculty safety.

For specific changes to each of your courses, each of your faculty members will be contacting you to let you know what is going to happen with your class between now and the end of the semester. If you have particular concerns or questions about any of your classes, please reach out to your instructor or program coordinator through email or the Canvas portal.

We will continue to provide high-quality instruction so that you can succeed, progress, and achieve your academic goals. UNT is committed to the health and safety of everyone in our community. 

Thank you for your patience. Stay safe and stay distanced.

Greg Watts