UNT System COVID-19 Information

Updated COVID Guidelines

Revised January 6, 2022

In our ongoing efforts to protect the health of our students, faculty and staff, the UNT System has adopted the following recommendations for both COVID positive test results and COVID exposures:

COVID Guidelines

Confirmed positive COVID-19 test result Everyone, regardless of vaccination status
  • Isolate for 5 days. If you have no symptoms or symptoms are resolving after 5 days, end isolation.
  • Recommended to wear a mask around others for 5 more days.
Exposure to someone with COVID-19 (Exposure defined as < 6 feet for > 15 minutes over a 24-hour period) Everyone, regardless of vaccination status
  • Recommended to wear a mask around others for 10 days
  • Test on day 5, if possible
  • If symptoms develop at any point, isolate and get a test


For specific guidelines at each UNT System campus, please visit the following web sites:


  • 5 days have passed since any symptoms first appeared OR continue to NOT experience any symptoms if asymptomatic (i.e. cough, shortness of breath)
  • Improvement of symptoms (Symptoms other than fever do not need to be fully resolved)
  • > 24 hours have passed since last fever without use of fever reducing medications

Note. Prolonged symptom expression in individuals who are immunocompromised may require longer isolation periods.


As it relates to employee requests for leave, work modifications or other needs due to COVID-19-related circumstances, we will continue to follow established UNT System policies related to Flexible Work Arrangements and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Please contact your System or Campus HR office with any questions related to CDC guidelines, employee leave, Flexible Work Arrangements and the American with Disabilities Act:

It is important to note that there is no mask mandate in Texas, as summarized in a statement released by Gov. Greg Abbott’s office:

"Governor Abbott has been clear that the time for government mandating of masks is over—now is the time for personal responsibility. Every Texan has the right to choose whether they will wear a mask, or have their children wear masks. Vaccines are the most effective defense against contracting COVID and becoming seriously ill, and we continue to urge all eligible Texans to get the vaccine. The COVID vaccine will always remain voluntary and never forced in Texas."

The CDC lists vaccines, masks and testing as key tools to help ensure your personal safety with regard to COVID-19. Vaccinations and boosters have been found to drastically reduce the chance of experiencing severe impacts from COVID-19 and minimize transmission of the disease. You’ll find vaccine options at local pharmacies and other locations.

UNT System employees should follow system guidelines in interacting with coworkers, students and the public. All employees are permitted to make decisions about the use of personal protective measures, as long as those decisions are not imposed on others. For example, we encourage everyone, especially those who are not vaccinated, to wear masks in accordance with new CDC guidance.