Protect Texas Together. The University of Texas at Austin Campus
Last updated 01/4/2021

Moving Forward: Spring 2021

UT has been designated as a COVID-19 vaccine distribution site by the State of Texas. We strongly encourage all UT students, faculty and staff members to get vaccinated once there is sufficient supply to meet the demand. Learn more about UT’s vaccine distribution plans.

COVID-19 vaccines help us #ProtectTexasTogether.

We’re in this together

As we begin the spring semester, we are asking for your assistance in minimizing the spread of COVID.

  • To decrease potential exposure to the virus, limit your social interactions and be more vigilant about practicing preventive behaviors during the two weeks prior to returning to campus.
  • Participate in the UT Proactive Community Testing program.
  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19, please isolate and get tested. The UT community can contact University Health Services for more information.

What starts here changes the world

  • The health of our students, faculty, staff and visitors is our primary goal, and we must protect all members of the UT family, especially those who are vulnerable due to their immune systems or who are at higher risk because of their jobs.
  • Online learning will be critical to the continuity of education, but the on-campus experience plays a central role in the university’s mission — even with the restrictions that the pandemic will place on campus life. Students not returning to campus this fall, you are still every bit part of the Longhorn family and still will be engaging with UT’s world-class faculty and student life.
  • We can fully carry out our mission of serving society and changing the world only by both returning to campus and returning safely. However, many faculty and staff members will be supporting the university remotely to help safeguard our community.
  • The university will continually monitor its progress and adjust plans as needed in response to changes in the public health environment.

Commit to Protect Texas Together

By committing to protect your fellow Longhorns and yourself, you are helping maintain a healthy, safe environment and showing all members of the UT community compassion, care and respect. We encourage all students, faculty and staff to make the commitment.

The commitment includes following campus guidance, maintaining social distance from others, correctly wearing a recommended protective face mask, checking for symptoms using the Protect Texas Together app, and more.

Running UT Safely

  • UT is committed to keeping the campus community healthy while learning, living, teaching and working.
  • Staff members who are able to perform their job duties from home will continue to do so with approval of their managers.
  • To ensure facilities are safe and systems are functioning properly and can accommodate adequate distancing, UT has established building inspection and certification processes.

Teaching and learning will look different

  • View the Academic Calendar for Long Session 2020-2021 for information on schedules for Spring 2021.
  • Students may choose to spend their semester fully remotely. Thousands of classes, including the 400 largest unique classes, will meet online only. Additional online resources will be available to students.
  • Classes will be more evenly distributed throughout the day, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Rooms will be assigned to classes so that when all students registered for that class attend, no more than 40% of seats in that classroom will be occupied.