Moving Forward: Fall 2021
As the fall semester approaches, we are welcoming our campus community to the Forty Acres. As we have done since the beginning of the pandemic, the university continues to monitor COVID-19 conditions in our community. The availability of vaccines and robust testing means that our fall plans remain feasible. We will communicate with the campus community about any changes in policies. We encourage all UT students, faculty and staff members to get vaccinated. COVID-19 vaccines are our best tool to help us #ProtectTexasTogether.
Returning to Campus
Starting in June, remote employees began returning to onsite work with supervisor approval using a phased-in schedule.
We are excited to pilot more widespread use of flexible work arrangements during the 2021-22 academic year. Your supervisors and HR reps will have more detailed information, but here’s a summary:
- During May, a cross-campus leadership task force developed campus-wide guidelines that have now been shared with College, School and Unit (CSU) leadership.
- In June, CSUs developed their own specific plans based on these guidelines.
- In July, units determined if and how they might implement flexible work arrangements following their CSU’s guidelines.
- In September, our “near normal” will be in full swing.
Make your appointment
COVID-19 vaccination appointments are open to members of the UT community and the general public age 12 and older.
It takes all of us to stop the spread of COVID-19. We encourage everyone to get vaccinated when they are eligible. When enough people get vaccinated, it makes the spread of COVID-19 from person to person unlikely, and the whole community becomes protected. This is called herd immunity, and we need as many people as possible to get vaccinated in order to achieve this.
We’re in this together
We are asking for your assistance in minimizing the spread of COVID.
- Masks are strongly recommended indoors regardless of vaccination status.
- To decrease potential exposure to the virus, limit your social interactions and be more vigilant about practicing preventive behaviors.
- 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.
Teaching and learning will return to normal
- View the Academic Calendar for Long Session 2021-2022 for information on schedules.
- The vast majority of classes will be held in person, at levels similar to fall 2019.
- Many professors and teaching assistants may continue to hold office hours remotely, as student feedback indicated that was more accessible.