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August 4, 2020

COVID-19 Testing for Fall Semester

Read message from Interim President Jay Hartzell

Robust and rigorous testing will be needed to monitor and limit the presence of COVID-19 on our campus and keep our community members as safe as possible as we continue to navigate the pandemic. Here are some of the key elements of our strategy:

  • Working in collaboration with epidemiologists, infectious disease experts and other health care professionals, our strategic approach to COVID-19 testing consists of three components: testing for individuals who are ill, contact tracing and proactive community testing.
  • We will have the capacity to test hundreds of symptomatic students each day using in-house labs.
  • We have a goal of proactively testing up to 5,000 UT community members each week for COVID-19 using a strategic, scientific based approach.
  • The university, through an agreement between Dell Medical School and Austin Public Health, will continue to conduct contact tracing for university community members who test positive for COVID-19.
July 31, 2020

Protecting Yourself and Others When You Return to Campus

Read message from Soncia Reagins-Lilly, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students 

July 29, 2020

Fall 2020 Reopening Plans

Read message from Interim President Jay Hartzell

As we plan and prepare for the fall, the university is continuing to closely monitor the spread of COVID-19 in Austin, throughout Texas and across the country. Below, you will find a few important policy updates and announcements related to COVID-19.

  • Students returning to campus will be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days before they arrive.
  • We will have more details on how the Protect Texas Together app will function when it is unveiled next month.
  • Face mask requirements will be enforced in accordance with the university’s guidelines for facultystaff and students. Repeat violations by students will lead to sanctions.
  • Regents Chairman Kevin Eltife has asked us to explore the logistics, health and safety impacts of setting football crowds at 25% of capacity.
July 17, 2020

Online Instruction Workshops to Prepare for the Fall Semester

Read message from Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs Tasha Beretvas

July 12, 2020

Concrete Steps to Support International Students

Read message from Interim Executive Vice-President and Provost Daniel Jaffe