Staying Healthy On Campus
Cloth Masks are Mandatory Indoors
Wearing cloth masks at all times when inside university buildings will be mandatory except when alone in a private office. Masks outdoors are encouraged.
Daily Health Screenings
Daily symptom screening will help keep the campus community safer. Please use the university’s Protect Texas Together app, to be launched by mid-August, before leaving for campus.
Flexible Teaching Arrangements
Instructors who have a household member who is in a CDC high-risk group and from whom they cannot maintain social distance will be able to seek flexible teaching arrangements using the Faculty Flexible Teaching Modality Arrangement for COVID Request Form.
Faculty with a medical condition or other risk factor placing them at high risk for COVID-19 can request a reasonable accommodation using the Americans with Disabilities Act process. Faculty who already have a written arrangement with their department chair to teach online do not need to go through this process. All others can request this accommodation through the Employee Accommodation Request Form.
A New Approach for the Fall Semester
Fall Semester Schedule
The fall 2020 semester will start Aug. 26. In-person instruction will end Nov. 25 (the day before Thanksgiving). Most students will remain away from campus for the remainder of the semester, taking final exams online Dec. 7-16.
Teaching Mode Preferences
Instructors who have strong preferences about teaching mode, such as in-person, online, hybrid, or schedule preferences will work with their department.
Students with Special Circumstances
Students with special circumstances including COVID-19 symptoms should submit the Student Emergency Services absence notification request form.
Classrooms at 40% Occupancy
Rooms will be assigned to classes so that when all students registered for that class attend, no more than 40% of the seats in that classroom will be occupied. Many small classrooms therefore will be unusable for in-person classes but can be used for other purposes, including as studios that can be used to teach online classes or for professors’ office hours.
Cloth Mask Violations
Instructors can end a class in which students are present who are not wearing cloth masks and refuse to leave. Instructors can refer student violations to Student Conduct and Academic Integrity to initiate the discipline process.
Faculty members may choose to hold office hours on campus, while adhering to campus safety guidelines. Space that is too small to be used as a classroom is an alternative for in-person office hours. Faculty members should also hold virtual office hours via phone or Zoom if they or students are unable to come to campus.
The university began restarting research this spring in advance of the reopening of classrooms and other parts of campus operations. We are looking at those efforts as a guide in making some decisions for the fall.
UT has implemented a six-level plan to reopen research activity. Detailed information can be found in the Restart Research plan. Early this summer, the university transitioned from Research Level 4 to Research Level 3, in which up to 40% of researchers can be on campus.
One Person Per 200 Square Feet
No more than one individual may occupy 200 square feet of research or office space. Offices smaller than 300 square feet should be considered single occupancy.
Contact Tracing Logs
Contact tracing logs are maintained for all research spaces, with names and times of entry and exit.
Research spaces are cleaned regularly by custodial services.