Students who do not return to campus this fall are still every bit a part of Longhorn Nation. They will be engaging with a world-class faculty, participating remotely in student life activities, and progressing toward a highly valued degree.
We Each Play a Role
Online learning will be critical to the continuity of education.
At the same time, the on-campus experience will play a central role in the university’s mission — even with the restrictions that the pandemic will place on campus life. The classroom experience, student life activities and direct interactions with professors help our students engage in discussion and debate about complex topics, skills and experiences that will be crucial for their later success.
As we gradually come back together, we must recognize the responsibility that each member of the UT community has to all other members; responsible behavior is not only necessary for getting back to the business of education and research, but in the current context is a deeply ethical issue.
Significant social distancing is required to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We expect all members of the UT community to look out for each other by engaging in social distancing practices and by encouraging everyone else to do the same. Students, faculty and staff will be presented with information about expectations for behavior for the semester as well as enforcement mechanisms.
We expect students, staff and faculty to take care of themselves as well. That means individuals in high-risk groups — and those caring for individuals in high-risk groups — should engage in social distancing to avoid chances of infection. Supervisors and administrators will work to accommodate those who should be staying away from campus.
Stay Home if You’re Sick
Students, staff and faculty should not put others at risk by coming to campus if they are showing symptoms of COVID-19. Everyone should complete daily symptom checks before coming to campus and should stay home if they exhibit symptoms or have had recent contact with someone who has tested positive.
Accommodation of Schedules
Many students, staff and faculty have family care responsibilities. Those responsibilities will be affected by decisions made by local school districts, daycare centers and others. The university will seek to accommodate the schedules of people with significant family care responsibilities in a reasonable way.
The university also recognizes its own responsibility to continually monitor our progress and adjust our plans, as needed, in response to changes in the environment and in the spread of COVID-19.