December 4, 2019
The fall semester will soon come to a close. Each of you has a lot to complete in the days ahead — finals, papers, performances and much more. I wish you success in all of these. They are the culmination of a semester’s worth of learning, discovery, creativity and — of course — hard work.
Throughout the semester, there have been so many extraordinary achievements from UT students. You have enlivened your classrooms and labs, served your community, supported your fellow students and shared your voices and perspectives to make UT a better university. And many of you even helped Jimmy Fallon host a Longhorn-filled episode of “The Tonight Show”!
At this time, when expectations — and pressure — can be elevated, I encourage you to reflect on all that you’ve already achieved. Much of the knowledge that you will rely on during the coming weeks is already within you. Now is a time to reinforce and strengthen your understanding so that you may apply it to magnificent effect.
If you are in need of academic tutoring services, please visit the Sanger Learning Center website to schedule an appointment for free one-on-one tutoring for more than 70 courses. There are also many tutoring options provided by your college or school. And the Counseling and Mental Health Center provides a variety of services that can help with finals season, including a Finals Stress Toolkit workshop.
Additionally, we have written to you in recent weeks about what we are doing to improve UT’s policies surrounding sexual misconduct committed by faculty and staff members. We have formed a Misconduct Working Group to address student concerns about this important issue, and I encourage you to follow the group’s progress on its website, where you can now sign up to receive email updates and information.
I wish you the best as we approach the end of the fall 2019 semester, and to those who are graduating, my sincere congratulations. All of you have proved yourselves during these past few months, and I’m proud of how much you have accomplished.
Gregory L. Fenves