Fall 2020 Reopening Plans
Today, the university is releasing key elements of our plan for the fall semester, which will include online, hybrid and in-person learning options for students. Our goal is to create an environment that is as safe as possible for all community members, while reigniting the learning, teaching and research that make our university the world-changing place that it is.
Fall 2020 Planning Update | June 23
As we move along into the final days of June, the university continues to solidify our plans for the fall. We are keeping a close eye on COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Austin and across Texas, which have been on the rise in recent weeks. The disease remains a persistent threat, and our university community must continue to develop plans that are dynamic and adaptable so we can adjust quickly to future circumstances as they arise.
As many of you are aware, tomorrow is Juneteenth — which since 1865, has been widely celebrated as the official date marking the end of slavery in the United States. This holiday has deep Texas ties and, in fact, can be traced to the arrival of Union soldiers in Galveston on June 19, 1865.
Fall 2020 Planning Update | June 17
I know that many of you have been following the recent uptick in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Austin and across Texas, and you are concerned about what it will mean for you, your families, our community and UT.
Listening Closely and Moving Forward Together
During the past few days, I have heard from many students, alumni, faculty and staff asking for meaningful changes to promote diversity and equity and ensure that black students at UT are fully supported. It is important, first, for me to listen closely — and then to work with the entire community to develop a plan to move the university forward.
Fall 2020 Planning Update | June 12
I am asking the leadership in all units across campus to look closely at the vital roles each staff member plays; assess what functions can still be done at a high level remotely through the summer and into the fall; determine what other roles should be brought back to campus once many of our students and faculty members return; and make phased decisions about when offices can safely reopen in person.
Fall 2020 Planning Update | June 8
As we move along into the summer months, the university continues to solidify its plans for our reopening, and today, I wanted to share some additional updates...You can review all of our decisions regarding learning, living, working, health and wellness, research and athletics at our Fall 2020 planning website.
Fall 2020 Planning Update | June 3
The university continues to plan for the fall semester, when we will return to campus and continue the learning, teaching and research that has defined this great university for 137 years. Today, I’d like to share a few key updates with you about our summer and fall plans.
Turbulent and Difficult Times
Now more than ever, I see that the creation and dissemination of knowledge are the most effective antidotes for injustice, inequality and intolerance, and for the advancement and improvement of our society. And that’s what we do at UT.
Fall 2020 Planning Update | May 20
The fall semester will begin as scheduled on August 26, and classes will run until Thanksgiving. Students will not return after Thanksgiving and, instead, will participate in reading days and final exams remotely. With COVID-19 still expected to be active this fall, we hope to avoid the possibility of students becoming infected during the Thanksgiving break and then spreading the virus to classmates upon their return after Thanksgiving.
Second Phase of Financial Mitigation Measures
Today, we are announcing the next phase of financial mitigation measures. Revenue-generating units will now be directed to develop new financial plans with the Provost’s and CFO’s offices to contain costs where needed.
Fall 2020 Planning Update | May 12
As we near the end of the spring semester, the university has established six working groups to plan for the upcoming fall semester...Below, you will find a brief summary from each of the working groups, followed by additional news and policy announcements. We plan to regularly provide you with similar updates in the weeks ahead.
Celebrating the Last Day of Class
To all UT students — you have truly made the best of a crisis that no Longhorns have ever had to endure before, and you did it with all of the spirit and passion that has defined our university for over 130 years. We couldn’t be prouder.
Fall Planning Update
The university leadership team is currently coordinating six campus-wide working groups — focused on Academics, Health and Wellness, Student Life, Operations, Research, and Athletics — to develop strategies for the fall. Their insights and recommendations will shape the specific decisions we make about how to safely open the Forty Acres.
New UT Leadership Start Dates
Earlier this month, Chairman Kevin Eltife of the UT System Board of Regents and Chancellor James B. Milliken announced that Jay Hartzell — Dean of the McCombs School of Business — will serve as interim President of The University of Texas at Austin. I am writing to let you know that Dean Hartzell will begin in that role on June 1.
Texas Reopening Order
For the coming weeks, UT will continue to operate in its current mode. We will maintain online learning and limited on-campus operations for now, as we have since mid-March. Those employees who have been working remotely should continue to do so. In addition, we are assessing how we can reopen more research laboratories and will keep you updated on those decisions.
Planning for the Fall Semester
We know that this is a semester like no other. It has been challenging and uncertain. Yet what every Longhorn also knows is that our community of students, faculty and staff is also like no other. Your imagination, spirit, energy and passion are leading us forward, and we sincerely thank you for all that you are doing for The University of Texas.
Summer Instruction and Other Mitigation Plans
For now, unfortunately, the spread of COVID-19 persists, and we are beginning to understand the economic ramifications. University leaders – with input from student leaders, faculty members and staff members – are developing plans to address the uncertainty.
Mitigation Plans During COVID-19 Crisis
For now, unfortunately, the spread of COVID-19 persists, and we are beginning to understand the economic ramifications. University leaders – with input from faculty members, students and staff members – are developing mitigation plans that will be needed because we anticipate both reduced revenue for the university and increased emergency needs for students.
A Leadership Announcement from President Fenves and Dean Jay Hartzell
This afternoon, University of Texas System Board of Regents Chairman Kevin Eltife announced that the Board and Chancellor James B. Milliken have selected Jay Hartzell — Dean of the McCombs School of Business — as interim President of The University of Texas at Austin.