UT’s Spartan Living priority is to engage residential students in meaningful experiences to learn about themselves, others and develop skills to become Spartan Ready®. This year may look differently on campus than anticipated, but it will still provide opportunities for success and growth. The Office of Residence Life will support you and continue to work diligently to plan for the academic year and provide on-campus housing in an adjusted environment.
However, the Office of Residence Life recognizes that the emergence and spread of COVID-19 may present several challenges and concerns for our residents. While we obviously cannot eliminate the risk from COVID-19, reducing the risk of COVID-19 is the shared responsibility of every member of our community, including our residential students.
Prior to your arrival in August, all rooms and commons areas within the residence halls will be cleaned and sanitized. Hand sanitizing stations will be placed in all residence hall lobbies. Furniture in rooms will be set up to ensure six feet of physical distance is maintained within the space. As students are responsible for maintaining a clean-living environment within their suite or apartment, students are strongly encouraged to bring extra cleaning supplies.
Residential education will continue within residence halls and in-person gatherings will only be held when physical distancing is possible. Video conferencing technology, such as Zoom, will be utilized to facilitate floor gatherings, roommate agreements and intentional conversations.
In all common areas, including kitchens, lounges and laundry rooms, when physical distancing cannot be maintained, students will be required to wear facial coverings. During individual meetings with student and professional staff members, facial coverings must also be worn if physical distancing cannot be met. The option to meet virtually with staff members will also be available.
The following addendum (PDF) to the UT Housing Agreement has been provided to all residential students, which outlines in greater detail about how these changes may impact residential experiences in the coming year.
This situation is dynamic, and this update reflects decisions based on the best information available at present. University schedules, policies and guidelines may change as circumstances might dictate, so please check this site regularly for news and updates concerning Fall 2020 opening plans.
The Office of Residence Life looks forward to welcoming new and continuing students back to the residence halls for the Fall 2020 semester. Since classes will begin on Wednesday, Aug. 26, the arrival and move-in process has been moved accordingly.
It is important that all students and guests who come on campus do a self-check for COVID-19 symptoms. If anyone has a fever or symptoms or has been around anyone with symptoms, please do not come to campus.
Students and guests are encouraged to bring their own hand sanitizer and personal protective equipment (PPE) such as facial coverings for move-in. Facial coverings are required since it will be challenging to maintain physical distance.
We strongly encourage students bring only minimal items to the residence halls and not to bring in large furniture. Moving trucks and box trucks will not be permitted. Move-in assistance will not be provided this fall, and a limited number of move-in carts will be available for student use in each residence hall.
The arrival process has been extended to provide students and families more flexibility and reduce congestion on campus. For Fall 2020, students will select their own move in appointment time during an extended move in process. Students have been emailed appointment setting instructions.
- Early move in appointments will be offered beginning Sunday, Aug. 16.
- New student move in appointments will be offered Friday, Aug 21 - Sunday, Aug 23.
- Continuing student move in appointments will be offered Friday, Aug 21 – Tuesday, Aug. 25.
Although early arrival appointments will begin on Aug 16, please note, the University meal plan and Week of Welcome Activities will begin on Aug. 21.
- New international student check-in and move-in day is Aug. 20. However, international students need to arrive by Aug. 12 to complete the required 14-day quarantine prior to the start of fall classes.
- Remote international student check-in is an option for new students who cannot attend the new international student check-in on Aug. 20 due to the quarantine period. You will need to schedule this option in advance by emailing email@example.com and include your full name and student ID number.
We strongly encourage that students do not arrange their travel until they have a confirmed move-in appointment time. It is important that families and students arrive on the day and time assigned to them to prevent excessive traffic and congestion on campus and improve the move-in experience for the thousands of students and guests arriving on campus. Additionally, we ask that you limit the number of family members or friends to two per student. More information regarding residential arrival and assignments will be communicated over the summer to the student’s Spartan email address from the Office of Residence Life.
UT will continue monitoring COVID-19 and quickly communicate any change in operations to ensure the health and safety of our community.