Updated Aug. 5, 2020: Content added to "Spartan Community Conversation"
The University of Tampa fully intends and is planning a safe resumption of face-to-face teaching, learning and campus life. This is dependent, of course, on the directives of public authorities.
UT faculty and staff will strive to deliver the rich, in person educational experience that is uniquely UT. Students should, however, expect many changes in the classroom and in the ways that their courses are taught. Classroom, lab and studio capacities have been adjusted so that physical distancing is maintained. This will mean that fewer students will be together with their faculty members while others in the class will participate remotely. We are installing new audio visual technology to facilitate this so that in person learning can also be safe. And some classes, taught by faculty members who are themselves at higher risk of illness, will be fully remote.
We will add many safety adjustments and precautions to protect our campus community. This will include a mask requirement for all students, faculty and staff. While we can’t eliminate all risk, we are working diligently to mitigate in every reasonable way the risks for students, employees and the broader community.
Of course, a successful Fall 2020 opening also depends on the entire UT community. We will expect all UT community members to invoke the Spartan Code, in terms of such things as self-monitoring health, social distancing, respecting other community members’ right to privacy and well-being and following recommendations and policies specifically focused on community health.
We are hard at work planning for the fall semester on campus. The fall calendar start date has now been moved to an earlier date, Aug. 26. Since we announced our Sept. 8 start date, we have been monitoring health and safety information, have consulted with medical professionals, reviewed some recent research and considered feedback from parents concerned about Thanksgiving holiday travel and end of semester scheduling. After a thorough review, we have made the decision to start our semester early, on Aug. 26.
The Aug. 26 scheduling allows us to maximize our classroom instruction time and end a full semester of course instruction by Thanksgiving. This will negate the need for students to travel home and then return to the UT campus after the Thanksgiving holiday. Final exams will be offered remotely the following week and the semester will end on Dec. 5.
Please remember that 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 page regularly for news and updates concerning Fall 2020 opening plans.