Updated: March 23, 2020 

The UT Emergency Operations Team is continuing to monitor the coronavirus (known as COVID-19) and review strategies to ensure the health and safety of the UT community. As this is a rapidly evolving situation, please continue to check the  CDC websiteFlorida Department of Health, Tampa Bay Times local map and UT's  COVID-19 Resources and Updates webpage for updates.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

General

How is UT monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak?
Are there any confirmed cases of COVID-19 cases at UT?
Are classes going online?
Are events being canceled?
Are summer camps still happening?
How is UT communicating to the campus community?
Is UT cleaning campus more thoroughly now due to the COVID-19 outbreak?
I’m a UT student, and I have an on-campus job. What should I do?
I have a credit-bearing internship. Who do I contact if I have questions about moving forward?
Will I be reimbursed for tuition since UT is moving to online classes temporarily?
How do I return my textbooks at the end of the semester?
Should staff make plans to telecommute?
Is the Fitness and Recreation Center open?
What about registration for the Fall? 
I’ve returned home. What about mail and packages that were sent to my UT address?
How is UT’s technology infrastructure able to support online courses and services?

Health

What tips does the CDC recommend to prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, like COVID-19?
What should I do if I think I might have COVID-19?
What if it is after hours, or on a weekend when I start feeling bad?
Any health advice for faculty and staff?
What do I do if I suspect someone has COVID-19?
What can I do if I am feeling anxious about the COVID-19 situation?

Spring Break

Is spring break extended?
How is UT preparing for the possibility of COVID-19-infected students returning to campus after spring break?
What about students, and faculty and staff, who traveled to or through a level 3 country?
I took a cruise during spring break. What do I do?

Travel

Is UT issuing travel restrictions? 
What happens if my existing UT-sponsored international travel plans must be canceled?

Residential Students

Are residence halls open?
I have no other housing options and nowhere else to go. What should I do?
I understand students infected with the coronavirus are self-isolating in UT residence halls. What does that mean? Am I in danger of being infected? 
How do I return my keys?
If I remain on campus, what policies and procedures are in place?
What if I am currently still on campus?
Will I receive a refund if I stay on campus for the remainder of the semester?
Will I receive a refund if I leave the residence halls for the remainder of the semester?
Do I need to completely move out of the residence halls now? What if I have not returned from Spring Break?
Is packing, moving or storage assistance available?
Can I still collect mail and packages?
Can someone else retrieve my personal belongings?
What if I have already left campus and moved out?
Can I stay in the residence halls after March 23, 2020, and still receive a refund?

International Students

I am a current international student at UT and am in the U.S. Should I return to campus? Or should I return to my home country?
I am a current international student at UT and am outside the U.S. Should I return to campus?
I am a current international student at UT and am in Europe. What should I do?
What should I expect if I decide to travel internationally?
I have recently traveled and returned to UT from a country impacted by COVID-19. Do I need to let the University know?
What if I am an international student currently on-campus, and I am exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19?
What if I am a current international student who is outside of the U.S., and I am exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19?
I am either a current international student or alumni on OPT. Am I required to maintain my visa status during this time?
I am a current international student. Am I allowed to take all of my coursework online?
What if I am a current international student who is outside of the U.S., and I am having trouble completing my coursework online?
I am currently participating in Practical Training (CPT or OPT). What should I do if my employer asks me to work remotely or if my employment ends early?
I am a current international student planning to graduate this Spring 2020 semester. Can I still apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT)?
I am an international student nearing the end of the program and F-1 visa status, and I was planning on returning to my home country. I would prefer to remain in the U.S. for now. What are my options?

Education Abroad

What is the status of planned study abroad program?
Will I receive a refund for my canceled program?
What is the status of my study abroad program?
I was planning on studying abroad, how do I register for Fall semester at UT?
I was planning to study abroad during fall semester, will I now be able to live on campus?
What if the study abroad programs suspension affects my academic progress?

GENERAL

How is UT monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak? 
The Emergency Operations Team (EOT) has been monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak since it was first reported, using all available resources and in consultation with health and government agencies and peer colleges and universities.

Are there any confirmed cases of COVID-19 cases at UT?
Student, employee and patient confidentiality laws prohibit UT from disclosing personal identifying information. Counts of UT community members affected by COVID-19 is dependent on self-reporting to the institution. As such, UT may not be aware of all cases unless they are disclosed to us by the diagnosed person or the county health department.

Six UT students have tested positive for COVID-19.

  • One student was traveling internationally and was tested at the Dickey Health and Wellness Center on March 16. The student is self-isolating off campus, and has not been hospitalized.
  • Five students who were traveling together and with other UT students during UT’s spring break (March 7-15). One of the students did not return to campus after spring break, and four returned to campus. All are self-isolating – three on campus -- and none have been hospitalized.

The Florida Department of Health is following its protocol to identify, notify and quarantine any individuals that have had contact with these individuals. If you are concerned about your health, please call the Dickey Health and Wellness Center at (813) 257-3051. If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 or are experiencing a fever and cough, call TGH Urgent Care at (813) 925-1903. You must call first, as not all TGH Urgent Care locations are designated COVID-19 evaluation and testing sites.

Are classes going online?
Online course delivery began on Monday, March 16, and will continue for the rest of the spring semester and summer sessions.

Are events being canceled?
UT has hundreds of meetings, activities and events weekly. Please check the  master calendar on ut.edu for event status, contact the event organizer and check this page often.

Athletic events have been canceled, including practices, beginning March 16.

Admissions Open House and daily visits have been canceled through April 20, 2020. Virtual events are available, along with UT's virtual tour.

Are summer camps still happening?
All camps other than athletic camps and one leadership camp have been canceled. Those that have not been canceled will be put on hold with no deposits taken until UT has an understanding that it will be safe to host the camps on campus. This topic will be revisited the first week in May. For more information, contact the Office of Facilities Rentals at FacilitiesRentals@ut.edu.

How is UT communicating to the campus community?
Beginning Jan. 28, the University has been providing information about the COVID-19 outbreak along with recommendations for preventative practices and specific symptoms associated with COVID-19. For an archive of all messages, view the resources page.

Is UT cleaning campus more thoroughly now due to the COVID-19 outbreak?
Facilities Management continues to clean and disinfect all high traffic areas and environmental surfaces in residence halls and other facilities in accordance with CDC guidelines. We will continue to monitor this guidance and will update our cleaning protocols as appropriate. Facilities Management is increasing its frequency of cleaning high traffic areas as well.

I’m a UT student, and I have an on-campus job. What should I do?
Some student worker positions may be able to work remotely at the discretion of their supervisor, based on their ability to perform their job function from afar. Student workers are asked to notify their direct supervisor as to their plans to return to campus or their home.

I have a credit-bearing internship. Who do I contact if I have questions about moving forward?
Contact your UT internship advisor.

Will I be reimbursed for tuition since UT is moving to online classes temporarily?
We are committed to academic continuity, and UT faculty began delivering online instruction starting on Monday, March 16. Online instruction will continue for the rest of the semester. As such we are not offering tuition refunds, since we continue to serve our students, just in a different format.

How do I return my textbooks at the end of the semester?
The UT bookstore offers free return shipping for each textbook rental order. Students can obtain the label from utampa.bncollege.com. At the bottom of the page, click "Textbook Rentals" and then "Rental Textbook" on the next page.

From here, the student will need to enter their order number and email. The site will provide the label, which they can print out and attach to the package that contains their rented books. The package can be dropped off at any UPS location by the due date, May 8.

If a student doesn't know their order number, they should contact the UT bookstore directly and provide their name, phone number and email to recover their order number. 

Should staff make plans to telecommute?
Staff members are encouraged to review the technology tools that can be useful for functioning in remote locations. All University departments should have a proactive conversation about critical work that must be done. Supervisors should develop a plan for how to do this that ensures continuity of services while mitigating as much as possible the threat of exposure to COVID-19. This may include, in some circumstances, remote work. 

Is the Fitness and Recreation Center open?
No. The Fitness and Recreation Center is closed. For updates, visit the Fitness and Recreation website.

What about registration for the Fall? 
Registration for Fall 2020 will continue as normal. Please check your UT email for important information regarding the registration process.

I’ve returned home. What about mail and packages that were sent to my UT address? Students who are not on campus and who believe that a package for them is in Mail Services can contact Mail Services directly for assistance at mailservices@ut.edu.

How is UT’s technology infrastructure able to support online courses and services?
The transition to online courses and services at UT has been a relatively seamless and smooth transition for faculty, staff and students. 

  • Cloud applications utilized at UT allow students, staff and faculty to access technology resources with a reduced or single-sign on to our identity management system.
  • Faculty have the use of key academic solutions to use in student classes, such as Blackboard Learn, VidGrid, Qualtrics and Adobe Creative Cloud Solutions.
  • The entire campus community has full use of Zoom, a collaboration solution that allows for establishing virtual video meetings, classroom sessions, office hours, presentation and document sharing, and working together on group projects.
  • Using UT’s cloud student information system, Workday, students will soon be using mobile devices or computers to register for classes quickly and conveniently, without being bogged down by slow response times or legacy on-premises systems that can’t handle peak traffic hours.

Making all of this possible is a community of faculty, staff and students who have the willingness to try out these cloud solutions and discover not only the ease of using them, but the enhanced capabilities and features they offer to engage students in quality teaching and learning activities. To access the IT service desk, UT community members should visit either the student service desk, faculty service desk or staff service desk.

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HEALTH

What tips does the CDC recommend to prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, like COVID-19?

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

What should I do if I think I might have COVID-19?
UT students with symptoms are encouraged to call the Dickey Health and Wellness Center at (813) 257-3051 to make an appointment. The health center must follow certain protocols for suspected cases of COVID-19, so please contact the center prior to arrival. Also, as a benefit of United HealthCare Student Resources, all students covered under the UT student insurance plan (all full-time undergraduate students and international graduate students) have access to non-emergency telehealth ( HealthiestYou). If you are experiencing symptoms and want to consult with a doctor, this is an excellent option, as it is available 24/7. If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 or are experiencing a fever and cough, call TGH Urgent Care at (813) 925-1903. You must call first, as not all TGH Urgent Care locations are designated COVID-19 evaluation and testing sites.

What if it is after hours, or on a weekend when I start feeling bad?
If it is after hours, and you are experiencing symptoms, call the Florida Department of Health at (813) 307-8010 for assistance. As always, if you are severely ill or it is an emergency, call 911 or go to an emergency department at a local hospital. Faculty and staff experiencing symptoms should contact their healthcare provider or the county health department. If you become ill while traveling abroad, the CDC’s  Find a Clinic is an excellent resource.

Any health advice for faculty and staff?
Faculty and staff who, at any time, experience symptoms similar to COVID-19 should take precautions by self-isolating, and call ahead to schedule an appointment with their primary care provider or the local health department. Faculty and staff who are covered by the UT employee health care are also eligible to access non-emergency Teladoc. For additional information, contact Human Resources at (813) 253-6237. If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 or are experiencing a fever and cough, call TGH Urgent Care at (813) 925-1903. You must call first, as not all TGH Urgent Care locations are designated COVID-19 evaluation and testing sites.

What do I do if I suspect someone has COVID-19?
Avoid making assumptions about individuals who you believe may or may not have come into contact with someone who is carrying the virus. However, as a concerned friend, co-worker or family member, suggest they contact their healthcare provider. If the person is a UT student, encourage them to call the Dickey Health and Wellness Center at (813) 257-3051 to make an appointment. The health center must follow certain protocols for suspected cases of COVID-19, so they should contact the center prior to arrival. If the student is covered under UT’s student insurance plan they have access to non-emergency telehealth ( HealthiestYou). This is an excellent option, as it is available 24/7. If the person thinks they have been exposed to COVID-19 or is experiencing a fever and cough, they can call TGH Urgent Care at (813) 925-1903. They must call first, as not all TGH Urgent Care locations are designated COVID-19 evaluation and testing sites.

What can I do if I am feeling anxious about the COVID-19 situation?
We understand that some community members are concerned. Remember that according to our state and local health departments, the risk to the UT community and to the U.S. population as a whole is currently low. If you would like to talk with someone, support is available to students through campus counseling services. Please contact the Dickey Health and Wellness Center for an appointment at (813) 257-3051. You may also contact the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay by calling 211 to reach a crisis counselor. Also, students covered under the UT student insurance plan can access non-crisis telecounseling ( Better Help) services at no cost. If you are feeling anxious or have other mental health needs that are not an immediate crisis, Better Help may also be a helpful resource.

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SPRING BREAK

Is spring break extended?
No. Classes will resume on March 16, but in an online delivery format.

How is UT preparing for the possibility of COVID-19-infected students returning to campus after spring break?
We encourage students to not return to campus for now and to continue their coursework online. However, there are no plans to restrict students' travel back to campus after spring break. If a student develops a fever or other symptoms characteristic of COVID-19 while traveling, they should pursue immediate medical attention in place and follow the directions of the medical professional. The CDC offers guidelines of  best practices if a person does contract the virus. 

What about students, and faculty and staff, who traveled to or through a level 3 country?
The CDC issues  guidance regarding travelers returning to the U.S. from countries that have a level 3 travel health notice. Presently, these countries include China, Iran and South Korea, as well as most European countries - Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Monaco, San Marino and Vatican City. Following CDC guidance, UT requires travelers to self-quarantine for 14 days from the time they left these countries. Students who have traveled to or through level 3 countries within the past 14 days must call the Dickey Health and Wellness Center, prior to coming to campus, at (813) 257-3051 for risk assessment and further directives on social-distancing and self-monitoring. Faculty and staff who have traveled to or through level 3 countries within the past 14 days should notify Human Resources at (813) 253-6237. Remember, the status of countries or regions may change while you are traveling and affect airport or other travel processes. Stay connected to the CDC and U.S. State Department websites to ensure you have the latest information.

I took a cruise during spring break. What do I do?
UT community members who traveled by  cruise ship over spring break, should, according to the CDC, monitor their health closely and limit interactions with others for 14 days after returning to the U.S. If a case of COVID-19 was reported on your ship during the cruise, stay home and self-isolate during these 14 days and practice  social distancing.

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TRAVEL

Is UT issuing travel restrictions? 
UT continues the indefinite suspension of all official and previously authorized travel for students, faculty and staff to countries which are designated level 3 travel health notice by the CDC. For the full list of contries, visit cdc.gov.

This restriction includes travel for university-related activities such as teaching, study abroad, conferences, internships, research, recruiting, business meetings and special events.  As of March 11, UT has also prohibited all University-sponsored, non-essential international travel for the foreseeable future. All personal international travel, including travel by cruise ships, is discouraged. Domestic, University-sponsored travel has not been restricted at this time, but community members are encouraged to avoid non-essential travel. UT encourages all faculty, staff and students to consider their own health status and exercise caution and judgment in planning any travel.

What happens if my existing UT-sponsored international travel plans must be canceled?
Students, faculty and staff should email abroad @ut.edu to be advised on appropriate cancellation procedures, and clarify academic and financial questions.

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RESIDENTIAL STUDENTS

Are residence halls open?
Hillsborough County has issued a “safer at home” directive. Therefore, residence halls are temporarily closed for those retrieving their belongings. Students, families and moving companies should not attempt to come to campus until the directive is lifted. Residence halls will be open for the remainder of spring semester, only for those that have been approved to stay.

I have no other housing options and nowhere else to go. What should I do?
Students without other housing options may remain in the residence halls and are expected to carry their Spartan ID card and keys at all times.  Please be aware that residential services are limited, and campus food services are grab-n-go only as per state of Florida restrictions. The fitness center is also currently closed.

I understand students infected with the coronavirus are self-isolating in UT residence halls. What does that mean? Am I in danger of being infected? 
Students who test positive for COVID-19 and are living in a UT residence hall room cannot leave their rooms (which have individual air-flow systems), and they have their meals delivered to them. Your risk for being exposed to COVID-19 is very low by just being in a residence hall where there is an individual in isolation. You would need to have had close contact with the affected individual. Every time a person is diagnosed with COVID-19, the health department conducts an investigation of each case, tracks who they have been in contact with and notifies and assists those individuals directly. The Florida Department of Health has worked closely with our affected students. If you have not been contacted, you are not at risk from this particular situation.

How do I return my keys?

  • You can return your keys when you retrieve your personal belongings. Express check out envelopes may be returned to the Vaughn Information Desk drop box. 

  • If you still have your keys and you do not plan to return to campus, please use certified mail to send your keys to:

    • Office of Residence Life
      401 W. Kennedy Blvd
      Box 109F
      Tampa, FL 33606

If I remain on campus, what policies and procedures are in place?

  • Students are expected to carry their Spartan ID card and keys at all times.
  • The Student Code of Conduct remains in effect for all students on- and off-campus. The Campus Living Policies also are in effect for students remaining in the residence halls.
  • Hosting of non-student guests or visitors in the residence halls is prohibited. 
  • Making unnecessary visits to other student rooms is discouraged.
  • Students should practice social distancing (six feet between you and another person) at all times including while in common residential areas like lounges and common rooms.
  • The majority of campus events have been cancelled and all students, staff and faculty are strongly encouraged to practice social distancing.
  • The Office of Residence Life is unable to offer room changes and meal plan changes at this time. If staying on campus, students will remain in their current rooms for the remainder of the semester. 

What if I am currently still on campus?
You are not required to move out of the residence halls, but you may find an off-campus location with friends and family a more comfortable space to continue your academic study. If you change your mind and wish to vacate the residence halls after March 23, please contact reslife@ut.edu

Hillsborough County has issued a “safer at home” directive, which means you should only go out to perform “necessary activities” and stay six feet or more away from others. You can continue to go to the grocery store, pharmacy, medical appointments, restaurants for take-out or drive-thru and go outside for recreation, as long as you maintain six feet between you and others in the community. 

Will I receive a refund if I stay on campus for the remainder of the semester?
There will be no refunds for housing or meal plans issued to those students who remain in the residence halls. Dining services will continue operations on a limited schedule. Visit dining hours and locations for updates.

Will I receive a refund if I leave the residence halls for the remainder of the semester?
If a student leaves the residence halls by March 23, a 47% housing and meal plan refund will be applied to their student account no sooner than April 1. Personal belongings do not need to be moved out until May 9, 2020, assuming it is safe to return.

Do I need to completely move out of the residence halls now? What if I have not returned from Spring Break? 
Residential students who are not staying in the halls do not need to remove their belongings immediately. The Office of Residence Life will contact students when the Hillsborough County “safer at home” directive has been lifted and the residence halls are reopened for retrieval of personal belongings.

Is packing, moving or storage assistance available?
If you or someone you know is unable to remove your belongings, you can find information about moving and storage companies by visiting the Off-Campus Housing Map. However, moving companies should not attempt to come to campus during the Hillsborough County “safer at home” directive.

Can I still collect mail and packages?
Students remaining on campus will still be able to collect their mail and packages through the intelligent parcel lockers in the lobby of Mail Services. Window services will be discontinued at this time and any questions should be directed via email to
mailservices@ut.edu or (813) 257-3477.

Can someone else retrieve my personal belongings?
Students, families, and moving companies should not attempt to come to campus during the Hillsborough County “safer at home” directive. The Office of Residence Life will contact students when the directive has been lifted and the residence halls are reopened for retrieval of personal belongings.

What if I have already left campus and moved out?
If you have already left campus and completed the COVID-19 Residential Student Status form by March 23, 2020, for your refund to be processed no sooner than April 1, 2020.

Can I stay in the residence halls after March 23, 2020, and still receive a refund?
Students leaving after March 23, 2020, may be eligible for a weekly proration rate of housing and meal plan. Students may request an exception for extenuating circumstances by emailing an appeal to reslife@ut.edu.

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INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

I am a current international student at UT and am in the U.S. Should I return to campus? Or should I return to my home country?
International students who live off-campus in Tampa are encouraged not to return to campus for now and continue coursework online. On-campus housing will remain open until May 9 for current residential students without other housing options.

You are not required to depart the U.S. However, if you decide to depart, please complete the form  International Students – Report Your Location Outside the US. The completion of this form is required by immigration authorities and UT, so that we know where you are while you continue your coursework online.

I am a current international student at UT and am outside the U.S. Should I return to campus?
International students who traveled home or to another country for spring break are encouraged to stay in their home countries and continue coursework online.

If you are outside the U.S., please complete the form International Students – Report Your Location Outside the US.The completion of this form is required by immigration authorities and UT, so that we know where you are while you continue your coursework online. 

I am a current international student at UT and am in Europe. What should I do?
International students who are in Europe are encouraged to return to their home country and continue coursework online. President Trump announced on March 11 at 9 p.m. that travelers from Europe who are non-U.S. citizens or permanent residents will be blocked from entry into the United States for 30 days starting after midnight on Friday, March 13.

If you are outside the U.S., please complete the form International Students – Report Your Location Outside the US. The completion of this form is required by immigration authorities and UT, so that we know where you are while you continue your coursework online.

What should I expect if I decide to travel internationally?
If you decide to travel, make sure to be prepared and aware of the risks. In many countries, there are new entry and exit control measures, and quarantines can be implemented with very little notice during the coming weeks. These actions could severely impact your plans and/or delay your travel at personal cost. Depending on your destination, you may have to reach difficult decisions to change or even cancel travel plans to ensure your own well-being.

We encourage you to monitor developments through the  State Department and  CDC websites for updates. Re-entry into the U.S. for persons traveling from or through impacted countries is outside the control of the University.

Make sure to carefully review the  UT Travel Information website to verify you have all the immigrations documents you will need as an international student for re-entry into the U.S.

Contact the International Programs Office (IPO) at  international@ut.edu immediately if your return to the U.S. is impacted by the COVID-19 situation.

I have recently traveled and returned to UT from a country impacted by COVID-19. Do I need to let the University know?
Students, faculty and staff who have traveled to areas significantly impacted by COVID-19 should notify the Dickey Health and Wellness Center as soon as possible after their return via email or phone. Those countries include  China, Iran and South Korea, as well as European countries including the UK, Ireland, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Monaco, San Marino and Vatican City. If you believe you have had contact with someone who is infected with COVID-19 please do the same.  The Dickey Health and Wellness Center can be reached at (813) 257-3051 or healthcenter@ut.edu.

What if I am an international student currently on-campus, and I am exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19?

  1. Follow the directions from the  CDC.
  2. Contact the  Dickey Health and Wellness Center at (813) 257-3051 or  healthcenter@ut.edu immediately for directions.
  3. Contact the International Programs Office (IPO) via email at  international@ut.edu

If it is not possible for you to complete your coursework online and remain enrolled full-time this semester, you may be eligible for a medical reduced course load in your SEVIS immigration record. You will need to provide medical documentation from a doctor to the IPO office to request this authorization prior to withdrawing from any classes.

What if I am a current international student who is outside of the U.S., and I am exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19?
If you are exhibiting symptoms of the virus, please follow the directions from the  CDC. Contact a local health provider remotely. Also, contact IPO at  international@ut.edu immediately to inform your international student advisor.

I am either a current international student or alumni on OPT. Am I required to maintain my visa status during this time?
Yes, it is important that international students maintain their  nonimmigrant student status, even during emergency events. This means international students must continue to take all the necessary actions to remain in status, to the extent possible under the circumstances, and communicate their plans, including any changes to their address to their international student advisor.

If you are outside the U.S., please complete the form International Students – Report Your Location Outside the US. The completion of this form is required by immigration authorities and UT, so that we know where you are while you continue your coursework online.

I am a current international student. Am I allowed to take all of my coursework online?
Yes, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) has stated that schools may make temporary procedural adaptations, so international students can continue to make normal progress in their program of study. International students can temporarily engage in distance-learning, either from within the U.S. or outside the country, in light of COVID-19. SEVP will provide updated guidance as the scope and length of this situation becomes clearer. This temporary provision is in effect only for the duration of the emergency.

What if I am a current international student who is outside of the U.S., and I am having trouble completing my coursework online?
International students should consult with their professor(s) regarding any issues such as time-zone differences or internet access issues.

If it is not possible for you to complete your coursework online and remain enrolled full-time this semester, contact IPO at  international@ut.edu immediately to inform your international student advisor. You would need to request a leave of absence in your SEVIS immigration record prior to withdrawing from any classes.

I am currently participating in Practical Training (CPT or OPT). What should I do if my employer asks me to work remotely or if my employment ends early?
Changes to workplace requirements may impact your practical training. We encourage you to consult with your employer to seek alternative ways to maintain employment, such as teleworking or other arrangements if necessary. If your employment/internship is affected or ended due to COVID-19, please contact the International Programs Office immediately at international@ut.edu.

I am a current international student planning to graduate this Spring 2020 semester. Can I still apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT)? 
International students currently inside the U.S. may apply for OPT. Contact international@ut.edu for instructions. Any international travel after applying for OPT is strongly discouraged.

Students who are currently outside the U.S. or plan to depart the U.S. will not be able to apply for OPT.

I am an international student nearing the end of the program and F-1 visa status, and I was planning on returning to my home country. I would prefer to remain in the U.S. for now. What are my options?
Please contact  international@ut.edu to discuss your options with your international student advisor, as every student’s situation is different.

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EDUCATION ABROAD

What is the status of planned study abroad program?
The University has canceled all study abroad programming in all countries for the May term, and all summer and fall sessions. Your course schedule in SpartanWeb may be impacted for spring and/or May term. You will register for fall semester through Workday. If you have any questions regarding your spring, May term or fall schedule, email abroad@ut.edu to determine the best course of action. Students can postpone travel for a later term or opt for a refund. 

Will I receive a refund for my canceled program?
UT expects to issue study abroad refunds by the end of April.

I was planning on studying abroad, how do I register for fall semester at UT?
To register for fall semester classes, please reach out to your advisor for assistance:

  • First-year students please contact your assigned academic advisor; you can schedule an appointment using Navigate through MyUTampa. Visit Workday for up-to-date advisor information.
  • Continuing students, please contact your assigned faculty advisor. See Workday for up-to-date advisor information.
  • If you need immediate assistance, academic advisors will be available via Zoom Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., and on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please download Zoom to your device, and utilize this Advising Zoom link.

I was planning to study abroad during fall semester, will I now be able to live on campus? Given the cancellation of all Fall 2020 study abroad programs, now is the time to consider your living arrangements for fall semester. If you had already selected a housing assignment for fall semester during the housing selection process, as long as you have not canceled your assignment, it has been reserved for you. The Office of Residence Life will confirm your fall housing assignment by emailing your Spartan email account by April 1.

If you did not select a housing assignment during the housing selection process and you are interested in living on campus for fall semester, complete the Fall 2020 Return to Housing form on Residence by Symplicity. The Office of Residence Life makes assignments based on housing availability. Most likely, you will be offered a space at the Barrymore Hotel. Once a housing assignment has been confirmed, you may request a room change, which is also processed as spaces become available.

At this time, there is an indefinite hold on education abroad. If you are scheduled to study abroad, discuss options with your education abroad advisor in the International Programs Office.

An Education Abroad advisor is available to discuss study abroad programs with you during regularly scheduled times. Please check MyUTampa to access the TDS for Study Abroad portal to schedule an appointment. When logged into MyUTampa, you will notice the TDS for Study Abroad chicklet. Select it and the Education Abroad portal will open. Select the "Education Abroad Appointment Hours." PLEASE NOTE: Effective March 18, 2020, appointments with an Education Abroad advisor will take place through ZOOM meetings only during appointment hours.

What if the study abroad programs suspension affects my academic progress?
UT works closely with our academic partners in order to mitigate potential impacts on students’ academic progress. Dependent on each program, we will work with students to consider alternate means to maintain academic progress following the options set out by the students’ respective programs or universities.

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UT will continue to monitor and update the community as this situation evolves. For questions, please contact  wellness@ut.edu