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Community Conversation 

UT hosted a virtual Spartan Community Conversation – specifically for UT students and parents – on Tuesday, July 28, addressing concerns about preparations for Fall 2020, about the Spartan Shield Health Safety Initiative and describing what life will be like in the fall. They also took questions from viewers. Find more details and the video recording on the ut.edu/fall2020 page. 

Summer 2020

All face-to-face instruction moved online for the summer semester.

Fall 2020 Opening

Information regarding Fall 2020 can be found by visiting  ut.edu/fall2020. Students are urged to check their UT email account often and respond as necessary to faculty and administrative requests.

Fall 2020 Opening 

UT Community Expectations

As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 situation, UT’s top priority remains the health and well-being of all and doing our part every day to reduce the spread of the virus. 

Wash your hands frequently

1. Wash your hands frequently and properly.

Wash your hands with soap and water, vigorously rubbing together front and back for 20 seconds, and turn off the faucet with paper towel. If you are unable to wash your hands, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers, covering the full surface of your hands and rubbing hands until they are dry. If you choose to wear gloves, find out when and when not to wear gloves (video).

Masks required

2. Staff, faculty, students and visitors, including vendors, are required to wear face masks/coverings in all common areas of campus facilities including classrooms and in outdoor campus areas where social distancing is not possible.

Wearing a cloth face covering CORRECTLY can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 to others. For more information on cloth face coverings visit the CDC website.

Keep six feet apart

3. Practice social and physical distancing by staying six feet apart and do not gather in groups.

Consider using Zoom, phone conferencing or email when you can, even if people are in the same building. If you need to meet, be sure to keep at least six feet between each other and wear a face covering should you be closer than six feet. Keep unavoidable in-person meetings short, in a large meeting room where distancing can be kept; avoid shaking hands and other physical contact.

Health screening

4. Practice good health self-assessment practices.

Take your temperature daily and check your symptoms. Do not come to class or work if you feel ill or are running a fever of 100.2°F or higher. View the daily symptom checker (PDF) for details.


Spartan Shield

Spartan Shield is a UT health safety initiative that offers guidance to all members and guests of the University community in the era of COVID-19. Learn about the Spartan Shield Health Safety Plan.

UT campus facilities and spaces will include Campus Signage that should be followed by UT community members and visitors at all times. View additional COVID-19 brochures, presentations, videos and student-created posters.

Spartan Shield Health Safety Plan (PDF)


How is UT monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak? What do I do if I suspect someone has COVID-19? View answers to these questions and more.

COVID-19 FAQ