UT Wordmark Primary UT Wordmark Formal Shield Texas UT News Camera Chevron Close Search Copy Link Download File Hamburger Menu Time Stamp Open in browser Load More Pull quote Cloudy and windy Cloudy Partly Cloudy Rain and snow Rain Showers Snow Sunny Thunderstorms Wind and Rain Windy Facebook Instagram LinkedIn Twitter email alert map calendar bullhorn

UT News

Returning to Campus

Two color orange horizontal divider
Hook Em

Longhorns, we are excited to have you back. Campus just isn’t the same without you. Let’s make this a great semester — you deserve it!

We’ve come this far and what we are doing is working. We’re continuing to work hard to protect and deliver the irreplaceable on-campus, in-person experience that makes UT special.

The university’s decision to resume in-person learning was made with careful deliberation and input from our public health leaders and COVID-19 researchers — by members of our community for members of our community.

We believe we can return safely, as we have in past semesters, and that the in-person academic and social experience will deliver the best educational outcomes while nurturing your well-being.

There’s a lot to navigate, so we’re asking all members of our community to show each other grace and to trust that we all want the same things – to learn, discover, create and be inspired.

Please remember to take care of yourself and your fellow Longhorns. Since the pandemic began, we have created resources for our faculty, staff and students – visit our Protect Texas Together website to stay updated. As a reminder, here are some useful COVID-19 resources to use as you start the semester.

Students who need masks can pick up a free one at the Texas Union and William C. Powers, Jr. Student Activity Center. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to recommend that you wear the most protective mask you can that fits well and that you will wear consistently. It is important to remember that any mask is better than no mask. Learn more about how to choose a mask and wear it safely at https://bit.ly/3zpo6uy.

Proactive Community Testing (PCT) @UTAustin remains free, convenient, and a great way to protect yourself and fellow Longhorns.

You can get a booster right on campus.

We offer free at-home testing kits for people who test positive on campus.

And the federal government offers free at-home COVID-19 tests kits. You can order four at no cost by visiting http://COVIDtests.gov. If you’re having trouble placing an order online, call 800-232-0233.

We understand that COVID-related classroom absences may occur over the course of the semester, and we continue to encourage faculty to be as compassionate, flexible and accommodating as possible to ensure that students don’t fall behind.

If you have to miss class for health reasons, you can make up missed work using standard procedures and resources, including contacting Student Emergency Services.

Thank you for all you do to protect our community – and have a great semester.