Procedures for Fall 2020 Return to Normal Operations

The University of Texas at Tyler

The University of Texas at Tyler returns to normal campus operations in fall 2020, with the understanding that we must balance the real and perceived healthcare needs of our community members with the educational and social mission of the University.

The procedures outlined here will guide the efforts of all students, faculty and staff to conduct themselves in a manner that sustains a healthy and safe campus environment.

As it is implemented, this plan is subject to change based on governmental directives; 500 Internal Server Error

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Top FAQs

When do classes start?

Classes begin Monday, August 24 (Monday, August 31 for nursing) and end Friday, December 11. Students and faculty will not return to campus after Thanksgiving break. Classes November 30 through December 4 and final exams will move online.

Do I have to wear a mask?

Students, faculty, staff and visitors will be required to wear face coverings when inside University buildings.

Students, faculty staff and visitors will be required to wear face coverings when outdoors and physical distancing is difficult.

Face coverings are not required when alone in an office or in assigned residence hall rooms.

Accommodations will be available for individuals with religious, medical or other concerns, which will be processed through the Office of Human Resources (faculty and staff) and the Office of Student Accessibility and Resources (students).

What should I do if I may have been exposed to or test positive for COVID-19?

Students, faculty and staff who have been exposed to COVID-19 or who test positive for Covid-19 should immediately self-report this information.

  • If you have recently been on campus, report via the COVID-19 hotline, 903.565.5999, so that steps can be taken to prevent any possible spread.
  • If you have NOT recently been on campus, report by completing this form.

(Read more on page 5 of the Procedures Document.)

I live in a residence hall, what measures are in place to keep me safe?

The Office of Residence Life is implementing precautionary measures to ensure the health and safety of students living on-campus. More frequent cleanings of public areas (including elevator buttons, door handles, etc.) will be provided, and standards will be increased for student self-maintenance of personal living spaces. Resident assistants will conduct monthly health and safety checks of rooms/apartments. Roommate agreements will be required that outline cleaning schedules and responsibilities.

(Read more on page 10 of the Procedures Document.)