Reduced Classroom Density

Dear students,

The entire UT Austin community is excited to welcome you back to campus. We are preparing for in-person teaching and learning to resume after what has been a very long and challenging year.

As you know, the COVID-19 situation across Texas, and particularly in Austin, remains serious. The university is closely monitoring the data, and with the advice of our public health experts, we have decided to allow some professors to make temporary adjustments to their classes to reduce density through September 17.

These adjustments will not affect every class, but some changes you might see include:

  • Some classes may ask that you join in person once per week and participate remotely the other days.
  • Some classes may move online completely until September 17.

Your professor will communicate any adjustments to you directly. As always, students will be expected to meet the requirements of the classes as stated in your syllabi.

We recommend wearing masks and getting vaccinated. This is the most effective way to ensure we can enjoy a normal fall semester, and it also protects your classmates, professors, family members, you and the most vulnerable members of our community.

We are hopeful that the steps outlined above to reduce density will allow time for the prevalence of COVID-19 to diminish in the Austin area and ensure we are able to enjoy a fall semester with reduced risk.

Best of luck on a successful semester.

Hook ’em!

Sharon L. Wood
Executive Vice President and Provost

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