Coronavirus Updates

Coronavirus Updates

Coronavirus: What You Need to Know

April 2, 2020

UTSA is closely monitoring the coronavirus outbreak globally and is receiving guidance from the City of San Antonio, Bexar County, State of Texas, San Antonio Metro Health and The University of Texas System, in addition to other government and health agencies.

What's New

  • UTSA will adopt an optional Credit/No Credit (“pass/fail”) grading system for undergraduate and graduate courses for the Spring 2020 semester.
  • Effective April 1, 2020, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) was introduced to provide paid emergency sick leave benefits to eligible employees. 
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  • Final exams will be reconsidered on a course-by-course basis to align with online instruction. Faculty will notify their students of how the final examinations for their courses will be conducted.
  • A help line is available for students who need assistance with online learning - call 210-458-4011.
  • A limited number of laptops are available to loan to students who do not have computer access. Contact techcafe@utsa.edu or 210-458-5555 to reserve a laptop and schedule a pick-up time.

Current Situation 

  • On March 23, Stay Home, Work Safe Orders were issued by San Antonio and Bexar County requiring UTSA to adopt additional operational adjustments.
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  • Essential and critical facilities, public safety and other limited campus operations continue. With the exception of select locations, campus buildings are locked.
  • UTSA will deliver all course instruction online through the end of the spring semester.
  • UTSA has transitioned to a primarily remote telecommuting workforce.
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  • Limited Housing and Residential Life support continues to serve those students living in university-owned housing who have been granted an exception to remain in the residence halls.
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  • Students are scheduled to move-out of university-owned housing through March 31 per a staggered checkout plan. 
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  • Student Health Services, Counseling & Mental Health Services and Student Disability Services offices are open only for those students remaining in on-campus housing. Telephone and virtual consultations are available for all other students remotely.
  • Roadrunner Café is open only to on-campus residents for take-away meals.
  • For the time being, the Main Campus Roadrunner Pantry remains open for students facing food insecurity. UTSA is working with local officials to evaluate alternative locations and a plan for continued operation.

  • The John Peace and Downtown library are closed. Library resources and chat assistance continue to be available online. Students needing internet access can reach out to the Tech Café.
  • Essential and critical research operations continue, and designated research facilities remain accessible. 
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  • For students who are graduating this semester, degrees will still be conferred in May. However, in-person commencement ceremonies previously scheduled for May 16-17 will be postponed. It is possible that the ceremony will be held later this summer or in the fall.
  • Plans are being developed to reimburse students on a pro-rated basis who have paid for on-campus housing, dining plans and other specific related campus services they cannot use as a result of this move out requirement. More details are forthcoming
  • Conference USA has canceled all spring sport practices, competitions and championships. UTSA Athletics has also  suspended all athletic-related team activities until further notice.
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  • UTSA has implemented a hiring suspension for all non-mission critical staff.
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Preparedness

UTSA is continuing to coordinate on a daily basis with  San Antonio Metro Health and  Texas Department of State Health Services. In addition, the university is following guideline documentation provided by the  American College Health Association, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and UT System, and is in routine direct communication with experts at UT Health San Antonio.

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to refer to the  Technology Resources page for online learning and telecommuting tools and support.

Guiding Principles

UTSA is centering its coronavirus response and decision making on two primary principles:

  • Sustaining the health and wellbeing of the Roadrunner community
  • Minimizing impact to the academic progress of our students as much as possible

Upcoming Town Halls

Tuesday, April 7 | 2-3 p.m.
Dealing with Distractions in the Home Work Environment

Wednesday, April 8 | 2-3 p.m.
Wellbeing in the Midst of a Pandemic

Thursday, April 9 | 2-3 p.m.
Staying Healthy

More information coming soon!

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