Fall 2020 Roadrunner Return

Do Your Part

All Roadrunners have a shared responsibility to keep one another safe.

The Roadrunner Pact Health Self Assessment Tool COVID-19 Self Reporting Tool

 

Here you'll find all the information you need to know regarding UTSA's operations for the fall semester.

As always, plans may change or be updated as needed as the pandemic evolves, based on guidance from UT System, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and governmental agencies.

 

What's New

Health and Shared Responsibility

Follow the Ask, Offer, Leave and Report method.

The campus community can use the self-reporting portal to let UTSA know if:

  • They have been tested for COVID-19 or have been advised to test
  • They have been in direct contact with a COVID-19 positive person
  • They have symptoms of COVID-19
  • They have been advised by an individual on or off-campus that they are under evaluation for COVID-19

As of September 21, UTSA will start processing received requests for replacement masks. See our mask distribution information page for details and instructions.

 

Roadrunners have numerous options to get tested for COVID-19, including on-campus through Student Health Services and Livingston Med Lab. See our Get Tested page for details.

The voluntary testing program allows UTSA to monitor and address real-time trends and prevalence and make timely decisions for intervention and response.

Learning

Options for pickup include delivery curbside, to a locker or to a home address for those living outside Bexar County. Learn more >>

Classes will begin as scheduled on August 24, 2020. To better protect students and faculty during the holiday travel season, all instructional activities will be conducted online starting after Thanksgiving break and for the remainder of the semester. Final exams will be administered online.

Given continuing COVID-related uncertainties, we will hold a December commencement celebration virtually on Saturday, December 12. Students who graduated in May 2020 and those graduating this December will have an opportunity to walk in a future in-person commencement ceremony at the Alamodome.

Modalities for our spring courses and campus operations are expected to look very similar to this fall – mostly online. When registration for spring 2021 launches, the course modalities listed in ASAP will reflect how the course is expected to be delivered when we return after break in January. 

Campus Life

UTSA strongly discourages students from hosting or attending parties or other social gatherings (on or off-campus) during the pandemic. This includes fraternity or sorority organization, student organization, or other personal gatherings. Faculty and staff are encouraged to conduct meetings and run events virtually.

No need to wait in line! Current UTSA students, staff and faculty members can now get their UTSACard online and receive their card by mail in 5-7 business days.

The plan allows attendance in the Alamodome at a reduced capacity of 17% with a host of public health safety measures in place. UTSA students receive free admission to every home game and access their mobile tickets through goutsa.com.

Living

UTSA has a protocol in place for students who may need to self-isolate or quarantine due to a diagnosis or exposure to COVID-19. Meals will be provided in-room for those who are in isolation/quarantine.

Public areas such as community kitchens and common area restrooms have occupancy limits, are being cleaned at least twice per day and are stocked with hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes. Pools and sports courts are closed.

Working

See our event guidelines page for everything you need to know about running a UTSA event this fall.  

These include on-campus, telecommuting and hybrid options. As our situation continues to evolve, work modality options and telecommuting agreements will be reviewed as needed.

Teaching

The majority of courses will be offered fully online with options for asynchronous, synchronous or a hybrid of the two online options. A limited number of courses will be approved to meet face-to-face based on strict criteria. 

All face-to-face courses must offer a parallel online component (hyflex) for students who are not able to attend in person and must be able to transition to a fully online format on short notice. 

Due to classroom space constraints, courses should only be offered in-person based on specific pedagogical and/or accreditation need, and must be approved by the college dean and registrar.

Examples of pedagogical need include necessarily hands-on work such as studio art, music and dance instruction, architecture and interior design studios, engineering senior design studios, student teaching and clinical observations in schools, and labs that require the use of specialized equipment.

Faculty will have access to their offices, where they may work and provide instruction. However, to the greatest extent possible, meetings and office hours should be offered virtually. 

Research

On-campus research activities and doctoral training opportunities resumed June 1 and will continue into the fall. Returning to campus is voluntary for graduate students. Principal investigators and lab managers are responsible for making accommodations as needed.

View the phased research recovery plan »
Guidelines for those working in laboraties have been put in place, including social distancing, safety and disinfection protocols, and compliance training.
Undergraduates supported by federally funded projects may participate in research activities in the fall semester. Others will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

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