Campus life at UTSA will look different this fall, but the Roadrunner spirit will remain strong through virtual programming, modified campus services and student activities designed for flexibility based on current health and safety best practices.
Student activities will take place —with modifications
Many student activities will be moved to virtual formats this fall. Any in-person gatherings will have extensive safety measures in place, such as attendee limits and clear indicators for social distancing. New virtual programs are being explored for this fall to promote a sense of belonging and Roadrunner identity.
Campus events and meetings will be done virtually whenever possible
Any in-person gatherings will be considered on a case-by-case basis, and only with extensive public health safety parameters in place. Any in-person gatherings involving nonessential campus visitors, volunteers or activities involving external groups or organizations will be limited.
Outdoor campus spaces will be open
Common outdoor areas – like the Sombrilla – will be open with social distancing measures in place.
On-campus athletics activities will continue
We are actively planning for a variety of scenarios regarding our fall sports season at UTSA, and are working with the Alamodome to develop football game-day protocols. Ultimately, sports competitions will be contingent on conference decisions. Regardless of whether or not our student athletes compete this fall, athletic activities will continue building on the protocols we established this summer.
Student Health Services and Counseling & Mental Health Services will be open
These offices will continue to offer their services to students this fall via phone and video conference, as well as limited in-person visits.
Campus dining venues will be open
Dining venues such as the Roadrunner Café and food courts will be open with limited seating capacities for social distancing. No self-service buffets will be offered, and take-away meals will be encouraged. New technology will be implemented to reduce contact where possible, including cashless/touchless pay options, mobile ordering and self-checkout.
Student Union and Campus Rec will be open
At this time, we are planning for the Campus Rec and Student Union buildings to be open with modified operations. In addition, both will continue to offer a robust slate of virtual programming. The Roadrunner Pantry will continue to be open weekdays through the fall semester to serve the UTSA community by providing essential food and non-food items at no cost.
The ’Runner shuttle will be unavailable
Due to a reduced on-campus student population, we will not offer campus transportation services this fall. While The ’Runner shuttles will be unavailable, all students, faculty and staff have access to free transportation throughout San Antonio using the VIA U-Pass program, which includes convenient transportation between the Main and Downtown Campus.
Students can park on campus without a permit
To accommodate the different needs and schedules of our campus community, several permit-free student commuter parking areas will be available at the Main and Downtown Campus. A variety of other parking options will also be available, including parking permits at the standard rates and hourly parking.