Roadrunner Roadmap 2020-2021

This site houses all the information you need to know regarding UTSA's operations for the 2020-21 academic year.

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.

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Health and Shared Responsibility

Governor Abbott issued Executive Order GA-36 which prohibits government entities from mandating face coverings. This executive order took effect on Friday, May 21, and there are no exceptions allowed. UTSA is complying with the governor’s executive order for the summer session and going forward. We continue to strongly encourage the wearing of masks on our campuses, regardless of vaccination status.

To protect the health of the entire Roadrunner community, UTSA’s Public Health Task Force strongly encourages all individuals—regardless of vaccination status—to wear a mask and maintain physical distancing while on our campuses. While masks are encouraged, they are not required. Modalities for summer courses remain unchanged and as published, with the majority taking place online. Modalities for fall 2021 courses also remain as published with a mix of in-person, hybrid and online offerings. The Public Health Task Force expects to release guidance for fall semester campus operations later this summer. See the latest version of the Public Health Task Force Report for additional guidance.

UTSA strongly encourages students, faculty, and staff to get a COVID-19 vaccination. The vaccines are safe, effective, and crucial to winning the fight against COVID-19. UTSA offers various options for vaccinations through on-campus clinics and through our partnership with UT Health San Antonio. Learn more here.
Effective Monday, March 29, all Roadrunners interested in a COVID-19 vaccine can take advantage of vaccine appointments wherever they are available. To learn more about the many appointment options available to Roadrunners, click here.

The fall 2021 semester will feature more in-person learning experiences for students. Our Public Health Task Force has made new recommendations for a safe return to campus this fall after considering the latest public health information.

The task force is hosting a town hall on Friday, May 14 to invite community dialogue, questions and feedback.

Learning

The University’s OneStop website has been updated with answers to your most Frequently Asked Questions regarding class modalities for the upcoming Fall semester.

Due to increases in vaccination rates across the U.S. and Texas, along with amended safety guidelines from the CDC, UTSA has revised protocols for students participating in May’s on campus, in-person ceremonies. Each graduate will be allowed to bring up to two guests to the ceremonies.

In-person commencement ceremonies for May 2021 graduates will be held May 14-16. In-person ceremonies for graduates who earned their degrees in May 2020 and December 2020 will be held the following weekend, May 21-23. These ceremonies will be college-based and will be held at various locations on the Main Campus.

Virtual commencement ceremonies will continue to be hosted for graduates who do not wish to participate in in-person ceremonies.

For more information, including on family participation, visit the commencement webpage.
UTSA is asking students to share their course modality preferences through this brief survey focused on lecture and laboratory classes. Results will be shared with departments to help them plan fall course schedules.

UTSA's summer term will run just like the spring, with course modalities and campus operations primarily online, and research activities continuing as they are currently. As always, plans are subject to change based on current public health conditions.

The fall semester will feature more in-person learning experiences for students. Most courses will be hybrid with a combination of in-person and online instruction. A variety of new hybrid course structures will offer different ratios of in-person to online class sessions per week.

Campus Life

The Rowdy Store Downtown will close temporarily, from March 22 to August 9. During the closure, course materials for spring and summer classes held at the Downtown Campus will be available at the Main Campus Rowdy Campus Store or online.

Planning is underway for a fall semester that is much closer to the traditional UTSA experience. Many services—such as the Student Union, Campus Rec and the UTSA Libraries—will resume normal operations under appropriate public health guidelines. As always, these plans may change as we continue to closely monitor the pandemic over the spring and summer

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.

Living

Complete your on-campus housing contract now so that you can fully experience UTSA’s vibrant campus culture and conveniences of living where you learn. The earlier you complete your contract, the better your chances are to receive your preferred space and roommate. Visit UTSA Housing for more information.

UTSA anticipates adding 2 on-campus living communities for fall 2021: Guadalupe Hall and Chisholm Hall. Guadalupe Hall is designated as the new home for the Honors Residential Community and is slated to be complete and open by the fall while Chisholm is now operated by UTSA.

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.

Research

The UTSA Office of the Vice President for Research, Economic Development, and Knowledge Enterprise (REDKE) has sissued new gudiance for on-campus research. Learn more about field research, travel, and more.

View the updated guidelines »
On-campus research activities and doctoral training opportunities resumed June 1, 2020 and are ongoing. 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 are in place, including social distancing, safety and disinfection protocols, and compliance training.
Undergraduates supported by federally funded projects may participate in research activities this semester. Others will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Working

As part of the latest Public Health Task Force report release, new guidelines are now available for university-sponsored travel. Learn more >>
Planning for the fall 2021 semester is underway with the intention to offer extensive in-person classroom instruction and enriching out-of-classroom activities for our students. UTSA’s Public Health Task Force is currently preparing recommendations for a safe return to campus this fall and will host a town hall later this summer after their report is released.
All existing telecommuting agreements that were set to expire on May 31, 2021 have been extended to July 31, 2021. We encourage offices to explore whether some or all of their employees may continue to telecommute beyond this period without impacting their ability to offer a full-range of services. These decisions will be made on an office-by-office basis. We encourage supervisors and managers to begin fall planning now and reach out to your HR Business Partner for support and answers to specific questions.

The center is ready to provide services to UTSA students, faculty, and staff.

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

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