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

UTSA is continuing all campus COVID-19 protocols—including our face coverings requirement—subsequent to Governor Abbott’s Executive Order GA-34 which took effect on Wednesday, March 10. 
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.
UTSA strongly encourages students, faculty, and staff to get a COVID-19 vaccination as soon as you are eligible. The vaccines are safe, effective, and crucial to winning the fight against COVID-19. UTSA is coordinating with the Texas Department of State Health Services regarding the administration and availability of the COVID-19 vaccine. Learn more here.

The fall 2021 semester will feature more in-person learning experiences for students. Later this spring, our Public Health Task Force will make recommendations for a safe return to campus this fall after considering the latest public health information.

After their recommendations are released, the task force will host a town hall to invite community dialogue, questions and feedback.

Available for students, staff, and faculty. Students, make sure your mailing address in ASAP is complete and accurate so you don't miss out on your mask! For more information, see the Face Mask Distribution Information page.
The updated Public Health Task Force Report provides guidance on UTSA’s coronavirus protection and prevention protocols, health considerations, facilities and student life.


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.
Academic and campus operations will continue as they are running currently through the end of the spring semester. There are no changes as a result of the Governor's March Executive Order.
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.
We are working to upgrade classroom technology at both the Main and Downtown Campuses that enhance our learning and teaching capabilities. As part of the Academic Success District Initiative, we are upgrading standard sets of equipment by classroom function to provide greater consistency for faculty instruction and student learning experiences.

Campus Life

Beginning March 22, the Rowdy Store Downtown will close temporarily, with plans to reopen 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.

The plan allows attendance at the Convocation Center for women’s and men’s basketball games at a reduced capacity of 15% with additional public health safety measures in place. For complete game day safety procedures, please visit Current UTSA students receive complimentary admission to all on-campus UTSA Athletics events.


Both UTSA Housing and Campus Living Villages are accepting applications from prospective residents who want to live on campus this fall.

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.


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.


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 and will host a town hall later this semester 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.  

Facemask requirements for Spring 2021

COVID testing hours for Spring 2021

Student Gateway for your Tech Support

Protect yourself and the people around you from the flu this year… Do Your Part, and get your flu shot.

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