We are entering the fall semester in a hybrid teaching format, with a mixture of in-person and online learning. A fall schedule of courses is up-to-date in MyMav. We continue working on a plan that encourages social distancing and provides the safest environment for the Maverick community. As we continue to learn from and adapt to the pandemic, we will remain nimble and adjust as necessary while continuing to follow the recommendations of experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the State of Texas, and The University of Texas System.
Fall 2020 Semester Student FAQs
Yes. UTA is providing additional options for students to purchase permits, based on the amount of time they expect to be on campus. Students will have the option to purchase parking by the:
- Hour (at pay stations or street meters)
- Semester (through Thanksgiving)
- Winter break
- Academic year
Students can always return semester permits before the fall census date and academic year permits before the spring census date for a prorated refund. There are no refunds for short-term permits.
No, our goal is to ensure that instruction continues throughout the Fall semester with the same standards and outcomes expected at UTA. As long as instruction continues, tuition will not be discounted.
No, due to limited space capacity and health and safety concerns, the option to audit courses is suspended until further notice.
Yes. For up-to-date information on what resources will be available for access, view the UTA’s COVID-19 Student Resources webpage.
Not all courses will be available online, though students will still have the ability to register for only online courses. Since not all classes will be available in this format, students will need to consult with their advisors on how such a choice would affect their paths toward graduation. Students can contact the Office for Students with Disabilities to request an accommodation.
UTA is upgrading its wireless network across campus. We are covering all campus buildings and the open spaces between buildings, such as the mall area in front of the library, to allow students to work inside and outside with as much social distancing as possible.
Specially designed, socially distant computer labs on campus are available to students who need computer access to complete their courses. The labs comply with all social distancing and sanitization recommendations. To support moving academic instruction to online platforms, UTA more than doubled the number of devices available for check out by students in the Library to approximately 500 total, in addition to webcams and hotspots. More technology info is available on the UTA Remote student page.
Click here to view recommendations on what equipment you should have for a successful online or hybrid experience, please.
Information is available on the UTA Remote student page.
If using Canvas, students should review the Canvas Student Orientation course. For Teams, students need to download the app and review this tutorial. For Echo 360, instructors will send students a link to view the lectures.
Some faculty may use Zoom or other tools to communicate with students, so please reach out to your instructor for more information.
Coursework could heavily rely on assessments/exams that are taken online and through submission of alternative assignments. Communication will largely be through email and chat. Make sure your computer and web browsers meet the system requirements for Canvas. Consider turning off your video in Canvas, Teams or Zoom if your internet signal is not strong.
Advising and Academic Support
UTA has many academic support services available for fall and these will mostly be virtual. Please refer to the Student Resources page. This will continue to be updated with information for summer and fall. You may also visit the websites for the I.D.E.A.S. Center, the Academic Success Center and resources for becoming a successful e-learner.
Further inquiries may be directed to:
UTA has canceled all events on campus for the month of July, in accordance with local, regional and national health guidelines. When possible, the University is working with organizers to reschedule their events for later dates.
Moving forward, UTA officials are planning to issue cancellation decisions by the first day of the month prior to when the event is scheduled. For example, the University plans to make decisions on August events by July 1. The University will follow local, state and federal guidelines in determining whether it is safe and appropriate to host events.
Cleaning: UTA will clean common touch points in public spaces in campus buildings throughout each day and perform additional cleaning in the evening. Since classrooms are used back-to-back with minimal time for cleaning, UTA will provide disinfectant wipes and other cleaning supplies in each classroom for students and instructors to use on their desks and equipment. The University will continue to implement new measures and modify its cleaning protocols to minimize the spread of the virus. Cleaning frequencies will increase and schedules will be modified to meet the needs of the campus community.
Signage: UTA will place signage at building entrances and in restrooms, dining areas, classrooms, elevators, common spaces, stairs, and student engagement spaces to mitigate the spread of the virus. These signs promote properly wearing a cloth face covering, washing hands, social distancing, covering coughs and sneezes, staying home when sick, etc.
Ventilation: UTA will ensure ventilation and filtering systems are operating properly, control relative humidity and increase circulation of outdoor air to further mitigate risks associated with the potential spread of the virus.
Water fountains: All drinking fountains will be turned off to further reduce the spread of the virus. Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to bring their own water.
Modified layouts: To promote social distancing, all are encouraged to space seating/desks at least 6 feet apart. For lecture halls and classrooms, certain seats/desks and rows will not be used to ensure social distancing guidelines are met.
Student Health Services and many clinics have very specific protocols when treating possible COVID-19 patients. Students experiencing symptoms should call before going to a clinic or UTA Health Services to receive directions regarding specific protocols. UTA students can contact UTA Health Services with concerns during office hours at 817-272-2771. Students who are identified by Health Services as being in need of testing will not pay out-of-pocket costs, regardless of whether they have insurance.
On-campus testing is available by appointment only for all UTA students. PCR tests, which may be required for students who live abroad and need to travel home, are also available. Students should call before going to a clinic or UTA Health Services to receive directions regarding specific protocols. UTA students can contact UTA Health Services with concerns during office hours at 817-272-2771. Students who are identified by Health Services as being in need of testing will not pay out-of-pocket costs, regardless of whether they have insurance.
Students who already know they will not be able to attend in-person classes should work with their advisor to identify courses that will be offered online. Students who have a need for an accommodation after the semester starts should contact the Office for Students with Disabilities.
Please fill out this form if you have had close contact with someone who is COVID-19 positive.
University Housing and Dining
UTA is offering a mixture of in-person and online courses this fall, with some students wanting the options of living on campus. Students should view the fall courses schedule to determine how much of their schedule will be face-to-face or online. UTA is implementing a plan for the fall that complies with health guidelines and includes wearing masks inside buildings, disinfecting classrooms, observing social distancing and adopting our full range of safety and prevention protocols.
Yes. Students may elect to remain in their residence halls through the end of the fall contract term on Dec. 17. Students have been provided with a contract addendum that describes residence hall options for fall 2020. UTA apartments will remain open without interruption.
UTA will determine appropriate safety precautions for UTA residence halls and apartments using evidence-based public health protocols and guidance for the control of infectious disease. Resident density in older residence halls will be reduced as follows:
- Students in three-bedroom, private-occupancy suites will have a maximum of three residents per bath.
- Students in double-occupancy suites will have a maximum of two residents per bath.
On campus housing is available for students living in University owned housing, who test positive for COVID-19 or have confirmed close contact with a virus positive individual. Contact tracing staff will work with each student to determine if relocation to quarantine/isolation housing is required.
Each room will include the following items: refrigerator, microwave, bed linens, towel, soap, shampoo/conditioner, toothbrush, toothpaste, thermometer, hand sanitizer, cleaning spray, paper towels, trash liners, laundry detergent, and toilet paper. Laundry service is provided as well as an optional meal service.
Each room contains an information sheet that provides students an email address and phone number for assistance while in Q/I housing.
Friends and family may mail packages to the Student Affairs Office for delivery to the student.
Packages should be labeled:
Student Name C/O
Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs
300 W First Street
University Center 180H
Arlington, TX 76019
Please be careful when including perishable items in care packages. Delivery to the student may take 24-48 hours after the package arrives on campus.