Post-Thanksgiving Plans, Student FAQs

All UTA courses and exams will be online only after Thanksgiving and through the end of the fall 2020 semester. Read below for more information.

Courses After Thanksgiving

With health and safety as the top priority, UTA is moving classes online after Thanksgiving to avoid the possibility of students becoming COVID-19 positive during the break and then spreading the virus to their classmates upon their return.

Some courses with face-to-face components may require in-person examinations that will take place before Thanksgiving. Students should refer to their syllabus for each course for specific answers. All exams after Thanksgiving will be online. Students can contact the Student Access & Resource Center to request an accommodation.


Most academic advising will occur virtually. However, students are encouraged to communicate with their home department for details. Some departments may offer opportunities for socially distanced, face-to-face walk-in advising, as an example. Contact information for departmental advisers can be found here.

UTA will provide our usual full complement of resources and programs designed to help students develop academic skills and better understand concepts and information related to their courses. Services will continue to be available. Resources include:

Please contact with any questions or for help to determine the best service for you.

Library Access

Yes. Central Library will be open after we return from the Thanksgiving Break on Monday, Nov. 30. The hours up until final exams will be: Monday – Fri. 7 am - 9 pm, Saturday 10 am - 6 pm, and Sunday 1 pm - 9 pm.

We will have fewer seats available as we are renovating the second floor to enhance the quality of the space for students.

All currently available resources will continue to be available, including 24/7 chat during the semester, retrieval of print books during open Central Library hours, 24/7 access to online resources, online consultation services, and technology lending during open Central Library hours.

Campus Access

Academic and administrative buildings will be locked after the Thanksgiving holiday break with card swipe access available for faculty, staff and approved students. The exceptions are buildings that colleges/schools have requested stay unlocked for student access (check with your instructor or department to see if the academic building you want to enter will be open), buildings with open computer labs (see the “Computing and Computer Lab” section below) and other buildings, such as the Central Library, University Center, Commons and Davis Hall. Many of these buildings will be open limited hours.

The Office of Facilities Management will continue to be on campus up to the December semester break. During this time, facilities’ staff will be addressing routine and emergency work orders, cleaning and disinfecting buildings, renovating spaces, etc.

The University Center and Commons will operate on the following schedule after the break: 7 am - 9 pm Monday through Friday; 10 am - 9 pm Saturday and Sunday.

The Commons will close at 9 pm Sunday, Dec. 13, and will remain closed until 7 am, Jan. 15, 2021.

From Nov. 29, through Dec. 18:

  • Connections Café will be open 11 am to 1:30 pm Monday through Sunday for brunch and 5 to 8:30 pm Monday through Sunday for dinner.
  • Breakfast will be at Starbucks in the University Center. Starbucks hours are 10:30 am to 2 pm Monday through Friday, with the breakfast meal exchange hours 7:30 to 10:30 am.
  • Subway in the University Center will operate 10:30 am to 2 pm Monday through Friday.
  • The Market in the University Center will operate 10 am to 6 pm Monday through Friday, 10 am to 5 pm Fridays and 10 am to 3 pm weekends.

From Nov. 30 until Dec. 18, the Maverick Activities Center will be open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday, and noon to 8 p.m. on weekends. The MAC is closed Dec. 19-20. From Dec. 21-23, it is open from noon to 8 p.m. The MAC is closed from Dec. 24 through Jan. 3.

The Bookstore will be open weekdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed on weekends. The Starbucks there will be open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Sundays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Computing & Computer Labs

Yes, computer labs will be open for student use after Thanksgiving. The lab hours, effective from Nov. 28 to Dec. 16, are posted below. Note that the labs are closed on Nov. 26 and 27. The general link for up-to-date information on what resources will be available for access to UTA OIT Labs is .

Arch Lab - ARCH 319 and 324
Monday: 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Tuesday: 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Thursday: 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Saturday: 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Engineering Lab - ELB 256
Monday: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturday: Locked
Sunday: 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Fine Arts Lab - Room 412A and 404 - Additional rooms unlocked by staff as needed
Monday: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Tuesday: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Thursday: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Saturday: 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM

UC Lab - UC 200
Nov 23, 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Nov. 24, 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Nov. 25 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Nov. 29 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Nov. 30 to Dec. 20
Monday: 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Tuesday: 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Wednesday: 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Thursday: 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Friday: 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Saturday: 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Sunday: 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM

MAC Lab - MAC 100 - Subject to change if building hours are changed
Monday: 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Tuesday: 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Thursday: 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Saturday: 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM

You may contact the Office of Information Technology (OIT) Help through this page: The Help Desk hours are:
Monday – Thursday 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Friday – 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Saturday – Sunday 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

You may also visit the Help Desk Main Office for walk-up support. It is located in the first floor lobby of the Central Library. The walk-up hours are below:
Monday – Friday 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Saturday – 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Sunday -- 1:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Note that the hours for the online and in-person resources are effective from Nov. 28 through Dec. 16. They will be closed on Nov. 26 and 27. They will have limited remote support over winter break.

Student Access & Resource (SAR) Center

The SAR Center will have training videos on read/write, accessing your profile in the online system for accommodations, scheduling spring 2021 exams in the SAR Center, requesting Alternative Formats (E-Text).

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) remains available to students.  Services are performed remotely via Telehealth to limit exposure to both clinician and student. Please call 817-272-3671 to schedule a time to connect with a counselor regarding your concerns. If this is an emergency please call 911 or the MavsTalk 24hr Crisis Line at 817-272-8255. We also encourage the UTA community to use CAPS online resources for accessing information related to emotional well-being and mental health support.

University Housing and Dining

UTA apartments will remain open 365 days per year, and services will continue without interruption.

UTA residence halls will remain open, and services will continue without interruption through Dec. 17. Residence hall students who are contracted to leave on or before Nov. 25 and residence hall students who are contracted to leave on or before Dec. 17 will not be able to return until Jan. 15, 2021.

International Students

All current services for international students and scholars will continue after the Thanksgiving holiday and into spring 2021 with remote phone advising and in-person document pick-up by appointment only. Additional details can be found at You can also find our Spring 2021 Frequently Asked Questions. 

The Global Engagement department will continue to provide support for international students, and intercultural trainings and programs for the entire campus community. Visit or email for more details. 

International students should work with their academic advisors to determine the best options for them. Academic advisors have been provided with information to work with our international students in the most effective manner possible. For international students experiencing travel difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic, UTA is making a number of academic programs available online to provide a first-class education to the Maverick family. 

Commencement & Events

All 2020 commencement ceremonies dates are postponed. Graduating students will receive their degrees as scheduled. While we await the postponed commencement ceremonies, we invited graduates, families, friends, alumni and the entire UTA Community to celebrate in a virtual celebration on Dec. 17 at 7:30 pm. Submit photos, videos and celebratory shoutouts at this website for a chance to be included in the celebration.

We will continue to monitor the situation and plan to use the most up-to-date public health guidelines as we evaluate the status of the pandemic. Learn more in the FAQs.

No, events are not canceled after Thanksgiving. Many events are being held online to accommodate students who will not be on campus. See the calendar here for a list of events and activities.