Spring 2021 Semester Student FAQs

General

We are planning to conduct the spring 2021 semester in a hybrid teaching format, with a mixture of in-person and online learning. The spring schedule of courses is up to date in MyMav. As was the case for the fall semester, there will be a mandatory face-covering protocol and enforced social distancing to provide the safest environment for the Maverick community. As we continue to adapt to the pandemic, we will 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.

Hybrid means a course may offer both online and face-to-face content. Synchronous means an online course is at a scheduled day and time, whereas asynchronous means the course content is recorded and can be viewed at any time. A full list of course definitions is available on our Courses and Schedules page.

Yes, students are strongly encouraged to enroll in their spring classes now so that space assignments for face-to-face and hybrid courses can be made. To ensure safe social distancing, classrooms used for face-to-face or hybrid classes will only accommodate between 25-34% of room capacity.

There are currently no plans to cancel or otherwise modify UTA’s break schedule. Spring Break 2021 is currently scheduled for March 15-20, 2021. However, the University will continue to monitor conditions and to follow the recommendations of experts from the CDC, the State of Texas, and The University of Texas System, among others. Any changes will be announced if new information becomes available.

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. Students may also email international@uta.edu.

Study abroad has been cancelled for spring 2021. We are planning alternate options to provide students with intercultural and global experiences. UTA is developing plans for limited May and summer 2021 study abroad options. More information will become available in February. Please contact Study Abroad for additional inquiries.

No, unlike in the fall 2020 semester when the University planned to transition online after Thanksgiving, the spring 2021 semester is expected to remain a mix of on-campus and online activities for the full 16 weeks. As a result, the semester and annual parking permits are not discounted. However, 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)
  • Day
  • Month
  • Semester
  • Remainder of the academic year

We recognize that this is a challenging time for all of us in the Maverick community, and we continue to strive to find new and innovative ways to support our students. As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to evolve, so does UT Arlington in order to meet our students where they are. Additionally, many aspects of the University’s protocols in response to the pandemic require resources to adequately and safely respond. Many of our student services and resources that have traditionally been offered face-to-face now include remote offerings. Since mandatory fees are used to cover the long-term cost of offering our students these services and resources, the fees are not calculated on an hourly or daily use structure, but are instead charged to all students regardless of an individual’s choice to use the service or not. Due to this, there is not a change in the tuition and fee structure.

Online Courses

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 Student Access & Resource Center to request an accommodation for disability-related concerns.

UTA has upgraded 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.

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 or on 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

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. Students may identify contact information for advising in their home department.

UTA provides a variety of resources and programs designed to help students develop academic skills and better understand concepts and information related to their courses. Services continue to be available in spring 2021 in a virtual format. Please refer to the Student Resources page or contact studentsuccess@uta.edu to determine the best service for you.

You may also visit the websites for the I.D.E.A.S. Center and the Academic Success Center, as well as resources for becoming a successful e-learner.

Further inquiries may be directed to:

The GRE and GMAT are waived for many UTA graduate programs through fall 2022. To take advantage of this waiver, please apply for admission as soon as possible. Because some programs must require the GRE or GMAT, please check with an advisor in your program of interest to confirm that the waiver is in effect.

Safety Precautions

Yes, UTA’s face-covering protocol applies to everyone on campus—all students, staff, faculty, contractors, vendors, suppliers, and visitors—and is critical in minimizing risks to others near you. You must wear a face covering while in campus buildings (except private offices, alone in labs, in residence hall rooms or apartments, or when eating) and elsewhere on campus when social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
The University can provide each student with a reusable cloth face mask. Cloth face masks are available to students at the University Center Campus Information Desk, Main Library, and The Commons on west campus.

The University of Texas at Arlington is urging all campus groups and organizations to limit their events and activities to what is required, essential, and permitted by University, county, and state officials. Virtual, online, and broadcast events and meetings are strongly preferred. Large events are not permitted. No academic building classrooms will be used to host events since classes are the priority. University officials stress that health and safety should be the key in organizing any event. Learn more about the event guidelines.

Indoor events should not exceed 25% of venue/room capacity to promote social distancing requirements. Due to venue size, reservation requests for Texas Hall, College Park Center, or the Maverick Activities Center require additional approval by the appropriate vice president. Outdoor events that support the core mission of the University are permitted without capacity restrictions. Social distancing, participant registration, and other safety protocols outlined in the Event Guidelines apply. Other outdoor events are restricted to 10 people or fewer, according to Executive Order No. GA-32 and local health authority guidelines.

Events open to the general public are allowed with additional review and approval by the respective dean/vice president and venue manager.

The Event Guidelines booklet summarizes event requirements. It includes requirements for social distancing, food and beverage service, contact tracing, cleaning/sanitation, and personal protective equipment. Call 817-272-5584 or email cpc@uta.edu with questions or to schedule at Texas Hall or the College Park Center. Call 817-272-2929 or email ucrequest@uta.edu with questions about the University Center.

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 frequency will increase and schedules will be modified to meet the needs of the campus community.

Signage: UTA has placed 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 and refilling stations will be turned off to further reduce the spread of the virus. Shutting down water fountains is a recommendation of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Protocols for Institutions of Higher Education to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to bring their own water. While the drinking fountains and refilling stations are closed, students may pick up a free bottle of water at the University Center Information Desk, Main Library, and Maverick Activities Center.

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.

Once UTA’s contact tracing team is notified of a positive COVID-19 diagnosis within the campus community, the following measures are taken:

  • Determine if the individual has been in contact with others while infected
  • Determine if other individuals need to be contacted due to close contact of an individual that tested positive
  • Determine if disinfecting is required in the areas the individual visited while potentially infectious
  • Office of Facilities Management is notified of locations to be disinfected
  • Office of Facilities Management disinfects the same night they receive notification

The Office of Facilities Management will ensure there are adequate supplies of disinfectant wipes in all classrooms scheduled for use this semester, and students will be encouraged to use the disinfectant wipes to wipe down shared desks, surfaces, and equipment before use.

UTA Health Services has put in place a strategy to provide on-campus COVID-19 testing for students. UTA students can contact UTA Health Services to schedule an appointment during office hours at 817-272-2771. COVID testing is free to all students regardless of whether they have insurance.

Yes, on-campus testing will focus on students and will be based on testing strategies implemented in accordance with public health and medical guidance. Where possible, on-campus residents who test positive for COVID-19 will complete their self-isolation at their permanent residence. Where self-isolation at a student’s permanent residence is not feasible or poses risk of transmission to others, the University will coordinate with the student, University Housing, and local health authorities to locate an appropriate location for self-isolation.

The decision to transition to 100% online teaching again may occur if local, state, or federal public health authorities declare a public health emergency, the governor issues a stay-at-home executive order, or the University’s COVID-19 positive cases are at a level that threaten the public health and safety of the UTA community. This decision will be made in collaboration with local public health officials and The University of Texas System.

Counseling and Psychological Services remains available to students. Services are performed remotely to limit exposure to both clinician and student. Students should call 817-272-3671 to schedule a time to connect with a counselor regarding their concerns. If it is an emergency, 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

Limited University housing is available for students currently living at home who may want to move in before or during the spring semester. UTA is offering a mixture of in-person and online courses for spring 2021, with some students wanting the option of living on campus. Students should view the spring course schedule to determine how much of their schedule will be face-to-face or online. UTA’s plan for the spring complies with health guidelines and includes wearing masks inside buildings, disinfecting classrooms, enforcing social distancing protocols, and adopting our full range of safety and prevention protocols.

Students who lived in UTA residence halls for the fall 2020 semester are contracted to return to the residence halls for the spring 2021 semester. Students who lived in UTA apartments for the fall 2020 semester are contracted to continue occupancy through July 31, 2021. Housing contracts will remain in effect regardless of changes to the academic schedule or manner of instruction provided by the University.

UTA will determine appropriate safety precautions for UTA residence halls and apartments using 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.

Yes, common area spaces—such as community kitchens, laundry rooms, computer labs, social lounges, and elevators—will have reduced occupancy limits, scheduled limitations on use, and signage restrictions. Furniture in common areas has been reduced or controlled with designated signage to encourage appropriate social distancing. High-touch common area surfaces will be disinfected with increased frequency. Disinfectant supplies will be readily available for residents to sanitize surfaces as desired.

The University has changed tables and seating in its dining areas to meet state requirements. The floor plan in Connection Café has been reformatted to allow for proper spacing. In the University Center, the Bluebonnet Ballroom will serve as overflow seating for the Connection Café, while Palo Duro will offer more seating for the Plaza. Self-serve areas like the salad bar and drinks, deserts, grill, and pizza stations will no longer be self-service. Grab-and-go dining options will be available. In addition, Grubhub is partnering with Dining Services to offer campus mobile ordering with pick-up stations at the various dining venues. Maverick Café will only be available for dinner via the Grubhub app. Dining staff may limit the amount of time students are in a dining hall or make other operational adjustments to address health and safety concerns. They will also clean dining areas throughout the day. Students also will be given sanitizing wipes to keep their tables and other surfaces clean.

Quarantine/Isolation Housing

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 Q/I 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
Box 19115 
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.