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The University of Texas at Arlington


May 20, 2021

Dear UTA students and employees,

We would like to update the UTA campus community on the new executive order from Gov. Abbott that prohibits government entities from mandating face coverings. Beginning Friday, May 21, UTA will no longer mandate the wearing of masks on campus. This action comes on the heels of the CDC’s updated guidance that masks are optional for those who are fully vaccinated.

While these developments indicate we are making progress during this pandemic, we also recognize the discomfort some in the Maverick community may feel with the end of the mask requirement. That’s why the University continues to strongly encourage and recommend that Mavericks wear masks, particularly when inside campus buildings. We will also continue to promote our other health and safety protocols and recommendations, including:

Thank you for your continued diligence in contributing to safety protocols and your flexibility in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We strongly encourage you to consider getting vaccinated if you have not already and continue to follow UTA’s Coronavirus Information website for updated information.


John Hall
Vice President for Administration and Campus Operations
Co-Chair, COVID-19 Executive Task Force

Lisa Nagy
Vice President for Student Affairs
Co-Chair, COVID-19 Executive Task Force




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