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There is no more important priority at UT Permian Basin than academic success. During these uncertain times, our goal is to offer flexibility and accessibility when it comes to class schedules and modalities. The information below offers a comprehensive look at our overall approach to the spring semester. Things will look different for every student. We are committed to providing flexible alternatives so all students can engage fully with their coursework regardless of their comfort level with in-person learning.

The Spring Calendar

Spring classes begin as scheduled on January 11. As normal the spring semester be16 weeks long and will two eight-week sessions. As previously announced, there will be no spring break, and the last regular day of classes will be April 22 with final exams scheduled April 26-29. The last day of the semester will be April 30 with commencement taking place on May 1. At this time we do plan on having an in-person commencement, but this is subject to change.

Class Options: Flexibility and Accessibility

UTPB will offer a full selection of courses for Spring 2021 including in-person courses, labs, lessons while maintaining our strict safety protocols.

UTPB will offer spring courses in one of five modes of instruction. The mode of instruction can be found on the far right column of the schedule of classes. 

These modes of instructions include:

Online Courses are those in which more than 85 percent of the planned instruction occurs online/virtually (asynchronously) when students and faculty are not in the same place. A fully online course is one in which mandatory in-person meetings occur no more than 15% of the planned instructional time.

Remote Courses are ones in which students, while not required to physically come to campus to attend in-person classes, are required to “attend” virtually/remotely (synchronously) during scheduled days and times, with students expected to log in and participate in the lecture via video conferences.

Hybrid Courses are courses in which the majority (more than 50% but less than 85%) of the planned instruction occurs when students and instructor(s) are not in the same place. This form of instruction offers a mix of on-campus/in-person and remote/online/electronic learning.

HyFlex Courses are those which, like hybrid courses, offer a mix of on-campus/in-person and remote/online/electronic learning. In these courses at least 50% of the planned instruction occurs when students and instructor(s) are in the same place.

Face-to-Face/In-Person Courses are those in which more than 85 percent of the planned instruction occurs when students are in the classroom.

Financial Aid, Scholarships, and Fees

Financial Aid will not be affected if you are not able to take face-to-face classes. You will still be eligible for your financial aid as long as you continue to meet the minimum enrollment requirements for your awards, just as you would in face to face classes. The same goes for scholarships. As long as you continue to meet the minimum enrollment requirements for your scholarship includes credit hours, GPA requirements, etc.

Students will be charged the appropriate fees based on the courses for which they register. If a class has been traditionally face-to-face, but is moved online due to COVID-19, distance education fees will not be charged. If a class has been traditionally online, distance education fees will be charged. Keep in mind a few things a few things about fees: all students pay the Technology, Advising, and Library fees. If a student is in all online classes, they will pay the Distance Education Fee but are exempt from the Student Multipurpose Building Fee, the Student Services Fee, and the Medical Services Fee. If a student is more than 50 miles from campus, they are not charged the Athletics Fee. More fee information 

Safety Measures on Campus

In addition to the general safety protocols instituted on campus, the University has taken measures specifically related to classrooms, labs, and other teaching and learning spaces. Along with the requirement for students to wear masks while in class, the seating capacity in each classroom/lab/space has been reduced in order to allow for the required six feet of social distancing as recommended by the CDC. Since the calculated “COVID-19 room capacity” has reduced normal seating capacity by at least 50 percent, most classrooms and classes this fall will not be able to accommodate all enrolled students at the same time. Therefore, in courses that will require in-person instruction this fall, a staggered attendance approach may be taken and devised by each faculty member for each course based upon course requirements, “COVID-19 room capacity,” and enrollment. Students will be apprised by their instructor about the specific modality of their course (including any in-person requirements) on or before the first day of class. Face coverings are required campus wide. If you are alone in a room, the face-covering may be removed temporarily. When outdoors and separated by more than six feet, the mask can be removed. Faculty may elect to use face shields to facilitate lectures. They may also have a microphone so that online recording will have the best sound.

Academic Support Services

A full offering of support services for all UT Permian Basin students will remain fully operational, often with extended times. This includes Student Success, Academic Advising, the Library, Testing Center, and more. Students should frequently check the UTPB website for any modifications to office hours.

During the spring semester, campus offices will return to regular business hours:

Monday-Thursday 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
Friday 8 am - 12 pm

The Library hours for fall are:

Monday -Thursday 7:30 am - 12 am
Friday 8 am - 6 pm
Saturday 10 am - 6 pm
Sunday 1 pm - 9 pm

Faculty will hold office hours in the spring. They may be virtual, in-person, or both. Students should consult their course syllabus to learn about faculty availability outside of class. It is always recommended to make and confirm an appointment with your instructor.

Tutoring is an important component within the Student Success Center. These services remain available for students – in person and on-line. In fact, we actually have extended hours and offer weekend support. We are excited to continue serving students and you can make an appointment here.

Whether you decide to continue your education this semester on-campus or on-line, technology will be an important part of your success. To access the necessary online systems, you will need a computer and Wi-Fi. A tablet, Chromebook, or phone will not run all the necessary software. If you believe you will have difficulty accessing a computer and/or Wi-Fi, please fill out this short survey so we can learn more. We understand that engaging in learning on-line might be new for some students. If you are new to remote learning, you are strongly encouraged to take the one hour training called Orientation to Online Learning. And remember, your professors are your best resource. hey are here to help.

Many of our professors will utilize Microsoft Teams for remote learning. We have created several different training sessions to help you understand this process. There is also a mobile app you can download, which is helpful. Here are some links to helpful videos.

Introducing Microsoft Teams
Microsoft Teams Tasks
Teams Document

We hope you will find confidence in knowing that our Falcon family is here with you, every step of the way, to support your academic journey. We will continue to offer regular updates for students through the spring using multiple channels including direct email, texts, chats, social media, virtual town hall meetings, etc. It is extremely important for each student remain in close contact with their academic advisors and with each of their instructors.