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UT Permian Basin is closely monitoring the coronavirus outbreak globally and is receiving guidance from The University of Texas System, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and international governments and health agencies.

Latest Updates as of June 22, 2020

Dear Falcon Family, 

I want to begin by thanking you for your hard work and willingness to adjust over the past four months. We have learned so much about our capabilities as an institution, and I believe the adjustments and innovations we’ve put in place have prepared us for what lies ahead. We are determined to navigate COVID-19 challenges in a way that is responsible and continues to provide our students with the highest quality educational experience.

In preparation for Fall 2020, I appointed Provost Dan Heimmermann to lead a broad-based campus task force on COVID-19. The task force appointed and engaged several subcommittees to examine undergraduate and graduate instruction, research, financial planning, campus operations, workforce transition, campus events, COVID-19 testing and health protocols, classroom capacity and technology, external relations/communication, housing/food service, athletics, sanitation, and public spaces. This work informed the UT Permian Basin Back to Campus Guidelines.

Below is a summary of the guidelines for Fall 2020.

For Students & Faculty

  • UTPB will offer a full selection of courses for Summer II and Fall 2020.
  • On-campus face-to-face classes will be offered but with additional safety modifications.
  • Dates for the fall semester remain the same: students will begin classes on August 24 and instructionwill continue through December 11.
  • Students will not be required to return to campus after the Thanksgiving break; details for takingfinals will be determined by faculty. All instruction after Thanksgiving will be virtual.
  • Remote provisions will be made for students to complete face-to-face courses if during the semesterthey find they are unable to come to campus.
  • Faculty members also have the option to offer face-to-face courses online if needed.
  • The course schedule will soon be published, and all information will be included as to mode ofinstruction for each course.
  • The Residence Life office will announce a new process for housing applications and roommateselection related to COVID-19 safety plans.

For Staff

  • Staff will begin a phased return to campus on July 6. Implementation will include staggered arrivalsand departures, alternating days and times, and some continued remote work.
  • Until notified by your supervisor, employees will continue to work from home.
  • Employees will receive direction on work hours and arrangements from their supervisors. We are asking all supervisors to exercise discretion and to exhibit flexibility in working with employees toaddress specific concerns.

For All Falcons

  • If you are sick, stay home.
  • Wash your hands and use hand sanitizer often.
  • If you wish to request an accommodation due to COVID-19 risk, please contact your supervisor or instructor.
  • Be respectful and maintain at least six feet of distance from others.
  • Face coverings are required in all University buildings, including common areas, classrooms, and outside when physical distancing cannot be maintained. Face coverings are not required in personal office spaces or residential spaces and may be optional for staff/faculty meetings in conference rooms if physical distancing is maintained, masks are used when entering and exiting the conference room, and virtual options are also available for attendees.
  • Please consider taking the stairs to reserve elevators for those with mobility limitations. Masks are required in order to use the elevators.
  • Cleaning and sanitizing will remain a top priority for our UTPB facilities and maintenance teams.
  • The UTPB Childcare Center will open by July 6 for employees who need childcare in order to return towork as well as students in summer classes.
Our plans and protocols will continue to evolve over the coming months, and we will ensure that everyone isupdated along the way. I look forward to a productive fall term.
Sandy