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The University is eager to have our students join us again; however, the transition will require thoughtfulness and flexibility

The University of Texas Permian Basin is optimistic that we will be able to welcome students
back to campus in August even though it will likely be different than last fall. The University is
eager to have our students join us again; however, the transition will require thoughtfulness and
flexibility.

“Our plans will be guided by medical and public health experts and in accordance with federal,
state and local directives. We are committed to finding the right balance between our two most
important objectives; (1) the well-being of the Falcon family and our community; and (2)
fulfilling our core mission by educating the next generation of leaders and inspiring creativity
and learning,” said Dr. Sandra Woodley, UT Permian Basin President.

The University, admittedly, does not yet have all the answers in place because uncertainty
continues to persist and will do so for the near future. However, we are confident we will find a
way forward. A task force made up of representatives from each area of the campus has been
working hard to come up with a flexible plan, which will use blended options to include
campus-based experiences as well as high quality online and hybrid learning. Here are some
preliminary considerations:

  • Staggering class times and locations to promote social distancing
  • Staggering work schedules for staff, combined with some additional remote working
  • hours
  • Blended instructional models—hybrid, online, and campus-based instruction
  • Protective equipment and cleaning/sanitizing strategies
  • Protective measures and accommodations for those who are at greater risk
  • Robust testing protocols for students, faculty, and staff; quarantines as needed
  • Contact tracing; testing/isolation when appropriate
  • Prohibiting large gatherings
  • Providing face coverings/protective barriers for transactional contact
  • Ensuring frequent deep cleaning of facilities; including classrooms, labs, and
  • common spaces
  • New rules for housing and dining halls
  • New rules for athletics and campus events
“I am so proud of the students, faculty, and staff who have responded to this challenge. Our
University did not miss a beat this spring,” said Dr. Woodley. “There has been no disruption to
the high-quality academic services we offer at UT Permian Basin. Our summer classes will
remain online with the same inspired teaching and learning.”
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