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The plan for the fall 2021 semester is much closer to the traditional UT Permian Basin experience

Dear Falcons & Future Falcons! 

Today I am happy to announce that The University of Texas Permian Basin is looking to the future, announcing our plans for fall 2021. We are excited to welcome a new class of Falcons and engage with our current students.  

We are happy to return to the highly anticipated pre-COVID experience as quickly as possible

The increasing availability of COVID-19 vaccinations, along with decreasing cases and hospitalizations in the area, allow us to plan for a fall semester that is much closer to the traditional UT Permian Basin experience. That means more on-campus, face-to-face classes; additional events and celebrations; and a fuller array of on-campus services. We will continue to closely monitor the pandemic over the spring and summer, and some COVID protocols may still be needed. However, we are happy to return to the highly anticipated pre-COVID experience as quickly as possible. Here’s what you can expect: 

Academics: 

The fall semester will feature in-person learning along with the same high-quality online learning we have always offered. We will continue to leverage technology and innovative teaching methods when needed– which allows us to pivot quickly if public health circumstances change.  On March 15, 2021, we’ll release more information about fall course scheduling as well as details about orientation for new students. 

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Campus Services, Activities & Events:

While details of specific services, activities, and events are still to be determined, we will return to typical occupancy in campus housing for students. All campus-dining options will also be available for students, faculty, and staff. We also expect to have a robust and engaging schedule of campus events, including welcome events for students, athletics competitions, and student organization events. Many other services—such as the Student Activity Center and Campus Recreation and Fitness Programs —will resume normal operations under appropriate public health guidelines. Virtual campus services and office hours have been effective and well-received and will remain available to accommodate student needs.  

dining-hall.jpgOur fall planning is still in the early stages, but we are confident that our Falcon community can enjoy a vibrant and engaging campus this fall. We will provide updates on our plans throughout the coming months. 

Lastly, we strongly encourage you to get a COVID-19 vaccination as soon as you are eligible. The vaccines are safe, effective, and crucial to winning the fight against COVID-19. For more information, you can access the Texas Vaccine and Information page here.  

Thank you all for your patience, flexibility, and determination through this pandemic. We see the light at the end of the tunnel, and we look forward to helping each of you succeed and accomplish your goals.   

Sandy Woodley 
President 
The University of Texas Permian Basin