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COVID-19 Updates: Information for the Texas McCombs Community

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McCombs Updates and FAQs regarding COVID-19 Response

The health and well-being of the McCombs community is a top priority. Our leadership team is committed to keeping your health and wellness at the forefront of all our decision-making. This page is designed to keep the McCombs community informed about our response to novel coronavirus (COVID-19). We will communicate with you regularly and openly as our circumstances change in the coming days, weeks, and months.

This page will be updated as new information becomes available.

For information that applies to all students (i.e. classes, graduation, etc.), please visit the McCombs General FAQs.

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Fall 2020 Planning Updates

The University of Texas mission has always been to unlock the potential of our students and prepare them to change the world. This mission will continue during the fall as we educate students, and they work toward earning their degrees.

As the university responds to the COVID-19 crisis, our goal is to reopen the Forty Acres in the fall semester, likely with some courses and activities held in person and others online as dictated by health and safety concerns. Interim President Jay Hartzell is leading a university-wide executive committee to develop these plans. They will work with medical professionals, city and state officials, students, faculty members, staff members and off-campus partners to answer key questions. Please visit UT's Fall Planning website to keep track of the latest news and updates.

University and McCombs messages re: COVID-19

Dear graduate students,

As we prepare for classes to resume on Monday, March 30, I’d like to share information about what you can expect when you begin your remote studies. As the campus has responded to the evolving landscape and impact of COVID-19, graduate students have played an integral role to adapt and continue our academic mission. Many graduate students make critical contributions through their research and in our communities, others lead and support critical work in our classrooms. Faculty members, teaching assistants (TAs) and assistant instructors (AI) are diligently preparing for the transition of undergraduate courses to new learning environments, and faculty members have been transitioning graduate courses as well.

Limited access to academic spaces like research labs and recital facilities is also having an impact on many graduate students. Many students are planning to graduate in May and are concerned about their deadlines to submit their dissertation and thesis documents. Others are concerned about how this might affect their summer employment and many international graduate students are worried about travel safety and restrictions. Graduate School Dean Mark Smith and I are communicating regularly about these issues, and we are committed to working with you and the campus to address them in these unprecedented times. You can expect more information and guidance from the Graduate School in the coming weeks.

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I want to begin by recognizing your contributions throughout this crisis. Thank you for everything you are doing. I fully understand how hard this is on you, your friends and your families. My son was sent home from college last week and began his online classes yesterday. This requires an adjustment for the entire family as we make sure he has what he needs. I have no doubt you are forced to adjust your lives in significant ways, as well.

And we know that many of you are facing significant challenges right now: concerns about access to technology, housing, finances, and the health of yourself and your family. Please contact Student Emergency Services if you need support. Our central priority is doing what is necessary to help you. We want to be sure that you have what you need to be successful.

What you can expect as classes begin
Faculty and staff members — along with TAs and AIs — have been working diligently to prepare remote classrooms. We must ensure students have reliable internet access and computer equipment to engage in remote learning. If you need WiFi or equipment for online classes, please contact Student Emergency Services and complete this online form for assistance.

Faculty members and instructors are being asked to communicate with students about their remote course plans — including plans for graduate courses — by this Friday, March 27 at noon. Their plans will allow you to be prepared to complete the remainder of the semester and provide guidance on expectations, coursework and the completion of other milestones

Technology Support for Remote Learning
To support this unprecedented shift to remote learning, we have developed resources for students who lack personal computers or who have other technology access challenges that impede remote learning.

Q-drop and Withdrawal Deadline Extended to May 8
We understand any changes to your classes are significant. To support the transition to this new mode of course delivery, the deadline for Q-drops and withdrawals is now the last class day — May 8.

In addition, we will allow students to choose a Credit/No Credit grading option in courses where that was not previously allowed. Before deciding to change the grading option for a course, graduate students should discuss the change with their graduate advisers. We know that an option like this should be available and we will share more details later this week. If you are enrolled in a graduate professional program, please check with your program advisor regarding the availability of the Credit/No Credit grading option.

Regularly Check Texas One Stop Website
Before classes begin and throughout the semester, the Graduate School website has information on submitting materials, links to required forms and contacting Graduate School staff. Additionally, Texas One Stop will have critical information around registration, tuition, and financial aid. This information will be updated frequently. Additionally, graduate students can contact their graduate coordinators and advisers for more information.

Staying Healthy
Please remember to access these services throughout the semester should you need them.

  • University Health Services (UHS) is open to provide care for acute illness or injury, including evaluation of COVID-19. Call the UHS Nurse Advice Line — 512-475-6877 — for guidance about when to come to UHS, especially if you have a fever and respiratory symptoms. UHS can also schedule telehealth appointments at 512-471-4955 for some health concerns.
  • The Counseling and Mental Health Center (CMHC) remains available for services over the phone, and the CMHC Crisis Line, 512-471-2255, operates 24/7.
  • Take preventative steps, like regularly washing hands, adhere to social distancing guidelines and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

Finally, please be sure to regularly check the UT Austin COVID-19 webpage for the most recent updates. You can also provide feedback and submit questions there so we can continue to respond and support you through this challenging period. Our goal is to preserve your academic experience and continue your educational journey as much as possible and ensure your success at UT.

As you prepare to continue your classes next week through new online environments, I want to thank you in advance for your patience and resilience throughout all of this. This will be a considerable adjustment for everyone, but we are committed to helping you to pursue your goals through this period. I so deeply admire how well our community has responded, and we will continue to work to support you during this challenging time.

Sincerely,
Maurie McInnis
Executive Vice President and Provost

Dear students,

As we prepare for classes to resume on Monday, March 30, I’d like to share information about what you can expect when you begin your remote studies. Your professors and the campus are diligently preparing for the transition to new learning environments and are eager to support your academic success.

I want you to know that I fully understand how hard this is on you, your friends and your families. My son was sent home from college last week and began his online classes yesterday. This requires an adjustment for the entire family as we make sure he has what he needs. We deeply appreciate your flexibility and patience during this difficult time.

And we know that many of you are facing significant challenges right now: concerns about access to technology, housing, finances, and the health of yourself and your family. Please contact Student Emergency Services if you need support. Our central priority is doing what is necessary to support you. We want to be sure that you have the support you need to be successful. This message is intended to address some of the academic questions you might have.

What you can expect as classes begin
Your professors and staff have been working tirelessly to prepare their remote classrooms for your return. We must ensure students have reliable internet access and computer equipment to engage in remote learning. If you need Wi-Fi or equipment for online classes, please contact Student Emergency Services and complete this online form for assistance.

Instructors are being asked to communicate with you about their remote course plans by this Friday, March 27 at noon. Their plans will allow you to be prepared to complete the remainder of the semester and provide guidance on expectations and assignments.

Technology Support for Remote Learning
To support this unprecedented shift to remote learning, we have developed resources for students who lack personal computers or who have other technology access challenges that impede remote learning.

Q-drop and Withdrawal Deadline Extended to May 8
We understand changes to your classes are significant. To support the transition to this new mode of course delivery, the deadline for Q-drops and withdrawals is now the last class day — May 8. Typically, students are allowed a maximum of six Q-drops, but Q-drops made this semester will not count toward this limit (this includes Q-drops during the first half of the semester).

In addition, we will be making changes to our grading system. This may be similar to what our peer universities have done across the country and will allow for students to choose a Pass/Fail grading option in courses where that was not previously available. We have heard from students about their concerns about grading. We know that an option like this will alleviate many of those concerns, and you can expect more details later this week after Faculty Council has voted on this issue and made their recommendations to the president and myself.

Regularly Check Texas One Stop Website
Before classes begin and throughout the semester, Texas One Stop will have critical information about registration, tuition, and financial aid. This information will be updated frequently. Staff members are there to help you prepare and remain on track with your degree plan. Don’t hesitate to contact them if you have any questions. They are there to help you navigate through issues you encounter, and they want to support you in your progress toward graduation.

Staying Healthy
Please remember to access these services throughout the semester should you need them.

  • University Health Services (UHS) is open to provide care for acute illness or injury, including evaluation of COVID-19. Call the UHS Nurse Advice Line — 512-475-6877 — for guidance about when to come to UHS, especially if you have a fever and respiratory symptoms. UHS can also schedule telehealth appointments at 512-471-4955 for some health concerns.
  • The Counseling and Mental Health Center (CMHC) remains available for services over the phone, and the CMHC Crisis Line, 512-471-2255, operates 24/7.
  • Take preventative steps, like regularly washing hands, adhere to social distancing guidelines and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

Finally, please be sure to regularly check the UT Austin COVID-19 webpage for the most recent updates. You can also provide feedback and submit questions there so we can continue to respond and support you through this challenging period. Our goal is to preserve your academic experience and continue your educational journey as much as possible and ensure your success at UT.

As you prepare to continue your classes next week through new online environments, I want to thank you in advance for your patience and resilience throughout all of this. This will be a considerable adjustment for everyone, but we are committed to helping you to pursue your goals through this period. I so deeply admire how well our community has responded, and we will continue to work to support you during this challenging time.

Sincerely,
Maurie McInnis
Executive Vice President and Provost

Dear Longhorns,

The last two weeks have challenged our university community, and schools around the nation, in unprecedented ways. At UT, we are working hard and making decisions with you in mind. As we transition to online learning, I want you to know that faculty and staff members at UT will be here to support you every step of the way. Your most important focus should be to complete the current courses you are registered for this semester.

When classes resume on Monday, March 30, undergraduate and graduate instruction will transition to remote delivery through Zoom, Canvas and other virtual methods. Although for many of you this will mean a different mode for taking courses, your faculty — across every school and college — are ready to help.

By Friday, March 27, faculty members will share their plans with you for remote delivery of your courses. Faculty members will also work directly with each of you regarding specific and unusual exceptions needed for remote learning.

At this time, our primary goal is for you to continue your important coursework, earn your credit hours and stay on track for earning your life-changing degrees. The world has changed in recent days, but time has not stopped. Your learning must continue and our mission is to help you succeed.

Key Available Resources

If you need assistance with WiFi or technology, please click here.
If you need to request emergency on-campus housing, please click here.
By clicking here you will read about additional resources available from our Enrollment Management and Student Success office, including the Graduation Help Desk and Texas One Stop. Please reach out and let us know how we can coordinate support for you in this online environment. Do not forget, Student Emergency Services in the Office of the Dean of Students remains a central place to seek support. You can complete the Student Emergency Fund form to let us know if you have equipment and/or internet service needs.

Health and Counseling Services

University Health Services (UHS) remains open to students to provide care for acute illness or injury, including evaluation of COVID-19. Please call the UHS Nurse Advice Line, 512-475-6877, for guidance about when to come to UHS, especially if you have a fever and respiratory symptoms. UHS can also schedule telehealth appointments at 512-471-4955, for some health concerns. If you seek care from another provider while you are away from campus and need your medical records released, please click here for instructions. The Counseling and Mental Health Center (CMHC) remains available for counseling and psychiatric services over the phone, and the CMHC Crisis Line, 512-471-2255, also operates 24/7.

Housing and Dining

If you currently live in an on-campus residence hall, for your health and safety, you are encouraged to begin moving home to get settled before remote instruction begins. If you live in the residence halls, but are not on campus this week, please schedule a time that works for you to move your items. The University Housing and Dining website includes instructions regarding moving out and the prorated adjustments for room and board. While the residence halls are closing for safety reasons, we understand there may be unique circumstances, and limited emergency student housing is available and will be approved on a case-by-case basis. Click here to begin the emergency housing application process.

If you live off campus please know, private dormitories — including Dobie Twenty 21, the Callaway House and others — set their own policies about moving out, though we work closely with them to share information and discuss practices. We are communicating with them about the actions that the university is taking, and specifically those that we are taking in University Housing and Dining. They are also sharing with us the actions that they are taking.

Finally, with the impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus), please remember to do your part to limits it effects through self-monitoring, social distancing and other preventive measures. As we shared yesterday, two additional members of our UT community have tested positive for COVID-19. Please remember that faculty and staff across campus are experiencing this challenge with you and are more committed than ever to your success during these difficult times. You have a supportive community by your side.

Sincerely,

Soncia Reagins-Lilly
Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Dear McCombs Community,

I am incredibly grateful to work with a group of people who have displayed great resolve, commitment, and agility in the face of adversity. It is part of our shared Texas McCombs DNA and spirit: showing strength and leadership during a crisis is at the core of who we are.

With new information released daily throughout Austin, I understand that the anxiety and uncertainty we all feel is likely increasing, but we will continue to navigate this situation by communicating with you. On March 16, President Fenves announced that when classes resume on March 30, all undergraduate and graduate instruction will transition to remote delivery through Zoom, Canvas, and other methods for the rest of the spring semester; our students have been asked not to return to campus unless there is a specific need.

Our mission to educate and send the best and brightest into the world remains, but due to ongoing and serious health concerns, we are implementing a new way to uphold that mission. I know this is difficult news to hear, and this news affects all of us in different ways. We thrive on the superior campus environment we have created for our students, faculty, and staff, and the experience and energy that environment produces. The suspension of this for the remainder of this semester is heartbreaking for all of us, but no other group feels this quite like our students. They are losing something that cannot be replaced, and while this is the right thing to do for the health and safety of our community, it will impact them the hardest.

I also understand that changes to our teaching and working environment, along with the changes announced by our local school districts, are not just school and work issues; they are life issues, too. These adjustments affect our McCombs families, and notably families with children in school and childcare. Many of you are being forced to make decisions and adjustments to your routines and family lifestyles. I appreciate the sacrifice and hard decisions each of you are making.

With this update, we are extending the policies and action plan announced on Sunday, for the remainder of the semester.

To review, our highest priorities continue to be the following:

  • This week, all departments are developing work plans that include who needs to be on campus and who works remotely, and what tools and resources are needed to facilitate remote work. We are working to provide those tools and resources, as well as exploring ways to relax any constraints that may hinder our ability to deliver on our mission under these alternative arrangements.
  • Faculty are preparing to teach remotely, with assistance from Associate Dean for Instructional Innovation Prabhudev Konana and members of the McCombs media services and computer services staff. Collaboration should occur virtually whenever possible, but we understand that may not always work; our team is prepared to provide in-person assistance while maintaining social distance.
  • Key program leaders and staff are working on content and resources to support students across all our programs, guiding them on how to engage with program staff, many of whom will be working remotely in the near term.
  • Over the next two weeks, faculty and staff associated with delivering working professional programs (Evening MBA, DFW and Houston MBA, Executive MBA, and MSTC) will ensure that they proceed as scheduled per program communications. Those programs will also be delivered remotely.

I want to hear from you, and I want to answer as many questions as possible. Next Monday, March 23, I plan to host an online town hall for our McCombs community. Students, faculty, and staff will received an invitation once the time is finalized, but in the meantime, check your inbox for a survey from Monica Horvat, assistant to the dean, as a way to collect your questions ahead of time.

Faculty and staff, please continue to visit our COVID-19 page on the intranet, where we are frequently updating information and capturing the questions you have so we can provide more specific answers. We are in the process of creating a similar resource for students and expect it will available by the end of the week, if not sooner.

Additionally, UT has a thorough and comprehensive webpage with messages and information updates that you may find helpful.

Thank you for all you are doing to adjust to new norms and this evolving situation. We continue to be in this together, and I am confident we will emerge from this more unified and prepared to handle any crisis that we are forced to face.

Sincerely yours,
Jay Hartzell, Dean
Lois and Richard Folger Dean’s Leadership Chair
Centennial Chair in Business Education Leadership
Trammell Crow Regents Professor

Dear McCombs Community,

First, I want to thank you for your understanding and patience as we move through this process of establishing what could be a new normal throughout the university, and in our own McCombs community, due to the presence of Coronavirus, COVID-19, here at home.

Our leadership team is committed to keeping your health and wellness at the forefront of all our decision-making. We will communicate with you regularly and openly as our circumstances change in the coming days, weeks, and months.

The sudden closing of campus Friday may have created a new level of anxiety and uncertainty, so I want to remain transparent and answer as many questions as I can, and use this message to inform you of Texas McCombs’ current action plan for faculty, staff, and students.

As some of you may already know, my family and I are self-isolated for the next 12+ days, as we returned from Europe on Friday. Prior to that, I attended a Texas Edge event in New York City along with President Fenves, his wife, and members of our development team.

Like many of you, I will be learning to use Microsoft Teams and Zoom to replace in-person meetings and conversations. These tools, in addition to more traditional email and phone conversations, are allowing me to be in frequent contact with school and university leadership.

Earlier today in an email you should have received, President Fenves outlined the immediate top priorities for campus. These include plans to distinguish between employees who are expected to work on campus versus those who will work remotely for at least the next couple of weeks. His administration has charged each college and school with implementing these plans, adapting for the needs of their own communities. This document outlines how we plan to handle operations beginning Monday, March 16, 2020.

Our high-priority activities for Monday are:

  • This week, all departments will develop work plans that include who will need to be on campus and who will work remotely—based on the criteria outlined below— and what tools and resources are needed to facilitate remote work. We will get to work on providing those tools and resources, as well as exploring ways to relax any constraints that may hinder our ability to deliver on our mission under these alternative arrangements.
  • During the extended two-week spring break, faculty will prepare to teach remotely, with assistance from Associate Dean for Instructional Innovation Prabhudev Konana and members of the McCombs media services and computer services staff. Collaboration should occur virtually whenever possible, but we understand that may not always work; our team is prepared to provide in-person assistance while maintaining social distance.
  • Key program leaders and staff will be working on content and resources to support students across all our programs, guiding them on how to engage with program staff, many of whom will be working remotely in the near term.
  • Over the next two weeks, faculty and staff associated with delivering working professional programs (Evening MBA, DFW and Houston MBA, Executive MBA, and MSTC) will ensure that they proceed as scheduled per program communications. Those programs will be delivered remotely.

As we progress through the coming days, our list of high-priority activities will change. These activities, along with whether UT is open or closed, will drive who may need to be on campus. As our campus moves toward working remotely, I expect that Texas McCombs and UT will be able to remain open under this modified model. But, as Friday showed, things may come up that lead to temporary closures.

On Monday, departments will be developing and communicating plans for the rest of this week. Department leaders and I will communicate additional changes as they evolve.

To help guide supervisors and their teams on how we move forward, we are establishing the following definitions around staff work:

Essential staff are designated by their departments as critical to current high-priority activities, such as assisting faculty as they move to remote teaching. Essential staff should plan to work in the event of university closures, if directed to do so by their department, and are likely to need to work on campus at designated times during the next few weeks (as their personal health situations allow).

Core staff are the those whose work allows us to maintain business and program operations. Core staff are unlikely to be required to work in the event of university closures and are likely to work remotely the vast majority of the time during the next few weeks.

As a follow up to this message, your department leaders will communicate with staff teams about what this looks like specifically for your unit, beginning tomorrow. Faculty members, please expect similar communication from Eric Hirst.

Per the emails on Friday from Eric Hirst (faculty) and Beth Egbert (staff), we have launched a new page within the Texas McCombs intranet, which contains crucial information and answers to questions faculty and staff may have. We have added language that clarifies action plans in the event that campus is deemed open or closed. It will be updated with new information as we receive it. We are also working on ways to collect similar school-specific information for students, and will communicate about that once it is available.

Additionally, UT has a thorough and comprehensive webpage with messages and information updates that you may find helpful.

Thank you for all you are doing to adjust your daily norms. I understand that creating new ways of doing things and new operations is challenging, but you have strong support. If you have questions, please reach out to your direct supervisor or whomever you would under normal circumstances.

Over the next couple of weeks, we will also produce new video Q&As and I will be happy to take questions from you. Expect to receive a Qualtrics survey from the dean’s office with further instructions. I’ll do my best to answer your questions with the information I have. We are in this together and I am confident we will emerge from this more unified and prepared to handle any other crisis that we are faced with.

Sincerely yours,
Jay Hartzell, Dean
Lois and Richard Folger Dean’s Leadership Chair
Centennial Chair in Business Education Leadership
Trammell Crow Regents Professor

 

Dear McCombs Community,

You may have seen a message from President Fenves informing the campus community that spring break for students has been extended until March 30.

This additional week will provide faculty and staff members time to prepare for increased “social distancing” on campus. For our faculty, there are many things to be considered, as we seek to maximize the effectiveness of our instruction, subject to the constraints of social distancing in at least the near term once classes resume. We ask that faculty reconsider their syllabi and course objectives in light of these constraints, with equity for all students in mind, and work toward approaches that do not require in-person lectures for the vast majority of our classes – at least for the immediate future.

Members of our Texas McCombs team have been working tirelessly, making plans to continue supporting our students’ educational goals. Prabhudev Konana, associate dean for instructional innovation, is collaborating with Joerg Becker, director of McCombs media services, and his team to equip our faculty with training tools and technical support to deliver online instruction at scale. We ask that all faculty communicate with their respective department chairs as they adjust their delivery methods. The department chairs will collect information regarding our changes, and will coordinate with Dean Konana and Dean Hirst – including exploring alternative arrangements for portions of courses that must (and can) be delivered in person under the social-distancing guidelines.

The McCombs executive committee has also established an ongoing meeting cadence to further discuss specific implementation needs and plans, and will be providing more direction in the coming days and weeks.

In addition to preparing for online classroom instruction, the university will continue operating during the next two weeks and beyond, and there is potential for flexible work arrangements enabling us to implement effective social distancing. Supervisors will work directly with their teams to adjust for how and where team members work, on an as-needed basis. Anyone with special needs or who has any symptoms or risk of exposure to COVID-19 should immediately discuss their needs for accommodations with their supervisor. People who are ill or at increased risk should stay home, and we will do what we can to be as supportive as possible during this difficult time.

James Coombes, director of McCombs computer services, and his team, have worked to assess our technical readiness for working remotely. Beth Egbert, director of McCombs human resources, her team, and our university human resources team are looking at ways to streamline our telecommuting policies, for example, and Beth can be a resource to those looking for the best ways to structure alternative work arrangements. Of course, some roles require physical presence on campus, so even as we explore alternatives, we will need to keep in mind our ability to deliver our core mission.

As stated by the president, students who wish to return to campus on March 23 are able to do so. Residence halls, dining halls, health and counseling services, and other facilities will be open. We also continue to make decisions in line with Texas Global regarding suspending study abroad programs and global study trips. Those students who are affected are being communicated to directly, and per today’s message from Texas Global, we are working to bring students home as soon as possible.

For students seeking academic accommodation for issues related to COVID-19, they have been asked to submit a request through Student Emergency Services. Students have been provided instructions about how to make this request, but if they contact faculty and program leaders about this, please remind them to do so. After students have submitted the request, faculty members will receive a notification with the names and information of their students who have requested accommodation. Under these extraordinary circumstances, we are requiring faculty to work with students to make a reasonable accommodation. This process applies to all McCombs students: undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral.

Many of you have asked about canceling upcoming events. Direction from the university is that you are free to cancel specific programs and events at your discretion. Please make the best decisions you can, keeping in mind travel restrictions, social distancing, projected attendance, and potential financial penalties – while knowing that the health and safety of our community should be our top priority.

Visit the UT Austin website for the latest news, information, and precautionary measures, with consideration about spring break travel.

We know that many of you may still have unanswered questions. My leadership team and I are in constant communication with university leadership to deliver the most up-to-date information as we have it.

We know this is a time of considerable uncertainty and discomfort. I want to thank you all for your help in adhering to UT guidelines to maintain the health and wellness of our community.

Sincerely yours,
Jay Hartzell, Dean
Lois and Richard Folger Dean’s Leadership Chair
Centennial Chair in Business Education Leadership
Trammell Crow Regents Professor

Dear McCombs Community,

We know many of you are concerned about the novel coronavirus COVID-19 and the impact it could have on our community.

To reiterate President Fenves’ message from yesterday, please be assured that university leaders are working with Austin Public Health to monitor the situation locally. This group is following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization in order to provide us with the most up-to-date information and best precautionary measures. Texas McCombs, in turn, is taking its direction from the joint university-city team.

Based on current information from public health officials, all classes, programs, and operations are continuing as usual on campus. We are evaluating contingency plans should that change.

With the rise of COVID-19 cases abroad in countries such as China, Italy, and South Korea, our Texas Global team has been leading the effort to get students studying in these countries home quickly. Following the recommendations of public health officials, UT is requiring that these students self-isolate for 14 days before returning to campus.

As an additional precaution, we have cancelled the MBA global trips scheduled over spring break that were headed to regions restricted by the CDC. We continue to assess the risks for trips planned for later this spring.

For those of you traveling over the break, please be mindful of how your plans could be affected by the spread of the virus, take necessary precautions, and monitor the UT Restricted Regions list if you are traveling internationally.

If you have questions or concerns that I haven’t addressed here, please visit the UT website for updates and an extensive FAQ section. We will keep you informed of any news and decisions that will directly impact our McCombs community.

Thank you for your hard work and continuing to follow preventative measures to maintain your health and the health of our community.

Sincerely yours,
Jay Hartzell, Dean
Lois and Richard Folger Dean’s Leadership Chair
Centennial Chair in Business Education Leadership
Trammell Crow Regents Professor