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Fall Classes Will Resume In-Person at the University of Texas

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In a recent announcement shared by NBCDFW, students of the University of Texas will be returning to class for the fall semester, running from late August up to Thanksgiving. However, their finals will be conducted online. When closures began for COVID-19 and the coronavirus pandemic, approximately 50K students registered at the school were sent home in March. Classes were then moved to an online format to finish off the semester. With a new plan in place, the fall semester will start on-site on August 26, 2020.

The University of Texas made the announcement for reopening on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Summer school will continue in an online format until wrap-up with finals and the fall semester commences. ABC 13, out of Austin, also shared the details which were released in a letter to the community by UT president Greg Fenves. In it, he said that COVID-19 is still anticipated to yet be active by the start of the fall semester, and that as a result, there may be a few changes owing to the school’s efforts to avoid the possibility of the student body or faculty getting infected. In the meantime, he advised that the school was making every effort at present to coordinate the details on course schedules, residence, and additional integral campus functions.

Fall Classes Will Resume In-Person at the University of Texas

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Although Fenves noted th at reading days and final exams will be conducted remotely, he said that some activities and classes would be held in person and others would be online as “dictated by health and safety concerns.” In the interim, he explained that there was still a great deal of planning, assessing, and addressing with respect to risk and risk mitigation. Additional plans are anticipated to be announced for the fall semester at UT by the end of June.

Likewise, the University of Texas will not be holding its fall commencement ceremonies, instead choosing to hold an in-person, school-wide commencement for the Class of 2020 as well as those which were canceled as a result of COVID-19 at a future date in 2021. The school said that the decision to do so was tough to make, but deemed it was critical considering the circumstances surrounding pandemic policies throughout the state.