UTD extends spring break, moves to online classes

A model of the coronavirus. Image courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

As a result of the spread of COVID-19, UTD has announced that classes will be canceled the week of March 23 while classes before then will continue as scheduled. Classes will resume online on March 30 and students will receive updates as to online lessons through their instructors. UTD’s COVID-19 information page has been updated with details on the recent changes, it can be found here.

University President Richard Benson addressed the changes in an email to the campus community on March 12.

“There is no higher priority than the safety and welfare of our UT Dallas community,” the email read. “Although we don’t currently have a reported case of COVID-19 on our campus (our actions) are taken upon the advice of public health authorities and with the goal of slowing the spread of the virus.”

All campus events have been canceled, postponed or virtualized. The future of athletics remains uncertain as the email states that a decision about spring athletic events will be made separately in coordination with the American Southwest Conference.

Student housing will remain open and students will be allowed to return to campus housing before March 23 if they wish. Campus facilities geared toward students such as McDermott Library, dining services and the Activity Center will remain open. Facilities with reduced spring break hours will continue reduced hours through March 27.

On the UTD subreddit, students wondered about the future of their classes.

“So the classes are canceled and we’ll have online classes,” one user wrote. “How would they work though? Especially if the course is heavily lecture-based or lab-related?”

The specifics of online instruction are still uncertain. This page will be updated as we receive new information.

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