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Fall 2021 at the iSchool

Welcome back to a new semester at the iSchool! As we return to campus this fall, here are some resources and information to help us #ProtectTexasTogether. Thank you all for doing your part in keeping our community safe.

Student Testing and Reduced Classroom Density

For the safety of our community, the university has determined that all students coming to campus for the fall semester must receive a viral test (antigen test or a nucleic acid amplification test such as PCR). NOTE: The deadline to upload test results has been extended to Friday, August 27. Read the FAQs about COVID-19 testing on the University Health Services website for more information about the testing requirements. 

The university has decided to allow some professors to make temporary adjustments to their classes to reduce density through September 17. These adjustments will not affect every class, but some classes may ask that students join in person once per week and participate remotely the other days or some classes may move online completely until September 17. Professors will communicate any adjustments to students directly. As always, students will be expected to meet the requirements of the classes as stated in course syllabi.

UT Vaccine Incentive Program

We encourage all iSchool students, faculty and staff members to get vaccinated. COVID-19 vaccines are our best tool to help us #ProtectTexasTogether. UT is celebrating students, faculty and staff who have chosen to take this important step with drawings to win great prizes like cash, unique experiences, and more!

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Community Health and Safety



Face masks are strongly recommended inside university buildings for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. In response to increased cases nationwide and the highly transmissible Delta variant circulating, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recently updated masking guidance to include vaccinated individuals, and the university has adopted it.

University Mask Guidance


COVID-19 Vaccination

Getting vaccinated is the best protection against COVID-19 for you and your fellow Longhorns. The vaccines authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are safe, effective and will allow us the best chance to have the kind of fall semester we all hope for.

COVID-19 Vaccines and Testing
UT Vaccine Incentive Program

proactive community testing

COVID-19 Testing

Proactive Community Testing (PCT) will continue to provide free, asymptomatic COVID-19 testing for the University of Texas community for the Fall 2021 semester.

If you are sick, please stay home and report your COVID-19 symptoms.

COVID-19 Vaccines and Testing

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Protect Texas Together App

We encourage the use of the university’s Protect Texas Together app for daily symptom screening before arriving on campus each day, which will help make the campus community safer. If you don’t have a smartphone, a phone-based application is also available.

Protect Texas Together App