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Health and Safety Rule Requirements and Violations for Students

Due to the ongoing pandemic, there are new behavior expectations for students on campus. Please review the required behavior expectations, along with the procedure for reporting and addressing violations below. More information about all required and strongly encouraged behavior expectations is available on the Protect Texas Together website.

To re-open campus, we must recognize the responsibility that we each have to all other members of the UT community; responsible behavior protects the health and safety of all members of our university community.

Recommended protective face masks are mandatory indoors. Wearing recommended protective face masks at all times when inside university buildings will be mandatory except when alone in a private office, eating in a campus dining facility or when students are in their own residence hall rooms. Recommended protective face masks are encouraged outdoors.

Beyond the failure to wear a recommended protective face mask inside a university building, other behaviors will also violate the Institutional Rules on Student Services and Activities, including (but not limited to) deliberately putting others at risk by coughing on, spitting on, sneezing on, and/or purposefully invading the personal space of others while not wearing a recommended protective face mask (indoors or outside).

Reporting

Student Conduct and Academic Integrity in the Office of the Dean of Students anticipates a large number of reports for potential violations of the health and safety requirements. Reports that are incomplete, vague, or lacking reasonable credibility may not be possible to investigate, and those cases will be dismissed.

Please note that you may not be notified of the outcome of a reported student's behavior due to federal privacy laws known as FERPA.

Health and Safety Requirements and the Institutional Rules

FAQs

I went to an on-campus event hosted by a student organization and social distancing directions were not followed. What should I do?

What should be done if someone is not wearing a recommended protective face mask?

Who is required to wear a recommended protective face mask during class?

What will happen if students do not have a recommended protective face mask on at the start of class or if they remove their recommended protective face mask during class?

Can students with medical conditions that prevent them from wearing a recommended protective face mask get in trouble? What should they do?

If a student has been told to quarantine, can they go to class in person?

Will a student get in trouble for staying home if they have been told to quarantine or fail a symptom check?

What kind of social distancing is required of students in class? Can students get in trouble for not distancing?

A student has an internship/practicum off campus. Should they wear a recommended protective face mask to that site?

Will students get in trouble for not following the health and safety directions of an internship site?

What documentation should faculty keep if they need to speak to a student about these classroom health and safety rules?

What if a student fails to take precautions during a faculty member's in-person office hours?