COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates for Student Veterans
Updated March 16, 2020
Student Veteran Center
The Student Veteran Center is closed to walk-in traffic until further notice. Students can contact Student Veteran Services by leaving a voicemail at 512-232-2835, or via email. Voicemail and email will receive a response within 48 hours.
Student Veteran Center student workers – All student employment is on hold until further notice. Student workers should continue to submit timesheets during this closure.
Mental Health Services
- Students working with Jeff Moe, VITAL Coordinator, will continue to receive care:
- Telehealth video conferencing will be used for all appointments beginning March 16.
- Beginning April 1, all counseling with all other VA mental health providers will be conducted via Telehealth until at least the end of April.
- Visit telehealth.va.gov to learn how to access VA Telehealth services. Please contact Jeff Moe directly at 254-654-8322, or via email, for specific guidance.
- Students can also access the Counseling and Mental Health Center by calling 512-471-CALL (2255)
- To enroll in VA healthcare online, visit How to apply for VA health care
Veteran Education Benefits
- VA Education Benefits:
- There is no definitive information at this time regarding the impact of moving to online course delivery as it pertains to VA Education Benefits. For now, we do not expect any changes to the current GI Bill housing stipend rate.
- Students being recalled from Study Abroad programs may have their benefits impacted. Student Veteran Services is currently working with the Certifying Office to determine the level of impact. If you are currently using GI Bill and being recalled from a Study Abroad program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and let them know as soon as possible.
- If you are taking any remedial courses, please email email@example.com to let the Certifying Office know as soon as possible. These courses may be impacted under current rules.
- Hazlewood Education Benefits:
- No issues are anticipated for those students already certified for Hazlewood benefits for the spring 2020 semester at this time. If you have specific questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
For Active Duty, National Guard and Reserve Students
Students called up by their military unit for any reason should use the following protocol:
Email Student Veteran Services with the following information (if limited by OPSEC, please provide as much information as possible):
- Your Name:
- Military Unit:
- Anticipated deployment location:
- Expected deployment date:
- Estimated deployment duration:
- A copy of your orders (if you have them)
Additionally, you should:
- Read UT's policy on military absences.
- Read UT's policy regarding Withdrawal for military service if you anticipate that you will miss more than 25% of the semester due to your military absence.
- Contact your faculty and dean's office to let them know you will miss class and/or may withdraw.
- Review UT's Notice for Students Who Withdrew Due to Military Service for information about declaring your intent to re-enroll if you anticipate withdrawing due to your military service.
Student Veteran Services will inform Student Emergency Services and the UT Veteran Certifications on your behalf once we receive your information.
Student Veteran Association Updates
- The Student Veteran Association will continue to share relevant information on social media. At this time, all Student Veteran Association events through April 1 are cancelled and/or postponed pending guidance from the university. Please visit the utexasvets.org for updated calendar information.
- While we may not be meeting in person, our Veteran community is vitally important to all of our students. Continue to check in on each other and support each other, even as we practice social distancing.