Fall 2020 Planning


UT’s mission has always been to unlock the potential of our students and prepare them to change the world. This mission will continue during the fall as we educate students, and they work toward earning their degrees.
As the university responds to the COVID-19 crisis, our goal is to reopen the Forty Acres in the fall semester, likely with some courses and activities held in person and others online as dictated by health and safety concerns. We expect to announce these plans by the end of June. 

President Gregory L. Fenves and Interim President Designate Jay Hartzell are leading a university-wide executive committee to develop these plans. They will work with medical professionals, city and state officials, students, faculty members, staff members and off-campus partners to answer key questions.

University-Wide Assessment

Key Questions

  • How and when can we safely bring students, faculty and staff back to the Forty Acres?

  • How do we expand testing for COVID-19?

  • What will social distancing look like on and off campus?

  • How can we enhance the online learning experience?

  • What is the appropriate and safe balance between online and in-person learning?

Executive Committee

The committee is chaired by President Fenves and Interim President Designate Jay Hartzell. Members include Interim Provost Dan Jaffe, Professor of Theatre and Dance Charlotte Canning (Faculty Council Representative), Chief Communications Officer Gary Susswein, and the chairs of the six working groups.

Working Groups

Six working groups will support the committee’s efforts by focusing on specific areas of university life.

Health and Wellness

Risk mitigation, detection and treatment
Chaired by Amy Young, MD, Chief Clinical Officer, Vice Dean of Professional Practice, Professor of Women's Health, Dell Medical School


Undergraduate, graduate, professional and non-traditional education
Chaired by Art Markman, Professor of Psychology and Marketing, Director of IC2 Institute

Student Life and Engagement

Housing/dining, counseling, student engagement and student behavior
Chaired by Soncia Reagins-Lilly, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students


Research operations and staffing
Chaired by Alison Preston, Interim Vice President for Research


Facilities, safety, human resources and financial
Chaired by Darrell Bazzell, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer


Athletic activities that lead to gatherings of students and/or external constituents
Chaired by Shawn Eichorst, Deputy Athletic Director and COO