Coronavirus COVID-19 Precautionary Information

The University of Texas at Tyler

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Been exposed to COVID?
If you, or someone you know, has been exposed to or tests positive for COVID-19 and had recent contact with the campus community, please make a report via the COVID-19 hotline, 903.565.5999. This will allow campus officials to act quickly to prevent a possible spread on campus.

If there has been no recent contact with the campus community, please report using the COVID-19 reporting form.



UT Tyler Positive COVID-19 Cases (Fall 2020)

The number of new confirmed positive COVID-19 cases (symptomatic and asymptomatic) for members of the UT Tyler community that were physically present at a UT Tyler campus. For information about Smith County COVID-cases, see the NetHealth webpage.

Updated: November 23, 2020, 6:45 p.m. (Note: Updates will resume on Monday, Nov. 30.)

Dates Student Tests Conducted Staff Tests Conducted Total Tests Conducted Negative Tests Results Positive Tests Results
11/21-11/22 50 5 55 53 0
11/14-11/20 582 90 672 632 39
11/07-11/13 757 88 845 808 33
10/31-11/06 790 90 880 856 22
10/24-10/30 804 74 878 856 21
10/17-10/23 848 80 928 912 11
10/10-10/16 855 82 937 913 19
10/03-10/09 359 33 392 386 4
09/26-10/02 368 43 411 383 26
09/19-09/25 251 24 275 276 31
09/12-09/18 279 36 315 220 54
09/05-09/11 67 3 70 66 4
08/29-09/04 28 3 31 30 1
08/22-08/28 18 3 21 21 0
08/15-08/21 52 0 52 52 0
Totals 6108 654 6762 6464 265


Positive Cases vs. Total Campus Community Population

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Case Rate


  • All numbers reported here represent faculty/staff and students who participate in hybrid or face-to-face classes. Students who are fully online are not counted here.
  • Individuals taking multiple tests, and lag between testing and results, may create minor variations in this data.
  • Numbers are typically updated daily before noon on non-holiday weekdays.
  • Questions about this dashboard should be sent to
  • These numbers are provided as a public service and while appropriate attempts have been made to be accurate, UT Tyler makes no guarantee of their accuracy. 



As of July 2, 2020

University Community, Visitors Required to Wear Face Coverings

In an attempt to comply with Governor Abbott's most recent executive order, UT Tyler is requiring all students, faculty, staff and visitors to wear face coverings in University buildings, classrooms/labs, meeting spaces, athletic and recreational events and other areas where multiple people are gathered. Read more

UT Tyler Announces Procedures for Fall Return to Normal Operations

The University of Texas at Tyler will return to face-to-face classes this fall, and procedures have been established to maintain a healthy campus. Read more

Report COVID-19 related illness

To maintain the wellness the campus, students and employees are strongly encouraged to report COVID-19 related illnesses.  COVID-19 HOTLINE, 903.565.5999 or UT Tyler COVID-19 Illness Report Form

Full List of Cancellations and Postponements

For the latest list of COVID-19 related cancellations and postponements, visit

Read the UT Tyler Employee COVID-19 FAQ

Summaries of Previous Updates

June 23, 2020

UT Tyler prepares for fall semester return to in-person classes

Students can register in person now and avoid long lines

PPE available to campus departments

Employees reminded to complete safety training before returning to campus

UT Tyler bookstore announces summer hours

Student counseling services to begin limited in-person sessions June 15

See Full Update for June 23

May 16-21, 2020

Students reminded to turn in grade change form by May 19.

UT Tyler students are encouraged to apply for the CARES grant for expenses incurred as a result of disruption to the education process created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Task force seeks university input regarding plans to return to campus.

See Full Updates for May 16-21

May 8, 2020

Students can now apply for the CARES Grant.

Barnes and Noble Bookstore announces online spring and summer textbook plans.

Academic affairs updates pass/fail information.

New student orientation will be held in hybrid format.

Incoming freshmen will be permitted to register prior to orientation.

See Full Update for May 8

April 24, 2020

Update for SAT/ACT requirements waived for FTIC students.

DOE releases updated CARES grant eligibility requirements.

UT Tyler University Pines residents released from leases.

UT Tyler COVID-19 Emergency Fund available to help students.

Student Support Services available to the UT Tyler community.

The Graduate School announces calendar adjustments.

The Office of Research and Scholarship remains open to assist campus.

See Full Update for April 24

April 15, 2020

Federal assistance available to students with COVID-19 hardships.

Housing and meal plan reimbursements posting to student accounts.

Academic Affairs releases additional answers to FAQs regarding grades.

UT Tyler COVID-19 Emergency Fund available to help students

University provides resources to engage community during social distancing

See Full Update for April 15

April 8, 2020

Face-to-face classes scheduled for summer 2020 will be moved online. A limited number of classes that require laboratory or similar facilities will be postponed and reoffered in a future term.

Commencement to be held on Sept. 11 and 12.

Reimbursements scheduled for university-owned housing residents.

Students living in university-owned and operated housing and/or those who are on a university meal plan who are eligible for a pro-rated reimbursement are scheduled to have those reimbursements applied to their accounts by April 15.

Southside Bank provides scholarships to help students financially impacted by COVID-19.

UT Tyler operating with essential staff on campus until April 30.

In compliance with extensions of the stay-at-home orders, the Tyler, Palestine and Longview campuses will continue to operate with essential personnel only through the end of the month.

Several UT Tyler parking lots providing wi-fi access.

To accommodate the need for social distancing and Wi-Fi access, UT Tyler has three parking lots with Wi-Fi coverage.

Information technology extends help desk hours to support campus.

Faculty, students sew masks to help vulnerable population during COVID-19.

UT Tyler COVID-19 Emergency Fund available to help students.

See Full Update for April 8

April 1, 2020

Academic affairs provides guidance to undergraduate and graduate students about pass/fail, incomplete and withdrawal.

Nursing summer program to continue as planned.

Campus mail pickup and delivery is currently operating on the regular schedule to regular campus locations.

Computer labs remain open as student resource.

See Full Update for April 1

March 27, 2020

UT Tyler begins operating with a skeleton crew, essential personnel only.

Muntz Library computer lab remains open.

One Stop Service Center assists students via phone messages, email and webchat.

Office of Residence Life works with students who wish to proceed with scheduled move out.

Food services open for the remaining residential students.

Students with ongoing hardships should contact dean of students.

All non-essential staff will be required to telecommute.

See Full Update for March 27

March 26, 2020

One Stop Shop opens COVID-19 phone hotline

UT Tyler COVID-19 Emergency Fund established to help students

LUC Operating with Skeleton Crew; Computer Lab and Library Remain Open

Bookstore Temporarily Closed

HPC closed until further notice

UT Tyler donates to local hospitals

See Full Update for March 26

March 17, 2020

All classes to be held online through the remainder of the semester.

Commencement will be postponed.

Guidance for student workers and grad assistants.

Last date to withdraw from classes extended.

All campus and student services remain open, including counseling services.

Athletics season cancelled.

Cowan Center season postponed.

Students, faculty and staff are required to report to UT Tyler any personal international travel scheduled or taken within the last 30 days.

See Full Update for March 17

March 11, 2020

Spring Break will be extended through the end of Friday, March 20.

All classes will be held online the week of March 23.

On-campus students are encouraged to return home until March 29.

Students, faculty and staff who are sick should not come to campus at any time.

Large events in the near future will be canceled or postponed.

International travel is restricted.

Flexibility and hardships


Students - Andrew Pettee, dean of students,

Students with accessibility needs - Ashley Davis, interim assistant director for student accessibility and resources,

International students - Cynthia Martinez, executive director of international programs,

Faculty/Staff - Gracy Buentello, human resources director,

See Full Update for March 11

March 6, 2020

All university-sponsored international travel for students, faculty and staff is prohibited.

UT Tyler students, faculty and staff are required to report to UT Tyler any scheduled personal international travel.

Individuals returning to UT Tyler from a country with a CDC Level 3 or 2 travel warning will have to self-isolate at home for 14 days before returning to class or work.

See Full Update for March 6


UT Tyler’s top priority is to protect the health and safety of all our students, faculty, staff and visitors during this evolving and unusual situation. We will continue to closely monitor the latest guidance and follow the recommendations of the UT System, CDC and U.S. Department of State.

We always recommend our community members follow CDC and public health guidelines, which are similar to what is recommended during flu and cold season, including:

Stay home if you are sick and seek medical attention.

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when coughing or sneezing.

Wash your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

Avoid contact with others who are sick.

Additional Resources

While there is understandable concern and widespread news coverage of coronavirus, there also has been a great deal of rumors and misinformation.

The World Health Organization has created a myth-busters site, while the CDC has a “Know the Facts” site to combat rumors about the virus and its transmission.

UT Tyler is working in close coordination with the UT System and public health agencies, and we will continue to monitor guidelines and recommendations from the CDC and others.

Related Links

WHO COVID-19 Myth-busters

CDC COVID-19 Know the Facts

UTS 190 International Travel Policy

CDC Travel Page

State Department Travel Advisories

International Air Transport Association’s List

Other COVID-19 CDC Links