COVID-19 Information and Procedures

The University of Texas at Tyler

The University of Texas at Tyler will continue the procedures outlined in the plan for safe return that was released in fall 2020. The document has been updated to reflect the spring semester.

Spring 2021 Return ProceduresFall 2020 Return Procedures


Spring 2021 Semester Classes Start Online

With the current high number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Smith County and across Texas, UT Tyler will start the spring semester online.

  • First week of classes (January 11-16): All classes will be taught online.
  • Second week of classes (January 18-23): All classes, except for laboratories, clinical, and studios, will be taught online.
  • Remainder of the semester (January 25-April 30): All face-to-face and hybrid classes will resume their original instruction mode as per

Residence halls will remain open and available for students to return to campus at their convenience.



Testing and Cases

If you have been exposed or test positive for COVID-19 and had recent contact with the campus community, please contact the COVID hotline, 903.565.5999, or submit the COVID-19 Report Form.


COVID Testing Schedule

Tyler campus: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday in Cowan Center lobby (closed noon-1 p.m. for lunch)
Longview campus: 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Palestine campus: 9 – 11 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday


The dashboard reflects the testing and case numbers 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.



  • On-campus population naturally fluctuates throughout a semester. The figure here represents the on-campus figure as of the most recent official University census taken on January 25, 2021. The number of students on campus is significantly lower after the Thanksgiving break, when all classes transitioned to online until the end of the semester. The transition was planned as part of the University’s response to COVID-19.
  • Active cases are defined as symptomatic or asymptomatic individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 at any testing location, and who are still under isolation directives from UT Tyler IRT.
  • 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 the lag between testing and results may create minor variations in this data.
  • 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.
  • Questions about this dashboard should be sent to



Are vaccines going to be required?

UT Tyler continues to monitor guidance from the CDC, State of Texas health authorities, and UT System to inform best practices on our COVID-19 response, including the role of any vaccine.

What is the pass/fail grade appeal process?

Fall 2020


  • Review grades on Dec. 16, 2020.
  • Review pros and cons and pass/fail specific course requirements charts.
  • Complete pass/fail grade appeal form. Consult your academic adviser if unsure about correct decision for your course. (NOTE: Students are limited to using the pass/fail option on no more than six (6) courses across fall 2020 and spring 2021.)
  • Submit pass/fail grade appeal form to appropriate person as designated by your college major no later than 5 p.m. CST Jan. 12, 2021. You will receive a notification from the Office of the Registrar when your paperwork is processed.
  • Starting January 13,2021, undergraduate students who did not use the Pass/Fail Grade Appeal from must go through a traditional grade appeal process as noted in the 2020-2021 UT Tyler Catalog to appeal a grade decision.
  • For more information, contact your academic adviser.

Graduate students who have experienced COVID-related challenges this fall should contact the appropriate faculty member to discuss an incomplete grade option.

What are the dates for Commencement?

Commencement ceremonies will be held Friday, April 30, and Saturday, May 1, for graduates of spring 2020, summer 2020, fall 2020 and spring 2021.