Coronavirus Precautionary Information


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As of May 21, 2020

Face-to-Face Summer Camps Cancelled

All UT Tyler in-person camps have been cancelled for summer 2020 due to COVID-19. Online camps will be held as planned. For more information, visit the camps page.

As of May 15, 2020

Students reminded to turn in grade change form by May 19

Undergraduate students should remember that they must submit the Grade Appeal Form for the pass/fail option by May 19. The pass/fail option is GPA neutral, and neither "pass" nor "fail" will affect the GPA.

Apply now for CARES Grant

UT Tyler students are encouraged to apply for the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act grant, which is specifically for expenses incurred as a result of disruption to the education process created by the COVID-19 pandemic such as food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare and child care.

Limited funds are available, so students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Funds will be awarded until UT Tyler's allocation of the CARES grant has been exhausted.

To determine eligibility and to apply, visit

Task force seeks university input regarding plans to return to campus

The Reboot UT Tyler is drafting recommendations for the reboot of UT Tyler and is surveying the campus community for ideas and concerns. Information can be shared with the faculty, staff and students serving on the task force or directly through the Qualtrics survey.

Task force members:

  • Laura Jackson (Chair)
  • Michael Donley
  • Amir Mirmiran (Bill Geiger as alternate)
  • Kim Laird (Gracy Buentello as alternate)
  • Ona Tolliver (Andy Pettee as alternate)
  • Janet Robertson
  • Chief Mike Medders
  • Randal Duke
  • Andy Krouse
  • Amanda Lynn, USAC Representative
  • Colin Snyder, Faculty Senate Representative
  • Kerri Camp
  • Lance Williams
  • Kathleen Snella
  • Francine Durr
  • Joshua Menhennett, SGA Representative
  • Hannah Cooper, SGA Representative
  • Suvam Pokharel, Student Representative

Report COVID-19 related illness

To maintain the wellness the campus, students and employees are strongly encouraged to report COVID-19 related illnesses.

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

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 Updates 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 Updates 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 Updates 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 Updates 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 Updates 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 Updates 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 Updates 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 Updates 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 Updates 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 Updates 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