COVID-19 Message from the Dean 3/03

Dear Moody Community,

We have heard from many people inside and outside of Moody College with questions and concerns about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) rapidly spreading around the world. It is perfectly normal for people to be scared about a new and unknown virus like COVID-19 and staying informed from credible sources is the best way to keep your family and community safe. The best source for up-to-date information is the CDC Situational Summary, updated daily.

UT Austin leadership has been meeting regularly to assess the situation, set campus-wide policy decisions, and plan for potential scenarios. UT has set up this webpage and we encourage you to check it regularly for updates. Any decisions about cancelling UT events, classes, or programs or changes in workplace policies will be made centrally and we have been asked to not make any policies within the college without first consulting with the Tower.

The most important thing we can do right now as a community is commit to supporting each other during this stressful time. We encourage unity in this time of uncertainty, for everyone to respect and support one another, and to stand together in solidarity with those who may have family or friends  affected by the virus. We urge faculty, staff and Moody Leadership to check in with our international students, especially those who are connected to communities affected by COVID-19, to find out how they are doing and to help direct them to university resources if they need additional support. We have included the email from Texas Global below which contains more information on resources available.

The Moody Family is strongest when we work together to create an environment where all faculty, staff and students feel safe and accepted. If you see or experience any prejudice or harassment related to COVID-19 please report it immediately to the Campus Climate Response Team as well as the Office for Inclusion and Equity. 

Dear International Longhorns,

Over the past few months, we have witnessed a number of significant world events, some of which are more prominently reported than others but nonetheless equally impactful. At Texas Global, we know that as international students, faculty and scholars at UT, when crises occur in our home country, we often experience additional stressors.

Texas Global has been monitoring closely the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in several countries across the world. We hope that your communities abroad are safe and we are thinking of your loved ones who may be affected. We are also mindful that recent travel restrictions could present difficulties to both scheduled and unexpected plans.

We write today to emphasize that if you need assistance, our International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) advisors are available to support you. Additionally, please know there are several campus resources available to you.

  • Students: Student Emergency Services in the Office of the Dean of Students provides a variety of services to students and their families experiencing difficult or emergency situations. If you need further support, the UT Counseling and Mental Health Center (CMHC) offers confidential counseling to students for urgent concerns. A 24-hour Crisis Line is available at 512-471-2255.

  • Faculty and staff: The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides confidential counseling and consultation services.

If there is a disruption to your funding, please contact ISSS. We have a limited amount of emergency financial aid available. If you are a student from Australia, China, Turkey or the Philippines impacted by recent events in your home country, you may be able to apply for emergency funding provided by the Institute of International Education. If eligible, please contact ISSS as soon as possible for further instructions to apply.

We all belong to the UT family and we want to make sure that everyone in the community is welcomed, supported, and respected. If you experience a bias-related incident, we urge you to report it to the Office for Inclusion and Equity Campus Climate Response Team.

We are here for one another. Please reach out to us directly if you need assistance or support.