COVID-19 Message to Graduate Students 3/20

Dear Moody College Graduate Students:

We hope you are safe and well. Just a few weeks ago, many of you were counting the days until spring break. You may not have been planning trips to Padre Island, but you certainly were hoping to get some much needed rest.

Instead, now, most of you may be feeling a great deal of stress and uncertainty.

While this spring break has not been what we were hoping for, it has given the college time to prepare for the changes that are undoubtedly going to affect us the rest of the semester. We are reaching out to let you know what changes have been made by the UT administration and what the Moody College and  the Graduate School are doing to manage and implement these changes to ensure you have the support and resources you need during this difficult time.

  • If you are taking courses, all of your courses will be taught online. Your professors will contact you with specifics about how the course will be conducted (e.g., via conference call, Zoom). If you have not heard from a professor or if you have questions about the format or the requirements of  any of your courses, please feel free to contact your professor(s).
  • If you are a TA or an AI, the course(s) you are teaching will be taught online. Your course supervisor will contact you about the format and method to use. If you have questions about a course and/or how it will be delivered, please reach out to your course supervisor or, if you do not have a course supervisor, the chair/director of your department/school. Mary Crawford has put together a Teaching Continuity Guide that provides excellent information about the process of moving course material online.
  • Given the university’s current policy on meetings, final defenses will be conducted online (e.g., via Skype or Zoom).
  • Currently the Graduate School is suspending format checks on students’ reports, theses, and dissertations. Your advisor will help you ensure that the format of your report, thesis, or dissertation is acceptable.
  • As of today, the deadlines to submit reports, theses, and dissertations to the Graduate School for a spring, 2020 graduation have not changed.

A list of FAQs and responses from the Graduate School can be found here and a statement from UT Dean of Students Soncia Reagins-Lilly is here. The statement from Dean Reagins-Lilly includes information about the many resources that have been put in place to support you including funding for internet and/or computer access through the Student Emergency Fund.

Most importantly, if you have questions, concerns, or needs, please reach out to the Graduate Coordinator or the Graduate Advisor in your department/school -- or to your advisor or any of your other professors. We are here for you and we want to help you with any difficulties you are having as you navigate these challenging times. We have begun to collect a list of resources to help you with your personal needs, challenges with technology, and financial needs. Student Emergency Services and the Counseling and Mental Health Center have resources for you as well.

Please take care of yourself and continue to practice all of the precautions that the university/CDC is recommending to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This is not an easy time, but if we are careful and support each other and our community, we will slow the virus and come out stronger.

Stay healthy!

Anita Vangelisti
Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education