Starting March 30, the university will be moving all spring semester classes online, and the university is asking students not to return to campus this semester unless there is a specific need. We understand that this is challenging and distressing news, and there are likely many aspects that are overwhelming for our students and their families.
Helping our students navigate these challenges is the School of Architecture’s top priority – and our Student Affairs team is available to answer questions and provide support.
Below are links to resources and more information related to this transition.
If you have a question not addressed in the information below, or at the University’s coronavirus landing page, please submit it here.
Immediate needs survey:
In order to mobilize our resources, we created a quick seven-question survey to collect information about immediate student needs and concerns. Students should complete this survey as soon as they are able, but no later than Monday, March 23, at 8:00 am.
Accessing Materials at UTSOA:
Beginning on March 30, UTSOA buildings will no longer be accessible and card swipe entry will be disabled with the exception of faculty and staff. We do recognize that travel restrictions may prevent some students from coming back before March 30, and we are working on a process to allow some limited entry. Please contact Assistant Dean Charlton Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss further as soon as possible.
Faculty and staff are preparing for all UTSOA courses to be moved online. Many assignments and lectures will be modified and adapted for online teaching. We also recognize that some of our courses have specific needs – whether software, technology or other resources – that can only be accessed on campus. Our faculty and IT staff are working on developing solutions that will, in some cases, allow remote access, and in other cases, use alternative methods to cover the same intellectual content. We are committed to providing academic continuity across all our programs and each of our classes.
Students will be informed no later than March 27 as to how their individual courses will be modified and what methods will be used to deliver course material.
Remote Learning & Technology:
We are particularly concerned for students who may not have access to basic technological resources for participating in online learning once they leave campus. We will be sending out a survey to determine which students have circumstances that may hamper their ability to learn and participate, and will develop a support structure for those students.
We will be using the Zoom conferencing system for our classes. It functions both as a standalone application and as part of Canvas. If you have not yet downloaded and installed the application, you can find instructions here
The much-improved SOA render farm is up and running. Also, Chaos Group just released a version of its V-Ray rendering software that can be farmed. We are working on having that available soon.
We are also aware that some students need access to Esri’s ArcMap for classwork, theses, and PRs. We are working on a solution that will allow you to have remote login privileges to a workstation from your laptop. We will give instructions to faculty members to share with students when it is available.
The university is requiring students to move out of their residence halls, though emergency housing will be available on a case-by-case basis to students who have a compelling reason to remain on campus, or who do not have other living arrangements. The university will provide details for how to apply for emergency campus housing soon.
Students who are not currently on campus will need to sign up for a time on the University Housing and Dining website starting March 23 to make move out arrangements.
More information and FAQ’s for students living in undergraduate on-campus housing may be found at the University Housing and Dining website.
Student Support Services:
Our Student Affairs staff are working remotely and are available to students through the extended Spring Break and beyond. Students may reach them via email or via a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Student Emergency Services
Student Emergency Services is available for support and to request academic accommodations. Thomas Schlitt is our dedicated SOA SES Liaison.
CARE Counselors will provide counseling services by phone You can reach UTSOA's dedicated CARE Counselor, Abby Simpson at (512) 471-3115.
Counseling and Mental Health Center (CMHC)
The Counseling and Mental Health Center will provide counseling services over the phone. During regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.), students seeking CMHC services or who are experiencing a crisis should call 512-471-3515 and choose option three. For crises after hours or on weekends, please call the CMHC Crisis Line at 512-471-2255, which is available 24/7.
Meetings and Events:
All on-campus programs, gatherings and events through May 1 will be cancelled, postponed or moved online. These include office house, faculty meetings, student programs, and religious or cultural celebrations in addition to all athletics events and public performances.
This also includes May commencement. The university has planned a virtual program, and is considering several date options in the fall semester for a postponed university-wide ceremony to take place. More information about SOA's specific plans will follow.