Important guidance about COVID-19 and information about the School of Architecture's plans for the Fall 2021 semester.
If you have a question or are looking for information not addressed below, please visit the FAQ section of The University of Texas at Austin's Protect Texas Together website, or submit your question here and we will work toward getting it answered for you. More information is also available in the Fall 2021 Student Handbook.
Health & Safety Protocols
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recently updated their masking guidance and recommends that all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, wear a mask in indoor public settings. The university has adopted this masking guidance and masks are strongly recommended but optional inside university buildings for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals, except when alone in a private office.
Will masks and PPE continue to be provided on campus?
UT will provide masks at no cost to all staff, faculty, assistant instructors, and teaching assistants who are on campus this semester. Free masks are currently available to students at the William C. Powers Jr. Student Activity Center and Texas Union hospitality desks.
Recommended Individual Best Practices:
- If you are sick, stay home.
- Wash your hands well and often.
- Carry your own hand sanitizer and surface wipes. Hand hygiene products are cleaning stations will be available at building entrances and elevator lobbies
- Make sure your recommended protective face mask covers both your nose and mouth.
- If not fully vaccinated, maintain 6 feet of distance between yourself and others whenever possible.
Authorized COVID-19 vaccines are effective at preventing COVID-19, will help protect against the transmission of the virus to others, and will reduce serious symptoms in those who are vaccinated. As a way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19, we encourage all UT community members to get vaccinated. Vaccinations are widely available, free, and not billed to health insurance. Walk-in vaccinations are available at UT Health Austin to all people ages 12 and older.
COVID-19 Questions & Reporting
The Behavior Concerns and COVID-19 Advice Line (BCCAL) remains available as the primary tool to address questions or concerns from the university community about COVID-19. Students who test positive should contact BCCAL or self-report (if tested off campus) to University Health Services.
Testing on Campus
- Required COVID-19 Test. FAQs from the university about the COVID-19 test required to be taken within 72 hours of returning or moving in to Austin residence of the fall semester.
- Student process for positive COVID-19 test. Self-reporting process and additional guidance for students if they have a positive COVID-19 test.
- Proactive Community Testing will be available throughout the semester and remains an important part of the university's efforts to protect our community. Tests are fast and free.
Building & Facility Access
All SOA buildings will be open Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Students, faculty, and staff will have access to our buildings outside these hours using their UT ID card. The Dean’s Suite will operate during regular business hours, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Technology Lab Access
Fall Operating Hours:
Sunday 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. // 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
WMB Computer Lab
- WMB 1.110 (small computer lab): This lab is unavailable for the Fall 2021 semester.
- WMB 1.114 (large computer lab): This 33-workstation lab is available for walk-ins, subject to course schedules and instructor discretion. Refer to the signage next to the door for details.
- Remote Workstations: There are 10 workstations with the full lab image available for remote access.
The Architecture and Planning Library and Alexander Architectural Archives are temporarily moved from Battle Hall during the 2021/2022 academic year. Circulating library materials can be requested for pickup at other library branches, including the Perry–Castañeda Library and the Life Science Library (starting August 23). The Alexander Architectural Archives and Architecture & Planning Library Special Collections will be available by appointment at the Collections Deposit Library in Fall 2021.
For access to the Alexander Architectural Archives, email firstname.lastname@example.org. For access to Architecture & Planning Library Special Collections and questions regarding the library, email email@example.com. More information about this coming semester is available via Fall 2021 Plans for the UT Libraries.
Materials Library Access
Search the Materials Lab’s online database or visit our collection of 29,000+ samples in person. Due to the temporary relocation of the collection in response to social distance learning, the library remains at half-capacity. Fall 2021 visiting hours for the UT community are:
- Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00 - 12:00
- Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 - 5:00
For access outside of these hours, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student Support Services and Resources
Questions & Communicating Concerns and Issues:
Student Affairs serves as a resource in support of all UTSOA students achieving their academic and professional goals. If students have questions or need to communicate any issues or concerns, please contact:
Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
Assistant Director of Student Affairs
Health & Wellness Support
UTSOA has a dedicated Counselor in Residence (CARE Counselor) Abby Simpson. The CARE Counselor is available to help with a variety of issues such as stress, test anxiety, racing thoughts, feeling unmotivated, and anything else that might be getting in your way. To contact UTSOA’s dedicated CARE Counselor, leave a message at (512) 471-3115.
Student Emergency Services Liaison
Student Emergency Services helps students and their families during situations with extenuating circumstances. Assistance includes outreach, advocacy, intervention, support, and referrals to relevant campus and community resources. The SOA dedicated Student Emergency Services liaison is Allie Ambriz: email@example.com
University Health Services
University Health Services is open to provide care for acute illness or injury, including evaluation of COVID-19. Call the UHS Nurse Advice Line (512) 475-6877 for guidance about when to come to UHS. UHS can also schedule telehealth appointments at (512) 471-4955 for some health concerns.
Counseling and Mental Health Center (CMHC)
The Counseling and Mental Health Center will provide its full array of services to students via telehealth. Students seeking mental health services should call CMHC at (512) 471-3515. They will offer extended virtual hours and evening appointments. CMHC and other facilities are converting rooms for students to use for private teletherapy appointments without having to worry about roommates or family members overhearing confidential conversations. The CMHC Crisis Line is available 24/7 at (512) 471-2255.
Behavior Concerns and COVID-19 Advice Line (BCCAL)
The Behavior Concerns and COVID-19 Advice Line remains available as the primary tool to address questions or concerns from the university about COVID-19. You can contact BCCAL at 512-232-5050 or submit your behavior concerns or COVID-19 questions online. Students who test positive should contact BCCAL or self-report (if tested off campus) to University Health Services.
Services for Students with Disabilities
Services for Students with Disabilities ensures students with disabilities have equal access to their academic experiences at The University of Texas at Austin by determining eligibility and approving reasonable accommodations. They also engage in outreach across campus in order to make campus a more inclusive, accessible and welcoming environment for people with disabilities. They provide information on their accommodations and services, how to register, guidelines for documentation.