Greetings Students, Faculty and Staff,
For the past few months, the university leadership has worked with six campus committees to plan for a safe and effective fall semester. We’ve taken extraordinary care to make decisions that prioritize the health of our students, faculty and staff. Several factors guided our decisions including a surge in COVID-19 cases in the Dallas area, an increase in the number of young people who are testing positive for the virus and the science behind how the virus is spread.
The following information pertains to the Fall 2020 semester only.
UNT Dallas tuition will not increase and the university is evaluating a reduction in certain student fees. Details regarding student fees will be announced at a later date.
The UNT Dallas main campus will offer courses predominately in a virtual learning format beginning August 24. Only two classes are scheduled to meet in-person on the UNT Dallas campus. The majority of Fall 2020 classes will be conducted in a virtual learning format. Class instruction will be provided with the use of videoconference technology (Zoom and Microsoft Teams), and other methods such as recorded lectures via Panopto and Canvas, our official online platform.
Classes at the UNT Dallas College of Law (COL) will begin with Fundamentals on August 3. Orientation will take place on August 5 and August 10. Fundamentals and Orientation will be delivered in a virtual learning format for first-year students.
Classes for upper division COL students will begin on August 24. Select upper division law classes will be provided in a virtual learning format, while others will be provided in-person. Students are advised to review the syllabus for each of their courses on Canvas to determine how the class content will be delivered.
All classes for the UNT Dallas main campus and the COL will transition to a virtual learning format after the Thanksgiving holiday.
In order to assist students with the technology needed to successfully learn from home, UNT Dallas will have a limited number of Chromebooks or laptops and WiFi hotspots available to check out for those who need support. Students may request technology support by calling or texting the student hotline at 972-638-9164.
The university will operate with a limited number of staff members on campus. The majority of staff members will continue to work remotely, visiting campus with supervisor coordination. A disposable mask or an appropriate cloth face covering will be required to return to campus.
UNT Dallas strongly suggests each person carry their own personal face covering (mask) with them at all times when on campus. The University will have a supply of masks available in certain locations across the campus in the event someone (i.e., guests/visitors and/or members of the campus community) should need a face covering.
Fall 2020 Semester plan details include:
AVAILABLE SERVICES - ON CAMPUS
AVAILABLE SERVICES - VIRTUAL
The university leadership will continue to work with the campus committees to monitor our on-going health crisis and make decisions that provide the best educational environment while keeping our students and employees safe. Our goal is to provide each of our students with the tools to complete the semester successfully and for our seniors to graduate. Please continue to check your campus email and visit our knowledge center at untdallas.edu/covid for additional information, current updates and required protocols for a safe return to campus.
The health of our Trailblazer community is extremely important to all of us. We hope that you continue to follow the Center for Disease Control guidelines, as well as local and state recommendations to help keep you, your family and your Trailblazer community safe.
Wishing you good health and a successful fall semester,
UNT Dallas President