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UTRGV is planning Fall 2021 around your safetysuccess, and experience. After all, this is the semester we’ve been waiting for. Because a year-plus of lockdowns, physical distancing, and virtual everything has made Fall 2021 one of the most anticipated semesters in our institution’s history.

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Safety First. Always.

As faculty, you play a prominent role at this university. And while you're essential to our success, you're also critical to the health and safety of our entire UTRGV Family. To us, being on campus means everything. But getting here — and staying safe — means we all need to do our part.

Knowing that much can happen in the coming weeks and months, the University will not hesitate to adjust our operations should guidance from local, state, and federal health officials warrant such changes.

Below you’ll find the most important things you can do to protect yourself and our campus community from COVID-19.

Campus Protocols

There are currently no local, state, or national COVID-19 health mandates that enable UTRGV to require the wearing of face coverings or vaccinations within our campus community. And while UTRGV is not currently enforcing social distancing, the University continues to strongly encourage the use of face coverings, especially in settings when distancing is not possible. Because of these limitations, we all must consider the consequences of our actions and how each choice affects ourselves, our families, friends, and colleagues.

For more on information on what UTRGV is currently enforcing and/or recommending to promote your safety, visit the  Protocols page.

Classroom and Office Safety

We realize your concerns regarding the safety of classrooms and offices as we return to full-capacity seating and building occupancy. That’s why we strongly encourage everyone who is in a classroom or indoor public space to wear a face covering at all times. We also encourage everyone who uses shared materials and equipment to further mitigate their risk of potential exposure by using the hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes that are provided in each academic and office space.

Working Arrangements

We understand that some of you may need to continue working from home based on a variety of factors, such as specific health conditions or childcare responsibilities. Please work directly with your supervisor regarding your unique circumstances or contact the Office of Human Resources at  hr@utrgv.edu.

Health Services

Your  health and  well-being are our top priority. Get top-notch healthcare when you need it, including COVID-19 vaccines and tests, at one of UTRGV’s Employee Health Clinics.

Mental Health & Well-Being

Who has time for "self-care" these days? While finding time to relax and reset may seem like a fantasy, protecting your mental health is essential to overall wellness. Whether you’re feeling anxious about going back to the office or wondering if the pandemic will ever end, being in tune with yourself can make each day a little better.

Visit our Mental Health & Well-Being page for more information on resources that can help guide you toward a greater sense of self.

Additional Health & Safety Resources

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Your Success is Our Success

We take great pride in knowing that you entrust us with your professional journey.

Below is some information that may help you find your path to success this semester.

Course Modalities

While many of you have been safely teaching in person throughout the pandemic, our plan to offer about 52% of all courses in the Traditional (face-to-face) modality is significant to re-instilling vibrancy — and normalcy — on campus. While more than half of all courses will be conducted completely in person, 48% of classes will be taken either completely Online (Asynchronously/Synchronously), through the Hybrid/Reduced Seating modality, or through Interactive Video.

NOTE: Based on the most current guidance from medical experts, we are encouraging flexibility in our traditional and hybrid course offerings. Should you elect to incorporate a mix of face to face and online, you do not need to submit a course schedule change request (CSCR) to change the modality . If you choose to offer your classes in a hybrid modality, you can offer up to 84% of class meetings online, with the remaining 16% offered in a face-to-face format. This provides you the flexibility to determine when it will be necessary for students to be on campus based on individual course requirements and needs.

For a specific breakdown of the most current fall course modalities, along with detailed descriptions of what each offer, please refer to the chart and table below.

Fall Modalities
Hybrid/Reduced Seating
Interactive Video
Online Asynchronous
Online Synchronous

As of August 18, 2021
Refer to the Class Schedule at my.utrgv.edu for the latest detailed course information.

Accelerated Online Programs

Accelerated Online Courses: These fully online courses in the Graduate College will continue as normal and follow their own academic calendar, which can be found here.

Online Asynchronous Classes

These courses will be delivered fully online. There will be no designated class meeting time for real-time instructor/student interaction, which gives you the flexibility to engage with the course materials as best fits your daily schedule. Your learning will be guided by the digital presentation of the course content (e.g., recorded lectures, presentations, outlines, notes) and scheduled assignments. Your instructors will provide you with feedback on assigned work, communicate with you electronically, and be available to meet as defined on the course syllabus.

Online Synchronous Classes

These courses will be delivered fully online. There will be a designated class meeting time for real-time instructor/student interaction, which will be conducted remotely via online platforms from the safety of your home. This real-time interaction may be supplemented by the digital presentation of course content. Your instructors will provide you with feedback on assigned work, communicate with you electronically, and be available to meet as defined on the course syllabus.

Hybrid Classes (Online + On-Campus)

These courses will combine online delivery and on-campus instruction. This mode of delivery is particularly well suited for the type of learning that requires in-person instructional methods or the use of specialized equipment (e.g., practicums or hands-on science laboratory work).

Because part of the course will be delivered online, you will spend much less time on-campus than in a traditional face-to-face course. Your instructor will provide the details in the course syllabus.

During the limited time that you will spend on campus, all present course participants will be following all UTRGV current health and safety guidance, which includes the encouragement to use of face coverings, and other safety measures as appropriate during all on-campus activities. Exact procedures for these classes will vary depending on the course, on-campus space, instructor, and across disciplines, and will be shared on or before the first day of class.

Traditional Face-to-Face Classes

This is the course format that most students are already familiar with. Students enrolled in traditional face-to-face courses will attend class in person, on-campus, and on set schedules — the traditional way.

Safety measures will be maintained, and the use of face coverings is encouraged, as are all other current safety measures, when possible.

Interactive Video Classes

These classes are administered via live video feed and combine aspects of Online Synchronous and Traditional Face-to-Face modalities. Students in Interactive Video Classes attend in-person and follow a set schedule with real-time instruction from faculty. Instructors can interact simultaneously with students in specially equipped classrooms across UTRGV campus facilities throughout the Rio Grande Valley.

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Your Experience

Below is more on what our campuses have to offer this semester.

Campus Services & Facilities

UTRGV has a variety of  Campus Services available to students and employees alike.  Learn more about these services, including locations, hours of operation, and whether or not you can access them remotely.

UTRGV Athletics

Want to experience the  VAQUEROS SPIRIT this fall? Feel the energy  LIVE and in-person when you cheer on the Vaqueros at any of our  16 NCAA Division I athletics programs, including basketball, baseball, soccer, volleyball + MORE!

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