COVID-19 Updates in the College of Fine Arts

Updates about events and programming

While most live, in-person events have been suspended, the college and its departments are offering a variety of virtual events and programs. Please browse our event calendar for the latest information on events and programming.

Information for current students

Student advising

Our academic advisors are all working remotely, and they continue to be available to support students in their academic endeavors. All students can contact their department academic advisor about setting up a virtual advising appointment. Email will be the official mode of communication until we return to campus. Students will have the opportunity to set up appointments with their advisors via Zoom, and should contact their departmental advisors with any questions or concerns. 

Academic processes

If students need to undertake any academic process during this semester (e.g. dropping classes, withdrawing from the university, enrolling in classes at another university, etc.), they should email their request to the official College of Fine Arts Student Affairs email address. The university has extended the deadline to drop classes and change them to the pass/fail grading basis. Please speak to your advisor to determine if these actions are right for you. 

Fine Arts Career Services

Our Fine Arts Career Services team is working remotely and ready to help support students in preparing for their careers. They are continuing to offer virtual programming and virtual advising appointments.

Fall Graduation

As in previous semesters, there is no fall commencement ceremony in the College of Fine Arts. If graduating during the Fall 2020 semester, please apply to graduate here.

Library access

UT Libraries’ Library Access Continuity website outlines where and how to access their resources. The Fine Arts Library is closed.

University resources for students

Information for prospective students

We encourage prospective undergraduate students to attend an engaging virtual info session or contact a member of our Fine Arts Admissions Team via email or video appointment. The College of Fine Arts has suspended on-campus tours and in-person visits until further notice.

Information for faculty and staff

All faculty and staff, with a very few exceptions, are working remotely during this time. 

Travel Policy

Current university travel policy prohibits faculty, staff, and student domestic travel until May 31, 2021 and international travel until August 31, 2021. Exceptions allowing domestic travel may be granted by the dean. This prohibition does not apply to personal travel. Learn more about the policy and how to apply for exceptions from the College of Fine Arts Dean.

Resources

Instructional Continuity Resources

Mail

All COFA units are now receiving mail deliveries directly from Document Solutions 2-3 times weekly, so faculty and staff may start using your buildings mail codes once again.  Please refrain from using the Campus Distribution Services address 2706 Montopolis Drive as your packages will get sent to DFA and will be delayed. 

Library Access

UT Libraries’ Library Access Continuity website outlines where and how to access their resources.

Additional department-specific information

Building access

The following are guidelines for faculty, staff, students and all guests who enter any of the College of Fine Arts buildings during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes Art (ART); Bridgeway (BWY); Doty Fine Arts (DFA); Laboratory Theatre (LTH); Musical Recital Hall (MRH); Performing Arts Center (PAC); and Winship (WIN).

These guidelines are intended to address office space—both private and shared space, bathrooms, elevators and communal space such as kitchen or break rooms. This policy is not intended to provide guidelines for academic space such as classroom, performance and/or studio lab space. Building managers will provide specific guidelines for the academic or instructional spaces.

The goal and purpose of these guidelines is to provide guidance to assure safe building and facility use. Please note, due to the fluid nature of the overall response to COVID-19, these guidelines are subject to change.

Any individual who has been exposed to COVID 19, who has a a fever (>99.6), or is experiencing COVID 19 symptoms shall not enter any building.

Masks and Social Distancing

  • All faculty, staff, students and guests are required to wear a face covering at all times while in any COFA buildings.
  • Masks may be taken off when working in a personal office space or while eating only.
  • Masks will not be provided by the University or COFA and are the responsibility of each individual.
  • All building occupants must maintain a minimum of 6 feet of space for social distancing as recommended by the CDC.
  • Social distancing is required even when masks are being worn.
  • Individuals not wearing a mask will be asked to leave the building.

Signage

  • Signage will be displayed in all buildings providing guidance and information on social distancing and safety procedures.
  • Information displayed must be followed by all persons in the building.

Hand Washing

  • Regular handwashing is required for the safety of all. Please wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after touching door knobs, stair rails, elevator buttons, or any common areas.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be provided by University and should be used often.
  • Wash your hands before putting on or taking off your mask.

Offices: Private, Shared and Cubicles

  • Telework shall be used to the fullest extent possible.
  • Offices under 300 square feet (applies to most) are not large enough for dual occupancy. No one-on-one meetings are permitted.
  • Sanitize your work areas and high contact surface areas daily upon departure.
  • Some spaces or areas will require a sign-in sheet to track individuals who are entering an area. Be sure to sign in and out, if a suite or areas has a sign-in sheet.

Kitchen or Break-Room Spaces

  • All appliances should be cleaned and wiped down after use by individuals.
  • Time spent in kitchen or break rooms should be kept to a minimum.
  • Face coverings must remain on until the person is seated and ready to eat (face coverings off only during eating).
  • Food must be consumed in private offices or outside.

Restrooms

  • Occupancy for each restroom will be identified outside of the restroom, with expectation that the number of stalls or urinals will be reduced to 50% capacity.
  • Restrooms that are marked as single occupancy will require that you check before entering.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly before exiting a restroom. Use a paper towel to touch faucets and door handles.
  • Use a tissue to raise and lower the lid. Dispose of in trash receptacle.

Elevators and Stairwell Use

  • Stairs should be used over an elevator, if at all possible.
  • Elevator occupancy is limited to the posted capacity.
  • Mask shall not be removed in elevators or to speak on mobile phones.
  • Stairwells should be used with discretion and in consideration of others. If touching handrails, then immediately wash hands or use hand sanitizer.
  • Follow directional signage when using stairwells.

Building - Entries and Exits and Alarms

  • Entries and exits will vary in each building and signage needs to be followed. If permissible, the celebrated entrance should serve as the primary entrance point with other doors to be used as exits.
  • Building Access Controls – BACS – will be monitored by the respective building managers.

What to do if you have symptoms, tested positive or been exposed to COVID-19

  • Any individual who has been exposed to COVID 19, who has a a fever (>99.6), or is experiencing COVID 19 symptoms shall not enter any building. If you are an staff or faculty member experiencing symptoms, contact Occupational Health Program (OHP) at 512-471-4647 or healthpoint.ohp@austin.utexas.edu to report COVID-19 symptoms or COVID-19 tests regardless of test results.
  • If you are a student experiencing symptoms, contact UHS (512) 471-4955.
  • Students who have tested positive are strongly encouraged to self-report at this link.
  • Students, staff and faculty are expected to self-monitor their health status before leaving for campus.
  • OHP is the point of contact for the University for employees experiencing symptoms. OHP handles contact tracing for COVID cases.
  • If a staff or faculty member decides to get tested at UT Health (aka Dell Medical) or UHS, be sure to still report to OHP to assist with notification and contact tracing.
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