COVID-19 Updates in the College of Fine Arts

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

Updates about events and programming

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.  

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.

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.

Information for faculty and staff

Almost all COFA faculty and staff are working remotely during this time. 

Travel Policy

Current university travel policy is available online.


Instructional Continuity Resources


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

While on-campus staffing will be reduced, campus remains open. Below are some updates on what you can expect for buildings in the Fine Arts campus through January.

  • DFA: Construction continues on the walkway outside the main (celebrated) entrance to Doty Fine Arts Building. The main entrance with the card reader is open, but you’ll need to detour around the bridge walkway to access it. Through Jan. 31, the main (celebrated) entrance is unlocked from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday through Friday. (The building can be accessed using your UT ID after hours. The exterior west doors (outside the Kendra Scott Center) are unlocked between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., and the Kendra Scott Center lounge space is accessible between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. through the DFA main entrance. The fourth floor of DFA will not be accessible in January while the Fine Arts Library is closed.
  • WIN and LTH: The Winship Building and Lab Theatre are closed to the public but are accessible via BACS at the main (celebrated) entrances for department faculty, staff and students. Reservations for classrooms and studios are currently not being accepted. A limited number of staff will be on site to support courses being taught in dual mode, if applicable. Spaces will likewise be monitored and supervised for rehearsal purposes.
  • ART: The Art Building Art building is open between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. through Jan. 31. Faculty and staff may enter the building with their access badge at any time.
  • MRH: Building is open for students who need to access practice rooms, but faculty and students won’t be able to reserve classrooms or performance halls.
  • AHG: Anna Hiss Gymnasium remains open normal hours, with normal swipe access to various spaces.
  • VAC: The Visual Arts Center is closed to install spring exhibitions, which will open Jan. 28.
  • PAC: Texas Performing Arts is open and operating, with restricted backstage access during visiting productions. Administrative offices are at reduced capacity during construction work for an air handler unit replacement
  • Landmarks: The Bridgeway Building, where the administrative offices of Landmarks are located, will be card-access only through January. However, most of Landmarks works remain accessible to visitors on campus
  • FAL: The Fine Arts Library will be closed through Jan. 31, but materials can be requested for pickup at the PCL.

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.

Health & Safety

Masking recommendations

We strongly recommend wearing masks inside our buildings, and we encourage you to follow CDC masking recommendations

Vaccines and Boosters

We strongly recommend getting vaccinated and getting boosted. You can schedule an appointment on campus for both vaccines and booster shots.

Proactive Community Testing

We encourage all faculty, staff and students to participate regularly in the free Proactive Community Testing offered by the University to detect asymptomatic cases. Please review the most up-to-date testing schedule on the University Health Services website to make an appointment or locate a walk-up location. (If you are symptomatic, please sign up for an appointment with UHS' testing site for symptomatic individuals.)

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