Urgent Message COVID-19 Updates »

The threat posed by COVID-19 presents us all with enormous and unprecedented challenges that reach beyond our University family.

The University of Texas at Dallas is dedicated to operating safely during the COVID-19 pandemic by providing comprehensive guidance and essential resources.


Latest Updates

  • Jan. 8 – The University will host live Q-and-A sessions about pass/fail exceptions on Microsoft Teams.
  • Dec. 8 – Updated FAQ section with new information on temporary exceptions to withdrawal deadline, credit/no credit and pass/fail grading policies.
  • Dec. 3 – University announces Credit/No Credit or Pass/Fail grading policy adjustments for the fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters.
  • Nov. 23 – A video message of endurance from Dr. Jane Wigginton Opens in a new tab. for Comets as we head into the holidays.
  • Nov. 13 – UT Dallas has added Things to Know Before You Go to the Comets United Students & Families Info page. It details the University’s expectations and your responsibilities once on-campus classes end on Nov. 25.
  • Oct. 22 – A spring 2021 registration information page has been added to the Comets United Students Guide. Spring 2021 will be offered in the same format as fall 2020.
  • Oct. 2 – President Richard C. Benson announces that UT Dallas will not be holding in-person commencement ceremonies in December Opens in a new tab..
  • Aug. 21 – Effective immediately and until further notice, students and student organizations are not permitted to have formal or informal gatherings. This includes indoors, outdoors and on or off campus. Students and student organizations that are reported for having gatherings or events of any type will be reported to the Office of Community Standards and Conduct and may face disciplinary action. Such action could have an effect on continued attendance at UTD. Read the full message from Dr. Gene Fitch, vice president of Student Affairs.
  • Aug. 18 – In an effort to maintain health and safety guidelines provided by the CDC, the McDermott Library has created McDermott Curbside. This service allows staff, faculty and students access to our materials while also maintaining social distancing to keep everyone safe. If you have questions or need assistance with the curbside service, please email circ@utdallas.edu.
  • July 21 – Following approval from their leadership, supervisors must submit a Return to Campus Electronic Form to elect employees to return to campus. Please see these steps.
  • July 10 – A fall 2020 registration information page has been added to the Comets United Students Guide. It details the five ways classes will be taught.
  • June 12 – Comets United now includes a workplace safety guide for staff and faculty, along with a students safety guide for those choosing to return to campus for fall 2020.
  • May 12 – Emergency aid is available to students through the federal CARES Act and the UT Dallas Student Emergency Financial Assistance Program. UT Dallas has established a website with more detailed information about each of these funds, as well as other resources for students in need of assistance.
  • May 4 – President Richard C. Benson announces that UT Dallas will be open and educating students for the fall semester Opens in a new tab..
  • All research laboratories have either greatly decreased or suspended on-site activities. More information regarding research operations can be found on the research continuity page.
  • Updates to University housing for current residents can be found on the housing website. Payments for residence halls or dining plans will be credited or reimbursed for unused portions.
  • All other campus events have been canceled, virtualized or postponed until further notice. Questions about previously scheduled events should be referred to the event sponsor. Event sponsors should consult with the appropriate dean or vice president for further input on cancellations.
  • Access to the Eugene McDermott Library, the Activity Center, Rec Center West, and most other academic, administrative and research buildings has been restricted to employees who are necessary to maintain the physical plant and research enterprise and to provide essential support services.
  • To minimize the spread of COVID-19, students, faculty and staff should follow the guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Opens in a new tab. to avoid becoming sick.
  • Students, faculty or staff asked to self-quarantine for a 14-day period should follow these quarantine guidelines.