Urgent Message COVID-19 Updates »

Your Responsibilities to UT Dallas

  • You are required to continue to complete the Daily Health Check if you:
    • Will continue to live on campus or at Northside apartments after Nov. 25.
    • Will continue to utilize campus facilities or services after Nov. 25.
  • If you are certain you will not be on campus for any reason until the beginning of the spring 2021 semester, you can email DOS@utdallas.edu and request to opt out of the Daily Health Check requirement.
  • If you test positive for COVID-19, develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19, or are exposed to someone who is positive for COVID-19, you will still be required to submit a Self-Report Form. The form can be accessed by clicking this link Opens in a new tab. or visiting the COVID-19 webpage on the UT Dallas website.

COVID-19 Testing

  • Students should consider getting a COVID-19 test before departing from campus.
  • Use this tool to find off-campus testing locations Opens in a new tab..
  • Be aware that tests only reflect one point in time. A negative test could be a false negative, or you could contract the virus after you have tested.
  • A negative test should not be treated as a free pass to stop social distancing, wearing a mask, or taking other recommended precautions to limit exposure to the virus.
  • Students should consider testing again once they have completed their travel.


With on-campus classes concluding, many students will soon be traveling home or to other locations. Travel is known to increase the risk of contracting COVID-19. It is recommended that students:

  • Contact the Student Health Center to get a flu shot.
  • Know the expectations and requirements of the area where you will be traveling. More information can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Travel during the COVID-19 Pandemic webpage Opens in a new tab..
  • Minimize contact with others from now until departure. Individuals who are ill will not be permitted to board planes, trains and many busses.
  • While traveling, make as few stops as possible. Take a direct flight if possible. If you are driving, fill your gas tank before you leave and pack snacks.
  • Don’t attempt to travel if you are ill.
  • If using public transportation or ride-sharing:
    • Wear a face covering at all times.
    • Do your best to keep 6 feet of distance from others.
    • Carry and use hand sanitizer.
    • Wipe down surfaces with disinfecting wipes.

Upon Arrival at Your Destination

  • The most cautious approach is to quarantine for 14 days. This becomes even more critical if there are vulnerable or high-risk individuals in the living quarters where you will be staying.
    • It would be best if you eat meals in private spaces or outdoors and stay 6 feet from others.
    • Use separate glasses, plates, utensils, etc. from others in the living quarters.
    • Use a separate bathroom if possible. If not, you should disinfect after each use.
    • Avoid physical contact – hugging, kissing, shaking hands, etc.
    • Wear a mask.
    • Maintain a minimum of 6 feet of distance from others.
    • Consider placing a HEPA filter in the home.
  • If you begin to experience sadness, anxiety, depression, or hopelessness, reach out for help:

The University of Texas at Dallas follows the recommendations included above that were issued by the American College Health Association.