News Category: covid-19

Changing COVID-19 guidance for UT Austin and FAS

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March 22, 2022

Dear FAS colleagues,

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In this week’s COVID-19 newsletter from the executive committee, you may have noticed changes in how the university is talking about masking, COVID-19 testing and general health and wellness recommendations.

Ongoing COVID-19 challenges and the role of flexible work

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Jan. 25, 2022

Dear FAS colleagues,

On the heels of President Jay Hartzell’s message to students and employees about changes to spring semester instruction and operations, I wanted to help frame how this impacts FAS. While the move to more in-person instruction starting Jan. 31 is an important one, we must continue to acknowledge and confront the challenges of the ongoing pandemic and how campus density may impact our employees and our work.

Welcome to the spring semester

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Jan. 12, 2022

Dear FAS colleagues,

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As we approach the start of the spring 2022 semester, I want to welcome all of you back to the important work we do together to advance the university’s mission. I hope you enjoyed the winter break and had opportunities to relax and recharge while also connecting with family and friends. If you are new to FAS, we are glad that you are part of our diverse, innovative and service-oriented team.

Retirement of FAS COVID-19 Guide for Staff

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Oct. 28, 2021

Dear FAS colleagues,

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After many months of adhering to guidance from federal, state and local officials, as well as our own university health experts, our campus has seen a reduction in new cases of COVID-19. I applaud FAS staff for your contribution to reducing the spread of this disease by also following the additional guidance in the FAS COVID-19 Guide for Staff, which was developed largely with on-campus staff in mind.

PTS supports Proactive Community Testing for COVID-19

PTS support the university’s PCT program by making it easier to park near testing locations.
Oct. 18, 2021

Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) is supporting the university's Proactive Community Testing (PCT) program by making it easy for members of the campus community to park on the Main campus and the Pickle Research Campus (PRC) to be tested.

Follow FAS COVID-19 guidance to drive and ride safely with others to and from the workplace

COVID Safe Vehicle
Oct. 11, 2021

The COVID-19 Guide for FAS Staff was updated in summer 2021 and re-launched on Aug. 19, 2021, in an email to FAS employees from Senior Vice President Darrell Bazzell. The Guide includes important requirements and guidance for driving university vehicles and for carpooling to and from work sites.

Update on Flexible Work, New Testing Program

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Sept. 15, 2021

Dear FAS colleagues,

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In his message to all employees, President Jay Hartzell extended the timeframe for some staff to return to campus to Oct. 4 while also allowing faculty to adjust their teaching modality during this time frame.

University renews #IGotTheVax vaccine campaign, offers incentives

Sept. 10, 2021

The university is celebrating students, faculty and staff who have chosen to get vaccinated, which is the best way to help #ProtectTexasTogether.

Conducting safe meetings and events during COVID-19

Safe Meetings
Aug. 31, 2021

The COVID-19 Guide for FAS Staff includes requirements and guidance for meetings. You are encouraged to conduct your business with others virtually as much as possible.

HR launches Alternative Flexible Work options for employees

Flexible Work
Aug. 23, 2021

A temporary Alternative Flexible Work Arrangement (FWA) is available for employees with individuals residing in their household with certain immunocompromised medical conditions.