News Category: protect-texas

University Closure and Timekeeping Guidance

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Feb. 3, 2022

Dear FAS colleagues,

I hope you all are safe and warm today. Per President Jay Hartzell’s message yesterday afternoon, the university campus is closed until further notice. The university will provide an update to the community this afternoon regarding plans for Friday’s campus operations and for the weekend.

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.

Thank you for another successful year

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Dec. 14, 2021

Dear FAS colleagues,

En Español

As we approach the end of 2021, I want to thank all of you for your outstanding work keeping our university operating smoothly in the face of challenges while also advancing the university’s mission by embracing innovation and teamwork.  

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.

Double-masking recommended for reducing transmission of COVID-19

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March 22, 2021

In February 2021, the university updated its guidance for wearing protective face masks. The university now recommends double-masking, and FAS materials have been updated to reflect that guidance. Overall, both the original and updated guidance have been intended to decrease the risk of spreading the disease, both on and off campus.

Senior Vice President and CFO Darrell Bazzell shares on receiving the COVID-19 vaccine

Darrell Bazzell Interview after vaccination
March 8, 2021

Research shows Black and Latinx Americans are being affected by COVID-19 more than other ethnic groups, but questions about vaccine safety, protection and body response are keeping some people in these communities from getting vaccinated. In this video, Senior Vice President and CFO Darrell Bazzell discusses why he chose to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and his experiences receiving the vaccine as a member of the Black community.

FAS efforts make a new, historic semester possible

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Aug. 26, 2020

Dear FAS Colleagues,

Today marks the beginning of a fall semester like no other in the 137 years of The University of Texas at Austin’s history. Although our preparation for today has come with challenges, COVID-19 has also inspired so much innovation since the spring. Our university is able to welcome students back – both online and in-person – because of our teamwork, resilience and dedication.