What’s open, online, closed on campus at UT-Austin this fall?

Since this semester will look a little different, the Texan has gathered a list of which University services and resources are open, closed or online to help students navigate campus.

Academic common areas, such as building lobbies and study lounges, will open at the discretion of the operating college, school or unit, said Kathleen Harrison, communications manager for the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost. All open spaces will follow social distancing guidelines.

RecSports: Gregory Gym, Caven-Clark Field and the Recreational Sports Center are currently open. On Aug. 26. Whitaker Courts, Wright-Whitaker Sports Complex, Bellmont Hall and the outdoor lap pool at the Gregory Gym Aquatic Complex will also open, said Jennifer Speer, senior director of communications, development and memberships for RecSports.

Shake Smart and the Amazon pickup lockers in Gregory Gym are open, according to the UT Rec Sports website. The University Federal Credit Union is closed.

Full facility hours for RecSports locations can be viewed at http://www.utrecsports.org/hours.

Texas Union and WCP: The William C. Powers Student Activity Center and the Texas Union are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, and 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, said James Buckley, director of facilities and operations for University Unions. The Union Underground will open Aug. 31, he said.

All restaurants inside both buildings are open and have a mobile order option through Grubhub, Buckley said.

FAC: The Flawn Academic Center will be open for use of the ID center and the Campus Computer Store, said Veronica Trevino, Financial and Administrative Services Communications media manager. Study spaces in the FAC are currently closed, but the University will announce reopening plans for them in the coming weeks, said Ellie Breed, University media relations specialist.

Tutoring: The Sanger Learning Center is offering all tutoring services online, said Paige Schilt, Sanger Learning Center director.

The University Writing Center is offering appointments online, according to the UWC website.

Libraries: The second floor of Perry-Castañeda Library is open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day, according to the UT Library website. Collaborative and group study spaces are unavailable, and a UT ID is required for entry.

Additional floors of the PCL and the Life Science Library may open later in the semester, said Travis Willmann, communications officer for UT Libraries. There are no plans to open the Architecture and Planning Library, he said.

UHS: University Health Services is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and students can talk to a UHS nurse 24/7 year-round at 512-475-6877, said Sherry Bell, consumer education and outreach coordinator for UHS and CMHC.

UHS offers the same services it always has, but most services will be initiated through a telehealth appointment. A full list of services and their availability can be viewed at https://healthyhorns.utexas.edu/hours.html.

CMHC: The Counseling and Mental Health Center will provide services via telehealth 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, Bell said.

Residence Halls: Guests are not allowed to visit residence halls until further notice, according to the UT Housing and Dining website. Study lounges in residence halls are open.

Dining halls: All University dining halls are open to the public, said Cynthia Lew, director of marketing and communications for UT Housing and Dining. Hours for dining halls and cafes have been modified and can be viewed at https://housing.utexas.edu/dining/hours.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect that the University now says it will be taking longer than one week to announce reopening plans for study spaces in the FAC.

Originally published on August 24, 2020 in The Daily Texan
By Andrew Zhang
Photo by Amna Ijaz


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