A Message from President Richard C. Benson
The University of Texas at Dallas - Office of the President
December 22, 2021

Dear UT Dallas Community:

Since our last communication, the highly contagious omicron variant of coronavirus is now projected to account for 92 percent of current COVID-19 infections in a multistate region that includes Texas. Unfortunately, the predicted surge of cases falls during our winter break, with implications for our academic calendar. To that end, we are moving the first day of classes from Jan. 10, 2022, to Jan. 18, 2022, following the observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Delaying the start of classes by eight days gives added time to assess the progression of the virus and will give our faculty, staff and students a bit more time to prepare if our instructional modalities have to be adjusted. However, until further notice, no changes to modalities or density of classes are planned. Spring semester classes will be taught as shown in CourseBook (i.e., traditional in-person lecture/laboratory, hybrid, online).

Later, throughout the semester, spring break dates will remain unchanged (March 14-20). The last day of classes (May 5), reading day (May 6), final exams (May 7-13), and commencement exercises (May 16-18) will all be one week later than previously scheduled. The first day of the summer session will be unchanged (May 23). For other information, please visit the academic calendar.

Staff and faculty who can perform their work remotely are encouraged to do so during the week of Jan. 3-7, 2022. Please work with your supervisor to determine the needs of your unit during this period. Additional information about work and health protocols can be found on the UT Dallas website.

Throughout the pandemic, we have relied on data and scientific information to safeguard our UT Dallas family. That is why it is imperative that all students, faculty and staff participate in the Daily Health Check throughout the winter break. It is an effective tool in monitoring the COVID-19 risk level on our campus.

It is our intent that this announcement will provide a degree of certainty for academic and operational continuity in such a complex and evolving situation. Please continue to check our COVID-19 website for additional updates.

Let me conclude by thanking you for being part of our Comets United community. Please enjoy the winter break with confidence that UT Dallas is committed to your well-being.


Richard C. Benson's signature

Dr. Richard C. Benson
Eugene McDermott Distinguished University Chair of Leadership

The University of Texas at Dallas
800 W. Campbell Rd, Richardson, Texas 75080-3021

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