Welcome to the spring semester

Dear FAS colleagues,

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.

University precautions against COVID-19

During the winter break, university leadership continued to monitor local and statewide trends as cases of the omicron variant of COVID-19 increased rapidly in the weeks before and during the break. In his Jan. 4, 2022, email to campus, President Jay Hartzell stated that although campus will remain open, short-term measures are being put in place to allow for a gradual return to typical campus density. In-person and hybrid classes are expected to begin Jan. 31.

What this means for FAS

Our supervisors are working with their staff members to determine the staffing needed to continue operations through Jan. 31, at which time we will return to operating as planned for the spring semester. At present, it is important to leverage our business tool of flexible work arrangements to the extent possible.

As a reminder, continue to follow the recommended health and wellness guidance: get vaccinated, get tested, wear a mask, wash your hands, and stay home if you are sick. Report to the Occupational Health Program (OHP) if you test positive for COVID-19, have symptoms even if you test negative, or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive. Guidance, tools and updates remain available on the university’s Protect Texas Together website.

COVID-19 is not a new challenge for us. We have the experience and tools to safeguard our own and others’ well-being. Thank you for all that you are and will be doing to ensure a healthy and successful new semester.

Regards,

Darrell Bazzell, signature

Darrell Bazzell (he/him/his)
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
The University of Texas at Austin

Protect Texas Together
Jan. 10, 2022