UT-Austin summer classes to be held online

Lauren Grobe

Editor’s note: This story is part of The Daily Texan’s coverage of how coronavirus concerns are affecting UT-Austin. Read the rest of our coverage here.

Summer classes will be held online, President Gregory Fenves announced in a campuswide email Wednesday.

Fenves said the move to summer classes online is due to the uncertainty surrounding the spread of the coronavirus over the next few months. The summer course schedule will be available April 8. Registration will open April 27 and close May 8 for the summer and fall — a week later than previously scheduled — to allow students to meet with advisers remotely.

“We must do everything we can to limit the spread of this virus — the consequences of reckless actions at this time could not be clearer,” Fenves said in the email. 

Fenves also addressed racist harassment in online UT meetings and classrooms. At least two unknown individuals joined a Zoom meeting Monday for the Heman Sweatt Center for Black Males through a public link, where they proceeded to call participants racial slurs. The University is currently investigating this case.

In the email, Fenves said the University is working to improve online security. 

“There will be no tolerance for harassment and bigotry in our classrooms — online or otherwise,” Fenves said in the email. “And any member of the UT community who disrupts or interferes with university classes or meetings will face discipline.”