UT-Austin canceled all in-person, virtual classes until at least Wednesday, essential staff expected to come to campus

Samantha Greyson

UT canceled all in-person and online classes until at least Wednesday morning due to dangerous winter weather, according to an email from President Jay Hartzell.

Campus will close Sunday at 4 p.m. due to winter storms and unsafe road conditions in and around Austin, Hartzell said. Online and in-person classes and campus events are canceled due to expected power shortages, but essential workers are expected to work on campus, he said.

“We will monitor the situation and announce a reopening when conditions are determined to be safe,” Hartzell said. 

If essential workers cannot make it to campus, they must contact their supervisor, Hartzell said. Essential workers include campus safety officers, campus police officers and workers that service the residence halls, UT spokesperson J.B. Bird said.

All COVID-19 vaccination and proactive community testing is on hold until Wednesday, and people with appointments will have to reschedule.

“Individuals with appointments are being contacted directly to reschedule for a later date, and we expect to be able to use all vaccine doses we have available by increasing our throughput once conditions allow,” Hartzell said. 

Campus and classes are expected to open again on Wednesday at 8 a.m., but this may change due to unpredictable weather, Hartzell said. The University is monitoring the situation and will keep students updated through email, UT’s Facebook and Twitter and UT’s emergency webpage.