A Message from President Richard C. Benson
The University of Texas at Dallas - Office of the President
September 8, 2021

Dear Colleagues,

Since the start of the fall semester, we have continuously monitored the public health environment of our campus, and the indicators have given me confidence that we are doing a good job keeping our campus community safe. The positivity rate of our pro-active testing program is less than 1% (i.e., fewer than 1% of tests return a positive result), and the number of active cases (positive cases and close contacts) in the campus community is also less than 1% of our total population. However, the pandemic environment in North Texas is still a source of concern, with new cases continuing to strain our health-care resources. As such, I have decided to extend classroom de-densification for an additional two weeks, through Friday, September 24. This decision results in a continuation of the measures outlined in the message of Aug. 16, 2021, and posted on the Comets United webpage.

I hope we will return to the full classroom experience as soon as possible. Please continue to follow the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which includes wearing masks, engaging in social distancing and practicing good hygiene, such as frequent hand-washing. These actions will help expedite our return to full classrooms.

We strongly encourage all members of our community to get a COVID-19 vaccine and to register their vaccination status through our voluntary vaccine reporting form. As a reminder, the University will host a pop-up vaccine clinic for the community on Sept. 15, and students can schedule an appointment to receive a vaccine through the Student Health Center.

I appreciate the tremendous work you all have done thus far and look forward to fully returning to an enhanced and dynamic campus experience.


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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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