A message from the president of UT Dallas.
The University of Texas at Dallas - Office of the President

March 17, 2020

Dear Friends:

The threat posed by COVID-19 presents us all with enormous and unprecedented challenges that reach beyond our University family, stretching to all corners of the nation and around the world.

We are fortunate at UT Dallas to be able to rely on the leadership of The University of Texas System, Chancellor James B. Milliken and the Board of Regents as they guide us in navigating changes in critical areas of our operations.

A letter from Chancellor Milliken outlines decisions that affect all UT System academic institutions on issues that are important to our students and their families, to our faculty and staff. Specifically, all instruction for the remaining spring semester will be online; living in campus residence halls will be limited to students with no suitable alternative; commencement will be postponed until fall; payments for residence halls or dining plans will be credited for unused portions; and a systemwide emergency fund is available to help with specific student needs.

It is expected that many will have questions about specific situations and circumstances. We are working diligently and thoughtfully to gather the information you need and will be sharing it with you as soon as we can. Please know that decisions are made first and foremost with the well-being of each student in mind. We will also work with each student to address their individual situation and needs during this time.

Please continue to monitor our website and watch for future announcements via email and social media.

I regret that this pandemic has led to a truncation of the spring semester and its many activities. And on a personal note, I especially will miss the day-to-day interactions with our students, faculty and staff that are such an essential part of University life on our dynamic campus.

I know all too well how disappointing much of this news is to our students and their families, as well as to our University faculty and staff. I trust that we can embrace the challenge of this moment and respond in a manner that is uniquely UTD.


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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