COVID-19 Information and Procedures

The University of Texas at Tyler

UT Tyler COVID-19 Procedures for Summer 2021 

We maintained a low number of positive COVID-19 cases during the spring 2021 semester thanks to the diligent adherence to our COVID-19 safety procedures.

Following new CDC recommendations, we have made adjustments to those procedures, which are effective Tuesday, June 1, 2021.

Increased indoor occupancy – Indoor occupancy will increase to 75%.

Face coverings – Face coverings are not required. Per CDC guidelines, they are strongly encouraged for those who are not vaccinated. 

Travel guidelines – Between now and Sept. 1, 2021, domestic travel will be allowed on a case by case basis. Existing processes for requesting travel should be followed, and approval from the appropriate dean or vice president should be attached to the travel authorization in PeopleSoft®.

  • Starting Sept. 1, domestic travel will be allowed according to regular policies and procedures.
  • No international travel is allowed at this time.

COVID-19 Summer Testing Schedule

Main campus: 8 a.m. – noon Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Longview campus: 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Palestine campus: 9 – 11 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday



Testing and Cases

If you have been exposed or test positive for COVID-19 and had recent contact with the campus community, please contact the COVID hotline, 903.565.5999, or submit the COVID-19 Report Form.


The dashboard reflects the testing and case numbers for members of the UT Tyler community that were physically present at a UT Tyler campus. For information about Smith County COVID cases, see the NetHealth webpage.



  • On-campus population naturally fluctuates throughout a semester. The figure here represents the on-campus figure as of the most recent official University census taken on January 25, 2021. The number of students on campus is significantly lower after the Thanksgiving break, when all classes transitioned to online until the end of the semester. The transition was planned as part of the University’s response to COVID-19.
  • Active cases are defined as symptomatic or asymptomatic individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 at any testing location, and who are still under isolation directives from UT Tyler IRT.
  • All numbers reported here represent faculty/staff and students who participate in hybrid or face-to-face classes. Students who are fully online are not counted here.
  • Individuals taking multiple tests and the lag between testing and results may create minor variations in this data.
  • These numbers are provided as a public service, and while appropriate attempts have been made to be accurate, UT Tyler makes no guarantee of their accuracy.
  • Questions about this dashboard should be sent to



Are vaccines going to be required?

UT Tyler continues to monitor guidance from the CDC, State of Texas health authorities, and UT System to inform best practices on our COVID-19 response, including the role of any vaccine.

What were the COVID-19 Safe Return Procedures for this academic year?