March 18, 2021
Fall 2021 University Operations

Dear Colleagues,

Today, the Texas A&M University System offered guidance to all of the System campuses recommending that we plan for a return to normal operations for fall 2021. This is in line with the many universities across the state and nation that are announcing plans to return to pre-pandemic operations in fall. As you know, circumstances surrounding statewide reopening are evolving on a daily basis, and there is cause for optimism. We’re seeing evidence that vaccine availability and the direction and resources provided by the federal American Rescue Plan Act are accelerating plans across the nation to open classrooms. For A&M-San Antonio, our quickly approaching registration period for summer and fall semesters necessitated some quick decision-making about course schedules and modalities, to ensure broader access to in-person instruction. Along with the increase in face-to-face course offerings, we’re working to ensure consistency for students across the variety of student support services, events, and programs which we know benefit from in-person interaction.

We now know that the goal is a return to normal operations, and we believe this is reasonably within our reach. We also know that as we move to implement this System guidance, there will be issues and questions that arise that have not yet been fully addressed. To address these anticipated needs, a campus operations workgroup will be established to devise viable solutions and develop our health and safety protocols for fall. Existing university policies ensure that requests for accommodation related to documented medical need will be honored.

While the return to normal operations may raise many questions that we are not able to yet answer, we are committed to being broadly consultative in developing our plans and communicating with transparency. As we all continue to collectively navigate the long, traumatic experience of the pandemic, please know that our commitments to protecting your health and safety and to the shared governance model that enriches our university remain vitally important.

Finally, as we communicated after the governor’s announcement of Executive Order GA-34, all current campus and A&M System guidelines and protocols remain in force until further notice, including the use of face coverings on campus. To ensure that our optimism about fall 2021 is not misplaced, we appreciate you staying the course and continuing to follow the health and safety protocols that contribute to making a safe return to normal in fall possible.

Cynthia Teniente-Matson

Mike O’Brien
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Kathy Funk-Baxter
Vice President for Business Affairs