Your Safety. Your Options. Your Success.

Course Modalities & Descriptions

Fall 2020 Course Offerings

and Safety Procedures

Online Asynchronous Classes

These courses will be delivered fully online. There will be no designated class meeting time for real-time instructor/student interaction, which gives you the flexibility to engage with the course materials as best fits your daily schedule.  Your learning will be guided by the digital presentation of the course content (e.g., recorded lectures, presentations, outlines, notes) and scheduled assignments. Your instructors will provide you with feedback on assigned work, communicate with you electronically, and be available to meet as defined on the course syllabus.

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Our top priority is the health and safety of our students, campus community, and the communities that we serve.  We recognize that the situation with COVID-19 is highly fluid, and we will continue to update our operations as needed with safety and health as the top priority.

The most updated information and resources on UTRGV’s COVID-19 pandemic response, health information, safety precautions, and changes to campus operations can be found at the UTRGV COVID-19 (coronavirus) Updates and Resources Website.  Our detailed plans and guidelines for safe and healthy campus operations, which are being updated on an ongoing basis by our Return to Campus Task Force, are available at UTRGV’s Return to Campus Website.

We encourage you to reach out to us with additional questions at so that we can provide further clarification, update our FAQs, and get you the information that you need to stay safe and healthy while making progress on your educational goals.

Safety & Campus Operations

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We are developing a list of frequently asked questions and answers and will be updating this page with that information on an ongoing basis.  Please use this form to submit your questions so that we can get you answers and share that information with the UTRGV community as well.

Online Synchronous Classes

These courses will be delivered fully online. There will be a designated class meeting time for real-time instructor/student interaction, which will be conducted remotely via online platforms from the safety of your home.  This real-time interaction may be supplemented by the digital presentation of course content.  Your instructors will provide you with feedback on assigned work, communicate with you electronically, and be available to meet as defined on the course syllabus.

Hybrid/Reduced Seating Classes

These courses will combine online delivery and on-campus instruction.  This mode of delivery is particularly well suited for the type of learning that requires in-person instructional methods or the use of specialized equipment (e.g., practicums or hands-on science laboratory work).  Because part of the course will be delivered online, you will spend much less time on-campus than in a traditional face-to-face course. Your instructor will provide the details in the course syllabus. During the limited time that you will spend on campus all present course participants will be following all health and safety guidance from the Return to Campus Task Force, which includes greatly reduced numbers of students at any given time to allow for social distancing, use of face coverings, and other measures as appropriate during all on-campus activities. Exact procedures for these classes will vary depending on the course, on-campus space, instructor, and across disciplines.

Traditional Face-to-Face Classes

This is the course format that most students are already familiar with. Students enrolled in traditional face-to-face courses will attend class in person, on-campus, and on set schedules – the traditional way.  Safety will be maintained through conducting classes in spaces that allow for proper social distancing, the usage of face coverings, and other measures as appropriate at all times.

Accelerated Online Programs

Accelerated Online Courses: These fully online courses in the Graduate College will continue as normal and follow their own academic calendar, which can be found here.

The Academic Advising Center serves students by helping them understand their educational landmarks and pathways so that they can gain the most of their learning experience at UTRGV and stay on track toward achieving their educational goals.

Expanded Student Support Services

We are doing more than ever to ensure that nothing gets between you and your educational goals by expanding student support programs and resources currently available to assist you across all aspects of your university experience.  Here, you'll find information that will help connect you with academic support, financial assistance, career and employment opportunities, health and wellness resources, and technical support.

UTRGV is sending all eligible students a total of $1,000 in cash grants for Fall 2020. Non-CARES eligible students may still qualify for up to $500 in UTRGV Tuition Relief for Fall 2020 (excluding fees).

NOTE: Fall Relief Package enrollment deadline (August 7th, 2020) has passed.

The Student Emergency Fund provides students with direct cash payments to stay afloat and continue pursuing their long-term academic goals. Specifically for currently-enrolled students facing a sudden financial hardship.

NOTE: Student Emergency Funds have been exhausted. Please visit our Expanded Student Support page for alternative resources.

Mentors encourage and support students in making academic and social connections that help them acquire skills to be successful at UTRGV through two mentoring programs: JumpStart (occurs during summer) and Engaging Peers in College (occurs fall and spring).

The UTRGV Learning Center provides supplementary support to students in their academic work and guides them to the point at which they become independent learners and achieve their academic goals.

Find everything you need to be successful in your remote classroom, including downloading software and how to set up your VPN.

A wide variety of health services including FREE office visits for general medical care. While some services and procedures used to diagnose and treat illnesses may be subject to charges, overall costs are much lower than comparable services provided elsewhere. For your convenience, all charges for services can be posted to your student account.

Feeling overwhelmed? You're not alone. The UTRGV Student Assistance Program is available to assist you with any issues that affect your overall sense of wellbeing and successful completion of your degree.

The Counseling Center provides free and confidential counseling services to address mental health concerns and to promote personal growth for currently enrolled UTRGV students. 

The UTRGV Career Center provides career development support, experiential learning and employer relations programs to help students expand their network, prepare for advanced education and transition from college to career.

The Office for Victim Advocacy and Violence Prevention works with students, staff, and faculty, and community partners to strive for a campus free from gender-based and interpersonal violence and to facilitate services for victims and survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, sexual harassment, and interpersonal violence.

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion supports culturally-based affinity groups, enhance programming that builds cultural competence and civil discourse, and provide direct support to students and the DREAM Resource Center provides support services and resources for undocumented and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students.

The Writing Center is dedicated to assisting all UTRGV students in all stages of the writing process with the ultimate goal of making our students more efficient communicators, critical thinkers, and independent learners.


Coded in ASSIST as: OASYNC

Coded in ASSIST as: REDUC

Coded in ASSIST as: TR

Coded in ASSIST as: VIRT

As we plan for the Fall semester, our top priority is to keep you safe from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Be assured that our priority in every decision we make will always be the health and safety of our students, our campus community, and the communities we serve. After that, we want to ensure this pandemic doesn’t negatively impact your progress toward obtaining your degree. We are prioritizing your safety while remaining focused on supporting your educational goals.

Course offerings and modalities for this Fall semester have been developed by our deans and faculty in consultation with our health, medicine, and safety experts, following the guidelines established by our Return to Campus Task Force, which provides the framework for safe and healthy operations.

We all recognize that the situation with COVID-19 is highly fluid, and we will continue to monitor the pandemic and make any necessary adjustments as we move forward together. We are working as fast as we can to provide all the information our students will need to make sound decisions for themselves, to be successful, and above all, to be safe. This website is updated frequently with additional information and resources, so please refer back to it as needed.

Remember, we have no measure of success other than your success. Your progress toward your degree is crucial, and your health and safety are paramount.

Your Health First

We’re continuing to put the health and safety of our campus community front and center. Below are some critical Guidelines that - when practiced - will not only protect you but will also ensure our campuses and facilities are habitable for everyone going forward:

  • Maintain a six feet distance from others
  • Frequently wash your hands and stay home, especially if you are sick or having respiratory symptoms
  • Clean and disinfect your personal space and belongings

The use of cloth face coverings is always recommended and required on campus in all buildings, classrooms, libraries, and laboratories.

Face coverings are also required when you are:

  • In your personal office space with others
  • Outdoors in a public space near others

Screening & Testing for COVID-19


Students who become symptomatic should follow these steps:

If your call is not answered, proceed to fill out the 

UT Health RGV COVID-19 Phone Screening Request Form

  • Based on the phone screening results, you will either be told to quarantine, isolate, or make an appointment to go to UT Health RGV Student Health to get tested.

If you are determined to need a test:

  1. Go to the designated Student Health site, call the site when you arrive, and remain in your vehicle. A test will be administered in the parking lot at Student Health.
  2. Return home and self-isolate until your test results are confirmed.
  3. Register for the Student Health Portal to get the latest updates and lab results
  • Student Health (Edinburg): (956) 665-2511
  • Student Health (Brownsville): (956) 882-3896

Healthcare Students 

(Medical, Nursing, Social Work, Rehab, PA, etc.)

  • You may be required to get tested even if you do not show symptoms.
  • You will need to contact your school or department and follow their respective process.
  • You will fill out a form, which is sent to the Call Center (1-833-UTRGVMD)
  • You'll be contacted by phone and provided an appointment time to get tested at one of the four UT Health RGV COVID-19 Testing Drive-Thru sites.

Faculty, Staff, & Student Employees

Employees who become symptomatic should follow these steps:

Do not call Employee Health for COVID-19 appointments.

  • Your completed Preliminary COVID-19 Screening Form will be sent to and reviewed by a member of the COVID-19 Response Team.
  • Based on the results, you will be contacted to determine the appropriate plan of action and told to either quarantine, isolate, test now or in the future, or return to work.
  • Employees may not return to work until they are released by a member of the COVID-19 Response Team. 

If you are determined to need a test:

  1. Your information will be reviewed, and a member of the COVID-19 Response Team will reach out to you to provide further guidance. 
  2. Employees may not return to work until they are released by a member of the COVID-19 Response Team. 

Enhanced Cleaning Procedures

A clean campus is a safe campus. We’re committed to cleaning our campus facilities in order to protect all students, faculty, staff, and visitors. UTRGV has implemented enhanced cleaning procedures to help disinfect high touch surfaces more frequently:

  • Additional focus will be spent on all high contact public spaces and surfaces such as entrance door handles, doorknobs, light switches, counters, faucets, paper towel, soap, and toilet paper dispensers, toilet partition latches/handles, stair handrails, open seating areas, benches, and elevator controls.
  • Deep cleaning of areas, such as clinics and/or high traffic contact areas in all campus buildings will occur during the evening shift.
  • Disinfectant and paper towels will be provided to departments for cleaning personal spaces. This is being provided centrally through iShop and delivered by Central Receiving. Departments will be responsible for cleaning/disinfecting their personal spaces daily with supplies being provided centrally through Procurement.

Wear a Face Cover

Cover Your Cough and Sneezes

Maintain a Six Feet Distance From Others

Wash Your Hands

Avoid Large Crowds

Clean and Disinfect

Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle

Monitor Your Health

Click here to see full archive

06/30/20: UPDATE: Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

06/26/20: Message from the President [video]

06/26/20: UPDATE: Return to Campus Guidance

06/19/20: Return to Campus Employee Resources

06/16/20: Message from the President

06/15/20: RETURN TO CAMPUS: Screening Questions Update

06/12/20: COVID-19 Update: Travel

06/10/20: Message from the President

06/04/20: RETURN TO CAMPUS: COVID-19 Screening Questions

05/29/20: Video Message from the President

05/29/20: REOPENING UPDATE: Student Service Centers

05/29/20: REOPENING UTRGV: Face Covering

05/28/20: REOPENING UPDATE: Auxiliary Services

05/21/20: COVID-19 Update: Travel

05/20/20: University Libraries Reopening on June 1st

05/11/20: Get Ready! Pass/No Pass Portal Opens Tuesday Morning

05/07/20: Message from the President: Thank you! [video]

05/05/20: Message from the President [video]

05/05/20: Message from the President: Fall/Spring Relief Package!

05/05/20: Message from the President

05/04/20: COVID-19 Update: Campus Operations

04/30/20: COVID-19 Update: Campus Operations

04/27/20: UTRGV opening its fourth COVID-19 drive-thru testing site, this one in Harlingen

04/22/20: A big thank you to our heroes [video]

04/21/20: UTRGV opening third COVID-19 drive-thru testing site, in Mercedes

04/20/20: Message from the President

04/17/20: COVID-19 Update: New Governor's Executive Orders

04/16/20: COVID-19 Update: Campus Operations

04/13/20: Message from the President: Our Work Continues - Student Emergency Fund Update

04/10/20: COVID-19 HR Resources

04/10/20: Message from the President: Summer Relief!

04/10/20: Message from the President

04/08/20: COVID-19 Update: Facial Covering/Shelter in Place

04/07/20: UTRGV Student Assistance Program

04/06/20: COVID-19 Update: Campus Operations

04/06/20: Graduate Admission Accommodations

04/03/20: Dr. Bailey - Pass/No Pass Update [video]

04/03/20: COVID-19 Update: Campus Operations

04/03/20: Message from the President

04/03/20: Free Toilet Paper No Longer Available

04/02/20: Free Toilet Paper

04/02/20: Essential Employment letter template

03/31/20: Student Employment Update

03/31/20: Parking Reimbursement for Students

03/31/20: Parking Reimbursement for Employees

03/30/20: COVID-19 Update: Travel

03/27/20: A Message from Dr. Guy Bailey

03/27/20: UTRGV opening COVID-19 drive-through on-campus testing sites

03/27/20: Message from the President: UTRGV COVID-19 Case Update

03/27/20: Beware of targeted phishing campaigns utilizing COVID-19

03/26/20: COVID-19 Update: Travel

03/26/20: COVID-19 Update: Shelter-In-Place Orders

03/25/20: Message from the President: Time Tracking and Productivity Management during COVID-19 Pandemic

03/25/20: COVID-19 (coronavirus) Update: Edinburg Stay-At-Home Order

03/24/20: COVID-19 (coronavirus) Update: Cameron County Order

03/24/20: ACTION: LinkedIn Resources

03/23/20: COVID-19 (coronavirus) Update: Cameron County Order

03/23/20: Video: Vaqueros, in uncertain times like these, we want to remind you we are in this together!

03/21/20: URGENT: Actions for Human Subject Research during COVID-19 Outbreak

03/20/20: COVID-19 (coronavirus) Update: Travel

03/20/20: Message from the President

03/20/20: Temporary change to travel approval requirements

03/19/20: Proposal and Grant Guidance Regarding COVID-19

03/18/20: COVID-19 (coronavirus) Update: Travel

03/18/20: COVID-19 (coronavirus) Update: Commencement

03/18/20: Message from IT regarding Coronavirus Scammers

03/17/20: COVID-19 (coronavirus) Update: Reminders

03/17/20: COVID-19 (coronavirus) Update: Travel

03/16/20: COVID-19 (coronavirus) Update: Travel

03/13/20: CORRECTION - COVID-19 Update: Travel

03/13/20: Message from the UTRGV President: COVID-19 Update - Campus Operations

03/13/20: Message from UT Health RGV on Coronavirus: Personal travel to affected areas

03/12/20: Message from the UTRGV President regarding COVID-19

03/11/20: Message from University Marketing & Communication: COVID-19 Campus Update

03/11/20: Message from the Office of the EVP for Academic Affairs: Academic Continuity Update

03/10/20: Message from UT Benefits: Important Benefits Update Regarding COVID-19

03/10/20: Message from Travel Services Office: Travel Restrictions University Notice

03/06/20: Message from UT Health RGV: Employee and Student Resources for COVID-19

03/06/20: Message from the UTRGV President regarding COVID-19

03/06/20: Message from the UTRGV President regarding COVID-19

03/02/20: UTRGV Travel Notice COVID-19 Update

02/11/20: UT Health RGV flu season and novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) update

01/31/20: UTRGV Travel Notice to China

01/24/20: UTHealthRGV flu season and novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) update

Additional Questions?

If you test positive for the virus:

  • You must continue isolation. 
  • You will get a call from the UT Health RGV clinical team confirming your positive results.
  • Contact your Primary Care Provider immediately for continued care.
  • You might be contacted by the State Department to identify any contacts you have had. 
  • If you have trouble breathing, chest pain, etc. go directly to the ER.

Any individual testing positive must self-isolate and will not be permitted to return to in-person activities until:

  • 10 days have passed since their first positive test
  • Are symptom-free for 3 days without fever
  • Have 2 negative COVID-19 tests, 24 hours apart
  • Are cleared for return by UT Health RGV personnel

Contact tracing of all positive individuals will be conducted by UT Health RGV personnel.

If you test negative for the virus:

  • You must still quarantine until 14 days have passed.
  • Contact your Primary Care Provider for continued care, especially if any symptoms arise.

Your Safety. 

Your Options. 

Your Success.

To access the full list of courses and their modalities:

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  2. Click Class Schedule under the Resources section
  3. Select the term you wish to view in the Search by Term drop-down menu and click Submit
  4. Search for the class you want to take
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Coded in ASSIST as: ITV

These classes are administered via live video feed and combine aspects of Online Synchronous and Traditional Face-to-Face modalities. Students in Interactive Video Classes attend in-person and follow a set schedule with real-time instruction from faculty. Instructors can interact simultaneously with students in specially equipped classrooms across UTRGV campus facilities throughout the Rio Grande Valley.

Interactive Video Classes

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Breakdown of Fall 2020 courses and their modalities:

Accelerated Online Programs in the Graduate College will continue as normal and follow their own academic calendar. 

* Data as of July 9, 2020

Undergraduate and Graduate Courses

For more on how to view classes in ASSIST and access Schedule View visit

For more on how to view classes in ASSIST and access Schedule View