Scoop: COVID in the classroom
Two-thirds of University of Texas faculty, graduate students and others who have asked to opt of out of in-person teaching this semester because of the coronavirus have won accommodations, per documents Axios received through an open records request.
State of play: University officials told faculty they could try for in-person teaching waivers amid widespread fury over Gov. Greg Abbott's orders barring mask mandates.
By the numbers: The university received 133 requests for flexible teaching accommodation from faculty and student-staff; 88 of those asks have been approved.
- "The people who did not receive approvals either chose to not move forward in the process, did not have a qualifying personal medical condition, or are still in the midst of the … evaluative process," UT spokesman J.B. Bird told Axios.
Of note: University officials granted flexible teaching arrangements to an additional 31 faculty members because those individuals live with an immunocompromised person.
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