Oct 5, 2021 - COVID
Scoop: COVID in the classroom
The University of Texas tower shines burnt orange at night.
The University of Texas administrative tower shines burnt orange at night. Photo: John Rivera/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

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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