Please find below a list of resources to help you during these challenging times. We’ll keep updating this page, please send us your feedback and questions through this survey. We’ll address them as best as possible on this page and through video releases and e-mail communications. Please also reach out to the advisors of your respective programs with questions and concerns.
UT Austin COVID-19 page
Check regularly the UT Austin COVID-19 webpage for the most recent updates from the university. The page also offers a list of resources, and a survey where you can provide feedback and submit questions so the university can continue to respond and support you through this challenging period.
- UT Austin Student Emergency Services: This office provides assistance, intervention and referrals to students and their families during difficult or emergency situations. Student facing financial hardship or needing a computer or other technology resources (such as WiFi) for remote learning can apply to this fund.
- UHD Emergency Housing: For undergraduate students who do not have another option, University Housing and Dining may be able to provide emergency housing through May 20. The application will close at 8:00AM on Monday, March 30. See UHD Frequently Asked Questions page.
- Texas One Stop: Check this page for critical information about registration, tuition, and financial aid.
- Coping in Times of Uncertainty: A list of tips and general resources from the Dell Medical School Department of Health Social Work.
- University Health Services is open to provide care for acute illness or injury, including evaluation of COVID-19.
- COVID – 19 Community Resources from the City of Austin. Dial 2-1-1 to receive updated information on community assistance and resources.
- Community Resources compiled by City Councilperson Greg Casar: Includes telehealth, food, and housing resources (English and Spanish versions).
- Field Office COVID-19 contingency plan: check this page for the latest information, forms, assignments and resources from the Field Office.
- BSW students: See archived issues of the BSW e-newsletter that your receive via email for the latest resources on advising, deadlines, etc.
- Support for remote learning: See this PDF with a list of resources for UT Austin students who lack personal computers or have other technology access challenges that impede remote learning.
- Check that you have he right apps installed: Make sure that your equipment works AND that you have the right apps (like @Zoom and @Panopto) by taking this Canvas class.
- Zoom: This video conferencing software is now available to university faculty, staff and students. Zoom enables you to meet, teach, and learn from anywhere. It is integrated with Canvas, and you can host and join meetings from your mobile device, desktop client or the web. Access Zoom through the ITS page. You will not need to use the free version of Zoom (the free version limits meetings to 40 minutes).
- How to use Zoom:
- Crisis Text Line: This text-based mental health hotline is always looking for volunteers. They are receiving an influx of calls related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Anyone over 18 with a computer is eligible.
- The Counseling and Mental Health Center remains available for services over the phone. 512-471-3515, option 3 for Brief Assessment Team
- Free or low cost (sliding scale) counseling services in Austin.
- An article by a social worker on OttawaMatters about coping with isolation
- The MindBody Labs at UT are currently closed but by scrolling to the bottom of their homepage you can find audio guides for excellent breathing and body scanning exercises.
- A webinar on Vimeo by Susan Hedlund, LCSW, on how to care for yourself and others during a disaster/epidemic.
- A podcast of the radio show The Social Workers featuring Loretta Pyles, PhD, “Coronavirus:Personal Wellness and Disaster Response.” Pyles is a professor at the Social Welfare at the University of Albany and a meditation and yoga teacher.
- A popular course on Happiness at Yale University that is offered for free online.