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We are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely. Please note the latest campus health and safety guidance:

Face masks are strongly recommended but optional inside university buildings for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals, except when alone in a private office or single-occupant cubicle.

For individuals who live with individuals who are immunocompromised, or who have a condition which places them at high risk for severe illness with COVID-19, masking and social distancing are strongly recommended but optional, regardless of vaccination status.

COVID-19 vaccination for all eligible individuals ages 12 and up is encouraged. However, as an organization receiving public funding, the university cannot require individuals to show documentation they have been inoculated.

Facilitator Resources

All of the resources provided in this website will be helpful for planning alongside your Mentor how your First-Year Interest Group (FIG), Transfer-Year Interest Group (TrIG), or 360 Connection will operate in our current moment, and the FIG and TrIG requirements being messaged on this site are as relevant to FIG and TrIG Facilitators as they are to peer mentors.

As a reminder, in order to qualify as a 360 Connection, your class, group, or program must meet regularly in small groups, involve both a peer mentor and a staff facilitator, have an overarching academic topic or curriculum, and incorporating the five shared experiences:

  • Connect with Faculty
  • Foster Inclusivity
  • Live as a Longhorn (Integrity/Honor Code, UT pride, BeVocal, University Health Services and Health Promotion Resources, volunteer and service-learning, campus safety and security)
  • Learn as a Longhorn (academic wellness: study skills and time management, library resources)
  • Find Your Path (explore academic interests and career opportunities)

In addition to the information, requirements, resources, and best practices for FIGs and TrIGs on this website, more facilitator-specific information can also be found in the following places: