Students wear face coverings on the first day of classes Aug. 26 on the University Center mall. Masks are not required outside but should be worn when social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
Electrical engineering sophomore Victor Armendariz rests on the first day of classes Aug. 26 in the University Center Palo Duro Lounge. Seating has been adjusted to promote social distancing while students eat.
Nursing freshman Stephanie Torres works on her laptop during the first day of classes Aug. 26 in the University Center Palo Duro Lounge. Masks are required inside all campus buildings except when eating.
UTA public safety officer Rob Bilger, right, hands a map to marketing freshman Ali Akbar on the first day of classes Aug. 26 on the University Center mall. Bilger was helping students with directions to classes and providing masks.
Students maintain social distancing while waiting in line during the first day of classes Aug. 26 in The Plaza. Markers have been placed on the floor to help students maintain a 6-foot distance from one another.
Biology freshman Abanoub Abdelsaid, left, software engineering freshman Anton Hanna, center, and mechanical engineering freshman Bishoy Habib look at their phones on the first day of classes Aug. 26 in the University Center. According to UTA's face-covering protocol people should wear a mask until they are ready to eat and then replace it after they've finished eating.
Students began their fall semester classes Wednesday on a changed campus. UTA has taken numerous precautions to promote social distancing and limit the spread of the coronavirus, including limiting seating inside the University Center and requiring face coverings inside all campus buildings except when eating.
The university has transitioned to a mix of hybrid, online and face-to-face classes until Thanksgiving break, when all classes will transition online.