The University of Texas at Dallas will delay fall conference sports in the hopes of resuming athletics in the spring, the University announced today.

The decision was made in conjunction with fellow universities in the American Southwest Conference.

UT Dallas President Richard C. Benson said public health considerations had to come first.

“We are proud of the great work done by our students, in the classroom and on the field of play, so this is extremely disappointing,” Benson said. “We had no other option left as we had to make the health of our student-athletes, coaches, support teams and fans our first priority. It is our hope that these sports can return to our campus in the spring.”