The University of Tennessee at Martin is monitoring and responding to the coronavirus outbreak for the safety and health of our community and the state of Tennessee. Questions and comments can be directed to Bud Grimes, Office of University Relations, email@example.com.
Senior Exit Exams for Summer 2021: Senior exit exams are required for all graduating seniors as part of the general requirements for the bachelor’s degree and as part of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission Quality Assurance Funding. Results are reported to THEC either annually (for the general education exam and for major field licensure exams in education, engineering, and nursing) or once in the five-year QAF cycle (for other majors). Based upon the reporting requirements, the Faculty Senate approved the following testing plan for the Fall 2020 semester, and the plan will continue through Summer 2021:
All students graduating in Summer 2021 will be required to complete the Proficiency Profile Exam. The exam will be given at Testing Center locations with COVID-19 precautions in place including masks and social distancing. Graduating seniors will need to contact the Testing Center to schedule an appointment for the exam.
All students graduating in Summer 2021 in the following majors/degree programs will be required to complete their respective major field examination.
The exams for English, Business, Criminal Justice and Social Work will be given at Testing Center locations with COVID-19 precautions in place including masks and social distancing. Graduating seniors in these programs will need to contact the Testing Center to schedule an appointment for the exam. Communication majors will submit their portfolios according to the Department of Communications guidelines.
The major field exams for all other majors have been waived for students graduating in Summer 2021.
Senior Exit Exams for Fall 2021: Effective Fall 2021 senior testing requirements will be reinstated, and all students will be required to complete both the General Education – Proficiency Profile and the major field exams.
2021 Fall Semester: Fall semester classes will begin on August 23. Fall break scheduled for October 18 and 19. The last day of classes will be December 3, and final exams will begin December 6. Courses will be delivered primarily in person, except for those that were typically offered online prior to the pandemic.
Testing and Notification of Positive COVID-19 Cases: This FAQ addresses questions about positive COVID-19 testing and notification.
Dropping courses or withdrawing from the university after the drop deadline: Students who can verify one of the following situations may drop a single course or multiple courses or withdraw from the university after the drop deadline:
The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) is authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), Public Law 116-260, signed into law on Dec. 27, 2020. UT Martin received funds to ensure learning continues for students during the COVID-19 pandemic. The institution was allocated $2.5 million for additional financial aid grants to students. Learn more about the student distribution.
The supplemental grant awarded to UT Martin of $6.4 million may be used for funds for Institutional Costs to defray expenses associated with coronavirus (including lost revenue, reimbursement for expenses already incurred, technology costs associated with a transition to distance education, faculty and staff trainings, and payroll); carry out student support activities authorized by the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA) that address needs related to coronavirus; and make additional financial grants to students, which may be used for any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), or child care.
The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III) is authorized by the American Rescue Plan (ARP), Public Law 117-2, signed into law on March 11, 2021, providing over $7.5 million in support to serve students and ensure learning continues during the COVID-19 pandemic.
ARP funds are in addition to funds authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), Public Law 116-260 and the Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Public Law 116-136. Emergency funds available to institutions and their students under all emergency funds total $7.9 million for UT Martin.
The U.S. Department of Education is providing guidance during the COVID-19 crisis, and regulatory relief is being reviewed frequently by Congress. Any changes will be posted in this FAQ.
Academic buildings will be open during the day. The building lockup process generally starts around 7 p.m.; buildings may need to remain open after 7 p.m. based on evening/night class schedules, use, and activity. Recreational facilities will be open to all registered students during operating hours, although hours might be more limited than in the past.
We continue to encourage all students and staff to consider receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. COVID-19 vaccines are effective at preventing COVID-19 and will help protect you without having to be sick. Vaccination is especially important for adults with underlying conditions because these individuals are at an increased risk from severe illness from COVID-19.
Vaccination against COVID-19 has several benefits. After you’ve been fully vaccinated, you can start to do some things you have stopped doing because of the pandemic and, if you have been around someone who has COVID-19, you do not need to quarantine or get tested unless you have symptoms. You still should continue taking steps to protect yourself and others.
Thank you for everything you do to help the UT Martin community stay well.
NOTE – The following UT Martin Cleaning and Disinfecting Guidelines were adapted from the UT Knoxville Facilities Services Guidelines published May 6, 2020.
The following resources are offered by the Tennessee Department of Health: