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,

UT System COVID-19 Situation Dashboard

Visit the UT System COVID-19 Situation Dashboard which includes aggregated information from across the UT System that is updated each weeknight, Monday - Friday.

Preventing the spread of COVID-19 at UTM is everyone's responsibility.

  • healing Get Vaccinated! COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective at keeping you from getting COVID-19.
  • masks Wear a mask and maintain physical distancing (6 feet) if you are not fully vaccinated. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • clean_hands Wash your hands frequently with soap and water and use hand sanitizer when you can't.
  • health_and_safety Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the inside of your elbow.
  • sanitizer Clean and disinfect. Clean high touch surfaces daily and disinfect surfaces as needed.
  • medical_services Monitor your health daily. Report symptoms and isolate yourself when necessary. All community members are expected to consistently report symptoms and follow isolation and/or quarantine guidance from university medical officials.

Quarantine and Isolation Guidelines

You can learn about the latest quarantine guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Contact Tracing

UT Martin will continue to follow current CDC and Tennessee Department of Health quarantine and isolation guidelines. Student Health and Counseling Services will conduct contact tracing for known student cases, and employees can consult with Human Resources.

Current Pandemic Questions and Responses

Information Current 9-14-2021

Is there a contingency plan to return to online teaching since COVID conditions are worsening?

The university plans to continue in-person classes, but pandemic conditions are monitored continually.

Are there any plans to announce a more specific campus-wide policy regarding how faculty should handle students who have somehow been affected by COVID-19?

University COVID-19 numbers are only as good as the information provided. Report concerns to Student Health and Counseling, Student Affairs for the UTM Care Team, and follow the advice of health-care providers.

Some faculty are unwilling to enforce the mask mandate in their classrooms, making it difficult for those who take it seriously. What can be done?

If you know of a faculty member who is not enforcing the mask mandate in class, please let the provost or the appropriate dean know about it so that the situation can be addressed directly.

It would be helpful for the university to have a quickly accessible link on the COVID-19 webpage for what to do and for how long if faculty are: exposed, develop symptoms, are waiting the one to two days for PCR test results, or test positive.

Faculty members who have been exposed to COVID-19 and are vaccinated would not be required to quarantine if there are no symptoms. Those who are unvaccinated and are determined to be close contact should follow guidance from their health-care provider. Any faculty member who is experiencing symptoms or tests positive should quarantine for the time period determined by their health-care provider. In situations where a faculty member cannot meet their classes, they should talk with their department chair about the best way to manage each class for the duration of the quarantine.

I’m seeing more and more students suffering from “mask fatigue.” Is the university going to do anything to help offset this?

Dr. Andy Lewter, vice chancellor for student affairs, sent a document to students (10 Truths about COVID) to reinforce the ways that we can mitigate the risk of contracting COVID. UT Martin’s Instagram and Snapchat (the most popular social platforms for our students) include official posts at least once every two weeks encouraging students to wear masks and how to properly wear them. Chancellor Keith Carver will appear in a video about masks and proper mask wearing in the coming weeks.

Can we clarify the faculty’s role in contact tracing?

The Student Health and Counseling Center staff manages the contact tracing process. Faculty or staff members who are interested in assisting with that process should contact Shannon Deal, the center director.

If faculty members do take attendance, will we ever be contacted to help with contact tracing? Should faculty members prepare seating charts? If faculty should be doing this, why were they not informed before classes started?

The Student Health and Counseling Center coordinates the contact-tracing process. In that role, the center has been responsible for alerting students who needed to be quarantined for various periods of time. Anything that faculty members are willing to do to identify who was in class on a given day helps the center in their contact- tracing work.

Is there nothing to be done about large classes in classrooms too small for social distancing?

Faculty members who have very tight classrooms should discuss this with their department chair and the dean to see if there are any options for moving the class. During most course timeslots, moving courses to larger classrooms is not possible.

If students report a positive test but do not report it themselves, can there be a way for faculty to report them?

If a faculty member hears that a student has tested positive off campus but has not reported it, the faculty member can contact Shannon Deal in Student Health and Counseling or Edie Gibson in the Office of the Chancellor to report the positive student.

If a student tests positive, the teacher is notified but not told who it is. Faculty were told to tell the other students in the class that a positive test occurred, but not who the positive student is. What does only telling the students that there was a positive test accomplish?

Unless a student explicitly gives permission to share his or her positive results, the university is not permitted to do so. The only option, therefore, is to tell those attending the class that there is a positive case, which alerts unvaccinated students that they might consider getting tested. Students who have been vaccinated would have a very low risk of contracting COVID-19.

Some students are very clearly unhappy with the mask mandate. This will inevitably come out in course evaluations. Will administration consider this when reviewing evaluations?

We all recognize that the conditions created by the pandemic have changed course dynamics in myriad ways, and some students may show their frustration in their course evaluations. As with so many other issues related to the pandemic, university leadership from the chancellor and provost to deans and department chairs will take the pandemic into account when interpreting course evaluation data.

Can there be greater acknowledgement that even though most classes aren’t “hybrid” this year, all will end up being hybrid for a great portion of the semester so as not to punish students in quarantine?

Last year, all faculty members who had an in-person course component for a class were required to run a parallel online class. There is no requirement to do that this year. Instead, we have encouraged faculty members to work with students to keep them in class while they are quarantined or isolated. In the first two weeks of classes, we had a string of days where just over 200 students were in quarantine. While that's a significant number, it's a relatively small percentage of the overall on-campus student population. We think it makes the most sense to give faculty members the discretion to work with students in ways that fit their courses specifically.

Will faculty be allowed to make decisions to go online if they deem the situation too serious?

As we have done throughout the pandemic, UT campuses will make any changes to course delivery together as a UT System. Faculty members cannot decide on their own to move courses online. If a faculty member has a health issue, he or she should talk with the department chair and dean about options for managing courses.

Why is the dashboard not updated on the weekends?

This is a staffing situation, as well as related to information availability during weekends. Occasional weekend updates will be made as conditions warrant.

Who is monitoring the content on social media?

The university intends to accurately portray the university’s masking requirements. Activities in enclosed spaces will normally show people wearing masks and social distancing as much as possible; outdoor activities are less restricted, and video and photos reflect this. The university recommends masks when social distancing isn’t possible. No situation is perfect but contact Bud Grimes with concerns or suggestions about the university’s official social media accounts.

HEERF III Funding-Direct Student Aid FAQs

Information Current 9-21-2021

Who is eligible to receive CARE funds?

Any student (including undocumented or international) who is or was enrolled at UT Martin during the COVID-19 national emergency may be eligible for financial aid grants through HEERF, regardless of whether they completed a FAFSA or are Title IV eligible. However, UTM must prioritize students with exceptional need, such as students who receive a Pell Grant or are undergraduates with exceptional financial circumstances.

What are the requirements to be eligible for CARE awards?

Students who are or were enrolled on or after March 13, 2020, who demonstrate exceptional need due to COVID-19.

How will students be awarded CARE funds?

Initial CARE awards are made through an automated process based on the student’s Pell Grant eligibility and unmet need. Any student who does not receive the initial CARE award is encouraged to complete the CARE application to demonstrate their need. Students may choose whether they would like their awards added onto their student account or disbursed directly to them. CARE funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

How can CARE awards be used?

CARE awards can be used for any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to COVID, such as tuition, food, housing, health care, or childcare. Students have the option to have the emergency grants refunded to them or directly onto their account.

Information and Resources


Classroom Disruption Guidance for Faculty Members

The UT Martin Office of Student Conduct and Care has created this guidance document to assist faculty members in developing and maintaining a positive learning environment in their classrooms. This guidance can be applied to a range of situations that faculty members may experience, including COVID-19 requirements. (Updated August 2021)

Managing classroom disruptions:

  • Set clear standards of behavior: Setting clear standards of behavior at the beginning of a course is a powerful deterrent to inappropriate behavior. Faculty members might consider stating their expectations for classroom behavior at the beginning of the course, as well as in their syllabus.

    Sample Syllabi Language: "Students are expected to wear a face mask that covers their mouth and nose at all times while in an instructional space (classroom), when instruction is occurring. These requirements are in place to promote the health and safety of the entire university community."

  • Address the behavior: When students don’t meet the classroom standards of behavior, i.e., not wearing a mask during class, it is important to confront the behavior as soon as possible.

    Identify the inappropriate behavior and ask if there is a reason for lack of compliance. Explain how it is disruptive to the rest of the class, and request that it not be repeated. To keep the situation from escalating, the student should always be treated with respect and courtesy.

  • If the behavior continues, request the student leave the class: Faculty members have the authority to request that a disruptive student leave a class for the remainder of the class period.

    If a faculty member does not feel comfortable requesting that a disruptive student leave the class, or if the student refuses to do so, the faculty member may contact the Office of Student Conduct and Care for assistance at (731) 881-7703 or dismiss the class for the day.

    If a disruptive student appears to be highly agitated and on the verge of violent behavior, avoid confrontation. Consider dismissing the class. Contact UT Martin Department of Public Safety at 731-881-7777. Do not attempt to use force or threats of force except for self-defense.

  • After class, faculty members should communicate the removal of a student or class dismissal to the Office of Student Conduct and Care and the faculty member’s department head as soon as possible. The Office of Student Conduct and Care will work with the faculty member to determine appropriate next steps. The student will not be allowed to return to class until they have met with a member of the Student Conduct Team.

Faculty Member Guidance on Students Isolating or Quarantining

Students who have tested positive for COVID-19 (in isolation) or who were identified as a “close contact” (in quarantine) will miss in-person classes anywhere between 1 and 17 days, depending on when Student Health is notified and the nature of the student’s situation.

The official notice that a student will miss in-person classes comes through an email from Student Affairs. You should receive this notice within 24 hours of Student Health being notified.

If a student notifies you that they need to miss class because of COVID, but you have not received an official email, please ask the student to complete this “Student COVID-19 Notification Form

Students missing class because of isolation or quarantine are asked to contact you to find a way to continue participating in your class while they are isolated or quarantined. This might include Zoom or assignments through Canvas. Please work with the student to find a way to stay engaged in your class. 

Thank you for your assistance, and please let me know if you have additional questions. (Contact: Dr. Andy Lewter, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, 731-881-7710,

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 began 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:

  1. Serious illness or injury of the student as verified by Student Health and Counseling Center or private physician;
  2. Serious personal or family problems as verified by a minister, physician or other appropriate professional; or
  3. Necessary change in work schedule, which conflicts with the class being dropped, as verified by the student’s employer submitted in writing on company letterhead.
The course(s) must be dropped or withdrawal completed before the last day of class or administration of the final exam, whichever comes first. Following approval by the student’s adviser, registrar, and in the case of withdrawal the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, a grade of “W” will be recorded for each course. Additional information can be found in the Drop, Add, and Withdrawal from the “University” section of the 2020-2021 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog.

COVID-19 Relief Funds

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act)

  • The Department of Education recently released funding for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERFIII) created as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The University of Tennessee at Martin has received $7,934,411 from these funds to support students facing needs created by the coronavirus pandemic through emergency financial aid grants for eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and childcare. Learn more here.
  • CARES Act Funding-Report and Disclosure:
    Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Reporting
    CARES Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students
    The University of Tennessee at Martin
    75-Day Report and Disclosure
    120-Day Report and Disclosure
    Federal Financial Report

Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA): Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II)

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.

American Rescue Plan (ARP): Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III

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.

Certifications and Agreements

UT Martin CARES HEERF Certification and Agreement (Institution)

UT Martin CARES HEERF Certification and Agreement (Student)

UTM CARES Act Certification and Agreement Strengthen Institution Program

HEERF Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Public Posting

2020 – Q3 Reports ending 9-30-2020

2020 – Q4 Reports ending 12-31-2020

2021 – Q1 Reports ending 3-313-2021

2021 – Q2 Reports ending 6-30-2021

2021 – Q3 Reports

  • Campus Tours: Campus tours for prospective students and their families have resumed. Contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 731-881-7020 or sign up for a tour at
Financial Aid

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.


Security, Services and Access

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.

  • Barnes & Noble Bookstore: Check the website for bookstore hours.
  • Computer Store: The Computer Store is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • Help Desk Hours: Check the website for Help Desk hours.
  • Hortense Parrish Writing Center: The UT Martin Writing Center offers its services through online appointments. Meet us for virtual sessions, or communicate with us via email!

    Making an appointment is easy! Follow these steps:
    1. Go to and click on "Register for an account".
    2. Once you make your account, use your login and password to view our calendar.
    3. Click on an available time slot and fill out the appointment request.
    If you request a virtual appointment, log back into WC Online and click on your appointment when the time comes. You will be directed to a video chat with a writing center staff member. If you request an email appointment, attach your paper to the request. Our staff will deliver brief feedback on your paper and return their comments to you at the end of your session time.

    Questions? Contact us at
  • Paul Meek Library: The Paul Meek Library continues its regular operating schedule:
    Maymester and Summer Sessions, May 17-August 13
    1. Sun. – 2 p.m.-10 p.m.
    2. Mon.-Thurs. – 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
    3. Fri. – 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
    4. Sat. – 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
    Exceptions include national holidays and some weekends. Check for updated hours and services.
  • Perry Children’s Center: The Margaret N. Perry Children's Center is currently operating on its regular, full-time schedule. Only staff and children are permitted inside the building unless special arrangements have been made with the center director. No courses, internships or other university educational activities are being conducted at the Children's Center at this time.
  • Skyhawk Mail Services: The following services are available Monday-Friday in Clement Hall:
    1. Mail drop off, 8 a.m.-noon (large mailings should be brought early)
    2. Mail pickup, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
COVID-19 Vaccinations and Testing

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.

Vaccine Facts from the CDC

  • COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective
  • Millions of people have received the COVID-19 vaccines under the most intense safety monitoring in U.S. history.
  • Vaccines cannot give you COVID-19
  • Serious side effects that could cause a long-term health problem are extremely unlikely following any vaccination, including the COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Vaccines are highly effective at preventing hospitalization and death, including against the Delta variant.
  • Fully vaccinated people with breakthrough infections from the variant appear to be infectious for a shorter period.
  • None of the vaccines authorized for use in the U.S. contain live virus. Thus, there is no possibility for vaccine shedding or the release of any of the vaccine components outside the body. Vaccine shedding can occur only when a vaccine contains a weakened version of the virus.
  • There is no evidence that COVID-19 vaccination causes any problems with pregnancy. There is no evidence that female or male fertility problems are a side effect of any vaccine, including COVID-19.
  • None of the authorized and recommended COVID-19 vaccines can cause you to test positive for COVID-19.
  • It typically takes two weeks after vaccination for the body to build immunity against the virus.

Vaccine Facts from the American Medical Association

How do we know if COVID-19 vaccines are safe? COVID-19 vaccines were tested in large clinical trials to make sure they meet safety standards. Many people were recruited to participate in these trials to see how the vaccines offers protection to people of different ages, races, and ethnicities, as well as those with different medical conditions. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) carefully reviews all safety data from clinical trials and an authorizes emergency vaccine use only when the expected benefits outweigh potential risks. The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) reviews all safety data before recommending any COVID-19 vaccine for use in the U.S. population. The FDA and CDC will continue to monitor the safety of COVID-19 vaccines, to make sure even very rare side effects are identified.

Messenger RNA or mRNA Vaccines (COVID-19 vaccines): mRNA vaccines are being held to the same safety and efficacy standards as all other types of vaccines in the United States. The only COVID-19 vaccines the FDA will make available for use in the United States are those that meet these standards. While there are currently no licensed mRNA vaccines in the United States, researchers have been studying and working with them for decades. mRNA vaccines have been studied before for flu, Zika, rabies and cytomegalovirus (CMV). Beyond vaccines, cancer research has used mRNA to trigger the immune system to target specific cancer cells.

Does getting sick with COVID-19 provide better protection than the vaccine gives? Both COVID-19 and the vaccines are new. We do not know how long protection lasts for those who get infected or for those who are vaccinated. What we do know is that COVID-19 has caused very serious illness and death for a lot of people. If you get COVID-19, you also risk giving it to loved ones who may get very sick. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine is a safer choice. If I have tested positive for COVID-19 and have recovered, do I need to be vaccinated? Yes, even if you have already had COVID-19 you should be vaccinated. Experts do not yet know how long you are protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. Even if you have already recovered from COVID-19, it is possible—although rare—that you could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 again. If you were treated for COVID-19 with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, you should wait 90 days before getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

Testing and Other Information:

Not all people who are infected with Sars-CoV-2 develop COVID-19; however, even the asymptomatic can transmit the virus to others. (Source - Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center)

Learn more about testing and other COVID-19 information here and COVID-19 vaccinations at this link.

  • Safety Trainings in K@TE and Canvas: Training topics covering a variety of subjects related to the pandemic are found at this link.
  • Stop the Spread of Germs at Work: Guidelines are offered for stopping the spread of germs in the workplace.
  • Fall 2021 UT Martin COVID-19 Cleaning and Disinfection Protocol: UT Martin seeks to safeguard the health and safety of all students and employees by following the guidance of CDC and EPA on facility cleaning and disinfecting to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The university’s Physical Plant custodial staff will continue with the enhanced cleaning protocols implemented during the pandemic. This includes the following:
    • Continue cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces in high-traffic areas multiple times each day. High touch points include elevators, computer lab equipment, lab tables and chairs, plexiglass, entrance and exit doors, doorknobs, light switches, handrails, elevator buttons, drinking fountains, faucets, vending machines, etc.
    • Daily disinfecting of classrooms. Classrooms will be cleaned, sanitized and then an electrostatic disinfectant spray will be used to fog the room.
    • Daily disinfecting of public restrooms.
    • Daily disinfecting, power washing and the use of an electrostatic disinfectant spray to fog restrooms in academic buildings.
    • Faculty and students will be responsible for the cleaning of the space they occupy in a classroom before and after each class. Hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes will be provided in each classroom.
    • Continue to supply hand sanitizer and sanitizing stations at the entrances of all academic buildings.
    • Custodians will only go into private offices and office suites one time per week this semester to mop and/or vacuum on Friday.
    • Fall semester custodial tasks will be reduced in administrative and academic buildings allowing custodians more time to focus on manually cleaning and disinfecting high-use areas in public and common areas on campus. Electrostatic disinfectant spray (fogging sprayers) cannot be used in many areas of the campus such as Paul Meek Library, Fine Arts Building, EPS Chemistry Labs, Brehm Hall biology labs, and computer labs. All of these must be manually wiped down daily with quaternary cleaners and health-care grade disinfectants. 
    • Due to the reduced staff and to support additional disinfecting in the classrooms, faculty and staff will be responsible for cleaning and disinfecting their workspaces, which include private offices and the common areas (copiers, printers and break rooms after each use). Trash receptacles should be placed in the hallway outside private offices or office suite doors each night. Cleaning materials will be distributed to each department. Refills will be provided upon request at

    Thank you for your assistance, cooperation and understanding as we all work to keep the university safe.

  • Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility: The CDC offers specifics about properly and effectively cleaning facilities during the pandemic.
  • COVID-19 Disinfecting and Personal Protective Equipment Plan: See the complete plan, which includes information about PPE and signage.
  • Departmental Signage: COVID-19 signage is now displayed in common areas of most buildings. Departments may wish to have additional signage for their offices.

    To ensure consistency and proper branding, University Relations designed a standard set of signage. Every sign relaying the same information should look the same across campus to reduce confusion.

    To obtain additional signs for your departments, follow these steps:
    1. Review the standard templates that are available
    2. If the template is already available, order standard signs from Skyhawk Printing ( to be printed on synthetic paper. The cost is $0.70 each if 10 or more signs (can be different templates) are needed or $1.50 for a single sign. The synthetic paper is water and tear resistance and is not supposed to curl like regular paper. Alternatively, departments may print the signs directly from the templates.
    3. Unique signs should be requested from University Relations so that a template can be created and added to the collection.
    4. The COVID-related signs should be adhered with painter’s tape only. If you are uncertain about how or where to place a sign, please contact the Physical Plant.
    All other signage should follow UT Martin’s standard policies.
  • Chancellor Keith Carver communicated to the university community in his “Return to Work In-Person Plan” message via email on 04/09/2021 that employees are expected to return to work on June 1, 2021, except those employees who have medical reasons necessitating they continue to take advantage of teleworking. If an employee falls into this latter category, you must submit documentation from your physician stating that you should be permitted to continue to work remotely due to medical reasons as it relates to the coronavirus until such time the university strictly prohibits this work arrangement. Though not universally permitted beginning June 1, 2021, some supervisors may continue alternative work arrangements for their department on a limited basis, which may include some level of teleworking/remote working. Please contact Michael Washington at extension 7847 or via email at, or Lori Beth Wilson Jones at extension 7846 or via email at", in the Office of Human Resources with any questions you may have.
  • Due to current and foreseeable budget constraints, university travel is only permissible if it is essential and pre-approved by the unit’s vice chancellor or chancellor until further notice. The pre-approval by the vice chancellor or chancellor must be attached to the travel reimbursement request before it will be processed.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides guidance based on a person’s vaccination status. Employees should be aware of the current virus statistics when traveling by checking the destination’s cases in the last seven days, their requirements and restrictions for travelers, and other guidance by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at the following link: International travel destinations determine the prevailing requirements for entry into and departure from the country.

Additional Information and Resources


General Overview

The following resources are offered by the Tennessee Department of Health:

SHCS Support and Management Coronavirus Disease Resources