The return to campus for fall 2020 is different from any semester in memory. As we face the coronavirus pandemic together, it is imperative that we take important steps to keep our campus community safe. Staying well will require all of us to do our part to decrease the chances for transmission of the coronavirus. The Volunteer Commitment outlines the steps each of us must take to help keep our community safe. Please take time to study these steps and join me in committing to doing everything possible to help keep our Volunteer Family safe.
UT is committed to keeping our campus as safe as possible as we face the coronavirus pandemic. UT’s COVID-19 website is continually updated with the latest information, and the Graduate School has COVID-19 webpages with information most relevant to graduate and professional students. Use these resources as important sources of information throughout the semester. In addition to these websites, the administration will be in communication in other ways such as the Chancellor’s Live Updates, through Vol Update, and email. Please be attentive to emails that you receive from the Graduate School or other offices on campus, and follow the Graduate School on social media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook) to get updated campus information.
Campus looks different this fall. Fewer classes are face-to-face, and we are more reliant on technology to keep in touch with others. When we are on campus, we are following guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting surfaces, wearing face coverings, and staying at least 6 feet apart. Another critically important responsibility is to perform daily self-checks. These self-checks are a key part of reducing the transmission of coronavirus, and compliance from each of us is needed for this important safety measure to be effective. If you need to self-isolate because you become sick or because of potential exposure, UT’s resources on how to self-isolate provide important guidance.
In spite of the coronavirus pandemic, there are lots of things to keep you engaged this semester. The UT Events Calendar is updated continually with new opportunities. You will find events focused on personal growth, fun, recreation, professional development, education, networking and much more.
It is also understandable that you might be feeling stressed or anxious due to COVID-19 or other challenges. UT has resources available that you might find useful as you work to cope with stressors. Be Well!