Although UT has received no reports of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, staff from UT Emergency Management, the Student Health Center, Student Life, the Center for Global Engagement, and other campus offices are closely monitoring the outbreak and working with partners at the local, state, and federal levels.
As the outbreak continues, we will monitor developments and adjust our procedures to ensure the safety and well-being of our campus community.
To date, we have taken the following measures:
- Suspended spring and summer education abroad programs in China and South Korea
- Implemented Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations for screenings at the Student Health Center
- Updated international travel procedures
- Established a coronavirus information page on the Student Health Center website
How you can help
- Anyone from UT proposing international travel should read and follow the coronavirus travel advisory issued by the Center for Global Engagement. Contact the center if you have any questions about travel. In addition, prospective travelers should monitor travel advisories from the CDC. Currently, the CDC has issued a Level 3–Avoid Nonessential Travel advisory for China and South Korea. The US Department of State has issued a Level 4–Do Not Travel advisory for China.
- All UT students, faculty, and staff are urged to monitor the CDC for the latest information on the coronavirus, including prevention tips.
Even though we have not had a COVID-19 case, we want faculty and staff to understand what to do if for any reason they are asked to isolate themselves by their health care provider or health officials. If you are under self-isolation with no symptoms per CDC recommendations, contact your supervisor. If you are under self-isolation with symptoms, contact both your supervisor and your health care provider. Supervisors in either case are asked to contact Director of Emergency Management Brian Gard at 865-974-3061. Faculty and staff may return to their normal activities on campus after completing the CDC’s self-isolation protocol.
Students who might be affected will work with the Student Health Center and follow the Office of the Dean of Students’ absence notification process.
Many members of the Volunteer community have family and friends who may be affected by the outbreak. Please encourage them to access support by calling 865-974-HELP (students) or 865-946-CARE (faculty and staff).