The University administration is monitoring daily the status of the Coronavirus COVID-19.
Preventing the spread of COVID-19 at UTS is everyone’s responsibility.
- Get Vaccinated! COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective at keeping you from getting COVID-19.
- Mask-wearing and physical distancing (6 feet) are recommended if you aren’t fully vaccinated. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water; use hand sanitizer when you can’t.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the inside of your elbow.
- Clean and disinfect. Clean high-touch surfaces daily and disinfect surfaces as needed.
- Monitor your health daily. Report symptoms and isolate yourself when necessary.
Quarantine & Isolation
You can learn about the latest quarantine guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
As we begin the new year and semester, we are dealing with a surge in COVID cases due to the new Omicron variant. This new variant is highly contagious; 1 in 3 tests in Tennessee is proving positive. Hospitalizations, likewise, continue to rise across the state. We have worked with our Campus Clinic Staff, consulting with President Boyd and chancellors across the UT System, to determine how best to continue campus operations and offer face-to-face instruction safely.
Right now our first priority remains providing a quality education for students and a safe workplace for all faculty and staff. Effective immediately the precautions described below will be in place for everyone in the UTS community.
Masks are expected in indoor spaces. We know masks can slow the spread, allowing us to continue face-to-face. Whenever it’s possible, physically distancing from others is also expected. Our Athletic Program will proceed with recommended masking and social distancing when possible.
The UT Southern Clinic provides COVID-19 testing. Faculty, staff, and students who have tested positive should complete the UTS COVID-19 Notification Form found on the COVID-19 Information website. If you are experiencing symptoms, you are expected to seek medical attention. If you are experiencing symptoms in our academic areas, remember to stay in touch with your faculty, who will work with you to make sure you don’t fall behind academically. We even have laptops if you need to check one out. Student Success is at the heart of all we do, which stems from our total commitment to you.
Vaccinations and boosters are our best shot at battling Covid-19 and returning to normal. These are available at the Departments of Health and by appointment at our Campus Clinic. Contact our campus clinic by emailing email@example.com.
Our local community members are fierce supporters of this University. We owe them our commitment to these mitigation strategies. I know you will want to keep our campus and community healthy. We will continue to monitor our local situation and adapt as needed.
As always, thank you for your commitment to ensuring the safety of those around you.
For the University,
Chancellor La Branche