The University of Tennessee System, and all UT campuses and institutes, are monitoring and responding to the coronavirus outbreak for the safety and health of our University community and the state of Tennessee. The outbreak has been declared by the World Health Organization as a pandemic.

This website section will be updated as new details become available or information changes.


The Board of Trustees approved an emergency resolution authorizing the UT System to require CDC or Department of Health recommended vaccines for all faculty, staff and students to prevent, control, or monitor the spread of COVID-19. This will include the flu immunization, and could include a COVID vaccine, if one is developed and recommended by the CDC and Tennessee Department of Health.

Read the Guidance →

Public Health Information

The Tennessee Dept. of Health will have the latest information about the disease within our state. More information about the disease can be found on the following public health organization websites:

Steps UT is Taking Systemwide

  • All spring semester and summer session 2020 classes will be delivered online.
  • Students are asked to participate in online classes from their primary residence.
  • Most University events are canceled, including commencements. Campuses are looking at alternative commencement ceremony options.
  • All University-sponsored international travel is prohibited, along with non-essential domestic travel outside the state of Tennessee until further notice.
  • Supervisors are encouraged to allow faculty and staff to telecommute where possible.
  • Each UT campus has set up dedicated funds to address the immediate needs of students experiencing hardship as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and social distancing.
  • A systemwide task force has published guidelines and best practices for safely re-opening for the fall semester.


Latest Systemwide Announcements

UT System COVID-19 Task Force Releases ‘Best Practices’ for Re-Opening Campuses
The University of Tennessee System’s COVID-19 task force has released a report that provides guidance, recommendations and best practices to re-open its campuses in the fall.
May 20, 2020

Column: Preparing for Safe Re-entry
Monthly column by UT President Randy Boyd distributed to all UT employees and newspapers statewide.
May 12, 2020

University of Tennessee Campuses Plan for Fall Semester
The UT System plans to welcome students back to each of its campuses this fall.
May 6, 2020

UT Board of Trustees Hears Report on COVID-19 Response →
In a virtual meeting Friday morning, President Randy Boyd updated trustees as to the ongoing impact, plans to return to campus and looking to the fall during this era of COVID-19.
April 24, 2020

UT Board of Trustees to Hold Special Meeting on April 24 →
Following CDC guidance, the Board of Trustees will hold a virtual meeting Friday 8 a.m. EDT to be briefed about the University’s ongoing COVID-19 response.
April 20, 2020

Campuses to Continue Online Classes Throughout the Summer →
In consultation with campus chancellors, President Boyd announced that summer session classes at all campuses will be delivered online.
April 1, 2020

Our Defining Moment →
Video message from UT President Randy Boyd
March 19, 2020

UT to Continue Online Classes for Remainder of the Spring Semester, Alternative Commencement Ceremonies Being Planned →
Each campus is sending specific communications to their faculty, students and staff regarding the impact to their respective campuses.
March 16, 2020

UT Moves Courses Online in Response to COVID-19 →
In consultation with all UT campus chancellors, President Boyd announced all in-person classes will be temporarily suspended until further notice as a proactive measure in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
March 11, 2020



UT Campuses and Institutes

Local information and regular updates for UT campuses and institutes can be found at the links below:

UT Health Science Center →

UT Chattanooga →

UT System Administration

Information for UTSA employees →

Student Emergency Funds

Each UT campus has set up dedicated funds to address the immediate needs of students experiencing hardship as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and social distancing.

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