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COVID-19 Information & Support

When the COVID-19 pandemic started, our purpose was to adapt quickly to an emergency. Thanks to the remarkable efforts and determination of our faculty, staff, and students, we succeeded. Our next step is to apply the principles, lessons, and innovations we have developed as we carefully return our employees to work on campus and deliberately prepare for the fall semester. Read our three-phase plan for returning faculty and staff to campus.


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What UT Knoxville Is Doing

All classes have been moved online for the duration of the spring and summer semesters, including May mini-term, and all university-sponsored events are canceled.

The university has drastically limited the number of students staying on campus and established procedures for working remotely.

Re-Imagining Fall Task Force has been charged with making recommendations on the process for re-opening our campus.

The university has suspended all nonessential UT-related international and domestic travel with reimbursement of associated costs.

The university has established a student emergency fund to provide financial assistance to students in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In an effort to limit face-to-face interactions and keep faculty, staff, and students safe, the university has greatly reduced research and creative activities.

Latest Updates

Campus Update for May 28

May 28, 2020 at 2:11 pm - A roundup of campus news and information.

Campus Update for May 26

May 26, 2020 at 5:05 pm - A roundup of campus news and information.

Changes to the Fall Calendar for Students

May 26, 2020 at 2:30 pm - We are adjusting the academic calendar and developing new safety measures.

Changes to the Fall Calendar for Faculty and Staff

May 26, 2020 at 2:26 pm - We are adjusting the academic calendar and developing new safety measures.

Campus Update for May 21

May 21, 2020 at 1:56 pm - A roundup of campus news and information.

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What You Can Do

Everyone should remain aware of developments and pay attention to updates from the university.


The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed. Everyday preventive actions will help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases.

CDC recommends that everyone follow these precautions:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
  • Wear simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help prevent people who may have the virus without symptoms from transmitting it to others.

The rise in COVID-19 cases has led to considerable misinformation on social media and elsewhere. Please consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date and accurate information about the virus and help reduce the spread of misinformation.

Media Inquiries

Members of the news media should contact Owen Driskill at jdriskil@utk.edu or 865-974-2383 with any questions about UT’s response to the coronavirus.