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COVID-19 Information & Support

The emergence of COVID-19 is creating challenges for communities worldwide, including our campus. Working together, we will meet those challenges. We will learn, teach, and continue to do meaningful work in innovative ways. We are Volunteers: when challenges arise, we step forward and serve others. That is our history, and that is how we will persevere in this moment.


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What UT Knoxville Is Doing

All classes have been moved online following spring break, effective March 23, for the duration of the spring semester.

Students are expected to stay home and participate in online classes from their primary residence. Students who are not able to stay at home after spring break can register for an exemption to continue to live on campus.

All university events are canceled, including commencement.

All UT Knoxville–sponsored study abroad programs with departure dates prior to May 20 have been suspended.

Any student, faculty, or staff who travels outside the US or goes on any cruise ship may not return to campus for two weeks upon their return home. Community spreading of the virus is occurring globally.

Effective March 10, nonessential UT-related international and domestic travel outside the state of Tennessee was suspended with reimbursement of associated costs.

Latest Updates

Daily Campus Update for March 31

March 31, 2020 at 5:13 pm - An end-of-day roundup of updates about COVID-19.

Update on Student and Instructor Resources

March 31, 2020 at 4:41 pm - Strategies, guidance, and resources as we continue the transition.

Daily Campus Update for March 30

March 30, 2020 at 4:26 pm - An end-of-day roundup of updates about COVID-19.

Daily Campus Update for March 27

March 27, 2020 at 5:16 pm - An end-of-day roundup of updates about COVID-19.

Update on tenure extension, evaluations

March 27, 2020 at 4:53 pm - As you focus on your students’ success, we are focused on your success.

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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

NOTE: CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease 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.