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Updates for Faculty and Staff


Campus Mask Policy Extended

September 07, 2021 at 4:10 pm - We continue to see an increase in COVID-19 across our state.

Updated COVID Guidelines

August 02, 2021 at 5:18 pm - We are beginning the fall semester with limited mask requirements.

COVID-19 vaccine recommendation

July 06, 2021 at 4:21 pm - To be fully vaccinated before returning to campus, start the process soon.

Update to Campus Mask Policy

May 17, 2021 at 12:05 pm - Fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks or social distance on campus.

COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility

March 25, 2021 at 4:15 pm - Anyone age 16 and older in Knox County is now eligible.

Responsibilities and Consequences

August 24, 2020 at 4:40 pm - While most Vols are working to protect our community, some are not.

Workshop on Customizing a COVID-19 Plan for Your Work Area

June 15, 2020 at 4:38 pm - Learn how to apply university resources on COVID-19 to build a detailed return-to-work plan.

Campus Update for June 8

June 08, 2020 at 4:42 pm - A roundup of campus news and information.

Campus Update for June 4

June 04, 2020 at 5:44 pm - A roundup of campus news and information.

Return-to-work training

June 02, 2020 at 5:39 pm - Complete training by June 5 if you plan to return to campus in Phase 2.

FAQs



How has the university distributed federal COVID-19 relief funding?

CARES Act funding, spring 2020

The university distributed $9.62 million provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act for student emergency relief. Approximately 90 percent of the CARES Act funding was disbursed directly to about 9,000 eligible students in the form of grant aid to help with financial hardships as a result of COVID-19. The remaining 10 percent was distributed to students who applied for and were eligible for emergency financial assistance.

HEERF II funding, spring 2021

The university distributed $19.62 million in federal student emergency relief from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II). Approximately 99 percent of the money allocated for student emergency relief is being disbursed directly to about 13,700 eligible students in the form of grant aid to help with financial hardships as a result of COVID-19. The remaining 1 percent of student emergency relief funds is being allocated to the Student Emergency Fund administered by the Office of the Dean of Students.

Grant aid in both spring 2020 and spring 2021 was distributed to UT undergraduate and graduate students with the highest need based on their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Information about distribution of federal COVID-19 student emergency relief is available on the One Stop Student Services website.

HEERF III funding, fall 2021

The university will begin distributing $25.9 million in federal student emergency relief from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III). The university’s distribution of HEERF III funds to eligible undergraduate and graduate students was developed under the guidance provided by the US Department of Education. Information about student eligibility and distribution of federal COVID-19 student emergency relief is available on the One Stop Student Services website.

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What is the status of university travel?

What you need to do

Business units are responsible for trip cancellations related to COVID-19.

To avoid COVID-19 exposure during travel, follow the same health and safety behaviors as at home. Wear a mask. Practice social distancing. Wash hands frequently. Clean frequently touched surfaces and monitor your health.

Anyone coming to campus who has recently traveled, whether in the US or internationally, should decide whether they need to self-isolate based on local travel restrictions, the rate of community spread to which they have been exposed, any specific known exposures, their own health assessment, and their vaccination status.

Learn more about when to self-isolate.

Support and resources

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