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Updates for Faculty and Staff

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.

Campus Update for June 1

June 01, 2020 at 5:44 pm - A roundup of campus news and information.

Resources for Instructors

May 29, 2020 at 2:18 pm - New resources to help you prepare for the fall semester.

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 Faculty and Staff

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


Have you witnessed or been the recipient of a bias-based incident?

As we navigate these challenging times as an inclusive campus community, please do not make assumptions about others based on perceived symptoms or identities (e.g., race, ethnicity and/or national origin). We want to foster a campus environment in which everyone matters and belongs. This means showing empathy and respect to all Vols, particularly those for whom this may be an especially stressful situation.

It is important to uphold our values during this evolving situation and to protect every aspect of our community’s well-being. For those who may need additional support, please utilize the following resources:

  • Students can contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 974-HELP or the Student Counseling Center at 865-974-2196 for support services.
  • Employees can access resources through the Office of Human Resources or by calling 865-946-CARE.
  • For more information regarding bias and to make a report, visit

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How did the university distribute CARES Act funds to students?

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 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.

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

CARES Act funding report and disclosure.

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What is the status of university travel?

  • University-related travel within the US does not require an exception. Restrictions may be reinstated if CDC guidelines warrant a change.
  • Exceptions are required for all university-related international travel taking place through December 31.
  • For university-related international travel beginning after December 31, exceptions will be required for destinations with a US Department of State travel warning (Level 3 or 4) or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 travel alert (Level 2, 3, or 4 for students; Level 3 or Level 4 for faculty and staff).
  • University-related travel beginning after December 31 requires registration with the Center for Global Engagement, regardless of whether the destination requires an exception.
  • The use of World Travel and the purchase of travel insurance through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) are required for university-related international 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, and their own health assessment.

Learn more about when to self-isolate.

Support and resources

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