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Daily Campus Update for March 24

March 24, 2020 at 5:11 pm

Message from the Chancellor

Dear Vols,

I realize this is a strange time. Not only are we not living and working alongside one another on campus, but we’re also cooped up in our homes. We may feel disconnected from our friends and our colleagues.

But just as our classrooms and workplaces have moved online, so has our campus community.

We work hard all year to make UT a place where everyone matters and everyone belongs—and that work doesn’t stop just because our community is now a virtual one. More than ever, we must all do our part to build an inclusive campus that is supportive of all students, faculty, and staff in what is an uncertain and stressful time for a lot of us.

As conversations move online, it’s easy to become less thoughtful with our words. Let’s commit to being intentional about what we say, and look for ways to reach out to those who might need extra support.

Building community also means staying connected—and not just when we have to for work or class. Consider holding regular video check-ins with your friends and moving student organizations online as much as possible.

This is our moment to show everyone who Volunteers really are. We are resilient, helpful, and compassionate. Now is the time to lead with courage and kindness.

Donde Plowman

UT Using 3D Printers to Make Protective Shields for Health Care Workers

In labs across campus, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, faculty and staff are fabricating face-shield headbands and other personal protective gear for use by Tennessee medical professionals in the fight against COVID-19.

Students to Receive Prorated Refunds for Some Fees

With the transition to online classes for the remainder of the spring semester, the university has outlined a plan to provide prorated refunds of several student fees for services that cannot be accommodated in other ways for students studying off campus. These include housing, dining, parking, transportation, and study abroad fees. Students received an email Tuesday from One Stop with details on receiving their reimbursement.

Ensuring That Everyone Is Valued and Respected

Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Engagement Tyvi Small sent a message to all students, faculty, and staff reminding them of the importance of showing empathy, compassion, and kindness, particularly to those for whom these times may be especially stressful. He reminded the campus that everyone has a role in creating an inclusive environment for all members of our community.

Classes Are Online—And So Are UT Libraries

Library resources remain available to students even while they are living and studying off campus. Students can access e-books, journal articles, research guides, films, and more from their computers and mobile devices 24 hours a day. They can chat with a librarian to find the resources they need, receive help citing sources, and get answers to questions.

Guidance for Graduate and Professional Students

The impacts of the spread of COVID-19 present unique challenges for graduate and professional students. To help, the Graduate School has provided extensive guidance and information for graduate and professional students.

Catch Up on Facebook Live

Chancellor Plowman moved her weekly office hours online, using Facebook Live to answer questions from students, faculty, and staff earlier today. Other administrators have also used the platform to do live Q&A events with the campus community. All the events are available to rewatch on the UT Knoxville Facebook page. Follow us to find out when the next event will take place.

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