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Daily Campus Update for March 25

March 25, 2020 at 5:56 pm

Message from the Chancellor

Dear Vols,

It is in our most challenging times that we often see the most courageous leadership. Across our campus, I have witnessed the selflessness of countless Volunteers who have stepped forward to do what is right by our campus, our state, and one another.

A team of faculty, staff, and students has been printing face shields to protect our front-line health care workers, and others have donated supplies from their own campus laboratories to medical workers. Others are giving what they can to our student emergency fund to support students who need help bridging the gap in these challenging and unprecedented circumstances.

I’ve seen students praising their professors for making the transition to online classes easier for them, and professors lauding their students for their feedback and engagement during the transition.

Today the Faculty Senate voted to make some temporary adjustments to our academic policies. They saw a need to be flexible and worked swiftly to make changes that will help students who may need it.

Thank you to everyone for giving your all to make this semester a great one. These circumstances are not always easy, but it is easier to do hard things when we work together.

Donde Plowman

Chancellor Drops In on Zoom Meeting to Thank Students

Chancellor Plowman dropped in on a virtual meeting to surprise and thank the engineering and architecture students who have been using their free time and personal resources to print thousands of face shields. The much-needed equipment will be sent to medical staff to help protect them from COVID-19.

Temporary Academic Policy Changes

The Faculty Senate voted to temporarily adjust several academic policies for the spring term as a means to support student success under these extraordinary circumstances. Provost David Manderscheid and Faculty Senate President Gary Skolits sent a message to faculty, students, and staff today detailing the changes.

VolShop Offering Free E-book Access

Through its partner Vital Source, the VolShop is providing free access to an extensive catalog of e-books for students through the end of the semester. Go to the VolShop website for a link to access the catalog. Also, students who rented books for the spring term through the VolShop will be provided a prepaid return label to return books at the end of the semester.

Professor Delivers Online Keynote Speech

Karen Lloyd, associate professor of microbiology, and Drew Steen, assistant professor of environmental geology, were two of many UT faculty members who found themselves quickly adapting travel and conference plans last week as the nation embraced social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Vols Help Vols: Support Students in Need

The university has publicly announced a student emergency fund to provide financial assistance to students in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund is administered through the Office of the Dean of Students and supported through VOLstarter, the university’s crowdfunding platform.

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