From the Senior Vice President
and Senior Vice Chancellor
An Important Message
Interim UT System President Randy Boyd has announced that campuses and institutes should take measures to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 for faculty, staff, and students. Steps being taken include conversion of classes to online delivery, restrictions on travel, and limiting the number of participants in events. A message from UT Knoxville Chancellor Donde Plowman providing details pertinent to faculty and students can be found here.
The cases of COVID-19 have increased in Tennessee, and because of the statewide nature of our facilities and services, a summary of guidelines and procedures has been developed to guide our operations and activities. Also, last week a task force was established to lead the development of UTIA plans in response to possible local transmission of the virus. This group includes leaders from various facets of our campus community, and I am confident their work will keep UTIA moving forward. Already they are busy posting educational materials throughout our buildings here on the UTIA campus in Knoxville and making materials available to our statewide Extension and AgResearch locations.
With the help of the task force, we have launched a UTIA-specific website with information on COVID-19. This site should be used as a resource for all at UTIA and should reduce the number of individual email messages you receive. It has links to related sites and provides access to informational material available for use by our educators and stakeholders. The site URL is utia.tennessee.edu/coronavirus.
Please refer to the UT Knoxville Coronavirus website and the UTIA Coronavirus website periodically to check for updates and new guidance related to both our on-campus and off-campus facilities and programs.
We will continue to work together to meet needs as they arise throughout the state. Thanks for your cooperation and your continuing commitment to serving our students and clients. We want to do everything we can to ensure the safety of our students, our employees, and those we serve. And we certainly want to do all we can to protect you as you carry out your responsibilities and help achieve UTIA's mission of providing Real. Life. Solutions.