From the Senior Vice President
and Senior Vice Chancellor
August 28, 2020
Another week has passed and, fortunately, our confirmed COVID-19 cases remain low for our faculty, staff, and students throughout the university and institute. I attribute much of this to our extraordinary efforts to use precautions such as wearing masks, social distancing, washing hands, and staying home when sick. Thank you for all you are doing to keep everyone as safe as possible.
Should you become sick with COVID-19, exhibit any symptoms, are awaiting test results, have come in direct contact with someone with COVID-19, or travelled internationally or on a cruise, you are required to self-isolate. In addition, you must fill out a self-isolation form, which gives university officials the information they need to respond appropriately. Self-isolation does not mean you need to be absent from work if you are not showing signs of sickness. Please work with your supervisor to make arrangements to work remotely during the isolation period, unless you feel you cannot due to illness and need to take sick leave.
We have also updated our UTIA guidelines to reflect a few changes. The most notable is that international travel will remain restricted through December 31, 2020, unless you receive an exception approved by senior leadership. Work-related travel out of state requires advance approval and should be essential only. Personal travel out of state should be discussed with your supervisor, and a plan mutually agreed upon. In-state travel is not restricted; however, the mode of transportation should meet safety standards. We ask that everyone use good judgment in regards to reentry into the workplace.
It appears Tennessee is about to receive the remnants of Hurricane Laura in terms of excessive rainfall and potentially bad weather. Everyone please stay safe this weekend!