Dear UTC Parents,
We are thankful for the opportunity to provide a world-class education to our outstanding students. This past week has presented some disruptive challenges to our normal lives. We have been watching many of the same reports you have seen regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) threat to our nation and local communities. We are actively following the recommendations from the CDC, World Health Organization (WHO), Tennessee Department of Health, and the Hamilton County ACHealth Department. I want to assure you that our first concern is the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff.
University of Tennessee and UTC campus administrators have spent the last several weeks determining which safeguards were most appropriate for our campus. This message is intended to outline our progress and address our thoughts for future planning.
For the remainder of the spring 2020 semester, all classes will be taught online, beginning Monday, March 23. We realize students may encounter some issues with transitioning from a traditional classroom format to an online class. Our faculty will continue to be supportive during this transition while maintaining the highest academic standards.
UTC campus housing must be vacated by all residents other than those who have sought to remain due to hardship situations. Approved requests to remain in campus housing will be honored, and UTC Housing and Residence Life staff will be in touch with those students directly to assess their needs.
Residence halls will close at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31 until further notice.
- Use the building links below to sign up for a move out time.
- This is your timeslot to arrive, remove all belongings and checkout.
- Once you have removed your belongings, report to your complex office to sign out and turn in your key.
- Report any damages that have occurred while living in the room/apartment at checkout.
- If you have already removed all your belongings from your room:
- Sign up for the time slot for your building labeled, “will mail key”
- Tape your key to a sheet of paper with your Name, UTC ID and Room Number.
- Mail your key to UTC Housing, 615 McCallie Ave. Dept. 2202, C/O (Building Name) Chattanooga, TN 37403
- UTC parking policies are still in effect. Park in lots that match your parking hang tag.
- Meter parking is managed and enforced by the City of Chattanooga, please follow their policies to avoid tickets.
- Check your mailbox at the complex. If you have packages at mail services, please pick them up from the Administration Building on Palmetto Avenue.
- We strongly discourage interaction between communities that will increase exposure.
Campus residents sign up for checkout based on the building they live in:
Hardship Cases and Exception Requests
For students in special circumstances (housing insecurities, homeless, international, out-of-state travel insecurities) and who are seeking to remain in on-campus housing, an online form to indicate housing needs must be completed. Documentation of circumstances is required. The Hardship/Exception Form must be completed at Manage My Housing (use Internet Explorer or Chrome) by noon on Saturday, March 21.
- The University is currently working to determine the status of summer housing options, and we will share more information via the UTC Housing website when it becomes available.
- We are determining a process for pro-rating refunds for university room and board and working through how best to do this. Specifics are expected to take a few more days.
Mocs Dining is operating in a limited capacity. The University Center POD market is open daily, including Saturdays and Sundays, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. A hot food line is available in the market with breakfast, lunch and dinner options. Starbucks is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Students who have traveled abroad
Students who traveled to any of the locations listed below within the last 14 days are asked not to return to campus. They should follow all guidelines issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). They may name a person to collect items from their room when they complete the above housing form.
- South Korea
- Cruise related travel to any location
How you can support your student
News about the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic and how the response to it is impacting daily life can be unsettling, and these are likely anxious times for students. Open discussion with students about their fears can help lower anxiety they may be experiencing as a result of significant course and campus schedule changes. Encourage students to follow CDC guidance for helping mitigate spread of the virus. Friendly reminders from a trusted family member or guardian will make a strong impact. Find some of those recommendations on the University website for your convenience at: www.utc.edu/coronavirus, under the Health and Safety section.
How to stay informed
The official UTC coronavirus information webpage has the most comprehensive information on changes to University operations, adjustments being made, health and well-being tips and other details for the campus community. The site is at utc.edu/coronavirus. Visit the site often for new developments and encourage students to check their campus email regularly for UTC messages.
If you have questions or concerns, we are here to assist. Below are some key offices and telephone numbers that might be helpful.
Office of the Dean of Students: 423-425-4761
UTC Parent and Family Association: 423-425-2321
Office of Student Outreach and Support: 423-425-2299
Housing and Residence Life: 423-425-4304
University Health Services: 423-425-2266
Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs