The health and safety of UTC students, faculty and staff, and delivering a high-quality educational experience are our top priorities. Extensive research, planning and preparations have gone into our work to create a safe living and learning environment for students based on best practices identified by the American College Health Association, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state of Tennessee and Hamilton County health departments.
These preparations informed by best practices include requiring everyone on campus to wear face masks and practice social distancing; classroom reconfiguration to reduce the number of students in classrooms for instructional periods; reduced capacity and required social distancing in high-traffic campus buildings such as the library and University Center; and many other measures with more to be added as indicated by public health recommendations.
The schedule you have seen is not final.
Now that registration has re-opened as of today, July 7, we want you to know the following:
- Face-to-face and hybrid courses may take non-standard forms in the fall term. Classes on a rotating schedule will have some students in the classroom, for a face-to-face experience, while others will participate online.
- Face-to-face instruction with usual enrollments is not possible. We have been forced to offer more of our courses online. Indeed, online instruction will be common at UTC and across higher education this fall. It is that compromise which permits us to safely accommodate students for valuable face-to-face classroom experiences while observing social distancing limits.
- The class schedule will continue to develop over the coming weeks as we build out additional classes which address the needs of students.
- Every student should have an advisor who can assist in navigating these complex changes. If a student does not, he or she may email firstname.lastname@example.org ensure connecting with an advisor who can help build a schedule to fit the student’s major.
We are confident that our faculty will deliver high-quality instruction whether face-to-face, online or in hybrid formats and that co-curricular and extracurricular activities can be offered in a manner that ensures students have an excellent experience that is also safe.