What are the rescheduled dates and times for spring 2020 commencement?
Friday, Aug. 7, 2:30 p.m. EDT: Graduate Student Commencement
Saturday, Aug. 8: Undergraduate Student Commencement
- 9 a.m. EDT: College of Arts and Sciences and College of Engineering and Computer Science
- 1 p.m. EDT: Gary W. Rollins College of Business and College of Health, Education and Professional Studies
More information will be shared as it is available, including on options for students unable to participate in August.
Do spring semester 2020 students have the option of receiving “satisfactory / no credit” grades instead of letter grades for courses?
Yes. This option is being made available in response to expressed student concerns about disruptions due to COVID-19 response. While satisfactory/No Credit grading may be an attractive option to some students, it is not the best option for every student.
Satisfactory/No Credit grading can impact a lot of other areas—such as financial aid eligibility or graduate school admission. Be sure you make an informed decision and that you’ve talked to your academic advisor.
Undergraduates have until April 21 to request Satisfactory/No Credit grading. Graduate students must petition their graduate programs by April 21. Details on what’s at stake and what can be impacted by choosing Satisfactory/No Credit grading, instead of receiving letter grades, is here: https://blog.utc.edu/coronavirus/2020/03/27/satisfactory-no-credit-grading/
Will portions of fees for campus housing, meal plans or other fees be refunded to affected students?
Yes. Refunds of portions of meal plans, housing and parking fees for eligible students will be processed starting April 1. Details, including a schedule of refund amounts, are here.
How will students get refunds?
The Bursar’s Office recommends all students set up an ACH refund account if they have not already done so. Students should follow the instructions by logging in to their My Mocs Net account, then:
Click on the Money tab> Click on Go to My Account> Click on Refunds on top right of the page
Then follow instructions to set up an ACH refund account.
Are financial resources available for students and their families struggling with real hardship?
UTC leadership is investigating every possible avenue for expanding student financial aid options, including advocating for increased financial aid for students at the federal and state levels and through the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. UTC also is initiating a fundraising campaign through the UC Foundation, and the University is setting aside additional dollars to develop an enhanced scholarship fund to assist students.
The Denise and Tim Downey Student Emergency Fund has limited dollars for students with emergency needs. To request funds, fill out anapplication.
To donate funds, click this link: Denise and Tim Downey Student Emergency Fund.
How can I help students facing financial challenges?
Give to “Taking Care of Our Flock,” is the name of a just-launched campaign for contributions to the Denise and Tim Downey Student Emergency Fund. The Downeys established the fund in 2019 to provide limited emergency funding for UTC students facing monetary hardship. The fund helps with unexpected student expenses, like essential academic needs, last-minute airline tickets and one-time, non-recurring medical costs—expenditures that could force a student to have to forego academic studies.
“Taking Care of Our Flock” is the result of UTC alumni and friends who asked how they could help upon learning that students wouldn’t return to campus during the COVID-19 pandemic.
More on the campaign and how to contribute are here: https://bit.ly/2Jiz9wn
How do I return rental textbooks or sell my purchased textbooks back to the UTC Bookstore at the end of the semester?
Students who have physical rental books will be given a free UPS label (sent to the email address the student used to create his or her rental account) to return ship books to the Bookstore at the end of the semester. All rented textbooks are due on the last day of exams, but students who have exams on the final day can return ship textbooks the following day (postmarked April 29, 2020). Buyback periods will be extended once students return to campus to ensure they can continue to sell books back. The UTC Bookstore also is providing free shipping for all items on its website to ensure students can get what they need.
Since the UTC Library is not open for in-person use, how do I find out what’s available online?
Complete information about the library’s online resources is at the following link: https://blog.utc.edu/coronavirus/2020/03/27/online-library-services-and-materials/
ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
How are international students able to satisfy English language proficiency requirements under current circumstances?
UTC is now accepting the fully online Duolingo English Test as a means of prospective international students demonstrating English proficiency. Prospective students applying for fall 2020 may use this test, with undergraduate applicants required to score at least 85/160 and graduate applicants required to score at least 100/160. Applicants to graduate programs already accepting applications for Spring 2021 may also submit Duolingo English Test scores at this time. More information about this exam:www.englishtest.duolingo.com
When are student residents of campus housing being moved out of their apartments or residence halls?
Campus residents are in the process of moving out through the end of March.
Do all campus residents have to move out of UTC apartments and residence halls?
Students who must remain in campus housing will be permitted to do so by exemption only and on a case-by-case basis.
Can students still make use of University Health Services (UHS) and mental and physical health resources?
Yes. Students with physical health questions or not feeling well can reach UHS by phone at 423-425-2266 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
For mental health concerns, the UTC Counseling Center remains open in the University Center until 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 2. After this date, counseling services will be offered remotely to students from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call 423-425-4438 during business hours or visit the UTC Counseling Center website.
If you’re in Chattanooga and have an urgent medical need that can’t wait until the next business day, visit the UHS website for suggestions of urgent care centers in Chattanooga.
If you’re in Chattanooga and have a medical emergency, call:
- 911—From your phone if off campus
- Campus Police—423-425-4357(HELP) or by using a blue or red phone on campus
In the event of a mental health crisis, these national resources are available 24/7:
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
- Crisis Text Line: 741-7412
- Trevor Lifeline (LGBTQ): 1-866-488-7386
Are new student orientation sessions still happening?
At this time, a student orientation session scheduled for late April is set to go on as planned. If that changes, participants will be notified. Student orientation staff are working to develop a “virtual” orientation experience that could be implemented if needed
Are campus tours for prospective students canceled?
We are no longer offering campus tours of any type until further notice.
Where can I find out if a UTC event may have been canceled or postponed?
A dedicated webpage has been created that lists the current status of an event, whether it has been canceled (will not take place at a later date), rescheduled (a new date has been set) or postponed (a new date not yet set but will be soon). This webpage, which includes events on-campus and UTC-sponsored, off-campus events, is here: https://www.utc.edu/about/events/index.php
FACULTY AND STAFF
What about employees whose circumstances make telecommuting necessary?
Telecommuting arrangements for UTC staff are being made on a case-by-case basis. Talk with your supervisor for more information.