The University responds quickly to reports related to COVID-19 on campus, guided by expertise from public health officials and the CDC.
- Student is tested
- If residential student, Housing is notified to prep possible isolation space.
- Test returns positive
- Residential student:
Housing is notified; student isolates for a minimum of 10 days
- Non-residential student:
Student isolates for a minimum of 10 days
- Residential student:
- Contact tracing begins and close contacts are notified
- Being responsive to contact tracing is crucial to the response process.
- The Campus Contact Tracing Team will be in touch with people who are close contacts of an infected person.
- Facilities Services may initiate temporary closures and enhanced cleaning and disinfection.
The response process starts with a COVID-19 Notification Form that any student, faculty or staff member completes if the following circumstances apply for the last 14 days.
You have been:
- Positive for COVID-19
- Symptomatic for COVID-19
- Exposed (close contact) to a known case of COVID-19 / someone positive for COVID-19
- Potentially exposed to a known case of COVID-19 / someone positive for COVID-19
- On international or cruise ship travel
Completion of the online COVID-19 Notification Form by a student triggers a notification to the COVID-19 Campus Support Team. A designated member of that team will contact the affected individual within 24 hours and provide guidance.
Students may be checked on by officials from a variety of campus resources depending on the circumstances:
- Office of Student Outreach and Support
- University Health Services
- Campus Contact Tracing Team
- Office of Housing and Residence Life
Students, faculty and staff who have been directed to isolate or quarantine must confirm official release by the COVID-19 Campus Support Team to return to campus at the end of their isolation/quarantine period.
Campus Contact Tracing Team
The University will conduct contact tracing in coordination with the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department. The Campus Contact Tracing Team will follow up with everyone—faculty and staff, in addition to students—who submits a self-isolation form.
The Campus Contact Tracing Team checks on a student or employee’s situation, helps facilitate support resources, gives guidance and helps notify others who may need to take precautions.
Students and employees are asked to respond promptly to communications (texts, calls or emails) from local health authorities and members of the Campus Contact Tracing Team.
Facilities Services monitors the latest guidance for slowing the spread of COVID-19, including best practices for ventilation, cleaning and disinfecting. High-touch surfaces and common areas are routinely cleaned to protect against exposure to COVID-19.
Facilities Services may initiate temporary closures of affected campus spaces. If a nonresidential campus space is affected by COVID-19, Facilities Services will identify key people who use the space and communicate with them to discuss temporary closure requirements, coordination of enhanced cleaning and disinfecting and considerations such as sensitive equipment. University Housing will follow the same protocol for residential spaces.
Signs will be posted to note areas temporarily closed for cleaning.
University Health Services
Visits to University Health Services are by appointment, and students should call 423-425-2266 if they feel sick and want to discuss their symptoms or schedule an appointment.
In consultation with the COVID-19 Campus Support Team, University Housing will help coordinate self-isolation for residential students who test positive for COVID-19, have symptoms of COVID-19 or may have had close contact with a COVID-19 case.