-On behalf of Chancellor Steven Angle

This is an update on precautionary steps we are taking at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in response to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

There has not been a confirmed case of COVID-19 on our campus. However, Gov. Bill Lee confirmed Thursday Tennessee’s first coronavirus case near Nashville. We set up our Emergency Operations Center, and the UTC Executive Leadership Team has met to monitor the latest coronavirus updates and plan for future scenarios.

Below are the precautionary steps we are taking concerning travel to help ensure the safety and well-being of our Mocs family.

We have consolidated frequently asked questions about COVID-19 on our website at https://blog.utc.edu/news/2020/02/coronavirus-faqs/.

We will continue to update the site with new information and FAQs.

International Travel Restrictions

Beginning immediately, the university is suspending all outgoing university-related international travel. This includes travel related to teaching, research or grant activity, internships, conferences and presentations, performances and athletics.

We strongly encourage you to curtail personal international travel. If you are currently overseas and will be returning in the coming weeks, you must follow all CDC guidelines.

The university will reimburse students, faculty and staff for expenses associated with an international business trip that has been canceled due to COVID-19 for which they cannot receive reimbursement through other means. For information about reimbursement procedures, contact the Finance and Administration Office.

Domestic Travel Recommendations

Please be mindful of domestic travel and bringing visitors to campus. Other parts of the country have declared states of emergency as they work to contain the COVID-19. Be sure to follow CDC recommendations and your health care provider’s guidance if you are experiencing viral symptoms, especially if you have traveled recently.

We will continue to monitor the spread of the virus and adhere to the direction of the Tennessee Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization and other stakeholders. In conjunction with these professional partners, we will continue to make the decisions we believe will best protect the health of our campus community.

To remain current on the COVID-19 status for the state of Tennessee, please refer to the Tennessee Department of Health Coronavirus Disease page  (https://www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov.html)

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