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With the novel coronavirus spreading across the United States, Tennessee universities are taking steps to mitigate contamination.
Several colleges have already canceled classes and are preparing for online-only courses for a couple of weeks, while almost every university has restricted travel in some way.
Here is a running list of the steps the universities across the Volunteer State are taking, and whether they have canceled classes or not. This page will be updated when new information is available.
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Lipscomb University announced Thursday afternoon that its spring break will be extended for March 23-27 for undergraduate students.
Beginning March 30, the university is moving to remote teaching for undergraduate students. Graduate classes will resume Monday and each program will determine the format.
Staff is expected to report to work next week as usual where they’ll begin transitioning the undergraduate classes to an online format.
University of Tennessee
The University of Tennessee-Knoxville has suspended all in-person classes and will offer them online because of concerns about the coronavirus.
Students are expected to stay home after spring break, UT-Knoxville Chancellor Donde Plowman said in an email to students, faculty and staff Wednesday. Students unable to stay home can register for an exemption to stay on campus. At this time, the university has no cases of coronavirus
This will go into effect for classes beginning March 23, and they will be suspended until at least April 3 for Knoxville and Martin as a proactive measure in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, according to a release from the university. UT Chattanooga will be suspended until at least March 30.
UT Health Science Center will offer all face-to-face lecture classes remotely, beginning March 23.
UT is also cancelling all non-athletic events that would involve gatherings of 50 or more people, beginning March 16, Plowman wrote.
Classes for the week of March 9 through March 13 have been canceled, as well as all in-person classes from March 16 through at least March 30, Vanderbilt University announced Monday. The school will transition to online classes and “other alternative learning options, and may extend this online approach through the end of the spring semester on April 30, “if necessary.”
The campus itself remains open.
All university-sponsored non-athletic events have been suspended through April 30.
University-sponsored international travel is restricted from March 10 through April 3.
University of Memphis
University of Memphis will extend its spring break an additional week for students and resume courses on March 23, according to an email obtained by The Commercial Appeal. The university will then transition to remote learning for the rest of the semester.
“The campus is not closing,” President M. David Rudd said in the email sent to the campus community Thursday morning. “Buildings will remain open, and day-to-day campus operations will continue” with some “likely” limitations in operations and services.
Austin Peay State University
On Thursday, APSU announced it is cancelling all classes until March 23 and is going online-only for the rest of the year.
The university has also cancelled all non-athletic events and is following the NCAA guidance to hold indoor athletic events without fans in attendance.
APSU is also encouraging all students living on-campus to return home or to their permanent residence.
On Tuesday, Belmont University announced it was extending spring break until March 22, and then will have online courses from March 23 to April 3.
Currently, campus classes are tentatively set to resume April 6.
All university-sponsored student and employee travel, both international and domestic, between March 16 and April 3 has been canceled.
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Middle Tennessee State University
Middle Tennessee State University announced Wednesday evening that it is extending the university’s spring break, along with moving to online classes beginning March 23.
The university is currently on spring break, which will be extended until March 22. Remote classes will continue until further notice.
The announcement came from university President Sidney McPhee in a letter to students notifying them of the change in protocols.
McPhee encouraged students who didn’t live locally to remain at home during the extended break. The university will keep its residence halls open for students who can’t travel home.
Additionally, all study abroad programs scheduled through May 31 have been canceled. Staff is working to inform students currently abroad of the cancellation and are encouraging them to return to MTSU.
Nashville State Community College
Nashville State Community College announced Wednesday evening that one of its students self-reported that they were diagnosed with the coronavirus. The student attends the East Davidson and Southeast campuses, the school said in a release.
The student has not been on campus since the college is on its spring break, according to the release.
Nashville State campuses in Donelson and Antioch are closing Thursday and Friday for a “hospital-grade” cleaning, the university said.
Trevecca Nazarene University
Trevecca will move to online-only and remote instruction for the remainder of the semester, according to a statement from the university.
Graduation is postponed. ” We hope to reschedule a ceremony at some point in the future when it is safe to do so,” the university said.
Find more information at trevecca.edu/coronavirus.
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
University of Tennessee Health Science Center will offer all face-to-face lecture classes remotely, beginning March 23, UT announced Wednesday . Clinical rotations in hospitals will continue as usual.
All university-sponsored international travel has been suspended indefinitely.
East Tennessee State University
Study abroad programs have been canceled.
ETSU currently has no plans to cancel classes.
“Our academic deans, department chairs and faculty are having those ‘what-if’ discussions, and we realize this could happen in the future,” spokesman Joe Smith said.
Tennessee State University
Classes will move to online-only starting March 16. All face-to-to-face instruction is cancelled until further notice.
TSU campus will remain open, but is suspending all international travel through the end of April.
Tennessee Tech University
Study abroad programs have been canceled.
Rhodes College in Memphis is suspending in-person classes, announcing it was moving to remote learning. Classes are canceled March 16-20 and would resume online thereafter.
Rhodes College has discontinued university-sponsored travel to CDC-designated higher-risk countries, and is discussing ongoing plans for dealing with the coronavirus.
Christian Brothers University
Faculty at Christian Brothers University have been preparing to hold classes remotely, if necessary, a spokesperson for the university said in an email.
Southwest Tennessee Community College
Southwest Tennessee Community College will extend spring break and move to online courses in response to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, college officials said Thursday.
President Tracy Hall said spring break would be extended through March 20 to give faculty members time to prepare for the switch to online courses. Those online courses will begin on March 23 and will continue at least until April 5.
Volunteer State Community College
On Thursday, Volunteer State Community College announced it was canceling all classes, including online classes, for an extended spring breaking March 16-21. All campus events were also canceled.
Vol State offices will be closed Monday, March 16, and reopen on normal business hours starting March 17. Some in-person classes are set to move to an online-only format on March 23.
Pellissippi State Community College
Pellissippi State will have an extended spring break, with no classes between March 16-29. Beginning March 30, classes will move to an online format until at least April 12.
Pellissippi State is also canceling all student travel through April 12, and campus events with more than 15 people through April 12 are either canceled or rescheduled.
East Tennessee State University
ETSU will move all in-person courses to an online format for at least three weeks, beginning Monday, March 23, through April 9. Students should plan on staying home after spring break and completing online work from there, the university said on their website.
Johnson University students will also get an extended spring break, beginning on Monday through March 27. Beginning March 30, there will be no in-person classes and all athletic games and practices are canceled, according to the university’s website.
Online classes will continue through April 10, and in-person classes are scheduled to resume April 13.
Roane State Community College
All Roane State campuses will have an extended spring break through March 22, according to the school’s website. In-person classes will then resume in an online format, from March 23 to at least March 29.
Lincoln Memorial University
At LMU, in-person classes will move online until at least March 27. It’s requested that students stay home to complete online classes, but they can apply to stay on campus if necessary.
Starting on March 17, all LMU campus events are canceled through March 27.
At Tusculum University, classes will move to an online format starting Monday, March 16, the school said in a press release.
“Tusculum wants to be clear: Its three locations will not be closed, and at this time, students can continue to live in the residence halls,” the release said. “We are simply converting our classes to an online setting until further notice.”
Union University classes will move online beginning March 16, with regular face-to-face instruction scheduled to resume April 13.
Jackson State Community College
Jackson State has extended its spring break through the week of March 16 through March 20.
Freed-Hardeman announced Friday it would go on a two-week spring break from March 21 to April 5, and move classes to primarily online begninning April 6.
Tennessean reporter Jason Gonzales, Knoxville News Sentinel reporter Monica Kast, and Memphis Commercial Appeal reporters Katherine Burgess and Corinne Kennedy contributed to this report.