University of Tennessee courses to remain online-only through summer

Interim President Randy Boyd gives the State of the University Address at the Nashville Public Library in 2019. (Photo credit: University of Tennessee)

The University of Tennessee’s courses will remain online-only through the summer in response to the coronavirus pandemic, system President Randy Boyd announced Wednesday.

Here’s the full release from UT:

KNOXVILLE – University of Tennessee System President Randy Boyd – in consultation with chancellors at UT Knoxville, UT Chattanooga, UT Martin and the UT Health Science Center – has announced that summer session classes at all campuses will be delivered online in response to COVID-19.  At UTHSC, clinical rotations in hospitals will continue with students following COVID-19 protocol.
 
“Our faculty and staff have done an incredible job of moving to an entirely digital platform for the spring semester,” Boyd said.  “I am confident they will continue to provide an inspired learning experience for our students who are enrolled in summer classes.”
 
Since moving to an online platform, UT campuses have provided an estimated 9,300 classes online.
 
Each campus will be sending out specific communications to their faculty, students and staff regarding the impact to its respective campuses.

The UT System has a comprehensive resource guide that provides information and resources surrounding COVID-19:  tennessee.edu/coronavirus/.

In December 2019, the global health care community identified a new respiratory virus that originated in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, and has since been labeled 2019 Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19, according to the World Health Organization—previously it was referred to as 2019-nCoV). Spread of coronavirus is correlated with circumstances of close and sustained contact with others who are infected.

The University of Tennessee System has campuses in Knoxville, Chattanooga, Martin and Memphis; the UT Space Institute in Tullahoma; the UT Institute of Agriculture with a presence in every Tennessee county; and the statewide Institute for Public Service. The UT system manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory through its UT-Battelle partnership; enrolls about 50,000 students statewide; produces about 10,000 new graduates every year; and represents more than 387,000 alumni around the world.

6 Responses to University of Tennessee courses to remain online-only through summer

  • Phil Lassiter says:

    What about all the huge money people paid for student fees, parking, labs, etc? Will some of us parents get any refunds from state institutions?

    • John says:

      No, that money is going to support the federal government’s eminent domain legal fees against the US ranchers in Texas after Mexico pays to build the wall.

  • Prof says:

    Yes for UTK, don’t know about the other campuses. Students were notified via email last week to set-up a direct deposit to receive pro-rated refunds on some fees.

  • MARLE says:

    Private universities are rebating Room and Board since students aren’t on campus for some portion of the yr for which they pre-paid. However since classes are still being offered, credit hours will be counted and degrees will be conferred I don’t think tuition is being rebated

  • Eddie White says:

    Glad to see the interim title dropped from President Randy Boyd. Nice to have one of our own running the University of Tennessee.

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