On March 24, University Vice-Chancellor John McCardell joined communities across the state and the country by issuing a Safer at Home Directive to combat the spread of COVID-19. It directs all residents of Sewanee immediately to limit all movement outside of their homes beyond what is absolutely necessary to take care of essential needs. The Ordinances of the University state that “the Vice-Chancellor shall have authority to act to meet any emergency.”
Read McCardell's update to the community, April 30, 2020. (Published as a letter to the editor, Sewanee Mountain Messenger, May 1, 2020)
- Governor Lee's Executive Order 30 allows some businesses to reopen and some employees to return to work on site, effective April 29. The guidelines continue to encourage employees to work from home as much as possible; University employees will continue to work remotely.
- Gov. Lee on April 2 signed Executive Order 23 requiring that Tennesseans stay home unless they are carrying out essential activities, effective until May 1. This follows an earlier order that urged Tennesseans who are in non-essential roles to remain at home.
- In keeping with the vice-chancellor's directive, University employees have moved to remote work as fully as possible, with an understanding that certain essential functions of the University cannot be performed remotely. All College and School of Theology classes will be delivered through remote learning beginning Monday, March 30, and for the remainder of the semester.
- The University has made a concerted effort to minimize the number of students who are on campus. Fewer than 100 students returned to campus following Spring Break, as exceptions were made when necessary.
- The health and well-being of the University’s students, faculty, staff, and neighbors are our primary concerns, and these decisions have been necessary to safeguard the health of our community and the many other communities to which we are connected.