Sewanee’s geographic location requires that the University and the Sewanee community work together to reach out to all who live and work here and who provide services to the community.

In spring 2020, Vice-Chancellor John McCardell appointed a COVID-19 Emergency Management Team at the University to oversee our preparation for and response to the coronavirus pandemic. A subgroup of this team, paying particular attention to the needs of the local community, is composed of community members representing organizations such as Rotary and the Sewanee Business Alliance as well as members of the University staff. This group continues to meet, as of January 2021. The Sewanee Community Council supports this collaborative community effort.

Masking directive: Consistent with Executive Order No. 50 issued by Gov. Lee and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Vice-Chancellor Brigety instituted a mandatory mask directive for all persons on the Domain—to include residents, visitors, students, faculty, and staff. It went into effect at 8 a.m. on July 3, 2020, and remains in force until further notice.

Learn more about the University's approach to health and safety.

Community Information

At the University

See all the University’s updates.

The health and well-being of the University’s students, faculty, staff, and neighbors are our primary concerns. University decisions have been made as necessary to safeguard the health of our community and the many other communities to which we are connected. 

Public safety information

The Sewanee Police Department remains ready to serve the community. As always, residents should call 911 immediately if there is an emergency. If you suspect you or someone else is having a COVID-19-related medical emergency, please tell the emergency communications dispatcher so that the responders will be prepared to help. 

  • If you need to file a police report for a non-emergency situation, SPD will be happy to take a report over the phone at 931.598.1111, via email at police@sewanee.edu , or through the LiveSafe app.
  • The Sewanee Police Department is practicing physical distancing when interacting with our community. This precautionary two-fold approach is to protect you and the officers. Officers may be dressed in gloves and masks in order to protect everyone during an interaction. Do not be alarmed and do not hesitate to contact the SPD for assistance. 

Wellness Checks 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, residents of Sewanee may receive wellness checks via phone, text, or email from SPD officers and/or department members as well as from organized volunteers. Under this free service, participants may determine the frequency of the contact. If the police dispatcher does not hear from the community member or is unable to contact the community member to check on their welfare, the dispatcher will reach the emergency contacts on file to check on the welfare of the participants. Residents may use this form to request a wellness check.

Local services, businesses, and facilities

  • The status and hours of University facilities, such as duPont Library and the Fowler Center, can be found here.
  • Important information about local services can be found in the Sewanee Mountain Messenger (updated daily), including news from area businesses, public services, schools, health care providers, and updates from the State of Tennessee. Additional local news sources are the Grundy County Herald and the Winchester Herald Chronicle.
  • The Sewanee Village website is a source for news from local businesses, including services offered, take-out menus and hours for Sewanee restaurants, and ways to support downtown businesses through online shopping or donations. We encourage you to support local businesses during the disruption caused by the coronavirus.
  • The Sewanee Utility District has a detailed Emergency Operation Plan in place to ensure the continuation of water and sewer service to all of our customers under all circumstances, including this one. 
  • All essential Duck River Electric services will continue in order to assist co-op members. Read complete details in the News section on the DREMC website.

Questions, answers, and assistance for or from your neighbors

  • The COVID-19 Community Team has prepared a survey for the Sewanee community to help identify both community volunteers and community needs. Residents may complete this brief form. Volunteers will be coordinated to assist with the identified needs where possible.
  • Other community volunteer efforts are listed in the Messenger, including those coordinated through Folks at Home (931.598.0303 or email folksathomesewanee@gmail.com).
  • If you have a question, submit it via this form, and we will do our best to respond promptly. 

Consumer information

A list of state and federal resources for consumers and businesses: avoid scams and rumors, and protect your finances.

COVID-19 Quick Links

  • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Tennessee Department of Health and other agencies provide information and guidance to prevent community spread of COVID-19.
  • For access to general information, residents can use COVID-19 public information numbers: 833.556.2476 and 877.857.2945, available daily 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. CDT.
  • Local testing and vaccination information:
    • County-based testing information and locations are here
    • Tennessee vaccine information is here.