University Modified Operating Status
- We find ourselves in an unprecedented period. The University is grateful to our employees who have demonstrated remarkable flexibility and commitment in supporting the University’s mission to educate our students and to sustain a healthy community.
- The University remains committed to continuing operation with particular emphasis on the students who remain on campus, faculty engaged in remote instruction, staff whose job responsibilities require them to be physically present on campus, and to the safety and service of the community.
- The University and the Sewanee community are operating under a Safer at Home directive until further notice. All employees are asked to work remotely, to the fullest extent possible.
- Department leaders and supervisors will determine how offices will be staffed and responsibilities fulfilled. Human Resources is available for any questions.
- The University is following applicable health guidelines to ensure the safety and cleanliness of all buildings on campus.
- The University is closely monitoring the status of COVID-19 in Tennessee and will adjust operations as necessary.
Interim Human Resources Policies
- Find a collection of resources for employees here.
- The University is committed to meeting our payroll commitments until at least the end of the current fiscal year, June 30, 2020.
- On Wednesday, March 25, the University moved to a remote work environment. Certain essential functions of the University cannot, of course, be performed remotely. Employees responsible for these functions will work with their supervisors to determine how most safely and effectively to do their work. In some instances, employees may be redeployed to assist the University in performing new or different duties necessitated by the extraordinary situation in which we now find ourselves.
- Employees working remotely will continue to be paid their regular wages/salary. If an employee, either working remotely or on campus, is unable to work during this time due to the employee’s own illness, need to care for a sick family member, or need to care for children, the employee will use available sick or vacation leave in accordance with usual University policies.
- Employees may also receive up to an additional 15 days of paid leave if they do not have sufficient accrued leave to cover illness or family care leave necessitated by COVID-19.
- An employee subject to quarantine will receive their regular rate of pay during the quarantine period (typically 14 days/10 working days).
- A spring "check-in" will temporarily take the place of the spring collaborative review. It is meant to offer a starting point for conversations to begin and continue, rather than goal-setting and evaluation.
- For more information, refer to these FAQ.
- The University provides resources to help you and your eligible dependents through our Employee Assistance Program (EAP).
University students – Financial aid
Sewanee has applied for funds provided under the CARES Act. The University intends to use no less than 50 percent of the total funds received to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. Read the full report.
University Students Abroad – Easter Semester 2020
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the many related travel advisories and suspensions, the University recalled all of its students who were studying abroad during the Spring 2020 semester. Students will continue their academic program as prescribed by the individual program.
University-Sponsored Travel – Easter Semester 2020
- The University of the South is cancelling all non-essential, University-sponsored international and domestic travel, regardless of location, until further notice.
- This policy applies to faculty, staff, and students.
- In keeping with the Safer at Home Directive issued on March 24, the University strongly discourages personal international travel and domestic travel at this time.
Residential Life (College)
- Only students who have specific permission from the Dean of Students Office are allowed to be on campus and on the Domain.
- Students are not permitted to return to campus for any reason. The University will provide students who left their belongings on campus with information about collecting them in a future notification.
Events on Campus – Easter Semester 2020
- All on-campus events have been postponed or cancelled through the end of the semester.
- The University plans to have a celebration of College Commencement for its graduating students later in the year. The School of Theology is now planning to hold its Commencement in conjunction with the DuBose Lectures, Sept. 29–Oct. 1.
University Events Held Off-Campus
- The University is cancelling all off-campus events through at least April 30, 2020.
- Information about future Sewanee Club and other University events will be sent by the Alumni Office or the Office of Admission.
Summer Study Abroad
- In light of the uncertainties created by the COVID-19 pandemic and the many related travel advisories and suspensions, the University has made the difficult decision to cancel its summer 2020 study abroad programs.