Communications about spring semester 2021 to members of the University community, sharing information on COVID-19 efforts, health and travel guidance, and academic programming.

 This information is current as of 2:15 p.m. on June 9, 2021.

Updates to Faculty, Staff, and Community

June 9: More facilities open for summer; fall planning considerations

Provost Berner notes that summer programs have begun and gives summer hours for the Fowler Center and McClurg. There are a variety of questions being considered about student vaccinations next semester.

May 26: Commencement ceremonies outdoors; summer reminders

Provost Nancy Berner shares a few reminders about current COVID-19 protocols. Commencements ceremonies at Hardee-McGee Field went off without a hitch and summer school sessions begin in less than two weeks.

May 19: Updated masking requirement; the need to recharge our batteries

The provost notes the revised Domain masking directive shared last week and gives a reminder about available mental health resources.

May 12: The last week of College classes; end of required testing for the semester

In addition to COVID-related updates, Provost Berner shares other University news, including about a new employee relief fund, and the upcoming narrowing of 41A to make downtown more pedestrian-friendly.

May 5: #MakeItToMay!

As a campus, we made it to May! Provost Nancy Berner is grateful to students for the success we have enjoyed together. Vaccinations are still available on campus, some University facilities are reopening to the public, and the number of commitments from incoming freshmen looks good.

April 28: The “bubble” is popped; updated masking requirement

As the semester concludes, and with an incredibly low positivity rate for undergraduate students, student limitations regarding movement on and off campus were lifted, and their family and friends may visit campus. The provost also gives information about vaccinations available on campus.

April 28: Update to campus masking policy

The Public Health Office sent an update to campus masking policy to the campus community.

April 21: Campus vaccination and testing updates

Provost Berner gives updated student vaccination numbers (about 70% of College students have received at least one dose of a vaccine). Based on information submitted from program directors, it looks like this will be a busy summer on campus.

April 14: Plans for fall classes; vaccinations available on campus next week

Provost Nancy Berner says that students and faculty should plan to be back on campus and in classrooms next semester. Walgreens pharmacists will administer Moderna vaccinations on campus next week.

April 7: Good testing results continue; vaccination update

The provost shares news about student vaccination efforts. Fully vaccinated employees are no longer required to participate in COVID-19 testing.

March 31: Student vaccinations begin

Testing and vaccination information and guidance changes quickly. Provost Nancy Berner gives the latest info about vaccinations for campus and shares news about Biehl Commons.

March 24: Vaccination phases opening up in Tennessee; resources available to employees

The provost shares good news about summer plans, recent COVID-19 test results, and vaccinations.

March 17: Commencement plans and summer programs moving forward

Provost Berner shares the dates for Commencement ceremonies in May, and summer program directors are outlining their protocols for meeting the University’s COVID-19 mitigation policies.

March 10: COVID-19 mitigation policies for summer programs, vaccination information

Provost Nancy Berner shares updates about COVID-19 vaccinations and employee information sessions as well as progress in summer planning.

March 5: Vaccination information sessions

To assist employees in learning more about available vaccines, the Office of Public Health will conduct virtual COVID-19 vaccine information sessions in the coming weeks. These sessions will provide an opportunity for attendees to ask questions of our public health team.

March 4: Expanded eligibility for vaccinations

The Office of Public Health shared news about expanded vaccination phases in Tennessee.

March 3: Human Resources Update about Vaccinations; other campus news

The provost gives updates on summer planning, time off for vaccinations, and university progress on DEI initiatives.

Feb. 24: Summer program update and SMDL news

A planning group is updating COVID-19 policies for summer programs. Provost Berner also shares news about testing and vaccinations as well as other campus events.

Feb. 17: Summer School plans and final FOG meeting

Provost Nancy Berner shares information this week about teaching modes for Summer School classes.

Feb. 10: Resource reminder and EQB reflection

The provost gives an update about spring athletics and shares mental health resources. The EQB: Reflection and Response conversations will begin this week.

Feb. 3: Semester is off to a good start; vaccination information; 55 years of black alumni

Provost Berner shares the results of onboarding COVID-19 testing, answers to some vaccination questions, and news about this month’s virtual celebrations of 55 Years of Black Alumni.

Jan. 27: About 90% of students likely to study on campus this semester

As the official College student move-in period begins, Provost Nancy Berner shares information about some decisions that will be informed by the University’s surveillance testing results. 

Jan. 20: Students will enjoy expanded service at McClurg and Cravens

The provost has information about dining options and updates the number of students expected on campus this spring; testing of employees began today.

Jan. 15: COVID-19 testing for employees

Human Resources sent a notice about faculty and staff testing Jan. 20-22. A signed consent form and employee ID will be required.

Jan. 13: Student move-in and an update on spring sports

Provost Berner shares the communication sent to students about the COVID-19 testing and move-in process, and updates information about Athletics and Admission.

Jan. 6: Employee COVID testing begins in two weeks; students will return Jan. 27-31

Provost Nancy Berner will have more information next week about the spring semester. University employees will all be tested for COVID-19 before students return to campus.

Dec. 16: Winter testing, SMDL, new vaccines

The provost answers some questions about the new Sewanee Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory and shares information about the two vaccines that are in the news.

Dec. 9: Planning for students to return

Provost Nancy Berner has more news about planning for students’ return next semester as well as the change in quarantine guidance. The SAA presidents will allow student-athletes who play fall and winter sports to compete in the spring semester; there will be new protocols at Sewanee.

Dec. 9: Fall & Winter Athletics

Following the Southern Athletic Association Council of Presidents’ vote to allow fall and winter sports student-athletes to compete in the spring 2021 semester, the University announced precautionary measures for its teams with the goal of keeping student-athletes, coaches, and game staff safe while limiting exposure to COVID-19. 

Dec. 4: Updated CDC guidance for quarantine

The University’s public health team informed faculty and staff of new guidance from the CDC regarding quarantine periods for those exposed to someone with COVID-19.