What do Christian Brothers University, Maryville College, Rhodes College, University of the South and Vanderbilt University have in common? They are all Tennessee universities that are requiring the COVID-19 vaccine to be on campus.
After months of petitioning and rallying for increased safety measures against COVID-19 on campus, representatives from United Campus Workers (UCW) and the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) were able to meet with Chancellor Donde Plowman on Oct. 7.
In a White House speech on Sept. 9, President Biden announced a plan to require every employer in the U.S. with more than 100 employees to ensure that their workforce is either vaccinated against COVID-19 or provides weekly negative COVID-19 tests. The plan could affect 80 million workers an…
It seems that the university will do just about anything to convince students to get vaccinated against COVID-19 — short of mandating that students get the jab.
On Sept. 7, Chancellor Donde Plowman met with UT President Randy Boyd and other chancellors from across the UT system and decided to extend the current mask policy, which requires masks in all indoor public spaces on campus, except when eating or exercising.
As COVID-19 cases skyrocket to higher than they’ve ever been in Knox County Schools, the debate over whether or not students and teachers should be required to wear masks has become more charged.
Well into the third school year with the pandemic, COVID-19 has remained a large concern for a majority of students. Its lasting impact on the world and the community continue to be seen as cases continue to rise.
Every Monday, the university publishes updated COVID-19 monitoring data to its website and this week, the data indicated that there is now a greater reported COVID-19 case load on campus than at any other point in 2021.
Thousands of students have celebrated a return to campus after a year of isolation by filing into campus bars and house parties in pre-pandemic numbers. But with a rise in cases, unclear mandates and the Delta variant, many students are concerned about the University of Tennessee’s response …
At the beginning of this semester, UT policy required that masks be worn in all classrooms, with optional masking in other spaces. This Monday, UT expanded its mask mandate to include all indoor spaces, with the exception of private offices and dorm rooms.
On Aug. 23, when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was the first COVID-19 vaccine to gain the agency’s approval, there was a rush of new vaccine mandates across the country.
On Aug. 23, the Office of Chancellor Donde Plowman emailed the UT community to announce that masks will now be required in all indoor public spaces on campus, except when “individuals are actively eating, drinking, or engaging in fitness activities.” The new policy does not require masks in …
In an email sent to UT students, faculty and staff on August 2, Chancellor Plowman announced that the fall 2021 semester will begin with "limited mask requirements."
On July 1, Dr. Spencer Gregg, director of the Student Health Center at UT, sent an email to UT students, faculty and staff stating that although being vaccinated for COVID-19 is not required to return back to campus in the fall, it is highly recommended and encouraged.
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, UT students have now been given the opportunity to sign up and be vaccinated. There are currently a few possible options of vaccines, such as 2-dose vaccines like Moderna and Pfizer, or a 1-dose vaccine, Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen.
As a year has passed since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, many individuals across the world have been greatly affected. One aspect in particular that has been a prominent issue is that of the mental health effects that have occurred due to the pandemic.
A year ago, Knoxville had only just begun to face the first wave of COVID-19. When the university rushed to send Volunteers home in March of 2020, students and staff could only imagine what the following school year would look like.
It has been over a year since students received an email from Chancellor Donde Plowman on March 11, 2020, with the subject line “Urgent Message Regarding COVID-19 Response.” The email announced what students had already known for days and even weeks would happen: classes were moving online u…
As everyone continues into what are still uncharted waters, it is more important now than ever to be familiar with the most crucial COVID-19 resources available on UT’s campus, including testing and quarantine resources as well as mental health support.
Last November, when administration announced that UT would not be providing hazard pay or a higher minimum wage for frontline campus workers, Brandon Risley, who works as a custodian in Hess Hall, was in disbelief.
In recent months, Knoxville made headlines in infamy for the highest COVID-19 case counts per population in the country — in fact, some of the highest in the world.
Despite the ongoing pandemic, enrollment at the University of Tennessee actually increased during the fall 2020 semester. 24,254 undergraduate and 6,305 graduate students enrolled, up from 21,678 and 5,822, respectively, during the spring 2020 semester. Total enrollment exceeded 30,000 for t…
A few days before Christmas, the White House Coronavirus Task Force brought national attention to Knox County, but the region’s newfound notoriety was no gift. The task force reportedthat Knox County had the highest number of new COVID cases and the highest test positivity rate for any regio…
Tuesday afternoon, Pfizer Inc. announced that Tennessee had been selected as one of four states to participate in a pilot program for the delivery of their new COVID-19 vaccine. The program is designed to help states distribute the vaccine and help deal with challenges related to the ultra-c…
Tennessee football did not play this past weekend, but there was a bit of news as pointed out in a report by Blake Toppmeyer of the Knoxville News Sentinel. Eight Tennessee assistant football coaches refused to accept a pay cut despite the rest of their Vols and Lady Vols counterparts agreei…
The UT Board of Trustees held a public rulemaking hearing Friday morning to hear proposals for permanent adoption of federal changes to Title IX policy and for adoption of new system-wide immunization requirements.
The Knox County Board of Health met over Zoom Wednesday night for its bi-weekly meeting to hear concerns from the public, discuss various COVID-related benchmarks and vote on county-wide regulations.
The Knox County Board of Health met on Wednesday evening over Zoom for their weekly meeting regarding Knox County and the COVID-19 pandemic.
For nearly five months, bars around Knoxville were closed due to COVID-19. Now open again, they face new complications as cases surrounding the university skyrocket and the campus area struggles to keep outbreaks under control.
The active COVID-19 case counts and self-isolations for the University of Tennessee have dropped significantly in the past week.
Chancellor Donde Plowman’s COVID-19 updates for Tuesday, Sept. 8 were, as she described in the livestream, “short and to the point.”
Of all student organizations, fraternities and sororities may stand to lose the most due to COVID-related conduct policies.
The Knox County Board of Health met virtually Wednesday evening to discuss proposed Regulation 2020-5. The Board of Health has been meeting weekly since July 15, 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the most recent COVID-19 active case numbers on Aug. 30, cases have risen by 57 since Aug. 28, just two days prior.
According to an article from WBIR-TV, the second COVID-19 cluster has been discovered as two members of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority at the University of Tennessee have tested positive for the coronavirus.
In her COVID-19 update livestream on Aug. 18, Chancellor Donde Plowman discussed the data related to case counts, the first identified cluster of cases and how the university is dealing with rooms being cleaned as a result of possible COVID-19 cases.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Knox County Board of Health held a meeting to address the rise of positive COVID-19 cases in Knox County and the benchmarks necessary to care for the public.
Tuesday afternoon, UT announced several changes made to the fall 2020 academic calendar in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
Restaurants are limited, town squares are empty and it’s harder than ever to find folks to go hiking. However, we can still go. That makes this state a curious case.
The Southeastern Conference's two and a half month sports hiatus due to COVID-19 is set to end soon with universities being allowed to bring student athletes back on campus Jun. 8.
At a time when companionship has been challenging to come by for some, people have been turning to animal shelters to fill that void.
The Volunteer nation was rocked with the news of then Interim President Randy Boyd’s announcement to move all classes online on all UT campuses on March 16, 2020.
When Joanie Stewart heard that Tennessee was issuing a stay-at-home order, she was deeply worried. Gov. Bill Lee called it a “safer-at-home” order, but for the victims of domestic violence, for whom Stewart serves as executive director of the Family Justice Center in Knoxville, the order mea…
Across Tennessee, people took to the streets in major cities on Sunday afternoon to protest Governor Bill Lee’s stay-at-home orders and the closure of many local businesses.
Gov. Bill Lee announced during a press conference Wednesday that free COVID-19 testing will be provided to Tennesseans regardless of whether they present the traditional symptoms of the virus. The expanded testing effort comes at a time when state and local leaders are pushing to reopen the …
In the first days of spring break and the stay-at-home fiasco, I developed a fever and chills. I was lethargic all day and got muscle aches whenever I tried to move. Taking a shower or walking to the bathroom were activities that could leave me dizzy and dry heaving.
The first line of a public health notice from 1918 eerily resonates in today’s world, as parallels have been drawn between the Spanish influenza and the modern coronavirus. Almost exactly 100 years apart, both outbreaks reached pandemic status and created international crises.
As we have seen during the current COVID-19 pandemic and other instances of disaster, the United States of America’s government and leadership has failed its citizens time and time again. The lack of preparation, unwillingness to take heed of professionals' advice and faltering in the necess…