COVID-19 and CARES Act Information

2019 Novel Coronavirus COVID-19

Tennessee Tech continues to coordinate with the Centers for Disease Control, the Tennessee Department of Health, and the Upper Cumberland Regional Health Department to closely monitor the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. Tennessee Tech has no reports of COVID-19 cases.

Check your tntech email for the latest information and updates.

Key Facts:

» The university will change to online or alternate delivery classes on Monday, March 30 and continue through the remainder of the semester.

» Spring break extended through March 27.

» The university is open and offices are operating with regular hours.

» Counseling services are available 24/7. From 8 a.m. to 4:30, call 931-372-3331. An after-hours crisis line is available at 855-206-8997. The staff is moving to one-on-one telecounseling.

» Fitness Center closed effective March 16 through March 27, will reassess opening closer to March 30

» Dining Services will operate with limited hours during the two weeks of Spring Break. See additional information on Dining Services.

» Click here for an updated message regarding Scholarship Service Hours and Federal Work Study.

» Commencement ceremonies on May 9 are postponed. We will look for alternative dates to offer spring graduates a chance to celebrate. 

» Campus visits postponed beginning Saturday, March 14 through Sunday, April 5. The Campus Visit Program will resume on Monday, April 6. Learn more about visiting campus.

» All intercollegiate athletic events have been cancelled for the remainder of the Spring semester. Formal practices are suspended until April 3. Hooper Eblen Center is closed to walkers until further notice. https://www.ttusports.com/

  • Cancelled or Postponed Events

    » ALL in-person events cancelled through the end of the semester.
    » Commencement Ceremonies Postponed (details to come)
    » Intramurals cancelled. Will reassess prior to April 5.
    » Summer Send-Off Student Celebration April 23
    » SOLO Concert
    » Center Stage Events
    » Wings Up Weekend
    » Window on the World
    » Celebration of Craft
    » President’s Club and Visionaries Society Friday Café
    » Fitness Center Sneak Peek tours
    » An Evening of Excellence: 2020 Alumni Awards Banquet
    » Nursing Reunion
    » Legacy Gala

Travel

News and advice about the situation changes rapidly. The university community is encouraged to stay informed about travel restrictions and guidelines when planning for Spring Break and other travel. The university will monitor recommendations, and Tech-affiliated travel may be affected as updates are received.

All official university related international travel is suspended indefinitely.

» CDC Travel FAQs

 

Student Worker Information

Scholarship Work Hours

Beginning March 23 and for the remainder of the spring term, students will not be required to complete scholarship service hours.

Federal Work Study

Based on our current status where it is our intent to hold all undergraduate classes and labs online for the remainder of the spring semester, guidance from the Department of Education is being followed in terms of Federal Work Study (FWS). Beginning March 23 and for the remainder of the spring term, students will not be required to complete work hours. Since students will no longer work their assigned hours on campus or remotely, students will be paid as follows beginning March 23, 2020 through May 1st, 2020:

  • Students who worked during the current spring term 1 to 36 hours through the end of February will be paid for seven hours per week, but not to exceed the student’s work-study award for the term.
  • Students who worked during the current spring term 37-60 hours through the end of February will be paid for eleven hours per week, but not to exceed the student’s work-study award for the term.
  • Students who worked during the current spring term more than 60 hours through the end of February will be paid for nineteen hours per week, but not to exceed the student’s work-study award for the term.

Note that Federal Work Study hours worked from March 1 until March 22 will be paid based on actual hours worked.

If additional updates need to be provided, we will send another message to your student email.

» Additional Financial Aid Information
» Additional Scholarship Information
 

Students Living On Campus

Residential Halls

Updates to res hall information will be posted during second week of spring break.

International students, athletes with campus obligations and students with housing insecurity or distance issues may apply for permission to remain to stay in the residence halls during this period. Students approved to remain in the residence halls will have limited services, including food services.

For questions, contact Residential Life at (931) 372-3414 or click here to send a message. 

» Residential halls are scheduled to reopen on Saturday, March 28, but that is subject to change.
» Lobby entrances will be locked and swipe access will be turned off unless you have approval to stay.
» We are not asking residents to do a full check-out of their rooms at this time.

Tech Village

We are not asking you to leave at this time and you do not need to complete any forms or requests to stay, but please understand that this is subject to change and also there may be limited services on campus.

Dining Services

Dining Services will operate with limited hours during the next week of Spring Break.

Retail

  • Steak n Shake: Monday – Friday 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. only
  • Chick-fil-A: Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. only
  • Starbucks: Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. only
  • Swoops Market: Monday – Friday Self-Checkout only
  • Au Bon Pain: Closed
  • Perch/McCord: Closed
  • Which Wich: Closed

During this time no seating will be allowed in The Swoops Food Court. All food will to be take-out only and we will be blocking off the seating area as an extra measure of safety.

Caf  

  • Saturday - Sunday
    • Brunch from 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    • Dinner from 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Monday - Friday
    • Breakfast from 7:30a.m. - 9 a.m.
    • Lunch from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    • Dinner from 5 p.m. -6:30 p.m.

During this time no seating will be allowed in The Caf. All self-serve options will be changed and all food will be served by Chartwells associates. Only disposable cutlery will be used in The Caf and all food will be take-out only. The Caf will close in between feeding times and Chartwells will conduct thorough sanitation and wipe downs of all surfaces during these periods.

» Additional Information
» Contact Dining Services

University Store

Open Monday - Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Barnes & Noble, with Tech, is ensuring that all students receive their textbooks.

  • Students are able to print a UPS label so that they can return their rental books. Students will get an email reminder.
  • The University Store is offering free shipping on all online orders.

How do students access VitalSource Helps content that provides free access to ebooks?
To get started, students should visit bookshelf.vitalsource.com. Before students can begin searching for and reading ebooks, they will need to log-in or create a Bookshelf account with their institution-provided email address.

  • For students accessing Bookshelf for the first time:
    Here are instructions on creating a Bookshelf account that you can share with students and instructors. Once students create an account with an institution-provided email address, they should login and click on the “Explore” tab in the upper left corner of the screen to search by ISBN, Title or Author to find their free ebooks.
  • For students with existing Bookshelf accounts linked to their institution-provided email address:
    Students with existing Bookshelf accounts linked to their institution-provided email address will see a new tab called “Explore” when they login in the upper left corner of the screen to search by ISBN, Title or Author to find their free ebooks.

 If students need additional assistance gaining access to the site or have questions, please click here.

» University Store Website

Mail Services

Mail Services is operating normal hours. Operations are subject to change and are contingent upon the University offices being open.

 

Tennessee Tech FAQs

  • Are there any reported cases of COVID-19 at Tech?

    At this time, there are no reported cases of COVID-19 on campus.

  • What is Tech doing to prepare for and respond to COVID-19?

    • Spring Break, with no classes, has been extended through Friday, March 27.
    • Starting Monday, March 30, all Tech classes will be online or alternate delivery classes instead of face-to-face classes.
    • Residence Halls will be closed during Spring Break, with the exception of international students, athletes with campus obligations, and students with housing insecurity or distance issues who applied for permission to remain in the residence halls during this period. Tech Village apartment residents are not being asked to leave at this time.
    • In order to facilitate the migration to online classes, Tech has
      • Tripled our Internet bandwidth
      • Expanded licenses for online education software
      • Created tutorial videos about online systems and scheduled training sessions for faculty members during the extended Spring Break
    • Faculty members are working with the head of their department on how each will be able to deliver the course content, attain learning outcomes, and allow students to complete the semester.
    • In order to help mitigate any potential spread of the virus, mass gatherings will be cancelled or postponed. A list of cancelled or postponed events is at https://www.tntech.edu/news/covid-19/.
    • All official university related international travel is suspended indefinitely.
    • The university’s COVID-19 task force – with representatives from residential life, student affairs, academic affairs, media relations, food services and the president’s office  – will continue to work on the university’s response, with the goals of maintaining the safety and health of our students, faculty and staff a priority, as well as ensuring our students can complete the semester.
       

  • Why is Tech doing all this if there are no reported cases at around campus?

    Tennessee Tech has made the safety and health of our students, faculty and staff a priority in all conversations about our COVID-19 response. Our other planning goals have included ensuring our students can complete the semester. We also have a responsibility to the larger community to do our part with precautionary decisions and actions.

  • Is the university closed?

    No. During this time, university offices will operate with regular hours. Faculty and staff are expected to report to work as usual. Anyone who is feeling ill is asked to stay home.

  • Can students come to campus to use computer labs and meet with professors?

    Yes, campus is open, and students can continue to use labs and meet with professors.

  • Once we go to online classes, will the Volpe Library be open?

    During the extended Spring break, the library will be open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Library hours after spring break has yet to be announced. Please keep an eye on the following page for any announcements.

    https://www.tntech.edu/library/hours.php.

  • Will Tech have online classes for the remainder of the semester?

    Yes

  • Will student workers and graduate assistants still be able to work?

    Yes, because we are not closing campus. At this time, we are only changing how we deliver our instruction, so as to avoid large groups of people congregating in confined spaces. All employees, including student workers and graduate assistants, can continue to work normal hours unless they are sick.

  • Do residence hall students have to move back into their room when the residence halls reopen?

    At this time, Tech plans on reopening the residence halls on Saturday, March 28 (subject to change as situation develops). If a student wishes to remain at their permanent home, they can as that is his or her individual choice, and additional guidance will be given for check out procedures once available.

     

  • Will there be a commencement ceremony?

     

    In light of these precautions, commencement ceremonies on May 9 are postponed. We will look for alternative dates to offer spring graduates a chance to celebrate.

  • What happens to my credits or my paid tuition?

     Tennessee Tech is not closed. As a precautionary measure, Tech is moving to online or alternate delivery classes instead of face-to-face classes starting March 30. University offices will operate with regular hours. Faculty and staff are expected to report to work as usual. Our goal is to allow students to complete the semester with a final grade.

  • How will I know what is going on?

    This page (https://www.tntech.edu/news/covid-19/) is the central place for information related to Tech’s COVID-19 response. The university also communicates through email from ttunews@tntech.edu and social media channels. For specific groups, such as students in the residence halls or faculty members, they will receive additional emails from other university offices.

  • What does Tech advise campus members about personal international travel?

    Tech strongly encourages faculty to curtail personal international travel. If you chose to travel internationally, you are asked to contact the Provost’s Office, report the travel to your supervisor, and self-isolate for 14 days upon return. Students are advised to watch travel advisories closely and consider the consequences to their ability to return if the situation changes. When individuals return from international travel, they should follow any CDC-recommended guidelines. If they choose to go ahead with travel for personal reasons, and have trouble abroad or need to stay at home when they return, those are consequences that are the responsibility of the individuals.

  • What does Tech advise campus members about domestic travel?

    We ask that individuals also be mindful of domestic travel and bringing visitors to campus. Tennessee has confirmed cases of COVID-19 and, like other parts of the country, has declared a state of emergency as they work to contain the virus. Please stay at home and don’t travel if you have respiratory symptoms. Check the latest advice from the CDC at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/faqs.html.

  • When should I seek medical help?

    Please call your primary health care provider or your Tennessee Tech Health Services if, in the past 14 days, you:

    • Have traveled to an affected area and have a fever and signs or symptoms of a lower respiratory illness (cough, shortness of breath), or
    • Were in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 and have a fever or signs or symptoms of a lower respiratory illness (cough, shortness of breath)

    When you call, please inform your primary health care provider or campus health services of your symptoms and recent travel or potential exposure before going to the health facility.

    Most cases of COVID-19 are mild and most people have recovered without issue. 

  • What if I don’t think I have coronavirus, but think I might have the flu or something else?

    Please do not come to campus if you are ill. Visit your healthcare professional. Faculty and staff will work with students so they can avoid falling behind in class. It will be helpful if you get a note or some documentation at your visit from your health care provider.

 

 

FACULTY, STAFF & STUDENT FAQS (LOG IN REQUIRED)

Additional Information for:
Travel
Student Workers
Students Living on Campus
Dining Services
University Store
Mail Services

Email with your questions

COVID19response@tntech.edu

Call with your questions

Health Services - 931-372-3320
Dean of Students - 931-372-6758

TN Department of Health Public Information line: (877) 857-2945
www.tn.gov/health