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November 18, 2020

Find the answers you need on COVID-19 actions
It’s the perfect time for faculty, students and staff to review the important information related to COVID-19.

The most critical information is just one click away by using the COVID-19 reporting and information link on the homepage. You can go to the student and employee handbooks from the COVID-19 page or go to www.tntech.edu/return.

When instructions refer to students, that means all students living on and off campus.

Remember, under no circumstances should a faculty or staff member take a report from a student and conduct contact tracing. Refer students living both on and off campus to Tech Health Services.

Employees who need to take leave are required to notify Human Resources to ensure correct leave reporting.  

Review The Golden Eagle Pledge for Students 
I pledge to do my part to keep our community in good health as I return to the City of Cookeville and to Tennessee Tech University’s campus.

I understand I have a role and responsibility to help my campus and my city fight COVID-19, and I pledge to be responsible for my own health. I understand I am accountable for staying informed about safety practices and guidelines.   

I commit to practicing patience and understanding with my fellow students, faculty members and university staff as we all navigate the changes on campus and in the classroom we will experience. I will strive to be kind.   

I will support my campus community and Cookeville by doing the following: 

  • Conducting daily self-checks for COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Isolating, notifying Tech Health Services and seeking health care if I have symptoms.
  • Wearing a mask when and where required by the university and local businesses.  
  • Following public health guidelines in place to help protect myself and others.
  • Protecting myself and others in high-traffic areas of campus or situations where physical distancing isn’t possible to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
  • Keeping my hands clean and sanitized while on campus, around Cookeville and at home.
  • Practicing caution at off-campus locations and avoiding situations that pose a high-spread risks.
  • Modifying my actions and encouraging others to do the same as guidelines and recommendations adapt over time. 

By taking the pledge to keep Tennessee Tech and the Cookeville community in good health, I accept responsibility for myself and my actions and will do my best to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

Where Can I Get the Flu Vaccine? 
Flu vaccines are free to faculty, staff and students at Health Services. It is very important to get a flu vaccine this year during the COVID-19 pandemic. The two viruses present with similar symptoms clinically. You can be infected with both viruses at the same time. This could cause your body complications while battling both the flu and COVID-19. It is still essential to wear a face covering and practice social distancing.   

November 11, 2020

Reminder: Follow the fall published calendar  
You are doing a great job finishing strong this fall. This is a reminder that we plan to continue following the published fall academic calendar at https://www.tntech.edu/calendar/. That means classes continue to meet until Thanksgiving break Nov. 25-27.  Then classes will resume on Nov. 30 to complete the semester, which ends on Dec. 11. We will celebrate graduates with fall commencement on Dec. 12. You can find information on commencement here https://www.tntech.edu/commencement/schedule.php.  
 
Help each other with office distancing 
Co-workers need to help each other keep a safe distance from each other while working. Contact tracing shows that we need to avoid working in each other’s personal space and always limit our contact at each other’s desks to 2-4 minutes a day. It’s a hard habit to break when you have a good working relationship with co-workers and are used to collaborating in person, but it will help us keep everyone safe and healthy. Continue to use Microsoft Teams and Zoom to meet virtually when possible.
 

November 4, 2020

We will see you after Thanksgiving!  
Remember, after Thanksgiving break, we will follow the regular fall schedule: last day of classes on Dec. 4, last day of the semester on Dec. 11, and fall commencement on Dec. 12. Classes will continue to be in-person, hybrid or online as they were at the beginning of the semester.  
 
Flu vaccines still available.  
Flu vaccines (mist) are free to faculty, staff and students at Health Services. It is very important to get a flu vaccine this year during the COVID-19 pandemic. The two viruses present with similar symptoms clinically. You can be infected with both viruses at the same time. This could cause your body complications while battling both the flu and COVID-19. It is still essential to wear a face covering and practice social distancing.  
 
Finish strong. Stay safe.  
Don’t grow weary of the safety precautions you take each day. You are doing a great job, but it’s human nature to let down our guard over a period of time. Refresh yourself on campus safety precautions https://www.tntech.edu/covid19/  and keep wearing your face coverings!  

 

  • October 21, 2020

    Free COVID-19 testing on campus 
    Students with symptoms can visit Tech’s Health Services for free, rapid COVID-19 testing. For everyone’s safety, call first to let them know you would like to be tested. Call 931-372-3320.  

    Need to leave work? Just let us know  
    Employees are doing a great job at protecting others by leaving campus when they are feeling sick. It is very important that if you have COVID symptoms and leave campus that you call or email before the end of the same workday. Contact COVID19response@tntech.edu or call 931-372-6328.  

    Tech-branded neck gaiters arrive 
    The university is providing all students and employees with a free neck gaiter (one per person, please). Facilities is delivering to employee division leaders this week.

    Students living in residence halls will receive their neck gaiters later this week in the halls. Students who live off campus can pick theirs up in the dean’s office of their college.  

    Need PPE or cleaning supplies? Don’t buy; just ask.  
    Facilities has plenty of cleaning supplies and PPE in stock that will be delivered on request. Please do not use your own budgets to purchase hand sanitizer, cleaning supplies or PPE per the purchasing policy.

    Please utilize the Work Order Request system ( https://www.tntech.edu/facilities/forms.php ) instead of emailing to request available COVID supplies (gloves, disposable masks, alcohol disinfecting wipes, disposable keyboard covers, social distancing stickers, and stanchions). Hand sanitizer dispensers and refill stations that run out of hand sanitizer gel can also be reported via a work order request. 

    October 16, 2020

    Where Can I Get the Flu Vaccine?
    Flu vaccines will be available at the following dates and locations across campus. This vaccine is the flu mist and is free of charge to faculty, staff and students. You can also receive the flu vaccine by visiting Health Services. Please remember it is very important to get a flu vaccine this year during the COVID-19 pandemic. The two viruses present with similar symptoms clinically. You can be infected with both viruses at the same time. This could cause your body complications while battling both the flu and COVID-19 at the same time. It is still essential to wear a face covering and practice social distancing.​

     

    September 30, 2020

    Here’s a glance at how the campus has been transformed over the semester so far. 

    • 1,200 plexiglass barriers installed
    • 350 medical grade HEPA air purifiers with UVC lights
    • 60 hand sanitizing refill stations, 200 point-of-use dispensers at building entrances, and portable bottles distributed to to all faculty, staff and students
    • 2 washable masks distributed to all faculty, staff and students who wanted them; 15,000 disposable masks have been distributed since March
    • 710 humanity shields, 200 communicator shields
    • 185 performance masks for the music department and 105 bell covers for musical instruments
    • 1,000 social distancing floor stickers
    • 500 directional walk signage stickers
    • 250 Coroplast 18” x 24” entrance/exit signs
    • 15 wall mounted no-touch temperature stations (1 per dorm lobby)
    • 6 floor mounted no-touch temperature stations (in highest traffic areas on campus)
    • 140 non-contact faucets installed in restrooms across campus
    • 150 no-touch paper towel dispensers installed in restrooms
    • If you have any questions or need further information about an item listed here, email return2020@tntech.edu

    What to do while you are waiting  
    Remember, if you are waiting on a COVID-19 test result, please stay home and do not come to campus. Contact your supervisor or faculty members to make arrangements.  

    September 23, 2020

    New Outdoor Study Spaces
    Facilities soon will place 50 picnic tables around campus to increase outdoor seating. Tree wrap benches are also being installed.  

    Free Flu Vaccines Coming Soon
    The university will offer free flu vaccines later this fall to 18- to 49-year-olds with no underlying health issues. Times and location will be shared when plans are complete. 

    FAQ updates:
    Clarification of Close Contact: The 15 minutes in the following definition refers to a single instance, not a cumulative time throughout a day. 

    Definition of Close Contact

    • Having contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 for a cumulative 15 minutes or longer in a 24-hour period, AND
    • Being closer than 6 feet from that person.
    • Close contact exposure guidelines are relevant regardless of the use of facial covering.

    Close contact exposure guidelines are to be followed even when the person tested has no symptoms of COVID-19.

    Meetings: Although the university encourages the continued use of teleconferencing through Zoom or Teams as a regular practice, meetings may be held in person if the meeting space allows for appropriate social distancing, COVID-19 room capacity is not exceeded, and face coverings are worn. If food is served, attendees must stay at the appropriate social distance while eating. As with classroom protocols, hand sanitizer and alcohol wipes must be readily available.

    Returning to Work or the Classroom: A negative test result is not required to return to work or class.  

    September 16, 2020

    How to get help on nights and weekends 
    If you need to get a message related to COVID-19 to Health Services or Human Resources on nights or weekends, email covid19reponse@tntech.edu.   

    Rapid on-campus testing available 
    Tech Health Services is now offering rapid COVID-19 testing for students, faculty and staff who are experiencing symptoms. Please call 372-3320 to schedule an appointment. You must call before coming to the facility. 

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    Definition of Close Contact

    • Contact with a person who has tested positive that is:
    • Closer than 6 feet AND For more than 15 minutes
    • Regardless of use of face coverings by person involved.

    Have COVID-19 related questions? Use the contact form

    September 9, 2020

    Image of HEPA Filters.What are those boxes in all my classrooms? 
    All actively used auditoriums and classrooms on campus are equipped with air purifiers that have medical grade HEPA filters and UV-C lamps.

    Enjoy The Burn.  
    The Burnett Fitness Center has expanded its hours. Monday through Thursday hours are 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Check out weekend times.
     
    Take care of yourself.  
    Check out the app available through the Counseling Center that allows you to evaluate and manage your anxiety, stress or depression. It offers resources and tools, including help with resiliency and public speaking. Go to WellTrack Self-Help Interactive Therapy for Tennessee Tech Students.  

    Get Contactless Delivery @ Food Pantry
    Tech's Food Pantry is offering an easy, safe way for you to pick up food. Drive by Tech Village at 910 N. Willow Ave. Text or call the number on the yard sign, and someone will shop for you and place bags on a table that you can pick up. The pantry is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. 
     
    Have COVID-19 related questions? Use the contact form.

    September 2, 2020

    Each of us has an important role to play in the fight against COVID-19 on campus and in the Cookeville community. The Golden Eagle Pledge outlines a set of behaviors we can all commit to as we work together and navigate changes on campus, in the classroom and beyond.

    Join the Student Government Association Executive Council in taking the pledge by visiting www.tntech.edu/pledge and sharing your commitment to the Golden Eagle Pledge on social media. #WingsUpMasksOn

    August 26, 2020

    Flowcharts explain actions related to students who are asymptomatic and test positive, students who have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, and students who are experiencing symptoms.

     

    August 24, 2020

    On this first day of classes, President Oldham encourages our campus community to work together with empathy and patience and to stay informed.

    August 19, 2020

    We care about your health and safety every day, and Human Resources and Health Services play a huge part on that front. Thomas Heard and Leigh Ann Ray share important information for faculty, staff and students and answer the question "What do I do if I have or think I might have COVID-19?

    August 12, 2020

    Communication

    Tech’s webpage dedicated to COVID-19 Information will soon feature a dashboard that will inform the campus community of known active reported cases and other information. Another added feature will be a streamlined reporting tool for faculty and staff.  

    Facilities 

    No-touch temperature stations are now in the RUC (3), the Volpe Library, the Burnett Student Recreation and Fitness Center, and Jere Whitson. All residence halls lobbies also have no-touch temperature stations. 

    Tech Facilities is focused on implementing crucial countermeasures specific to fighting COVID-19. Here are two steps taken in response to CDC, EPA, ASHRAE and Tennessee Department of Health recommendations:

    The amount of fresh air delivered has been doubled to most spaces on campus. Some areas have been adjusted to avoid high humidity/temperature issues from arising. 

    Each educational space (classrooms/labs/auditorium), high density shared office spaces, and public areas where students congregate (for instance, the Volpe library) will be provided an air purifier that is equipped with a pre-filter, a true HEPA filter, and a UV light that will constantly disinfect the collection side of the HEPA filter.   

    Message to Students about Class Delivery 

    Classrooms will look different this fall. In addition to the requirement of wearing face coverings, the classroom capacities have been reduced to allow for social distancing guidelines that will meet or exceed the current CDC recommendations for higher education where instruction is not 100% online. As a result, students in an on-campus class may meet fewer times with their instructor, but the classroom experience will be preserved, along with on-ground exams, in the safest environment possible. 

    You are encouraged to frequently review the Return to Tech Student Handbook, which provides extensive information on what to expect upon your return to campus, including a section that describes the different ways faculty members may deliver their course and provide you alternatives to course content delivery. The goal for diverse course delivery options is to offer students the best experience with the most flexibility this semester and leverage available technology where appropriate to deliver your course materials. In addition to new HD cameras and other technology ordered to enhance the classroom experience along with extensive investment in software and hardware and training for faculty over the summer, new technology will continue to be deployed over the semester as additional needs become evident. As students, if you have questions about your course delivery, if you don't feel safe attending class, or if you feel you could potentially be ill, simply contact your instructor. In many cases, alternative course delivery can be arranged, including content available to you online based on the designated course modality. 

    As you review the Return to Tech Handbook, you will see that most courses have a course modality designation (Tech-Enhanced, Tech-Flex, Tech-Direct, or Online) already located in your Eagle Online schedule; those that do not will be entered soon. Simply review your course schedule and click on the link for each course to see details about delivery modality for that course. There you will find key information that will give you a better idea about what the course format will look like for the semester and what modifications have been made to retain a safe on-campus experience and use online components where needed. Your instructor may contact you before the semester begins, so be sure to check your email regularly the week leading up to the first day of class as well as the first week of class. You are encouraged to be proactive in understanding the type of course modality (Examples: check Banner, course syllabus, etc.), engaging frequently with the course and faculty through the designated channels of communication and engagement (Examples: Email, D2L, Zoom, Teams, etc.), and staying up-to-date on campus notices relative to course delivery and health and safety. 

    Tennessee Tech is committed to doing everything in our power to make sure you have the resources you need to be successful regardless of type of course modality. Communication between faculty and students will be a critical aspect of a successful semester. 

    August 5, 2020

    As we draw closer to students returning to campus, Tech’s vision for the semester is coming into clearer focus. Tech’s commitment to plans for how the semester will begin and end is the topic of today’s update from President Oldham.

    July 29, 2020

    SOAR student and parents continue to express their appreciation and satisfaction with on-campus orientation. About two and a half weeks into the schedule, the attendance rates remain high. This year, over 50 more students over last year signed up for orientation. The freshman class is excited to be here.

    As we welcome our freshmen, we also are pleased to let our spring and summer graduates celebrate in style at commencement on Aug. 8. You can find all the details at www.tntech.edu/commencement.

    July 22, 2020

    Return to Tech Update

    As we approach fall semester, we are increasing our scheduled communication with campus and sharing Return to Tech information on a newly formatted page to make new and important information easier to find.

    Each Wednesday at 10 a.m., beginning today, we will post updates related to news, guidance and protocols about the fall semester.

    Today, President Oldham shares a message about how the university is approaching fall semester.

    Wings Up!

    July 21, 2020

    Tech, in cooperation with the Putnam County Health Department, has completed the testing of its football team for the COVID-19 virus. The football student-athletes returned as a team to the Tech athletic facilities on July 12, and testing began the next day. No team workouts have been held.

    Tech’s Athletic Department followed a protocol consistent with the Ohio Valley Conference and NCAA guidance to establish safety practices and test athletes, coaches and staff. 

    Some student-athletes and staff received positive tests and are under quarantine. The university conducted contact tracing and notified anyone who was in close contact by CDC standards.

    President's Blog

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Timeline for Returning to Campus

Campus Repopulation Plan: July 6, Employees return to campus (1,000 population); Residence halls open on August 16 (5,500 population); Fall classes begin on August 24 (11,000 population)

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To minimize risk to individuals and the public, Tennessee Tech University will comply with local, state and federal regulations and guidance from public health authorities. These measures may change, sometimes on short notice, as conditions change on and off our campus.

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return2020@tntech.edu
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Counseling Services - 931-372-3331
Dean of Students - 931-372-6758
Residential Life - 931-372-3414
Human Resources - 931-372-3034
myTECH Helpdesk - 931-372-3975
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(877) 857-2945

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