University of Tennessee Campuses to Continue Online Classes Throughout the Summer


University of Tennessee System President Randy Boyd has announced that school officials will deliver all summer session classes at all campuses online because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Boyd said this in a press release this week. The UT System president said he consulted with chancellors at UT Knoxville, UT Chattanooga, UT Martin and the UT Health Science Center before he announced this news.

At the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, clinical rotations in hospitals will continue with students following COVID-19 protocol, the press release said.

“Our faculty and staff have done an incredible job of moving to an entirely digital platform for the spring semester,” Boyd said in the press release.

“I am confident they will continue to provide an inspired learning experience for our students who are enrolled in summer classes.”

Since moving to an online platform, UT campuses have provided an estimated 9,300 classes online. Officials at each campus will send out specific communications to their faculty, students and staff regarding the impact to its respective campuses, the press release said.

The University of Tennessee System has campuses in Knoxville, Chattanooga, Martin and Memphis. The system also has the UT Space Institute in Tullahoma; the UT Institute of Agriculture with a presence in every Tennessee county; and the statewide Institute for Public Service. The UT system manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory through its UT-Battelle partnership, enrolls about 50,000 students statewide and produces about 10,000 new graduates every year, the press release said.

As The Tennessee Star reported this week, officials at the Clarksville-based Austin Peay State University announced they will move all of this year’s face-to-face summer classes online, or to other forms of non-face-to-face instruction.

The move at Austin Peay State University includes Maymester, summer terms I, II and III and the full summer term, the press release said.

On March 16, Austin Peay University officials moved all classes at all campuses online for the rest of the spring semester. The university first suspended classes for 10 days on March 13.

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