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Tennessee Wesleyan University is closely monitoring the evolving situation of COVID-19. On May 18, University officials announced the decision to open the Fall 2020 semester in-person. Below is the most current plans regarding the return to campus for the Fall 2020 semester in FAQ format. 


These plans and procedures are subject to change as the COVID-19 situation is constantly changing. We will continue to place as top priority the safety of our students, faculty and staff.

Yes. Faculty, staff and students will be required to wear masks as much as possible, especially in common areas and in situations where physical distancing is difficult.

Tennessee Wesleyan has purchased 1,500 masks. If you do not have a mask, we will do our best to provide one. All members of the community are urged to acquire several masks to be sure they have one on hand for all occasions.

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to wear masks in the dining hall while going through the line and throughout the dining hall.

Proper mask etiquette includes the following:

  • Wash your hands before putting on the mask.
  • Secure the mask properly making sure to cover your nose. Try to fit the mask snugly against the side of your face.
  • The masks being issued on campus are NOT disposable masks. They will need to be washed at the end of every day for reuse.   They can be washed by hand with warm water and any detergent for at least 20 seconds and then air dry.  They may also be washed in the machine and dried on high heat if possible.

All University buildings will be cleaned daily using a hospital-grade disinfectant.  There will be additional rounds of cleaning of “high touch” surfaces done throughout the day Monday through Friday.

We will collaborate with the local health department to provide information re: testing locations for any faculty, staff or students who may need testing.

Yes. We will be checking temperatures primarily for food service, housekeeping and facilities staff.  Because of the nature of athletics, athletes will have their temperatures checked before practices and competitions, as well as completing screening questions.

Faculty and staff will be strongly encouraged to check their temperatures before coming to work in the morning.

Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 degrees will be urged to seek medical attention immediately.

A student would be required to go into quarantine for 14 days either on campus or off campus.  For residential students, food service would be provided and daily medical checks would be conducted by the health department or some other health professional.

Employees would not be permitted to come to work.  We will assign a care team to check in on the employee.

Yes. 15 rooms or apartments with private bathrooms are being held for potential isolation in the residence halls.

Yes. Masks that are reusable should be washed daily to remain effective.

Yes. There have been 60 hand sanitizing stations installed around campus, and there will be additional hand sanitizer dispenser or bottles available in areas where needed. Either a station for hand sanitizing or a sink for hand washing is conveniently located in each building.

Yes. The University will be scheduling brief training sessions conducted by a local health department official to educate faculty and staff on best practices related to infection control.

We are awaiting further guidance from the NAIA regarding fall sports as it pertains to safety precautions.  It is anticipated that temperature checks and health screenings will be required before each practice and before each competition. Coaches and athletic trainers will be providing athletes the specific details related to practices and procedures during preseason.

Yes. The University is encouraging all faculty, staff and students to get flu shots as is usually recommended by the CDC. This is especially important amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

We have installed iWave which is an air purifying device that installs in the air conditioning system. When air passes over the iWave, ions produced by the device reduce pathogens, allergens, particles, smoke and odors in the air creating a healthy environment without producing any harmful byproducts.  It is 99% effective in killing COVID-19. 

Yes. The tables in the dining areas have been spaced  six feet apart.  Faculty, staff and students are urged to adhere to physical distancing in the dining areas as well as other common areas.

The Crisis Management Team has been meeting weekly to review the current status of the pandemic and make timely decisions regarding best practices and policies related to the pandemic and the reopening in the fall. Additionally, an Athletics Action Team has been formed to make recommendations regarding procedures and practices pertaining to athletic competitions, spectator safety and other related matters.  Decisions related to the academic calendar and curriculum have been addressed by the academic leadership of the University which includes associate deans, department chairs and other academic administrators.  In consultation with these three groups, a reopening plan was developed and reviewed with the Board of Trustees.   

Yes. A nurse practitioner will maintain clinic hours in the Watson House on College Street on Monday through Friday. He or she will be available to assist anyone from the campus community who needs medical attention or resources.

Yes. In an effort to implement physical distancing, class sizes have been reduced to ensure six foot spacing between desks and students in classrooms whenever possible.

Yes. Signage will be placed throughout the campus urging students to follow the core actions, including questions related to their health status. The signage will remind students to seek medical attention if they do not feel well.

Facilities staff have had specialized training related to cleaning procedures. In addition, all staff are receiving daily health screenings and temperature checks.

Food Service workers are required to complete daily screening questions and temperature checks. Facial coverings are required in the kitchen and dining hall at all times. Social distancing is practiced within the kitchen itself with all cooking stations located six feet apart. Spacing indicators have been placed on the floor to assist with social distancing and traffic control in the dining hall. Handwashing is done every 15 minutes. Serving tongs are changed out every 30 minutes. All food is served by an Aramark employee. Sanitizing stations are available for guests. 

Yes. However, physical distancing will be implemented, and face masks will be required.

Yes. Staff will be required to wear masks and implement physical distancing whenever         possible. Should anyone have any concerns, you are encouraged to contact the office in advance and conduct any tasks possible via phone or email.

Yes. All of our Student Life offices will be fully staffed in the fall and all services will be available to support you during your time at Tennessee Wesleyan.

Yes. The Fitness Center and the Gym will be open but physical distancing will be implemented, and students will be expected to sanitize each apparatus after every use. 

The Library staff is available normal hours by appointment through the summer and will be fully operational and open by the beginning of the school year.

No, not at this time. The Johnson rooms will be used as classroom space in the fall to accommodate larger classes while implementing physical distancing. We expect the Johnson Event Center to revert back to student activity space as soon as the pandemic subsides.

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to stay as informed as possible by visiting the Tennessee Wesleyan COVID-19 webpage for resources and up-to-date information.