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Tennessee Wesleyan University is continuing to closely monitor the evolving situation of COVID-19. Below is the most current plans regarding the return to campus for the Fall 2021 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.

In line with the recent lifting of mask wearing mandates for vaccinated individuals, we will not be requiring TWU community members to mask if they are vaccinated. 

If unvaccinated, masks or protective face coverings must be worn in all campus buildings and outside when physical distancing (6 feet apart) is not possible.

Faculty may request that all students continue to wear masks in their class. Disposable masks will be provided during the first 1-2 weeks for faculty to distribute to students who may forget their masks.

Surfaces in campus buildings, including classrooms, have been treated with a disinfectant that stays on the surface with a kill time for COVID-19 of at least 60 days.

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

TWU will host a FREE Vaccine Clinic for faculty, staff, and students, August 31.  The Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be administered to all those that register in advance. 

A student would be required to go into quarantine for 10 days, either on campus or off campus. Students who live within 3 hours of campus will be required to quarantine at home. 

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

Individuals who are fully vaccinated will not be required to quarantine upon close contact with a positive COVID case. Anyone who is not fully vaccinated must quarantine.

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

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 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. 

The Crisis Management Team will meet periodically 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.    

Yes. The Athens Campus health center will reopen on Monday, August 16 and will be open 10am-3pm, Monday-Friday.  Students will be seen by appointment only and will wait on the front porch of the Health Center before entering the building.

We also have a Health Center in Knoxville for our MOT and Nursing students. The center is located in Knoxville at the nursing campus. More details will be provided to MOT and Nursing students regarding hours and how to schedule appointments.

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.

A remote learning option will be offered to students in the Fall of 2021.  This option will not be available for students who are athletes, residents, or working a job in which they interact regularly with the public. Additionally, students applying for remote learning must indicate their high-risk status and explain why they cannot receive the vaccine.  

Students who are in a high-risk category and cannot receive the vaccine for medical or religious reasons must complete the petition for remote learning. Carefully note all restrictions and student responsibilities before completing and sending to your academic advisor. 

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. Chapel and Convocations will again be required in fall 2021.

Yes. We have partnered with Humana to provide a wide array of counseling services to students.

Yes. The Fitness Center and the Gym will be open daily from 5 a.m.-11 p.m.

The library will be open to students, faculty, and staff following University guidelines concerning mask wearing and social distancing for unvaccinated individuals.  Learning commons furniture will be returned to pre-pandemic arrangements. Library instruction classes will continue to be offered in-person or online.  Library classes and group meetings held in the library will be socially distanced.  The library will continue to offer both virtual and in-person individual reference appointments and tutoring appointments.  Reference desk hours and café services will resume.  Staff may request that visitors to their workspace wear masks and keep distanced. 

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.