University provides statement on Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Feb 28, 2020
Update: March 23, 2020
In compliance with Executive Order 17 from Gov. Lee and in our best effort to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus, Tennessee Wesleyan will be practicing several new safety precautions.
In addition to our classes moving fully online for the remainder of the semester, the majority of TWU staff will be working from home beginning Tuesday. Essential personnel will remain on campus. Students living on campus are still welcome to stay in their residence halls.
Food service from the dining hall and Burkett’s Restaurant is limited to the TWU community and is strictly take out. Foot traffic, with the exception of students still on campus and essential personnel, will be closed. No large gatherings will be permitted.
We will continue to keep all information related to COVID-19 up to date at www.tnwesleyan.edu/covid19.
Update: March 13, 2020
In response to the growing COVID-19 concerns and after careful consideration, Tennessee Wesleyan University will be suspending in-seat classroom instruction and moving to a fully online delivery method for our students.
Classes will not be held Monday, March 16 or Tuesday, March 17 to allow for faculty development of online courses. Fully online instruction will begin Wednesday, March 18 and continue until in-seat classes resume, Monday, April 6.
At this time, there are no known cases of COVID-19 on the Athens campus or at our Knoxville instructional sites. However, University administrators believe this an opportunity to be proactive and help efforts to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.
Students may elect to go home during this time; however, residence halls will remain open. Other campus services, including the dining hall, library, and others will also remain open.
Currently, all campus and community events have been suspended through April 5. All school-sponsored trips have been paused, including international travel. Further decisions on athletic events will be driven by the Appalachian Athletic Conference and the NAIA.
No decision has been made regarding spring commencement at this time; however, University officials will continue to monitor COVID-19 and make a decision that is best for the well-being of the entire TWU family and their extended families.
Experience Wesleyan, scheduled for March 14, will continue as planned.
TWU’s first priority continues to be the health and safety of our community. Our commitment to an excellent educational experience will also continue in the online environment.
The development of COVID-19 is fast and continuously changing. As this University situation evolves, updates may be found on the dedicated COVID-19 information webpage and our social media channels.
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