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August 2021 Communications

August 31 - Vaccinations On Campus

In a continued effort to keep our campus and community safe, the University of Memphis is partnering with Baptist Medical Group (BMG) to offer vaccinations weekly to all faculty, staff and students through September 30. BMG will provide the FDA-approved Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine.

Vaccinations will be on the first floor of the University Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the following days:

September 2 - Register >
September 9 - Register >
September 16 - Register >
September 23 - Register >
September 30 - Register >

Pre-registration is preferred, but not required. If you have already scheduled your second dose with BMG, you do not need to register again.

Faculty, staff and students who receive their vaccination at an on-campus event will be eligible to receive a Chick-fil-A meal coupon and select Tiger merchandise from our bookstore. To redeem, you must present your valid University ID and a copy of your CDC vaccination card from the campus location with that week's date.
 
For any questions regarding this vaccine distribution, please call 901.227.TEST (8378). In an effort to support our faculty and staff that have yet to be vaccinated, we are providing up to two hours of administrative leave for each dose. If you have questions or concerns, please contact your Human Resources Business Partner.

The University strongly encourages all on our campus to get vaccinated. As a public university in Tennessee, we are not able to require vaccination. That authority rests with the Governor and Tennessee Legislature.

COVID-19 testing is also available on campus. For testing details, vaccine information and the latest COVID-19 updates from the University of Memphis, visit memphis.edu/coronavirusupdates.


August 30 - Classroom Seating Assignments

Students:
 
Beginning Wednesday, September 1, we ask that you sit in the same seat in each of your on-campus classes through the entire fall semester. This will allow seating charts to be created that will help with more accurate and focused contact tracing if a student in one of your classes tests positive for COVID-19.
 
As always, please do not come to class if you are experiencing symptoms or awaiting the results of a COVID test due to symptoms or possible exposure. We want to do everything we can to keep each other safe and have a successful semester together. And please, wear your masks in class, indoors and in places where maintaining appropriate social distancing is not possible. Masks should cover the nose and mouth to be effective.

For the latest COVID-19 updates from the University of Memphis, testing details and vaccine information, visit memphis.edu/coronavirusupdates.

Dr. Tom Nenon
Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost


August 25 - COVID-19 Testing and Notification Protocols

Faculty, Staff and Students:

If you have sought a COVID-19 test due to exposure or symptoms, you should not come to campus until you receive those test results. Notify the appropriate offices listed below: 

A University staff member will guide you through University protocols and provide relevant resources.

The University will continue to provide testing for the entire campus community. The details regarding test availability and locations can be found here.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed below, do not come to campus and get tested. 

  • Fever or chills
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Muscle or body aches
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Diarrhea
  • Cough
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Nausea or vomiting

All individuals should monitor symptoms using the CDC Self-Checker.

Vaccines
The vaccine is the best defense against the virus. Vaccines will be available every Thursday from 9 am – 4 pm, through September 30, on the first floor of the University Center. Pre-registration information will be sent weekly, but drop-ins are welcome as well.

Learn more and register for a vaccine >

Let's continue to work together to keep our campus and our community safe.

For the latest COVID-19 updates from the University of Memphis and vaccine information, visit memphis.edu/coronavirusupdates.


August 24 - Vaccinations on Campus

In a continued effort to keep our campus and community safe, the University of Memphis is partnering with Baptist Medical Group (BMG) to offer vaccinations weekly to all faculty, staff and students through September 30. BMG will provide the FDA-approved Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine.

Vaccinations will be on the first floor of the University Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the following days:

August 26 - Register >
September 2 - Register >
September 9 - Register >
September 16
September 23
September 30

Pre-registration is preferred, but not required. If you have already scheduled your second dose with BMG, you do not need to register again.

Faculty, staff and students who receive their vaccination at an on-campus event will be eligible to receive a Chick-fil-A meal coupon and select Tiger merchandise from our bookstore. To redeem, you must present your valid University ID and a copy of your CDC vaccination card from the campus location with that week's date.
 
For any questions regarding this vaccine distribution, please call 901.227.TEST (8378). In an effort to support our faculty and staff that have yet to be vaccinated, we are providing up to two hours of administrative leave for each dose. If you have questions or concerns, please contact your Human Resources Business Partner.

The University strongly encourages all on our campus to get vaccinated. As a public university in Tennessee, we are not able to require vaccination. That authority rests with the Governor and Tennessee Legislature.

For the latest COVID-19 updates from the University of Memphis, testing details and vaccine information, visit memphis.edu/coronavirusupdates.


August 18 - COVID-19 Policy, Testing and Vaccines

COVID-19 Health and Safety Policy
Faculty, staff, students and visitors are expected to monitor current health and safety measure requirements posted to our website and shared through other official communication channels including, but not limited to University email. Definitions related to those requirements and enforcement mechanisms appear in the COVID-19 Health and Safety Policy (GE2040). Please be reminded that the University currently requires that all persons, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks indoors and in places where appropriate social distancing is not possible.

Classroom experiences from recent semesters have shown that the campus community generally understands and complies voluntarily with the mask requirement. The policy does permit faculty members to take action for non-compliance of mask use. Additionally, if students have concerns about faculty or staff mask use, contact Human Resources at hr@memphis.edu or 901.678.3573. Faculty who are delivering on-campus instruction may remove their face mask to teach, provided they are located within a delineated teaching area that is no less than 6 feet from students.

Review COVID-19 Policy >

Testing and Notification
The University will continue to provide testing for the entire campus community. The details regarding test availability and locations can be found here. Do not come to campus if you are experiencing symptoms, are in isolation or quarantine due to positive test results or exposure, pending test results, or have reason to believe you have come in contact with the virus.

Notify the appropriate offices listed below:

  • Faculty and Staff: Contact Human Resources at hr@memphis.edu or 901.678.3573. This includes exposures, pending test results and/or COVID-19 related symptoms.
  • Students: Contact the Office of the Dean of Students at deanofstudents@memphis.edu or 901.678.2187.
    A University staff member will guide you through University protocols and provide relevant resources.

Testing Dates & Instructions >

Vaccines
Vaccines will be available every Thursday from 9 am – 4 pm, through September 30, on the first floor of the University Center. Pre-registration information will be sent weekly, but drop-ins are welcome as well.

Learn More and Register for a Vaccine >

Let's continue to work together to keep our campus and our community safe.

For the latest COVID-19 updates from the University of Memphis and vaccine information, visit memphis.edu/coronavirusupdates.


August 17 - Vaccinations On Campus

In a continued effort to keep our campus and community safe, the University of Memphis is partnering with Baptist Medical Group (BMG) to offer vaccinations weekly to all faculty, staff and students through September 30.

Vaccinations will be on the first floor of the University Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the following days:

August 19 - Register >
August 26 - Register >
September 2 - Register >
September 9 - Register >
September 16
September 23
September 30

Pre-registration is preferred, but not required. If you have already scheduled your second dose with BMG, you do not need to register again.

Faculty, staff and students who receive their vaccination at an on-campus event will be eligible to receive a Chick-fil-A meal coupon and select Tiger merchandise from our bookstore. To redeem, you must present your valid University ID and a copy of your CDC vaccination card from the campus location with that week's date.
 
For any questions regarding this vaccine distribution, please call 901.227.TEST (8378). In an effort to support our faculty and staff that have yet to be vaccinated, we are providing up to two hours of administrative leave for each dose. If you have questions or concerns, please contact your Human Resources Business Partner.

The University strongly encourages all on our campus to get vaccinated. As a public university in Tennessee, we are not able to require vaccination. That authority rests with the Governor and Tennessee Legislature.

For the latest COVID-19 updates from the University of Memphis and vaccine information, visit memphis.edu/coronavirusupdates.


August 17 - Executive Order 84, Campus School and University Middle

Dear Faculty and Staff:

Yesterday, Governor Lee issued Executive Order 84, an order disallowing mask mandates in K-12 schools and one that impacts the operation of our Campus School and University Middle. One of our central responsibilities at the University of Memphis is to protect the health and safety of all on our campus, including Campus School and University Middle. Over the course of the past 18 months, our management of COVID-19 has been driven by a simple and straightforward rule — follow the best and most up-to-date science and medical recommendations. When compared to national averages, we have experienced limited problems as a result of that approach. We will continue to do so this year. We will work together and not let political division and distraction undermine the health and safety of our children. I am grateful for all of those on our campus that work together to put the well-being of our community at the forefront. Thank you in advance for following the University of Memphis COVID-19 protocols

We will continue to keep you updated as we move forward.  

Regards, 

President M. David Rudd


August 16 - Fall Class Delivery Format 

Dear Students:
 
All courses for the fall semester will take place in the delivery format (online, on-ground, hybrid) that was published in the “Schedule of Classes." Any changes your faculty member might consider must have prior written approval by the Dean and the Office of the Provost. To date, no such requests have been approved, so please plan to participate in the scheduled format.

Regards,

Dr. Tom Nenon, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost


August 10 - Vaccinations Available On Campus

In a continued effort to keep our campus and community safe, the University of Memphis is partnering with Baptist Medical Group (BMG) to offer vaccinations weekly to all faculty, staff and students from August 12 through September 30.
 
This week's vaccination event will be Thursday, August 12, from 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the Rose Theatre Lobby. Pre-registration is preferred (register here), but not required. If you have already scheduled your second dose with BMG, you do not need to register again.

Future vaccinations will be on the first floor of the University Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the following days:

August 19
August 26
September 2
September 9
September 16
September 23
September 30
 
Faculty, staff and students who receive their vaccination at an on-campus event will be eligible to receive a Chick-fil-A meal coupon and select Tiger merchandise from our bookstore. To redeem, you must present your valid University ID and a copy of your CDC vaccination card from the campus location with that week's date.
 
For any questions regarding this vaccine distribution, please call 901.227.TEST (8378). In an effort to support our faculty and staff that have yet to be vaccinated, we are providing up to two hours of administrative leave for each dose. If you have questions or concerns, please contact your Human Resources Business Partner.

The University strongly encourages all on our campus to get vaccinated. As a public university in Tennessee, we are not able to require vaccination. That authority rests with the Governor and Tennessee Legislature.

For the latest COVID-19 updates from the University of Memphis and vaccine information, visit memphis.edu/coronavirusupdates.


August 4 - Shelby County/UofM Campuses Mask Directive

Shelby County Health Department Health Order No. 24, which is currently in effect and provides updated COVID-19 guidance, recommends that all persons, including fully vaccinated individuals, wear masks indoors in areas of “substantial or high transmission" regardless of vaccination status. Accordingly, the University is requiring that masks be worn by all persons while indoors and in places where appropriate social distancing is not possible.
 
Please review and comply with the following safety protocols:

Do not come to campus if you are experiencing symptoms, are in isolation or quarantine due to positive test results or exposure, pending test results, or have reason to believe you have come in contact with the virus. Notify the appropriate offices listed below:

  • For all faculty and staff-related COVID-19 concerns and notifications, contact Human Resources at hr@memphis.edu or 901.678.3573. This includes exposures, pending test results and/or COVID-19 related symptoms.
  • For all student-related COVID-19 concerns and notifications, contact the Office of the Dean of Students at deanofstudents@memphis.edu or 901.678.2187.

 
The University strongly encourages all on our campus to get vaccinated. As a public university in Tennessee, we are not able to require vaccination. That authority rests with the Governor and Tennessee Legislature. We will continue to provide access to vaccinations on campus through our partnership with the Baptist Medical Group. The next on-campus vaccine event is scheduled for August 12, from 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the Rose Theatre Lobby. Pre-registration is preferred (register here), but not required.

Let's continue to work together to keep our campus and our community safe.

For the latest COVID-19 updates from the University of Memphis and vaccine information, visit memphis.edu/coronavirusupdates.