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July 2021 Communications

July 28 - Campus CDC Guidelines Update

The CDC has updated COVID-19 guidance and is recommending that all persons, including fully vaccinated individuals, wear masks indoors in areas of “substantial or high transmission.” Accordingly, the University will be requiring that masks be worn by all persons while indoors and in places where maintaining 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.
 
As we have demonstrated for the past year and a half, we can 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.


July 26 - The Importance of Vaccinations

Dear Campus Community:

As our country, state and city struggle with the re-emergence of the latest variant of COVID-19, it has never been more important, if you have not already, to get vaccinated. The latest scientific data clearly indicates that 97% or more of those struggling with serious illness and hospitalization are those without vaccinations. Given the risks of serious illness and death, let me offer my strongest possible encouragement for vaccination. 

As a public university in Tennessee, we cannot require the COVID-19 vaccination, but for your own individual safety and for that of all of those around you and in our community, I encourage you to get vaccinated. We will continue to monitor the situation in the coming weeks and will modify health protocols (e.g., mandatory masking on campus) based on available data and outcomes for our local community and campus. 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.

-President M. David Rudd


July 19 - Vaccinations Available Thursday, July 22

For the health and safety of our University community, all students and employees are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated to help minimize the spread of the virus as vaccines are now widely available. We are committed to the well-being of our campus community and will continue to coordinate and offer vaccination opportunities on campus for students and employees.
 
The next on-campus vaccine event is scheduled for Thursday, July 22, from 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the Rose Theatre Lobby. Pre-registration is preferred (register here), but not required. Staff is on hand to assist with registration on-site if you do not have an appointment. If you have already scheduled your second dose with Baptist Medical Group (BMG), you do not need to register again. Vaccinations will also be available on campus on August 12. 
 
Faculty, staff and students who participate and receive their vaccination at this on-campus event will be eligible to receive a Chick-fil-A meal coupon and select Tiger merchandise from our bookstore. To receive a Chick-fil-A coupon and the merchandise, you must present your valid University ID and a copy of your CDC vaccination card dated Thursday, July 22, from the campus location.
 
For any questions regarding this vaccine distribution, please call 901.227.TEST (8378). Employees can use sick leave to get vaccinated, and if sick leave is not available, annual leave can be used. If both have been exhausted, please contact HR for assistance.


July 12 - UofM Head Football Coach Wants You To Stick It To COVID

For the health and safety of our University community, all students and employees are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated to help minimize the spread of the virus. We are committed to the well-being of our campus community and will continue to coordinate and offer vaccination opportunities on campus for students and employees.

The University will again be making available COVID-19 vaccinations on campus in partnership with the Baptist Medical Group (BMG) on Thursday, July 22, from 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the Rose Theatre Lobby. Pre-registration is preferred (register here), but not required. Staff is on hand to assist with registration on-site if you do not have an appointment. If you have already scheduled your second dose with BMG, you do not need to register again. Vaccinations will also be available on campus on August 12.

Current Campus Safety Protocols:

  • Fully vaccinated individuals may resume pre-pandemic activities without wearing masks or needing to physically distance while indoors or outdoors.
  • Individuals not fully vaccinated are strongly recommended to continue wearing masks at all times (indoors and outdoors) and must continue to keep physical distancing of six feet or more when engaging with others regardless of crowd size. 
     
    For the latest updates, visit memphis.edu/coronavirusupdates.