June 2020 Communications

June 26 - City of Memphis Ordinance and Face Coverings on Campus

Dear Campus Community:

As you are likely aware, late yesterday Mayor Strickland signed a City Ordinance (read full document) requiring face coverings to be worn in public areas. We currently have approximately 25% of faculty and staff on our campus, as has been the case for much of the past three months. We require face coverings to be worn by all on our campus in public areas, a requirement that was in place prior to the recent ordinance. The science on this issue is clear; use of a mask is the single most effective way to limit the spread of COVID-19 in public areas, but only if we all cooperate. As signage around campus emphasizes, it is critical for us to embrace this practice in order to take care of one another and our campus community. Please be sure to follow this requirement on a daily basis. Let’s work together to protect the health of all in our community.

-Dr. M. David Rudd, President, University of Memphis

June 23 - Fall Initiatives

Our commitment to access and affordability is a priority for the University of Memphis. We recognize that for many of our students, cost is the primary barrier to retention and degree completion. This has never been more important than during these times as students face the additional challenge of coping with the impacts of COVID-19.
The UofM is pleased to share additional steps we have taken to make education accessible and affordable for AY20-21:

  • No Increase in Tuition and Fees for AY20-21
    • The University of Memphis will not be increasing tuition and fees for AY20-21. As a reminder, the University leads the state of TN in keeping tuition and fees as low as possible. This will be the fourth time in seven years the UofM has not increased tuition and fees, with the lowest average increase in TN over the past seven years at 1.5%.
  • Tuition Cap for UofM Global Credit Hours for Tennessee Residents
    • Beginning Fall 2020, tuition is capped at 12 credit hours for Tennessee residents enrolled in UofM Global courses at the undergraduate level and 10 credit hours at the graduate level. That is, all credit hours over 12 for undergraduate and 10 for graduate Tennessee resident students, respectively, are free of charge.
  • Online Fee Grants/Scholarships
    • Students enrolled in online courses including UofM Global courses will receive a scholarship of $25 per credit hour to offset the online fee of $50 per credit hour. This effectively translates into a 50% reduction in the online fee for AY20-21.

As a reminder, below is a summary of enhancements that were put in place during the previous academic year, including:

  • Guaranteed tuition plan
  • On-ground tuition cap for Tennessee residents for undergraduates who take more than 12 hours, additional credits are free for graduate students who take more than 10 hours, additional credits are free for traditional on-ground courses; the cap resulted in almost $18M in free credits this past academic year.
  • Establishment of uniform tuition rates for online and on-campus courses
  • Simplification of the student fee structure to reduce and then eliminate the online course fee over a three year period, and movement to a standard per-credit-hour structure applicable to all courses
  • Adjusting rates for non-resident and international students to enhance our enrollment
    Implementation of a new non-resident (out-of-state) tuition rate for the Law School

Access and affordability will continue to be a priority for the UofM, coupled with a commitment to high quality academic offerings and investment in the research infrastructure and activities to achieve and sustain Carnegie I status.

June 17 - On-Campus Housing Updates

The University of Memphis is planning for a regular full occupancy fall opening of our housing facilities with limited exceptions and appropriate health measures. Our day-to-day operations will follow CDC guidelines, local health authority recommendations, all other appropriate safety measures and the TN Pledge for Higher Education. Additionally, we will have testing, symptom monitoring, contact tracing and quarantine protocols in place for our residents. Procedural details on the fall move in will be shared in the coming weeks via our website, memphis.edu/reslife, and sent directly to your University email.
If you have already applied for housing, please make sure all of your application information (i.e. room preferences, roommate requests, etc.) is still accurate and current on the housing portal. If you have not already applied, we encourage you to make living on-campus part of your UofM experience. Our housing portal is open to apply for on-campus housing.
To review/update your application or apply for housing:

  1. Log in to the MyMemphis dashboard and then click the ‘Student’ tab.
  2. Go to the Housing and Residence Life section and click on the ‘Housing Application Portal’ link > then select “Housing Application.”
  3. Select the appropriate term “Fall 2020 - Spring 2021" and "Regular Student Housing" then follow the steps through the portal.

To stay informed and be a part of the Tigers Live Here experience, please follow @UofMResLife on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat and Pinterest. Our department is available to answer any questions via email at housing@memphis.edu, phone at 901.678.2295 or through Welcome Home Wednesdays Live Q&A Zoom Sessions throughout the month of June.
We look forward to welcoming our students back to campus in a few short weeks.

June 8 - COVID-19 Testing on Campus

Dear Campus Community,

As you know, the University has begun the gradual return of some faculty and staff to campus. During Phase I of our return to campus plan, approximately 25% of our workforce will be allowed to return to campus with the understanding they will follow recommendations regarding social distancing, use of protective gear and symptom monitoring. The health and safety of our faculty, staff and students will remain at the forefront throughout the various phases of our return to campus.

The University is pleased to announce that we are again collaborating with Kroger to offer free of charge COVID-19 testing at the University of Memphis Holiday Inn parking lot at 3700 Central Ave. on June 10, 11 and 12 from NOON-5 p.m. We encourage our faculty, staff and students to take advantage of this resource by scheduling a testing time at the following link: krogerhealth.com/covidtesting. When you arrive for your test time, you must have a picture ID, such as a driver’s license, ready to verify patient information. As a reminder, we are asking all employees, students and visitors to follow safety guidelines to include wearing face masks in all indoor and outdoor University public spaces and physical distancing of at least six feet between individuals.

Anyone who has been diagnosed with the coronavirus, potentially been exposed to someone with the coronavirus and/or who displays symptoms of the coronavirus should contact his/her healthcare provider immediately and follow their medical advice. Symptom monitoring guidance is available at the following: cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html.

Any University employee experiencing symptoms or who believes they were exposed to COVID-19 should contact their supervisor and the appropriate HR Business Partner who will be able to advise them of their next steps as it relates to contract tracing, any alternative work arrangements, leave and FMLA benefits including Emergency Paid Sick Leave. HR Business Partners can be reached via email at hrbusinesspartners@memphis.edu or via phone Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at 901.678.3573.

Students should follow the same steps and notify the Student Health Center by visiting My Patient Portal to schedule a virtual appointment or call 901.443.1397 or 901.443.6438 between 9 a.m.-4:30p.m., Monday through Friday.

Please be reminded that the University’s COVID-19 webpage is constantly being updated with relevant information including materials related to our return to campus: memphis.edu/coronavirusupdates/.

June 5 - Fall 2020 Academic Calendar Adjustments

In accordance with the best available health guidance and in an effort to protect the safety of our students, faculty and staff, the University of Memphis will begin classes one week earlier than previously planned so that all classes and final exams can be completed prior to the Thanksgiving holidays. All classes will begin on Monday, August 17, and end on Tuesday, November 24. The last day of regular classes will be Tuesday, November 17, with five days for final exams. We will not be taking a fall break this semester, but will observe the Labor Day holiday. Announcements about additional measures will be forthcoming as the University’s preparedness work groups finalize and present their recommendations to the administration for approval and implementation this fall.

Please be reminded that the University’s COVID-19 webpage is constantly being updated with important information including materials relevant to our return to campus: memphis.edu/coronavirusupdates.