The University of Memphis guidelines and protocols for responding to the COVID-19
pandemic will be rooted in safety for our employees,* students and for the greater
Memphis community while we continue the institution’s vital mission of education,
research and service. Protecting the health of the University of Memphis community
will require a longterm effort and commitment, cooperation, teamwork, understanding
and flexibility - values that our University community has shown in a multitude
of ways in recent months.
As knowledge and understanding of the COVID-19 virus continues to evolve, the University is committed to doing its part to reduce community spread. Although 100% safety can never be ensured, the University is taking necessary measures to maintain a safe environment consistent with guidance from federal, state and local authorities. This Return to Campus Plan is just one of many measures being implemented to meet that commitment.
THE UNIVERSITY’S PLANS FOR CONTINUING OPERATIONS AND INCREASING THE PRESENCE OF EMPLOYEES AND STUDENTS WILL BE GUIDED BY THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA:
A commitment to exercising appropriate
financial stewardship of public dollars.
Existing and future federal, state and local
restrictions and recommendations.
Alignment with the University’s strategic
framework that the escalation of on-campus
activities will support primary mission of
objectives of the institution.
*Any reference to “employees” throughout this document includes faculty, staff, adjuncts/part-time faculty, temporary employees, graduate assistants, student employees and college work-study workers.