Campus Plans & Guidelines

Current Status

The recent Shelter at Home Directive for Shelby County expired on January 22 and has not been renewed given improving community conditions. As we have done throughout the course of the pandemic, the University of Memphis has followed latest national (CDC), state and local guidelines and directives for our campus. Accordingly, classes that were originally scheduled for face-to-face or hybrid format in the spring returned to campus February 1. Existing safety protocols including wearing masks, thorough cleaning and maintaining social distancing will be strictly enforced. Faculty members should communicate directly with students about any changes that may result from this adjustment.

Staff members should consult with their area managers concerning staffing changes that will be made in their offices to accommodate student needs. Employees who are approved to work remotely may continue to do so. Employees should work with supervisors and HR on requests for accommodations. 

Buildings are open only to University of Memphis community members with appropriate access. Residence Halls are open to residents only.

All Safety Protocols Remain in Place
Safety and health guidelines that were put in place last fall remain active (review below). As a result of our University’s adherence to the established safety protocols, UofM was the safest large campus in Tennessee last semester. Continued commitment and adherence to such will ensure we keep our campus and each other safe.

We will continue to monitor the community conditions and heed all recommended CDC guidelines and Shelby County Health Department directives. Updates will be provided on a regular basis.

Key Guideline Overview:

  • Physical distancing of at least 6 feet between individuals remains in place in all campus spaces. This includes the interior of buildings and outside.
  • Specific density limits are in place for all workspaces and building areas.
  • Face masks are required in all indoor and outdoor public spaces.
  • No events or gatherings may be held on campus.
  • Daily symptom monitoring and self-reporting of positive test results are required.


Fall 2021 Updates

  • We are pleased that current information suggests we will return safely to face-to-face classes this fall with normal seating capacities.
  • Our campus facilities (residence halls, dining outlets, student recreation center, etc.) will be open and offer a full range of activities and the traditional higher education experience that our students expect.
  • If, for some reason, in-person attendance this fall will not be possible for you, please choose online classes that will allow you to continue your studies.

Policies & Procedures

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student wearing mask sitting at tableCOVID-19 Health & Safety Policy

Wearing a face mask is not only the right thing to do; it's University policy.

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bronze tiger wearing blue maskGuiding Principles

Our guidelines will be rooted in safety for our faculty, staff and students.

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Campus School teacher with pomsWorkforce & Facilities Committees Plan

Guidelines for working on campus and facility protocols.

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researcher wearing face mask inspects 3d printed face shieldRisk Mitigation in On-Ground Instruction and Research Work Group Plan

Options to mitigate risks in conducting instruction and research in a face-to-face setting. 

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professor teaching a class on laptopRemote Instruction Committee Plan

Best practices to equip our students, faculty and staff to effectively work remotely.

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students wearing mask socially disctanced around bronze tiger statueStudent Support and Student Life Committee Plan

Ideas and best practices for  preserve student support and student life.

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Chartwells employee packages foodOn-Campus Dining Guidelines

Learn more about dining options and meal plans at memphis.edu/dining.

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student wearing a UofM mask and t-shirtTennessee Department of Health COVID-19 FAQs for Universities

FAQs related to preventative measures, quarantine guidelines, tracking and other protocols.

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Administration BuildingTennessee Higher Education Commission Guidelines for Higher Education

THEC released guidelines for universities to use in reopening their campuses. 

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