Campus Plans & Guidelines

Current Status

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.

The University will steadily increase campus density with 100% of our staff back to a regular on-campus schedule by July 1. 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.

Updated Safety Protocols

Based on the latest CDC guidelines and the recently issued Shelby County Public Health Directive, campus guidelines are updated as follows effective July 28: 

  • Masks are required to be worn by all persons while indoors and in places where maintaining appropriate social distancing is not possible.
  • All students, faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. 
  • 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.
  • Daily symptom monitoring and self-reporting of positive test results are required. View requirements and instructions >

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.

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

Review policies related to health and safety procedures.

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bronze tiger wearing blue maskGuiding Principles

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

See our guiding principles >


Campus School teacher with pomsWorkforce & Facilities Committees Plan

Guidelines for working on campus and facility protocols.

Review the plan >


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. 

Read the guide >


professor teaching a class on laptopRemote Instruction Committee Plan

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

Explore Best Practices >


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.

Explore the suggestions >


Chartwells employee packages foodOn-Campus Dining Guidelines

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

Review the dining guide >


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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