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Off-Campus Student Services

by Bailey Ly

Being a student, but not on campus, is hard: trying to stay connected with the community, accessing different resources, and attending your classes online. As a student myself, I think that the university is working hard to make students a top priority at a time like this. There are so many departments that are still trying to reach and connect with students by using fun social media games, virtual events, or making sure that students know what’s available. 

If you’re a student still on campus or in the Knoxville area, UT is still providing campus and virtual services for students! 

Dining Options

Make sure to check the VolDining website for updates.

Arena Dining 
Monday- Friday  Saturday & Sunday 
Breakfast: 7-9 am Brunch: 9 am-1 pm
Lunch: 10:30 am-1:30 pm Dinner: 4-6 pm
Dinner: 4-6 pm

Big Orange Meal Share 

Big Orange Meal share is a program through the Dean of Students, Vol Dining, and Swipe Out Hunger. This program helps provide meals for students who are facing food insecurity and is a resource that is especially important during a time like this. 

So, how do you apply? Visit this link and fill out the form. The only requirement is that you have to be an enrolled student. Your application will be reviewed by the Dean of Students and VolDining who will get back to you as soon as possible. Once you are accepted, you will receive extra dining dollars on your VolCard to use at any of the open dining options.

This opportunity is so great, especially for students who are going through troubling times right now. It’s one thing students can worry less about. And remember that this resource is here to serve and help you. Apply and get those dining dollars! 

Student Health Center 

You can still schedule an online appointment to visit the Student Health Center by calling 865-974-5080. If you feel like you may have a fever, please check your temperature and have that information available when you call. When visiting the SHC, students will be asked to have a temperature check. Visit the link for more information,

The Student Counseling Center Offers Mental Health Resources & Online Appointments

Mental health is so important for us right now. Being alone away from friends, stressed with online work, or dealing with family can be a burden. The Student Counseling Center offers a number of resources to support your mental health. If you feel like you need some support, you can schedule an online telehealth counseling appointment by calling 865-974-2196 during business hours.

You can also look into Therapy Assistance Online (TAO). TAO can equip you with strategies to cope with anxiety and also has a library of mindfulness resources to help you become more 


The Dean of Students office and (865)-974-HELP is still open and available for you if you are experiencing distress. The office will help and work with students to help find resources and relieve distress. 

Stay Connected!

Remember to stay connected! You can be a VOL anywhere you are. Keep in contact with friends, campus resources, and attend virtual events that UT departments are hosting, including trivia, comedians, and virtual intramural races. Being engaged with your community is an important aspect of health and wellness. 

Being a student still living in the Knoxville area, it is a relief to know that these services are still being provided. During a time like this, it is hard to know how to be cared for and feel cared for but it’s great to know that the university is still a resource and can give care. I hope all students still in the Knoxville community take advantage of these resources. 


Bailey Ly is a sophomore majoring in public relations with a minor in business administration. She is the undergraduate public relations intern for Student Life  Communications. Bailey is also the marketing chair for Campus Events Board Arts and Culture. She loves cooking and learning about new cultures.

April 7, 2020