I am excited to welcome you to Rocky Top! We are planning a full residential experience for you—and we want to make sure you stay safe, healthy, and successful. As a student living in an on-campus residence, you will be living with many other people from all over the state and country.
The very best thing you can do to protect yourself from COVID-19 is to get vaccinated. This is also the surest way to have the full range of campus experiences, including full capacity for athletic events, and to preserve our ability to continue with a traditional college experience. Fully vaccinated students do not need to quarantine if they are exposed to COVID-19 and develop no symptoms.
Should you get sick with COVID-19, you will need to isolate yourself from others to avoid spreading the virus. If you were in contact with someone who gets COVID-19 and you have not been vaccinated, you will need to stay away from others by quarantining. With vaccines readily available, the university is no longer providing isolation and quarantine space, meal delivery, or transportation for students who need to isolate or quarantine.
Aside from vaccination, the most important thing you can do before moving into your residence is have a plan for what you will do if you need to isolate or quarantine, and communicate that plan with your roommate or suitemates. If you plan to stay with a family member or friend, make sure they know in advance and review CDC guidance to protect them from possible exposure.
You can review guidance for isolation and quarantine, and find information to make and share your plan, on UT’s website.
We encourage you to get vaccinated before coming to campus. Vaccines are safe, effective, and free. We offer the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine at the Student Health Center on campus, and we will be holding several vaccination events, including a clinic in Neyland Stadium on Wednesday, August 18.
If you have questions or would like to discuss concerns about vaccination with a medical professional, you can contact the Student Health Center. To find vaccine appointment opportunities, go to tiny.utk.edu/vaccine.
We can’t wait to see you on campus!
Vice Chancellor for Student Life