How Tennessee universities are reacting to the coronavirus outbreak


A rendering of coronavirus via the CDC.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Universities across Tennessee have announced in-person class cancellations out of concern for the ongoing spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Vanderbilt University: Canceled all in-person classes for the rest of the semester and all undergraduate students living on campus must move out by Sunday.

Belmont University: Extending spring break for students by one week through Sunday, March 22. Beginning March 23, all classes will resume online for at least two weeks.

Tennessee State University: Will transition to online classes beginning Monday, March 16th. TSU is suspending all international travel through the end of April to minimize exposure to the disease as well and will continue to monitor domestic travel. 

Middle Tennessee State University: Extending spring break for students by one week through Sunday, March 22. All non-athletic events will be canceled through Sunday, March 29. Classes resume March 23 through remote delivery. MTSU Commencement Ceremonies scheduled for May 8 and 9 fall within a cautionary period, which means that it is very likely that they will not be able to hold events as previously scheduled.

University of Tennessee: All in-person classes will be temporarily suspended beginning March 23rd until April 3rd.

Trevecca Nazarene University: Will extend spring break through March 17 for on-campus undergraduate students. All classes will move to an online-only format until at least March 30.

Austin Peay State University: Will suspend classes until March 23 and move all classes to fully online instruction. Spring commencement ceremonies will be delayed to a later date to be determined.

Nashville State Community College: Will close it’s East Davidson and Southeast campus Thursday, March 12 and Friday, March 13 as a precaution. There will be a deep cleaning conducted on Friday.

University of Tennessee Chattanooga: All in-person classes are suspended and moving to online instruction. Student residents will need to move out by the end of the week of March 16.

Volunteer State Community College: Canceling classes for all locations for an extended Spring Break from March 16-21.

Watkins College of Art: Suspending in-person classes and move to remote instruction beginning March 23-April 3.

Tennessee State University: Suspending in-person classes to move to online-only instruction beginning on Monday, March 16 to the end of the semester. Residence halls and apartments will be closed on Saturday, March 21. All campus events are canceled, and international travel suspended through the end of April.

Tennessee College of Applied Technology: Extended spring break for students this upcoming week, with in-person classes canceled for the week of March 16-20.

Stay with News 2 for continuing coverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic.


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