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COVID-19 Safety


We are all Volunteers. We look out for each other.

Each member of the campus community has a personal responsibility to protect themselves and each other in order to keep Rocky Top a safe and healthy environment for all. Part of that responsibility is complying with campus safety requirements to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Below you will find resources and fact-sheets from national public health experts, ways to keep yourself safer, campus safety requirements, and the Volunteer Commitment.

If you have been directed to this training by the Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards or another campus authority you must answer the questions at the bottom of this page to signify your completion.

Questions are based on the resources provided on each tab below. Completion of this training will take approximately one hour.


COVID-19 is contagious respiratory illness that was first identified in humans in late 2019 and has spread rapidly throughout the world. COVID-19 can cause fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, headaches or body aches, loss of your sense of smell or taste, and many other symptoms. While it’s true that COVID-19 is more severe in some people than others, even people with no known risk factors may get seriously ill. Please view the resources below for more information.

CDC COVID-19 Fact Sheet

Johns Hopkins Coronavirus At a Glance

COVID-19 Symptoms

WHO’s COVID Mythbusters

There are a number of ways to keep yourself safer during the COVID-19 pandemic. Social and physical distancing, mask wearing, hand washing, covering coughs and sneezes, and disinfecting surfaces are all important ways to protect yourself and the people around you. Check out the resources below for more detailed information.

CDC’s COVID-19 Safety Guide

CDC’s Guide to Masks

WHO’s Hand Washing Guide

The Science of Handwashing

Social and Physical Distancing and Self-Quarantine

UT’s Campus and Classroom Safety Measures

Tennessee Department of Health’s Prevention Recommendations

The University of Tennessee has implemented a number of requirements to help ensure the health and safety of its students, faculty, staff, and visitors. See the links below for information about what the university expects of everyone on Rocky Top.

Face Masks

Social Distancing

Daily Self Screen


Vaccination Requirements

Vols help Vols.

Volunteers act to protect one another and our broader communities. As we come together as a Volunteer community during a pandemic, everyone is expected to follow the instructions established by the university to protect themselves, to prevent spreading illness to others, and to maintain an on-campus experience, including the following measures:

  • Wearing a mask on campus as instructed, including in classrooms.
  • Washing hands frequently with soap and water, and using hand sanitizer.
  • Practicing social distancing and following protective guidelines when social distancing is not possible.
  • Acting quickly to follow instructions for testing and contact tracing.
  • Monitoring personal health and following medical instructions.
  • Following instructions for cleaning and hygiene on campus.

Being a Volunteer is grounded in leadership and service. Our community will act with courage to protect others, even if it means sacrificing some comforts of a typical campus experience.

I understand that I am expected to follow the university’s instructions for protecting myself and the Volunteer community during this pandemic. I will do my part to make our campus a safe and healthy environment.