Important Message for Campus

Coronavirus Update


March 13, 2020

TSU allowing students to go home and finish semester online as a precaution to COVID-19

NASHVILLE, Tenn.  (TSU News Service) – Tennessee State University is allowing students to return home and finish the semester online as a precaution to the spreading coronavirus (COVID-19). In a Friday correspondence to students, TSU President Glenda Glover stated the decision was in the best interest of the university as both the federal government and State of Tennessee have declared a state of emergency.

“Concerns pertaining to the coronavirus COVID-19 are affecting all of us and continues to worsen,” says President Glover. "Within the last 48-hours, the country has changed drastically as the number of U.S cases continue to be confirmed."   

TSU will close all residence halls and apartments on Saturday, March 21. The university will evaluate requests from students with extenuating circumstances that need more time to make arrangements. Housing officials say those requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

On Thursday, the University announced it will transition to online learning beginning Monday, March 16. Students will continue their classes in an online format and there is no requirement to live on campus. Faculty participated in virtual classroom drills on Thursday and Friday in preparation for the change to online instruction.

As further precaution, the University has canceled all campus events where large crowds are expected, as well as suspended all international travel through the end of April to minimize exposure to the disease.

The university has made these decisions to ensure the safety and health of the campus family, and will provide more information on campus operations as decisions are made.     

March 12, 2020

TSU to transition to online classes Monday, March 16, suspends international travel

Tennessee State University will transition to online classes beginning Monday, March 16, because of health and safety-related issues attributable to the coronavirus (COVID-19).  Face-to-face classes will continue as normal both today, March 12 through Friday, March 13, and for Saturday classes if applicable.

Beginning March 16, no face-to-face classes will be held.

The campus will remain open. However, university officials are assessing the possibility of cancelling campus events where large crowds are expected.   

TSU has decided to suspend all international travel through the end of April to minimize exposure to the disease as well, and will continue to monitor domestic travel. 

Further updates will be provided as developments occur.

For additional information, please visit the TSU  website .

March 9, 2020

Dear Campus Family,

This communication pertains to the global coronavirus COVID-19 epidemic, and the procedures the university is undertaking to keep the campus safe. We are in constant contact with and receive regular updates from Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC), as well as U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Classes and daily operations will continue under normal schedules for now; and we are not requiring remote learning or exam taking at this time. The leadership of TSU is operating a heightened state of caution and awareness as we address the ongoing concerns about COVID-19. 

While we have been advised that the current level of public health risk at the university is low, we are aware that we must be prepared for the possibility of a localized outbreak. In such case, it may become necessary to suspend face-to-face meetings and instruction for a period of time. We will have plans in place for all university operations.

We will keep you updated as more information becomes available. We will continue to utilize the resources at our disposal to keep students, faculty, staff, parents and alumni apprised of the latest information from local, state and federal health authorities.

President Glenda Glover

March 8, 2020

Dear Campus Family,

Please be advised that classes will resume as planned for this week in our normal fashion. We will continue to monitor all information regarding the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak and notify you immediately if there are changes to class scheduling and instruction.

Remember to please take all safety precautions to lessen your chances of contracting the disease. Visit this link   cough and sneeze etiquette  and  hand hygiene  from the CDC on preventative measures.

Tennessee State University
Academic Affairs