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COVID-19 Notice

The University is continuing to monitor the national response to COVID-19 and keeping abreast of CDC recommendations as they evolve.

Please report to Human Resources using the Notice of COVID-19 Occurrence Form if you are an employee and experience one of the following:

  • You have a positive diagnosis of COVID-19
  • You have been tested for COVID-19 and awaiting results
  • You are required to self-isolate or quarantine per University or physician direction 

Employees who develop COVID-19 symptoms are encouraged to stay home and get tested.

Employees who believe they were exposed to COVID-19 and do NOT experience symptoms may continue to work from home but are encouraged to get tested. If your position does not allow you to work from home, please do not come to work. Complete the Notice of COVID-19 Occurrence Form and allow HR and University Health Services to determine your next steps.

Prior to receiving test results, employees who wish to voluntarily quarantine should contact their immediate supervisor and will be required to use their available sick/annual leave for any absences, if unable to telecommute.  Human Resources will require documentation from a health care provider before approving any paid administrative leave related to COVID-19.

Please note, employees who have tested positive will be required to submit a clearance to return to work. CDC recommendations regarding effective self-isolation practices can be found at this link.

For more information, please visit our COVID-19 Employee Guidance page.

The University of Tennessee Human Resources Office's mission is to provide the quality and breadth of human resource services necessary for the university to fulfill its mission of education, research, clinical care, and public service. 


Excellence: We strive for efficiency, effectiveness, and meaningful results across our work.

Learning: We seek to improve ourselves and our work continually through reflection and evaluation.

Diversity: We embrace diversity and inclusion as a path to innovation, learning, mutual respect, and excellence.

Integrity: We are honest and transparent, accountable for our efforts, and maintain a consistently high moral standard.

Respect: We respect the ideas, opinions, rights and dignity of all students, faculty, staff, patients, colleagues, and community partners.

Last Published: Mar 12, 2021