University of Tennessee at Martin officials announced that UT Martin will close its campus from March 31 until April 15. The news comes a day after Governor Bill Lee issued a safer-at-home order for the state of Tennessee.
The only Academic Affairs entities remaining in some form of operation are WUTM, the Biology labs and aspects of the UT Martin farm that deal with the care of animals.
Faculty are considered essential employees because of their educational obligations. The university will provide those authorized individuals with an Essential Services Provider card. Details of the cards are forthcoming.
Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs Philip Cavalier says that staff who are required to be home will still be paid, even if they can't work as much as usual, as they will be granted paid administrative leave. Staff members in those circumstances aren't required to record hours worked.