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University of Tennessee plans to bring back students for fall semester

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Posted at 11:40 AM, May 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-06 12:41:40-04

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The University of Tennessee said it is planning to bring back students for on-campus classes this fall.

"We are planning for a safe return to campuses in the fall and will do everything possible to protect the health of our students, faculty and staff," said UT System President Randy Boyd. "We will continually monitor the local and state health data and policies and be prepared to adjust and communicate our plans when needed."

The university created a task force in April for the entire UT system, as well as, local task forces for each campus, with the purpose recommending guidelines and actions to address campus needs.

The task force is lead by Dr. Jon McCullers, professor and chair of infectious disease at the UT Health Science Center, who will advice on polices and procedures to keep students and staff safe as they return to campus.

All UT campuses made the decision to transition to online course instruction on March 11.