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By Regina Baker, Assistant News Editor-
UTC announced the school will be going back to campus this fall for a normal semester.
Chancellor Steven Angle’s announcement stated, “Speaking for the entire Executive Leadership Team (ELT), we are grateful to all UTC faculty and staff for everything you have done over the past year, under difficult circumstances, to keep our students on track to graduate, support our campus community, and keep our campus safe and healthy,” Angle said. “I am excited that we can begin to bring our entire campus community back together for the collaboration and energy that make the UTC experience special.”
The Chancellor’s announcement gave information on what students, faculty, and staff can do to ensure their safety on campus.
“Each Vice Chancellor is developing a phased plan for all faculty and staff to return to campus well in advance of Fall Semester 2021,” Angle said. “Plans will be completed before the end of April 2021. We anticipate staff to return to campus by July 1, 2021, and faculty to be back August 2, 2021.”
Adapting to the Covid pandemic has given the University the opportunity to change the way they operate. The Chancellor stated that at this time full on-campus presence is the best for the on-campus community.
The University will not be requiring the Covid vaccine for incoming or current students, but the Chancellor advised this is the best option to prevent sickness.
UTC will continue to provide guidance to maintain the necessary health precautions during on-campus activity. The current mask mandate will remain through the fall semester.
If students, faculty, or staff are still in need of telecommunication, they will need the appropriate approval from a Vice Chancellor.
“Our UTC community has done an incredible job of supporting our students, and each other, through the pandemic,” Angle said. “Thanks to each of you for your commitment to putting students first through creativity, compassion, and flexibility. We are proud of your efforts and all we accomplished under unprecedented circumstances.”