As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States, Maryville College closed its campus to the public during the 2020 Spring Break and moved to a distance learning format on March 30. Spring sports seasons and other student activities were cancelled, and events scheduled at the Clayton Center were cancelled or postponed until after May 31. Remote instruction continued throughout the Spring Semester and May Term. Summer Term courses, which begin June 1, also will be offered remotely.
Move-out for residential students was conducted over a period of several weeks, accommodating families’ schedules while also allowing for social distancing and adequate staff support. Students whose situations prevented them from returning home or moving to an off-campus location were approved to stay on campus, and accommodations were made for them to eat in the dining hall.
On May 4, Maryville College President Dr. Tom Bogart announced that the College was “cautiously optimistic” that in-person instruction would resume for the Fall Semester and that a Contingency Planning Task Force had been formed to identify key elements and decision points. Informed by the task force’s findings and recommendations, a decision about the 2020 Fall Semester will be announced by mid-June. It was also announced that repopulating the campus with employees will happen in phases. Phase I – with a limited number of employees – begins June 15.
This page has been created to keep all of our constituents informed about new decisions made with regard to the MC community, precautions taken on campus against the introduction and spread of the disease, state statistics and links to resources for students, faculty and staff.
Plan for reopening campus
Maryville College will begin a phased return to campus on Monday, June 15.
In Phase 1, the goal is to first bring those people who cannot work from home back to campus. Because the on-campus staff will remain small for those two or more weeks, offices are not expected to be “open” for the regular 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. workday but should strive for consistent hours of availability in offices and then communicate that availability.
Employees who can continue to work remotely are encouraged to do so.
Phases 2 and 3 and their respective operational pieces each will be announced days prior to their effective date. It’s expected that each phase will last at least two weeks, but determinations will be based on several factors. Due to the varying nature of work necessary to support the Mission of the College, each Cabinet member will identify employees to return in each phase. Employees will be notified prior to each phase, which phase they are likely to return in.
Specific guidelines for working on campus will be distributed to employees soon. Unfortunately, the foreseeable future does not seem to offer a return to “business as usual.” Among new requirements for employees are a COVID-19 awareness training, mask-wearing in public spaces, social distancing and daily symptom monitoring.
Status of campus events
Following the guidance from national, state and local authorities, most of the College’s events previously scheduled through June have been cancelled, including some camps and conferences. For a complete list of what’s been postponed and what’s still on the books, visit the College’s website.
For up-to-date information about events in the Clayton Center for the Arts, visit the CCA’s website.
Relief funding for students
Money received from the U.S. Department of Education’s CARES Act/Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund—combined with contributions from generous donors—have allowed Maryville College to create a COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund that will give assistance to hundreds of MC students who have been financially impacted by this pandemic, regardless of their federal financial aid status or citizenship.
Grants can be requested to cover expenses related to disruptions caused by COVID-19. To receive grant funding, a simple online application must be completed, indicating the amount of funding requested and the types of expenses incurred by the student.
All requests will be evaluated, and payment amounts will be determined based on available funding. Once a request is processed, funding is sent directly to the student by check. Students will need to confirm their mailing address in the application.
Questions regarding the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund are best answered by staff members in the College’s Financial Aid Office. Please contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org or 865-981-8100.
Refunds for Spring 2020
Update: March 31, 2020
For students who were required to move off campus, the Business Office has calculated prorated credits for Spring Semester room and board costs. Students will find the details of these credits by logging into their Self-Service accounts.
Prorated credits will automatically be applied to students’ Fall Semester 2020 statement balances. The advantage to leaving the credit on the student’s account is that it may reduce the amount of student loans for the Fall Semester.
Graduating seniors will need to request a refund check, and other students may opt to receive a refund check instead of keeping the credits. To request a refund check from the College, students should email the address where they want their check mailed to Kay Pritchett, student accounts manager in the Business Office, at email@example.com.
Students who still owe a balance on their accounts after these credits have been applied should continue to make their payment plan payments or send a check for the balance owed or pay online and cancel their payment plan contracts. Melissa Millsaps, student accounts liaison, can answer these questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Baccalaureate and Commencement for the Class of 2020
Because of the COVID-19 outbreak and restrictions on public gatherings, Commencement exercises for the Class of 2020 and the traditional Baccalaureate service have been rescheduled from May 2 to Sat., Dec. 19.
The new date falls on the Saturday following fall semester exams, which are now scheduled to end Dec. 16.
Details about the ceremonies will be shared at a later date.
A virtual Commencement ceremony was hosted on the Maryville College website on May 9.
Memos from Maryville College President
COVID-19 in Tennessee
The Tennessee Health Department website offers up-to-date statistics on new cases, recoveries, hospitalizations, testing and more. The presence of COVID-19 in Blount County (where Maryville College is located) can be accessed from the health department’s epidemiology and surveillance data reports.
Maryville College is following Governor Bill Lee’s Tennessee Pledge-Higher Education Guidelines.
Info from the CDC
The COVID-19 webpages on the CDC website share up-to-date information on symptoms, complications, transmission, prevention, treatment and summary updates of the outbreak.
Off-campus offers and resources
Beginning Monday, March 16, Charter Communications will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll, call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households. Charter also will open its Wi-Fi hotspots across its footprint for public use.
McKibbon Hospitality, which operates many Marriott and Hilton properties in the Knoxville area, is offering discounts for students, faculty and staff impacted by COVID-19. The $69/per night rate applies at all properties, which are Towneplace Suites, Hampton Inn and Suites Knoxville-Turkey Creek/Farragut, Homewood Suites by Hilton Knoxville West at Turkey Creek, SpringHill Suites by Marriott Knoxville at Turkey Creek, Courtyard by Marriott Knoxville Cedar Bluff and Residence Inn by Marriott Knoxville Cedar Bluff. For discount information or to make reservations, contact Logan Dockery at 865.218.5505 or email@example.com.
United Way of Blount County's Social Service Updates shares information about a variety of services, including food assistance and mental health counseling.