The following factors will be considered to assess the public health conditions on campus and guide the College’s response. No single factor or set of factors will trigger an automatic response. Decisions about setting alert levels are necessarily situational — 10 unrelated cases pose a different risk from 10 related cases, for example — and will be made in close consultation with Knox Public Health.

  • New confirmed cases on campus per week
  • Numbers in quarantine/isolation
  • Availability of testing
  • Lag in obtaining test results
  • Ability to provide essential services: Staffing for Cox Center, Campus Safety, Dining, Facilities, LBIS

Other factors for consideration:

  • Regulatory guidance
  • County emergency level
  • Relationship among positive cases
  • Number of hospitalizations
  • Local hospital capacity
  • Resource shortages (food, cleaning supplies, PPE)
  • Arrivals and departures

Alert Status and Response Chart

View or download a PDF of the chart. The alert levels and protocols are also described below.

Employee Status: As per Return to Campus Protocols (RTCP)

Academic Delivery: In-person/hybrid/remote at faculty request

Academic Buildings: Open with restrictions

Library: Study spaces, library and information service available to students and employees with restrictions

Residence Halls: Open only to building residents with specific distancing and sanitation protocols

Dining: Limited to staggered sit-down and to-go options

Support Spaces: Open with restrictions

Athletic Facilities: Open with restrictions Admissions: Limited tours possible

Gund Gallery: Limited hours with capacity limits 

Outside Spaces: In use — mask if no spacing

Visitors: Admissions visitors, approved official visitors, essential service providers, job finalists

Employee Status: As per Return to Campus Protocols (RTCP)

Academic Delivery: In-person/hybrid/remote at faculty request 

Academic Buildings: Open with restrictions. Study spaces more restricted.

Library: Study spaces, library and information service available to students and employees with more restricted hours

Residence Halls: Open only to building residents with specific distancing and sanitation protocols

Dining: To-go

Support Spaces: Open with restrictions

Athletic Facilities: Closed

Admissions: No tours

Gund Gallery: Limited hours with capacity limits

Outside Spaces: In use — mask if no spacing

Visitors: Essential service providers; job finalists for essential positions only

Employee Status: Only essential personnel report to campus in accordance with Return to Campus Protocols (RTCP)

Academic Delivery: Remote

Academic Buildings: Closed (Those faculty, staff and students authorized to use the building may key themselves in.)

Library: Closed (Staff may access the physical facilities to undertake essential activities.)

Residence Halls: Quarantine on campus or closing of residence halls

Dining: To-go/delivery

Support Spaces: Closed

Athletic Facilities: Closed

Admissions: No tours

Gund Gallery: Closed

Outside Spaces: Restricted

Visitors: Essential service providers; job finalists for essential positions only