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Field-Based or Off-Campus Research

Per the chancellor’s message on August 2, 2021, students, faculty, and staff are now required to wear masks in research labs and in other indoor research settings. This is particularly important in places where social distancing options are limited or where multiple individuals must share an indoor space or lab for a period of time. For researchers whose activities occur off-campus, please continue to follow any additional requirements that may be in place at those sites. This means faculty and staff may require students and visitors in these spaces to wear masks beginning immediately until further notice.

More information on face coverings is available at

Health Safety Plans are no longer required for off-campus research activities. However, persons traveling domestically should determine the status of pandemic reopening and pandemic-related health safety requirements for their destinations, as they may be different from present requirements in Knox County and the state of Tennessee. Please consult with the Center for Global Engagement before initiating international travel plans.