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TSU to begin fall semester online, implement 'safer in place' policy

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) —Tennessee State University plans to reopen in the fall under a plan with COVID-19 safety protocols in place.

At this time, the university plans to start the semester on August 17 with all classes online for the first two weeks. Throughout the semester, university officials say there will be both in-person and online instruction.

Students staying in residence halls will be under a 14-day "safer in place" order that requires students to stay in their dorms unless performing essential activities.

“This pandemic is unlike any challenge we have ever faced. All decisions have been made with the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff as the top priority," TSU President Glenda Glover said.

TSU will also be offering discounts of up to 15 percent on fees and tuition for students who take all online courses. Officials say the discounts will depend on the student's in-state or out-of-state status. Students who choose the all-online option will be allowed to cancel their housing plans a receive a full refund of their deposit, the university said.

For athletics, there will be a delayed opening for football season until the end of September, meaning the first three games of the season will not be played. Whether or not the homecoming game on October 10 will be played is still under review.

The campus has also initiated the following safety measures: wearing face coverings and social distancing, regular sanitation of buildings, temperature checks randomly throughout campus, installation of shields, implementation of its own early contact tracing efforts and the establishment of a non-emergency COVID-19 phone line and email for reporting purposes.

Learn more about TSU's reopening plans here.

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