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Human Resources

COVID-19 Reporting Procedure

Employees are responsible for reporting positive cases. Human Resources will no longer be individually reaching out to employee reports. All units and supervisors must direct employees to complete the COVID-19 Reporting Form and follow the appropriate CDC instructions for isolation or quarantine.

All employees must complete the COVID-19 Reporting Form for the following occurrences:

  • If you test positive for COVID-19

In the interest of maintaining the health and safety of the campus, UTHSC has implemented the following safety procedure:

  • 5-day self-isolation for COVID-19 positive employees
  • If exposed to COVID-19, wear a high-quality mask for 10 days and get tested on day 5.

Please refer to the CDC calculator to confirm your isolation/quarantine dates

  • ALL employees experiencing the above MUST request clearance by completing this form prior to returning to campus and submit it to University Health Services (UHS) for approval
    • For any questions, please contact UHS at or 901.448.5630
    • UHS will provide authorization to return to campus and can advise employees on their unique health situations
    • If you test positive for COVID-19 and symptoms are not improving and/or a fever persists within the last twenty-four (24) hours, your isolation period may be extended to 10 days

Leave and Telecommuting

If approved by your supervisor and should your job duties allow, you may telecommute during your isolation or quarantine period. When unable to telecommute, accrued sick or annual leave must be used for work time missed. If leave balance is insufficient, leave without pay will be applied.

COVID-19 Vaccinations

UHS is no longer providing COVID-19 vaccinations. To locate COVID-19 vaccine near you, please visit

All employees are encouraged to get tested (if they have had a close contact to someone testing positive for COVID-19, suspect exposure, or have symptoms) and vaccinated against COVID-19. For more information and further guidance:

The University of Tennessee Human Resources Office's mission is to provide the quality and breadth of human resource services necessary for the university to fulfill its mission of education, research, clinical care, and public service. 


Excellence: We strive for efficiency, effectiveness, and meaningful results across our work.

Learning: We seek to improve ourselves and our work continually through reflection and evaluation.

Diversity: We embrace diversity and inclusion as a path to innovation, learning, mutual respect, and excellence.

Integrity: We are honest and transparent, accountable for our efforts, and maintain a consistently high moral standard.

Respect: We respect the ideas, opinions, rights and dignity of all students, faculty, staff, patients, colleagues, and community partners.

Aug 15, 2022