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Fall 2020 Move In

The health and safety of our residence halls is our top priority.

Making UT your home sweet home is important, and we are here to help you find your community on campus. We can’t wait to meet you at move-in, get to know you, and create unforgettable memories at upcoming events this fall!

  • You will need to schedule a move-in appointment and make arrangements to move in during your scheduled move-in appointment window. Since you will be moving in during a specific timeframe, it will be important to pack strategically. It is a good idea to pack only essential items needed for the fall semester, including cleaning supplies to keep your living space as clean as possible.
  • You may have up to two other individuals to assist you with move-in. Make sure those who will assist you with move-in have a face covering as everyone in the residence halls will be required to wear face coverings inside the residence halls.
  • If you are planning to ship items to your residence hall, make sure the delivery date is no more than a week prior to your move-in appointment.


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  • You will be assigned a date/time to go into the University Housing Portal to schedule your move-in appointment.
  • You will access the University Housing Portal to schedule a move-in appointment. When you enter the University Housing portal, select the “Fall 2020 Move-In Appointment” tab on the home page, and follow instructions to schedule a move-in appointment.
  • Move-in appointment windows are specific to each residence hall. Move-in appointment windows will be in three-hour increments beginning at 7 a.m. and ending at 10 p.m. daily.
  • All students will be required to acknowledge the University Housing contract addendum prior to scheduling a move-in appointment.
  • Once you schedule a move-in appointment, make note of your appointment date/time as you will only be permitted to move in during your specific move-in appointment window.

  • Complete the student self-screening no more than two hours prior to arriving to campus on your scheduled move-in day.
  • Everyone will be required to wear face coverings while inside the residence halls. Make sure you and those assisting you have comfortable face coverings to wear throughout your move-in process.
  • There will be luggage carts and/or moving bins available during move-in. Disinfectant wipes will be available for use to wipe luggage carts and/or moving bins in between use.
  • Be sure to pay attention to posted instructions and signage when you enter the residence halls. Steps to complete the move-in process will be posted as you enter your residence hall.

  • Some residence hall policies have been modified to protect you and your residence hall community. As the University continues to monitor the prevalence of COVID-19, policies are subject to change.
  • You will be permitted to have no more than one guest visiting the residence hall at a time. Only UTK students will be permitted as guests in the residence halls. You should plan to connect virtually with friends and family who are not currently UTK students during your stay in the residence halls.
  • The entrance doors to the residence halls will be locked 24 hours per day, 7 days a week to limit public access. You will need to carry your VolCard with you at all times to gain entry to your residence hall.
  • Avoid congregating with others in common areas throughout the residence halls. Be mindful of capacity limits in kitchens, laundry rooms, and other common areas.

  • University Housing staff will conduct enhanced and frequent cleaning of high-touch areas, such as elevators, lobbies, etc.
  • You are encouraged and expected to adhere to personal safety measures, such as hand washing and wearing a face covering as required.
  • You should avoid sharing dishes, drinking glass, cups or eating utensils with others.
  • Given the nature of bathroom sink usage, avoid placing toothbrushes directly on counter surfaces. You should consider using totes or other containers for personal items to avoid touching bathroom countertops.
  • University Housing staff will increase the frequency of cleaning community-shared bathrooms. Cleaning supplies will be available to students in community-shared bathrooms so you may clean surfaces in between staff cleanings.
  • In an effort to limit staff entering student rooms, suite bathrooms will be cleaned once each month. Consider bringing personal cleaning supplies to keep suite bathrooms clean in between staff cleanings.

  • Be mindful of your personal health and follow guidelines if you do not feel well.
  • If you are at risk, be sure you have an updated list of medical conditions and medications available and periodically check to ensure you have a sufficient supply of prescription and/or over-counter medications.
  • If you don’t feel well and need to self-isolate, you will need to complete the student self-isolation form. University staff will make contact and assist in determining next steps.
  • In consultation with health experts, University Housing will coordinate housing for residential students who test positive for COVID-19 and those who need to self-isolate due to potential exposure.

  •  In-person classes are currently scheduled to end on Tuesday, November 24, 2020.
  • Students will be expected to vacate their residence hall within 24 hours of the last day of their in-person classes.
  • Most residence halls will not be open after Thanksgiving, with the exception of Clement, Laurel, Stokely, and Volunteer. All other halls will officially close on Saturday, November 28, 2020, at 8 p.m.
  • You will be able to leave items in your room during the break period.