Different universities vary in their approaches. Over 1,125 university campuses require covid vaccination for students and/or staff, though UTK is not one of them.

It can be instructive to compare UTK’s policies and data to elsewhere. Below shows the current policies (Jan. 13, 2022) of UTK and its aspirational peers.

University Masks Vaccination Percent vaccinated Classes
U of Tennessee Encouraged Encouraged 70% In person
Michigan State U Required indoors Required, with booster ~100% Online until at least Jan 30, 2022
Purdue U Required indoors Encouraged 88% In person
U of Georgia Encouraged Encouraged ? In person
U of Florida "Expected" Encouraged ? In person
U of Minnesota Required indoors Required ~100% In person
U of Wisconsin Required indoors Encouraged 95% In person