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Tennessee State University Continues Campus Wipe Down Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

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NASAHVILLE, Tenn. (TSU News Service) – With nearly all students away and instructions offered online, Tennessee State University is continuing a complete wipe down to protect the campus from the COVID-19 and other diseases.

In the TSU campus wipe down, workers are using equipment and products that are extremely effective in killing the coronavirus. (Photo by TSU Media Relations)

The university is using professional cleaning companies with disinfectants and sanitizing equipment to wipe down its main campus and downtown location. Cleaning crews are using protective equipment including gloves, body suits, and products that are “extremely effective” in killing the virus, company representatives say.

Interim
Associate Vice President for Facilities Management Albert Hill says the goal is
to keep the campuses clean and less susceptible to the spread of infectious
illnesses, such as the coronavirus.

“We
just want to make sure that when our students and employees return, they feel
comfortable going into the classrooms, residence halls, and work places,” says
Hill. “We also want to assure parents that their children are safe.”

On
March 16, TSU was the first public university in Tennessee to transition to all
online classes as a precaution to contracting and spreading coronavirus
(COVID-19). The university also canceled all campus events where large crowds
are expected, and suspended all international travel through the end of April
to minimize exposure to the disease. On Monday, March 23, the university ceased
normal operations, allowing most employees to work remotely.

Tennessee State University Continues Campus Wipe Down Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
Lecture halls are also receiving thorough cleaning in the campus-wide wipe down at TSU. (Phopto by TSU Media Relations)

 “These
decisions were made in the best interest of the university, as both the federal
government and State of Tennessee have declared a state of emergency,” says TSU
President Glenda Glover.

 “In
following directives from the Governor and Mayor, we have adjusted the
traditional manner in which we serve our students and operate the university
and will continue to take every precaution necessary to minimize the spread of
the virus.   Most importantly, we
are ensuring that students continue to learn and excel academically by
providing all the resources needed to successfully engage and complete online
courses.” 

 
TSU has one confirmed case of a student testing positive for COVID-19. The
individual, who did not live on campus, has been at home in self-isolation for
a number of days while receiving the necessary care to treat their condition.

Dr.
Joseph Perry, TSU’s director of sustainability, says the cleaning crews are doing
an “excellent job” of making sure chemicals they are using are safe for humans
and the environment.

“We
are going to do this until we get to the point where we feel it is safe for
people to come back into the buildings,” says Perry. “Essential staff and
faculty who occasionally come on campus are safe because they are allowed to go
in only certain areas.”

The
U.S. Department of Education recently launched a COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
information and resources web page
for schools and school personnel.

For more information on campus operations and student information, visit http://www.tnstate.edu/covid19.

NOTE: Kelli Sharpe contributed to this story.

Department of Media Relations

Tennessee State University
3500 John Merritt Boulevard
Nashville, Tennessee 37209
615.963.5331

Founded in 1912, Tennessee State University is Nashville’s only
public university, and is a  premier, historically black university and
land-grant institution offering 39 bachelor’s degree programs, 24
master’s degree programs, and seven doctoral degrees.  TSU is a
comprehensive research intensive institution with a R-2 Carnegie
designation, and has a graduate school on its downtown Avon Williams
Campus, along with the Otis Floyd Nursery Research Center in
McMinnville, Tennessee.  With a commitment to excellence, Tennessee
State University provides students  with a quality education in a
nurturing and innovative environment that prepares them as alumni to be
global leaders in every facet of society. Visit the University online
at tnstate.edu.

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