UTC evaluating plans to reopen campus this fall, no tuition hikes proposed amid coronavirus pandemic

Staff Photo by Robin Rudd/ UTC students walk between classes on October 3, 2019. Starting with the fall of 2020, students from eight Southeastern states can receive a reduced tuition rate (compared to other out of state students) at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. UTC launched this initiative in an effort to attract more students from surrounding states, including Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, Virginia and the Carolinas.

As colleges and universities grapple with the impact the coronavirus pandemic has and will have on higher education, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Chancellor Steve Angle announced Thursday the formation of a task force charged with finding a strategy to reopen campus this fall.

Angle has established a task force "to plan a return to normal operations," according to a news release.

Robert Dooley, dean of UTC's Gary W. Rollins College of Business, and Executive Vice Chancellor Richard Brown are charged with leading the task force and developing "creative solutions that can lead to safe and effective scenarios this fall."

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"The success of this endeavor will take the commitment and work of the entire UTC community," reads a written statement from Angle.