Coronavirus Update | Cumberland University

Cumberland University's Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Cumberland University continues to closely monitor the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. At this time there are no confirmed cases on the Cumberland campus.

Continue to closely monitor your Cumberland email for the latest information and updates.

Key Updates:

  • Beginning Monday, March 16 all on-ground classes will transition to an online learning format for the remainder of the spring semester and summer semesters.
  • CU will hold on-ground classes for the Fall 2020 semester
  • CU will compete in all athletic events beginning in the Fall 2020 semester
  • As announced Wednesday, June 24, Cumberland has altered the academic calendar for the Fall 2020 semester. Classes will now begin Monday, August 17. You can view the full academic calendar here: 
  • All university staff and academic offices will remain open remotely. Please contact individuals directly with specific questions.
  • All campus events have been postponed indefinitely
  • All university sponsored travel has been discontinued indefinitely
  • Any student or employee who is ill or who believes they may have been exposed to the virus should self-quarantine and contact Joe Gray at or 615-547-1255

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General Information:

While no cases of coronavirus have been identified on Cumberland's campus, we wanted to provide an update to students, faculty and staff and offer information related to the university’s preparation and prevention measures.

Cumberland is actively monitoring the evolving situation related to 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). We are closely following the guidance and recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure that appropriate measures are taken to keep our campus safe and provide our community important information and resources. This page will serve as the university's official communication source for updates related to policies, planning and resources.

We do expect that the CDC’s guidance on COVID-19 will continue to shift as we all come to understand more about this global health crisis. As the CDC’s recommendations evolve, we will continue to work to meet those best practices and share them via this site and through community messages.


Since there is currently no vaccine for the COVID-19, the CDC advises the best way to prevent infection is to avoid exposure to coronavirus, as well as other viruses, and to take necessary precautions to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses. Recommended actions include: 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid unnecessary contact with others, including handshakes, high fives, hugs, etc. 
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, such as cell phones, keyboards, remote controls, keys, writing utensils, etc. 


At this time, Cumberland University has cancelled all university-related international travel, and we urge all members of the university community to reconsider recreational international travel plans. In addition to the spread of the virus itself, travel restrictions into and out of countries may change at any time, leading to difficulties returning home.


Symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough and shortness of breath. A runny nose, scratchy or sore throat, etc. are NOT symptoms of COVID-19. 


As the number of cases has expanded, we have learned that asymptomatic persons may unknowingly pass the virus onto others. Therefore, it is important that each individual take precautions to help safeguard the broader health and well-being of our community. Students should contact their academic dean for assistance with managing any academic responsibilities while absent from campus. Similarly, faculty and staff should seek guidance from their supervisor if they need to self-quarantine.

Self-Quarantine means:

  • Remaining alert for signs of fever, cough, or difficulty breathing during the self-observation period, which has been determined to be a minimum of 14 days.
  • Limiting contact with others.
  • If you should develop any symptoms of illness, seek health advice and instructions by telephone before visiting healthcare provider or facility.
  • Avoiding locations where large groups of people congregate, such as: public transportation; shopping centers; movie theaters; restaurants; supermarkets; stadiums; workplaces; schools; and other classroom settings.
  • To the extent possible, maintain a safe social distance (approximately 6 feet) from others.