Fall 2021 Update

Fall 2021 Update

We're so excited for the Fall semester and look forward to having classes ramp up again. Be sure to check out the many things we have to offer here so that you are ready to go on day one!

Instructional Plan


virtual class iconVirtual courses are held online at a scheduled time. Virtual course students won’t come to campus to take their class. Instead, they will simply log into the course online at the time specified for class to begin. Courses will use a video conferencing service such as Microsoft Teams, Zoom, or WebEx to deliver live, in-real-time, instruction. Specific class dates and times can be chosen by students in advance from the course schedule.


online class iconOnline courses do not meet on a certain day or at a certain time. They are taught completely through the Chattanooga State learning management system (LMS) and can be viewed any time after the instructor has posted them. Simply log in, receive instruction, and work at any time.


hybrid class iconHybrid courses will be taught part Online or Virtual, and part on-campus. The on-campus instruction will be limited primarily to programs that require a strong hands-on component that cannot be delivered in a virtual environment. Dates for on-campus instruction will be listed in the course's syllabus or learning management system. 

Masks Recommended

On July 27, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced changes to its recommendations related to mask wearing for fully vaccinated individuals. Based on this recommendation, Chattanooga State recommends that everyone wear masks indoors while on campus, regardless of vaccination status starting Thursday, July 29.

President’s Updates for the Campus Community

Day One Video Walkthroughs

August is Immunization Awareness Month

"Vaccines are demonstrated to be an exceptionally safe method to prevent disease, as they are thoroughly tested before licensing and carefully monitored to ensure safety, including the COVID-19 vaccine, and Tennesseans are encouraged to see their provider, ask questions, and make a plan for immunizations."

Gov. Lee issued Proclamation 2145 on Tuesday, August 3


Are masks required this fall? 

The Tennessee General Assembly has passed the Omnibus COVID Bill (HB9077/SB9014), which goes into effect on November 13, or upon the Governor’s signature, whichever comes sooner.

In order to comply with the Omnibus Bill, Chattanooga State will lift its mask requirement as of Saturday, November 13. As of this date, no one is required to wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status; however, anyone who wishes to wear a mask may do so.

Where can I get a mask on campus?

There is a box of disposable masks in every division office as well as lobbies campus wide.

If you cannot find a box, contact your professor.

Please take only 1 mask at a time.

Will space be available on campus to take my virtual class if a student has both hybrid and virtual classes or if a student doesn’t have access to technology? 

Yes. The following options will be available during the fall semester:

  • The library will be open and computers will be available for homework and online/virtual class attendance. Click here for more information, updates, and hours.
  • Engineering and IT students will have access to Rooms 215 and 216 in the Wacker Institute on a first come, first served basis.
  • TCAT students will have access to TCAT 60 and TCAT 38 computer labs. Please note, these labs may be closed for testing purposes a few times per week. You should confirm hours of operation with your TCAT instructors.
  • Additional space may be made available as the need arises.
What do I need to do on the first day for virtual classes since I will not be going to campus to take the class?

For virtual classes, at your scheduled class date and time, log-in to eLearn to join your class. The eLearn portal will be open prior to the first day of classes to allow time for you to familiarize yourself with the log-in process. Additional information about eLearn, as well as TN eCampus, can be found here.

Is the bookstore open?

Yes. The bookstore is open daily from 9:00AM to 3:00PM. The bookstore will be observing all recommended health guidelines, and a mask is recommended. Click here for additional information.

Will I be able to borrow a laptop or digital device this fall like I was able to do in the spring?

Yes. Complete the Technology Request form available here. A limited number of devices are available for check out.  Devices will be assigned on a first request, first served basis. A valid Chattanooga State student ID is required to request a device. This is a loaned device and must be returned at the end of the semester.