Student Health and Wellness

Center for Student Wellbeing

The Center for Student Wellbeing promotes a community of care by fostering student wellbeing through an integrative and holistic framework. The center is a hub for wellness and prevention resources designed to help students develop and maintain positive mental and physical health practices that lead to enhanced resiliency. Through a variety of programs and support services, the center offers a comprehensive wellness program focused on emotional and intellectual development, enhancing the mind/body connection, and building community. 

Vanderbilt Recovery Support

The Center for Student ellbeing also oversees Vanderbilt Recovery Support, which provides caring and encouraging support services to students who are in recovery from substance use disorders and are working towards success in their academic, social, personal, and professional lives. Recovery housing is available for students who have six months of sobriety, who are seeking to live in a substance-free environment, and who are actively working on recovery. 

Student Health Center

The Student Health Center (SHC) is an on-campus health care facility where all registered, part-time, and full-time Vanderbilt students may receive care. It provides primary care services similar to those that you would expect to find in a private physician’s office.

If you have ongoing health problems or chronic health conditions, you should call (615) 322-2427 to schedule an appointment to be seen by one of our health care providers soon after your arrival. This allows you to have a primary care provider while at college so that continuity of medical care is assured. 

Services available at the SHC include acute care, routine physical exams, chronic disease management, gynecological exams, birth control, emergency contraception, confidential HIV and STD testing, international travel consultations (including yellow fever vaccination), immunizations, and allergy shots. Specialty services include dietitians and sports medicine.

All incoming students must complete a health questionnaire, comply with immunization requirements, and make decisions regarding student health insurance during the summer. For deadlines and detailed information, see Health Insurance and Immunizations.

SHC Hours During Regular School Session:
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday mornings, 8:30 a.m.-noon. (including Move-In Day) 
Cost:
There is no charge for office visits; however charges may be incurred for in-house diagnostic testing (e.g. strep test), procedures (e.g. colposcopies), vaccines, medications, and supplies.
Prescriptions:
The SHC stocks a number of commonly used medications that our providers prescribe. We purchase these items in bulk and therefore are able to provide these medications to students at costs that are generally lower than retail pharmacies. However, our dispensary is not a pharmacy; therefore, we can only fill prescriptions written by providers within the SHC. Students who wish to fill prescriptions from outside providers may use local retail pharmacies.

Nearby Pharmacies

CVS Pharmacy
426 21st Ave. S.
(615) 321-2590
Vanderbilt Outpatient Pharmacy
1301 22nd Ave. S.
(615) 322-6480

Psychological and Counseling Center

As part of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, the PCC supports the mental health needs of all students in reaching their academic and personal goals. The highly skilled and multidisciplinary staff collaborates with students to provide evidence-based treatment plans tailored to each individual’s unique background and needs. The PCC also emphasizes prevention through outreach and consultation focused on the development of the skills and self-awareness needed to excel in a challenging educational environment.

The PCC's psychologists, licensed counselors, and psychiatric medical providers are available to any Vanderbilt student and address a range of needs including stress management, crisis intervention, substance abuse counseling, management of medications, individual counseling, group counseling, biofeedback, emergency assessments, and psychiatric assessment and treatment. The PCC provides a team approach to the care of students with eating disorders, students who have experienced trauma, as well as students needing both counseling and medication management. There is an on-call provider after hours and on weekends for emergency calls.

The PCC provides screening and full assessment when indicated for ADHD and learning disorders. There is no charge for services with the exception of reduced fees for LD/ADHD screening and assessment.

Over the course of a year, approximately 20 percent of the Vanderbilt student population will seek the services of the PCC.

Throughout the year, PCC faculty and staff produce educational programs, thematic presentations, and special events, focused on education of the Vanderbilt community about mental health issues and resources. The student group LEAPS (Liaisons Educating & Advocating for Psychological Support) works with the PCC as peer educators to promote positive mental health and wellbeing on campus through outreach activities. The PCC also works with the Center for Student Wellbeing to provide trainings such as the MAPS: Mental Health Awareness and the Prevention of Suicide program. 

If you have a history of mental health care needs, we encourage you or your parents to contact the PCC prior to the start of the school year. This will help facilitate the transition of care and ensure that you are fully aware of our resources. Contact the PCC at (615) 322-2571 for more information.

Private Health Information and HIPAA

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) protects all private health information. As consumers in any health care system, each one of us has the right to that privacy as mandated by HIPAA. The passage of HIPAA merely strengthened the strict confidentiality that already existed between a health care provider and patient.

What does HIPAA mean for you as a first-year student?

Athletics and Recreation

The Commons Center Exercise Room

Located on the second floor of The Commons Center, the exercise room is a convenient place for both cardiovascular and anaerobic exercise. Hours during academic periods are Monday-Sunday, 6:00 a.m.-11:30 p.m. The facility features:

  • Treadmills

  • Stationary bikes

  • Elliptical trainers

  • Free weights
  • Weight machines

  • Rowing machine
  • Stairmaster
  • Exercise and medicine balls
  • Exercise mats
  • Ping pong table
  • Handicap accesible machines, including an Ergometer and a Sci-Fit Total Body Stepper

Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center

The recently renovated facility includes 289,000 sq. ft. of indoor space and six acres of outdoor facility space. All classes and clinics are taught by qualified instructors and are open to students, faculty, staff, and members. Classes include yoga, lifeguard training, rock climbing, weight training, spinning, kayaking, and countless more. Most of the classes and clinics are free, but some may include additional fees.

Indoor Facilities and Amenities

  • 14,000-sq. ft. fitness center space
  • Fieldhouse featuring turf field and 300-meter track
  • 36-meter x 25-yard multipurpose pool
  • Strength and aerobic conditioning room
  • Three basketball/volleyball courts
  • Auxiliary Gym
  • Four-lane bowling alley
  • Six racquetball courts
  • Two squash courts
  • Indoor elevated track (9.2 laps/mile)
  • 20 x 60-ft. climbing and bouldering wall 
  • Ten multipurpose activity rooms
  • Demo kitchen
  • Lounge with big-screen TV
  • Ping pong tables
  • Two conference rooms
  • Billiards table
  • Smoothie King

Outdoor Facilities

  • Sand volleyball court
  • Four multipurpose fields (three grass, one turf)
  • Pool patio
  • Track

Creating a Healthy Lifestyle

Get started on the path to healthy living at Vanderbilt University’s Wellness Center inside the Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center. The center offers a variety of free printed resources, online tools, fitness and lifestyle improvement programs and events, partnership and community outreach opportunities, personal training services, cooking demonstrations, and a variety of nutrition resources. 

Outdoor Recreation Program

vanderbilt.edu/outrec 

Nashville’s close proximity to gorgeous state parks and natural areas makes it an ideal location for weekend backpacking, spelunking, canoeing, and rafting trips. You can participate in an Outdoor Rec trip or rent gear here for your own trip. The resource library includes maps and guidebooks for local parks to make planning a trip on your own easier. Outdoor Rec is located on Children’s Way by the Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center. 

Intramural Sports

vanderbilt.edu/recreationandwellnesscenter/intramurals

The intramural program at Vanderbilt includes more than 40 sports ranging from basketball to inner tube water polo. Leagues are available in men’s, women’s, and co-recreational divisions. Competitive and recreation divisions are formed to meet the desired skill or interest level of participants, and all registration is done through the Office of Campus Recreation. You can also get involved in intramurals through your house and participate in the Commons Cup. 

Sport Clubs

anchorlink.vanderbilt.edu/organization/ClubSports

Sport clubs are slightly more competitive than intramural sports, as clubs may represent the university in intercollegiate competition. Each sport club at Vanderbilt is organized and run by students, with membership open to all students. Many clubs have regular practice time and tournament play. The Office of Campus Recreation supervises Vanderbilt’s Sport Club program, which is managed under the standards set by the National Intramural Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA). 

Campus Safety

The Vanderbilt University Police Department

The Vanderbilt University Police Department (VUPD), through its community-oriented policing philosophy, plays a vital role in the lives of students learning and living on The Ingram Commons. The focus of community-oriented policing is to prevent crime and resolve community issues, not just to respond to crime. Officers work closely with other organizations and community groups to educate community members about potential hazards and how to reduce the likelihood of becoming a victim of crime.

The vision for policing on The Ingram Commons is to establish a partnership among the students, faculty, staff, and the police department. This partnership helps develop and implement crime reduction strategies and educational programs working toward crime prevention.

AlertVU

vanderbilt.edu/alertvu

Vanderbilt University’s emergency mass notification system rapidly sends messages to the delivery points a subscriber chooses—cell phone (voice or text), land line (voice only), or email—in the event of an emergency that poses an imminent threat or danger to the Vanderbilt community. All Vanderbilt students, faculty, and staff are automatically enrolled in the system using their Vanderbilt email address.

Users may choose as many devices as they wish, and students may also enter a contact number for a parent if they wish for a parent to be notified of emergencies at Vanderbilt. Vanderbilt’s emergency mass notification tools also include campus crime alerts, mass emails, outdoor warning sirens, and more. For more information and to sign up, visit vanderbilt.edu/alertvu.

SafeVU

police.vanderbilt.edu/services/safevu.php

SafeVU is a mobile safety application for iOS and Android smartphones. The app allows users to connect directly from their cell phones to the Vanderbilt University Police Department. Additionally, users can submit non-emergency reports to VUPD with text, photos, or videos; access information about the Vandy Vans; and view the VUPD emergency guides. Best of all, SafeVU is FREE and available for anyone. Additional SafeVU information is available at police.vanderbilt.edu/services/safevu

Emergency Preparedness

emergency.vanderbilt.edu

Disasters happen quickly, often with little or no warning. The VUPD Emergency Preparedness Division’s website provides emergency guides, resources, and contacts that help you prepare for emergency situations ranging from severe weather and natural disasters to medical emergencies and law enforcement situations. 

Severe Weather Early Warnings

As part of the emergency preparedness plan, Vanderbilt has taken several steps to prepare for the advent of severe weather. Accuweather, a commercial weather service, monitors for any severe weather approaching the Vanderbilt campus. If a tornado is detected within 15 minutes of campus, VUPD is notified, and the dispatcher on duty will activate the Severe Weather Early Warning System, which includes both outdoor sirens and AlertVU notifications. Additional severe weather safety information is available by clicking the Severe Weather Awareness button at emergency.vanderbilt.edu

Operation ID

Theft of unsecured property is one of the most prevalent crimes on college campuses. Operation ID is a theft prevention program offered free of charge by VUPD. In an effort to deter theft and increase the ability of officers to return found or stolen property to its owners, VUPD offers online registration of bicycles and laptop computers. 

To register online, visit this site. Please have your brand, model, and serial number information ready when registering.

Emergency Phones

Each emergency phone across campus will automatically dial the VUPD Communications Center when the emergency button is pressed. An open line on any emergency phone will activate a priority response from an officer, who will be sent to check on the user of the phone, even if nothing is communicated to the dispatcher. Each phone is labeled Emergency and has a blue light at the top. An online map of emergency phone locations is available at vanderbilt.edu/map. Just click the Emergency Phones button at the top right. 

For Vandy Vans and Walking Escorts, both services provided by VUPD, see Vandy Vans and Walking Escorts.

Project Safe Center for Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response

24-Hour Hotline: (615) 322–SAFE (7233) • Office: (615) 876–0660  • vanderbilt.edu/ProjectSafe

Located on West Side Row, the Project Safe Center provides education on sexual assault prevention and intimate partner violence, resource referral, and support services to those who have experienced power-based personal violence (sexual assault, sexual harassment, intimate parter violence, and stalking). Students may schedule an appointment or walk in to meet with a victim resource specialist between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Project Safe also offers a 24-hour hotline for students who need to speak with a victim resource specialist about an experience of violence, university and law enforcement reporting options, and the many resources available on and off campus. Project Safe offers bystander intervention training and events on consent, healthy relationships, safety planning, and how to support survivors. 

Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and Disability Services Department (EAD)

(615) 322-4705 • vanderbilt.edu/ead/ds_students.html

The EAD investigates allegations of prohibited discrimination, harassment, and retaliation involving members of the Vanderbilt community. This includes allegations of sexual misconduct and other forms of power-based personal violence. Vanderbilt’s Title IX coordinator is EAD Director Anita Jenious. 

If you believe that a member of the Vanderbilt community has engaged in prohibited discrimination, harassment, or retaliation, please contact the EAD. If the offense is criminal in nature, you may file a report with VUPD.

The EAD also facilitates interim accommodations for students impacted by sexual misconduct and power-based personal violence. Some examples of interim accommodations include stay away orders, adjusted course schedules, and housing changes.  For additional information, refer to the Student Handbook at vanderbilt.edu/student_handbook/university-policies-and-regulations/#equal-opportunity or vanderbilt.edu/student_handbook/sexual-misconduct.