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Mar. 14, 2020 – New Campus Dining safety protocols

Posted by on Saturday, March 14, 2020 in Community Messages.

The Division of Administration announced new safety protocols to promote social distancing for all dining facilities on campus. Campus Dining has implemented the following changes:

  • Campus Dining facilities are open only to current Vanderbilt students, essential campus staff, residential faculty and the immediate family of residential faculty.
  • All dining facilities have moved to boxed meals and food, and patrons are encouraged to take food to go. Campus Dining staff is preparing the food using all recommended CDC safety protocols and then boxing the food. Campus Dining staff, while wearing gloves, is handing all boxed food directly to those patronizing the facilities.
  • Campus Dining has deployed contactless card readers at all registers; dining patrons simply tap their cards on the readers when exiting the dining facilities with a meal.
  • In an effort to maintain CDC-recommended social distancing practices, Campus Dining is working with patrons at the entry of each dining facility to limit the number of people in a serving area at any given time.

These updates are in addition to previous changes implemented at Campus Dining:

  • Implementing touchless item scanning at Munchie Marts
  • Eliminating reusable serving ware (plates, cups, utensils) at all dining halls, and removing self-service options from all dining locations to reduce the opportunity for cross-contamination
  • Enhanced cleaning in all locations, enforcing frequent glove changes, enforcing enhanced handwashing protocols
  • Lifting restrictions on Munchie Mart swipes. To support social distancing, students can now use market swipes up to 3 times per day (max. 1 per hour), in lieu of dining hall swipes.

The Division of Administration, including Campus Dining, is monitoring all protocols and will communicate any updates to both the Campus Dining website and Vanderbilt’s COVID-19 website.

For all current information regarding Vanderbilt’s response to COVID-19, visit