May 5, 2021 – Return to Campus Update
As we approach the final days of the semester, this will be the final Return to Campus Update of the spring semester.
Final COVID-19 public dashboard update of the spring semester
The COVID-19 asymptomatic positive rate for the week of April 25–May 1 is 0.02 percent, a decrease from the previous week. The Vanderbilt community is strongly encouraged to remain vigilant in following all safety protocols.
Changes to COVID-19 protocols to be announced this month
Vanderbilt’s COVID-19 safety protocols and mask requirements on and off campus will remain the same, whether you are currently vaccinated or not. The COVID-19 safety protocols working group will submit its recommendations this month, and we will announce any changes to protocols soon after. Please check your Vanderbilt email account throughout the summer for updates.
Reminder: Submit your vaccination record
The university is working to determine the number of faculty, staff and students who have received a COVID-19 vaccine to create a plan for summer operations and the fall 2021 semester. An accurate assessment of our community’s vaccination status is needed to best inform protocols moving forward. The vaccine tracker is protected so that your information is safe. Click on the vaccine tracker/submission form.
Spring semester testing through May 11
The asymptomatic testing program will continue through Tuesday, May 11. All undergraduate students should continue to test through finals until they leave campus. The testing center and drive-thru testing area will close for the spring semester after May 11.
Testing before leaving for the semester
If you are a student in the asymptomatic testing program and are planning to travel during the summer and need a COVID-19 test, you are welcome to visit the testing center during open hours and use those results as needed. Results are available in the Safer Community app as well as through an automated email.
The university’s testing program is designed to satisfy the requirements of Vanderbilt University. The results may not be adequate for all travel. If the automated email and the app results do not satisfy specific travel requirements, consider getting a test performed outside the university testing program.
Some options for additional testing include:
Summer COVID-19 testing
Asymptomatic testing will resume on May 17 for those who will need to be on campus over the summer. Individuals who are required to test as a part of the asymptomatic testing program in the summer will receive communications separately.
- Summer hours will be Monday, 7 a.m.–3 p.m., and Tuesday–Thursday, 7 a.m.–1 p.m.