2020 Graduating Students
We understand the stress and disappointment in having changes made to when and how classes are held and the cancellation of university events and gatherings. Please know that we are making decisions based on our desire to protect the health and safety of our community from the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Following is important information to assist you as we seek to respond to this unprecedented public health issue.
Frequently Asked Questions
Vanderbilt launched online/remote classes on Monday, March 16. Assignments and assessment resumed that week. Faculty are aware of the difficulties many students are facing as they move off-campus or cope with other significant changes in their lives resulting from the current crisis. Faculty too are trying to manage many challenges, and we are asking students to be patient as faculty work to continue to teach.
Campus and General Questions
- The Southeastern Conference has announced that all athletics activities, including competitions, team and individual practices, meetings and other organized gatherings, will be suspended through at least April 15, due to continuing developments related to the coronavirus (COVID-19).
- SEC athletics programs will cease practices, individual and team workouts effective the end of the day Friday, March 13. Team meetings shall conclude no later than 5 pm local time on Monday, March 16.
- SEC member institutions will continue to provide their student-athletes with care and support to meet needs in areas including academics, medical care, mental health and wellness, nutrition and housing as needed.
- The program schedules impacted by this announcement are those of baseball, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis, and track and field. Events involving two Vanderbilt programs affiliated with other conferences—bowling (Southern Bowling League) and lacrosse (American Athletic Conference)—are suspended.
- Vanderbilt Athletics has suspended numerous activities. View an ongoing list of what actions have been taken.
COVID-19 Exposure, Health and Wellness
- Those who believe they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should self-isolate per doctor's guidelines.If someone has come in contact with individuals who are known positives and the individual displays symptoms of COVID-19, they should immediately seek medical testing.
- Students on campus should contact the Student Health Center, while faculty, staff and postdocs on campus should contact the Occupational Health Clinic for further evaluation.
- The CDC has issued information regarding symptoms, prevention and treatment, as well as a number of other frequently asked questions and answers.
- Vanderbilt Student Health Center has monitoring in place for students who have traveled internationally within the past 14 days or otherwise come in contact with a case of COVID-19. Student Health will extend its hours on an as-needed basis and notify the student body through email communications.
Students should complete the self-report/self-monitoring survey at https://redcap.link/vustudentcovid if they have been exposed to COVID or have travelled internationally
Students who have left the Nashville metro area should contact their local health care provider.
Campus residents who have traveled to or through any country outside of the United States within the past 14 days should self-isolate with their families in the USA.
Campus residents who do not have a family home in the USA or who have otherwise come in contact with a case of COVID-19 should contact the Office of Housing and Residential Experience (615/322-2591, firstname.lastname@example.org) at least 72 hours prior to their arrival on campus.
Any student not complying with Vanderbilt’s notification and self-isolation practices would be subject to immediate disciplinary procedures through Student Accountability.
- Any student with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 infection (cough, fever or shortness of breath) should be tested. Any student who has traveled to a CDC Level-3 country within the past 14 days or has had contact with someone who has been infected with COVID-19 is expected to self-report by completing the self-report/self-monitoring survey at https://redcap.link/vustudentcovid and abide by self-isolation practices.
- Students who believe other students have failed to comply with self-notification and self-isolation practices should report their concerns to the Office of Student Accountability or the Office of the Dean of Students.
- Restrooms, locker rooms and showers
- Lobbies, lounges, break rooms and hallways
- Classrooms, conference rooms, lecture halls, dining sitting areas and libraries sitting areas (spaces where large groups of people congregate)
- Private offices
- All classes moved fully to online and alternative learning for the remainder of the semester.
- All undergraduate residential students were required to move out by Sunday, March 15.
- Any remaining students who were granted an extension due to extenuating circumstances must stay in their residences as much as possible, avoid congregating in common spaces, and practice social distancing.
- The university restricted access to dining facilities and implemented new safety protocols to promote social distancing for all remaining dining and food delivery on campus.
- Vanderbilt instituted an initial remote work period for staff and faculty and recommended they work remotely following their manager’s and/or department chair/dean’s instructions.
- On-campus university research laboratories are transitioning to only essential activities by Wednesday, March 18, at the latest.
- VandyRide service has been suspended. Vanderbilt University Public Safety will continue to provide an on-call medical transportation service.
- The David Williams II Recreation and Wellness Center is closed until further notice.
General Information about COVID-19
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you 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.
No new visitors should be hosted on campus during the remote work period that lasts until April 11, 2020. Once visitors are allowed back on campus, any visitor who has traveled abroad within the past 14 days must self-isolate for a total of 14 days before coming to campus.