Skip to main content

Visitors and Suppliers

Vanderbilt University deeply values the neighbors, community partners and visitors who make the campus community so vibrant. We look forward to welcoming visitors back to campus this summer and in the fall.

COVID-19 safety protocols for visitors include: 

  • In accordance with recent changes to CDC guidelines, Vanderbilt University has updated its visitor policy after consulting with public health experts. Beginning Monday, Aug. 2, visitors coming to campus must wear a mask indoors, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated. Visitors include parents and families who come to campus for orientation, move-in and other activities.
  • All campus community members and all visitors, including family members and loved ones, will be required to mask during move-in on Aug. 21–22.
  • The university expects that many members of our campus community will continue to wear face masks/coverings, and the university supports their choice to do so. People who choose to wear masks should not be questioned about them, nor should they be discouraged or prohibited from wearing them.  
  • Gathering  size limits  are lifted for  outdoor gatherings.  Outdoor areas should be used as community gathering spaces whenever possible. 
  • The university has allowed for increased attendance at indoor gatherings. Indoor gatherings may occur at up to the full capacity of a given indoor space, including work, classroom and research spaces. 
  • Individually packaged food and drink is allowed at gatherings. 

With the exception of campus tours, buildings are not open to the public.

Indoor campus dining facilities, including Rand and the Commons, will be restricted to those with an active Vanderbilt meal plan. 

Spaces such as the Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries, the Fine Arts Gallery and the Wond’ry are closed to the public until further notice. Information about remote events and resources can be found on the websites associated with these buildings and centers. 

The university continues to monitor public health guidance and rely on experts, including the CDC, Metro Public Health, and our leaders at VUMC and the school of nursing, to shape our plans. Any additional changes to protocols for the fall semester will be announced this summer. 


Find answers to the most asked questions about Return to Campus

For example, type in “move” or “mask” in the search box. The list will filter to show only items that mention those keywords.

Campus Life and Housing

Vanderbilt University deeply values the neighbors, community partners and visitors who make the campus community so vibrant. 

In accordance with recent changes to CDC guidelines, Vanderbilt University has updated its visitor policy after consulting with public health experts. Beginning Monday, Aug. 2, visitors coming to campus must wear a mask indoors, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated. Visitors include parents and families coming to campus for orientation, move-in and other activities.

All campus community members and all visitors, including family members and loved ones, will be required to mask during move-in on Aug. 21–22. More detailed information about additional move-in protocols will be shared soon.

Campus academic buildings will continue to be closed to visitors. Invited guests are allowed in buildings with their hosts, and masks are required whether vaccinated or unvaccinated.

Buildings open to visitors include:

  • Student Life Center for campus tours
  • Residence halls* (for families and guests of on-campus residents only)

Athletics events will be addressed later. 

Link to this FAQ