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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. 


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Campus Life and Housing

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

Vanderbilt University has updated its COVID-19 health and safety protocols in accordance with a new executive order issued by the White House. As part of the federal government’s “Path Out of the Pandemic: COVID-19 Action Plan,” the executive order requires organizations with federal contracts, including Vanderbilt, to comply with certain masking and physical distancing protocols. The requirements extend to all employees of federal contractors, which includes all Vanderbilt faculty, staff and postdocs, and to visitors on campus.

Signs have been posted throughout campus as a reminder of the updated protocols.

The executive order requires the following measures in areas of high or substantial community transmission, which currently includes Davidson County.

  • Masks are now required for fully vaccinated individuals indoors, including in common areas or shared workspaces (open-floor plan offices, cubicles and conference rooms) even when physical distancing is possible. Masks are not required when alone in an office or for a limited time while eating or drinking and maintaining physical distancing. Guidance for students’ residence hall rooms remains the same.
  • Masks are now required for individuals who are not fully vaccinated in crowded outdoor settings (athletic events, concerts, gatherings) or during outdoor activities that involve sustained close contact with others who are not fully vaccinated. They also should maintain physical distance from others at all times, to the extent practicable. Individuals who are not fully vaccinated also continue to be required to mask indoors as described above.

Since the above protocols are tied to the community transmission level in Davidson County, Vanderbilt will continue to monitor the CDC’s COVID-19 Data Tracker County View and update the university’s protocols should the community transmission level reach a sustained moderate or low level.

The university requires that all students, postdocs, faculty and staff be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approved accommodation. The university will continue to follow the latest scientific updates and develop its plans in close consultation with experts at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, as well as national, state and local public health officials.

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