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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: 

  • Fully vaccinated peopleindividuals two weeks past their second dose in a two-dose vaccine such as Pfizer or Moderna, or two weeks past their single-dose of Johnson & Johnsonno longer need to wear a face mask/covering in any setting on campus, indoors or outdoors, or maintain physical distancing from other fully vaccinated people.  
  • People who are not fully vaccinated should continue to wear a mask and maintain physical distancing from others at all times when indoorsand when outdoors if physical distancing cannot be maintained. 
  • 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 in the summer, and access to classroom buildings will be limited outside of hours when classes are held. Vanderbilt students, faculty, staff and postdoctoral fellows will have access to buildings using their Vanderbilt card or badge. 

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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Academics

Summer Sessions

All summer sessions for undergraduate and graduate students, including Maymester courses, will be offered online only. This summer’s course schedule offers a robust selection of options providing students enhanced flexibility.

Professional students can expect information about summer sessions directly from your respective school leadership in the coming weeks.

Experiential Learning and In-person Research Activities for Undergraduates

We will continue to support faculty-directed experiential learning and in-person research activities for undergraduates over the summer, including Immersion Vanderbilt. However, out of an abundance of caution, the university will not be offering Maymester courses that involve travel or GEO’s study abroad programs. As an alternative, remote global internships—and funding—for undergraduate students who want to engage internationally are available.

Currently enrolled Vanderbilt students participating in Immersion Vanderbilt and the Vanderbilt Undergraduate Summer Research Program (VUSRP) will have the opportunity to work and live on campus this summer. Students who are seeking to conduct in-person research activities on or off campus should discuss their ideas and plans with prospective faculty mentors, who will receive further details in the coming weeks about how to submit new or revise existing Phase II+ plans for in-person research activities in summer 2021 through the existing research ramp-up review and approval process. Further guidance on in-person research activities will also be posted on the Research at Vanderbilt website.

After faculty mentors and their students have received approval for their summer in-person research activities through the research ramp-up review and approval process, students who choose to live on campus this summer may apply for housing through OHARE beginning Thursday, April 1. These students will be required to submit a signed COVID-19 acknowledgment form in order to work and live on campus.

As a reminder, any research activities involving in-person interaction, whether on campus or off campus (e.g., going out into the local community), require advance review and approval through the research ramp-up process. Advance approval is not required for research activities that are strictly remote and involve no in-person interaction. Faculty mentors and their students who are not sure whether their planned research activities require advance approval through the research ramp-up review and approval process should consult the FAQs for Phase 2+ Ramp-Up or contact ovpr@vanderbilt.edu for guidance.

At this time, due to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations against travel, the university will not offer opportunities to conduct nonresearch experiential learning in locations other than on campus and in students’ home communities.

Students who have applied for VUSRP awards can expect to receive further details in late March and early April. Students who receive other forms of university funding to support experiential learning and summer projects should contact the undergraduate associate dean’s office of their home school.

Residential Housing

At conclusion of the spring 2021 semester, residence halls will close for the summer:

  • May 12 at 9 a.m. for nongraduating students
  • May 16 at 1 p.m. for graduating students

In addition to undergraduate students participating in faculty-led experiential learning or in-person research, undergraduate students with verified special circumstances will be eligible to remain on campus during the summer. The summer housing application will be available online Thursday, April 1, and additional information will be provided prior to that time.

SUMMER CAMPS FOR MINORS

Progress is being made as our community continuesto manage the challenges of the pandemic. Yet, we must remain cautious, and it is for that reason Vanderbilt University will not be hosting summer programming for children and adolescents on campus at this time.As an alternative, several programs, including Vanderbilt Summer Academy (VSA) and Summer Academy at Vanderbilt for the Young (SAVY), are offering virtual learning opportunities. We look forward to resuming our on-campus day and overnight programs in 2022.

Note: We’re currently exploring options to host athletics summer camps consistent with NCAA and SEC rules while working with our campus partners and local health officials. This includes opening preliminary registration to accurately determine feasibility and prepare appropriately. All camp dates are tentative and subject to change.

Summer programming for Nashville’s youth is invaluable, providing opportunities to experience something new, discover new interests, advance academic pursuits, hone athletic skills and make new friends. We look forward to a very near future past COVID-19 when we can, once again, come together to support our children through these endeavors.

Continued COVID-19 Protocols

Despite encouraging progress in addressing the pandemic, we must continue to take COVID-19 protocols seriously to help protect the health and safety of our campus and Nashville communities as much as possible.

All Vanderbilt students and non-Vanderbilt students or volunteers participating in faculty-led experiential learning or research on campus this summer will be required to participate in the university’s mandatory asymptomatic COVID-19 testing and contact tracing programs and submit a signed acknowledgment form.

Students will be expected to continue safety protocols, including wearing face masks/coverings and maintaining physical distance.

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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. We look forward to welcoming visitors back to campus this summer and in the fall.

COVID-19 safety protocols for visitors include: 

  • Fully vaccinated peopleindividuals two weeks past their second dose in a two-dose vaccine such as Pfizer or Moderna, or two weeks past their single-dose of Johnson & Johnsonno longer need to wear a face mask/covering in any setting on campus, indoors or outdoors, or maintain physical distancing from other fully vaccinated people.  
  • People who are not fully vaccinated should continue to wear a mask and maintain physical distancing from others at all times when indoorsand when outdoors if physical distancing cannot be maintained. 
  • 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 in the summer, and access to classroom buildings will be limited outside of hours when classes are held. Vanderbilt students, faculty, staff and postdoctoral fellows will have access to buildings using their Vanderbilt card or badge. 

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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