Campus Indoor and Outdoor Spaces
Campus buildings and exterior spaces will include
signage that should be followed by community members at all times. This includes directional and physical distancing signage signifying flow and where people should stand, as well as informational signage regarding protocols in the Return to Campus Plan.
Examples of the signage community members will see on campus are outlined below.
Accessible Route Signage
Accessible Route: Sidewalk stickers that signify accessible routes around campus
GENERAL ROUTE SIGNAGE
Sidewalk stickers showing when you should turn left.
Sidewalk stickers showing when you should turn right.
Sidewalk stickers showing when you should walk counterclockwise to maintain physical distancing.
Dismount & Walk:
Sandwich boards and yard signs showing when you should dismount and walk your bike or scooter
Sandwich boards and yard signs showing general etiquette and safety protocols
Sandwich boards and yard signs showing lawn etiquette and safety protocols
Sidewalk stickers marking 6” distance between two points
One Way Only:
Sidewalk stickers and sandwich boards showing one way routes
Entry/Exit Building Signage
Building signs showing entrances to buildings
Building signs showing exits to buildings
Building signs showing areas where you should NOT enter
Sandwich boards and building signs reminding individuals to yield and maintain 6’ distance from others
Break Space Guidelines:
Posters outlining main break space protocols
Posters outlining elevator protocols that will be placed outside and inside elevators
Face Mask/Covering Guidelines:
Posters outlining protocols for face masks/coverings
Meeting/Conference Room Guidelines:
Posters outlining meeting and conference room protocols
Help Slow the Spread:
Posters reminding the general public how to slow the spread
Posters outlining restroom protocols that will be placed near restrooms.
Signage specific for research spaces on campus can be found on the Research at VU website.
Entry/Exit Control, Building Access
Entry to buildings will be regulated and monitored in alignment with ACHA guidance. Where applicable, your Vanderbilt card/badge is required for entry to all buildings, and you may not hold or prop open exterior doors for any other person. After entering a building, sanitize your hands at the nearest sanitizer station and follow signage and all physical distancing guidelines outlined herein.
As is always the case, exterior building doors that require card access should not be held or propped open for any other person. Access to academic buildings, or buildings in which in-person instruction is taking place, will generally be open between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and will not require a Vanderbilt card/badge during those hours. Access will be restricted on the weekends.
All residence halls and administrative buildings will require a Vanderbilt card/badge and appropriate access permissions for entry at all times. After entering a building, sanitize your hands at the nearest sanitizer station and follow all posted signage, keeping in mind that directional signage may be posted on the floor, as well as on walls and doors. Building maps, searchable by building name, and additional information on access to buildings on campus, are available on the Return to Campus website.
The university will identify suitable building access points. In alignment with CDC employer guidance, where appropriate, departments and building coordinators should attempt to coordinate arrival and departure times of faculty, staff, postdocs and students to reduce congestion during typical “rush hours” of a day’s schedule. For example, staff arrival and departures should be scheduled in 15-minute increments to reduce personal interactions at building access points, hallways, stairs/elevators, etc. Staggered schedules should be considered for lunch and break times.
Once you have been authorized to return to campus, you should arrive and depart campus through the designated building access points. Staff should also report at the designated time, where applicable, to limit the number of people entering and exiting buildings at any one time.
Building entrance and exit points are being mapped for every building on campus, including ADA accessible circulation. In alignment with CDC and ACHA guidance, buildings will include signage and visual markers, including directional signage signifying flow, physical distancing signage showing where people should stand (in certain buildings), and informational signage regarding protocols in the Return to Campus Plan. Be mindful of following the directional signage, and be prepared to change your daily routine to adhere to the new circulation patterns. As building maps are finalized, they will be added to the list below.
Buildings in which signage and visual markers have been installed will also be noted in the list below with this symbol .
Please contact your building manager or facility officer with any questions or feedback on these plans.
Sidewalks, Campus Pathways and Outdoor Amenities
Maintaining space between you and others is a best practice according to the CDC and is required on the Vanderbilt campus to avoid exposure to the COVID-19 virus and slow its spread. Because people can spread the virus before they know they are sick, it is important to stay away from others whenever possible, even if you have no symptoms. Physical distancing and face mask/covering wearing is especially important for people who are at higher risk.
Everyone on campus should follow these physical distancing practices:
Physical distancing practices and face mask/covering wearing should be followed in all outdoor spaces. Appropriate use of face masks/coverings is important in minimizing risk to the wearer and those around them. A face mask/covering is not a substitute for physical distancing.
In the interest of creating a culture where health and safety are promoted and realized, face masks/coverings must be worn by all individuals on campus in public indoor settings (e.g., common workspaces, hallways, stairwells, elevators, meeting rooms, classrooms, break-rooms, restrooms, etc.).
Physical distancing must be maintained at all times when outdoors. Face masks/coverings must be worn at all times when outdoors, with the following limited exceptions:
- While engaged in vigorous outdoor recreation, such as biking or running, so long as physical distancing is maintained at all times including with those walking on campus paved paths, sidewalks, plazas
- While actively engaged in eating/drinking outdoors, so long as physical distancing is maintained
Goals for outdoor spaces on campus include:
- Creating an environment that maximizes safety and legibility while moving through campus
- Making it possible on major routes to maintain a 6-foot distance while moving through campus
- Using minimally invasive, maximally effective techniques
- Designing all indoor and outdoor circulation plans with accessibility and mobility needs in mind
Wayfinding will be phased in aligned with the Vanderbilt Return to Campus phases. This allows for the university to observe and adjust. The university is aiming to give people room and give people time to react.
The “Gold Path” network is a planning concept Vanderbilt is using to focus its wayfinding and signage efforts and coordinate with similar efforts within buildings. Paths designated as part of the “Gold Path” represent commonly used pedestrian paths. As the community continues to return to campus, the university will place its signage and monitoring efforts on these corridors.
Signage has been prepared aligned with CDC and ACHA guidance and will be placed along the “Gold Path” network. Be mindful to follow the directional signage and be prepared to change your daily routine to adhere to the new circulation patterns.
The following map shows the “Gold Path” network for the current university Phase II and II+. Parking locations are noted with non-colored circles and popular destinations with colored circles. Major circulation routes are noted in gold.
TENTS AND OTHER OUTDOOR AMENITIES
Outdoor tents will be open for use beginning Monday, Jan. 25. During the Commodores Care period (Jan. 25 – Feb. 3), tents will be open at half capacity for dining. We anticipate tents will open at full capacity beginning Thursday, Feb. 4. While the reservation system will be open beginning Jan. 25, the earliest available reservations will begin on Feb. 4.
In preparing for the colder and more inclement weather in late winter and early spring—as well as incorporating lessons learned over the course of the fall—the three large tents previously occupying space on campus have been replaced with five tents that are smaller in size, heated, and lighted with several electrical outlets and wireless access. The new tents also include spaces specifically designated for non-dining purposes, with a number of layouts available that are compliant with campus protocol requirements for physical distancing.
New tents include:
- Alumni Lawn Dining Tent
- Alumni Lawn Programming Tent
- Commons Dining Tent
- Commons Programming Tent
- Library Lawn Academic Tent*
Toward the end of the fall semester, outdoor tents became integrated into the VU online reservation system, and the programming tents for the spring semester will be available through the same process for university-approved events.
* The Library Lawn Academic Tent is available solely for academic, non-classroom purposes, including faculty office hours, department meetings or other small gatherings and events. These spaces can only be reserved by faculty and faculty will be provided additional instructions by their department chair or appropriate associate dean.
All campus protocols must be followed in and around all tent locations, including physical distancing of at least six feet and wearing a mask or face covering at all times, except when actively eating or drinking. Eating and drinking is allowed inside all tents except the Library Lawn Academic Tent. Signage will be posted throughout tent areas to direct circulation and provide protocol reminders, which must be adhered to at all times.
As with last semester, the comprehensive plans for the use of outdoor tents include information regarding fire code compliance and safety; severe weather communication, evacuation, and sheltering; and general safety and security. Occupants of tented areas should follow the instructions provided by tent staff in the event that any enhanced safety or security measures are needed, particularly evacuation for severe weather.
In addition to tents, other outdoor spaces will continue to be updated with painted circles and other markers throughout campus to identify physically distanced locations for use by individuals, including for outdoor dining, studying, leisure and other activities. Due to mowing and lawn maintenance, circle patterns and distribution may vary over the course of the semester.