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Spring Semester Remote Study Option: Definitions, requirements and notifications

Posted by on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 in .

For the purposes of course registration, the classification of “remote study” applies to those undergraduate students who are living outside of Davidson County, inside Davidson County with their family, or have a medical condition that presents a contraindication for returning to campus. Undergraduate students who choose remote study: 

  • Take all academic courses through virtual and/or alternative platforms;  
  • Pay tuition and Student Services Fee;  
  • Are prepared to take classes that are offered synchronously on Central Time; 
  • Have no access to campus or any university-controlled buildings;   
  • Are not required to participate in mandatory COVID-19 testing program for undergraduates because they are not living in Davidson County and have affirmed that they are not coming to campus and are not interacting with other students. 

If you are currently studying remotely for the fall semester but wish to change and study in person in spring 2021: 

All undergraduate students will automatically be defaulted to in-person learning for the spring semester.

  • Undergraduate students, excluding transfer students, who currently are enrolled for remote study or are on a leave of absence this fall and plan to return to on-campus instruction for spring semester must apply for on-campus housing. Applications will open October 15 and close November 23.  Detailed information about how to apply for on-campus housing will be shared soon.  
  • Vanderbilt’s Residential Requirement, established by the Board of Trust in 1959, states that “All unmarried undergraduate students are required to live in residence halls on campus during the academic year, May session, and summer sessions. Authorization to live elsewhere is granted at the discretion of the Director of Housing Assignments in special situations, or when space is unavailable on campus.”   
  • Students will be assigned on-campus housing on a space-available basis. If on-campus housing space fills, students may apply for off-campus housing authorization. 
  • Move-in for students with on-campus housing assignments will begin on January 22, three days prior to the start of undergraduate classes. More details about move-in schedules will be shared soon. 

If you are currently studying remotely for the fall semester and wish to continue remote for spring 2021: 

An undergraduate student’s fall semester status as remote does not automatically carry forward; it must be approved by the university for the spring semester. Students who wish to continue remote study in spring 2021 must register this intent on or before November 20. The remote study application in YES will be available November 9-20.

If you are studying on campus for the fall semester but wish to change to remote study for spring 2021: 

Undergraduate students who wish to begin remote study in spring 2021 must register this intent on or before November 20. The remote study application in YES will be available November 9-20. The November 20 deadline applies regardless of whether or not the student is currently living on campus or off campus.

  • Details on how to declare remote status for spring 2021 will be communicated through the Office of the University Registrar in the coming weeks.    
  • Students switching from on-campus housing and study to remote study must check out of and completely vacate their rooms by November 22. Detailed check-out procedures will be announced later in the semester. Students who fail to check out of and completely vacate residential spaces before November 22 will be charged the full rate for spring semester housing. 

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