COVID-19 Testing: Undergraduate Student Testing on Campus & Recovery
The following information outlines how COVID-19 testing and recovery will work while on campus during the fall semester. Information on pre-arrival testing can be found on the pre-arrival testing page.
TESTING WHILE ON CAMPUS / DURING THE SEMESTER
ALL STUDENTS NOW
Students who are on campus now, prior to the start of the fall semester, who have symptoms related to COVID-19 or have been officially notified that they are a close contact to a COVID-19-positive person must contact Student Health. If Student Health is not open and symptoms are severe enough, the student should go to the VUMC emergency department. If symptoms are not severe enough to require the ED, then, for the safety of others, it is extremely important to avoid all contact with others, wear a face mask/covering, and practice strict hand hygiene while awaiting the Student Health Center to open. Student Health will instruct the individual on appropriate next steps.
UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS FALL SEMESTER
Vanderbilt University is establishing its COVID-19 safety model by leveraging collaboration and partnership with the world-class Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Vanderbilt University School of Nursing to support and protect the Vanderbilt University community as much as possible. Vanderbilt is employing testing methods in consultation with VUMC experts and will continue to evaluate all testing options and methods moving forward.
Students who have symptoms related to COVID-19 must contact Student Health. If Student Health is not open and symptoms are severe enough, the student should go to the VUMC emergency department. If symptoms are not severe enough to require the ED, for the safety of others, it is extremely important to avoid all contact with others, wear a face mask/covering, and practice strict hand hygiene while awaiting the Student Health Center to open. Student Health will instruct the individual on appropriate next steps.
VU will set up a testing center at the David Williams II Recreation and Wellness Center (DWIIRWC) in partnership with VUMC and the School of Nursing. Post-arrival testing of the entire undergraduate student body will occur within four weeks of the start of the semester. This comprehensive testing program, along with the pre-arrival testing information, will provide data to inform continued decisions for possible random or periodic testing throughout the fall. Random surveillance testing will allow the university to monitor community disease and spread in a more effective, statistically significant way over time.
POSITIVE CASE AND RECOVERY
Students who test positive for COVID-19 must self-isolate as directed until they have recovered. To determine the risk of potential exposure for others on campus, the Vanderbilt Public Health Central Command Center will conduct contact tracing with any student who has tested positive. Please visit the Contact Tracing page for more information on contact tracing.
Vanderbilt is following the CDC’s recommended recovery strategy. If an individual had symptoms and tests positive for COVID-19, recovery status is assigned when: 1) the individual remains fever free without the use of fever reducers for 24 hours, 2) symptoms have improved, and 3) it has been at least 10 days since their symptoms first appeared. If an individual tested positive for COVID-19 but had no symptoms, the individual can be cleared to return to campus 10 days after the test as long as the individual does not develop symptoms. If the individual develops symptoms, then the individual must follow the recovery strategy for those with symptoms.