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Undergraduate Students Opting for Remote-Only

Posted by on Thursday, June 11, 2020 in .

During these difficult circumstances, the health, safety and emotional well-being of the Vanderbilt community is at the center of our concerns. If any of Vanderbilt’s resources can be of assistance, we encourage you to draw upon them.

As we look toward an approach that allows us to resume on-campus classes this fall, alternative instruction will be offered to those who are unable to return to campus.


Undergraduates who cannot be on campus due to personal circumstances must notify Vanderbilt University if they prefer solely remote classes. To request remote study, send an email to on or before Friday, August 21.

If your situation changes, you may return to in-person classes in the spring. Access to on-campus or VU-controlled housing for the spring semester cannot be guaranteed, but a waitlist will be established. 

The Student Services Fee does not include dining and housing. Housing and Dining are separate, stand-alone fees from each other and the Student Services Fee. Housing will not be charged to a student opting for remote-only learning through the Remote Study Selection application in YES. 

The Student Services Fee will be charged to all students, including those who are remote-only. The fee includes remote access to services such as Immersion advising sessions, career coaching, the Campus Connection program, mental health counseling (only for students residing in states where remote counseling is allowed by law), student virtual activities, etc.

The First-Year Fee will not be charged to remote-only students. The Commons leadership will still connect remote-only students to virtual activities in each hall, etc. The Residential College Fee will not be charged to remote-only students.

The decision to begin the semester enrolled in on-campus instruction will be accompanied by acknowledgement of responsibility for full payment of tuition, housing costs and relevant fees. No refunds will be issued if the need to finish the semester remotely arises.

The deadline for switching from on-campus to remote-only study is no later than Friday, August 21. A student cannot switch from on-campus to remote study after they have checked into their residence hall without incurring all related costs for on-campus living (housing and other fees). Please note that scheduled move-in begins on Monday, August 17 and runs through Sunday, August 23, so some residential students may have a deadline earlier than Friday, August 21, to switch to remote study.

In the event a student decides to leave campus and attend classes remote-only after checking into a residence hall, the student will be required to vacate the residence hall, bearing any costs associated with departure. The student will also be responsible for full payment of tuition, housing costs and all relevant fees.

All students who elect for remote-only study are not allowed on campus at any time for any reason during the semester. Please note that students will be expected to participate in classes that are taught synchronously in Nashville’s Central Time Zone.