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COVID-19 Exposure, Health and Wellness

We understand that during these extraordinary times, there may be some concern for safely evacuating or sheltering during emergency situations. We encourage everyone to be aware of the most immediate threat while continuing to take the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

If there is a need to take shelter (i.e. tornado warning, active aggressor) or if there is a need for evacuation due to a fire or other emergency, please do so while exercising CDC recommended precautions as possible.

While there are signs indicating COVID-19 circulation patterns, in the event of an emergency, please take the most direct route to safety.

In the event of a fire alarm or other emergency:

Evacuate Immediately:

  • Leave the building through the nearest exit and establish a rally point away from the affected building. Open areas (indoor and outdoor) where physical distancing is available are preferred. If physical distancing is unavoidable, individuals should wear a face covering if possible.
  • Do not re-enter the building until authorized to do so by Vanderbilt University Police Department (VUPD) or on-site emergency personnel.

In the event of a Tornado Warning, Active Aggressor, or other emergency:

Shelter in Place:

  • Shelter in place using physical distancing measures.
  • If physical distancing is not possible, individuals should wear a face covering.

Outdoor Tents

The Office of Emergency Preparedness, Fire and Life Safety, in collaboration with the Facilities Review Committee, has developed a comprehensive plan for the use of outdoor tents this fall, which includes 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 inclement or severe weather.

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The CDC defines isolation as separating sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick, and quarantine as separating and restricting the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.

If a faculty member, staff member, postdoc, graduate student or professional student is instructed by university health officials or public health officials to quarantine or isolate, they should do so in their off-campus residence and follow all instructions from health officials.

Temporary Housing Support for Off-Campus Vanderbilt Community Members

For the convenience of the VU community, the university has negotiated special rates with the Holiday Inn Vanderbilt—a Vanderbilt-preferred hotel—for use by members of the VU community who live off campus and due to their personal circumstances want an alternative short-term residence. A valid Vanderbilt ID must be presented at check-in to verify Vanderbilt affiliation, and the faculty member, staff member, postdoc or student will be responsible for all associated costs. If cost is an issue due to personal circumstances, we encourage undergraduate, graduate and professional students to fill out an application for the Student Hardship Fund.

Hotel Property Rate Check In Date Discount Code
Holiday Inn Vanderbilt *A Vanderbilt-preferred hotel
2613 West End Ave, Nashville
Short term booking
(less than 5 days)
• Long term booking
(more than 5 days)
$50 for longer than 5 days
$75 for shorter than 5 days
08/01/2020 - 09/09/2020 INT

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Vanderbilt students practice healthy behaviors as they mask up and social distance themselves between classes around campus.

It can be uncomfortable to ask a fellow Commodore to put on their mask or to move 6 feet away. You may feel nervous or embarrassed to confront others—yet you feel compelled because you want to protect yourself and our community.

There are techniques that you can use to encourage compliance by others. The keys to success are to first approach someone with respect and kindness, and not make assumptions about why they are not complying. Here are some tactics or phrases you can use to encourage compliance:

  • Let people know that Public Health AmbassaDores can provide masks.
    Example: “I notice you’re not wearing a mask. Do you need one?”
    Details: There are Public Health AmbassaDores who can provide masks. To find a PHA, contact the AmbassaDore Compliance Hotline at 615-343-1352. It is good to know where your local PHA is located so you can prepare ahead of time. Contact the hotline to find out who is closest to you.
  • Tell them who you mask up for.
    Example: “Could you wear a mask when you are near me? I wear a mask to protect my family.”
  • Let people know how their choices impact you.
    Example: “I feel protected when you wear your mask. Could you put one on?”
  • Provide positive reinforcement that will also encourage others.
    Example: “I really like your mask. Where did you get it?”
  • Kindly encourage people to wear masks correctly for effective protection.
    Example: “Could you please put your mask over your nose and mouth?”
  • If a person is within 6 feet of you, back up and tell them why.
    Example: “I want to be sure I stay 6 feet from you so we both are protected.”
  • If a person continues getting too close to you or others, respectfully request distance.
    Example: “Please take a step back. I think you are too close.”

If a person ignores your concerns or becomes aggressive, leave and call the AmbassaDore Compliance Hotline at 615-343-1352.

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COVID-19 conditions have required us to identify quarantine and isolation locations for our undergraduate residential community and to de-densify residential spaces to provide housing that is as safe as possible.

The CDC defines isolation as separating sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick, and quarantine as separating and restricting the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.

Blakemore House, Chaffin Place, OHARE at the Village at Vanderbilt Townhouses and South Tower, and Scarritt Bennett Center (an off-campus property operated by the university and located in close proximity to campus) will be used for campus resident isolation and quarantine.

University Public Health Central Command Center officials, in consultation with the Student Health Center, will make medical determinations and assign campus residents to either diagnostic quarantine or COVID-19-positive isolation at sites specifically designated for these purposes.

Students will be moved into quarantine housing in two scenarios.

  • If a student is tested for COVID-19, they will be moved to quarantine housing until they get results of the test. If the test is negative, they return to their room. If it is positive, they move to isolation housing. They will stay in isolation a minimum of 10 days.
  • If a student is identified through contact tracing. They will stay in quarantine for 14 days.

In the event it is necessary for an on-campus student to move to quarantine or isolation housing based on testing results or contact tracing, an organized process will be followed.

  • Students will be contacted by an Area Coordinator (AC) with instructions of what to pack for quarantine and isolation housing. You may not be contacted immediately, but you should remain in your room until they are in touch, leaving only to use shared bathroom facilities, pick up food, or seek medical attention if needed – as always, wear a mask if you have to leave your room. In the meantime, don’t invite anyone to your room and begin packing your essential belongings. TIP: Students should create a checklist of all necessary items they may need in the event such a move is require. This list should include items such as medication, computer and devices, phone, chargers, textbooks and items necessary for schoolwork, adequate clothing, personal hygiene products, their own pillow, etc.
  • The AC will coordinate the transportation. Students will be transported to and from quarantine and isolation housing by Community Service Officers from VUPD.
  • All quarantine and isolation housing will have a refrigerator and microwave. Dining will deliver food to each of the quarantine and isolation locations. Rooms will have sheets, blankets, towels and washcloths. Students should bring their own pillow. All quarantine and isolation spaces have internet connections so students can continue to attend class virtually while there.
  • Graduate student building managers will assist all students in quarantine and isolation housing serving on a duty rotation. They will also maintain contact with residents including delivering student mail. In addition, personnel from Student Health or the School of Nursing will be in contact with in quarantine and isolation spaces.
  • University Public Health Central Command Center officials, in consultation with the Student Health Center, will make medical evaluations and release campus residents from quarantine or isolation to return to their campus residence hall room when deemed medically appropriate.

While there are designated spaces for both quarantine and isolation, the spaces are interchangeable based on number of students needing each.

QUARANTINE AND ISOLATION PROTOCOLS

Vanderbilt has developed its COVID-19 policies and protocols to protect the health and safety of the Vanderbilt and Nashville communities. The university will not grant individualized exceptions to them; public health requires consistent collective action.  

The university’s decision to place a student into quarantine or isolation is based on positive Vault (or other university-administered or -approved) test results and university contact tracing and cannot be overridden with negative test results. The university does not permit anyone to override the mandatory testing program with other test results. We do not accept rapid response test results because those results have significantly higher  false negative rates. 

No one can test out of isolation or quarantine with a negative test result. It is not allowed by Metro Health regulations or TN Department of Health and CDC guidance. This is because at any point up until the 14th day after the last exposure someone has to a positive individual, they might still develop COVID-19 and become infectious. 

Though the university quickly identifies and quarantines individuals exposed to people who have tested positive, because of the potential for asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic transmission, testing is conducted for those in quarantine. Testing asymptomatic close contacts will be tested based on information from this Johns Hopkins study

Those in quarantine should not leave their quarantine residence for any reason other than for testing at Student Health until the end of their quarantine period 

If a student leaves their quarantine location during their assigned period for any reason other than testing at the Student Health Center or receiving medical assistance (for example, at Vanderbilt’s Student Health Center, Vanderbilt University Medical Center or another medical provider), they are in violation of the university’s quarantine order and will be referred to the Office of Student Accountability, Community Standards, and Academic Integrity. As a reminder, it is possible for individuals to be entirely asymptomatic and yet be infected with the virus and able to infect others.  

OFF-CAMPUS STUDENTS

For students living off campus, we cannot offer isolation space on campus. Public health guidance suggests that we treat students residing together off campus like a family unit; students should isolate in their off-campus residence and handle isolation as a family would. Furthermore, University Public Health Central Command Center officials, in consultation with the Student Health Center, will make medical determinations and direct students to quarantine or isolate at their off-campus residences. When deemed appropriate after medical evaluation, University Public Health Central Command Center officials, in consultation with the Student Health Center, will release students from quarantine or isolation in their off-campus residences.

Temporary Housing Support for Off-Campus Vanderbilt Community Members

For the convenience of the VU community, the university has negotiated special rates with the Holiday Inn Vanderbilt—a Vanderbilt-preferred hotel—for use by members of the VU community who live off campus and due to their personal circumstances want an alternative short-term residence. A valid Vanderbilt ID must be presented at check-in to verify Vanderbilt affiliation, and the faculty member, staff member, postdoc or student will be responsible for all associated costs. If cost is an issue due to personal circumstances, we encourage undergraduate, graduate and professional students to fill out an application for the Student Hardship Fund.

Hotel Property Rate Check In Date Discount Code
Holiday Inn Vanderbilt *A Vanderbilt-preferred hotel
2613 West End Ave, Nashville
Short term booking
(less than 5 days)
• Long term booking
(more than 5 days)
$50 for longer than 5 days
$75 for shorter than 5 days
08/01/2020 - 09/09/2020 INT

 

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Fall 2020

The University Working Group on Schools and Childcare has announced that the new Vanderbilt caregivers online forums launched for VU community members to connect and exchange ideas and resources regarding child care solutions and arrangements beyond Vanderbilt’s campus.

There are several forums available including:

  • General Caregivers Forum
  • Metro Nashville Schools
  • Cheatham and Dickson County Schools
  • Robertson County Schools
  • Rutherford County Schools
  • Sumner County Schools
  • Williamson and Dickson County Schools
  • Wilson County Schools
  • Private Schools

Educational and online school-related topics also may be discussed in the forums. The site also has links to family life resources from the Vanderbilt Child and Family Center and free at-home learning resources from Metro Nashville.

The online forums are available at http://vu.edu/caregiver-forum.

On July 9, officials from Metro Nashville Public Schools announced their academic year will begin remotely for all MNPS students on Aug. 4, and Williamson County Schools shared their plans to allow families to choose on-campus or remote instruction for their students for the start of the school year. We will continue to closely monitor for announcements from other area school districts and K-12 schools.

We want you to know that we fully recognize the challenges that this news poses for members of the Vanderbilt community with school-aged children, many of whom already have been balancing work and class schedules with homeschooling and/or child care since early March. These families are a significant part of our community: Our data indicates that more than 1,000 Vanderbilt community members have children under the age of 14, and there are more than 1,800 children in total amongst these families.

In addition, please be sure to consider our many existing resources, including the support for remote work and employee engagement recently announced by Human Resources, along with the HR Guide to Supporting Leaders and Staff, which encourages flexibility with staff work schedules. For staff, as always, we encourage you to talk to your supervisor or your HR consultant if you have any questions about your particular situation. For faculty, we encourage you to reach out to your department chair or dean. For students and postdocs, we encourage you to talk with your mentor and dean’s office.

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Fall 2020 - Academics

Details regarding the academic calendars for individual graduate and professional schools—some of which are further tailored to programs’ unique curriculums—are available on the Office of the University Registrar website.

  • Orientation events for most programs will occur remotely prior to the start of classes. See school-specific info below for detailed information. 
  • The academic calendar for graduate Ph.D. programs will align with the undergraduate calendar. The calendar has these notable changes from previous years:
    • Classes will start on August 24 (two days earlier than planned).
    • In-person classes will end before Thanksgiving break, and remaining course content will be delivered via alternative platforms.
    • Breaks are eliminated to reduce travel and minimize risk of increased exposure to COVID-19.
    • Many professional degree programs will have these same or similar modifications but may vary based on the unique nature of each program (see school and college websites for these specifics).

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In-person, on-campus undergraduate classes will begin on Monday, August 24, and will conclude on Friday, November 20. All undergraduate students will complete the final week of classes and then take final exams remotely through virtual and alternative platforms, with the semester concluding on Sunday, December 13.

There will be no fall break this year. In addition, we ask that students stay in the Nashville area and not travel away from campus for weekend trips through the end of in-person classes on Friday, November 20. Read more on travel here.

Undergraduate residential students who are able to do so will leave campus for the Thanksgiving holiday and will not return to campus until the start of the spring semester. We are adopting this plan based on current public health guidance regarding risks associated with coming and going to and from campus, and models suggesting a potential resurgence of COVID-19 cases with the onset of influenza season.

Fall 2020

Aug 24, Mon First day of classes for undergraduate schools
Nov 20, Fri End of in-person classes
Nov 21-Nov 29, Sat-Sun Thanksgiving holidays in most schools
Nov 30, Mon Transition to remote instruction
Dec 4, Fri Undergraduate classes end
Dec 5-13, Sat-Sun Remote for exams and reading days

*Calendars are subject to change.

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The evolving COVID-19 pandemic requires that widespread and layered mitigation strategies be employed to lessen the probability of COVID-19 transmission. Vanderbilt will be employing a cohesive collection of comprehensive efforts that, combined, offers a best-in-class solution for the creation of a healthy, equitable and safe environment within classrooms.

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These protocols were established based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, leading subject matter experts across our campus, and a range of faculty leaders including John McLean, co-chair of the University Continuity Working Group and Stevenson Professor of Chemistry, as well as the co-chairs of the University Working Group educational continuity subcommittee: André Christie-Mizell, dean of undergraduate education in the College of Arts and Science, and Mavis Schorn, senior associate dean for academics in the School of Nursing. Many of the resulting protocols apply to classrooms across the entire university.

Scientific reasoning for the face mask and face shield requirement with data embedded can be found here>>

FULL CLASSROOM PROTOCOLS

Requirements

  • Students must wear appropriate face mask/covering while in public spaces on campus, including during class. One (1) face mask/covering will be provided to students.
  • Faculty must wear appropriate face mask/covering while in public spaces on campus and must wear a face mask/covering or face shield during class. Face shields are offered to faculty because 1) instructors may be required to project loudly and may not have access to amplification in all classrooms and 2) there may be students with hearing impairments who rely on being able to see the instructor’s face when speaking. One (1) face shield and one (1) face mask/covering will be provided to faculty.
  • Students and faculty must be appropriately physically distanced in the classroom consistent with the university requirement of six feet of separation.
  • Students will be supplied with sanitizing wipes to take to their desks/seats to clean before class (similar to what one would do with gym equipment, but before instead of after use). Ideally, these materials will be located in areas that do not congest entry or exit from the classroom.
  • At or near the instructor’s location there will be sanitizing wipes for faculty use. At the exit of each classroom, there will be trash cans for students to dispose of used sanitizing wipes, and these trash cans will be emptied throughout the day.
  • Each classroom door will have signage indicating suggested maximum capacity to achieve physical distancing.
  • Students are not permitted to eat or drink in classrooms while class is in session.
  • For classrooms where there is more than one door, there will be a circulation plan and ingress/egress clearly marked.
  • When required by hazardous material safety requirements, students must wear gloves in teaching labs. Otherwise, gloves are optional.
  • For instructors teaching in classrooms with an existing wireless mic set-up to amplify the speaker’s voice in the classroom, the university will provide a personal lapel microphone attachment to use with the wireless transmitter in order to avoid sharing of the microphone.

Recommendations

  • Clear mobile boards should be available for use in the front of the classroom between faculty and students (i.e., around whiteboards, chalkboards, and podiums).
  • Attempt to create as large a buffer zone as possible, but no less than 6 feet, between the instructor and students. This buffer zone, otherwise marked as the instructor’s position, is intended to be a “no enter” zone for students. This distance may also be reinforced through use of the clear mobile boards.
  • An appropriate number of seats will be made available within classrooms to accommodate six feet of physical distancing (as measured from the center of each seat). Chairs that will be unavailable for use will either be removed or, if remaining within the classroom, will be marked with an appropriate and consistent chair strap applied to them to signify they are not to be used. Chairs should not be moved to reduce six-foot spacing.
  • Instructors may choose to assign seats and/or create specific circulation rules and inform students as clearly as possible, such as the first students to arrive should go to the farthest seat down a row and then would be the last student to depart.
  • Instructors are encouraged to take attendance.
  • Instructors may choose to use an omnidirectional boundary microphone that connects to their laptop for purposes of boosting the audio on the laptop for students connecting remotely.

NOTIFICATIONS

All positive cases and close contacts are tracked by the Command Center. The Command Center is responsible for contact tracing and determining additional cleanings and protocols to implement.

If someone reports to a faculty or staff member that they are positive or a close contact, the faculty or staff member should tell them to stay in their residence, ask if they are working with Student or Occupational Health and if not, tell them to immediately log their positive result or close contact status with the Command Center on the webform. The Command Center will then launch all next steps, including the contact tracing, quarantine, symptom monitoring and any needed testing. Faculty and staff should not send out notifications to other faculty members, staff or students as the Command Center will handle all notifications.

If a positive case is enrolled in their in-person course, instructors are notified; however, the student will not be identified. Instructors will not need to take any further action unless directed to do so by the Command Center. Only those deemed close contacts through contact tracing will be notified. All students in quarantine (close contacts) or isolation (positive cases) will not attend in-person classes.

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Financial Aid

  • Financial aid awards for undergraduate students will be ready by July 6. The financial aid award will reflect the student’s desire to take classes remotely or on campus.

OPPORTUNITY VANDERBILT STUDENTS

We have specifically received questions from Opportunity Vanderbilt students about receiving financial aid for living expenses during the last two weeks of the semester. We will provide $310 for food and housing costs for the last two weeks of remote instruction for the fall semester. These funds will disburse to your student account on November 9.

OFF-CAMPUS STUDENTS

We have received questions from students living off campus about credit balances for rent and other expenses. Information regarding the refund process is available on the Office of Student Accounts website. We encourage you to follow the instructions to setup direct deposit through the YES system to receive your refund electronically. 

Student Accounts 

  • The payment deadline for fall 2020 charges is August 31, 2020.
  • Late payment penalties, such as late fees and registration and academic record holds, may be applied to unpaid balances at any time after the due date.
  • Tuition will remain the same for both remote and on-campus course work. There will be no discounted tuition rate provided for students who cannot be on campus regardless of the reason.
  • The Student Services Fee is a mandatory fee and may not be waived via student petition.
  • If a student withdraws during the term, tuition will be adjusted/prorated based on the approved Student Account Withdrawal Schedules located on the Student Accounts website:
  • We will begin processing undergraduate financial aid on Tuesday, September 8, 2020.
  • Vanderbilt currently partners with AWG Dewar to offer a tuition insurance program for students who experience a serious illness or accident and have to leave school for medical reasons before the semester is completed. View detailed information for the tuition insurance plan.

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

This includes if a student leaves for personal or disciplinary reasons after being on campus, or if the university has to shift to online-only instruction. If the university has to shift to online-only instruction, we hope to be able to allow students to remain in on-campus housing; however, the university reserves the right to require students to vacate campus housing if necessary, including to comply with any applicable government order.

Contingency planning for whether students residing on campus might remain on campus if any possible shift to online-only instruction might occur is ongoing.

We know students had many difficult financial and personal decisions to make for the fall semester. To assist with these decisions, we have given students the option to study remotely if it is a better fit for them during this time. We have also allowed upper-division students to choose off-campus housing instead of living in the university’s residential facilities.

COST OF ATTENDANCE

Our estimated cost of attendance for on-campus, off-campus and with parents is available here.

We expect normal increases in the cost of attendance each year. If you are studying remotely, which has a lower cost of attendance, this will be increased if you move on-campus or are living off-campus (not with parents).

OFF-CAMPUS STUDENTS

The cost of living on campus is part of the normal cost of attendance used in determining eligibility for financial aid. That amount does not change for students who are living off-campus (not with parents). Students who are living off-campus will need to complete a form attesting that you are not living with parent(s). Falsifying the form will be considered a student conduct issue that could lead to suspension or expulsion. 

REMOTE STUDENTS

The cost of attendance for those students studying remotely is less than for those studying on-campus, reflecting lower housing and meal costs than those incurred for living on campus. However, your eligibility for need-based assistance is based upon the following formula: Cost of Attendance minus Expected Family Contribution = Demonstrated Need

What your family is expected to pay does not change based upon which method of learning you will choose.

QUESTIONS

  • In what situation can a student appeal their financial aid package?

The Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships has provided Information regarding the appeal process, including examples of circumstances that can be reviewed.

  • Will students studying remotely be expected to pay the same tuition? What, if any costs, will be adjusted?

The tuition amount charged will be the same for students without regard to the method of instruction that is selected.

The Student Services Fee will be charged to students 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 Experience 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. Housing and Dining will not be charged to a student opting for remote only learning through the Remote Study Selection application in YES. 

  • Will students studying remotely receive equitable aid packages to the one they would have received if they were not remote? Will they receive a refund for food and housing if their need-based aid would have previously covered these?

The cost of attendance for those students studying remotely is less than for those studying on-campus, reflecting lower housing and meal costs than those incurred for living on campus. However, your eligibility for need-based assistance is based upon the following formula: Cost of Attendance minus Expected Family Contribution = Demonstrated Need

What your family is expected to pay does not change based upon which method of learning you will choose. Once a student’s financial aid covers their direct charges to Vanderbilt, any funds remaining are available to the student in the form of a refund.

  • How can a student request aid for Wi-Fi or a laptop if they do not have one in the fall?

Contact your financial aid officer at: finaid@vanderbilt.edu.

  • Can a student appeal if their family income has changed recently (due to Covid-19, becoming unemployed etc..) but is not reflected in their 2018 or 2019 tax statements? What information must they present to be considered?

Families may appeal if there has been a significant change in employment. Information regarding the appeal process can be found at: https://www.vanderbilt.edu/financialaid/docs/requestrecon.pdf.

  • Does living off campus affect the total financial aid package given to a student? Will they still receive a grant for dining and housing if they would have previously in their financial aid package?

The cost of living on campus is part of the normal cost of attendance used in determining eligibility for financial aid. That amount does not change for students who are living off-campus (not with parents). Students who are living off-campus will need to complete a form attesting that you are not living with parent(s). Falsifying the form will be considered a student conduct issue that could lead to suspension or expulsion. 

  • How do students living off campus receive the refund? When will it be distributed?

Information regarding the refund process is available on the Office of Student Accounts website. We encourage students to follow the instructions to setup direct deposit through the YES system to receive any refund electronically. 

  • What resources are available to international students who are struggling financially that will be studying remotely in the Fall?

During this time of uncertainty,Vanderbilt is committed to supporting the overall health and well-being of the entire campus community, through resources that offer support, stress management and enhanced resilience across all demographics. Vanderbilt recognizes that COVID-19 has magnified disparities in a number of areas (e.g., housing, technology, finances, access) among and between various populations of students, which compounds the negative effects on well-being.

We are enhancing support for our students’ health and well-being by enhancing Student Health’s ability to best serve the student population through collaboration with the Nurse Faculty Practice Division in the School of Nursing. We also are providing new telehealth options, additional programming and more through theStudent Care Network, a holistic network of wellness services and resources available toall Vanderbilt students.

  • Will international students be expected to pay for health insurance?

Information regarding health insurance can be found on the Student Care Network website.

  • With the increase in travel (especially for students in Level 4 countries who need to quarantine in a third country), will students be able to request more aid in their indirect travel aid?

International students receiving need-based assistance from Vanderbilt who are required to quarantine in a third country can request additional assistance by emailing finaid@vanderbilt.edu.

  • Will refunds be any different if given to an international student who is studying remotely abroad at the time? Will foreign exchange rates affect the refund?

Students who have established direct deposit with the Office of Student Accounts will receive their funds via direct deposit. All other students will receive a physical check mailed to their home address. Foreign exchange rates will not impact the amount of refund.

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International Undergraduate Students

Undergraduates who cannot be on campus due to personal circumstances or visa and travel restrictions must notify Vanderbilt University if they need or prefer solely remote classes. 

If an undergraduate international student who selects remote study because they do not have a valid visa for study in the United States is able to obtain a valid visa for study before the start of the fall semester, they can contact the Office of the University Registrar to request a change of status to on-campus study. Likewise, if an undergraduate international student who selects remote study because they do not think they will be able to travel to the United States before the start of the fall semester later determines that travel will be possible, they can contact the Office of the University Registrar to request a change of status to on-campus study. Students for whom a change to on-campus study is approved will be placed on a waitlist for on-campus housing, if necessary.

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

Please note that students will be expected to participate in classes that are taught synchronously in Nashville’s Central Time Zone.

International Graduate and Professional Students

Similar to undergraduates, graduate and professional students will have opportunities to access remote-only courses. Specific details will come from your program directly. Should your travel situation change at any time, you should contact your department chair (or program point of contact) about switching from remote-only to in-person status.

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LIBRARIES

Vanderbilt’s Libraries are reopening with card access for the VU community only. The Libraries are following University protocols to enhance safety and promote physical distancing, while delivering excellent services and resources for learning and research. Remote resources and services have been expanded over the course of the last few months as most of the Libraries services will remain remote.

Researchers often need access to original, primary source materials. So far, the library has been able to provide e-texts or scans for 83.2 percent of all requests. The university has invested resources to increase accessibility, and library staff have scanned thousands of items, so that many items that were unavailable previously are now available digitally.

Some library spaces are being used as classrooms, while others are open for individual study—check the Libraries’ webpage for current opening hours.

On the website you will also find tips for using the libraries in “What to Know Before You Visit” and see more information about new services and resources in “Frequently Asked Questions.” Staffing on site has been de-densified, but librarians are fully available via live chat, zoom, email, phone or text. When in doubt, please reach out to our librarians.

The libraries homepage will continue to offer the latest updates to library hours, resources and services.

Learn more about remote teaching, learning and research support available through the Vanderbilt Libraries.

STUDY ROOMS AND OTHER RESOURCES

Central, Science & Engineering and Peabody libraries will be open for undergraduate students living off-campus to use to take their online courses if they need a place on campus. VUID card access is required to enter these buildings. Headphones or earphones will be required when utilizing these spaces. The buildings will open on Aug. 24 and the hours will be:

  • Central, Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and weekends from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Peabody, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Science & Engineering, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If more spaces are needed for off-campus student support, updates to students and faculty will be provided through this Return to Campus Update.

In addition, study rooms are available across campus in buildings that include, but are not limited to, libraries. Designated buildings and specific rooms available for study are listed in the searchable chart below and include the room’s capacity. Each room is specifically set up to maintain appropriate physical distance, and students should follow all campus protocols, including wearing a face mask/covering, while using these spaces. Be mindful of following all posted signage, including circulation patterns, and be prepared to change plans in the event a space is at capacity when you arrive.

Building and Room No. Capacity
Alumni Hall 202 21
Alumni  Hall 206 17
Central & Divinity Libraries 210 4
Central & Divinity Libraries 211 18
Central & Divinity Libraries 217 18
Central & Divinity Libraries 222 40
Central & Divinity Libraries 405 6
Central & Divinity Libraries 408 45
Central & Divinity Libraries 418 76
Central & Divinity Libraries 500FA 1
Central & Divinity Libraries 500FR 1
Central & Divinity Libraries 501 6
Central & Divinity Libraries 503 6
Central & Divinity Libraries 600FA 1
Central & Divinity Libraries 600FR 1
Central & Divinity Libraries 602 6
Central & Divinity Libraries 605 16
Central & Divinity Libraries 612 76
Central & Divinity Libraries 612A 16
Central & Divinity Libraries 612C 6
Central & Divinity Libraries 614 12
Central & Divinity Libraries 700FA 1
Central & Divinity Libraries 700FR 4
Central & Divinity Libraries 701 6
Central & Divinity Libraries 703 6
Central & Divinity Libraries 800BE 55
Central & Divinity Libraries 800FA 8
Central & Divinity Libraries 803 12
Peabody Library 003 6
Peabody Library 004 2
Peabody Library 008 36
Peabody Library 009 2
Peabody Library 010 2
Peabody Library 011 1
Peabody Library 013 1
Peabody Library 014 2
Peabody Library 108 4
Peabody Library 120 32
Peabody Library 202 6
Peabody Library 204 76
Peabody Library 302 4
Peabody Library 304 15
Peabody Library 305 6
Sarratt Student Center 112 6
Sarratt Student Center 115 15
Sarratt Student Center 189 14
Sarratt Student Center 220 22
Sarratt Student Center 361 6
Sarratt Student Center 363 6
Stevenson 3 (Library) 205 140
Stevenson 3 (Library) 206 30
Stevenson 3 (Library) 211 17
Stevenson 3 (Library) 212 3
Stevenson 3 (Library) 238 9
Sony Building A1076 35

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During these difficult circumstances, the health, safety and emotional well-being of the Vanderbilt community is at the center of our concerns. Please know that we are here for you, and, 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.

Supporting our students is our utmost priority, and the university is committed to providing options and alternatives that allow all of our students access to a world-renowned education, regardless of the instruction mode. All undergraduate students whether new, existing or transfer, are expected to return to campus in the fall. For those unable to attend in-person (for example, due to autoimmune disease, visa or travel restrictions), arrangements will be made for alternative instruction.

Undergraduates who cannot be on campus due to personal circumstances must notify Vanderbilt University if they need or prefer solely remote classes.

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

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College of Arts and Sciences Return to Campus webpage

Classes

Instruction will take place as a hybrid of online and in-person courses and is largely dependent on classroom constraints and faculty accommodations.

Professional remote-only request: Students should contact the director of graduate studies in their respective departments.

Orientation

Orientation will be provided through the Graduate School. This year the orientation will take place in advance of the semester’s starting and will be online.

Contact

Questions can be directed to department chairs or program directors or Director of Graduate Studies David Wright.

 

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School of Medicine Return to Campus webpage

Classes

The IGP and QCB will begin earlier than other graduate programs. Orientation will occur in person on Aug 17 and classes will begin on Aug 20. Until Nov 20, instruction for the IGP and QCB will be in person. Then, the IGP and QCB fall semester courses will move to a virtual format.

All other classes for PhD students in the SOM will be a hybrid of in-person and virtual. The locations are still being planned.

Professional remote-only requests: The policy is being developed in collaboration with the graduate school and will be handled by the Biomedical Research Education and Training (BRET) Office in School of Medicine Basic Sciences.

Orientation

Planning is underway but will likely consist of a mix of in-person, distance, and some in-classroom.

Contact

Questions can be directed to the Biomedical Research Education and Training (BRET) office.

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Divinity School Return to Campus webpage

CLASSES

VDS will deliver classes either by online or by the hy-flex model (whereby the instructor of record will be in a classroom delivering in-person instruction with each session being broadcast simultaneously via Zoom). Students who wish to request to have their classes online, because of pre-existing medical condition(s) or fall into any of the high risk categories, travel restrictions, or needing to isolate or quarantine if exposed to or contract the coronavirus during the semester, will be given an opportunity to state this preference in YES. The application for the Divinity School will be launched after June 26. Please be in touch with Dean Judge (victor.judge@vanderbilt.edu) after that time. The Divinity School will continue to follow the calendar for Arts and Science. 

ORIENTATION

New student orientation will take place virtually, Aug. 19-21, with advising taking place from Aug. 17-20. Registration begins on Aug. 21. All newly admitted students will receive detailed information directly via email. For more information on orientation, please contact divinity-admissions@vanderbilt.edu.

CONTACT

Any additional questions may be directed to the Office of the Deans via Marie McEntire, Assistant to the Deans. Email: marie.mcentire@Vanderbilt.Edu

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Law School Return to Campus webpage

Classes

The vast majority of classes will be offered in person, though each in-person class will also include an online section for students who wish to take a class remotely.

Professional remote-only request: Contact Dean Chris Meyers at chris.meyers@vanderbilt.edu.

Orientation

Orientation will be delivered remotely and will include synchronous and asynchronous content, including our Life of the Law course.

Contact

For more information, visit the law school-specific Return to Campus page. Questions can be directed to Dean Chris Meyers at chris.meyers@vanderbilt.edu.

 

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Owen Graduate School of Management Return to Campus webpage

Classes

Instruction will be both remote and in-person. In-person courses will have options for delivery via virtual platforms for students who are unable to be in the classroom.

Orientation

Orientation will be largely remote; the team is planning a few opportunities for small, physically distant activities.

Contact

Questions can be directed to the Office of the Dean at owen.officeofthedean@vanderbilt.edu or individual program directors.

 

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Peabody College Return to Campus webpage

Classes

Courses will be a hybrid of online and in-person courses and other approaches. All courses will have options for delivery through virtual and alternative platforms to provide for students who cannot return to campus because of travel restrictions.

The Peabody dean’s office will contact professional students on June 22 with details on how students may apply to study remotely, should circumstances require them to do so. We ask all professional students who wish to request this option to communicate with us by July 1.

Orientation

Prior to the start of classes, new graduate and professional students will take part in online orientation. Additional information about orientation will be forthcoming from the Peabody dean’s office.

Contact

Contact the Peabody Office of Academic Services with registration questions. For other questions, professional students should contact Associate Dean Catherine Gavin Loss, and graduate students should contact Associate Dean Jeannette Mancilla-Martinez.

 

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School of Engineering Return to Campus webpage

Classes

Classes will take place as a hybrid of online and in-person courses.

Orientation

All orientation will be provided through the Graduate School. This year the orientation will take place in advance of the semester’s starting and will be online. individual schools will have supplemental orientations.

Contact

Questions should be directed to Duco Jansen, Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Faculty Affairs.

 

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School of Medicine Return to Campus webapge

Classes

Predominately in-person, with the exception of MSCI and MPH, which will be remote with in-person  research and experiential components, and MSACI, which is a remote program traditionally.

Orientation

Combination of in-person and online. See the SOM website for details.

Contact

Questions should be directed to Donna Rosenstiel, Assistant Dean for Health Sciences Education (donna.rosenstiel@vanderbilt.edu) or to program directors.

 

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School of Nursing Return to Campus webpage

Classes

Combination of in-person and online. Please see the School of Nursing website for specifics related to each program.

In the academic programs for advanced nursing practice (M.S.N., Post-Master’s Certificate, and B.S.N.-to-D.N.P.), clinical experiential learning is required to meet accreditation standards. Therefore, students must be present on campus for certain components of the clinical learning sessions and must participate in direct patient care in a clinical setting. There is no option for remote-only instruction.

If students need accommodation for health purposes, they must register with Student Access Services.

Orientation

All orientation will be conducted virtually. There will be several prerecorded modules that students can access online at their convenience. Other sessions will be conducted via video conferencing to encourage student participation. Students will be required to have completed orientation by the start of their classes.

Contact

Visit the Admitted and Current Students sections of the School of Nursing website for more specific information. For questions not addressed online, contact Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Sarah Ramsey, (615) 343-3334.

 

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Dates have not been confirmed for the spring semester. A working group is being assembled to make those plans now, now that we have our fall plan. As soon as the information is available, we will share it with you.

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Our framework for holding in-person classes on campus this fall is supported by several components, including the continued need for physical distancing, the need to continue pursuing virtual and alternative teaching methods (even in the event of in-person classes) for all classes and the understanding that many curricular decisions will need to be made on a local level, taking into account the unique standards and expectations across our different schools and colleges.

We must continue to plan for a hybrid teaching model that includes a combination of in-person, virtual and alternative learning methods. This approach accommodates members of our community—including both faculty and students—who will not be able to return to campus because of travel and visa restrictions as well as health concerns and other personal concerns.

Decisions and discussions regarding courses that will fully need to be taught using virtual and alternative platforms should be made in your colleges and schools. Adaptive learning could include implementing a variety of techniques from postings of lecture recordings to leveraging on-campus recording spaces for asynchronous instructional videos. To support faculty, we have increased resources including enhancing and expanding classroom IT, CFT resources. Soon faculty will have access to instructional design experts through iDesign (coming soon). More information can be found on our adaptive learning webpage.

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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.

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

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 registrar@vanderbilt.edu 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.

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Though we are returning to on-campus, in-person classes, these classes will look and operate differently from the way they have in the past because of the need for physical distancing, current classroom space, and accommodation for those who cannot come to campus. Each student’s individual curriculum selections may include some evening and weekend classes, a hybrid of virtual/alternative and in-person learning, and other approaches.

To accommodate reduced class capacity and physical distancing measures, many class schedules and timelines will be adjusted.

Incoming first year students and transfer students should have continued to register for fall classes through June 26 using the current fall schedule. This helped capture class demand and inform schedule revisions.

UPDATE AS OF JULY 8: We are currently in the period when the Fall 2020 schedule of classes is being adjusted. Revisions are being made to the fall academic schedule to facilitate the return to campus plan. During this schedule adjustment period, you may see changes in YES to the schedule of classes and your schedule (if you are already registered for the fall semester). As mentioned on the Return to Campus website, each student’s fall schedule may include a hybrid of virtual/alternative and in-person learning, and other approaches. Students will receive notification when the changes to the fall schedule of classes are finalized in late July.

Continuing and incoming undergraduate students will be given the opportunity to make adjustments to their fall schedule. More information about that process is available here: https://registrar.vanderbilt.edu/registration/registration-info.php#ScheduleAdjustment.

Later in July, a revised undergraduate fall schedule will be published in YES. Students will be given a registration window and will have the opportunity to review the new schedule options in advance of their registration window.

Open enrollment for undergraduate students will occur from August 10 to August 31.

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Fall 2020 - Campus Life and Housing

We are excited to welcome you to campus this fall and are eagerly planning for your arrival. While we wish that your arrival on campus would look like our traditional move-in weekend, your health, and that of your family, your friends, and the Vanderbilt community are our highest priority.

We are committed to supporting you during this important time of transition to college. In the coming weeks, we will continue to communicate with you regarding important details and processes related to move-in.

The move-in process has been developed in close consultation with health experts at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and our School of Nursing, as well as national, state and local public health officials. The success of this approach will require a joint effort from every member of our community as we work together as One Vanderbilt.

The key features of this year’s move-in process are:

  • Move-in for first-year students will take place during the period August 17–22 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., in one-hour increments.
  • You must schedule a move-in appointment for a specific date and hour during the move-in period; you will have one hour in which to move-in the belongings you bring to campus.
  • You may have only one (1) assistant enter your residence hall when moving in; the assistant may be a family member, a friend, or a hired helper. This assistant cannot be “swapped out” mid move-in; it must be the same person the entire time.
  • When you arrive on campus for your scheduled move-in appointments, you (and your move-in assistant if you have one) will be screened for body temperature and COVID‑19 symptoms before being allowed to move in.
  • Your assistant will be allowed in your residence hall only on the day you move in.
  • You and your assistant will be expected to wear face masks/coverings and to maintain proper social distancing at all times while on campus and in your residence hall (students are not required to wear a face mask/covering while inside their own rooms).
  • We strongly encourage you to bring as few personal belongings as possible for the fall semester. Keep in mind that on-campus classes end November 20 and that you will need to pack all your belongings before you leave campus so that they can be moved to your spring housing assignment. Please do not bring any furniture.

Your Housing Assignment

Your fall semester room assignment will be final and requests to change room assignments will not be considered. Your housing assignment for the spring semester will be announced at a later time.

STEP 1: ARRIVE AT SYMPTOM SCREENING LOCATION

Maintaining adequate social distancing is a key feature of this year’s move-in process. The process ensures adequate social distancing by regulating the number of students moving in simultaneously. If a date/time you wanted is not available, it is because all of the available appointments for that date/time have already been taken. You will need to select an appointment from the times still available.

All students scheduled to move into campus housing must have a negative result from their pre-arrival test or complete a pre-arrival testing waiver request if the student has been COVID-19-positive (confirmed with a PCR test) in the past three months.

Upon arriving to campus, students and accompanying family members will report first to one of five symptom screening locations, assigned according to the residence that the student is moving into.

  1. The Parking Lot 129 screening location is for all residents of The Ingram Commons Houses.
  2. The Studio Arts/Parking Lot 16 screening location is for Branscomb Quad residents, Carmichael Towers East residents and Alumni Lawn residents, except for Bronson College residents, who will use Parking Lot 298A.
  3. The Parking Lot 18 at Olin Hall screening location is for Highland Quad residents.
  4. The Parking Lot 298A at Blakemore House screening location is for residents of Bronson College, Zeppos College and the Greek houses.
  5. The Kirkland Esplanade screening location is for residents of Warren and Moore colleges.

CAMPUS MAPS

*Select your residence hall to view route maps.

Carmichael Towers 1
Carmichael Towers 2
Cole Hall
Crawford House
E. Bronson Ingram College
East House
Gillette House
Greek Houses
Hank Ingram House
Lewis House
Lupton House
Mayfield Place
McGill Hall
McTyeire Hall
Memorial House
Moore College
Morgan House
Murray House
Nicholas S. Zeppos College
North House
Scales House
Stambaugh House
Stapleton House
Sutherland House
Tolman Hall
Vaughn House
Warren College
West House

After completing symptom screening, students will be directed for key/Commodore Card (first-year students only) pick-up, and unloading.

Key Pick-Up Locations:

  • Morgan, Lewis and Mayfield: Lewis Front Desk
  • Bronson Ingram College and McGill: E. Bronson Ingram Front Desk
  • Nicholas S. Zeppos College: Zeppos Front Desk
  • Branscomb (Lupton, Scales, Stapleton, Vaughn): Branscomb Front Desk
  • Towers 1 and 2: Towers Front Desk
  • Cole, Tolman and McTyeire: Old Beta House (Located on the corner of 24th South and Vanderbilt Place)
  • Warren and Moore Colleges: Kissam Center Front Desk
  • Ingram Commons Houses: Distributed at symptom screening

STEP 2: MOVING IN

  • Both parents are welcome to come bring the student to campus, but in order to reduce the risk of infection by lowering the density in our residential spaces, only one person may enter the buildingIn an effort to keep density in the buildings low and reduce potential spread of COVID-19, we only have a restriction on who/how many people can go into the buildings. Students and their assistant will be screened (symptom and temperature checks) before entering the residence hall and we do not have the capacity to screen additional people in a timely manner.
  • OHARE will have disinfecting wipes for your use to disinfect moving carts. It is your responsibility to disinfect the cart before and after each use.
  • OHARE staff will not be available to help move in items as we try to keep density low in residential spaces; however, staff will be on hand outside to answer questions
  • The one-hour limit for move-in does not include your time picking up items from campus storage. The move-in assistant will be able to assist the student throughout their scheduled move-in day, not just their one hour move in block. The one-hour limit is simply to unload the car and move the car for the next round of students moving in. After the car is moved, the assistant may help student set up room until the end of the day.

LATE ARRIVALS

First-year Student Late Arrivals: If you experience travel delays, and arrive to campus after 5 p.m. (Monday, Aug. 17 through Wednesday, Aug. 19) or 8 p.m. (Thursday, Aug. 20 through Saturday, Aug. 22), please report directly to the Branscomb lobby front desk. You and your move-in assistant will be symptom screened at Branscomb, and then directed to your designated areas for key pick-up and move-in. Any first-year student arriving on or after Aug. 23 should report to the Branscomb lobby front desk.

SHIPPING ITEMS

As a reminder, for those planning to ship items to campus for move-in, please ship only essential items and make sure packages are insured for the value of the contents. More information can be found on the Mail Services website.

First-year students will pick up their packages in one of three locations according to their residence:

  • The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons: Students residing on The Ingram Commons will pick up their packages at The Commons Center dining room.
  • Carmichael Towers East: Students residing in Carmichael Towers East will pick up their packages on the lower level of the building.
  • Branscomb: Students residing in Branscomb will pick up their packages at the Student Life Center garage located adjacent to Branscomb.

Once move-in is concluded, all packages will be available for pick-up at the Station B Post Office in Rand Hall.

MIDYEAR MOVE FOR FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS

Students will be provided packing supplies near the end of the fall semester. They will pack their items and label their boxes. Over the winter break, Vanderbilt will move students’ belongings to their new assignment. Students will be clustered together and moved in groups so that upon their move to their spring assignment, they will continue to live near students they lived near in the fall.

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The move-in process for the fall semester this year will be different than in previous years. Your health, and that of your family, your friends, and the Vanderbilt community are our highest priority. The move-in process, therefore, has been developed in close consultation with health experts at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and our School of Nursing, as well as national, state and local public health officials. The success of this approach will require a joint effort from every member of our community as we work together as One Vanderbilt.

The key features of this year’s move-in process are:

  • Move-in for upper-division students will take place during the period August 17–23 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., in one-hour increments.
  • You must schedule a move-in appointment for a specific date and hour during the move-in period; you will have one hour in which to move-in the belongings you bring to campus.
  • You may have only one (1) assistant enter your residence hall when moving in; the assistant may be a family member, a friend, or a hired helper. This assistant cannot be “swapped out” mid move-in; it must be the same person the entire time.
  • When you arrive on campus for your scheduled move-in appointment, you (and your move-in assistant if you have one) will be screened for body temperature and COVID‑19 symptoms before being allowed to move in.
  • Your assistant will be allowed in your residence hall only on the day you move in.
  • You and your assistant will be expected to wear face masks/coverings and to maintain proper social distancing at all times while on campus and in your residence hall (students are not required to wear a cloth face mask/covering while inside their own rooms).
  • We strongly encourage you to bring as few personal belongings as possible for the fall semester, keeping in mind that on-campus classes end November 20. Please do not bring any furniture!

HOUSING ASSIGNMENT

Unassigned continuing upper-division students will continue to receive room assignments through early August as we complete the housing assignment process.

STEP 1: ARRIVE AT SYMPTOM SCREENING LOCATION

Maintaining adequate social distancing is a key feature of this year’s move-in process. The process ensures adequate social distancing by regulating the number of students moving in simultaneously. If a date/time you wanted is not available, it is because all of the available appointments for that date/time have already been taken. You will need to select an appointment from the times still available.

All students scheduled to move into campus housing must have a negative result from their pre-arrival test or complete a pre-arrival testing waiver request if the student has been COVID-19-positive (confirmed with a PCR test) in the past three months.

Upon arriving to campus, students and accompanying family members will report first to one of five symptom screening locations, assigned according to the residence that the student is moving into.

  1. The Studio Arts/Parking Lot 16 screening location is for Branscomb Quad residents, Carmichael Towers East residents and Alumni Lawn residents, except for Bronson College residents, who will use Parking Lot 298A.
  2. The Parking Lot 18 at Olin Hall screening location is for Highland Quad residents.
  3. The Parking Lot 298A at Blakemore House screening location is for residents of Bronson College, Zeppos College and the Greek houses.
  4. The Kirkland Esplanade screening location is for residents of Warren and Moore colleges.

CAMPUS MAPS

*Select your residence hall to view route maps.

Carmichael Towers 1
Carmichael Towers 2
Cole Hall
Crawford House
E. Bronson Ingram College
East House
Gillette House
Greek Houses
Hank Ingram House
Lewis House
Lupton House
Mayfield Place
McGill Hall
McTyeire Hall
Memorial House
Moore College
Morgan House
Murray House
Nicholas S. Zeppos College
North House
Scales House
Stambaugh House
Stapleton House
Sutherland House
Tolman Hall
Vaughn House
Warren College
West House

After completing symptom screening, students will be directed for key/Commodore Card (first-year students only) pick-up, and unloading.

Key Pick-Up Locations:

  • Morgan, Lewis and Mayfield: Lewis Front Desk
  • Bronson Ingram College and McGill: E. Bronson Ingram Front Desk
  • Nicholas S. Zeppos College: Zeppos Front Desk
  • Branscomb (Lupton, Scales, Stapleton, Vaughn): Branscomb Front Desk
  • Towers 1 and 2: Towers Front Desk
  • Cole, Tolman and McTyeire: Old Beta House (Located on the corner of 24th South and Vanderbilt Place)
  • Warren and Moore Colleges: Kissam Center Front Desk
  • Ingram Commons Houses: Distributed at symptom screening

STEP 2: MOVING IN

  • Both parents are welcome to come bring the student to campus, but in order to reduce the risk of infection by lowering the density in our residential spaces, only one person may enter the buildingIn an effort to keep density in the buildings low and reduce potential spread of COVID-19, we only have a restriction on who/how many people can go into the buildings. Students and their assistant will be screened (symptom and temperature checks) before entering the residence hall and we do not have the capacity to screen additional people in a timely manner.
  • OHARE will have disinfecting wipes for your use to disinfect moving carts. It is your responsibility to disinfect the cart before and after each use.
  • OHARE staff will not be available to help move in items as we try to keep density low in residential spaces; however, staff will be on hand outside to answer questions
  • The one-hour limit for move-in does not include your time picking up items from campus storage. The move-in assistant will be able to assist the student throughout their scheduled move-in day, not just their one hour move in block. The one-hour limit is simply to unload the car and move the car for the next round of students moving in. After the car is moved, the assistant may help student set up room until the end of the day.

LATE ARRIVALS

Upper-division Student Late Arrivals: If you experience travel delays, and arrive to campus after 5 p.m. (Monday, Aug. 17 through Wednesday, Aug. 19, and Sunday, Aug. 23) or 8 p.m. (Thursday, Aug. 20 through Saturday, Aug. 22), please report directly to the Branscomb lobby front desk. You and your move-in assistant will be symptom screened at Branscomb, and then directed to your designated areas for key pick-up and move-in.

SHIPPING ITEMS

As a reminder, for those planning to ship items to campus for move-in, please ship only essential items and make sure packages are insured for the value of the contents. More information can be found on the Mail Services website.

Upper-division students will receive an email for each package they receive which will include the pick-up location for the package. Packages will be ready at either the Temporary Package Location (Student Life Center garage) or at Station B Post Office in the basement of Rand Hall.

Once move-in is concluded, all packages will be available for pick-up at the Station B Post Office in Rand Hall.

Retrieving Stored Property

If you have property stored on campus, we will contact you in early August with instructions for retrieving your property.

Thank you for your patience as we continue to prepare for your arrival on campus. In summary, in the coming weeks you will receive the following information:

  • Hall-specific move-in instructions including parking information and maps of access routes to the various residence halls
  • Details on shipping items to campus and how and when you may pick up shipped items
  • Details on how to pick up items that were stored on campus this spring
  • Details for COVID-19 screening processes when you arrive on campus

We look forward to welcoming you back to campus this fall.

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Our plan for Vanderbilt-controlled housing is student focused. Given COVID-19 conditions, this means we will de-densify residential spaces to provide housing that is as safe as possible. We are also identifying isolation and quarantine locations for members of our residential community. 

To meet these goals, we have customized plans for three cohorts of students with different on-campus living needs: first-year students, returning upper-division students, and student-athletes. We are deploying a mix of new approaches, including authorizing more upper-division students to live off campus and securing additional Vanderbilt-controlled housing options near campus.

Public health guidance recommends students reside either in single rooms or in a family-unit model (roommates and suite mates considered a family unit are exempt from physical distancing) with bathroom considerations such as the student-to-fixture ratio and enhanced cleaning schedules.

Some rooms that we are reducing occupancy for will have two sets of furniture. We are not removing the excess furniture. Students should not bring their own furniture.

Details regarding specific housing options and room assignment procedures will be communicated to students prior to the resumption of the housing assignment process, which will begin on July 5, 2020. We anticipate multiple move-in days this fall. Move-in dates will also be announced in July.

FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS

First-year students will be assigned one student per room and will be housed in The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons, Branscomb Quadrangle and Carmichael Towers East using a random assignment process. Requests for specific residence halls will not be considered. All first-year students will be housed in single rooms in order to reduce the density in our residence halls.

First-year students will switch housing assignments at the transition between fall and spring semester, so all first-year students are able to live on The Commons for part of the year. In the fall semester, half of the first-year students will reside on the Ingram Commons and the other half will reside in Branscomb Quadrangle or Carmichael Towers East. In the spring, their assignments will be reversed.

Regardless of where they live in the fall, all first-year students will be assigned a Commons house affiliation and Faculty Head of House. All students will also be supported by Residential Experience Area Coordinators, Graduate Area Coordinators and Resident Advisers.

Additionally, students will be assigned a “virtual roommate” (e.g., a student living on The Commons will be paired with a student living in Branscomb Quadrangle or Carmichael Towers East). Virtual roommates allow students to connect with another person across campus to create a larger sense of community for new students. It also gives them an opportunity to connect with that person before arriving on campus and throughout the first year, as students begin to build their network at Vanderbilt. 

RETURNING UPPER-DIVISION STUDENTS

Returning upper-division students who do not already have a room assignment, and who are seeking on-campus housing, will receive an assignment through the Housing Assignment Process. Pending space availability, students will be assigned as individuals to traditional singles or as groups—per the family unit model—to traditional doubles and apartments.

In response to the need for distancing and reduction of density, the university is lowering the number of occupants in Morgan and Lewis house, allowing family-unit models if students select and acquiring additional VU-controlled properties.

Upper-division residence halls for the 2020-2021 academic year will include Warren and Moore Colleges, Zeppos College, Carmichael Towers I, E. Bronson Ingram College, Cole, Tolman, McGill, McTyeire, Morgan, Lewis and Mayfield.

An updated Guide to the Housing Assignment Process, which details specific housing options and room assignment procedures, is available on the OHARE website.

STUDENT ATHLETES

Student-athletes (first year and upper division) will be housed together in Morgan House and Lewis House on Highland Quad per the family unit model, sharing rooms with teammates and classmates (e.g., first-year students with first-year students and upper-division students with upper-division students). First-year students will also be assigned an Ingram Commons house affiliation.

TRANSFER STUDENTS

Incoming transfer students seeking off-campus housing and roommates can use the Off-Campus Housing Service. We will also provide programming to ensure transfer students are fully connected to and integrated with our community.

QUARANTINE AND ISOLATION

Our plan for Vanderbilt-controlled housing for the 2020–21 academic year is student focused. COVID-19 conditions mean we needed to identify quarantine and isolation locations for our undergraduate residential community and to de-densify residential spaces to provide housing that is as safe as possible. The CDC defines isolation as separating sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick and quarantine as separating and restricting the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick. 

Blakemore House, Chaffin Place, OHARE at the Village at Vanderbilt Townhouses and South Tower and Scarritt Bennett Center (an off-campus property operated by the university and located in close proximity to campus) will be used for campus resident isolation and quarantine space.

University health officials will make medical determinations and assign campus residents to either diagnostic quarantine or COVID-positive isolation to sites specifically designated for these purposes. University health officials will make medical evaluations and release campus residents from quarantine or isolation to return to their campus residence hall room when deemed medically appropriate.

For student living off campus, university health officials will make medical determinations and direct students to quarantine or isolate at their off-campus residences. When deemed appropriate after medical evaluations, university health officials will release students from quarantine or isolation in their off-campus residences.

Student Health will work with all such students to do regular symptom monitoring and will hospitalize anyone who becomes seriously ill.

SUPPORT FOR RESIDENTIAL STUDENTS

We are developing a robust virtual programming/community building model lead by Residential Experience. Resident Advisers will do regular one-on-one communication with residents and provide resources to assist them. All first-year students will spend at least one semester on the Ingram Commons and will be assigned a Faculty Head when they live in either Branscomb or Towers. All first year students will also be assigned a virtual roommate. Additionally, our Student Care Network will be providing support if we receive information that a student is struggling with adjustment to these challenging times.

The university is implementing a number of practices to support the health and wellness of residential students. These practices include enhanced cleaning and sanitization, physical distancing guidelines for commons spaces, the de-densification of residence halls and the development of virtual programming models:

  • In order to maintain lower density in residential spaces, students will only have access to their assigned residential building and floor; students are encouraged to socialize outdoors or in commons areas, while practicing physical distancing.
  • High touch areas like door handles and elevator buttons will be cleaned throughout the day. We are installing foot pulls or arm pulls on many doors within the residential building. Hand sanitizer stations will be posted at all building entrances, exits, and near elevators.
  • Common area bathrooms will be cleaned twice a day. Bathrooms will have a standard cleaning in the morning and a deeper cleaning and sanitization in the evenings.
  • Common area spaces in the residence halls like study spaces and lounges will be open; to encourage physical distancing, we have rearranged furniture in those spaces. Students should follow posted guidelines that will help identify ways to yield to others and outline maximum capacity in various space.
  • Students will be expected to wear face masks in public spaces like hallways and common areas. In residential bathrooms, students should practice physical distancing and follow any additional posted guidelines for use.
  • We are developing a robust virtual programming/community building model lead by Residential Experience. Resident Advisers will do regular one-on-one communication with residents and provide resources to assist them.

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Per the family unit model, students assigned to live in Greek houses will be able to reside together in their current room set-ups.  

Greek residents diagnosed with COVID-19 will be quarantined or isolated using the same procedures and facilities as all other students who live on campus. Blakemore House and Scarritt Bennet have been identified for student quarantine and isolation spaces.

Greek houses will comply with the guidelines applied across campus. Currently, gatherings of 10 or fewer are allowed with physical distancing. As guidelines change, we will work closely with the fraternities and sororities to ensure their events and activities are in compliance with increased capacities for gatherings in later phases.  

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We are following developments in decision making regarding local public schools and childcare facilities closely and will develop contingency plans around different potential outcomes. On Monday, June 8, the State of Tennessee Department of Education issued guidance on reopening schools. On Tuesday, June 9, Metro Nashville Public Schools issued its plan for the upcoming academic year.

In response, we plan to convene a group of faculty and staff to determine how we need to inform our approaches as local school leaders formulate plans for the upcoming school year. This is now one of our top priorities. Vanderbilt Child and Family Center Executive Director Kathleen Seabolt and incoming Faculty Senate vice chair Ben Harris will lead a working group on this topic.

If you have been impacted by the closing of schools and childcare facilities, please share with us your feedback or concerns by completing this form. We welcome engagement from faculty, staff, postdocs and graduate/professional students.

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In order to maintain lower density in residential spaces, students will only have access to their assigned residential building and floor. Students will have access to laundry facilities in their building or a nearby building.

Building access will be limited to only the students assigned to live in that space so students may not have overnight visitors in their room. It is possible that our access regulations may evolve as we move through different phases of the Vanderbilt Return to Campus Plan.

Students are encouraged to socialize outdoors or in commons areas, while practicing physical distancing, with friends who live in other residence halls.

Our residential buildings are open 24/7 and there is no curfew in place for students. Students are encouraged to check the website for the hours of other non-residential buildings on campus.

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Common area spaces in the residence halls like study spaces and lounges will be open. We have rearranged furniture in those spaces so that it is set in accordance with physical distancing guidelines.

Students are expected to abide by physical distancing protocols when in commons spaces. In an effort to assist students with distancing, we have reduced and rearranged furniture in commons spaces. Students should follow posted guidelines that will help identify ways to yield to others and outline maximum capacity in various space. The success of our Return to Campus Plan will hinge on all of us working together to follow posted guidelines and practice healthy behaviors like wearing a mask in public spaces.

Due to challenges with appropriately sanitizing these spaces, shared kitchen spaces in residence halls will be closed. Campus Dining has announced their fall semester plans.

In residential bathrooms, students should practice physical distancing and follow any additional posted guidelines for use. Common area bathrooms will be cleaned twice a day. Bathrooms will have a standard cleaning in the morning and a deeper cleaning and sanitization in the evenings.

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UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

Each fall, the university welcomes a diverse cohort of more than 1,800 new undergraduate students, inviting them to join the Vanderbilt family by providing support in the transition process and showcasing the vast network of resources available to ensure success. All new undergraduates—first-year and transfer—participate in new student orientation and receive support from the Vanderbilt community.

Orientation for first-year and transfer students will be held virtually prior to arrival on campus and the start of fall classes. More information and an orientation schedule are forthcoming.

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We are balancing the health, safety and comfort of our constituencies and our community with providing the meaningful experiences for students traditionally associated with Vanderbilt. These are temporary measures to deal with the challenging circumstances in which we find ourselves. 

No guests will be allowed within residence hall rooms. Although first-year students will be assigned a single room, we expect that they will make friends on their residence hall floors, sitting in their doorways talking late into the night, or lounging on one of our various campus outdoor areas while physically distancing. Students will also be able to interact with their virtual roommates and other friends in person throughout the academic year, while still following the university’s protocols. We are also working to define gatherings for the fall semester, in which there may be opportunities for in-person engagement for campus groups and organizations while following campus protocols. 

We hope that community members will be active participants and bystanders in keeping the community healthy, safe, and accountable.  

Students around campus practice healthy behaviors.

We realize how important community and social bonds are to good mental health, and we have three distinct groups of people working on plans and practices to promote interaction. More details will be shared here as those plans are developed.

  • Orientation group leaders for new students: These leaders are thinking about how to utilize Vanderbilt’s history of connecting with new students even before they are on campus through VUcept, Transfer Student Leaders, and International Orientation Leaders to make sure all students already know other students before they arrive.
  • Faculty: Residential Faculty are thinking about how to build community in their houses and colleges, and also the undergraduate and associate deans in the four undergraduate schools are thinking about ways to strengthen ties to classmates in majors or area of studies.
  • Student Affairs: Our colleagues in the Dean of Students office are talking with student leaders already to talk about what student organizations and involvement with campus groups will look like this year so that undergraduate students still have opportunities to connect with other students who share similar extracurricular interests.

RESIDENTIAL COLLEGES

There are many activities planned for students living within the university’s Residential Colleges. Some things planned include:

  • Welcome from residential faculty, orientation leaders, and Residential College staff (students can pick up swag items, happening nightly for students as they move in)
  • The asynchronous CommonVU orientation modules will be available on Aug. 15
  • Nightly virtual meetings with orientation groups
  • Campus tours (around 5-6 students maximum)
  • Students will have an opportunity to pick up books at the bookstore
  • Residential faculty are also developing their own plans for move-in week

TRANSFER STUDENTS

Vanderbilt will continue to provide strong support to our incoming transfer students even as they live in off-campus residences. Through our transfer orientation program, students will interact with others through informational sessions and small-group discussions that will help you navigate your academic program, campus resources and student life on Vanderbilt’s campus. Through TSO, you’ll also have the opportunity to connect with Transfer Student Leaders (sophomores, juniors, and seniors who transferred to Vanderbilt themselves) and other incoming transfer students.

Full details of the 2020 Transfer Student Orientation program, which will be conducted through Brightspace, will be released in early August.

Additionally, the new Campus Connection Program will provide undergraduate students with personalized support and guidance as they navigate the various experiential learning and campus services that are part of their collegiate experience at Vanderbilt. The program will engage Campus Connectors, professional staff from Academic Affairs, to serve as liaisons who directly support personal and professional development for their cohort of students from enrollment to graduation.

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Student life on campus is an important part of the college experience. There is no denying that the ways in which we live, learn, interact and study will continue to evolve and change in the coming months. Many of these experiences will be new for all of us, and we fully understand that the dynamics of the fall semester may not be what any of us would desire or expect. We share in the feeling that there is a long road of uncertainty ahead, but the collaborative and caring culture of Vanderbilt positions us well to thoughtfully travel it together.

The Office of the Dean of Students will use the parameters and protocols set forth as a part of the university’s Return to Campus Plan as a basis for guidelines for student life on campus and will determine how staff and students will engage in various activities and programs.

STUDENT PROGRAMMING AND ORGANIZATIONS

The university wants to provide students with academic and learning opportunities outside of the classroom while following all protocols for campus health and safety. To do so, all student academic or learning events must have an authorized sponsor who submits a required plan through Events at Vanderbilt. 

The sponsor from within an academic department (or school/college) can then include or invite registered student organizations and students to participate or support the event. Event sponsors should prioritize holding academic and learning events outside, and all such events must be on campus. Off campus events are not allowed. The authorized sponsor must file a plan and submit it to Events at Vanderbilt at least 14 calendar days in advance of the event. The plan must include in-depth information, including mechanisms to observe and enforce campus protocols. 

Following the university’s campus visitor policy, no non-VU attendees are allowed at such student events. During the event, there must be at least one faculty or staff member from the sponsoring department in attendance; the number required depends on the number of attendees. Their primary role is to ensure all attendees are following all University requirements during the event.

Graduate and professional student events will follow these same guidelines and also continue to be overseen by school and college deans.

Maximum size and related mechanisms to ensure physical distancing:  

  • The plan must include the maximum number of students and total attendees (students plus staffing) that the sponsor intends to allow to attend, keeping the COVID-19 modified maximum occupancy for any indoor space in mind.  
  • Approval consideration will also take into consideration how the plan addresses the challenges associated with controlling crowds and maintaining physical distance for larger events, including maintaining distance both during the event and ingress/egress before and after the event.  
  • In some circumstances, the university has already taken steps to help maintain distancing and event flow for specific on campus locations.  
  • For example, for outdoor events in the dining tents, there are set table and chair locations. On a lawn, students can be directed to remain in the circles, one person to circle. For an indoor lecture for 50 students, the university may have designed classroom spaces with chair straps in place to signify physical distancing and signage may already be placed to direct proper circulation. If the location for the event already has such measures in place, the plan may specifically refer to and rely on those measures.  
  • If, however, the location does not have such existing measures, the plan must include specific steps that the sponsor will take to maintain physical distancing. Regardless of location, some additional methods to mitigate potential bottlenecks may include ticketed entry and timed entry/dismissals. 

  • The tasks of maintaining physical distance and complying with university protocols become more challenging as event size grows and plans for larger group gatherings will receive significant scrutiny, including whether they are generally consistent with Nashville guidance on gatherings.  
  • Ultimately, wherever an event is located, the sponsors must state the expected mechanisms for following all campus protocols, and also state how the sponsor will enforce those protocols once the event is underway in the required plan.   

Location: 

  • Event sponsors should prioritize holding academic/learning events outside. Many outdoor spaces, like indoor spaces, can be reserved through Events at Vanderbilt. Indoor events must stay within the COVID-19 modified maximum occupancy in a space while maintaining physical distancing as established by the university (e.g., through chair straps). 
  • Physical distancing: All participants, including speakers, must always maintain physical distancing of at least six feet. 
  • Face masking/covering: All participants must always wear a face mask/covering, including any speakers. Attendees must wear a mask when not actively eating or drinking at an event where food or drink has been previously authorized.  
  • Food or drink at event: The default position is that no food or drink will be allowed during any event. Prior authorization may be granted for pre-distributed, pre-placed, and pre-packaged food if the plan explains why food or drink are necessary for the event and how this distribution and placement will be achieved. Even then, three conditions must be met: (a) attendees must wear a mask when not actively eating/drinking; (b) no alcohol is permitted at campus events; and (c) no third-party food servers are permitted.   

Visitors: 

  • Consistent with the campus visitor policy, no non-VU attendees are allowed at student events. The only exceptions are guests invited by the sponsor to provide content for the event (such as a speaker or instructor). Any guest must complete all required paperwork (e.g., Acknowledgments) and be approved by the Provost’s office to come to campus. Refer to the Campus Visitors policy on the Return to Campus website for requirements about how food and drink must distributed/arranged for campus visitors, noting the role of Campus Dining. 

Group participation, especially cheering/yelling/singing: 

  • Attendees should avoid activities that might require people to yell, raise their voice, or project their voice, given recent research about how talking loudly can lead to more large droplets/aerosols that spread the virus. 

Anchor Link and RSVP system:   

  • The sponsor must enter events into Anchor Link and use the RSVP feature to ensure that the event does not exceed the stated maximum number of attendees in the plan. All attendees must RSVP at least 48 hours in advance of the event so that appropriate vetting of attendees can occur.  

Swiping in at events:  

  • All attendees at university events (including faculty, students, and staff) must swipe in at every event in to aid in contact tracing efforts if needed. If the event must use a different sign-in approach due to a technological issue, the sponsor must ensure appropriate sanitization between uses for pens/stylus/papers/iPads, or whatever other materials are used.   

Ratios for event staffing and support 

  • For student events, one designated event staff member must be in attendance for every 15 students attending. For the avoidance of doubt, when an event exceeds 15 students, a second staff member must be added (for example, a gathering of 23 students requires two designated staff). When an event exceeds 30 students a third staff member must be added, and this pattern of adding a staff member continues each time the event exceeds a multiple of 15. 
  • Event staff’s primary role is to make sure all attendees are following all above guidelines and to help maintain compliance. Designated event staff must include faculty or staff from the sponsoring department and may also include Resident Advisers or pre-designated student leaders who are aware of this role and responsibilities therein.  
  • Event staff may not be solely students; at least one professional (faculty or staff) must be in attendance at every event. Pre-designated student leaders in these roles should have completed the PHA training. All designated event staff must be counted toward any maximum occupancy limit for the designated event space.  

Guidelines for performing arts student organizations

  • Singing in groups will not be allowed.
  • Instrumental groups restrictions:
    • Instruments that require use of air (Woodwinds, Brass) will not be allowed
    • String and percussion instruments
      • No more than 10 individuals can gather
      • Individuals must be no less than 10 feet apart
      • Individuals must wear masks at all times
  • Dancing in groups will be permitted with the following restrictions:
    • No more than 10 individuals can gather
    • Individuals must be no less than 10 feet apart
    • Individuals must wear masks at all times
  • For groups that do not fall under either singing or dancing categories (VUT, TNC, etc.), the following restrictions will be in place:
    • No more than 10 individuals can gather
    • Individuals must be no less than 10 feet apart
    • Individuals must wear masks at all times
  • All groups that can gather should prioritize outside meeting locations rather than indoor.

COMPLIANCE

Student Accountability will oversee compliance. Students are expected to comply with all university policies and protocols designed to facilitate physical distancing, reduce the spread of COVID-19 and promote the health and safety as much as possible of the Vanderbilt and Nashville communities. Any intentional or reckless disregard for these policies and protocols will be addressed through the Office of Student Accountability, Community Standards, and Academic Integrity, using the existing sanctioning considerations found in the Student Handbook, including a review of the potential impact based on the nature and severity of the incident, which may support an enhanced sanction. This also applies to both unofficial on- and off-campus parties.

SPRING EVENTS

Vanderbilt will follow a phased approach with restrictions on in-person meetings and social events. Guidelines for the spring will be dependent on the success of the fall semester and subject to broader university guidelines and greater Davidson County guidelines at that time.

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COVID-19 has presented a new set of challenges for the upcoming school year for the Vanderbilt community. We are currently reviewing our student employment processes to determine what measures we may need to take for the upcoming year. At this time we are requesting feedback from our on campus partners to help assess fall student employment opportunities. Our goal is to communicate potential position openings to students by early August. Historically that is when our hiring departments begin their job postings in HireADore and their interview processes.

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Vanderbilt Athletics’ plan for returning to campus is guided by the university’s Return to Campus and Return to Classes Plans. The health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches, and staff are paramount. Athletics will follow a staged approach that relies on a diversity of expertise and broad collaboration with the NCAA, SEC, university leadership, health experts and others, and will adhere to local public health guidelines and protocols, as well as university specific mandates.

Student-athletes will return to campus in stages to allow for a transition period for medical clearance, accommodation of new protocols, and adequate time for education and reinforcement of new norms. We will use data to inform next steps. The plan is flexible and allows for sport-specific adaptation.

The Return to Campus Plan for Vanderbilt Athletics includes:

  • COVID-19 testing and pre-participation physicals
  • Daily screening and symptom monitoring
  • Enhanced disinfecting protocols
  • Locker rooms closed
  • Virtual team meetings
  • Face mask/covering and physical distancing protocols

Athletics Return to Campus Stage A:

  • Football will be the first sport to return to campus.
  • Football players will begin voluntary workouts in June with limited Athletics staff on site (SEC regulations permit voluntary workouts starting June 8), in alignment with Vanderbilt’s Phase II launch.
  • Activities will ramp up throughout the summer, and on-site coaching and staffing will expand as allowed by the university guidelines.
  • Preseason practice is expected to begin in early August.

This plan is flexible, and adjustments will be made as necessary, based on data.

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Vanderbilt University’s policies and protocols for responding to the COVID-19 pandemic will be rooted in safety for staff, faculty, students, invited guests (e.g., contractors), and the public with whom we interact. The health and well-being of our community are critical.

VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY PUBLIC SAFETY

Vanderbilt University Public Safety (VUPS) is committed to the safety of students, faculty and staff. The people within VUPS work diligently to maintain a safe and secure campus, and they are committed to doing so with the utmost care and compassion and under the highest standards of conduct.

More than 300 staff serve in the department, which includes 100 police officers, 135 community service officers and 80 security personnel. The department also continues to protect members of our campus community during the pandemic.

CORE Committee

The Community Oriented Result and Expectation (CORE) Committee continues to meet to make recommendations to the Vanderbilt University Police Department (VUPD) regarding safety and security on campus. The committee discusses issues including suspected bias, VUPD’s ongoing community relations efforts, police accountability and transparency, pedestrian and bicycle safety and other traffic concerns, and the handling of significant events and incidents on campus while addressing concerns and planning solutions for those issues. 

Representation on this committee includes the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, the Multicultural Leadership Council, the Graduate Student Council, Vanderbilt Student Government, the National Pan-Hellenic Council, the Interfraternity Council, the Panhellenic Council, the Office of Residential Education, the Faculty Senate, the Project Safe Center for Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response, the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center, the Office of LGBTQI Life, Athletics, International Student and Scholar Services, a community/neighborhood representative, the University Staff Advisory Council (USAC), the Division of Communications, the Office of Risk and Insurance Management, and the Office of the General Counsel.

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Every patron visiting the Barnes & Noble at Vanderbilt bookstore located at 2525 West End Avenue is required to wear a face mask/covering. Follow directional signage and stand on decals signifying 6 feet of distance from the person in front and behind while in line.

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Vanderbilt students practice healthy behaviors as they mask up and social distance themselves between classes around campus.

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:

Students around campus practice healthy behaviors.

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:

  1. 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
  2. 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

Three large tents have been installed at Alumni Lawn, Library Lawn and Peabody Esplanade to serve as dining locations for the campus community. Capacity at each tent will be managed by on-site Campus Dining staff and dining tents are available to all members of the VU community, regardless of whether the meal to be eaten was purchased from a Campus Dining location.

Additional tents may be installed to support particular buildings or programs on campus over time.

Information about how to use the dining tents can be found on the Campus Dining FAQ.>>

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 eating or drinking. Signage will be posted throughout tent areas to direct circulation and provide protocol reminders, which must be adhered to at all times. The comprehensive plans for the use of outdoor tents this fall 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 inclement or severe weather.

In addition to tents, other outdoor spaces are being updated with painted circles on lawns throughout campus to identify physically distanced locations for use by the individuals, including for outdoor dining, studying, leisure and other activities.

Examples of these circle locations are shown in the maps below. These are current concept maps and as such are illustrative and not precise. Due to mowing and lawn maintenance, circle patterns and distribution may vary over the course of the semester.

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Every patron visiting Station B to collect or send package(s)/mail will be required to wear a face mask/covering. The entrance to the operation is through the Rand door, while exit will be accommodated via the fire lane side facing Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center. While standing in line, stand on decals signifying six feet of distance from the person in front and behind.

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Vanderbilt students practice healthy behaviors as they mask up and social distance themselves between classes around campus.

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 signage

Accessible Route: Sidewalk stickers that signify accessible routes around campus

 

GENERAL ROUTE SIGNAGE

 

Left turn arrow

Left turn:
Sidewalk stickers showing when you should turn left.

 

 

Right turn arrow

Right turn:
Sidewalk stickers showing when you should turn right.

 


 

Roundabout

 

Roundabout:
Sidewalk stickers showing when you should walk counterclockwise to maintain physical distancing.

 

Exterior Signage

 

Dismount and walk your bike signage

Dismount & Walk:
Sandwich boards and yard signs showing when you should dismount and walk your bike or scooter

 

General etiquette and protocols

 

General Etiquette:
Sandwich boards and yard signs showing general etiquette and safety protocols

 


 

Lawn etiquette and protocols

Lawn Etiquette:
Sandwich boards and yard signs showing lawn etiquette and safety protocols

 

6 foot distance signage

6” Distance:
Sidewalk stickers marking 6” distance between two points

 


 

One way signage

One Way Only:
Sidewalk stickers and sandwich boards showing one way routes

 

Entry/Exit Building Signage

 

Entrance only signage

Entrance Only:
Building signs showing entrances to buildings

 

Exit only signage

Exit Only:
Building signs showing exits to buildings

 


 

 No entry sign

No Entry:
Building signs showing areas where you should NOT enter

 

Yield to others sign

Yield:
Sandwich boards and building signs reminding individuals to yield and maintain 6’ distance from others

 

General Signage

 

General break space protocols

Break Space Guidelines:
Posters outlining main break space protocols

 

Disinfection Guidelines:
Posters outlining disinfection protocols for both public and private spaces

 


 

Elevator Guidelines:
Posters outlining elevator protocols that will be placed outside and inside elevators

 

Face mask/covering protocols

Face Mask/Covering Guidelines:
Posters outlining protocols for face masks/coverings

 


 

Meeting and conference room protocols

Meeting/Conference Room Guidelines:
Posters outlining meeting and conference room protocols

 

General guidelines to slow COVID-19 spread

Help Slow the Spread:
Posters reminding the general public how to slow the spread

 


 

Restroom guidelines

Restroom Guidelines:
Posters outlining restroom protocols that will be placed near restrooms.

 

RESEARCH Signage

Signage specific for research spaces on campus can be found on the Research at VU website.

Link to this FAQ

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.

Building Signage?
1025 16th Ave S (ISIS Labs)  
1101 19th Avenue
1114 19TH AVE S
1202 18th Ave S  
1207 17TH AVE S  
1207 17TH AVE S GARAGE
17th Ave MUMS Lab  
1810 EDGEHILL
2007 Terrace Place  
2015 TERRACE PL
2304G VANDERBILT PL
2304I VANDERBILT PL
25TH AVE STAFF GARAGE
6 Magnolia (fka Home Ec)
625 CHESTNUT COMMERCIAL
Admissions & Financial Aid  
Alumni Hall  
B Quad: Lupton
B Quad: Scales
B Quad: Stapleton
B Quad: Vaughn
Baker Building  
Baker Garage
Baseball Field House
Benson Old Central  
Benton Chapel
Biomolecular NMR  
Bishop Johnson Center
Blair School of Music  
Blakemore House
Branscomb Market - Dining  
Bryan Building  
Buttrick Hall  
Calhoun Hall  
Carmichael 1 & 2
Center Building  
Center Garage
Central & Divinity Libraries  
Cohen Memorial  
Cole Hall
Commons Dining  
Crawford
Cumberland
Curb Center  
Currey Tennis
Divinity School  
Drug Discovery - Cool Springs  
Dyer Observatory  
Dyer Residence  
E. Bronson Ingram 1st Fl Dining  
E. Bronson Ingram College
E. Bronson Ingram Studio Arts  
East
ELC Annex  
Engineering Science Building (ESB)  
English Language Center  
Eskind Medical Library  
Featheringill-Jacobs Hall  
Frist Hall  
Furman Hall  
Garland Hall  
Gillette
Godchaux Hall  
Godchaux Nursing Annex  
Golf Hitting Bay
Golf Team Lockers
Grins - Dining  
Hank Ingram
Hendrix McGugin - Dining  
Hobbs HDL  
Jesup Psychology  
KC Potter Center
Keck FEL  
KENSINGTON GARAGE
Kirkland Hall  
Kissam Center  
Kissam Market - Dining  
LASIR at MetroCenter  
Law Cafe - Dining  
Law School  
Lewis House
Link Building
Local Java - Dining  
LOT 76 GARAGE
Mayborn
McGill Hall
McGugin Complex  
McTyeire - Dining  
McTyeire Hall
Memorial
Memorial Gym
Moore College
Morgan House
Morgan Market - Dining  
MRB III and Learned Lab  
Murray
Music Rehearsal
Neely Auditorium  
North
Old Gym  
Olin Hall  
One Magnolia Circle  
Owen Garage
Owen Graduate School of Mgmt  
Payne Hall  
Peabody Administration  
Peabody Library  
Pub (Sarratt Third Floor) - Dining  
Rand - Dining  
Rand Hall  
Residence 7
Sarratt Student Center  
SC Chemistry (SC7)  
SC Lecture (SC4)  
SC Library (SC3)  
SC Math (SC1)  
SC Molec Biology (SC2)  
SC Physics & Astronomy (SC6)  
SC Science & Engineering (SC5)  
School of Nursing Addition  
Seigenthaler Center
Sony BMG  
Stambaugh
Station B Post Office  
Student Life Center
Sutherland
Suzie's at Featheringill - Dining  
TERRACE PLACE GARAGE
The Commons Center  
The Hill Center  
The Office for Religious Life
Tolman Hall
Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center
Vaughn Home  
Village Apartments
Warren College
WESLEY PLACE PARKING
West
WEST GARAGE
Wilson Hall  
Women's Center
Wyatt Center  
Zeppos - Dining  
Zeppos College

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The health and safety of the university community are foundational to our efforts in responding to COVID-19. VU’s protocols with respect to “gatherings” prioritize core mission activities central to the university’s mission. “Gatherings” must be conducted in accordance with VU-established guidelines, and some “gatherings” must be approved.

The university will impose significant penalties for violating the university’s Gatherings policy, whether on or off campus, because such gatherings have potential campuswide impacts. Gatherings are limited to 10 or fewer people, and all must be physically distanced and masked.

The minimum sanction applied by Student Accountability if a student is found responsible for hosting a gathering that violates the policy will be suspension for a minimum of one semester; a first sanction may be as severe as expulsion, depending on the nature of and circumstances surrounding the violation. Attending, participating in, otherwise supporting, and/or concealing a gathering that violates the policy may also result in suspension or expulsion for a first offense. Students living on campus who are suspended or expelled for violating COVID-19 policies and protocols will be required to vacate the residence hall. The university will not issue refunds for tuition, housing costs, or fees.

All university community members also should be aware of Nashville’s guidelines concerning gatherings. Failure to comply with the city’s public health emergency orders can result in criminal penalties.

The Office of Student Accountability, Community Standards and Academic Integrity may also implement interim restrictions while students await the formal student accountability process if the university has sufficient evidence to conclude that the reported behavior presents a threat to the health and safety of our university community. Those interim restrictions may include but are not limited to: requiring students to sequester in their residence hall room or off-campus accommodation or elsewhere; prohibiting students from attending in-person classes or activities; restricting student access to university buildings; requiring COVID-19 testing.

Faculty and staff should carefully review the below Gatherings policy to ensure they are adhering to the guidelines. The Vanderbilt Faculty Manual provides that faculty may be disciplined for violations of the university’s standards of conduct. The process for reaching a decision to discipline a faculty member is overseen by the dean in consultation with the provost. The university’s progressive discipline policy states that a staff member can be disciplined for violations of protocols and procedures governing safety, and such matters are overseen by Human Resources.

These requirements for in-person “gatherings” are subject to change based on public health guidance and Vanderbilt protocols.

  • VU community members only: Attendance must be limited to VU community members (defined as persons with VU identification cards) only.
  • On-campus gatherings only (unless approved): Generally, off-campus gatherings are not permitted if students are in attendance and/or if VU funds will be used. Exceptions to this rule require approval by the Provost or her designee.
  • Maximum “gathering” attendance limit: The number of total/unique attendees may not exceed the maximum number under the university’s phased Return to Campus Plan (i.e., Phase II and II+ max. = 10; Phase III and Phase IV to be defined), or the VU COVID-modified maximum capacity for the space, whichever is more restrictive. Organizers count as attendees for purposes of the maximum attendance limit.
  • Capacity controls/attendance tracking: Sign-ups and ticket distribution should be managed to maintain a strict maximum number of total/unique attendees. If interest exceeds capacity, develop a clear methodology for determining who will be chosen to attend, and consider using a waitlist or setting up separate pools/pods of attendees that do not overlap. Attendance should be closely tracked to assist in contact tracing, if necessary.
  • Physical distancing: Physical distancing is required. The “gathering” may be held only if attendees can maintain appropriate physical distance given the nature of the activities contemplated. Consideration should also be given as to whether attendees will be stationary or moving around during the event.
  • Face masks/coverings: By default, all participants must wear a face mask/covering. There may be exceptional circumstances when a face mask/covering can’t be worn (e.g., woodwind performer or singer during a performance); in those cases, approval should be granted only if additional physical distance and/or physical barriers can be used.
  • Food and drinks: Food and drinks may be served in a space where classes are held only on days when no classes are held in the space, and the space must be cleaned before the next class is held. Food and drink (provided in single-serve or grab-and-go type packaging) must be consumed only while maintaining physical distancing. Attendees may remove their face masks/coverings only temporarily to eat and drink as needed.
  • Student events:
    • Recognized student organization (RSO) events: Events of RSOs must be approved.
    • Social events with alcohol: Student social events with alcohol, whether on- or off-campus, are not permitted.
    • No off-campus events for registered student organizations will be approved prior to September 30, after which this guideline will be reviewed.

What is a gathering?

Core mission activities are not “gatherings.” These events do not require specific approval and are not subject to the VU maximum “gathering” attendance limit. However, other VU COVID-19 protocols (including physical distancing and face mask/covering requirements) must be followed. Core mission activities include:

  • Campus Public Health Events: On-campus public health/infection prevention and response events (e.g., COVID-19 testing center, Flulapalooza)
  • Academic Courses or Co-curricular Events: Academic courses and co-curricular activities when offered in connection with a VU course
  • Mission-Related Meetings Led by Chancellor, Vice Chancellor, Dean, Vice Provost, or Department Chair: Meetings of university personnel convened to meet regarding the university’s academic-, research-, and service-related activities
  • Faculty- or Staff-Led Events in Direct Support of Learning/Discovery: University instructional and research support meetings that directly support learning/discovery and are directed by faculty/staff (e.g., lab meetings, journal clubs, poster sessions, programs of an academic/substantive nature hosted on The Ingram Commons or in a residential college and organized by a faculty head, programs of an academic/substantive nature sponsored by an identity-based center organized with its director, recitals overseen by faculty or staff member)
  • Research Lab Activities: University research lab activities, subject to the VU research ramp-up plan phases
  • Use of Libraries: Use of university libraries as an individual patron
  • Dining in Designated Dining Spaces: Dining in designated on-campus dining spaces (including outdoor spaces/tents)

Some personal/social events with members of the VU community are considered “gatherings” and are subject to the guidelines for gatherings while other personal/social events may not be considered“gatherings”:

These personal/social events with members of the VU community are “gatherings” subject to the guidelines under this policy:

  • Organized social events with students present alongside faculty/staff: Any organized social event with VU students in attendance
  • VU-sponsored (funded) faculty/staff get-togethers: Any social event with only faculty/staff in attendance, where VU funds are being used

These personal/social events are not “gatherings” and are not subject to the guidelines under this policy:

  • Non-VU-sponsored (funded) faculty/staff get-togethers: VU encourages all attendees of any event type to abide by any applicable public health orders/guidance.
  • Small, informal meet-up of students (10 or fewer, regardless of phased “maximum”): Students must comply with VU’s COVID-19 protocols, but these informal meet-ups are not subject to the broader “gatherings” requirements.

In-person events and activities with a primarily enrichment, extra- or co-curricular, or community-building purpose are “gatherings” that must follow the guidelines under this policy. Such “gatherings” include:

  • Meetings or events convened by registered student organizations (RSOs): Including Greek chapter events
  • Lectures or panels not part of a VU course: For example, Chancellor’s Lecture Series, Crawford Lecture, deans’ lectures, RSO-organized lectures
  • Art, dance, music, and theater performances: Including those organized by student organizations and offices
  • Ceremonies and receptions

All other gatherings and Events

As described above, small, informal meet-ups of members of Vanderbilt community, whether on- or off-campus, are limited to 10 or fewer people and all individuals must be physically distanced and masked at all times. A student, as an individual, may attend, participate in, or engage with an off-campus service, activity or event that is not hosted, managed, organized or sponsored by Vanderbilt University or Vanderbilt community members. While attending, participating in, or engaging with such services, activities or events, Vanderbilt community members are required to follow Vanderbilt University safety and gathering protocols (including masking and physical distancing from others). This means that if several members of the Vanderbilt community attend the same service, activity or event in the greater Nashville community they must not congregate in a masked, physically distanced group larger than 10.

What is a gathering decision tree

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Based on CDC college and university and ACHA guidance, convening in groups carries a high risk of viral transmission. Gathering sizes are governed by university restrictions determined at each phase. Where feasible, meetings should be held in whole or in part using online collaboration tools (e.g., Zoom). When allowed, in-person meetings are limited to the restrictions of gathering sizes, assuming individuals can still maintain six feet of separation for physical distancing requirements. Departments should remove or rearrange chairs and tables (e.g., consider staggering seats) or add visual cue marks in meeting rooms to support physical distancing practices between attendees. During your time on site, you are encouraged to communicate with your colleagues and supervisors as needed by email, Skype messenger, telephone or other technology. You can also use a range of available collaboration tools (e.g., Zoom).

Link to this FAQ

If you work in an open environment, be sure to maintain at least 6 feet of distance from any others. Based on CDC employer and ACHA guidance, consider staggering chairs or desks to achieve 6 feet of distance. You should wear a face mask/covering at all times while in a shared workspace/room. You should use your own computer, phone, headset and equipment, and not use colleagues’ equipment.

Based on CDC employer and ACHA guidance, departments should assess open work environments and meeting rooms to institute measures to physically separate and increase distance between employees and other co-workers such as:

  • Placing visual cues such as floor decals, colored tape or signs to indicate where people should stand while waiting
  • Placing one-way directional signage for large open workspaces with multiple through-ways to increase distance between employees moving through the space
  • Removing shared resources (e.g., community pen holders and pens, magazines in main office areas, etc.)

If you work in a personal office, no more than one person should be in the office unless the required six feet of distance can be consistently maintained. If more than one person is in a room, face masks/coverings should be worn at all times.

Face masks/coverings must be worn by every person in a reception/receiving area. Face masks/coverings protocols should be followed at all times.

Link to this FAQ

If obtaining food from dining sites on campus, you should wear your face mask/covering when picking it up. In alignment with ACHA guidance, if you are eating in your work environment (break room, office, etc.), maintain six feet of distance between yourself and others. Individuals should not sit facing one another. Eating alone is encouraged. Observe occupancy limits, and avoid crowding of break rooms. Remove your face mask/covering only in order to eat, then put it back on. Wipe down the table and chair you used once you are done. Common break room food and beverage items should not be used (e.g., shared coffee pots, shared water pitchers, etc.). Reusable kitchenware (e.g., forks, plates) should not be used and should be replaced with disposable options.

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If you drive to and park on campus, you will be required to have a parking permit; violations are subject to fines and towing. Sophomores, juniors and seniors can purchase an annual or fall semester only parking permit online. In an effort to provide more flexibility for residential and off-campus students, students with F, G, J, VK, and GT permits can park in any of the parking facilities on the expanded list on the Parking Services website. Faculty, staff, postdocs and graduate and professional students who are authorized to return to campus have more options for parking on campus this year including the traditional annual parking permit with the ability to park in any zone, $5 per day hangtags or a new daily parking option (piloted with a limited number of commuters). Once you exit your car, please follow physical distancing and face mask/covering guidelines; view the CDC transportation guidance on protecting yourself when using transportation. Learn about additional transportation options available to you on the MoveVU website.

Link to this FAQ

Public Transit

Based on CDC transportation guidance, if you must take public transportation, wear a face mask/covering before entering the bus or train, space out as much as possible, and avoid touching surfaces with your hands. Upon disembarking, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer with 60 percent alcohol as soon as possible. Stay up to date on changes to service and procedures; view WeGo Public Transit’s enhanced modified service plan at WeGoTransit.com.

WeGo Public Transit is collaborating with the Metro Nashville Health Department to ensure that all of its practices are in line with recommended efforts to minimize the spread of COVID-19, general influenza and other viruses. Since the start of the pandemic, the agency has increased the frequency of its vehicle and facility disinfecting program, with greater focus on surfaces touched most frequently by riders and employees. It also is working with its regional bus and train service providers to ensure they are increasing cleaning efforts as well.

The good news is that emerging research and evidence tracking case clusters in France and Japan found no case outbreaks related to riding transit. Researchers believe that in addition to wearing masks, physical distancing when possible, and improved cleaning and ventilation, the relative short time of exposure and lack of conversations also reduces the risk of infection. If possible, researchers recommend limiting your time of potential exposure (transit and commute trips are inherently shorter than many other activities and tend to average 30 minutes or less) and limit conversations and talking.

As a reminder, through Vanderbilt’s recently expanded EasyRide program, full-time and part-time faculty, staff and students are eligible for free rides on all WeGo Public Transit local and regional buses and the WeGo Star train. Swipe your Vanderbilt ID card to ride on buses and show your ID card on the train.

Carpool, vanpool and other shared rides

If you are traveling in a shared vehicle:

  • Wear a face mask/covering at all times.
  • Limit the number of passengers in the vehicle to only those necessary and space out as much as possible. Avoid pooled rides or rides where multiple passengers are picked up who are not in the same household.
  • Avoid touching surfaces (door frame and handles, windows and other vehicle parts) with your hands.
  • Avoid accepting offers of free water bottles and other items that may be provided for free to passengers.
  • Improve ventilation by opening the windows or setting the air ventilation/air conditioning on non-recirculation mode.
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer with 60 percent alcohol as soon as possible.

Notable articles:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-06-09/japan-and-france-find-public-transit-seems-safe

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/02/nyregion/nyc-subway-coronavirus-safety.html

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2020/08/how-to-measure-risk-airborne-coronavirus-your-office-classroom-bus-ride-cvd/?cmpid=org=ngp::mc=crm-email::src=ngp::cmp=editorial::add=SpecialEdition_20200814&rid=CFC580CB34AFAD6078F8F3CDAE6DD1E1

https://www.masstransitmag.com/safety-security/press-release/21145170/regional-transportation-district-rtd-riding-transit-during-covid19-is-safer-than-most-think-when-everyone-follows-basic-safety-guidelines

 

 

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VandyRide began operating limited service on August 24th with two shuttles, one on the Gold Route and one on the Black Route. There will be longer wait times for riders due to fewer shuttles available and capacity restrictions related to COVID-19 safety during this time. Increased service and more on-demand options will be introduced during the fall semester, which will provide faster, more flexible service aligned with MoveVU goals. During limited service, shuttles will operate from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. and will be available seven days per week.

To access VandyRide routes in real time, download the VandySafe app and go to the “Maps & VandyRide” section or visit the website. Once users are inside the app, they can select “route” in the drop-down menu in the upper left-hand corner and select all routes to see the routes on the map.

The university has also implemented enhanced safety protocols including:

  • Vehicles: Vehicles are inspected, and high touch areas cleaned and sanitized at the start of each shift and between every trip or as needed, in addition to biweekly cleaning/sanitizing with steam. Vehicles are equipped with signage on wearing masks and other health and safety protocols. The black route vehicles operate at 50% capacity, and gold route vehicles operate at 75% capacity.
  • Drivers: All drivers are required to wear masks and have their temperatures screened daily. COVID-19 sanitization kits are carried by all drivers.
  • Riders: All riders must wear masks and maintain physical distancing while boarding and riding on the shuttles.

In an effort to de-densify campus for health and safety, the university is implementing a campus-wide electric scooter no-ride/dismount zone for the fall semester. We are working with scooter companies to ensure that scooters are not staged on campus and to implement a geofence that turns campus into a no-ride zone. Bikes are a great transportation option to use in place of e-scooters. Bicyclists must follow the circulation patterns on campus, yield to pedestrians in order to maintain physical distance, walk their bikes in dismount zones noted on campus such as the 21st Ave pedestrian bridges, Rand wall and Medical Center Plaza, and park responsibly at bike racks.

Link to this FAQ

Based on CDC employer guidance, elevator usage should ensure physical distancing is achieved. Using stairs whenever possible will assist vertical circulation given that elevator capacities may be challenged. If you are using the elevator, wear your face mask/covering and wash your hands or use hand sanitizer with 60 percent alcohol upon departing the elevator. Custodial crews will be wiping down elevator buttons more frequently during the day.

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Restroom usage should ensure physical distancing is achieved. This may require the use of signage to indicate when a restroom is occupied.

  • Wear a face mask/covering.
  • Wait outside the restroom in a physically distanced line until physical distancing inside the restroom can be achieved.
  • Avoid touching your face after touching door handles.
  • Wash with soap or sanitize your hands after using the restroom.

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Fall 2020 - Health and Safety

All individuals on campus are required to follow posted signage. Signage will communicate important information including, but not limited to:

  • Protocol reminders, e.g., mask-wearing, physical distancing and personal hygiene
  • Building entrance and exit points
  • Circulation guidance, e.g., one-way circulation, both indoors and outdoors
  • Floor decals denoting six feet of distance for wait areas and lines
  • Occupancy limits
  • Occupancy or vacancy of shared spaces, such as restrooms
  • Building-specific instructions, such as for laboratory work

The university will also regularly communicate with campus community members about protocols and other changes through emails, MyVU, website posts and updates to the COVID-19 website FAQs and Return to Campus portal.

Link to this FAQ

The university may issue Shelter in Place Orders to small groups of students who are not positive or identified close contacts, and will require those students to temporarily remain at their residence and switch to online learning for all classes.

The university issues Shelter in Place Orders when it finds, based on the advice of public health experts and assessment of University officials, that developing test results and contact tracing suggest a potential cluster among a concentrated group of students that may present a higher risk of COVID-19 infection and transmission.

If a Shelter in Place Order is issued, the Dean of Students will notify impacted students and provide additional details and instructions.

  • Students will be required to sequester in their residence hall room or off-campus residence until the Dean of Students releases them to resume normal activities.
  • Students will transition to remote learning during the period they are subject to Shelter in Place Orders and should inform the professor of any in-person courses in which they are enrolled.
  • Students on campus will be limited to leaving their rooms to use shared bathrooms and to collect food from central drop-off locations; students off campus may not come to campus, and should only leave sequester for essential activities or as directed by the University, such as testing.
  • Students should not invite roommates or others into their room; they should maintain masking even around roommates to prevent potential in-residence spread.

Shelter in Place Orders protect all involved when additional time is needed to complete contact tracing and related analysis to assess the scope of a potential cluster, and are in addition to the isolation and quarantine actions already underway. The university will lift Shelter in Place Orders once the necessary analysis is complete.

 

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Campus-wide approaches to safety and the practice of mask wearing and physical distancing are important as individuals can be without symptoms and still be COVID-19 positive. Individuals who have been authorized to return to campus must also conduct symptom monitoring every day before coming to campus. It is our shared duty as a community to act responsibly. All individuals must be free of ANY symptoms related to COVID-19 to be on campus or participate in activities on campus.

According to the CDC, symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus. These symptoms or combinations of symptoms include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

A symptom assessment tool has been created within the existing VandySafe app for daily self-monitoring.  You can also access the symptom assessment tool at: http://vu.edu/symptoms. Entering symptoms in the symptom assessment tool is recommended for faculty, staff and post-docs coming to campus (those working remotely do NOT need to enter symptoms in the symptom monitoring tool).

Please note that this symptom assessment tool is to determine if you meet criteria for a medical evaluation for COVID-19.  If you have an underlying medical disease or an ongoing chronic condition that has similar symptoms to COVID-19, then you do not need to record this if your symptoms are unchanged. **Please only record symptoms that are new or worsening in the daily symptom monitoring tool.**

New features of the VandySafe app include:

  • Self-Assessment Tool: users are provided recommended actions based on answers to a series of guided questions
  • Return to Campus Plan
  • Vanderbilt University COVID-19 Updates
  • Report a Concern
  • Support Services

If faculty, staff or postdocs develop new/worsening symptoms, they must call the Vanderbilt Occupational Health Clinic and notify their supervisor/mentor/department chair that they are reviewing their health status prior to the start of any scheduled work period or time on campus; Occupational Health will instruct the individual on appropriate next steps. For staff, time spent in dialogue with Occupational Health is not considered working time.

For those who are in specialized facilities or a higher-risk environment for infection with COVID-19 (e.g., some research facilities, VUPS, dining, child care, etc.), your department may require temperature and symptom screening upon arrival to campus. Your supervisor/mentor/lead researcher will advise you on this requirement prior to your return to campus and on where to report when you arrive for screening. Temperature screening on campus allows the university to know immediately if someone is symptomatic. As with all other absences, the faculty/staff/postdoc/graduate or professional student is responsible for informing their supervisor/mentor/lead researcher and/or associate dean for those in classes/experiential roles. All persons conducting temperature screening will be trained in advance and will be required to wear personal protective equipment as appropriate.

In order to ensure compliance with privacy laws, records of temperature screenings or symptom assessments should not be maintained by the unit conducting the screening/assessments. It may be noted that someone was not able to work because they could not be cleared. Anyone tested for COVID-19 must quarantine until testing results are back. If the results are negative, the person may return to campus without any formal clearance.

 

VandySafe Symptom Monitoring FAQ

How do I login to complete my symptom assessment?

To login to complete your daily symptom assessment, you will use your Vanderbilt email address and password. If you need to reset or change your password, visit the VUIT website for assistance.

Duo multi-factor authentication (MFA) is also required to access the application. Instructions on how to download and enroll in Duo are available on the VUIT website.

What do I do after I log in?

Once on the main menu, tap the ‘hamburger’ icon in the upper left-hand corner and tap ‘Symptom Assessment.’ Then, tap ‘Add Another Assessment’ and follow the prompts.

 

I am receiving a message asking me to “Authenticate.” What do I do?

The following message appears for iPhone users when the application tries to open in Safari:

Go to settings, locate and select Safari, scroll down to Privacy & Security, and toggle off “Private Cross-Site Tracking”. This should allow you to launch the web page.

What do I do if I am experiencing issues with the app?

If you are experiencing technical issues with the application, please email help.backtoschool@vanderbilt.edu between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. for assistance.

What if I do not have a cell phone to do the symptom assessment?

You can also access the symptom assessment by going to vu.edu/symptoms from a computer or laptop.

What if I am having issues connecting to the wireless network VUNET?

VUIT updated the wireless networks in early July. Personal smart devices, such as smart phones and tablets or other non-Vanderbilt issued devices, will need to be onboarded to the network by the user. You can onboard your devices by visiting wifi.vanderbilt.edu, clicking “I have a VUnetID,” and selecting “Connect laptop, tablet or smartphone.” It is not required to be on campus to complete this process. For more information about Vanderbilt Wi-Fi networks, visit wifi.vanderbilt.edu.

Why do I have to complete a daily symptom assessment? 

Campus-wide approaches to safety and the practice of mask wearing and physical distancing are important as individuals can be without symptoms and still be COVID-19 positive.  Individuals who have been authorized to return to campus must also conduct symptom monitoring every day before coming to campus. It is the individual’s responsibility to comply. It is our shared duty as a community to act responsibly.  All individuals must be free of ANY symptoms related to COVID-19  to be on campus or participate in activities on campus.

What should I do if I am experiencing new/worsening symptoms?

If you are faculty, staff, or a postdoc, call Occupational Health .

What if I currently have symptoms from a chronic condition that are similar to COVID-19 symptoms?

This symptom assessment is to determine if you meet criteria for a medical evaluation for COVID-19. If you have an underlying medical disease or an ongoing chronic condition that has similar symptoms to COVID-19, then you do not need to record this if your symptoms are unchanged. Please only record symptoms that are new or worsening in the daily symptom monitoring tool.

What do I do if I accidentally entered symptoms in the app that were incorrect and need the app cleared?  What if I was sick and have talked to Student Health and have been cleared?

Please email help.backtoschool@vanderbilt.edu between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. for assistance and they will clear the app for you.

Link to this FAQ

COVID-19 TESTING

Faculty, staff and postdocs who have symptoms related to COVID-19, have received a positive COVID-19 test result outside the VUMC system, or have been officially notified that they are a close contact to a COVID-19 positive person must call the Occupational Health Center (OHC) at 615-936-0955 to receive guidance for their symptoms, possible testing, isolation/quarantine period, and return to campus criteria. If after-hours, OHC should call back within 30 minutes once a message is left. If OHC is not open and the symptoms are severe enough, the individual should go to the VUMC emergency department.

An individual awaiting test results must remain at home off campus in quarantine and keep their department chair/supervisor/mentor/lead researcher informed of their return-to-campus status.

If an individual believes they have contracted COVID-19 after exposure to a known COVID-19 positive person on campus and/or while performing job duties, OHC may direct the individual to complete a First Report of Work Injury or Illness.

Members of the Vanderbilt community that include undergraduate students, graduate and professional students, staff and post docs who are authorized to be on campus, and are engaged in on-campus, in-person activities, will be included in the institution’s COVID-19 periodic on-campus testing program which will begin by Sept.1. The sampling of Vanderbilt community members selected for testing will be based on analysis of COVID-19 test outcomes in segments of the community and other factors that will ensure a representative, meaningful and targeted sample of the VU community. Frequency of the testing during the fall semester will be based on the analysis of the outcome data being surveilled. If you have previously been COVID-19 positive in the last three months, you may be exempt from COVID-19 testing for a period of time.  Please complete the waiver request form and upload relevant documentation, which will go to the Public Health Command Center for review.

Learn more about the Voluntary Faculty COVID-19 Periodic Testing Program.

Those enrolled in VU’s health insurance plan may be aware that our insurance provider, Aetna, is taking significant steps in response to COVID-19. Aetna will waive co-pays and member cost share for COVID-19 testing. This will cover the test kit for patients who meet CDC guidelines for testing, which can be performed in any approved laboratory location.

Learn more on the Aetna website, or contact HR at human.resources@vanderbilt.edu.

ASYMPTOMATIC CLOSE CONTACT (ACC) TESTING

The university has also updated its approach to testing of asymptomatic close contacts. The CDC defines a close contact as any individual who was within 6 feet of a person who has tested positive for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic people who have tested positive, 2 days prior to positive test collection) until the time the person who tested positive is isolated. Asymptomatic close contacts will be tested on day 8 of the required quarantine period. This applies specifically to all faculty, staff, post docs, and students who are authorized to be on campus and are participating in on-campus activities.

How test kits for asymptomatic close contacts are delivered will vary slightly based on the individual’s quarantine location. If an individual identified as a close contact is in on-campus quarantine housing, a pre-paid test kit will be delivered to the person’s quarantine location to be completed on Day 8 of their quarantine period. If an individual identified as a close contact lives off-campus, a weblink will be emailed on Day 5 of their quarantine period to order a pre-paid test kit to be delivered to their off-campus location by Day 8.

Positive Case and RECOVERY

Faculty, staff or postdocs who test positive for COVID-19 must isolate at home* and follow current CDC guidance. To help determine the risk of potential exposure to co-workers and others on campus, as part of the Vanderbilt Public Health Central Command Center, Occupational Health will conduct contact tracing with the individual who has tested positive. Those individuals determined to be a potential close contact will be given the name of the individual who tested positive so that their risk can be further assessed. Occupational Health may contact the supervisor/mentor/department chair if further contact tracing information for the COVID-19 positive individual is needed; however, the actual test result (and any other protected health information) will not be disclosed. For more information on contact tracing, please visit the contact tracing page.

Individuals who are defined as a close contact to a COVID-19 positive person are entered into Occupational Health’s symptom monitoring survey that is completed daily. The objective is to closely monitor each individual to ensure that any signs of infection are addressed early.

Vanderbilt is following CDC’s recommended recovery strategy. If an individual had symptoms and a positive COVID-19 test, recovery status (and clearance to return to campus/work) 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 the 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. Notification for return to on-campus activities is directed through Occupational Health.

*On-campus residential faculty and staff will receive separate guidance from the Office of Academic Affairs and Residential Faculty. 

COVID-19 Scenarios for faculty

I HAVE SYMPTOMS

  • STAY HOME: Notify Occupational Health Center (OHC) for assessment and testing. Notify department chair and/or lead researcher.
  • PAUSE: Stay off-campus and quarantine while awaiting test result.
  • ALL CLEAR: My test is negative so I can return to campus as long as I am not a close contact.

I HAVE A COVID-19 POSITIVE TEST RESULT

  • STAY AT HOME: Notify OHC and fill out Public Health Central Command Center (PHCCC) webform on the Return to Campus website. Notify department chair and/or lead researcher. Complete contact tracing with OHC as soon as possible.
  • PAUSE: Remain off-campus for isolation period, usually 10 days but length can vary.
  • ALL CLEAR: I completed isolation and can return to campus when released by OHC.

I AM A CLOSE CONTACT

  • STAY AT HOME: Complete PHCCC webform on the Return to Campus website. Notify department chair and/or lead researcher.
  • PAUSE: Remain off campus for quarantine period, usually 14 days after last contact but length can vary.
  • ALL CLEAR: I completed quarantine and can return to campus when released by OHC or PHCCC as applicable.

Link to this FAQ

Campuswide approaches to safety and the practice of physical distancing are important because individuals can be without symptoms and still be COVID-19 positive. Individuals who have been authorized to return to campus must conduct symptom monitoring every day before coming to campus or leaving their residence hall room. Daily symptom monitoring is mandatory for students coming to/living on campus (remote only students do NOT need to enter symptoms in the symptom assessment tool) and it is the individual’s responsibility to comply. It is our shared duty as a community to act responsibly. A student who does not live in Vanderbilt housing must be free of ANY symptoms related to COVID-19 to be on campus or participate in activities on campus. A student who lives on campus must be free of ANY symptoms related to COVID-19 to participate in activities on campus.

According to the CDC, symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus. These symptoms or combinations of symptoms include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

A symptom assessment tool has been created within the existing VandySafe app for daily self-monitoring. You can also access the symptom assessment tool at: http://vu.edu/symptoms. The use of this tool is mandatory for students coming to/living on campus (remote only students do NOT need to enter symptoms in the symptom assessment tool) beginning August 10 to prepare for campus arrival. In the event that symptoms are accidentally entered in the app incorrectly or a student has been cleared by student, or if you are experiencing any technical issues, please email help.backtoschool@vanderbilt.edu between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. for assistance.

Please note that this symptom assessment tool is to determine if you meet criteria for a medical evaluation for COVID-19.  If you have an underlying medical disease or an ongoing chronic condition that has similar symptoms to COVID-19, then you do not need to record this if your symptoms are unchanged. **Please only record symptoms that are new or worsening in the daily symptom monitoring tool.**

New features of the VandySafe app include:

  • Self-Assessment Tool: Users are provided recommended actions based on answers to a series of guided questions
  • Return to Campus Plan
  • Vanderbilt University COVID-19 Updates
  • Report a Concern
  • Support Services

A student who has any new or worsening symptoms, including a fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or greater, should visit Student Health for assessment. 

If Student Health is closed and you need evaluation for COVID-19, you may call the VUMC COVID-19 hotline at (888) 312-0847 for information about after hours assessment site availability. This number is answered seven days a week from 8 am to 5 pm CT. If additional concerns or questions, the Student Health on-call provider can also be reached after hours.  

Anyone tested for COVID-19 must quarantine until testing results are back as directed by the Dean of Students office. The student is also responsible for contacting their instructors if they are in quarantine (awaiting test or had close contact) or isolation (positive test) to alert them that they will miss in-person classes and will be taking classes remotely. If the results are negative, the person may return without any formal clearance.

VandySafe Symptom Monitoring FAQ

How do I login to complete my symptom assessment?

To login to complete your daily symptom assessment, you will use your Vanderbilt email address and password. If you need to reset or change your password, visit the VUIT website for assistance.

As part of Vanderbilt’s continued efforts to keep applications and data secure, duo multi-factor authentication (MFA) is also required to access the application. You will be required to authenticate via MFA every 30 days.

The MFA application you will need to download to log in to the Daily Symptom Assessment Application is called DUO. Please follow the instructions below to download DUO.

Enroll in Duo:

  1. Go to the MFA website
  2. Under Requesting Service, click “Enroll Now”
  3. Sign in and click “Start setup”
  4. Select Mobile Phone and follow the prompts
  5. Install the Duo Mobile application on your mobile phone
  6. In your phone internet browser, click “I have Duo Mobile installed”
  • Click “Take me to Duo Mobile App”
  • You will receive a code in your DUO app – this verifies the successful installation of Duo
  1. Go back to your browser, click “Dismiss and save your preferences”

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact the VUIT support number at 615-343-9999 or submit a help request at help.it.vanderbilt.edu.

What do I do after I log in?

Once on the main menu, Click ‘Click here to select assessment’ and click ‘Symptom Assessment’. Then, click ‘Add another assessment’.

 

I am receiving a message asking me to “Authenticate.” What do I do?

The following message appears for iPhone users when the application tries to open in Safari:

Go to settings, locate and select Safari, scroll down to Privacy & Security, and toggle off “Private Cross-Site Tracking”. This should allow you to launch the web page.

What do I do if I am experiencing issues with the app?

If you are experiencing technical issues with the application, please email help.backtoschool@vanderbilt.edu between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. for assistance.

What if I do not have a cell phone to do the symptom assessment?

You can also access the symptom assessment by going to vu.edu/symptoms from a computer or laptop.

What if I am having issues connecting to the wireless network VUNET?

VUIT updated the wireless networks in early July. Personal smart devices, such as smart phones and tablets or other non-Vanderbilt issued devices, will need to be onboarded to the network by the user. You can onboard your devices by visiting wifi.vanderbilt.edu, clicking “I have a VUnetID,” and selecting “Connect laptop, tablet or smartphone.” It is not required to be on campus to complete this process. For more information about Vanderbilt Wi-Fi networks, visit wifi.vanderbilt.edu.

Why do I have to complete a daily symptom assessment? 

Campus-wide approaches to safety and the practice of mask wearing and physical distancing are important as individuals can be without symptoms and still be COVID-19 positive.  Individuals who have been authorized to return to campus must also conduct symptom monitoring every day before coming to campus. It is the individual’s responsibility to comply. It is our shared duty as a community to act responsibly.  All individuals must be free of ANY symptoms related to COVID-19  to be on campus or participate in activities on campus.

What should I do if I am experiencing new/worsening symptoms?

If you are an undergraduate, graduate or professional student, visit the Student Health Center for assessment.

What if I currently have symptoms from a chronic condition that are similar to COVID-19 symptoms?

This symptom assessment is to determine if you meet criteria for a medical evaluation for COVID-19. If you have an underlying medical disease or an ongoing chronic condition that has similar symptoms to COVID-19, then you do not need to record this if your symptoms are unchanged. Please only record symptoms that are new or worsening in the daily symptom monitoring tool.

What do I do if I report symptoms before arriving on campus?

Students who report symptoms before they come to campus should seek care from their healthcare provider in their own communities.

What do I do if I accidentally entered symptoms in the app that were incorrect and need the app cleared?  What if I was sick and have talked to Student Health and have been cleared?

Please email help.backtoschool@vanderbilt.edu between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. for assistance and they will clear the app for you.

Link to this FAQ

COVID-19 TESTING

Vanderbilt University established 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.

As a core component of our preventive measures, VU has established requirements for COVID-19 safety such as offering on-campus testing, rigorous contact tracing and symptom management. We are partnering closely with the experts at VUMC and our School of Nursing to understand and deploy best practices in these areas. Graduate and professional students who have symptoms related to COVID-19 should visit 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. Students can also call the VUMC COVID-19 hotline at (888) 312-0847 for information about after-hours assessment site availability. This number is answered seven days a week, 7 am – 7 pm Central time. If there are additional concerns or questions, the Student Health on-call provider can also be reached after hours at 615-322-2427.

Student Health will instruct the individual on appropriate next steps. Should you be identified as a close contact through contact tracing by the Public Health Central Command Center or Health Department, you must quarantine at home as instructed.

Undergraduate students, graduate and professional students, staff and post docs who are authorized to be on campus, and are engaged in on-campus, in-person activities, will be included in the institution’s COVID-19 periodic on-campus  testing program which will begin by Sept.1. The sampling of Vanderbilt community members selected for testing will be based on analysis of COVID-19 test outcomes in segments of the community and other factors that will ensure a representative, meaningful and targeted sample of the VU community. Frequency of the testing during the fall semester will be based on the analysis of the outcome data being surveilled. If you have previously been COVID-19 positive in the last three months, you may be exempt from COVID-19 testing for a period of time.  Please complete the waiver request form and upload relevant documentation, which will go to the Public Health Command Center for review.

ASYMPTOMATIC CLOSE CONTACT (ACC) TESTING

The university has also updated its approach to testing of asymptomatic close contacts. The CDC defines a close contact as any individual who was within 6 feet of a person who has tested positive for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic people who test positive, 2 days prior to positive test collection) until the time the person who tested positive is isolated. Asymptomatic close contacts will be tested on day 8 of the required quarantine period. This applies specifically to all faculty, staff, post docs, and students who are authorized to be on campus and are participating in on-campus activities.

How test kits for asymptomatic close contacts are delivered will vary slightly based on the individual’s quarantine location. If an individual identified as a close contact is in on-campus quarantine housing, a pre-paid test kit will be delivered to the person’s quarantine location to be completed on Day 8 of their quarantine period. If an individual identified as a close contact lives off-campus, a weblink will be emailed on Day 5 of their quarantine period to order a pre-paid test kit to be delivered to their off-campus location by Day 8.

POSITIVE CASE AND RECOVERY

Graduate and professional students who test positive for COVID-19 must isolate as directed and until they have been deemed to have recovered. To determine the risk of potential exposure to others on campus, the Vanderbilt Public Health Central Command Center will conduct contact tracing with any student who has tested positive. For more information on contact tracing, please visit the contact tracing page.

Vanderbilt is following the CDC’s recommended recovery strategy. If an individual had symptoms and a positive COVID-19 test, 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.

Link to this FAQ

PRIOR TO CAMPUS ARRIVAL

Before an undergraduate student comes onto campus for the first time this year, they must complete the following:

  • Acknowledgment of Return to Campus requirements in Oracle Learn.
  • COVID-19 test kit that will be mailed to student’s location.

Due to their residential living arrangements and interactions across campus, all undergraduate students are required to complete pre-arrival testing before coming onto campus for the first time. We have partnered with Vault, a national provider of at-home test kits to provide COVID-19 at-home PCR saliva test kits in early August as a convenience to students. This saliva PCR test is the first FDA EUA-authorized solution of its kind and is currently a testing solution for many national companies, as well as sports leagues such as the National Hockey League, the PGA Tour, and Major League Soccer.

While initially our communications suggested a nasal swab test, we have chosen Vault’s saliva test because it is the most convenient and comfortable PCR test available; it can ship to 50 states; and it provides reliable, short turnaround times for test results. The COVID-19 testing landscape across the United States has been constantly evolving, even daily, and we wanted to be sure to provide the best possible solution for all our undergraduate students.

As students complete the Vault test, they will be supervised via Zoom by a medical professional which will allow for a higher degree of service for students and families, while also increasing test efficacy. Our providing this test kit solution for all students also allows consistent methodology across the student body and eliminates the challenge of finding asymptomatic testing options in locations across the U.S. with varying levels of availability.

Students who intend to return to campus this fall must complete a pre-arrival test. Students will receive a message from the university by August 3 with more information and detailed instructions on how to register for a free test kit. Select students who are returning to campus early, including Resident Advisers, will receive instructions earlier. Each student will be provided a unique URL to complete their registration. *Students should order their tests through the link provided them in the YES system in order to not be charged for their test.*

Students must use their unique URL to complete their registration. Important details and dates to remember:

  • Students should place their order (referred to as registering their kit) using their unique URL by 2 p.m. CT on Wednesday, August 5.
  • The kit package will include detailed instructions for how to self-collect the saliva, and how to package and send it back to the vendor for processing. Students should follow the instructions carefully.
  • Students must log in to a Zoom meeting to complete the saliva collection once they receive their test kit. Failure to do the supervised collection will result in their test being invalidated. Students must partake in the supervised collection via Zoom to confirm that they, and not someone else, are completing the test.
  • Zoom meetings are available between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT Sunday through Thursday, and between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Friday and Saturday. No appointments are required. The preference is for students to complete their test via Zoom August 11-12. If there are unique circumstances where a student cannot complete the test August 11-12, please take it as close to those dates as possible.
  • Completed test packages should be dropped off at a UPS Store or brown UPS box by 4 p.m. CT on Wednesday, Aug. 12 or immediately after taking their test if the test was not taken Aug. 11-12. Please check the local pick-up times to ensure timely delivery once the test is taken. Students can locate a drop-off point here. Do not drop off the package at any pharmacy location such as CVS or UPS Access Points as these are not valid drop points for the purpose of test submission.
  • Adhering to this timeline will enable Vault to return results to students before students arrive at Vanderbilt.

Important details about the test:

  • The test kit will be registered to the student, and students should not swap kits with anyone else.
  • Students should not open the test tube packaging until they are ready to do the saliva collection. This will invalidate their sample and will result in needing to order another kit at the student’s expense.
  • Students should have a government ID such as a driver’s license or passport, a student ID or some other form of identification ready for the Zoom session. Expired ID is also acceptable due to government closures during the pandemic. If no ID is available, Vault has a selfie procedure students can use.
  • When students are ready to do the saliva collection, they should log in to the Zoom waiting room using the email and password provided during sign-up. Reminder: Students should not eat, drink, chew or smoke anything for at least 30 minutes before giving the sample.

Vanderbilt will be able to access test results electronically in a streamlined fashion through a dashboard portal, which eliminates the need for students to submit their results themselves.

Students must monitor their health and any symptoms using the VandySafe app starting August 10 to prepare for the August 24 start of classes. Students should contact a local health provider, or visit Student Health when it is open if in the Nashville area, if any COVID-19 symptoms develop.

COMING TO CAMPUS

If a student tests positive from the pre-arrival test kit, that student must remain in isolation at home, away from campus, and start all classes remotely until they have completed the required isolation time period. A member of the Public Health Central Command Center will be in touch with the student upon receiving their positive result.

If a student tested positive for COVID-19 and had symptoms, clearance to come to campus is assigned using CDC’s symptom-based strategy 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, per current CDC guidelines. If a student tested positive for COVID-19 but had no symptoms, the individual can be cleared to come 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.

If a student has a negative test result from the pre-arrival test kit, the student can start classes in person.

Students who do not complete a pre-arrival test will not be permitted on campus, including to move in to their residence hall assignment (if applicable), and may be subject to course registration cancellation for the fall 2020 semester, or they may elect remote study.

Link to this FAQ

All Vanderbilt undergraduates attending in-person classes (living on or off campus) will be re-tested after arrival. Undergraduate students moving into on-campus housing will have their test kit waiting in their room. Undergraduate students living off-campus will pick-up their COVID test kit with their health and safety kits at the Sarratt Box Office on August 20 and 22 and the week of August 24-28. Times for pick up at the Sarratt Box Office on Thursday, August 20 are from 10 am to 1:30 pm (Last Names A-L) and 1:30 pm to 5 pm (Last Names M-Z) or on Friday, August 21 from 10 am to 1:30 pm (Last Names M-Z) and 1:30 pm to 5 pm (Last Names A-L). You can also pick up your COVID test kit and the health and safety kit the week of August 24, and pick-up days have again been arranged based on last name.

  • Monday, August 24: Last Names A-E
  • Tuesday, August 25: Last Names F-J
  • Wednesday, August 26: Last Names K-O
  • Thursday, August 27: Last Names P-T
  • Friday, August 28: Last Names U-Z

The kits will be available at the Sarratt Box Office between 10 am and 6 pm each day.

The test should be completed within 48 hours of being picked up, and the instructions will denote where completed tests should be dropped off for processing.

Anyone who tests positive from the arrival test kit must complete their isolation period until they are medically cleared to return to normal campus activities. The Public Health Central Command Center will follow up regarding the process to return to normal campus activities. If you are still in isolation on the first day of class, you will need to start your classes online.

The comprehensive arrival testing program, along with the pre-arrival testing information, will provide data to inform continued decisions for periodic testing throughout the fall. Additional information can be found on the Undergraduate Student Testing on Campus & Recovery page.

Link to this FAQ

The following information outlines how COVID-19 testing and recovery will work while on campus during the fall semester. Earlier information on pre-arrival testing can be found on the Pre-arrival Testing page, and information on arrival testing can be found on the Undergraduate Student Arrival Testing page.

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 should visit 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 an emergency visit, 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. Alternatively, if Student Health is closed, students may call the VUMC COVID-19 hotline at (888) 312-0847 for information about after hours assessment site availability. This number is answered seven days a week, 8 am – 5 pm Central time. Student Health will instruct the individual on appropriate next steps.

Periodic Testing

The comprehensive arrival testing program, along with the pre-arrival testing information, will provide data to inform continued decisions for periodic testing throughout the fall. In addition, we have expanded our periodic testing program to include weekly, mandatory testing for all undergraduate students who are authorized to be on campus and are engaged in on-campus, in-person activities—whether they live on campus or off campus.

Weekly testing will begin on Monday, August 31. Students should log into YES to register for their COVID-19 Testing Time Block no later than 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, September 1, and enrollment must allow for a test to be taken the week of August 31. This one-hour time block will appear on students’ course schedule in a manner similar to a class with a subject designation (UNIV) and course number (0099). Much like a class, students will report for testing in the same time block every week beginning the week of August 31 through the end of on-campus instruction (November 20). While this registration will appear on students’ schedules in YES, it will not appear on transcripts. Students will have the opportunity to change the time block they have selected up until the Sept. 1 deadline, after which registration will be closed and no additional changes possible. Additional slots will not be added, so students are encouraged to enroll as soon as possible in order to reserve the block most convenient to their schedule. For additional assistance registering, please reference the YES user guide.

Testing will be conducted in the David R. Williams II Recreation and Wellness Center Monday through Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., to offer students the greatest flexibility in scheduling their testing block. During the designated time block, students will report to the entrance on the east side of the Recreation and Wellness Center for testing and should follow posted circulation signage and any instructions from staff. Students must bring their Vanderbilt ID and their cell phone to register their test. After arriving, students will be given a test kit at check-in and will be guided by on-site staff to an available testing station. A staff member will supervise the saliva test to ensure it is done properly. Upon completion of the test, students will follow circulation plans within the testing center that guide them to a station where their completed test is dropped off and they scan their VU ID. After dropping off their test and scanning their VU ID, students will follow circulation plans to exit the building through the rear entrance onto Children’s Way. Students will be notified of their test results via email, typically with 48 hours. More details can be found on the On-campus Testing Center page, including maps illustrating entry and exit points.

Students who test positive for COVID-19 must isolate as directed until they are deemed to have recovered and are released to return to on-campus activities, including classes. Students should create a checklist of all necessary items they may need in the event they are required to move to on-campus quarantine or isolation housing. This list should include items such as medication, computer, phone, chargers, textbooks and items necessary for schoolwork, adequate clothing, personal hygiene products, their own pillow, etc.

By signing the Return to Campus acknowledgment, students agreed to “submit to regular COVID-19 testing if and when VU requires.” Those who refuse to comply with testing requirements will be referred to the Office of Student Accountability, Community Standards, and Academic Integrity.

If you have previously been COVID-19 positive, per CDC guidelines you may be exempt from COVID-19 testing for 90 days following the date of your test. Please complete the testing exemption form and upload relevant documentation, which will go to the medical professionals in the Public Health Command Center for review. Acceptable documentation to upload would be confirmation of a COVID-19 test in the last 90 days that includes your name and test date. Antibody tests are not accepted. Those who tested positive through pre-arrival, arrival and on-campus Vault tests or through testing conducted at Student Health do not need to complete the form as they are already in the university’s system.

Students currently in quarantine or isolation received additional follow-up instructions specific to their current In particular, students who are currently in quarantine should register for a weekly testing time but should not report to weekly testing until their quarantine period is over.

ASYMPTOMATIC CLOSE CONTACT (ACC) TESTING

The university has also updated its approach to testing of asymptomatic close contacts. The CDC defines a close contact as any individual who was within 6 feet of a person who has tested positive for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic people who test positive, 2 days prior to positive test collection) until the time the person who tested positive is isolated. Asymptomatic close contacts will be tested on day 8 of the required quarantine period. This applies specifically to all faculty, staff, post docs, and students who are authorized to be on campus and are participating in on-campus activities.

How test kits for asymptomatic close contacts are delivered will vary slightly based on the individual’s quarantine location. If an individual identified as a close contact is in on-campus quarantine housing, a pre-paid test kit will be delivered to the person’s quarantine location to be completed on Day 8 of their quarantine period. If an individual identified as a close contact lives off-campus, a weblink will be emailed on Day 5 of their quarantine period to order a pre-paid test kit to be delivered to their off-campus location by Day 8.

POSITIVE CASE AND RECOVERY

Students who test positive for COVID-19 must isolate as directed until they have been deemed to 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.

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The following information is specific to the on-campus testing center located in the David R. Williams II Recreation and Wellness Center. For additional information on testing, please see the Undergraduate Student Testing on Campus & Recovery page, the Graduate and Professional Students Testing & Recovery page, and the Faculty, Staff and Postdocs Testing & Recovery page.

On-campus testing center

Vanderbilt students participate in COVID testing at the student recreation center.

As part of Vanderbilt University’s periodic on-campus testing program, a testing center has been established in the David R. Williams II Recreation and Wellness Center. Currently, the testing center is open Monday through Saturday by appointment/registration only, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and is used primarily for mandatory, weekly undergraduate testing.

In addition, the university launched an ongoing COVID-19 periodic testing program on August 24 to test select graduate and professional students in various schools, and the periodic testing will continue to expand over the coming weeks to encompass additional on-campus graduate students, professional students, faculty, staff and postdocs. Periodic testing activities may be incorporated into the on-campus testing center operations at a future date, or may be administered through test pick-ups or deliveries. Those selected for periodic testing will be provided instructions on how to complete the testing. We continue to partner with Vault—a national provider of saliva test kits, and the same provider we utilized for pre-arrival and arrival testing of undergraduates—to help us conduct these tests.

Undergraduate weekly testing

Undergraduates will register for a regularly-scheduled testing time block. Though the block covers an hour in time, the test itself should only take approximately 10 minutes to complete, and a student may arrive at any time in the designated hour block for their test. During the designated time block, students will report to the entrance on the northwest side of the Recreation and Wellness Center and should follow posted circulation signage and any instructions from staff. Students must bring their Vanderbilt ID and their cell phone each time to register their test. After arriving, students will be given a test kit at check-in and will be guided by on-site staff to an available testing station. A staff member will supervise the saliva test to ensure it is conducted properly. Upon completion of their test, students will follow circulation plans within the testing center that guide them to a location to drop off their completed test scan their VU ID. After dropping off their test and scanning their VU ID, students will follow circulation plans to exit the building through the rear entrance onto Children’s Way.

Students will be notified of their test results via email, typically with 48 hours. Students who test positive for COVID-19 must isolate as directed until they are deemed to have recovered and are released to return to on-campus activities, including classes.

This testing is mandatory for all undergraduate students who are authorized to be on campus and are engaged in on-campus, in person-activities – whether they live on campus or off campus. By signing the Return to Campus acknowledgment, students agreed to “submit to regular COVID-19 testing if and when VU requires.” Those who refuse to comply with testing requirements will be referred to the Office of Student Accountability, Community Standards, and Academic Integrity.

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To mitigate the risk to others of potential exposure and to protect all on campus as much as possible, a Vanderbilt Public Health Central Command Center (the Command Center) has been established to manage contact tracing and notifications across VU communities. This Vanderbilt Command Center is a collaboration between the Nurse Faculty Practice Division in the School of Nursing, the Vanderbilt Student Health Center (SHC) and the Vanderbilt Occupational Health Center (OHC), and it will conduct contact tracing with individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19. By launching this robust in-house contact tracing capability, developed in collaboration with experts at VUMC, VUSN and Metro Public Health, Vanderbilt ensures coordinated contact tracing between campus and the Nashville community that is as timely as possible.

Faculty, staff, postdocs and students who live off campus and test positive for COVID-19 must isolate at their home/current residence and follow current CDC guidance as directed until they have recovered. Residential students who test positive for COVID-19 must isolate as directed by the dean of students until they have recovered.

Contact tracing generally works as follows:

  • If an individual develops symptoms and is awaiting a COVID-19 test, receives a positive COVID-19 test result, or is identified as a close contact by contact tracers, then the individual stays home (or in the case of residential students, goes to quarantine space as directed by Dean of Students) until released.
  • When a positive COVID-19 test result is identified, a contact tracer will be assigned immediately to the case. The contact tracer will interview the individual and identify all contacts. Close contacts are defined specifically as noted below. Close contacts are entered into a database and notified by phone and email. Information on how to proceed is relayed to each individual who is a close contact, as well as to the Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) director.
  • The EHS director will coordinate information among entities and activate support from the Office of the General Counsel, Dean of Students, Human Resources, Facilities/Disinfection, VEHS, and Communications.
  • The contact tracer will relay information about any non-VU close contacts to the Metro Public Health department.

Please note that during this process the name of the index case will be disclosed to possible contacts, but protected health information will not be disclosed.

Per both VU Return to Campus protocol and CDC guidance, a close contact is defined as any individual who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to positive test collection) until the time the patient is isolated.

Things to Remember:

  • Incidental exposure such as walking by someone in the hallway, using the same equipment or the same area/room is not close contact.
  • Surface contamination is not a primary pathway of concern per the CDC. Public areas will be frequently disinfected by Facilities/Plant Operations.

Immunity eligibility for students

In the Return to Campus Acknowledgement, students agree to cooperate with Vanderbilt and public health officials’ contact tracing efforts. Students are expected to be forthcoming and honest when providing information to contact tracers. A student who provides information about their prior possession or use of alcohol or other drugs and any resulting intoxication, or prior violation of Vanderbilt’s COVID-19 protocols, during contact tracing will be eligible for immunity from disciplinary action in order to facilitate accurate information reporting. Similarly, a student who provides information in a Title IX investigation about their prior possession or use of alcohol or other drugs and any resulting intoxication or prior violation of Vanderbilt’s COVID-19 protocols, will be eligible for immunity from disciplinary action in order to facilitate accurate information reporting during the investigation. On the other hand, failure to be truthful and forthcoming during contact tracing will result in disciplinary action.

 

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The university is using a streamlined process to evaluate an individual’s concerns about how their personal circumstances surrounding COVID-19 may place them at greater risk. That risk may be the result of their own underlying health condition or age, or it may be due to the health condition of a family member for whom the individual provides care. Vanderbilt is taking every appropriate precaution to protect our entire community as we return to campus and classrooms.

Individuals with certain conditions may have a higher risk for COVID-19 infection. According to the CDC, people at increased risk include:

Students coming to campus

For on-campus students requesting accommodations for the first time, or for those students requesting a change to an accommodation, please log into the Commodore Access Portal and make the request.

Each student will make the decision, based on their personal circumstances, to either return to campus or study remotely. Students should keep in mind that there will be students on campus this fall who may have underlying conditions rendering them more vulnerable to COVID-19 infection. It is the responsibility of each community member to fully commit to protecting the Vanderbilt community’s collective health and well-being.

students opting for remote-only instruction

See: Undergraduate Students Not Returning/Opting for Remote-Only

STAFF AND POSTDOC accommodations

Staff and postdocs can submit a request for COVID-related accommodations, and the request will be evaluated based on an individualized assessment of the basis for the request and the requirements of the individual’s professional position. To initiate a request for a COVID-related accommodation, go to the Equal Employment Opportunity homepage on the Vanderbilt University website and select the COVID-19 Accommodation Request image on the right side of the page. Requests should be submitted to EEO as soon as possible to facilitate preparation for fall 2020.

The Roadmap for Reopening Nashville acknowledges higher-risk groups as a specific subpopulation, and Vanderbilt acknowledges that we may need to make special contingency plans for the voluntary return to campus by members of those groups, for example, by allowing members of those groups to continue to work remotely when possible. If members of higher-risk groups return to campus voluntarily even when the Roadmap for Reopening suggests they may be safer at home, we will ask them to acknowledge the risk associated with being on campus.

FACULTY ACCOMMODATIONS

We all share the goal of protecting, as much as possible, the health and safety of our faculty, their families and all members of our community as we prepare for the start of the fall semester. If you are affected by a situation that increases your health risk (or that of a family member) by your returning to campus, you should submit a Reasonable Accommodation Request Form to the Equal Employment Opportunity Office.

Although medical information is routinely and normally required for the accommodations process, for many of us this is a new experience. It might feel uncomfortable to disclose to the EEO Office personal information about our vulnerabilities or those of our family members. Using the EEO accommodations process is the very best way to ensure your medical information stays separate from those that make decisions about your faculty appointment. The EEO policies and process protect your rights.

The medical details of your request for an accommodation are not a part of your employment history, nor will this medical information ever be shared with your dean. The EEO team, and HR as needed, will keep your personal medical information confidential. The information is only used by the EEO team to evaluate your request for an accommodation and to determine the most appropriate and reasonable accommodation to ensure you are as safe as possible. Your rights, both to privacy and to safety in the workplace, are paramount in this process. If you have any questions at all about how to submit a request, how requests are processed or what resources are available to you, you should reach out to EEO Director Anita Jenious or her staff.

To be clear: The provost and the deans will not have access to your confidential personal medical information.

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Supporting our students is our utmost priority, and the university is committed to providing options and alternatives that allow all of our students access to a world-renowned education, no matter the instruction mode.

All courses will be prepared to be offered both in person and remotely. This gives us flexibility to adapt to remote instruction only should conditions warrant it.

Vanderbilt University may choose to transition to remote-only learning based on the following:

  • Local, state or national shelter-in-place advisories or restrictions that require remote-only learning
  • Quarantine and isolation capacity for the residential population
  • A surge in cases coupled with increased severity of illness among campus demographic cohorts
  • Contact tracing analysis (a surge in cases tied to an event vs. tied to rampant community spread with severe illness may be treated differently, for example)

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

This includes if a student leaves for personal or disciplinary reasons after being on campus, or if the university has to shift to online-only instruction. If the university has to shift to online-only instruction, we hope to be able to allow students to remain in on-campus housing; however, the university reserves the right to require students to vacate campus housing if necessary, including to comply with any applicable government order.

The university may also decide to “pause” in-person classes on a program by program basis for a period of time and move such to virtual/alternative platforms; for example, to allow undergraduate students living on campus to remain in their residence hall rooms. Such a suspension period would also be focused on additional actions to contain any potential spread. The university may also use this approach with specific populations within the University, such as a specific school or program or course, to allow time for additional contact tracing and testing to be conducted.

We know students had many difficult financial and personal decisions to make for the fall semester. To assist with these decisions, we have given students the option to study remotely if it is a better fit for them during this time. We have also allowed upper-division students to choose off-campus housing instead of living in the university’s residential facilities.

In the event of a resurgence in COVID-19 cases that results in a shift to remote learning, Campus Dining will significantly scale back its campus services to match Vanderbilt’s changing needs. Should a ramp down of residential housing occur prior to the scheduled last day of in-person classes (November 20, 2020), Dining will work with Student Accounts on dining adjustments. Meal plan components eligible for adjustments include:

  • Meal Money – all unused meal money will be credited in full.
  • Meal Plans – Students enrolled in the 21 Plan, 19 Plan, or 14 Plan will receive a credit for the unused portion of their meal plan based on the portion of the term remaining

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Facilities staff will follow these protocols when disinfecting a space after a known COVID-19 positive case:

  1. If possible wait 24 to 72 hours before cleaning while increasing ventilation in the space (office, suite, floor[s] or building).
  2. Plant Operations personnel entering the space will use the appropriate protective equipment (masks, gloves, etc.).
  3. All personal items (dishes, toothbrush, etc.) will be relocated and contained for later disinfection.
  4. The entire space will be cleaned using EPA-standard approved cleaning products.
  5. High-touch areas will be wiped or sprayed with additional disinfecting products.
  6. The entire space will be fogged using EPA disinfecting products.
  7. Reoccupancy may occur 12 hours after the space has been fogged.
  8. Before occupants are allowed to return, the space will receive a thorough inspection to include (as applicable):
  • Operation of all plumbing fixtures
  • Flushing of the HVAC system
  • Lighting
  • Elevator operation
  • Identification of any nonperforming building systems

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Plant Operations, a unit within the Vanderbilt University Facilities Department, will operate in accordance with the increased cleaning and disinfection protocols recommended by the Centers for Disease Control, using Environmental Protection Agency-approved products that are effective against the COVID-19 virus. Throughout the pandemic, Plant Operations has monitored and adopted CDC recommendations.

The CDC’s “Considerations for Institutes of Higher Education,” May 30 updated guidance specifically recommends routine disinfecting and cleaning of surfaces and objects that are frequently touched using the cleaners typically used, according to the directions on the label. The CDC says that most common EPA-registered household disinfectants should be effective.

At a minimum, there will be twice daily disinfecting of high-touch areas throughout campus. Classrooms will be disinfected daily during routine cleaning. Disinfecting wipes will be provided in classrooms and other spaces for use by the occupants. Facilities is also implementing zone-based disinfectant teams who will be easily identifiable.

Facilities will follow CDC guidelines for cleaning of outdoor areas, which calls for routine cleaning.

Plant Operations staff received cleaning and disinfection protocols training at the onset of the pandemic and will attend future training sessions on the latest protocols. In accordance with CDC and university guidelines, all staff members will wear the required personal protective equipment including face masks/coverings while on campus.

In addition to normal cleaning routines, custodial staff will also disinfect frequently touched surfaces or high-touch points and objects using EPA approved products. Examples of frequently touched surfaces and objects that will receive the minimal twice-daily disinfection are:

  • Tables in common spaces
  • Doorknobs
  • Light switches
  • Door handles
  • Hand railings
  • Bathroom stalls
  • Sink handles
  • Grab bars
  • Water fountains

Cleaning services for public/common spaces such as restrooms, lounges, lobbies, and hallways will be increased. Other duties such as emptying trash, vacuuming/cleaning of floors of private offices once per week will continue. Otherwise, cleaning/disinfecting of private offices and work areas will be the responsibility of occupants.

The following will NOT be cleaned by custodial staff.

  • Desks
  • Keyboards
  • Touch screens
  • Remote controls

Disposable wipes will be made available through each school/college’s and department’s building or facilities officer so that commonly used surfaces and objects can be wiped down before use. For soft surfaces such as carpeted floors or fabric in seating areas, guidance indicates to continue cleaning with cleaners appropriate for use on these surfaces and disinfecting with appropriate product for the specific surfaces; vacuum carpets as usual.

Hand Sanitizing Products and Touchless Features

  • Hand sanitizing stations will be located at key areas within all campus buildings.
  • Sanitizing products such as hand pumps and wipes will be available at key locations (ingress/egress, elevator lobbies, etc.) and can be obtained through each school/college’s and department’s building or facilities officer.
  • Foot pulls will be installed on doors of high-use areas such as restrooms.
  • Plant Operations will gradually replace hand-operated paper towels and soap dispensers with touchless products in restrooms.

These practices will continue to evolve as the CDC releases new recommendations.

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The Vanderbilt University Facilities Department, in alignment with the guidelines released by the Centers for Disease Control concerning building system operations to stop the spread of COVID-19, as well as guidance from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers, is committed to providing the safest environment for students, faculty, staff and the entire Vanderbilt community.

The guidance from these sources is very similar and falls into three basic categories:

  • Increasing the amount of outside air being delivered to spaces
  • Using high-efficiency filtration in systems that circulate air around large numbers of spaces
  • Maintaining temperature and humidity levels within spaces

The university is implementing strategies to comply with these guidelines. The Facilities Department is also working to implement an overnight cycle during which buildings are flushed with an increased volume of outside air without exceeding the heating and cooling system capacities.

The Facilities Department will continue to adhere to ASHRAE published guidance for safe and healthy buildings, which emphasizes increased fresh-air ventilation and close management of indoor air quality, temperature and humidity.

To keep the Vanderbilt community as healthy as possible, indoor conditions will be maintained at temperatures ranging from 68 to 76 degrees and relative humidity of 45 to 50 percent.

Although the university is implementing these extra safety measures, it is up to each member of the Vanderbilt community to practice physical distancing, washing or sanitizing hands, and using face masks/coverings in all public spaces on campus to limit the spread of COVID-19, as recommended by the CDC.

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For individuals in a private setting and not wearing a face mask/covering, the CDC recommends to always cover their mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing or using the inside of their elbow. Throw used tissues in the trash. Immediately wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.

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FACE MASKS/COVERINGS

Face masks/coverings (e.g., disposable masks or cloth face coverings) must be worn by all individuals on campus at all times in public indoor settings (e.g., common workspaces, public spaces, hallways, stairwells, elevators, meeting rooms, classrooms, break-rooms, restrooms, etc.). Faculty may opt to wear face shields in lieu of masks/coverings while teaching and while following other classroom protocols. If physical distancing is possible, individuals working in private offices or laboratory environments that do not otherwise require face masks/coverings may remove their face masks/coverings while in such spaces.

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:

    1. While engaged in vigorous solo outdoor recreation, such as biking or running, or under the supervision of relevant recreation staff or instructors, such as an outdoor fitness class through the Recreation and Wellness Center
    2. While actively engaged in eating/drinking outdoors, so long as physical distancing is maintained

Appropriate use of face masks/coverings is important in minimizing risks to the wearers and those around them according to both CDC and ACHA guidance. You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick. The face mask/covering is not a substitute for physical distancing. This applies to off-site and leased building space, as well as on the main Vanderbilt campus, both indoors and outdoors.

An individual who is having difficulty wearing a face mask/covering should contact Occupational Health (faculty, staff, postdoc) or Student Health (student) for direction. A faculty member, staff member, or postdoc who cannot wear a face mask/covering because of medical or other reasons should contact the Equal Employment Opportunity office for possible accommodation measures.  Students should contact Student Access Services for possible accommodation measures.

Type and Intended Use of Face Masks/Coverings

Each faculty member, staff member, postdoc and student will be provided with one cloth face covering. Individuals and departments can contact their assigned building manager or liaison in their college, school or department to acquire cloth face coverings.

Disposable masks will be provided, if needed. A disposable mask must not be used for more than one day.

Staff face masks/coverings are work attire. Face masks/coverings must be clean, plain and free of writing, logos or images other than those of Vanderbilt University. Departments may have additional face masks/coverings guidelines. 

Based on CDC guidance and recent updated studies, face masks/coverings need to fit the following criteria:

  • Face masks/coverings must adhere to CDC guidance.
  • Cotton face masks are allowed as long as they have multiple layers.
  • Any face mask/covering with a one-way exhalation valve is prohibited. These masks allow the wearer to directly exhale into the air, and do not prevent the person wearing the mask from transmitting COVID-19 to others.
  • Neck gaiters are not recommended.  The fabric used in neck gaiters has demonstrated through various studies as not being effective. Many neck gaiters are stretchy knit, synthetics or fleece. Those are the least tightly woven fabrics which are least likely to provide a high filtration efficiency. A mask should have a tight weave and low porosity. Other studies can be found here, here, here and here.
  • Scarves and bandanas are not recommended, as based on studies they do not provide enough layers to be effective.
Type Cloth Face Covering Disposable Mask Medical-Grade Surgical Mask N95 Respirator
Description Home-made or commercially manufactured face coverings that are washable and help contain wearer’s respiratory emissions Commercially manufactured masks help contain wearer’s respiratory emissions FDA-approved masks to protect the wearer from large droplets and splashes; helps contains wearer’s respiratory emissions Provide effective respiratory protection from airborne particles and aerosols; helps contain wearer’s respiratory emissions
Intended use Required for campus community use in all settings (common workspaces, public spaces, hallways, stairwells, elevators, meeting rooms, classrooms, breakrooms, campus outdoor spaces, in restrooms, etc.) Not required when working alone and physical distancing is possible. These masks are reserved for healthcare workers and other approved areas with task-specific hazards determined by OESO.

Use and Care of Face Masks/Coverings

Putting on the face mask/covering

  • Wash hands or use hand sanitizer prior to handling the face mask/covering.
  • Ensure the face mask/covering fits over the nose and under the chin.
  • Situate the face mask/covering properly with nose wire snug against the nose (where applicable).
  • Tie straps behind the head and neck or loop around the ears.
  • Throughout the process: Avoid touching the front of the face mask/covering.

Taking off the face mask/covering

  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth when removing the face mask/covering.
  • When taking off the face mask/covering, loop your finger into the strap and pull the strap away from the ear, or untie the straps.
  • Wash hands immediately after removing.

Disposal of face masks

  • Keep face mask stored in a paper bag when not in use.
  • Disposable face masks must not be used for more than one day and should be placed in a trash receptacle.
  • Dispose of a face mask if it is visibly damaged (e.g., stretched ear loops, torn or punctured materials), dirty or visibly contaminated.

Care, storage and laundering of cloth face coverings

  • Keep face covering stored in a paper bag when not in use.
  • Cloth face coverings may not be used longer than one day at a time and must be washed after use.
  • Disinfecting method: Launder cloth face coverings with regular laundry detergent before first use and after each shift. (Disposable masks are not washable.)
Gloves

Gloves are not necessary for general use and should not replace good hand hygiene. Washing your hands often with soap and water is considered the best practice for common everyday tasks. Please speak with your supervisor to determine if gloves are necessary.

Goggles/Face Shields

Individuals are not required to wear goggles or face shields as part of general activity on campus. Good hand hygiene and avoiding touching your face are generally sufficient for non-health care environments.

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The CDC recommends that community members should wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after they have been in a public place or used the restroom; after blowing their nose, coughing or sneezing; and before and after eating. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol. Individuals using hand sanitizer should cover all surfaces of their hands and rub them together until they feel dry. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

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Custodial crews will continue to clean offices and workspaces, classrooms and public spaces based on protocols developed with CDC guidance in mind, and individuals should take additional care to wipe down commonly used surfaces after use. It may not be possible for the university to provide product for personal use, but before you leave any room in which you have been working or eating, it is recommended that you swab down all work or eating areas with EPA-registered disinfectant. This includes a private workspace or any shared-space location or equipment (e.g., computers, A/V and other electrical equipment, copiers, desks and tables, chair arms, light switches, doorknobs, handles, etc.). To the best of your ability, you should clear desk and table surfaces in personal offices and workstations to aid in thorough cleaning. Using a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol is also effective after contacting commonly used surfaces.

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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 is especially important for people who are at higher risk. Individuals on campus should follow these physical distancing practices:

  • Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people.
  • Do not gather in groups.
  • Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings.

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In an effort to guide the university community in practicing healthy behaviors during the COVID-19 pandemic, Vanderbilt has launched the Public Health AmbassaDore program to address questions regarding campus health and safety measures.

The program has been established as an additional resource for the Vanderbilt community to navigate changes on campus. As identified representatives of the university, the Public Health AmbassaDores will help promote social norms to create a safe working and learning environment for all within the Vanderbilt University community. AmbassaDores will model exemplary adherence to all university protocols, serve as peer models and sources of information for individuals on campus, assist with knowledge dissemination and help communicate across specific sub-communities, and more.

The first AmbassaDores selected for the program are VUPS community service officers, and the program will expand prior to the fall semester to include other individuals (e.g., facility/building managers, volunteers among staff, faculty, students).

The Public Health AmbassaDores will receive training, resources, and support to prepare them for the role.

The expectations of a Community PHA are that you are willing to provide community members with masks, sanitizer, or more information as needed about best health practices on campus. This volunteer position is a way for members of the VU Community to have the best available information to keep themselves and this campus healthy and safe.

CDC Website

Oracle Learn PHA Program Training Link

Vanderbilt Return to Campus website

Becoming a Public Health AmbassaDore

You can submit this form yourself with departmental approval or have your department leader or manager submit on your behalf.

Once a form has been submitted you will receive a link to the Oracle Learn training that is mandatory to become a Community PHA.

After the training and quiz has been completed, you will receive a confirmation email that it has been completed.

Finally, a PHA team lead will reach out to you regarding next steps and how to receive PHA supplies.

Thank you for your interest!

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Frequently asked questions

What is a Public Health AmbassaDore?

As identified representatives of the university, the Public Health AmbassaDores will help promote social norms to create a safe working and learning environment for all with the Vanderbilt University community. AmbassaDores will model exemplary adherence to all university protocols, serve as peer models and sources of information for individuals on campus, assist with knowledge dissemination and help communicate across specific sub-communities, and more.

Who is eligible to become an AmbassaDore?

Any Vanderbilt faculty and staff can take the training online. However, officially designated Public Health AmbassaDores should seek approval from the supervisor and/or department leader.

How do I apply to become an AmbassaDore?

Those who are interested in becoming an AmbassaDore should fill out the online form above and you will receive a confirmation email with next steps to become an approved AmbassaDore.

If you have additional questions, contact Brittney Whatley in Vanderbilt University Public Safety at brittney.m.whatley@Vanderbilt.edu.

Is there required training to become an AmbassaDore?

Yes. After you or your supervisor/department leader have completed and submitted your information through the form available on the website, you will receive a confirmation email with how to complete the online training through Oracle Learn.

What are the expectations/responsibilities of AmbassaDores?

  • Serving as a source of information to promote the university’s expectations for reopening during COVID-19
  • Assisting with building circulation
  • Encouraging face mask/covering usage
  • Encouraging physical distancing
  • Providing directions to hand sanitizer stations or hand washing locations; and
  • Distributing COVID-19 packets that include masks and hand sanitizer upon request.

Do I need approval to apply?

Yes. To become a designated Public Health AmbassaDore, you will need approval from your supervisor and/or department leader.

Will I be compensated for being and AmbassaDore?

No. This is a voluntary program and AmbassaDores will not receive additional compensation.

How are AmbassaDores identified?

Public Health AmbassaDores will be identifiable with attire and materials made specifically for the program.

What are the time commitments of a Community PHA?

The time commitment as a Community PHA is dependent on your availability and the events of the fall semester. It is important to communicate with your department leader or manager your availability to be able to volunteer as a Community PHA during the week.

Who can I contact if I have additional questions?

Contact Captain Leshaun Oliver at leshaun.d.oliver@vanderbilt.edu for more information.

What number can I call to ask protocol questions or report a concern?

The PHA hotline number is operated by dispatch. They are able to answer questions regarding COVID-19 safety protocols, return to campus questions or connect you with a Community PHA to deliver masks, sanitizer or other information to you. The hotline number is 615-343-1352.

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During this time of uncertainty,Vanderbilt is committed to supporting the overall health and well-being of the entire campus community through resources that offer support, stress management and strategies for resilience across all demographics. Vanderbilt recognizes that COVID-19 has magnified disparities in a number of areas (e.g., housing, technology, finances, access) among and between various populations of students, which can lead to negative effects on personal wellbeing. 

STUDENT SUPPORT

To address this reality, we are enhancing support for our students’ health and well-being through collaboration with the Nurse Faculty Practice Division in the School of Nursing, which will provide counseling for any students who are in quarantine and isolation. We are also providing new tele-health options and additional programming through theStudent Care Network, a holistic network of wellness services and resources available toallVanderbilt students. 

The University Counseling Center provides students with access to professionals who have experience helping specific identity groups. The Provost’s Office for Inclusive Excellence, through its identity centers and identity initiatives, will also continue its commitment to fostering a safe and welcoming community that is inclusive and respectful of differences. Inclusive Excellence is launching identity initiatives this academic year to support international students as well as first-generation students. 

Parents and students with questions can call a new dedicated hotline at 615-322-4357 for any question related to the fall. Vanderbilt has expanded capacity to take these calls, and, from this line, calls will be routed to the right unit as/if needed.

Student Care Network will:

  • Provide clinical mental health and psychiatric services, well-being and academic coaching, care coordination and follow-up, and other health and wellness services
  • Provide access to counselors with expertise for specific identity groups
  • Enhance staffing and training
  • Increase tele-health/self-directed app options
  • Implement targeted programming
  • Re-formulate “drop-in” services
  • Revise collaborative follow-up models
  • Continue financial assistance
  • Support virtual community-building efforts

ADDITIONAL CAMPUS SUPPORT

An updated list of the available student services and resources for both our remote student population and for those students who remain on campus is available on the Student Care Network website.

HELPLINE

We are also offering a dedicated helpline to help answer your questions at 615-322-4357. The help line will be staffed by counselors between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CDT, Monday through Friday.

 

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Vanderbilt is committed to supporting your overall health and well-being. Faculty, staff and postdocs should visit the Vanderbilt health and wellness website for more information and resources that offer support, help manage stress and enhance your resilience.

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During this time of uncertainty, Vanderbilt is committed to supporting the overall health and well-being of the entire campus community, through resources that offer support, stress management and enhanced resilience across all demographics. Vanderbilt recognizes that COVID-19 has magnified disparities in a number of areas (e.g., housing, technology, finances, access) among and between various populations of students, which compounds the negative effects on well-being.

We are enhancing support for our students’ health and well-being by enhancing Student Health’s ability to best serve the student population through collaboration with the Nurse Faculty Practice Division in the School of Nursing. We also are providing new telehealth options, additional programming and more through the Student Care Network, a holistic network of wellness services and resources available to all  Vanderbilt students.

The University Counseling Center provides access to professionals with experience helping specific identity groups. The Provost’s Office for Inclusive Excellence, through its identity centers and identity initiatives, will continue its commitment to fostering a safe and welcoming community that is inclusive and respectful of differences. The office is launching identity initiatives this academic year to support international students as well as first-generation students.

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Fall 2020 - Policies and Compliance

Vanderbilt is utilizing software and tools to manage the Return to Campus response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The central repository for data will be housed on secure Vanderbilt servers. Special purpose software, Mazikcare, will be fed data from existing university systems as well as from the Public Health Central Command Center (“Command Center”). Along with the data feeds from existing university systems, the Command Center will enter data from Student Health, Occupational Health, results from Vault-administered tests (which are made available to the Command Center through a secure web portal), and its own Contact Tracers (collectively “COVID-19 Data”) in an effort to improve safety on campus.

This Privacy Q&A is designed to inform you about how Vanderbilt collects and uses information provided when you or the Command Center use the COVID-19 Data and how Vanderbilt processes your personal information.

How Do We Use Your Information?

Vanderbilt has a legitimate interest in processing your data in order to better ensure the safety of the Vanderbilt community by aggregation and analysis of the data provided by or about each individual community member. The Command Center and other campus partners may use the COVID-19 Data to identify (for example through use of the VandySafe symptom checker) and respond to positive cases, to identify Close Contacts, and to manage quarantine and isolation. Privacy by design principles are imbedded in this process. Information is shared only to the extent necessary to address the risk to a particular individual and to community members with whom the individual may have come in contact.

Who Has Access to Your Information?

Vanderbilt’s guiding principle in the use of this data is to only permit access data to those with an absolute need to know the information. The data is only accessible by Contact Tracers, the Command Center staff and a limited technical support team with explicit permission to access the data and only with the controls of single sign-on and multi factor authentication. These individuals may share individual community members’ information with others (including those with a need to know such as, the Dean of Students, Staff supervisors, PIs, Building managers, et. al.) but only to the extent necessary. This data is only being utilized to ensure a safe campus environment. Vanderbilt does not share your information with third parties for any commercial purpose. (The data stored in the Mazikcare application is not accessible to anybody outside of Vanderbilt’s authorized users.)

How Long Does Vanderbilt Keep Your Information?

Vanderbilt will practice data minimization and only retain your information for as long as necessary to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 How Does Vanderbilt Protect Your Information?

Vanderbilt takes very seriously its obligation to protect the confidentiality of your personal information and use of such information complies with applicable privacy laws including HIPAA and FERPA as well as non-discrimination laws including the ADA and the FMLA. In addition, Vanderbilt uses a combination of process, technology and physical security controls to help protect your information from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure. The Mazikcare application, which is the technological hub of Vanderbilt’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic is behind the single sign-on. A redundant security control for Mazikcare application is multi-factor authentication. Authorized users are bound by agreement to keep confidential all personal information which they access. These authorized uses have received training specific to their roles including training on privacy (including applicable privacy laws) and cybersecurity.

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Before returning to campus or participating in any on-campus activities including in-person classes, work, or research, all faculty, staff, postdoctoral scholars and students must complete online or physically sign the COVID-19 Return to Campus Acknowledgment.

The Acknowledgment explains the university’s guiding principles and related plans associated with the return to campus, describes certain guidelines and protocols that campus community members will be required to follow, and requests each person to confirm that they will cooperate to protect the health and safety of our campus community.

At the conclusion of the online module/Acknowledgment document, the individual will be asked to acknowledge that they have been informed of the risks and responsibilities associated with the return to campus and agree to follow all Vanderbilt University guidelines related to reducing the spread of COVID-19 infection.

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Vanderbilt’s Return to Campus Plan follows a phased and data-driven approach and considers the city of Nashville’s phases, adapting them to be applicable to a college campus.

Compliance serves as an important aspect of the Return to Campus Plan, reminding campus community members of their responsibilities in helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19. With the understanding that campus life will look very different with compliance in place, guidelines have been developed to promote the health and safety of the campus community as much as possible.

ADDRESSING NONCOMPLIANCE

Students, faculty, staff and postdocs will be expected to comply with all university policies and protocols designed to reduce the spread of COVID-19 infection and promote the health and safety of the Vanderbilt and Nashville communities.

STUDENTS

Any intentional, pervasive, or repeated violations of COVID-19 policies and protocols, including requirements related to face mask/coverings, physical distancing, and the maximum gathering size, will be addressed through the Office of Student Accountability, Community Standards, and Academic Integrity.

The potential campus-wide impact of violating the University’s Gatherings policy, either on- or off- campus is severe. The minimum sanction applied by Student Accountability if a student is found responsible for hosting a gathering that violates the policy will be suspension for a minimum of one semester; a first sanction may be as severe as expulsion, depending on the nature of and circumstances surrounding the violation. Attending, participating in or otherwise supporting, and/or concealing a gathering that violates the policy may also result in suspension or expulsion for a first offense.

Students also should take note of Nashville’s guidelines surrounding gatherings. Failure to comply with the city’s public health emergency orders can result in criminal penalties. 

The Office of Student Accountability, Community Standards, and Academic Integrity may also implement interim restrictions while students await the formal student accountability process if the university has sufficient evidence to conclude that the reported behavior presents a threat to the health and safety of our university community. Those interim restrictions may include but are not limited to: requiring students to sequester in their residence hall room or off-campus accommodation or elsewhere; prohibiting students from attending in-person classes or activities; restricting student access to university buildings; requiring COVID-19 testing.

Students living on-campus who are suspended or expelled for violating COVID-19 policies and protocols will be required to vacate the residence hall. No refund for tuition, housing costs, or relevant fees will be issued.

FACULTY

The Vanderbilt Faculty Manual provides that faculty may be disciplined for violations of the university’s standards of conduct. The process for reaching a decision to discipline a faculty member is overseen by the dean in consultation with the provost.

STAFF

The university’s progressive discipline policy states that a staff member can be disciplined for violations of protocols and procedures governing safety. The policy outlines a process for correcting single and repeat episodes of employee failure to comply with rules. Safety violations will be handled under this process.

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General Questions

Vanderbilt has received $2,816,212 in funds for students and has disbursed all of these emergency funds to eligible students. Details>>

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Given our continued restrictions on large gatherings and the health and safety protocols that we will have in place concerning physical distancing, we have made the difficult decision to cancel Family Weekend this year, which had been tentatively scheduled for Oct. 9-10. We will officially communicate this decision to all parents and families in the coming days. This is traditionally one of our favorite weekends of the year and we deeply regret having to cancel it, but we believe it is a necessary step as part of our efforts to protect the health and safety of all members of the Vanderbilt community as much as possible.

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Return to Campus Plan

Vanderbilt will phase in a return of faculty, staff and postdocs in a coordinated process to ensure appropriate physical distancing, availability of protective gear and testing capabilities for COVID-19. Individuals will return to campus based on the core activities they support and their demonstrated need to be on campus. No one should return to campus without authorization.

These efforts will be tightly coordinated to mitigate potential risks and ensure the safety of our campus community and the other communities we serve. No unit or department should increase authorized levels beyond current needs to support critical on-site operations and activities without approval from the appropriate dean or vice chancellor. Once decisions to expand on-site levels of return in certain areas are made, individuals should follow the campuswide policies and protocols detailed in this guide for returning to work on campus.

Compliance with the policies and protocols outlined on this website, as well as those from your supervisor/mentor/dean, is required for continued access; violation (e.g., blatant disregard for infection prevention measures) may result in the immediate revocation of building access privileges, disciplinary action, and/or other interventions.

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Staff will be recalled to campus in an orderly fashion in support of core mission activities (on-campus research; on-campus instruction; undergraduate residential living and learning). Staff will be informed by their supervisors when and under what circumstances they are to return to work on campus and should not return until authorized.

REMOTE WORK

Those who can work remotely to fulfill their work responsibilities should continue to do so to limit the number of individuals on campus and the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Remote work arrangements must be approved by the immediate supervisor and can be accomplished on a full or partial day/week schedule as appropriate.

ALTERNATING DAYS OR ALTERNATING WEEKS

Based on CDC employer and ACHA guidance, to limit the number of individuals and interactions on campus, departments should consider scheduling partial staffing on alternating days or weeks with staff who are required on campus (e.g., two weeks remote, two weeks on campus OR one week on campus, three weeks remote). Such scheduling will enable physical distancing, especially in areas with large common workspaces. To contain “germ circles,” it is best to schedule the same people on the same days to limit any one individual’s exposure to other individuals when possible.

STAGGERED REPORTING/DEPARTING

Based on CDC employer and ACHA guidance, the beginning and end of the workday typically bring many people together at common entry/exit points of buildings. Staggering reporting and departure times by at least 15 minutes will reduce traffic in common areas to meet physical distancing requirements. (See Indoor and Outdoor Spaces: Entry/exit controls for further details.)

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Travel

All university-sponsored domestic and international travel is restricted until further notice.

We strongly encourage everyone to postpone all non-essential personal travel.

Exceptions to these university policies may be requested by contacting your dean or vice chancellor. Granting of exceptions to the travel restrictions requires a reasoned consideration of all factors.

University-sponsored travel includes any travel covered by or reimbursable from university funds or extramural grant funds. This includes travel by faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellows, students or visitors.

Resources

Pandemic Travel Guidance

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Study Abroad

Vanderbilt has suspended participation in all Global Education Office study abroad programs for fall 2020. Many factors make study abroad challenging at this time, including the continued restrictions on entry to all countries in which GEO offers programming, travel restrictions within and among countries, lack of visa processing, and the difficulty of predicting specifics of the health and safety situation for our students. Given the pandemic and ongoing need for measures including quarantines and physical distancing, we are also mindful that study abroad experiences in the coming months likely would not look like the study abroad you’ve imagined.

Personal Travel

Students are required to stay in the Nashville area and not travel away from campus for weekend trips through the end of in-person classes on Friday, November 20.

  • If an undergraduate student decides that they must leave the Nashville area during the semester because of extenuating circumstances (e.g., to receive medical treatment or to attend a family wedding or funeral), the student must not attend in-person classes or other on-campus activities for 14 days after their return to Nashville and should limit personal contact with other Vanderbilt community members during that time. This is because travel to/from locations outside of Nashville and participating in events with individuals outside the Vanderbilt community can increase the risk of introducing the virus to the campus community. No refunds for tuition, housing costs, or other relevant fees will be issued if a student finishes the semester through online participation in coursework for any reason – including if a student chooses to leave Nashville for personal reasons after being on campus.
  • Graduate and professional students should communicate with their program advisors about any request to leave the Nashville area during the semester because of extenuating circumstances, and to discuss methods to mitigate risk of transmission upon their return to Nashville.

In addition, there will not be any University-sponsored travel during the fall semester, including for registered student organizations.

Undergraduate residential students who are able to do so will leave campus for the Thanksgiving holiday and will not return to campus until the start of the spring semester. We are adopting this plan based on current public health guidance regarding risks associated with coming and going to and from campus, and models suggesting a potential resurgence of COVID-19 cases with the onset of influenza season.

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