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Returning Travelers

Vanderbilt is instructing all community members and visitors returning to the United States from any country to self-isolate for 14 days.

Any individual who may have been in contact with someone who has been infected by COVID-19 or who exhibits symptoms consistent with COVID-19 infection should also  self-isolate .

Additionally, those who need to self-isolate should notify the university in order to receive healthcare monitoring and support and to protect the health and safety of our community as much as possible.

The self-isolation guidance may change quickly, so please stay informed.  For additional information on how to gauge your risk of COVID-19 infection, see the CDC website.

The university will work with students to minimize disruptions to their academic progress during the isolation period.

Important details regarding self-isolation procedures:

  • Faculty, staff and postdocs: Vanderbilt Occupational Health has health care monitoring in place for those who have traveled abroad or otherwise come in contact with a case of COVID-19 (including a patient). Learn more about the process and self-monitoring REDCap survey here. Staff should contact their HR consultant to discuss how to find the appropriate solution so that they can self-isolate. Staff can find their HR consultant here: Faculty should contact their dean to seek assistance while they must remain away from work. Postdocs should be in touch with their faculty advisor.
  • Students:  Vanderbilt Student Health Center has monitoring in place for students who have traveled abroad within the past 14 days or otherwise come in contact with a case of COVID-19. Individuals can complete the self-report/self-monitoring survey at Once the initial survey is completed to provide the specifics of your travel (or other potential exposure), you will receive twice-daily symptom surveys.
  • Campus Residents: Campus residents who have return to the United States from abroad within the past 14 days should self-isolate with their families in the USA. Campus residents who do not have a family home in the USA or who have otherwise come in contact with a case of COVID-19 should contact the Office of Housing and Residential Experience (615/322-2591, at least 72 hours prior to their arrival on campus.

Questions should be submitted through the Coronavirus contact form.