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Dean of Students Comms E-Newsletter [Vanderbilt University]

February 14, 2020

Dear Vanderbilt Students:

Vanderbilt is actively monitoring the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and has established a space online for updates. The situation may change rapidly, and we will update this webpage http://vu.edu/coronavirus as new information is available. There are no reports of novel coronavirus on our campus. We are writing to ask that you stay informed about what governmental and health agencies are recommending, especially with regard to travel.

Responses to the outbreak include travel advisories and restrictions issued by several countries, the Centers for Disease Control, U.S. Department of State, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

University travel to any country with a State Department “Do Not Travel” warning (Level 4) because of COVID-19 is not permitted.

Personal travel to any country with a “Do Not Travel” warning based on the novel coronavirus is discouraged.

At present, this guidance applies to mainland China. However, the list of affected countries may change. We encourage you to monitor developments through the State Department and CDC websites. For information specific to Vanderbilt please visit the university’s coronavirus information webpage.

In closing, our campus may be in Nashville, but our community is international. Offer support to those whose families and friends may have been ill or whose plans to travel to be with them may have changed.

If you have concerns, please see below for a list of available resources.

As is the case during any cold and flu season, we all should take measures to promote good public health: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html.

Please remember all members of our community are just that: members of our community. As stated in the Vanderbilt Community Creed, “We strive to promote a culture of civility grounded in equity, inclusivity, and respect.”

Please know that we are here to assist you. Do not hesitate to reach out.

We have also included a list of campus resources below that can provide assistance.

Mark Bandas
Associate Provost and Dean of Students


Campus Resources

Student Health Center
Zerfoss Building (1210 Stevenson Center Lane)

International Student and Scholar Services
Sarratt Student Center, Suite 100

Global Safety
Student Life Center, Suite 103

Vanderbilt University Public Safety
111 28th Ave. South

Student Center for Social Justice and Identity
Student Life Center, Suite 335

Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Kirkland Hall, Suite 401

Title IX & Student Discrimination Office
Baker Building, Suite 975 (110 21st Ave. South)

Office of the Dean of Students
Sarratt Student Center, Suite 310

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