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Mar. 11, 2020 – Resources for students, others on campus through March 30

Posted by on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 in Community Messages.

Per Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente’s March 9 message about the suspension of in-person classes, all university-sponsored, non-Athletics events and gatherings are suspended through April 30, including events sponsored by registered student organizations. Students are asked to avoid informal gatherings on or off campus.

The actions that each of us takes to minimize the spread of illness are critical during the next few weeks.

Student Centers

Beginning Tuesday, March 10, the Student Center facilities will modify their hours of access as follows:

Sarratt Student Center/Rand Hall
7 a.m.–8 p.m.
Commodore Card access for all Vanderbilt community members.

The Commons Center
7 a.m.–midnight
Commodore Card access for all Vanderbilt community members. The fitness center will be closed.

Alumni Hall
7 a.m.–5 p.m.
Commodore Card access for all Vanderbilt community members. The fitness center will be closed.

Student Life Center
7 a.m.–5 p.m.
Commodore Card access for all Vanderbilt community members.

 David Williams II Recreation and Wellness Center

Building hours may be limited. Please check the Recreation and Wellness Center website for the most up-to-date information.


Beginning Monday, March 16, VandyRide will move to using small, open-air vehicles to provide safety escorts for students, faculty and staff. This is a temporary measure that will provide social distancing for both our riders and drivers and reduce potential exposure to the COVID-19 virus. This service will be available 24/7 and will provide transport for two riders at a time. The vehicles provide seat belts and a grab bar for rider safety, and a roof for protection from weather. Riders can call VUPS Communications at 615-322-2745 to request an escort. Be aware that in the event of severe weather, drivers may be delayed to ensure everyone’s safety.

Vanderbilt Libraries

The Vanderbilt Libraries remain open. Please visit the library website for hours-of-operation updates.

Campus Dining 

Campus Dining is committed to the safety of our students. As such, they have implemented a number of operational changes to all locations to help mitigate the risk to students. These include:

  • Implementing touchless item scanning at Munchie Marts
  • Deploying contactless readers at dining hall registers so students don’t have to hand their Commodore Card to another person
  • Eliminating reusable serving ware (plates, cups, utensils) at all dining halls, and removing self-service options from all dining locations to reduce opportunity for cross-contamination
  • Encouraging “grab and go” at dining halls, to help discourage large groups of guests from gathering in one location
  • Enhanced cleaning in all locations, enforcing frequent glove changes, enforcing enhanced handwashing protocols
  • Lifting restrictions on Munchie Mart swipes. To support social distancing, you can now use market swipes up to 3 times per day (max. 1 per hour), in lieu of dining hall swipes

Due to enhanced safety precautions, you may experience modified service options. Campus Dining appreciates your patience and understanding and will work to ensure all students have access to nourishing meals. For up-to-the-minute changes in Campus Dining service offerings, please follow Campus Dining on Instagram @VandyCampusDining, or visit the Campus Dining website.

Student Support Services

The Student Health Center remains open with regular hours (Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.) and is accepting appointments. Students can call 615-322-2427 to schedule an appointment.

The Office of Student Care Coordination will remain open and is accepting appointments with students both in person and virtually (telephone/email). You can reach out to schedule an appointment (615-343-9355) or complete the online intake form and schedule online.

The University Counseling Center will remain open and is working with current students to keep already scheduled appointments. Group therapy sessions will not be held until further notice.

  • If you have an urgent need or need to speak with a counselor immediately, please use the Crisis Care drop-in hours (Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. in person, or by phone: 615-322-2571). For after-hours urgent needs, call the UCC at 615-322-2571 to speak with an on-call clinician.
  • “Let’s Talk” will be cancelled until further notice; students should utilize Crisis Care instead.

The Center for Student Wellbeing will remain open and continue coaching sessions with students by phone. Weekly Wellbeing Practices and CSW workshops will be cancelled until further notice.

The Project Safe Center will remain open and continue scheduling appointments with students. While we are able to continue to meet with students in person for advocacy services at this time, we will likely move to telephone, video and/or email communication when possible.

  • The 24-hour crisis support hotline remains available at 615-322-SAFE (7233) and appointments may be scheduled during business hours (Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.) by calling 615-875-0660.

Vanderbilt will continue to communicate any updates as they become available.