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Jan. 20, 2021 – Faculty Return to Campus Update

Posted by on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 in Community Messages.

As we prepare to welcome students back to campus for the spring semester, we want to share some updates and reminders about our plans to bolster community safety during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

In response to requests, we are streamlining our Return to Campus Update messages. This message is specifically curated for information that is most relevant to faculty and also includes links to information shared with students, staff and postdocs for your information.

We are incredibly proud of our successful fall semester. As we know, we had no evidence of COVID-19 transmission in our classrooms or research spaces. Thus, we begin spring with great optimism, but we know that this era of unprecedented difficulty is not yet over. Indeed, in recent weeks, infection rates were rising sharply in Nashville and across the U.S. There is hope on the horizon, though, as the nation has entered a staged rollout of available vaccinations.

We are grateful for your ongoing diligence as we advance our educational mission.

Spring Return to Campus Acknowledgment

All faculty, staff, students and postdocs must complete a Spring Return to Campus Acknowledgment before returning in January. This must be completed in Oracle Cloud before the first day of classes within your respective programs.  

Please open and review the instructions for logging into Oracle Cloud and accessing and completing the module, and then complete your COVID-19 Return to Campus Acknowledgment.

VUMC-employed faculty will complete the Return to Campus Acknowledgment in the VUMC Learning Exchange.

Optional VU-employed Faculty COVID-19 Testing Program

We encourage you to review the recent updates to our optional spring testing program for VU-employed faculty and revised quarantine protocolsposted here, for those participating in regular in-person, on-campus, academic-related activities.

Safety Protocols

To keep our campus as safe as possible this spring, we must adhere to the safety protocols we developed in the fall. Although some community members are now receiving vaccines, the virus is still spreading. Physical distancing, face mask wearing and sanitation measures remain firmly in place to help protect public health.

Of note, the current gathering limit size is set at eight. Please review the guidelines for holding gatherings here. All undergraduate students will be following special new Commodores Care period guidelines from Jan. 25 through Feb. 3.

As conditions evolve, we will rely on public health guidance and keep everyone informed. Once again, thank you for your adaptability, creativity and dedication as we continue to achieve excellence in these challenging times.

Spring Return to Campus Town Hall

Last week, Vanderbilt hosted an online town hall for students and families to share the latest COVID-19 information from Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center experts and to talk about details and expectations for spring. Several faculty members shared details about curriculum planning.

Other News and Updates

Jan. 7: Update on COVID-19 vaccines
Jan. 8: Message to undergraduate students on spring arrival; launch of Commodores Care period
Jan. 11: Message to undergraduate students on spring semester updates
Jan. 20: Undergraduate student Return to Campus Update
Jan. 20: Postdoc Return to Campus Update
Jan. 20: Staff Return to Campus Update 
Jan. 20: Graduate and professional student Return to Campus Update