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May 5, 2021 – Return to Campus Update

Posted by on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 in Community Messages.

As we approach the final days of the semester, this will be the final Return to Campus Update of the spring semester.  

Final COVID-19 public dashboard update of the spring semester

The  COVID-19 asymptomatic positive rate  for the week of April 25–May 1  is  0.02  percent, a decrease  from the previous week. The Vanderbilt community is strongly encouraged to remain vigilant in following all safety protocols. 

Changes to COVID-19 protocols to be announced this month  

Vanderbilt’s  COVID-19 safety protocols  and mask requirements on and off campus will remain the same, whether you are currently vaccinated or not.  The  COVID-19 safety protocols working group will submit its recommendations this month, and we will announce any changes to protocols soon after. Please check your Vanderbilt email account throughout the summer for updates. 

Reminder: Submit your vaccination record  

The university is working to determine the number of faculty, staff and students who have received a COVID-19 vaccine to create a plan for summer operations and the fall 2021 semester. An accurate assessment of our community’s vaccination status is needed to best inform protocols moving forward. The vaccine tracker is protected so that your information is safe.  Click on the vaccine tracker/submission form.   

Spring semester testing through May  11 

The  asymptomatic testing program will continue through Tuesday, May 11.  All undergraduate students should continue to test through finals until they leave campus. The testing center and drive-thru testing area will close for the spring semester after May 11.  

Testing before leaving for the semester 

If you are a student in the asymptomatic testing program and are planning to travel during the summer and need a COVID-19 test, you are welcome to visit the testing center during open hours and use those results as needed. Results are available in the  Safer Community app  as well as through an automated email. 

The university’s testing program is designed to satisfy the requirements of Vanderbilt University. The results may not be adequate for all travel. If the automated email and the app results do not satisfy specific travel requirements, consider getting a test performed outside the university testing program. 

Some options for additional testing include: 

Summer COVID-19 testing 

Asymptomatic testing  will resume on May 17  for those who will need to be on campus over the summer. Individuals who are required to test as a part of the asymptomatic testing program in the summer will receive communications separately. 

  • Summer hours will be Monday, 7 a.m.–3 p.m., and Tuesday–Thursday, 7 a.m.–1 p.m.