University update on March 3 tornado impact

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Posted 3/9/20, 12 p.m.

Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente urges the Vanderbilt community to continue to lend a helping hand over the next days, weeks and months following last week’s tornado. Read the full column. >>

IRS extends April 15 and other upcoming deadlines, provides additional tax relief for Tennessee tornado victims 

Posted 3/9/20, 11:35 a.m.

Victims of last week’s tornadoes and severe storms in parts of Tennessee, including Nashville, will have until July 15, 2020, to file various individual and business tax returns and make tax payments. To learn more, visit the IRS Newswire.

Navitus lifts ‘Refill Too Soon’ rejections for drug prescriptions to aid those in tornado-affected areas

Posted 3/5/20, 10:20 a.m.

Prescriptions filled using Navitus, the Vanderbilt pharmacy benefit, typically have a time restriction before they can be refilled. Understanding that employees may have lost their medication as part of tornado damage or evacuation, Vanderbilt has partnered with Navitus to lift “Refill Too Soon” rejections so that members in Davidson, Wilson and Putnam counties who are affected are able to access their medications without disruption.

As part of invoking this process, the rejections are lifted at a member zip code level so that if a member resides in an affected zip code, they can go to any pharmacy in the service area (even out of their home state) and obtain medications without receiving a rejection. This will remain in place through May 2, 2020.

For more information about the Prescription Drug Benefit, visit the Human Resources website.

Vanderbilt Athletics to host donation drive for tornado victims March 7

Posted 3/4/20, 5:10 p.m.

Vanderbilt Athletics will host a donation drive to assist with Middle Tennessee tornado relief efforts on Saturday, March 7, prior to the men’s basketball home game against South Carolina.

The drive will be held from 8 a.m. to noon at the McGugin Center parking lot (2601 Jess Neely Drive).

Vanderbilt is partnering with the Community Resource Center, which has requested the following items:

  • Tarps
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Bleach
  • Trash bags
  • Gloves
  • Baby and toddler clothes
  • Baby formula
  • Baby food
  • Underwear
  • Bras
  • Batteries

The first 500 people to make a donation will receive a ticket to the men’s basketball game, which tips off at 11:30 a.m.

Additional relief efforts by Vanderbilt Athletics and its student-athletes are planned.

University update on March 3 tornado impact

Posted 3/3/20, 11:45 a.m.

Though the Vanderbilt campus escaped damage from a March 3 tornado, some members of the Vanderbilt community have been significantly impacted, including losing their homes, following the storm that hit Nashville during the early morning hours.

University officials continue to reach out to students, faculty and staff to determine the impact for, and provide assistance to, those who live off-campus.

Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente sent messages to students, faculty and staff this morning expressing concern and providing information on how to seek assistance and get updates.

“Our care and concern are with all members of the Vanderbilt family who may have been affected by last night’s devastating storms. Our hearts go out to our neighbors across Nashville impacted by this tragedy. The Vanderbilt University campus did not suffer any damage, and the university remains open today,” she wrote.

Impacted students should contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 615-322-6400 or at

Faculty who have been impacted should reach out to their department head or dean.

Staff should contact their supervisor to let them know their status and to make any necessary plans. Staff who were directly or indirectly impacted should stay home if they feel they need to—unless they are needed to perform essential functions for the university.

Postdoctoral fellows, scholars and trainees should reach out to their faculty or staff administrator.

Vanderbilt University Public Safety activated its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and notified the Vanderbilt community of a tornado approaching the campus shortly after midnight on Tuesday. However, the path of the tornado shifted, sparing the Vanderbilt campus but causing significant destruction in other parts of the city. The EOC remained active throughout the morning, and VUPS continues to monitor the situation.

Vanderbilt community members who have been impacted should reach out to the following resources for assistance:

Dean of Students

Office of Student Care Coordination
Sarratt Student Center, Suite 100
615-343-WELL (9355)

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Vanderbilt Hardship Fund
Administered by Work/Life Connections–EAP
Beneficiaries: Employees, including postdocs, who are full-time and have been employed by Vanderbilt at least one year.
615-936-1327 (to make an appointment)

Graduate Life Coach

Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

International Student and Scholar Services

University Counseling Center
2015 Terrace Place

Drop-in consultations at multiple campus locations

Statement on March 3 tornadoes

Posted 3/3/20, 7:31 a.m.

There is no damage reported to the Vanderbilt campus at this time from the overnight tornadoes. Our hearts go out to our neighbors across Nashville affected by this tragedy. We are continuing to assess the storm’s impact and checking in on our students, faculty and staff.