Multiple Vanderbilt summer programs canceled due to COVID-19

A large number of Vanderbilt University non-academic programs, camps and special events have been canceled for summer 2020 in response to public health guidance and government directives for protecting the health and safety of the community during the coronavirus outbreak.

Vice Provost for Research Padma Raghavan
Vice Provost for Research Padma Raghavan

The Vanderbilt Undergraduate Summer Research Program is among many areas being impacted.

“Due to public safety guidelines related to COVID-19, Vanderbilt has canceled summer university-sponsored undergraduate research on campus, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and/or in other locations requiring travel supported through university funds,” said Padma Raghavan, vice provost for research, and Vanessa Beasley, vice provost for academic affairs, in a joint statement. “In cases where faculty can support undergraduate research remotely, including computational and bibliographic work, they may do so with prior approval appropriate to their reporting structure and funding source, e.g., from their dean’s or vice provost’s office.”

Vanessa Beasley, associate provost and dean of residential faculty (Vanderbilt University)
Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Vanessa Beasley (Vanderbilt University)

The following is a partial list of those that have been announced, and an ongoing updated list is available on the university’s website for updates related to COVID-19:

  • Programs for Talented Youth has canceled all 2020 Vanderbilt Summer Academy residential programs and June Summer Academy at Vanderbilt for the Young courses. Decisions regarding July SAVY and July Career Connections at SAVY will be made by June 1.

“The PTY team is working hard to provide alternative quality educational experiences during this time and look forward to offering select online courses for previously enrolled students in grades 7-12,” said Tamra Stambaugh, executive director of Programs for Talented Youth. “We also have designed resources for families of students in grades K-8. Families can check the PTY website for details in the coming weeks, or email PTY for more information. We want to be here for our students, their families and teachers.”

  • Vanderbilt Athletics has announced that all athletics-related summer camps and clinics—including the David Williams II Recreation and Wellness Center’s CampVandy—scheduled through July 31 have been canceled. Any payment or deposit made for Vanderbilt summer camps and clinics will be automatically refunded by the Vanderbilt Athletics business office.

As the university continues to communicate with public health officials and medical experts to determine the best path forward related to COVID-19, Athletics will explore options to potentially conduct camps and clinics later this year.

  • The Vanderbilt Office of Conferences has canceled all residential programs for the summer. And Events at Vanderbilt has canceled all meetings (events in student center spaces) for May and June. All deposits are being refunded. A decision and announcement about any scheduled meetings for July and August will be made by May 15, according to Mark Bandas, associate provost and dean of students.
  • Blair Academy at Vanderbilt has canceled the following 2020 summer programs: Nashville Youth Orchestral Institute, Summer Young Artists Orchestra, Nashville Suzuki Institute (revised summer plans to be posted on their website), and Adult Chamber Music Institute.

Blair Academy is offering a wide variety of online classes via Zoom, according to Pamela R. Schneller, senior associate dean. Online courses include Kindermusik classes for babies, toddlers and their parents or caregivers; Great Films and Best of Symphony 101—weekly classes geared for older adults taught by Mitchell Korn; and private and group music instruction. Visit the Blair Academy website for a complete listing of classes that will be offered via Zoom.

  • Events at Dyer Observatory are suspended through April 30, and the status of any events scheduled over the summer will be announced later, following the recommendations of the Vanderbilt administration, according to Billy Teets, outreach astronomer at Dyer. Information will be updated on the Dyer Observatory website.

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