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Hurricane Laura and our commitment to supporting the Vanderbilt community

Aug. 28, 2020, 8:30 AM

Dear Vanderbilt community,

I write to remind you that Vanderbilt has a variety of resources to assist you as the devastating impact of Hurricane Laura continues to unfold. The hurricane made landfall on the Texas and Louisiana coasts on Thursday as the region’s strongest storm in over a century.

Our thoughts are with those affected by the devastation.

While I write to you during this especially tragic situation, I also want to take this opportunity to recognize that there may be any number of circumstances or events in your lives that may bring about a need for support or assistance. These circumstances may be personal in nature or related to national events, such as acts of violence or changes in public policy that impact our friends, families and communities.

Regardless of what you may be experiencing, Vanderbilt is committed to supporting you and providing resources for those in distress or crisis.

Below is a list of resources including the University Counseling Center, the Employee Assistance Program, and the Office of the University Chaplain and Religious Life. I encourage you to seek help when needed.

Campus residents also may contact their resident advisers or the Office of Housing and Residential Experience for assistance.

Undergraduates who have been affected by personal circumstances and have financial aid concerns should call the Office of Student Financial Aid, and financial aid recipients should ask to speak with their financial aid officers.

Graduate and professional students with financial aid concerns should contact their respective representatives in the financial aid office as well as their respective school’s student services department.

Students needing assistance may always call or email the Dean of Students office.

Faculty and staff also may take advantage of the university’s support resources.


Susan R. Wente
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair


University Counseling Center
Call 615-322-2571 to speak with an on-call mental health provider. Counselors are available for support via phone and Telehealth.

Student Care Coordination
Call or schedule a virtual appointment online: 615-343-9355,

Center for Student Wellbeing

Office of the University Chaplain and Religious Life

615-322-2457. Available for support virtually or by telephone.

Office of Housing and Residential Experience

Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships

Work/Life Connections–Employee Assistance Program

Call 615-936-1327 for a confidential appointment.

Associate deans or student services in the schools

  • Blair School of Music: 615-322-7693
  • College of Arts and Science: 615-322-2844
  • Divinity School: 615-343-5749
  • Graduate School: 615-343-2727
  • Law School: 615-322-6826
  • Owen Graduate School of Management: 615-322-2223
  • Peabody College: 615-343-6947
  • School of Engineering: 615-343-8061
  • School of Medicine: 615-322-5007
  • School of Nursing: 615-322-4400