Aug. 24, 2020—Vanderbilt's campus surveillance testing program—mandatory for students, staff and postdocs who come to campus and required for faculty engaged in specific in-person teaching activities with students—will launch this week. Other faculty may opt to participate in the program on a voluntary basis.
Aug. 23, 2020—Incoming first-year, transfer and Next Steps students were welcomed into the Vanderbilt community on Sunday during Founders Walk, an annual event that marks the start of the academic year as well as the students’ time at the university.
Aug. 23, 2020—During Open Enrollment for 2021 benefits, Vanderbilt will offer two distinct types of tax-advantaged plans to help pay for health care costs on a pre-tax basis: the Health Savings Account for employees electing the Choice CDHP, and the health care Flexible Spending Account for employees electing the Select PPO or waiving coverage.
Aug. 23, 2020—Professor of Law Yesha Yadav has been appointed associate dean for diversity, equity and community at Vanderbilt Law School. In her new role, she will serve as a liaison to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and the Provost’s Office of Inclusive Excellence.
Aug. 22, 2020—Jon Meacham, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Carolyn T. and Robert M. Rogers Professor of the American Presidency, implored Americans to embrace “the best parts of our soul” and let history “be our guide” during a nationally televised speech Aug. 20.
Aug. 21, 2020—The Office of the Dean of Students has announced a revision to the student accountability sanctions for violations of the university’s COVID-19 policies and protocols. The announcement comes as other universities have suspended in-person classes after reopening due to outbreaks on campus.
Aug. 21, 2020—The Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center will sponsor the online screening of a short film followed by a discussion on Wednesday, Aug. 26, to mark Women’s Equality Day, which commemorates the 1920 adoption of the 19th Amendment.
Aug. 21, 2020—Move-In at Vanderbilt University looks different this year—but the excitement among students, faculty and staff is as strong as ever. Vanderbilt welcomed students back to campus during 2020 Move-In Aug. 17–21.
Aug. 21, 2020—Krystal N. Clark has been named director for Employee Learning and Organizational Effectiveness in Vanderbilt Human Resources. She assumes her new role on Sept. 1.
Aug. 21, 2020—Memoir writing, steel drums, China’s revolutions and topics related to race, gender and sports are among the diverse Osher Lifelong Learning classes to be offered this fall.
Aug. 21, 2020—Beginning Aug. 21, undergraduate, graduate and professional students may obtain free access to Headspace, an award-winning meditation and sleep app designed to reduce stress, improve happiness and increase compassion through guided meditation, sleep content, mindful workouts and focus exercises.
Aug. 21, 2020—The Southeastern Conference has announced the creation of the SEC Council on Racial Equity and Social Justice, a league-wide body consisting of a diverse group of student-athletes, administrators, coaches and SEC staff. The council includes Vanderbilt Vice Chancellor for Athletics and University Affairs and Athletic Director Candice Storey Lee, head football coach Derek Mason and head baseball coach Tim Corbin.