Aug. 28, 2020—Chancellor Daniel Diermeier and Faculty Senate Chair Catherine McTamaney presented faculty awards for both spring and fall 2020 as part of the virtual faculty assembly held Aug. 27.
Aug. 28, 2020—Chancellor Daniel Diermeier expressed gratitude to the entire Vanderbilt community for efforts to return students and faculty to campus safely during the global pandemic, and pledged that Vanderbilt would continue to support faculty and their research, during his inaugural Faculty Assembly address held virtually on Aug. 27.
Aug. 24, 2020—The Vanderbilt community must come together, with its uniquely collaborative spirit, to support and encourage one another during the struggles—and the triumphs and joys—that this semester is sure to present, writes Chancellor Daniel Diermeier in an Aug. 24 message marking the first day of classes.
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. 14, 2020—Chancellor Daniel Diermeier will share his vision and priorities for the new academic year and present many of the university’s highest honors at the Fall Faculty Assembly—to be held virtually—on Thursday, Aug. 27.
Aug. 13, 2020—The Vanderbilt University Board of Trust has named the members of an ad hoc committee that will partner with university leadership to evaluate and recommend policies and initiatives around equity, diversity and inclusion.
Aug. 12, 2020—The Vanderbilt community will come together, continue to make adjustments, embrace debate and discussion, and focus on how best to ensure we take care of one another while fulfilling our scholarly missions as a residential research university, write Chancellor Daniel Diermeier and Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente in a message to faculty.
Vanderbilt implements emergency relief fund, extended sick leave to help employees manage challenges related to COVID-19
Aug. 10, 2020—Vanderbilt University has established the Employee COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund to assist employees with financial burdens that have been incurred as a result of COVID-19. In addition, Vanderbilt will provide eligible staff members who are required to work on campus access to a one-time bank of up to two weeks of pay to recover from a diagnosed COVID-19 illness or to stay home for required quarantine or isolation periods.
Vanderbilt, peer institutions oppose new ICE guidance for international students, will file amicus brief
Jul. 10, 2020—Vanderbilt University and more than 50 of the nation’s top universities and colleges plan to file a joint amicus brief in support of a lawsuit opposing new federal immigration guidance requiring international students with F-1 visas to leave the United States, or transfer to another school, if their institution offers remote-only instruction in the fall. The brief is expected to be filed early next week.
Jul. 7, 2020—Read a joint message from Chancellor Daniel Diermeier and Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente’s on the guidance released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement July 6 regarding international students taking online classes this fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jul. 6, 2020—Chancellor Daniel Diermeier and Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente recently wrote to members of the Tennessee congressional delegation, urging them to support America’s leading research universities as they work through the ramifications of the COVID-19 global health pandemic.
Jul. 1, 2020—Chancellor Daniel Diermeier reflects on the challenges of the moment, his plans for the university, and his optimism for its future in a message to the Vanderbilt community.