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Coping with COVID-19

A message to faculty on fulfilling our mission as we return to campus

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.

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Return to Campus Update for Aug. 10

Aug. 10, 2020—The university is on track to continue welcoming students back to campus over the next two weeks. In-person classes for several professional degree programs have already launched, and undergraduate, graduate and many professional programs will begin in-person classes on Aug. 24.

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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.

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Postdoctoral scholars invited to immigration update session Aug. 12

Aug. 10, 2020—The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, in collaboration with International Student and Scholar Services and the Office of Employee Immigration Services, will host an online information session on Wednesday, Aug. 12, for Vanderbilt’s postdoctoral scholars to learn more about recent updates to immigration policies.

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Return to Campus Update: Vanderbilt Phase II continues with readiness for further on-campus activities

Aug. 3, 2020—Vanderbilt has continued to successfully implement Phase II of its Return to Campus Plan and, as of Aug. 10, will have the criteria and systems in place to begin on-campus classes on Aug. 24 for all undergraduates and many graduate and professional students.

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Vanderbilt Admissions office shifts to virtual activities in midst of busy recruitment season

Jul. 31, 2020—Late spring and early summer are often one of the busiest times for Vanderbilt’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions. 2020 has looked much different, with the office shifting to virtual visits and informational webinars in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.    

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Return to Campus Update for July 27

Jul. 27, 2020—The new weekly Return to Campus Update will provide the Vanderbilt community with the latest information regarding the fall 2020 Return to Campus Plan.

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Information for undergrads spending time abroad this summer, including required form

Jul. 24, 2020—Per CDC guidance and Vanderbilt policy, any student reporting to campus for the fall semester from abroad or following international travel—whether they plan to live on or off campus—must self-quarantine for 14 days before coming to campus. All students arriving from abroad are asked to complete the International Pre-arrival Form on Anchorlink.

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Watch: Town hall for faculty discusses classroom safety

Jul. 22, 2020—Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente and the Faculty Senate co-hosted a virtual town hall for faculty focused on classroom safety July 20. The discussion covered classroom protocols, student compliance and the notification process for positive COVID-19 cases.

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Complete COVID-19 Return to Campus Acknowledgement by Aug. 7

Jul. 22, 2020—All undergraduate students must complete the COVID-19 Return to Campus Acknowledgment for Undergraduate Students by Friday, Aug. 7.

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Watch: VU, VUMC experts discuss medical aspects of COVID-19 for students and families

Jul. 20, 2020—Vanderbilt’s world-class medical and public health experts—who are on the front lines of treating the COVID-19 pandemic and searching for a cure—addressed the latest understanding of the virus, best practices and the science behind public health protocols designed to slow the spread, and the university’s plans for testing and contact tracing in a virtual town hall on July 18.

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Watch: VU, VUMC experts discuss medical aspects of COVID-19 for faculty, staff and postdocs

Jul. 20, 2020—Vanderbilt’s world-class medical and public health experts—who are on the front lines of treating the COVID-19 pandemic and searching for a cure—addressed the latest understanding of the virus, best practices and the science behind public health protocols designed to slow the spread, and the university’s plans for testing and contact tracing in a virtual town hall on July 18.

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