Coping with COVID-19
Aug. 27, 2020—Vanderbilt University will expand its campus COVID-19 testing program to include mandatory weekly testing of all undergraduate students beginning Monday, Aug. 31.
Aug. 24, 2020—All of Vanderbilt’s schools and colleges will conduct classes on campus today for the first time since March 9, the result of plans developed with diligence and care over the summer to ensure the university is ready for faculty, staff and students to return.
Aug. 24, 2020—VandyRide will begin operating limited service with two shuttles, one on the Gold Route and one on the Black Route, today, Aug. 24. There will be longer wait times due to capacity restrictions related to COVID-19. Increased service and more on-demand options will be introduced later this semester.
Aug. 24, 2020—Both mask wearing and physical distancing are required on Vanderbilt's campus, and it can be uncomfortable to ask a fellow Commodore to put on their mask or to move 6 feet away. Here are some proven techniques for encouraging compliance by others.
Aug. 19, 2020—As the headlines fill with stories of universities forced to suspend in-person classes after reopening due to outbreaks on campus, we write to reiterate the utmost seriousness with which you—and every member of the Vanderbilt community—must take our public health and safety requirements, Chancellor Daniel Diermeier and Provost Susan R. Wente said in an Aug. 19 message to undergraduate students.
Aug. 16, 2020—When you return to Vanderbilt this week, you may notice some community members decked out in Public Health AmbassaDore shirts or buttons. These PHAs help educate the community on the new Return to Campus protocols and provide resources that help create a safe environment. If you notice COVID-19 protocols are not being followed, report it by calling the PHA hotline at 615-343-1352. The hotline is run by the VUPS Dispatch Center and should be used to report an active concern on campus regarding protocols not being followed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.