Aug. 17, 2020—The Vanderbilt Child and Family Center will launch a recreational art enrichment program for Vanderbilt University community members with school-age children entering first through fifth grades. The new Art Adventures Enrichment Program will run Aug. 24–Nov. 25. The launch of this program comes as the university explores ways to support Vanderbilt community members with school-age children.
Aug. 17, 2020—In Phase II+, lead researchers have the opportunity to update their on-campus research ramp-up plans if needed. The new RedCAP forms for Phase II+ are now available. For faculty who would like to mentor VU undergraduate students in a research project that involves in-person activities, as is customary, faculty should work with the undergraduate student to plan the research activities they propose to undertake. During Phase II+, these plans must be reviewed and approved before they can be implemented.
Aug. 17, 2020—All Vanderbilt undergraduates attending in-person classes (living on or off campus) will be tested after arriving on campus for the semester. Undergraduate students moving into on-campus housing will have their test kit waiting in their room. Undergraduate students living off campus will pick up their test kit on campus.
Aug. 17, 2020—Face masks/coverings must be worn by all individuals on campus at all times in public indoor settings. Based on CDC guidance and recent updated studies, the university has made updates to its face masks/coverings guidelines.
Aug. 17, 2020—Undergraduate students, graduate and professional students, faculty, staff and postdocs who are authorized to be on campus, and are engaged in on-campus, in-person activities, will be included in the institution’s ongoing COVID-19 surveillance testing program which will begin by Sept.1.
Aug. 16, 2020—A new video series is highlighting Vanderbilt's Return to Campus Plan and informing members of the campus community what will be different this semester. More videos will be added over the coming weeks.
Aug. 16, 2020—Individuals who have been authorized to return to campus, including all undergraduate, graduate and professional students, must conduct symptom monitoring every day before coming to campus or leaving their residence hall room. A symptom assessment tool has been created within the existing VandySafe app to aid those coming to and living on campus. The tool is also recommended for faculty, staff and postdocs coming to campus.
Aug. 16, 2020—The libraries are following university protocols to enhance safety and promote physical distancing, while delivering excellent services and resources for learning and research. Remote resources and services have been expanded over the course of the last few months. Central, Peabody, and Science and Engineering libraries will be open for undergraduate students living off campus to use as an on-campus place to take their online courses. VUID card access is required to enter these buildings and each building has set its own hours.
Aug. 16, 2020—The Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs has launched an online Transfer Student Orientation program to help support the fall 2020 incoming transfer cohort. During the two-week orientation period, transfer students will meet virtually with their Transfer Group, a smaller cohort of 13-15 incoming transfers led by an upper-division Transfer Student Leader. All new transfers will also be invited to visit campus for a drop-by welcome event, where they’ll have the opportunity to meet their TSL in person and participate in a campus tour, led by an orientation leader.
Aug. 16, 2020—As move-in commences this week, a mix of in-person and virtual activities will be available to students. This includes nightly welcome and orientation activities with residential faculty, orientation leaders and residential colleges staff, as well as the separate CommonVU orientation modules that became available on Aug. 15. There will also be small-group campus tours, scavenger hunts, floor meetings, virtual roommate activities and much more. Additionally, Parents and Family Orientation, typically hosted the Sunday following move-in, will be held in three virtual sessions this year.
Aug. 16, 2020—Undergraduate move-in begins Monday, Aug. 17, and continues through Sunday, Aug. 23. All students scheduled to move into campus housing must have a negative result from their pre-arrival test or complete a pre-arrival testing waiver request if the student has been COVID-19-positive (confirmed with a PCR test) in the past three months. Students and families also should be prepared to follow campus protocols, including wearing face masks/coverings at all times while on campus.
Aug. 16, 2020—In response to feedback from the campus community about the desire for more commute options and flexibility when parking, the university is piloting a new daily parking option for up to 1,400 faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate and professional students. Those who are selected for the program will have access to the Terrace Place, Wesley Place and Sony garages and will pay to park only on the days they drive to campus. The daily parking rate for this program will be $3.