Return to Campus Plan
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. 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—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.
Aug. 10, 2020—Anchor Down. Step Up. Together, we can slow the spread of COVID-19. Share your mask photos with us on social media using #AnchorDownStepUp and tell us: Who do you mask up for?