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    Vanderbilt University public safety update: Pickpocketing

    Vanderbilt University Public Safety and Metro Nashville Police Department received reports of Vanderbilt students being the victims of pickpocketing in downtown Nashville during the weekend of Aug. 28–29. VUPS has offered tips for keeping valuables safe. Read More

    Aug. 30, 2021

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    AlertVU test scheduled for Sept. 7

    Vanderbilt University Public Safety will conduct a test of the AlertVU emergency notification system on Tuesday, Sept. 7, at 2 p.m. AlertVU rapidly sends notification messages in the event of an imminent threat or danger to the Vanderbilt community. Read More

    Aug. 29, 2021

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    Blood drive marking 9/11 anniversary set for July 2

    Vanderbilt University Public Safety is partnering with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive on Friday, July 2, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the VUPS Training Annex, 115 28th Ave. S. Read More

    Jun. 15, 2021

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    VUPS committed to campus safety amid rise in national incidents of violence, civil unrest

    To ensure Vanderbilt continues to be a welcoming environment and as safe as possible for all, Vanderbilt University Public Safety actively monitors for any potential threats to the campus and coordinates with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies as needed to protect the Vanderbilt community. Read More

    Apr. 7, 2021

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    An update on the Christmas Day explosion in Nashville

    Dec. 29 telecommunications update: The main phone lines for VUPD Dispatch, the Student Health Center and the University Counseling Center have been restored and are now fully operational. Chancellor Daniel Diermeier and Vice Chancellor for Administration Eric Kopstain shared the following message with the university community on… Read More

    Dec. 28, 2020

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    University update on Dec. 25 downtown Nashville explosion

    Chancellor Daniel Diermeier and Vice Chancellor for Administration Eric Kopstain shared a message to the university community regarding the explosion in downtown Nashville. Read More

    Dec. 25, 2020

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    Test of AlertVU system scheduled for Sept. 1

    Vanderbilt University Public Safety will conduct a test of the AlertVU emergency notification system on Tuesday, Sept. 1, at 2:30 p.m. CT. AlertVU rapidly sends notification messages in the event of an imminent threat or danger to the Vanderbilt community. Read More

    Aug. 19, 2020

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    Gauge, VUPD’s first K-9 officer, has died

    Gauge, the first recruit and longest-serving officer in Vanderbilt University Police Department’s K-9 program, died July 20. He was 14 and a half. Read More

    Jul. 24, 2020

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    VUPS creates Public Health AmbassaDores program to help promote health, safety of Vanderbilt community

    In an effort to guide the university community in practicing healthy behaviors during COVID-19, Vanderbilt has launched the Public Health AmbassaDores program to address questions regarding campus health and safety measures. The program began on Monday, May 18, during Vanderbilt Phase 1 of the Return to Campus Plan. Read More

    May. 28, 2020

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    Open Mind: VU and VUMC—stronger together

    Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente reflects on the ways Vanderbilt is supporting VUMC's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More

    Apr. 6, 2020

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    University update on March 3 tornado impact

    Though the Vanderbilt campus escaped damage from a March 3 tornado, some members of the university community have been significantly impacted, including losing their homes, following the storm that hit Nashville during the early morning hours. University officials continue to reach out to students, faculty and staff to determine the impact for, and provide assistance to, those who live off-campus. Read More

    Mar. 3, 2020

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    AlertVU test set for Feb. 25

    Vanderbilt University Public Safety will conduct a test of the AlertVU emergency notification system on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 1:30 p.m. AlertVU rapidly sends notification messages in the event of an imminent threat or danger to the Vanderbilt community. Read More

    Feb. 17, 2020

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    University monitoring coronavirus outbreak

    Vanderbilt University officials are actively monitoring the outbreak of the respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, China. At this time, there are no reports of coronavirus cases on the Vanderbilt campus, and there are no confirmed cases in Tennessee. Read More

    Jan. 29, 2020

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    Outdoor warning sirens tested Oct. 24-25

    Vanderbilt University Public Safety will conduct tests of the Vanderbilt outdoor warning notification system on Thursday, Oct. 24, and Friday, Oct. 25. The tests will include an audible message followed by a steady tone, which might occur a few times each day. Read More

    Oct. 18, 2019

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    Free bike safety class, guided city bus trip scheduled for Saturday

    Vanderbilt University Public Safety will offer a free bike safety class, and VUPS and WeGo will partner to offer a guided city bus trip for first-year students to Trader Joe’s, both on Saturday, Sept. 14. Read More

    Sep. 9, 2019

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    AlertVU test scheduled for Sept. 17

    Vanderbilt University Public Safety will conduct a test of the AlertVU emergency notification system, which rapidly sends messages to the Vanderbilt community in the event of an imminent threat or danger, on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 2 p.m. Read More

    Sep. 9, 2019

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    Public comments welcome for VUPS Communications Unit accreditation visit

    An assessment team from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. will visit Vanderbilt University’s campus on Aug. 19 to examine all aspects of the Vanderbilt University Public Safety Communications Unit’s policies and procedures, management, operations and support services. Read More

    Aug. 14, 2019

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    Public comments welcome at VUPS accreditation visit June 5

    An assessment team from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. will visit campus to examine all aspects of Vanderbilt University Public Safety’s policies and procedures, management, operations and support services. As part of the assessment, agency personnel and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session on Wednesday, June 5, at 5 p.m. Read More

    May. 28, 2019

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    Learn to use electric scooters safely at free VU class April 27

    Whether you’re a beginner or experienced scooter rider, do your part to keep the Vanderbilt campus safe by participating in a free class taught by Vanderbilt University Public Safety. All participants will receive a $5 ridership credit from Gotcha scooters to use following the class. Read More

    Apr. 23, 2019

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    VU, VUMC phone service temporarily unavailable Feb. 3

    Vanderbilt IT will upgrade the telephone system on Sunday, Feb. 3, at 4 a.m. The upgrade will take approximately one hour to complete. During this time, the telephone system will be unavailable. Read More

    Jan. 22, 2019