We have adapted interior spaces throughout the law school building to allow you to move safely while you are in the building and to enable faculty to safely deliver the outstanding educational experience Vanderbilt is known for. This page will be updated with new law school-related information as it becomes available. See Vanderbilt University's page for a comprehensive guide for Returning to Campus.Vanderbilt community members are expected to abide by university protocols at all times, whether on or off campus. This includes wearing face masks/coverings, limiting gathering sizes and maintaining physical distancing. Members of the Vanderbilt community who intentionally disregard university COVID-19 policies and protocols will face disciplinary action under the relevant standards for students, faculty or staff .
Page last updated Monday, November 23, 2020 at 12:06 p.m.
To protect the health and safety of all members of the Vanderbilt community during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have deployed VU campus resources, including physical spaces campus-wide, in many different ways. We ask that you remain patient and flexible as we continue to adapt to changing circumstances and work together to protect our community going forward. At all times when you are on campus, you are required to observe these basic public health protocols:
These protocols are required at all times while on campus and are also critically important to follow while off campus to enhance the safety of the VU community, as well as the surrounding Nashville community.
Anchor Down. Step Up. Together, we can slow the spread of COVID-19.
VLS fall semester classes begin Monday, August 17. Course offerings include online and in-person options.
Fall break this year has been canceled so we can end the semester at Thanksgiving. Students are strongly encouraged to remain in Nashville and avoid weekend trips away from campus/town from the date in-person classes begin through the end of in-person classes on Friday, November 13. All personal student travel during this time is prohibited without written approval from the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs.
This travel recommendation is based on public health guidance regarding risks associated with travel away from campus and models suggesting a potential resurgence of COVID-19 cases when the fall 2020 flu season begins.
|1L/LL.M. Orientation Week||August 10-14|
|YES Course Registration||August 10-21|
|First Day of Classes||August 17|
|Last Day of Classes||November 13|
|Reading Period||November 14-16|
|Final Exams||November 17-21 & November 23-24|
To prepare to leave campus, we encourage students to reduce the number of people with whom they have close contact. Any close interaction with persons outside the immediate household or residence will present an opportunity for infection. Other ways students can avoid being exposed to the virus or becoming a close contact are to:
Travel is known to increase risk of being exposed to COVID-19; therefore, anyone traveling is encouraged to carefully review data on the prevalence of COVID-19 at their final destination for the winter break. Individuals are even more at risk if they interact with people from neighboring areas or other communities outside of their home community, and are at the highest risk when interacting with crowds that include people traveling from distant communities or are made up of people from different places.
The CDC has shared considerations about virus spread risk at holiday celebrations. Gatherings with people who are traveling from different places pose a higher risk than those with people who live in the same area. Higher levels of COVID-19 cases and community spread in the gathering's location, or where attendees are coming from, increase the risk of infection and spread among attendees. During the break, members of the Vanderbilt community can take steps to protect themselves and others, including, among other things, following key CDC guidelines such as:
Because the CDC does not currently require a 14-day quarantine period for travelers to the United States from abroad, Vanderbilt will not require this for students who are abroad during the winter break and plan to arrive for in-person on-campus activities for the spring semester. However, a quarantine is required if the person was exposed to the virus during travel. If the CDC or other local guidelines change for travelers from abroad before students' return, the university will implement those changes. The university intends to announce testing protocols for the spring semester by Tuesday, Dec. 15.
|First Day of Classes||January 19|
|Last Day of Classes||April 19|
|Reading Period||April 20-21|
|Final Exams||April 22-30 (including April 24-25)|
Consistent with guidance from the Centers of Disease Control, Vanderbilt requires that students traveling to Nashville from outside of the U.S. self-quarantine for 14 days before arriving on campus. All students arriving from foreign nations must complete the International Pre-arrival Form on Anchorlink. International students are required to complete a virtual check-in with Vanderbilt’s ISSS Office within a week of arrival. You can make an appointment for your virtual check-in at the ISSS website .
Additional information for international students is located here.
All members of the Vanderbilt community who are authorized to be on campus, and are engaged in on-campus, in-person activities, will be included in the institution's on-going COVID-19 periodic on-campus testing program which began September 1. The sampling of Vanderbilt community members selected for testing will be based on analysis of COVID-19 test outcomes in segments of the community and other factors that will ensure a representative, meaningful and targeted sample of the VU community.
Beginning Monday, Aug. 10, all students must monitor their symptoms daily using the symptom monitoring tool within the Vandy Safe app. At this time, faculty, staff and postdocs are also strongly encouraged to utilize the tool. The main purpose of symptom monitoring is to determine if you meet criteria for a medical evaluation for COVID-19. If you have an underlying medical condition or an ongoing chronic condition that has symptoms similar to those of COVID-19, then you do not need to record this if your symptoms are unchanged. Please only record symptoms that are new or worsening. If incorrect symptoms are accidentally entered into the app or a student has been cleared by Student Health, or if a student experiences technical issues with the app, they should email email@example.com between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. for assistance.
Faculty, staff and postdocs who have symptoms related to COVID-19 must call the Occupational Health Center (OHC) at 615-936-0955 to receive guidance for their symptoms, possible testing, isolation/quarantine period, and return to campus criteria. If after-hours, OHC should call back within 30 minutes once a message is left. If OHC is not open and the symptoms are severe enough, the individual should go to the VUMC emergency department.
Students experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19 must contact Student Health for further guidance on symptoms, testing and isolation/quarantine.
Testing positive or designated a "close contact"
Individuals who have received a COVID-19 positive test result or were informed outside of the VU/VUMC system (e.g., notified by Metro Public Health or another public health entity) that they are a close contact, should complete the Command Center webform, which goes directly to the VU Public Health Central Command Center to ensure confidentiality. The form can be accessed only by entering your VUnetID and password.
Test results from individuals tested by VUMC, Student Health, Occupational Health or Vanderbilt surveillance testing are routed automatically to the Command Center. Individuals will receive direct communication from the Command Center about their isolation or quarantine period if they are considered a close contact.
While symptom monitoring and testing are important parts of the university's "Anchor Down. Step Up" campaign, the overall well-being of the entire community is paramount. During this time the university encourages all Commodores to check up not only on themselves, but also on their friends, classmates and colleagues. All should be encouraged to connect with the many available resources when in need. Flu vaccinations are strongly encouraged in support of the health and safety of the Vanderbilt and Nashville communities.Student Health Resources
Faculty, Staff and Postdocs Health Resources
8 TIPS FOR SUPPORTING MENTAL HEALTH DURING COVID-19
COVID-19 PROTOCOLS AND LIFE AT VLS, a three-part video series which outlines the expectations of Vanderbilt community members.
PART I: Introduction, Masking, Social Distancing, and Signage
PART II: Gatherings
PART III: Consequences and Shared Responsibility
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Oct. 7, 2020 - Our Plan for the Spring Semester
Oct. 1, 2020 - Phase 2+ of Return to Campus Plan remains in place as Nashville moves to Phase 3
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Sep. 21, 2020 - Return to Campus Update
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Sep. 7, 2020 - Return to Campus Update
Aug. 31, 2020 - Return to Campus Update
Aug. 24, 2020 - Return to Campus Update
Aug. 17, 2020 - Return to Campus weekly update
Aug. 15, 2020 - Email from Asst. Dean Meyers
Aug. 10, 2020 - Return to Campus weekly update
Aug. 3, 2020 – Return to Campus weekly update
July 27, 2020 – Return to Campus weekly update
July 20, 2020 – Important Updates on Fall Semester and Return to Campus for Staff and Postdocs
July 20, 2020 – Important Updates on Fall Semester and Return to Campus for Graduate and Professional Students
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Jun. 15, 2020 - Email from Dean Chris Guthrie