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2020 Return to Campus at VLS

During fall 2020, Vanderbilt Law School is following a set of public health protocols developed for all Vanderbilt University schools by experts at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the School of Nursing in consultation with national, state and local public health officials. Every member of our community must observe these protocols to maintain a safe environment for all.

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.


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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:

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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. 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. Updated Academic Calendar


Key Dates & Information

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


Arriving/Returning after International Travel

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 .


  • Watch the video to the right of Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Chris Meyers to see how classrooms
    and other spaces have been adapted to support social distancing and promote safety.
  • Complete the Return to Campus Acknowledgement in Oracle Learning (for faculty and staff)
  • Complete the Return to Campus module (for students; link sent to you by the University Registrar’s Office)
  • Download the Vandy Safe app on Apple or Google Play Stores:

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(NEW!) 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.

(NEW!) 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 surveillance testing program which will begin by September 1.





COVID-19 Protocols and Life at VLS, a three-part video series which outlines the expectations of Vanderbilt community members. (NEW!)



PART I: Introduction, Masking, Social Distancing, and Signage

PART II: Gatherings


PART III: Consequences and Shared Responsibility


VU & VLS Return to Campus Communications


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

July 20, 2020 – Important Updates on Fall Semester and Return to Campus for Faculty

June 16, 2020 – Our Plan for the Fall Semester

Jun. 15, 2020 - Email from Dean Chris Guthrie