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.
Page last updated Monday, September 21, 2020 at 10:40 a.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.
|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|
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.
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
Sep. 21, 2020 - Return to Campus Update
Sep. 14, 2020 - Return to Campus Update
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
July 20, 2020 – Important Updates on Fall Semester and Return to Campus for FacultyJune 16, 2020 – Our Plan for the Fall Semester
Jun. 15, 2020 - Email from Dean Chris Guthrie