The health and safety of our Vanderbilt community are our highest priority. The success of this approach requires a joint effort from every member of our community. Vanderbilt community members are expected to abide by university protocols at all times, whether on or off campus. For a comprehensive guide to the policies and procedures of the university, see Vanderbilt University's page for a comprehensive guide for Returning to Campus.
Page last updated Monday, March 1, 2021 at 5:30 p.m.
Remember to follow the safety guidelines listed in
Anchor Down. Step Up
These protocols are just as important off campus and in your personal life as they are on campus and in your educational activities. We ask you to remain committed to responsible behaviors both on and off campus that will keep you and others as safe as possible.
Wearing a mask continues to be one of the most important ways to slow the spread of the coronavirus, and the CDC has issued new recommendations on proper mask fit and numbers of layers for ultimate fit, filtration and effectiveness: Improve How Your Mask Protects You .
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.
All faculty, staff, students and VU-employed postdocs must complete a Spring Return to Campus Acknowledgment by Jan. 25 .
Watch the video to the right to see changes in the law school and for a comprehensive guide on how to navigate the building.
|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)|
*Commencement for the Class of 2021 is planned for Friday, May 14, 2021. Diplomas and Commencement programs will be mailed to graduates after Commencement. Details for the event will be announced once finalized.
*Commencement for the Class of 2020 is being planned. Details for that ceremony will be shared when decisions are finalized.
Individuals who have been authorized to return to campus must also conduct symptom monitoring every day before coming to campus using the VandySafe app. It is the individual’s responsibility to comply. It is our shared duty as a community to act responsibly. All individuals must be free of ANY symptoms related to COVID-19 to be on campus or participate in activities on campus.
Members of the Vanderbilt community, including staff who are authorized to be on campus and are engaged in on-campus, in-person activities, may be included in the institution’s COVID-19 periodic on-campus testing program. This includes staff who are coming to campus with regularity, which is defined as three days a week or more, and who interact regularly with students, faculty and/or staff as part of their on-campus activities.
For full details on testing and what to do if you are positive or a close contact, visit the Graduate and Professional Student Testing Overview page.
By default, if you are taking all remote classes, we will categorize you as a remote student. If you are categorized as a remote student, you are not permitted to participate in on-campus activities and should stay off campus and away from in-person members of the VU community.
Remote students living locally who wish to participate in on-campus activities or utilize campus facilities, including the library, may do so by making themselves "in-person" students. Remote students can "register" as in-person by e-mailing the assistant dean for student affairs. Please note that if you are registered for any in-person classes, you are defaulted to in-person and do not need to send an email. In-person students (even those taking all remote classes) are subject to all in-person student policies including, but not limited to, travel, gatherings and testing.
If a faculty member, staff member, postdoc, graduate student or professional student is instructed by university health officials or public health officials to quarantine or isolate, they should do so in their off-campus residence and follow all instructions from health officials. For the convenience of the VU community, the university has negotiated special rates with the Holiday Inn Vanderbilt—a Vanderbilt-preferred hotel—for use by members of the VU community who live off campus and due to their personal circumstances want an alternative short-term residence.
Gatherings - In addition to wearing masks and keeping at least 6 feet distance from others, please note the following guidelines:
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
Vaccine distribution in Tennessee is determined by the Tennessee Department of Health. Information about the state’s vaccination plan can be found on the Tennessee Department of Health website . Vanderbilt University is currently not eligible to become a distribution site for the vaccine because we are not a health care organization. As this is an evolving situation, we remain in close communication with public health agencies and our Vanderbilt University Medical Center colleagues about vaccination efforts.
In these two videos, Buddy Creech, BS’95, MPH’06, director of the Vanderbilt Vaccine Research Program and associate professor of pediatrics, discusses expected timing for college student COVID-19 vaccinations and the lasting impact COVID-19 may have on behavior and health care.
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
Feb. 24, 2021 - VU Return to Campus Update
Feb. 17, 2021 - VU Return to Campus Update
Feb. 3, 2021 - VU Return to Campus Update
January: Open Dore Newsletter : Lessons Learned from the Fall 2020 Semester
Jan. 27, 2021 - VU Return to Campus Update
Jan. 20, 2021 - VU Return to Campus Update
Jan. 7, 2021 - Update on COVID-19 vaccines
Jan. 4, 2021 - Law Student Testing and In-person/Remote InformationDec. 15, 2020 - An update on our spring semester COVID-19 testing