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Information on Spring Semester COVID-19 Testing

On December 15, 2020, Vanderbilt updated students, faculty, and staff on protocols for spring semester COVID-19 testing. Follow the links below for information pertaining to your group


Graduate and Professional Students




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Message from Dean Benbow Regarding Spring Semester

In a January 20 email to graduate and profession students,  Dean Benbow urged returning students, "Please mask, maintain physical distance, and avoid large gatherings. On arrival, please follow university protocols to ensure a safe beginning to the semester. We all must take the same personal responsibility we took in the fall to protect ourselves and others." She also outlined mandatory arrival testing for COVID-19, new mandatory weekly asymptomatic testing for graduate and professional students, testing exemptions, new quarantine guidelines, and class participation. The dean also reminded students that they are required to stay in the Nashville/Davidson County area and not travel away from campus for weekend trips or otherwise through the end of the spring semester. You can read the full text of Dean Benbow's message here.

Spring Semester Return to Campus Updates

January 20, the university released a series of updates for undergraduates, graduate and professional studentsfaculty, staff, and postdocs. The updates outline COVID-19 testing programs and protocols, safety protocols, return to campus acknowledgement requirements, and guidelines for gatherings, activities, and personal travel.

Center for Teaching Offers Resources for Adaptive Teaching This Spring

The university's Center for Teaching is offering workshops and conversations on teaching as well as creating other resources to help faculty and instructors teach effectively in a variety of contexts. Faculty interested in particular tools can attend workshops on teaching with Brightspace, Top Hat, GoReact and more. Faculty who didn't teach in the fall are particularly encouraged to participate in the center's "Introduction to Online and Hybrid Teaching" workshop. Read more about available resources here

Calendar for Spring 2021 Semester Announced

On October 7, Dean Camilla Benbow announced that Peabody’s academic calendar for spring will be the same as that of the university overall for undergraduate, master’s degree, and Ph.D. students, with the first day of classes scheduled for Monday, January 25, and the last day of classes on Friday, April 30. There will be no spring break (including for online students), and travel away from Nashville will again be limited. On December 4, the university announced four new in-class reading days this spring--Feb. 23-24 and April 7-8--for undergraduate programs and the Graduate School in addition to the regular reading days at the final exam period scheduled for the end of the semester. End-of-semester reading and exam days will run from May 1 to May 10, with Commencement planned for Friday, May 14. We are excited about the prospect of an in-person Commencement for the Class of 2021!

One exception to the above dates is for the college’s Ed.D. programs, both on-campus and online. These programs will start on January 11, with the first on-campus Ed.D. class weekend scheduled to take place on January 15 and 16. Your Ed.D. program directors will contact you with additional details specific to these programs. Read the full text of Dean Benbow's message here.

Holiday Travel

After the end of in-person classes on November 20, if those of you who have assistantships and work on campus plan to travel for Thanksgiving and then return to your campus job, you will first be required to quarantine for 14 days. Please bear in mind that family gatherings can easily turn into super-spreader events and that hospitalizations due to COVID-19 are already surging. We want you and your loved ones to be safe and for our treasured Vanderbilt/Peabody community to be safe, as well. Consult with your supervisors in advance to ensure that you are able to fulfill your work requirements if you need to work remotely. Any requests for exceptions to the 14-day quarantine for personal travel must be approved by Dean Benbow.

Please note that the travel quarantine policy does not apply to travel for research purposes that is granted permission under research ramp-up protocols. (Travel approved through research ramp-up is the only university sponsored travel allowed).


Professional students who must leave the Nashville area during the semester due to extenuating circumstances must request permission from their department and consider methods to mitigate risk of transmission upon their return to Nashville. This is because travel to and from locations outside of Nashville and participating in events with individuals outside the Vanderbilt community can increase the risk of introducing the virus to the campus community. Upon their return to Nashville, students are required to monitor symptoms daily through the Vandy Safe App and to participate remotely in their classes for 14 days after their return. Professional students may not participate in on-campus activities for 14 days after their return to Nashville.

Peabody Student Support Services

Peabody remains committed to supporting students through a combination of remote and in-person services. Given health and safety protocols, this will be best accomplished by scheduling appointments in advance. Please email these individuals, and they will work with you to set a time to meet either remotely or, if needed, in-person.






Contact Information

Peabody Career Services*

Kathleen Rall




Peabody Admin.Bldg. (PAB) 113

Phone: 615-343-6686

Please email to schedule an appt.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Dr. Hasina Mohyuddin


PAB 216

Phone: 615-343-2590

Student Engagement and Well-Being

Dr. Meaghan Mundy



Courtney Mullane


PAB 216

Phone: 615-342-2439

Phone: 615-343-2549

Teacher Licensure/

Academic Services


Van Doorn


PAB 210

Phone: 615-322-8270

*For professional students only

To enter the Peabody Administration Building (located next to the Peabody Library), please go to the garden level/lower level entrance nearest 21st Ave. or to one of the side entrance doors. There will be signage on the doors to direct you in how to connect to the person with whom you'd like to meet. Or, feel free to use the contact information above. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Recent University Updates

Weekly Update: Last formal Return to Campus Update until January, optional asymptomatic testing continues, COVID-19 testing options, leaving campus or the Nashville area, safety during the holidays, Student Care Network during winter intersession, isolation and quarantine protocols, campus services and building hours, The Flip, undergraduate course registration for the spring, returning to campus for spring semester, flu shots still available, tennis courts closing, upcoming events - November 16, 2020

Weekly Update: Before Leaving Campus, Leaving Campus or the Nashville Area, Arriving Home, Gatherings and Activities, Arriving for Spring Semester, spring semester courses and programming, asymptomatic testing, Student Care Network tips, indoor dining, upcoming events - November 9, 2020

Weekly Update: Anchor Down and Step Up to stop rise in COVID-19 cases, university launches indoor dining pilot, Student Care Network tips to support student mental health and well-being, voting safely on Election Day, preparing for campus departure, end-of-semester exit testing, upcoming events - November 2, 2020

Weekly Update: Stay strong to stay together--it's crucial to strengthen resolve to stop the spread of COVID-19, Halloween, limited student attendance at football game, VandyRide adds new stop, Student Care Network offers virtual and telehealth services, VandyRide election day shuttle to polling places, Student Health Insurance Plan, asymptomatic testing ends mid-November, flu shots still available, upcoming events - October 26, 2020

Weekly Update: Maintaining university COVID-19 protocols, exit testing for students, quarantine and isolation options, quarantine policies, presidential debate at Belmont, tips and resources for academic success, retesting program, fall staff assembly, televideo counseling services, upcoming events - October 19, 2020

Weekly Update: Spring 2021 academic calendar, winter break, intersession and spring break, Missouri game postponed, University Counseling Center's drop-in consultations, library building hours, VandyRide Point to Point service, upcoming events - October 12, 2020

Weekly Update: Message from Dean Bandas on importance of following closely all health and safety protocols, securing Zoom meetings, Public Health AmbassaDore Hotline, fan engagement initiatives for Vanderbilt Athletics, free flu shots, upcoming events - October 5, 2020

Weekly Update: University will remain in Phase 2+ of the Vanderbilt Return to Campus Plan, mental health resources, resources for parents, Commons flip for spring 2021 semester, student travel spring 2021 semester, Flu-la-2-Uza tent site dates for on-campus employees, free flu shots for students, upcoming events - September 28, 2020

Weekly Update: Friday message to students; guidelines for academic and learning events; support during quarantine and isolation; VUPS safety tips; flu shots for faculty, staff, and postdocs; support for Vanderbilt community; mandatory testing for Nashville-area remote-only students; upcoming events - September 21, 2020

Weekly Update: slowing the spread of Covid 19, Spring 2021 Academic Calendars, student group fitness classes and club sports, fall athletics season without spectators, adding Commodore Card to Apple Wallet, lessons learned from contact tracing, undergraduate testing appointments mandatory, voluntary faculty testing, periodic testing continues, free flu shots for students, outdoor tennis courts open, expanded dining options - September 14, 2020

Weekly Update: socializing during the pandemic, Student Care Network, receiving a negative test result, symptom monitoring, free flu shots for students, close contacts, adjustments to use of the tents, expanded dining options, outdoor tennis courts open – September 7, 2020

Weekly update: undergraduate mandatory weekly testing; symptom monitoring; shelter in place orders; updated gatherings policy; immunity eligibility; libraries, study rooms; public dashboard - August 31, 2020

We're all in this together, classroom protocols, student accountability, testing and contract tracing flow, building access, quarantine and isolation for on-campus students, surveillance testing, contingency plans, outdoor tent safety and security, VandyRide – August 24, 2020

Undergraduate student quarantine, isolation and patient care – August 19, 2020

Urgent: Message about the start of classes- August 19, 2020

Student Accountability Actions for COVID-19 Policy Violations – August 19, 2020

Weekly update: campus protocols, undergraduate move-in, arrival testing, symptom monitoring, updated masking requirements, contacting Vanderbilt about positive test results, student accountability/Good Neighbor Guidelines, research in Phase II+, move-in week activities and orientation, transfer students, libraries, campus dining, parking, more - August 17, 2020

Library reopening – August 16, 2020

Steps to take if symptomatic, have a positive test or are designated a close contact – August 16, 2020

Student programming and organizations - August 12, 2020

Campus visitors - August 11, 2020

Update on Research Ramp-up/Phase II+ Announcement - August 10, 2020

Vanderbilt implements emergency relief fund, extended sick leave to help employees manage challenges related to COVID-19 - August 10, 2020

Information for Everyone

VUIT Help Line: 615-343-9999.

Help Line Hours are M-Th, 7am-11pm; F 7am-6pm, and Su 2pm-11pm.

Required Monitoring for Symptoms

Beginning August 10, all Peabody students (undergraduate, professional and graduate), faculty, on-campus staff, and postdocs are required to use the self-assessment tool in the VandySafe app to prepare to Return to Campus. Following the start of Fall semester, we require that you continue to use the tool on a daily basis. The app includes easy access to the Return to Campus Plan, COVID-19 updates, and tools for reporting a concern, among other campus safety features. The VandySafe app can be downloaded here.

Required: Return to Campus Acknowledgment
All students, faculty, and staff are required to complete Vanderbilt's Return to Campus Acknowledgment using Oracle Learn. Information about how to access the acknowledgment module has been communicated to students by the University Registrar. Faculty and staff can access the acknowledgment at this link. Be sure to click on Company Single Sign-On! Don't attempt to enter your VUnet ID on the first screen. Failure to complete the Acknowledgment may result in your being prohibited from attending classes either in person or online or from coming to campus to teach or work.

Classroom Protocols

Vanderbilt has released a set of required and recommended protocols for classrooms as part of its Return to Campus Plan. The new protocols are available on the RTC website here.


In-person gatherings must be conducted in accordance with VU-established guidelines, and some gatherings must be approved, with the maximum number of attendees currently limited to 10. Vanderbilt's requirements for gatherings can be found here.

Information for Professional and Graduate Students

Required Monitoring for Symptoms
Beginning August 10, all Peabody students (undergraduate, professional and graduate), faculty, on-campus staff, and postdocs are required to use the self-assessment tool in the VandySafe app to prepare to Return to Campus. Following the start of Fall semester, we require that you continue to use the tool on a daily basis. The app includes easy access to the Return to Campus Plan, COVID-19 updates, and tools for reporting a concern, among other campus safety features. The VandySafe app can be downloaded here.

Health and Safety Protocols
Vanderbilt has taken a number of steps to promote health and safety as members of the community move about the campus, within buildings, and in classrooms. The video above describes a number of these measures.

In addition, detailed information on classroom safety protocols can be found here. We also encourage everyone to participate fully in Vanderbilt's Anchor Down, Step Up campaign.

Key Dates

August 10 Open enrollment resumes for graduate and professional students

August 10-21 Online orientation for new graduate and professional students

August 13 Student Town Hall on Health and Safety Protocols

Monday, August 24 First day of classes

Friday, November 20 Final day of in-person instruction

Sunday, December 13 Semester concludes

Please note: there will be no Fall Break. Once on-campus instruction has concluded for the semester, students will not return to campus until the spring semester. Students studying on-campus should not travel during the semester.

Additional Resources

Vanderbilt University Return to Campus Website

Student Care Network