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  Monday, Aug. 17, 2020  
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Return to Campus Update for Aug. 17
It’s officially move-in week, and we are pleased to be welcoming back students for the semester. While this fall will look different than in years past, we remain steadfast in the constant pursuit of our mission and ideals outlined in our Academic Strategic Plan. As the university prepares to welcome more students, faculty, staff and postdocs back to campus over the coming weeks, it’s important for all to closely follow all campus protocols.
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Move-in for undergraduate students begins today
Undergraduate move-in begins today and continues through Sunday, Aug. 23. All students scheduled to move into campus housing must have a negative result from their pre-arrival test or complete a pre-arrival testing waiver request if the student has been COVID-19-positive (confirmed with a PCR test) in the past three months.
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Move-in week to offer activities and orientation for incoming undergraduate students
As move-in commences this week, a mix of in-person and virtual activities will be available to students. This includes nightly welcome and orientation activities with residential faculty, orientation leaders and residential colleges staff, as well as the separate CommonVU orientation modules that became available on Aug. 15. There will also be small-group campus tours, scavenger hunts, floor meetings, virtual roommate activities and much more.
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Vanderbilt welcomes transfer students
The Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs has launched an online Transfer Student Orientation program to help support the fall 2020 incoming transfer cohort. During the two-week orientation period, transfer students will meet virtually with their Transfer Group, a smaller cohort of 13-15 incoming transfers led by an upper-division Transfer Student Leader. All new transfers will also be invited to visit campus for a drop-by welcome event, where they’ll have the opportunity to meet their TSL in person and participate in a campus tour, led by an orientation leader. 
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Vanderbilt, Nashville commemorate 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment
The national centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which opened the door for a woman’s right to vote, is Aug. 26. Tennessee played a critical role in its passage by being the state that just barely passed the ratification resolution on Aug. 18, 1920.
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Get to know Vanderbilt’s residential faculty: Professor Douglas McMahon
As the new academic year approaches, Vanderbilt’s faculty heads of house are revealing some things about themselves in this special portrait series. Get to know Douglas McMahon, professor of biological sciences and faculty head of Crawford House.
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Vanderbilt shares updates to masking requirements
Face masks/coverings must be worn by all individuals on campus at all times in public indoor settings. Based on CDC guidance and recent updated studies, the university has made updates to its face masks/coverings guidelines.
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Undergraduate students attending in-person classes required to complete arrival testing
All Vanderbilt undergraduates attending in-person classes (living on or off campus) will be tested after arriving on campus for the semester. Undergraduate students moving into on-campus housing will have their test kit waiting in their room. Undergraduate students living off campus will pick up their test kit on campus.
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Symptom assessment tool mandatory for students returning for in-person classes
Individuals who have been authorized to return to campus, including all undergraduate, graduate and professional students, must conduct symptom monitoring every day before coming to campus or leaving their residence hall room. A symptom assessment tool has been created within the existing VandySafe app to aid those coming to and living on campus. The tool is also recommended for faculty, staff and postdocs coming to campus.
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Vanderbilt to launch COVID-19 surveillance testing program
Undergraduate students, graduate and professional students, faculty, staff and postdocs who are authorized to be on campus, and are engaged in on-campus, in-person activities, will be included in the institution’s ongoing COVID-19 surveillance testing program which will begin by Sept.1.
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Public Health AmbassaDores prepare for community’s return to campus with new hotline
When you return to Vanderbilt this week, you may notice some community members decked out in Public Health AmbassaDore shirts or buttons. These PHAs help educate the community on the new Return to Campus protocols and provide resources that help create a safe environment. If you notice COVID-19 protocols are not being followed, report it by calling the PHA hotline at 615-343-1352.
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Student accountability: Your actions on and off campus
Each year, off-campus residents are asked to adhere to the university’s Good Neighbor Guidelines as representatives of Vanderbilt in their interactions with the Nashville community. This year, the principles underlying the Good Neighbor Guidelines are more important than ever, whether living on or off campus. It is the responsibility of each community member to fully commit to protecting the Vanderbilt community’s collective health and well-being and play their individual part in ensuring a successful fall semester.
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Parking registration for undergraduate students is now open
VUPS Parking Services opened registration for vehicle permits on Monday, Aug. 10. Students needing a permit may log in online with their VUnetID and password to register their vehicle for the 2020-2021 academic year. Additionally, locations where undergraduate students can park for the 2020-2021 academic year have been modified to provide more flexibility.
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Return to Campus video series launches
This new video series highlights aspects of the university’s Return to Campus Plan as a way to inform our campus community members of what will be different this semester. More videos will be added over the coming weeks.


Take Note

Submit tuition benefit applications for fall 2020

Vanderbilt’s EasyRide program expands to offer free regional bus, train rides

Retirement savings workshop Aug. 17

Music for Seniors virtual presentation Aug. 20

VINSE Spotlight Podcast: Guanyu Lu–capturing waste heat to use in optical communication

Limited Submission Opportunity: Johnson & Johnson WiSTEM2D Scholars Award Program

CampusPrint adds mobility enhancements

Pick-up service now available from all libraries

Vanderbilt launches streamlined process for employee accommodation requests due to COVID-19

HR announces new professional development tool, employee perks program

Save the date: Open Enrollment now set for Oct. 19–Nov. 2

COVID-19 project funding opportunities captured on two VU websites

Onboard personal smart devices before returning to campus following wireless network security update

HR announces new workshops focusing on remote work, employee engagement

‘Disrupting Everyday Bias’ workshop now available every weekday through Sept. 30


Coming Up

· SEP ·
  Faculty can learn ‘Finance Fundamentals’ in new series presented by Finance and Faculty Affairs
· NOV ·
  Save the date: Alzheimer’s Disease Research Day set for Nov. 13
· SEP ·
  Webinar: ‘Federal Funding for Early Career Faculty’ Sept. 22
· AUG ·
  HR workshop: ‘The Four Frames of Leadership’ Aug. 18


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Vanderbilt in the News
Politico (Europe): History lessons: 17 women on Kamala Harris’ VP chances
Amanda Clayton, assistant professor of political science, is quoted.
Vox: The COVID-19 pandemic could be the last straw for high drug costs
Stacie Dusetzina, associate professor of health policy, is quoted.
The New York Times: Health experts warn about perils of new virus data collection system
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of preventive medicine, is quoted.
Newsweek: Child coronavirus cases spiked by 90 percent. It’s likely down to two key reasons
Robert Carnahan, associate professor of pediatrics, is quoted.
The New York Times: Fortnite creator sues Apple and Google after ban from app stores
Rebecca Allensworth, Tarkington Chair in Teaching Excellence and professor of law, is quoted.
Time: Struggling to focus? How to improve your attention span when ‘the world is sick’
Gordon Logan, Centennial Professor of Psychology, is quoted.
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