CARE: Owen Health and Safety

The health and safety of our Vanderbilt community are our highest priority. We will deliver fully in-person education and co-curricular activities in the fall. All day-program students will be required to be in residence in Nashville. Masks and social distancing are no longer required for fully vaccinated faculty, staff, and students. See below to keep up with the latest health and safety protocols at Vanderbilt and Owen.

To learn more about our efforts in the areas of equity, diversity, and inclusion, click here.

Safety Protocols

The university is requiring all Vanderbilt University-employed faculty, staff, and postdoctoral fellows to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for the 2021–22 academic school year, unless they approved they have an approved accommodation.

Effective August 16, 2021, masks are required indoors on campus for students, faculty, staff, and postdoctoral fellows, with the following exceptions: 

  • Masks are not required for vaccinated individuals in private offices, or in shared workspaces, classrooms, or labs where individuals can stay at least 6 feet apart. 
  • Instructors do not have to wear a mask when lecturing if the instructor can maintain at least 6 feet of physical distancing from all students at all times. 

 All visitors are required to wear masks in all indoor spaces on campus.

Beginning Monday, Aug. 23, individuals who are unvaccinated with an approved accommodation will be required to complete weekly asymptomatic COVID-19 testing at the university’s Testing Center. Click here to learn more.

Student Information

To connect to the PRISM printer at Owen, click here for Mac and here for Windows.

To connect to the campus-wide internet network VUNet, click here. Returning students will have to follow these instructions as well.

Faculty & Staff Information

Consistent with our student vaccine requirement, all Vanderbilt University-employed faculty, staff and postdoctoral fellows will be required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 for the 2021–22 academic school year.  

The deadline for faculty, staff and postdocs to submit their full vaccination record is July 31, 2021.

Faculty, staff, and postdocs who believe they require a workplace accommodation in light of this change in protocol are encouraged to contact the Equal Opportunity and Access office. Accommodation requests should be submitted by June 15, 2021.