January 29, 2023


The World Health Organization declared monkeypox a public health emergency of international concern, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declared the ongoing spread of the virus in the United States a public health emergency. Monkeypox has arrived in Tennessee and in Davidson County, and the University has been preparing and planning for managing any impacts on our campus community.

Any student who is feeling ill or having monkeypox symptoms should contact the Student Health Center. Students who are tested for monkeypox will need to isolate from others until they receive their results. Students who live off campus should isolate in their residences and campus residents should contact dosmazikcare@vanderbilt.edu for more information about isolation housing if they have symptoms and are awaiting test results or have tested positive for monkeypox. More information about monkeypox protocols can be found on the monkeypox health and safety webpage.

Reproductive Health

As previously announced, Provost Raver convened a reproductive health task force to identify and implement concrete ways the University can support the Vanderbilt community’s health, safety, and well-being within the context of federal and Tennessee laws. A list of new and existing resources is available for Vanderbilt community members as they navigate decisions about their health care and their professional and personal lives. This list includes information about financial assistance through the Student Critical Support Fund, free emergency oral contraception at the Student Health Center, and the newly created Women’s Health and Parenting Resource Coordinator.


We understand navigating ongoing global health emergencies while starting a new academic year may result in feelings of anxiety and uncertainty. Below are resources that are available to support you.

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