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February, 2019

Why do we need Multi-Factor Authentication (also knowns as “MFA”)?

Feb. 27, 2019—Higher education institutions are common targets for opportunistic and nation-state attackers because of the wide variety of personal and research data available. The most common attack vector is compromised accounts as a result of phishing campaigns. These compromised accounts can grant threat actors access to all of the data to which the account is entitled. Vanderbilt...

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How does Vanderbilt regulate e-scooters on campus?

Feb. 26, 2019—Vanderbilt University embraces innovation in mobility and the new “shared urban mobility devices” (i.e. dockless electric scooters and bikes) operating in Nashville. The university is committed to providing the campus community with multiple mobility options, as well as ensuring that campus remains accessible and safe for all members. When Metro Nashville was first developing its...

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What is the phone number for the VU appointment hotline? Dedicated Phone Line Gives University Health Plan Members Preferred Access to Tier 1 Providers

Feb. 13, 2019—Vanderbilt University faculty and staff (and eligible dependents) enrolled in the VU Select PPO or Choice CDHP plans now have exclusive access to the VU Appointment Hotline, which gives them preferred access to next-available appointments with Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) and other Tier 1 Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network (VHAN) providers. Faculty and staff (and eligible dependents) looking...

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When Should I Reach Out to Vanderbilt Export Compliance? Export Compliance Program Provides Faculty with Expertise

Feb. 1, 2019—Please reach out to Vanderbilt Export Compliance (VEC) for assistance if you…  Hire or host foreign nationals  Travel abroad for business purposes  Ship items internationally  Conduct research with dual use possibilities (e.g., research with applications for biological weapons) While an export can be a physical item, it is often more than shipping a box overseas....

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Why Does Vanderbilt Hold Classes on Labor Day? Examining the University’s Academic Calendar

Feb. 1, 2019—All Vanderbilt undergraduate programs and many graduate and professional programs follow the official academic calendar, which is reviewed and maintained by a standing university committee in consulation with the schools and colleges. Post-baccalaureate programs in Divinity, Engineering, the Graduate School, and Peabody follow the standard university academic calendar. The remaining schools (Law, Medicine, Nursing, and...

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Can I Use the Dependent Tuition Benefit for an Institution Outside the U.S.?

Feb. 1, 2019—The Question:  A faculty member recently raised a question about whether the University’s dependent tuition benefit could be utilized at an institution outside the U.S. The Challenge:   The benefit plan document for the University’s dependent tuition program specifies that dependents must attend “accredited” institutions.   The federal Department of Education provides an authoritative listing of all...

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