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Vanderbilt Incident Response for Travel (VIRT)

Vanderbilt faculty, administrators, staff and students pursuing education-related opportunities away from campus can get help with health or safety issues that might arise by calling a 24-hour service.

The Vanderbilt Incident Response for Travel (VIRT) team is dedicated to providing health- and safety-related guidance and assistance to Vanderbilt community members traveling away from campus—whether for academic conferences, research at another institution, study abroad or community service.

VU travelers can reach a VIRT team member by calling the Vanderbilt University Police Department at +1 615-322-2745 seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Callers should tell the VUPD dispatcher that they wish to report an issue to VIRT or report that they are traveling—dispatchers have been trained to refer calls accordingly.

The VIRT team can provide expert guidance and help connect travelers with the appropriate health care and safety resources, including:

  • Medical consultation to help make informed decisions
  • Guidance in using Vanderbilt-issued insurance
  • Coordination of a medical or emergency evacuation from abroad
  • Support for trip leaders, whether faculty, student or staff

VIRT is available to all Vanderbilt community members when traveling away from campus on university business. For more information, visit