Following Thanksgiving Break, all exterior doors will remain locked when school is in session — as per state law (Tennessee Code § 49-6-817). All families, vendors, and other guests must ring the doorbell at the 19th Avenue entrance and present an ID to enter USN. We also will welcome Sgt. Anthony Jones and Cpl. Robert Gibson as School Resource Officers patrolling the Edgehill Campus and the River Campus.
By Capt. Aerin Washington, Director of Safety and Security
In accordance with Tennessee Code Annotated 49-6-817 and effective Monday, November 27, we will lock the 19th Avenue Lobby entrance and require identification for everyone entering the USN building. Everyone will be required to show either their state-issued or USN ID via the camera at the main entrance. If the individual does not have a USN ID, they can have a visitor badge printed at the reception desk. Visitors who park on 21st Avenue and do not have a USN ID will be directed to enter through the 19th Avenue entrance for a visitor ID badge.
Another exciting announcement is the arrival of our new School Resource Officers here on USN's campuses. School Resource Officers are certified police officers who are primarily assigned to a school and provide safety and security-related functions, including emergency response, safety training, traffic direction, and patrol functions. Sergeant Anthony Jones and Corporal Robert Gibson will join the Office of Safety and Security on Monday, November 27. Sgt. Jones will work from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cpl. Gibson will work from 2 to 10 p.m. Both will be present on the Edgehill Campus as well as the River Campus. If you see them in the hallways, do stop them and say "hello."
Sgt. Jones has been with the Vanderbilt University Police Department since 2001. He has served in various roles within the department, most recently as a Sergeant with One Hundred Oaks, where he also worked as a bike officer. Sgt. Jones loves helping people and has worked at USN for various events in the past. He is excited to join the USN community officially.
Cpl. Gibson has been with VUPD since 2014. He started at VUPD as a Community Service Officer and transitioned into a police officer role in 2022. He enjoys spending time with his family and biking. Cpl. Gibson is excited to join the team and dive into various campus activities.
USN's Ethics Bowl team won both the Tennessee Ethical Bowl and the Divisional Playoff, going undefeated over seven matches to qualify for the National High School Ethics Bowl at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Congratulations to Caroline Keiper '25, Zinnia Nichols-Loller '25, Ellie Rothman '25, Ellie Klein '25, Eliza Nichols '25, Amelie Soslow '25, Jaya Gupta '25, and Kati Tong '25.
Audrey Flatt ’24 created a new logo to build school spirit and support for performing and visual arts. The booster club Tiger Arts Patrons contributes additional funding to the arts while providing supporters with free admission to most events and performances. Register for annual TAP membership here for $100.
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