Statement on Peaceful Demonstrations
The undergraduate admissions process at Vanderbilt has long employed a holistic review of applications, considering many parts of the applications we receive. At the same time, we believe strongly in understanding the context of a student’s application, and in making admissions decisions with that context in mind. Our intent is to build a community of academically talented students and we welcome those from myriad backgrounds with a broad cross-section of viewpoints.
Just like every other part of the application process, discipline infractions are considered on a case-by-case basis within the context of their occurrences, and within the context of the values that we uphold as a university. To that end, students who are penalized for meaningful, peaceful participation in demonstrations will not be negatively impacted in our admissions process merely because they participate in such activities. Protection and promotion of civil discourse is central to the Vanderbilt experience and values.