Once we return, the campus experience will be different than it was before the COVID-19 crisis. We all — the university, the students and the faculty and staff — have a role to play in fostering a safe return. It will be a phased return. Many details have been worked out, and many are still to come. This website will serve as your hub for information and resources.
See additional details about VCU's strategy for reopening in our Return to Campus plan. This plan has been reviewed by the State Council of Higher Education and has been found to be compliant in containing the required components of the "Higher Education Reopening Guidance," which was developed in consultation with the Virginia Department of Health.
Our priority is the safety of our students, faculty and staff while executing VCU’s mission. These principles have helped to shape our planning. Our guiding principles include:
We will have a phased, on-campus re-opening. The first phase begins in June, with subsequent phases to follow in two-week increments. The first phase of students and employees to return will be primarily those in health sciences programs and research. We will start the fall semester on Aug. 17 with a portion of employees continuing to telework.
The following timeline provides a high-level overview of VCU's plans for returning to campus. Additional information and details will be coming from your deans and/or supervisors as additional decisions are made.
End of the semester
The last day of classes for both campuses will be Nov. 24. Final exams will take place after the Thanksgiving holiday, running from Nov. 30-Dec. 4 for the MCV Campus, and from Nov. 30-Dec. 7 for the Monroe Park Campus.
Health sciences and other students may be returning after Thanksgiving to resume their clinical placements and similar activities to which they are committed.
VCU is committed to providing a safe, equitable and inclusive environment for all its employees, patients and students. Discrimination or discriminatory harassment is not only unlawful, it is harmful to the well-being of our university community. Our university’s core values, specifically those related to diversity and inclusion, have withstood many difficult situations and trying times, and they will not falter now.
Reports of discrimination, bullying, harassment and/or stereotyping of persons of color or those impacted by COVID-19 or otherwise, will not be tolerated. Be assured that VCU will make every effort to address and prevent the occurrence of unlawful discrimination and, if necessary, take prompt and appropriate action to remedy and prevent its reoccurrence. Every member of our community is asked to:
The One VCU: Responsible Together plan outlines a phased approach to our return. VCU’s Task Force groups have been working together around the clock to develop plans and guidelines for a productive return. As guidance, best practices and circumstances change, changes in operations, modes of instruction and services at the university may be required. This site will be updated to reflect those changes.