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Guidelines for a safe, productive return to VCU

Guidelines for the VCU community during the COVID-19 pandemic

The campus experience is 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 campus during COVID-19. As guidance, best practices and circumstances evolve, changes in operations, modes of instruction and services at the university may be required. This website serves as your hub for the latest information and resources.

Virtual start for the spring semester

All classes will begin virtually on Jan. 25, except in instances where a student is involved in clinical and field placements, practica, co-ops, internships and other work-related experiential learning activities. This means that previously planned in-person classes and the in-person component of hybrid (blended) courses also will take place virtually.

As pandemic conditions improve, we have every intention to resume in-person instruction as originally planned. We will evaluate the feasibility of moving forward with previously scheduled in-person classes and hybrid courses by mid-February, with the hope to resume them on or before March 8.

VCU Return to Campus plan

See additional details about VCU's strategy for reopening in our VCU 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.


Intersession and J-Term (or January Term) begin Dec. 28. The spring 2021 semester will begin Jan. 25. To mitigate the spread of COVID-19, VCU will not have spring break but instead will hold reading days on Feb. 23 and March 24. Classes will end May 5 for the Monroe Park Campus and May 7 for the MCV Campus, with exams to follow.

The spring 2021 academic calendar is available at https://academiccalendars.vcu.edu/default.asp.

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