Entry Pass

Have a question that isn’t answered below? Additional details can be found on the Entry Pass page, or you can email your question to together@vcu.edu.

Q: Which facilities will require Entry Pass?

A: The following facilities will require Entry Pass: University Student Commons, Hunton Student Center, Libraries (Cabell Library and Health Sciences Library), Shafer Court Dining Center, and all Recreational Sports facilities available for open recreation (Cary Street Gym, MCV Campus Recreation Center, Thalhimer Tennis Center and Cary Street Field). Starting March 4, faculty who teach in-person classes will also have the option of implementing Entry Pass for in-person classes. Faculty are required to notify students in advance.

Q: Will entry attendants know my daily health check responses? Will they have access to my surveillance test results?

A: No. Entry Pass is a tool to support compliance with public safety measures. VCU only tracks if you do or do not comply with the requirement to take your daily health survey and/or, if applicable, participate in asymptomatic surveillance testing. Your responses to the daily health check are not tracked. COVID-19 test results for symptomatic surveillance testing participants are not shared with entry attendants.

Q: Why did VCU implement Entry Pass?

A: VCU implemented Entry Pass to support daily compliance with key public health measures: the daily health check and asymptomatic surveillance testing (which is required as of Jan. 19, 2021). Compliance with the daily health check supports the active monitoring of your health on a daily basis and is a consistent way to monitor symptoms and, if needed, connect to Student Health Services or Employee Health. Asymptomatic surveillance testing helps VCU monitor the prevalence of COVID-19 among asymptomatic community members, which is critical to understanding the overall prevalence of COVID-19 within the entire community.

Q: What happens if I don’t do my health check?

A: If you do not complete your health check, your Entry Pass will show a red X. If your Entry Pass shows a red X, your access to certain campus facilities or activities will be restricted. Before entry is permitted, an entry attendant will ask you to complete your daily health check on your phone (resulting in a green check for entry) or ask you to answer questions about compliance with public safety measures. VCU does not track or keep a record of your answers to the daily health check. VCU only tracks if you complete it each day. After repeated non-compliance, students will face disciplinary action through the Office of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity. For employees, managers will be notified after repeated noncompliance; disciplinary action up to and including termination will be used for a failure to comply.

Q: What happens if I don’t participate in asymptomatic surveillance testing?

A: If you are asked to participate in asymptomatic surveillance testing and do not book an appointment, or if you fail to show for a scheduled appointment, your entry pass will show a yellow warning. You will have one week to schedule your appointment and receive your test. Check your email for directions about where to report for asymptomatic surveillance testing or email covidtest@vcu.edu for more information. VCU does not share the results of surveillance test results, but tracks when students and employees complete their test. If you do not complete your surveillance test within that time frame, your entry pass will show a red X and your entry to certain campus facilities will be restricted and you will face disciplinary action through the Office of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity.

Q: Will Entry Pass be required for access to my classes?

A: Starting March 4, facutly have the option to implement Entry Pass for in-person classes. Faculty are required to notify students in advance. 

Q: What if I forget my Entry Pass or my phone?

A: If you are unable to show your Entry Pass, an entry attendant at the facilities listed above will require you to answer questions about compliance with public safety measures. 

Q: What if I am a VCU Health team member?

A: VCU Health team members should show their VCU Health ID card to the attendant.

Q: What if I am not a VCU student or employee?

A: Attendants will ask community members (i.e., anyone who is not a student, employee or vendor) a series of questions about compliance with public safety measures.

Q: What if I am a vendor?

A: Vendors should present their empoyer-issued ID to the attendant.

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