Similar to the fall 2020 semester, VCU anticipates a spring semester with a mix of in-person, remote and hybrid classes and a limited number of students, faculty and staff being physically present on our campuses.
Most public health measures and protocols in place to address COVID-19 will carry over from the fall semester. The information below is intended to provide a snapshot of what’s new for (or specific to) the spring 2021 semester.
The semester will start a week later than planned. Spring break is canceled but two reading days have been added. Important dates are listed below, and the full academic calendar is available at academiccalendars.vcu.edu.
A variety of instructional modalities will be available to students similar to the fall semester. These include online, in person and hybrid. More information about course modalities, including definitions and examples, can be found on the Records and Registration website.
The spring schedule of classes is searchable by course modality.
Visit the Residential Life and Housing website for complete updates: housing.vcu.edu/closing-returning/.
Residents may return to on-campus housing between Friday, Jan. 15 and Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, for classes starting on Monday, Jan. 25. Residents will have to take a COVID-19 test and receive a negative test result to regain access to the residence hall and complete a Spring 2021 Return to Campus course. More information on the spring re-entry testing procedures, the Return to Campus course and return procedures will be emailed to residents' VCU emails by the end of the fall semester.
Residents not remaining on campus over the winter break may return to on-campus housing between Friday, Jan. 15 and Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. Residents living in apartment-style halls will be required to take a COVID-19 test and receive a negative test result to remain in housing for the spring semester and complete a Spring 2021 Return to Campus course. More information on the spring re-entry testing procedures, the Return to Campus course and return procedures will be emailed to residents' VCU emails by the end of the fall semester.
Training for students and employees is currently under development. All VCU students and employees are required to complete this training before returning to campus after winter break or by Jan. 25 if they are working or studying remotely. Students and employees will receive instructions via their VCU email accounts.
Due to the continued uncertainty of the global COVID-19 pandemic, VCU has decided to cancel all study abroad programs through May 2021. This includes spring 2021 and spring break 2021 programs, and applies to all study abroad types, including, but not limited to, exchanges, direct enroll, third-party provider programs and independent study.
This recommendation is made in light of VCU’s current suspension of study abroad programs and the recently updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which recommends that institutions of higher education consider postponing or canceling upcoming student international travel programs due to the possibility of students facing unpredictable circumstances such as travel restrictions, challenges returning home and challenges accessing health care while abroad.
We will continue to monitor guidance from the CDC, U.S. Department of State and Virginia Department of Health, as well as the destinations’ offices of foreign affairs and ministries of health to make recommendations regarding summer 2021 programs. In the meantime, students are encouraged to visit the Keep on Studying Abroad website for ways they can maintain momentum in planning their study abroad experience.
Starter supply kits are available to students and employees with a VCU ID at University Student Commons and Hunton Student Center while supplies last.
Students and employees can use their VCU ID to obtain hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes and face coverings at no cost from vending machines located throughout campus. Individuals are allotted one swipe per item per month (i.e., one of each item can be obtained each month).
Monroe Park Campus vending machine locations:
MCV Campus vending machine locations:
VCU has also dedicated some classroom space in Hibbs Hall for eating and studying. The following spaces will be available Monday through Friday, Jan. 25 to May 7, 2021, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Stations with disinfectant wipes will be provided in both the tents and the classrooms. Individuals should clean up after themselves, disinfect shared surfaces before and after use, and not move the furniture that has been positioned to maintain physical distancing.