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It takes each of us acting responsibly together to promote safety in our learning, work and living environment. We appreciate the input we have received from students, families, faculty and staff so far and it continues to help shape planning efforts. The VCU Return to Campus plan follows Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Virginia Department of Health, city and VCU Health guidance. To be together means we are responsible together.

Required Responsible Together course

All students are required to complete the Responsible Together Course by Tuesday, Aug. 24, or by the time you arrive on campus for move-in, on-campus classes or to access any activities on campus. This is course is now available in Canvas for all students who are registered for at least one Fall semester course. Visit the Responsible Together Course information page for details and how to access the training course. 

Student vaccine requirement

Vaccination will be required for all students who live, learn, work or will be on campus for any reason (excluding those with religious or health exemptions). The requirement also applies to students who are enrolled in virtual classes (unless the degree program is one of VCU's entirely online degree programs).

  • Students attending fall classes must report their vaccination (if the vaccine requires two doses, both doses should be reported) to University Student Health Services no later than July 15
  • Health Sciences students and those taking summer classes should receive and report their vaccinations sooner, if possible

For more information about full vaccination, documentation requirements, religious and health exemptions, confidentiality and vaccine manufacturers, see the vaccine FAQ.

  • Students who receive vaccination exemptions must follow safety guidelines for their health and for the health of our community, including but not limited to: wearing a mask, routine surveillance testing, completing daily health checks, and continuing to follow public safety measures including quarantine procedures. Entry Pass requirements will apply and entry will be allowed if the proper public health measures are followed.
  • Vaccinated students are exempt from masking, daily health checks, surveillance testing and quarantine requirements. Entry Pass requirements will continue to apply; however, your Entry Pass will default to a green check.

If you have not yet received your COVID-19 vaccination, you can make an appointment on-campus through University Student Health Services or at a provider near you (search vaccine availability at www.vaccines.gov).

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