For students

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.

Student responsibilities

Things will look and feel different this year as we take necessary steps to protect the well-being of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Before the start of each semester, you will need to complete the Responsible Together training course and acknowledge the requirements and consequences. Students will sign an attestation indicating training completion and personal compliance with safety protocols. 

Here is what is expected of you:

  1. Monitor your health daily. You must complete a daily health survey at or click CampusReady in your VCUMobile app. Testing will occur according to protocols. 
  2. Wear a face covering or mask in common areas.
  3. Apply physical distance guidelines to all settings. Gathering in large groups during a public health crisis is not acceptable and VCU does not encourage or condone these activities. As a reminder, students hosting parties or other personal gatherings on or off-campus with more than 10 people are subject to interim suspension. All participants are subject to disciplinary action under the Student Code of Conduct.
  4. Clean and disinfect personal and shared spaces before and after use. Cleaning supplies will be available in numerous locations.
  5. Report symptoms associated with COVID-19 to VCU Student Health Services. Call 1-804-MYCOVID or 1-804-692-6843.

Following rules regarding face coverings or masks, cleaning and disinfecting, and physical distancing is required. Students will receive reminders for daily health monitoring. The dean of student affairs will be notified after repeated non-compliance. Refusal to comply with rules can include progressive disciplinary action up to and including suspension, based on the VCU Student Code of Conduct.

Forgot your mask? Locations throughout campus will have disposable masks available. Please check this spreadsheet for locations and times.

VCU Return to Campus plan

See additional details about VCU's operations during COVID-19 in our VCU Return to Campus Plan .

Changes to the spring 2021 academic calendar

The spring semester will start a week later than planned on Jan. 25 (most undergraduate and graduate courses).

All classes will begin virtually, 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.

Spring break is canceled but two reading days have been added on Feb. 23 and March 24. The last day of classes is May 5 for the Monroe Park Campus and May 7 for the MCV Campus, with exams to follow.

The full academic calendar is available at

Additional details and information

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