For faculty and staff

We appreciate the input we have received from students, families, faculty and staff so far and it continues to help shape planning efforts. VCU's 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.

Employee 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 Return to Campus training and acknowledge the requirements and consequences. Employees 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. Complete a daily health survey at or click "WorkReady" in your VCUMobile app. Testing will occur according to protocols.
  2. Wear a face covering or mask in common areas. Forgot your mask? Locations throughout campus will have disposable masks available. Please check this spreadsheet for locations and times.
  3. Apply physical distance guidelines to all settings.
  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 Employee Health Services. Call 1-804-MYCOVID or 1-804-692-6843.
  6. Employees who continue to telework will check in with managers regularly and provide ongoing reports/outcomes.
  7. Use leave for any periods with no work. Employees unable to work on-campus or continue working from home must take leave. Once leave balances are depleted, employees may take leave without pay (not to exceed one month).

Follow safety protocols including those regarding face coverings and masks, cleaning and disinfecting, and physical distancing. Employees will receive reminders for daily health monitoring. Managers will be notified after repeated non-compliance. Disciplinary action for employees up to and including termination will be used for a failure to comply with rules.

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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