Message from leadership — July 24, 2020

Weekly update: Physical distancing shuttle and RamSafe, student training, move-in requirements and more

As we plan the return to campus for the university’s students, faculty and staff, our priorities are the health, safety and wellness — both physical and emotional — of every member of the VCU community. Many details have been worked out, and many are still to come. This weekly update will be a resource to help keep you informed as details become available. All updates are available at Receive notifications by downloading VCU Mobile from your iOS or Android app store.

Student services

Temporary physical distancing shuttle coming in August

Starting in August, VCU Parking and Transportation will operate a temporary physical distancing shuttle to support VCU community members with increased safety concerns. The shuttle will travel to Cabell Library, One Capitol Square and McGuire Hall, and physical distancing measures in addition to face mask requirements will be enforced. 

Temporary parking options

In the event a long-term VCU parking permit does not meet your needs, daily/hourly parking is available at several parking facilities. Additionally, students and employees may purchase a two-week permit for designated locations online at  

RamSafe service begins Aug. 1

RamSafe service will resume on Aug. 1 at 5 p.m. with physical distancing guidelines enforced. Buses will operate at 50 percent passenger capacity. Masks will be required to ride. Learn more at

Ways to help keep you and your peers safe

Return to Campus student training

All students are required to complete the Return to Campus student training to gain a better understanding of the steps being taken by the university to ensure their health and safety, as well as an understanding of their expected contributions to the health, safety and success of our VCU community. Please visit the Return to Campus student information website for information on how to access the training and for more details.

Daily health check

Students are required to complete a brief daily health check to monitor the health of the VCU community. Students are required to complete this daily, which includes the days students do not plan to come to campus, as well as if their courses are fully online. The health check will be sent daily via email and is also accessible by visiting the Daily Health website.  

COVID-19 test required for residential students

VCU requires residential students to complete training and a COVID-19 test (at no cost to students) prior to move-in. Residential students must check their email for instructions from Residential Life and Housing for how to receive an at-home COVID-19 test and mail it back for analysis. Residential move-in time slots will be restricted until training is complete and COVID-19 test results are processed. It is important that residential students register for a test kit to begin the process as soon as possible.

Details about how to access the training and register for your COVID-19 test were outlined in the email, including your personal pin number, which is required to set up your COVID-19 test kit account. Instructions are also available on the Residential Requirements to Move-in website.

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