VCU Together Update for faculty and staff - Sept. 11

COVID-19 testing options and call center, free COVID-19 supplies, asynchronous course support and more

Our priorities are the health, safety and wellness — both physical and emotional — of every member of the VCU community. VCU continues to monitor, assess and address situations as they arise. 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.

Reporting COVID-19 symptoms and test results

As a reminder, students and employees must report symptoms associated with COVID-19 and/or test results (regardless of whether results are received through VCU-sponsored testing, an outside lab or a personal healthcare provider) to Student Health Services and Employee Health by calling 1-804-MYCOVID or 1-804-692-6843. Information reported to Student Health Services and Employee Health supports VCU’s Public Health Response Team in making decisions about safety protocols and operations. For more information about reporting COVID-19, visit

COVID-19 supply vending machines

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:

  • Bowe Street Parking Deck, 1st floor, elevator lobby
  • Snead Hall, East Hall, center lobby across from the security desk
  • T. Edward Temple Building, auditorium wing across from the atrium entrance, between Rooms 1160 and 1165
  • James Branch Cabell Library, 1st floor, center of building, near the copy machines
  • Student Commons, 1st floor, near Suite 104

MCV Campus vending machine locations:

  • Larrick Student Center, right of Starbucks
  • Tompkins-McCaw Library, 1st floor, left of the main entrance, near the elevators
  • McGuire Hall and Annex, 1st floor, lobby
  • McGlothlin Medical Education Center, 1st floor, across from the elevators
  • Hunton Student Center, 1st floor, right of the information desk

Understand your testing options

In addition to promoting healthy behaviors, such as wearing a mask and physical distancing, VCU’s current testing strategy includes testing VCU community members with symptoms (symptomatic testing) as well as a percentage of those without symptoms (asymptomatic prevalence testing).

If you experience symptoms of COVID-19: Call 1-804-MYCOVID or 1-804-692-6843 to discuss your testing options with Student Health Services or Employee Health. Testing for symptomatic VCU community members is conducted by VCU Medical Center at no direct cost to students or employees.

Volunteer for asymptomatic prevalence testing: Regular testing of asymptomatic individuals helps us monitor the overall prevalence of COVID-19 in the VCU community and provides the valuable data we need to make decisions about safety measures and university operations. VCU offers COVID-19 prevalence testing at no cost to students and employees at locations on both the Monroe Park and MCV campuses. To volunteer for prevalence testing, fill out the online form at If you are selected to participate in prevalence testing, VCU will contact you with details about how to participate and receive your test results.

COVID-19 dashboard

In a community as large and diverse as VCU, we are likely to see rumors on social media or hear rumors shared by friends about outbreaks, building evacuations and campus closures. The COVID-19 dashboard provides transparent details about the number of positive cases in our community and additional numbers related to testing, those in quarantine and those in isolation.

Resources for students in asynchronous classes

Many VCU students are enrolled in one or more asynchronous classes this fall. VCU’s Campus Learning Center (CLC) has the resources to support their success. Please encourage students in asynchronous classes to visit the Get In Sync With Your Asynchronous Classes page on the CLC website to ensure they stay on track and are aware of important resources should challenges arise. This infographic is a quick reference and can be posted to syllabi or Blackboard/Canvas class pages. The CLC is here to support our students and can be reached at or (804) 827-8108.

VCU Student Health Services Pharmacy offers curbside pickup

VCU Student Health Services Pharmacy offers curbside pickup of prescriptions and over-the-counter items. The pharmacy is located on the second floor of the Sports Medicine Center, 1300 W. Broad St. Call with requests and pay over the phone. Park in the roundabout behind the building, and pharmacy staff will bring the purchased items to you. If you do not have a vehicle, pharmacy staff will bring your purchased items to you on the first floor of the Sports Medicine Center. If someone else is picking up your order, please alert the pharmacy staff ahead of time. For more information, contact VCU Student Health Services Pharmacy at or (804) 828-7734, or visit

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