VCU Together Update for faculty and staff - Jan. 8

Training now available, new guidance for clinical research 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 together.vcu.edu. Receive notifications by downloading VCU Mobile from your iOS or Android app store.

Upcoming COVID-19 testing schedule

Jan. 4 - Jan. 24 (end of winter break through start of spring semester classes)

  • Symptomatic testing continues three days/week (Monday/Wednesday/Thursday). Beginning Jan. 18, symptomatic testing increases to five days/week (Monday through Friday).
  • Asymptomatic prevalence and at-will testing sites are closed through Jan. 15. Beginning Jan. 18, mandatory surveillance (prevalence) testing begins and asymptomatic testing sites reopen four days/week (Monday through Thursday).
  • Re-entry test results will come in during this time, and pending a negative result, residential students will be able to schedule move-in dates.

VCU/Virginia Department of Health contact tracers will notify close contacts who are exposed to COVID-19. VCU contact tracers are an extension of the Virginia Department of Health. The process follows all VDH protocols in order to protect an individual's privacy, including health information.

For the full schedule through the start of the spring semester, visit together.vcu.edu/protocols/testing/#schedule.

How to access the required One VCU: Responsible Together training

The One VCU: Responsible Together Spring 2021 training is now available in Talent@VCU. If you do not have access to Talent@VCU, the training is also available through Blackboard. All VCU employees are required to complete this training by Monday, Jan. 25, the beginning of the spring semester. Managers are required to complete the manager edition of the training as well.

Guidance for VCU clinical research teams as COVID-19 cases rise

Due to significant increases in COVID-19 cases at VCU Health and throughout our community, OVPRI offers new, additional guidance essential for the safe conduct of clinical research. Learn more at conta.cc/2KZ3dBh.

Guidance essential for the safe conduct of human subjects research studies

OVPRI offers guidance for VCU researchers conducting human subjects research, clinical and non-clinical. Learn more at bit.ly/39bUgg2.

Travel reminder

VCU recommends that all employees returning to VCU and surrounding communities from destinations abroad follow CDC guidelines and stay home for 14 days upon arrival in the U.S., avoid being around people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 and consider getting tested for COVID-19.

Asymptomatic surveillance testing will be mandatory

Starting Jan. 19, asymptomatic surveillance testing (previously referred to as "prevalence" testing) will be mandatory for residential students, students who attend on-campus classes and employees who come to campus to work — including employees who are designated as hybrid on-campus/telework. Employees designated as telework, who solely work remotely, are not part of the surveillance testing pool. If you have questions about your work designation, please contact your supervisor or HR professional. VCU samples asymptomatic VCU community members for testing each week in order to monitor COVID-19 within the VCU community. If you are selected to participate, you will receive an email from covidtest@vcu.edu that includes instructions for setting up your Kallaco portal, links to available appointment slots and other information to help you prepare for your COVID-19 test. If you are selected to participate, you must schedule your test and attend your testing appointment.

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