VCU Together Update for faculty and staff - Nov. 6

Research updates, special thanks 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.

Research participation by undergraduate students

Undergraduates involved in VCU research activities on-campus may continue those on-campus activities throughout the break between Thanksgiving and the start of the spring semester. All work that can be completed remotely must be completed remotely. When on campus, undergraduates must continue to comply with university COVID-19 precautions (face coverings, physical distancing, health attestation, training, etc.) and, if working in wet labs, with EHS-SRM lab safety training in BioRAFT. Principal investigators and department chairs are responsible for implementation, and the EHS team will continue to provide support. If conditions change at VCU or in the region regarding operational status or COVID-19 transmission, this guidance will be updated.

VCU cross-campus shuttle suspends service Nov. 25; returns in spring semester

The VCU cross-campus shuttle will operate through Nov. 25, 2020. The shuttle will resume with limited service for the spring 2021 semester on Jan. 25 and will operate Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m, through May 14. To accommodate the reduced service hours, students and employees may contact RamSafe for cross-campus rides during the hours of 5 p.m. to 8 a.m., as cross-campus restrictions will be temporarily lifted, effective Monday, Nov. 9. For more information, visit

A chance to say thank you

COVID-19 has presented the VCU community with many challenges, but students, faculty and staff have worked hard to stay safe and find new ways of doing things, all while supporting each other along the way. Who are you most grateful to for getting you through the fall semester? Be part of a special Thanksgiving video to be shared on VCU's homepage and social channels. Submit a 10-second-or-less video clip saying thanks to your family, your professor, your colleague, your cat, your therapist, your favorite coffee shop barista — whoever helped you power through during these difficult times. Submit your clip using this Google form by Nov. 12.

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