VCU Together Update for students - Jan. 8

Important dates for residential students, required Responsible Together Course training 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 Responsible Together Course

All students are required to complete this course by Monday, Jan. 25, or by the time they return to campus. Students must complete this course even if they completed the Return to Campus training in the fall.

To access the training in Blackboard, find the “Responsible Together Course” in your list of “My Courses.” Click on the course to open it, and click on Assignments to access the full course content. If you aren’t enrolled in the course, please email dsa@vcu.edu.

Read the full message about expectations for spring 2021 from Dr. Klink, senior vice provost for student affairs.

Important dates for students planning to live on-campus for spring semester

Starting Jan. 8: Residents will receive a notification to their VCU emails when their COVID-19 test results are posted to their Kallaco account. Turnaround times for test results will vary depending on volume but should be posted to accounts within three to five business days of receipt by the lab.

If a resident tests positive for COVID-19, they should immediately isolate and contact Student Health Services by calling 1-804-MYCOVID or 1-804-692-6843 to discuss the next steps.

Sign-up for a move-in time slot: Once Residential Life and Housing is notified that a resident has received a negative COVID-19 test result and has completed the Spring Return to Campus Student Training, they will email the resident a link to sign up for a move-in time slot and move-in instructions.

To support the residential community's health and safety, all residents are required to take the COVID-19 test outlined above and complete their Return to Campus Student Training. If a resident comes to move-in without completing these requirements, they will not be permitted to enter the residence hall.

For more details about the COVID-19 test, please visit the Spring Entrance Testing page.

Travel reminder

VCU recommends that all students 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. A student arriving less than 14 days before the start of classes can contact their faculty in advance of the first day of classes to discuss options for remote learning during this time. Students residing in VCU residence halls should contact University Student Health Services and refer to the Residential Life and Housing website for additional quarantine and isolation requirements. Residential students must have a negative COVID-19 test result prior to move-in. Residential students who travel from locations outside of the U.S. may be required to quarantine on campus until they receive a negative test result.

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 work on campus. 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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