For students

Aug. 17, 2020, marks the official start to the fall 2020 semester and the day we hope to be on campus together. We will get to that day and it will take each of us acting responsibly together to promote safety in our learning, work and living environment. We appreciate the input we have received from students, families, faculty and staff so far and it continues to help shape planning efforts. Returning to campus will be in phases and the plans follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, state, city and VCU Health guidance. To be together means we are responsible together.

Student responsibilities

When we return, things will look and feel different as we take necessary steps to protect the well-being of our community. Before returning, you will need to complete the Return to Campus training and acknowledge the requirements and consequences. Students will sign attestation indicating training completion and personal compliance with safety protocols.

Here is what is expected of you:

  1. Monitor your health daily. Complete a daily health survey at Testing will occur according to protocols.
  2. Wear a face covering or mask in common areas.
  3. Apply physical distance guidelines to all settings.
  4. Clean and disinfect personal and shared spaces before and after use. Cleaning supplies will be available in numerous locations.
  5. Report symptoms associated with COVID-19 to VCU Student Health Services. A call center hotline will be available later in the summer.

Following rules regarding face coverings or masks, cleaning and disinfecting, and physical distancing is required. Students will receive reminders for daily health monitoring. The dean of Student Affairs will be notified after repeated non-compliance. Refusal to comply with rules can include progressive disciplinary action up to and including suspension, based on the VCU Student Code of Conduct.

VCU Return to Campus plan

See additional details about VCU's strategy for reopening in our Return to Campus plan.

Changes to fall semester calendar

VCU's fall semester will now run from Aug. 17 to Nov. 24, with no fall break or reading days included. Final exams will be conducted remotely after the Thanksgiving holiday — from Nov. 30 to Dec. 4 for those on the MCV Campus, and from Nov. 30 to Dec. 7 for Monroe Park Campus students. Note: Health sciences and other students may be returning after Thanksgiving to resume their clinical placements and similar activities to which they are committed. This necessarily affects Commencement, originally scheduled for Dec. 12. We will evaluate guidance on larger gatherings over the next several months and explore how we will recognize the full Class of 2020. More information about the academic calendar will be shared later this summer.

These changes, based on recommendations from public health experts, are designed to reduce the amount of travel to and from campus, and to help avoid the height of flu season.

As a reminder, the 2020 summer sessions are remote (online) instruction. More information is available on the Summer Studies 2020 update webpage.

Additional details and information

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