For faculty and staff

We appreciate the input we have received from students, families, faculty and staff so far and it continues to help shape planning efforts. VCU's Return to Campus plan follows Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Virginia Department of Health, city and VCU Health guidance. Our commitment to each other allows us to be better together.

Employee responsibilities

Things will look and feel different this year as we take necessary steps to protect the well-being of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Before the start of each semester, you will need to complete the Return to Campus training and acknowledge the requirements and consequences. Employees will sign an 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 or click "WorkReady" in your VCUMobile app. Testing will occur according to protocols.
  2. Wear a face covering or mask in common areas. Forgot your mask? Locations throughout campus will have disposable masks available. Please check this spreadsheet for locations and times.
  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 Employee Health Services. Call 1-804-MYCOVID or 1-804-692-6843.
  6. Employees who continue to telework will check in with managers regularly and provide ongoing reports/outcomes.
  7. Use leave for any periods with no work. Employees unable to work on-campus or continue working from home must take leave. Once leave balances are depleted, employees may take leave without pay (not to exceed one month).

Follow safety protocols including those regarding face coverings and masks, cleaning and disinfecting, and physical distancing. Employees will receive reminders for daily health monitoring. Managers will be notified after repeated non-compliance. Disciplinary action for employees up to and including termination will be used for a failure to comply with rules.

VCU Return to Campus plan

See additional details about VCU's operations during COVID-19 in our VCU Return to Campus Plan .

Changes to the spring 2021 academic calendar

The spring semester started Jan. 25 (most undergraduate and graduate courses), with the majority of classes offered virtually.

VCU resumed in-person classes and hybrid courses on March 4. Course information for the spring semester was set previously and faculty are expected to follow the course modalities as listed in the revised and published spring 2021 Schedule of Classes. Students with question should check or contact their professors with questions about an individual class. Review the FAQs for additional information.

Spring break is canceled but two reading days were added: Feb. 23 and March 24. The last day of classes is May 5 for the Monroe Park Campus and May 7 for the MCV Campus, with exams to follow.

VCU will host a universitywide virtual commencement on May 15, 2021, while also holding an assortment of in-person graduation ceremonies at the department, school and college levels.

The full academic calendar is available at

Additional details and information

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