Testing and screening

The screening and testing of the VCU community continues to evolve based on the availability and efficacy of viral testing protocols as well as guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), the state and the VCU Health System. It is important to note that testing is just one component of a comprehensive strategy to reduce transmission and will be conducted in conjunction with several other mitigating controls – promoting behaviors that reduce the spread of COVID-19, increased cleaning, contact tracing and daily health monitoring among others. 

VCU offers the following testing options for VCU community members. Please see the dropdowns below for details about all aspects of VCU’s testing strategy. This strategy is subject to change as circumstances change or as additional information and resources become available. 

Symptomatic testing: VCU community members who report symptoms to either Student Health Services or Employee Health may be referred for COVID-19 testing at a testing location on-campus. This will be conducted at no cost to students or employees. Students and employees can only receive a COVID-19 test if they are referred by Student Health Services or Employee Health, therefore it is essential that students and employees report symptoms by calling 1-804-MYCOVID or 1-804-692-6843. Students and employees who do not present any symptoms of COVID-19 are not guaranteed a test. 

Asymptomatic prevalence testing: VCU randomly samples asymptomatic VCU community members to participate in COVID-19 testing each week at on-campus locations. VCU community members who wish to participate in COVID-19 testing, but who are not presenting with symptoms of COVID-19, can volunteer to participate in asymptomatic testing. VCU will contact you if and when you are selected to participate in asymptomatic testing. Residential students are automatically enrolled in the asymptomatic testing pool. Non-residential students and employees must volunteer by filling out this online form. It is important that you make every effort to complete your test during the week you are invited to participate. See below for details.

Testing schedule through winter break 

With fewer students and employees on campus, VCU will reduce testing hours during the break. See the schedule below for details.

Nov. 30 - Dec. 7

  • Symptomatic testing is open three days/week (Monday, Wednesday and Thursday).
  • Asymptomatic prevalence and at-will testing sites are open three days/week (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday).
  • Re-entry testing: Residential students who indicated they would be living in on-campus housing during this timeframe will be tested at asymptomatic prevalence site after their return from Thanksgiving break.

Dec. 8 - Dec. 20 (last day of fall semester exams through start of winter break)

  • Symptomatic testing is open three days/week (Monday, Wednesday and Thursday).
  • Asymptomatic prevalence and at-will testing sites reduce hours to two days/week (Monday and Tuesday).

Dec. 21-Jan. 3 (winter break)

  • Symptomatic testing is open two days/week (Monday and Wednesday).
  • Asymptomatic prevalence and at-will testing sites are closed.

Dec. 28 - Jan. 15 (Intersession and J-term)

  • Symptomatic testing is open three days/week (Mon./Wed./Thurs.); no testing on Dec. 31.
  • Asymptomatic prevalence and at-will testing sites are closed.
  • The re-entry testing process for spring residential move-in begins. Students will be mailed test kits home during this time. Students living on-campus will also be tested again prior to spring move-in.

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

  • Symptomatic testing continues three days per week. Beginning Jan. 18, symptomatic testing increases to five days/week (Monday through Friday).
  • Beginning Jan. 18, mandatory prevalence testing begins and asymptomatic prevalence and at-will testing sites reopen for 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.


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