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. Testing will occur according to protocols. Non-residential students: Complete your daily health survey at dailyhealth.vcu.edu or click CampusReady in your VCUMobile appResidential students: Complete your daily health survey by logging into your Kallaco account or click CampusReady in your VCUMobile app.
  2. Wear a face covering or mask in common areas.
  3. Apply physical distance guidelines to all settings. Gathering in large groups during a public health crisis is not acceptable and VCU does not encourage or condone these activities. As a reminder, students hosting parties or other personal gatherings on or off-campus with more than 10 people are subject to interim suspension. All participants are subject to disciplinary action under the Student Code of Conduct.
  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. Call 1-804-MYCOVID or 1-804-692-6843.

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.

Remember to pick up your supply kit upon arriving to campus. 

Forgot your mask? Locations throughout campus will have disposable masks available. Please check this spreadsheet for locations and times.

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.

Events and gatherings

Gathering in large groups during a public health crisis is not acceptable and VCU does not encourage or condone these activities. As a reminder, students hosting parties or other personal gatherings on or off-campus with more than 10 people are subject to interim suspension. All participants are subject to disciplinary action under the Student Code of Conduct.

There will be some university sponsored gatherings/events that are allowed to exceed this 10 person rule as indicated by the Public Health Response Team. These events will be held in university facilities where COVID-19 guidelines can be maintained and facilitated by university staff. Additionally, the Cary Street Gym and Larrick Student Center recreational facilities have also been approved to exceed this rule based on their plan submitted to the Public Health Response Team.

All VCU sponsored, on-campus events, meetings and gatherings are limited to VCU faculty, staff and students. Outdoor events must follow the same safety requirements as indoor events:

  • Face coverings must be worn
  • 6 feet physical distance between participants
  • No more than 10 participants

Picking up your starter supply kit

Returning students will receive starter supply kits with hand sanitizer, spray disinfectant and launderable face coverings. Residential students will receive their supply kit upon move-in. Non-residential students can pick up supply kits during the first week of classes at various locations on the Monroe Park Campus (schedule below). A card swipe will be required. Health Sciences students will receive kits at their respective school. The kits will be available at University Student Commons and Hunton Student Center through Nov. 25.

  • University Student Commons Information Desk
    • Daily, 12 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Hunton Student Center Information Desk
    • Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Hand sanitizer and spray disinfectant bottles can be refilled and should not be discarded.

COVID-19 supplies vending machines - no cost for students and employees

Students and employees can use their VCU ID to obtain hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes and face coverings at no cost from vending machines located throughout campus. Individuals are allotted one swipe per item per month (i.e., one of each item can be obtained each month).

Monroe Park Campus vending machine locations:

  • Bowe Street Parking Deck, 1st floor, elevator lobby
  • Snead Hall, East Hall, center lobby across from the security desk
  • T. Edward Temple Building, auditorium wing across from the atrium entrance, between Rooms 1160 and 1165
  • James Branch Cabell Library, 1st floor, center of building, near the copy machines
  • Student Commons, 1st floor, near Suite 104

MCV Campus vending machine locations:

  • Larrick Student Center, right of Starbucks
  • Tompkins-McCaw Library, 1st floor, left of the main entrance, near the elevators
  • McGuire Hall and Annex, 1st floor, lobby
  • McGlothlin Medical Education Center, 1st floor, across from the elevators
  • Hunton Student Center, 1st floor, right of the information desk

Additional details and information

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