Guidelines for the VCU community during the COVID-19 pandemic

The campus experience is different than it was before the COVID-19 crisis. We all — the university, the students and the faculty and staff — have a role to play in fostering a safe campus during COVID-19. As guidance, best practices and circumstances evolve, changes in operations, public health measures and services at the university may be required. This website serves as your hub for the latest information and resources.

Masks are voluntary

As of March 21, 2022, masking is voluntary indoors and outdoors on campus. Please note that masks will continue to be required during in-person classes and instructional activities, in clinical spaces, and health system facilities. VCU’s Public Health Response Team continues to strongly encourage masking for individuals at risk for severe COVID-19 infection. Community members who wish to wear masks are also encouraged to do so — we must all continue to treat one another with kindness and respect.

Need a test?

VCU offers COVID-19 testing on campus for students and employees. Symptomatic testing is for when you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. At-will testing is for when you are not experiencing symptoms but need to be tested for any reason. If you have symptoms, call 1-804-MYCOVID or 1-804-692-6843 for testing. If you are asymptomatic, make an at-will appointment here. Get details about on-campus testing here

Need a vaccine?

With the concurrence of our Public Health Response Team, VCU strongly encourages COVID-19 vaccination and boosters. Unvaccinated individuals are more likely to become infected and hospitalized compared to those who are vaccinated. VCU continues to offer a number of on-campus vaccination opportunities by appointment. 

  • Students can make an appointment online through University Student Health Services.
  • Employees can contact VCU Employee Health at (804) 828-0584 to schedule an appointment.
  • To search all vaccination opportunities near you, visit

Reporting symptoms, positive tests or exposure

Students and employees must report the following to VCU Student Health Services or Employee Health by calling 1-804-MYCOVID or 1-804-692-6843:

  • Symptoms associated with COVID-19
  • Positive test results for COVID-19
  • Exposure to COVID-19, including the need to isolate or quarantine

Student Health Services and Employee Health will provide additional instructions regarding testing, isolation and/or quarantine.