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Guidelines for a safe, productive return to VCU

Guidelines for a productive return to VCU

We all — the university, the students and the faculty and staff — have a role to play in fostering a safe campus during COVID-19. This website serves as your hub for information and resources.

Returning home for the holidays

The Virginia Department of Health published new guidelines for students and staff to consider as they plan their return home for the holidays. Download the PDF from the VDH website.

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VCU Return to Campus plan

See additional details about VCU's strategy for reopening in our Return to Campus plan. This plan has been reviewed by the State Council of Higher Education and has been found to be compliant in containing the required components of the "Higher Education Reopening Guidance," which was developed in consultation with the Virginia Department of Health.

Operational decisions

VCU’s Public Health Response Team (PHRT) and Incident Coordination Team (ICT) consistently review new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and VCU's own medical and science experts to recommend decisions about both safety protocols and university operations. The following data informs PHRT recommendations:

  • The rate of positive tests at VCU
  • The prevalence of COVID-19 in the VCU community vs. the prevalence of COVID-19 in the Richmond area
  • Excessive demand for isolation/quarantine residence hall space
  • Hospital capacity
  • Test availability and result time

The PHRT follows the Outbreak Management Plan outlined on pages 12 and 13 of the Return to Campus plan. This plan explains how VCU would reduce campus activity in phases in order to manage any outbreaks in partnership with VDH. VCU is currently in Phase 4. VCU communicates changes in operations and safety protocols as decisions are made.

Daily health surveys

VCU students and employees are required to complete daily health surveys and can do so through their email, VCU Mobile app or if a residential student, the Kallaco app.


COVIDWISE is Virginia’s official COVID-19 exposure notification mobile app. It uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology to quickly notify users who have likely been exposed so you can reduce the risk of infection for your friends and family and help Virginia stop the spread.

LiveSafe app

LiveSafe app allows you to send VCU Police information 24/7 about crimes or ongoing incidents. You can send in photos, videos or audio files as evidence of what is occurring. VCU Police can also the app to send users messages about ongoing incidents or important safety tips. Tips submitted through LiveSafe are monitored by VCU Police dispatchers 24/7, just as all emergency calls at VCU are monitored.


The last day of classes for both campuses will be Nov. 24. Final exams will take place after the Thanksgiving holiday, running from Nov. 30-Dec. 4 for the MCV Campus, and from Nov. 30-Dec. 7 for the Monroe Park Campus.

Health sciences and other students may be returning after Thanksgiving to resume their clinical placements and similar activities to which they are committed.

The fall 2020 academic calendar is available at