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. To be together means we are responsible together.

Employee 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 complete the employee training, and acknowledge successful training completion and personal compliance with safety protocols. Managers will complete an additional training. Employees will sign attestation indicating training completion and personal compliance with safety protocols. Managers will sign an additional attestation indicating training completion and 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 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. 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.


On Saturday, Dec. 12, VCU will host a virtual commencement celebration to honor the many achievements of our August and December graduates. The celebration will include a ceremony broadcast with an interactive online experience for graduates and their families and a copy of the commencement program. May 2020 graduates originally invited to participate in December ceremonies will be invited to join their classmates at a university commencement ceremony in the future. All 2020 graduates will be contacted with more information. Any changes to college and school ceremonies will be communicated by the college or school.

Events and gatherings

Gathering in large groups during a public health crisis is not acceptable and VCU does not encourage or condone these activities. Instead, the university encourages holding events virtually whenever possible.

There will be some university sponsored gatherings/events that are allowed to exceed the 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

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