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. Our commitment to each other allows us to be better together.

Employee responsibilities

Masking: Masking indoors has been reinstated throughout the university and remains in effect for health system facilities. Studies show that masking effectively reduces the spread of viruses and, combined with COVID-19 vaccination, can greatly reduce the transmission of COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also recommend indoor masking in areas with substantial community spread.

Vaccines: All VCU faculty and staff are required to report COVID-19 vaccination or, if applicable, submit requests for medical or religious exemptions by September 15. If you have already reported your vaccination, there is no action required on your part. Employees who are dually employed with VCU Health System must report vaccination to both the university and the health system (information about health system requirements can be found through the VCU Health System intranet). This decision aligns with Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s Executive Directive 18, which directs state employees, including university employees, to be vaccinated for COVID-19 (with allowances for medical and religious exemptions),

Faculty and staff who are vaccinated, and report their vaccination to VCU, are exempt from daily health checks, surveillance testing and quarantine requirements (unless symptomatic; note that vaccinated individuals should still be tested on days 3-5 after exposure to COVID-19 and wear a face mask indoors in public for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result). Entry Pass requirements will apply; however, your Entry Pass will default to a green check.

Safety guidelines for faculty and staff who are unvaccinated: must follow safety guidelines for their health and for the health of our community, including but not limited to:

  • Routine surveillance testing
  • Completing daily health checks
  • Continuing to follow public safety measures including quarantine procedures.
  • Entry Pass requirements will apply and will allow entry if public health measures are followed

For more information, see the vaccine FAQ for faculty and staff.

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