Public health measures

If you have questions that are not answered within this FAQ, please email together@vcu.edu

Masks 

Q: Are masks required all the time?

A: Masks are required to be worn indoors throughout the university. If you are in a space alone, for example working in an office alone, you can remove your mask indoors if you wish to do so. However, masking in common areas and conference rooms is required.

Q: Can I remove my mask to eat?

A: Yes, masks may be removed when eating. 

Q: I am vaccinated. Do I have to wear a mask?

A: Yes. The masking requirement applies to all VCU community members, including those who visit campus.

Q: Can a face shield be used instead of a mask?

A: No. As with last year, a face shield is not considered a mask. 

Q: Can I remove my mask to present a lecture or at a meeting? 

A: Masks should be worn indoors, even when lecturing or presenting.

Q: Are masks required outdoors or at large events?

A: Yes, masks are also required at events or gatherings where physical distancing of 6 feet or more is not possible OR that have more than 50 people. 

Q: Will employees who do not comply with the masking requirements receive disciplinary action?

A: Yes, any employee who does not comply with the university's masking requirements can receive formal disciplinary action, up to and including termination, depending upon the severity of the infraction.

Q: I saw a co-worker without a mask in a common area in my building, what should I do?

A: If you see someone who is not in the act of eating or drinking in a common area of a VCU building, tell your manager or, if known, the unmasked employee's manager. We do not recommend that employees confront each other about masking requirements.

Physical distancing

Q: Is physical distancing required on campus?

A: No. At this time, VCU does not have density or capacity restrictions. However, masks are required at events or gatherings where physical distancing of 6 feet or more is not possible OR that have more than 50 people. 

Q: Can faculty rearrange their classroom space?

A: Faculty members are welcome to rearrange their classroom during their class time but they must reset the classroom to its original configuration immediately after each class. Faculty are strongly discouraged from removing chairs, desks, white boards etc. from classrooms as multiple class sections are utilizing these spaces.

Events and meetings

Q: Can events or gatherings be held on campus?

A: Currently, yes. There are no density or capacity limits for events and gatherings at this time. Keep in mind that masks are required indoors and outdoors where physical distancing of greater than 6 feet is not possible. Masks are also required for events of more than 50 people.

Q: What is the guidance regarding in-person vs. virtual meetings? When should a virtual option be offered?

A: Being together in person is an important part of building the VCU community and supporting our students and each other. Thanks to high vaccine compliance rates among faculty and staff, masking, and other public safety measures, supervisors may require in-person attendance for meetings. If supervisors have employees with flexible work arrangements or are holding meetings where they are not aware of the work locations of those invited, remember to include virtual options.

Q: Are masks required outdoors or at large events?

A: Yes, masks are also required at events or gatherings where physical distancing of 6 feet or more is not possible OR that have more than 50 people.

Q: Can food be served at events?

A: Currently, yes; however, outdoor and indoor eating should be sit down (banquet-style) or single serving.