Message from leadership - Jan. 22, 2021

Entry Pass begins January 25

Dear VCU students, faculty and staff,

We all have roles to play in the safety of our learning and working environment. Now, more than ever, it is important to strictly follow all public health measures and limit the spread of COVID-19. Starting January 25, VCU will implement Entry Pass to serve as a daily reminder to all on-campus students and employees. Entry Pass is a digital tool that shows if you are in compliance with completing daily health checks and asymptomatic surveillance testing. Students and employees will be required to use Entry Pass to access the following facilities:

  • University Student Commons
  • Hunton Student Center
  • VCU Libraries (Cabell Library and Health Sciences Library)
  • Shafer Court Dining Center
  • All Recreational Sports facilities available for open recreation (Cary Street Gym, MCV Campus Recreation Center, Thalhimer Tennis Center and Cary Street Field)

Entry Pass is available in the VCU Mobile app and online at Think of Entry Pass as a “fast pass.” Those who complete their daily health check and comply with asymptomatic surveillance testing will use Entry Pass to more easily access certain campus facilities. Students and employees without an Entry Pass will review safety and compliance requirements with an entry attendant, who can answer questions and offer resources. Non-compliance with daily health checks or surveillance testing may ultimately result in building access restrictions and/or disciplinary action.

How it works

To access certain campus facilities, you will be asked to show your Entry Pass. Prior to visiting campus facilities, we strongly encourage you to check your Entry Pass status (visit to check or print your Entry Pass or click on Entry Pass in the VCU Mobile app). When entering campus facilities, be prepared to display your digital Entry Pass or printout. An entry attendant at the facilities listed above will ask you to show your Entry Pass (from a mobile device using the Entry Pass module in the VCU Mobile app, or by showing your printed pass).

Green check: If your Entry Pass shows a green check, that means you’ve completed your daily health check for the day and, if applicable, complied with asymptomatic surveillance testing. Show your Entry Pass to the entry attendant and you will be quickly cleared to enter. A green check is not an indicator of your health status. Students and employees are still responsible for following all public safety measures including wearing a face covering, physically distancing and handwashing.

Yellow warning: If you are asked to participate in asymptomatic surveillance testing and do not book an appointment, or if you fail to show for a scheduled appointment, your Entry Pass will show a yellow warning. You will have one week to complete your test. Check for an email from, which will have details about how to complete your surveillance test. The yellow warning is only applicable to non-compliance with surveillance testing and is not applicable to compliance with the daily health check.

Red X: A red X means one of two things that can be rectified by completing the following steps.

  • You have not completed your daily health check. You can complete your daily health check on the spot using the Entry Pass module in the VCU Mobile app, instantly resulting in a green check, or prior to allowing entry, the attendant will ask you to answer a lengthy series of questions about compliance with public safety measures. Either way, you will be able to enter the facility. Completing your health check is the fastest.
  • You have not complied with asymptomatic surveillance testing. If you complete your daily health check, and your Entry Pass continues to show a red X, then you are out of compliance with surveillance testing. Entry will be denied and you will have one week to complete your test. Note, you will only receive a red X after several repeated reminders about your participation in surveillance testing. If you have any questions or conflicts, email

Fostering a safe environment for our students and employees takes a team effort. For more information about Entry Pass, visit As always, thank you for doing your part to keep VCU and the surrounding community safe and healthy.


Gail Hackett, Ph.D.
Provost and senior vice president for academic affairs

Arthur Kellermann, M.D., M.P.H.
Senior vice president for health sciences at VCU and CEO of VCU Health System

Meredith L. Weiss, Ph.D.
Vice president for administration