Update from leadership to faculty - Feb. 19, 2021

Additional information for faculty regarding the spring update

Dear VCU faculty,

We cannot thank you enough for all the compassion and flexibility you have shown to our students this semester and this academic year. With that in mind, we are providing additional information on a few items related to President Rao’s message yesterday morning.

In-person learning return date

If you have a course scheduled to be in-person, you need to resume in-person learning on March 4. If you have a course scheduled to be hybrid or blended, the in-person component should resume on the date previously announced in your course syllabus. It is important that you communicate with your students about your specific details for returning to in-person instruction.

Instructional guidance for ensuring student success

Faculty are expected to proceed with the modality you selected for your courses at the beginning of the semester. If your course is listed on the course schedule as fully online, it must remain fully online. If you have any questions or have individual circumstances that cause concern, you must talk to your department chair immediately. Students made their decisions regarding registration for the entire semester based on the final schedule of classes.

Some students may have concerns about or an inability to return to in-person instruction. If possible and within reason, consider granting accommodations if necessary to support students' ability to complete the course successfully. If accommodations cannot be made to support a student's successful completion of the course, please refer the student to their academic advisor or program director for further assistance.

Important information regarding health and safety protocols in the classroom

If you are teaching in-person, hybrid or blended, remember that the health and safety protocols used in the fall semester are still in effect. For details, visit the public health measures page on the Responsible Together website.

Again, thank you for all your efforts to make this semester as smooth as possible for our students.


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