VCU Together Update for faculty and staff - Aug. 19, 2021

Our priorities are the health, safety and wellness — both physical and emotional — of every member of the VCU community. VCU continues to monitor, assess and address situations as they arise. This update will be a resource to help keep you informed as details become available. All updates are available at Receive notifications by downloading VCU Mobile from your iOS or Android app store.

Masks: When and where to wear them

On August 9, VCU announced that masking is required indoors for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, effective immediately. This requirement is similar to the masking requirement from earlier in the pandemic. For instance, those who work alone in an office are able to remove their mask indoors if they wish to do so, but masking in common areas and conference rooms is still required. 

New masking guidelines for VCU: Masks are also now required at outdoor events where physical distancing of greater than 6 feet is not possible or when the event includes more than 50 people. At these events, you may only remove your mask to eat. Keep in mind that outdoor and indoor eating should be sit down (banquet-style) or single serving.  

For more information about masking and other public health measures, visit

Entry Pass continues for university facilities

Effective Saturday August 21, Entry Pass will no longer be required in student commons, libraries or dining halls but may be required in classrooms and other common spaces. VCU students and employees should continue to have their daily Entry Pass on hand (either their mobile pass via the VCU Mobile app or their printed pass via logging in directly to VCU students and employees who have reported their vaccine to the university are exempt from daily health checks and surveillance testing, but are not exempt from presenting their Entry Pass. 

As a reminder, Entry Pass is an indicator of compliance with public health measures, such as daily health checks and surveillance testing. While students and employees who report their vaccination will automatically receive a green check, the Entry Pass is not an indicator of one’s vaccination status or health. More information about Entry Pass and how it works is available at

Staying informed

When it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic, the only consistency has been constant change. University decisions are communicated as quickly as possible and are published to and communicated in this weekly update. While information is communicated in multiple ways, these two resources serve as the most current sources of information. If you have questions that are not answered within these resources, please email