Message from leadership to faculty and staff - Jan. 18, 2022

Changes to VCU COVID-19 policies for VCU employees

Dear VCU faculty and staff, 

On Jan. 15, Governor Youngkin issued executive orders and directives regarding COVID-19. Similar to what is taking place at other Virginia colleges and universities, VCU has decided the following changes will go into effect immediately.

Employees are not required to be vaccinated, receive a booster or to report their vaccination status to the university. COVID-19 surveillance testing and daily health checks are also no longer required for VCU employees. 

Employees who are dually employed with VCU Health System must continue to follow health system vaccination requirements

At the end of our fall semester, more than 97 percent of faculty and staff were vaccinated and more than 95 percent of students were vaccinated. With the concurrence of our Public Health Response Team, VCU strongly encourages vaccination and boosters. Unvaccinated individuals are more likely to become infected and hospitalized compared to those who are vaccinated. Vaccinated-yet unboosted individuals are also at risk for breakthrough infection and possible hospitalization. 

What remains in effect

The following health and safety protocols remain in effect. Note, COVID-19 policies also remain in effect for students. 

  • Voluntary testing will remain available at no cost to VCU employees. VCU employees experiencing symptoms (both on and off-campus) should contact Employee Health Services (1-804-MYCOVID or 1-804-692-6843) to be referred for COVID-19 testing at a testing location on-campus. At-will testing will also be available for asymptomatic community members. Employees who experience COVID-19 symptoms should not report to work and should follow CDC guidelines
  • Masks will continue to be required indoors throughout the university and remain in effect for health system facilities. Masks are also required at outdoor events with more than 50 people. VCU recommends at least double-layer masks and has added to its supply of KN95 and three-layer 100 percent cotton masks and hand sanitizer in campus vending machines. These supplies are available to students and employees at no cost. You can find vending machine locations and supply information here.
  • Courses will continue to be delivered in the modalities published in the Spring 2022 Schedule of Classes

Please visit our Better Together website for more information, including what to do if you have symptoms or exposure. The website will be updated in the coming days to reflect these changes. Faculty can find additional information and resources, including an FAQ, on the Faculty One-Stop.

For specific questions, please email  



Fotis Sotiropoulos, Ph.D.
Provost and senior vice president for academic affairs

Art 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