VCU Together update

Reporting symptoms, surveillance testing, quarantining and more

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 together.vcu.edu. Receive notifications by downloading VCU Mobile from your iOS or Android app store.

Know this number: 804-MY-COVID

This number is your line to Employee Health. Call 804-MY-COVID when you have symptoms of COVID-19, have been exposed to a positive case or have tested positive. The Employee Health team will help guide you on next steps. It is important to keep a check on your health and stay home if you have the slightest symptom and are not feeling well.

Vaccine compliance and weekly surveillance testing requirements

There are two ways to comply with VCU’s vaccine requirements — either report your vaccination OR request an exemption and get tested for COVID-19 each week. 

  • Employees must either report their vaccination or request an exemption by Sept. 15, or report for weekly surveillance testing. Employees who have not reported a vaccination or do not have an approved exemption by Oct. 1 will be subject to termination. 
  • Employees with approved exemptions will be required to test weekly. Employees who do not comply with testing requirements will face disciplinary action up to and including termination. You will receive an email from COVIDtest@vcu.edu with instructions if and when it is time for you to test.
  • Employees will receive a warning if they miss one; if they miss two, they are placed on unpaid leave for up to 30 days or until they comply. If they miss three or are out of compliance for more than 30 days, they will be subject to termination.

Quarantine and isolation: When to do it, even if you are vaccinated

Fully vaccinated employees are exempt from quarantine, meaning you do not need to quarantine if you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 unless you have symptoms. However, fully vaccinated people should get tested 3-5 days after their exposure, even if they don’t have symptoms. If you do present COVID-like symptoms, you should quarantine until you can be tested and receive a negative result. Call 804-MY-COVID to connect with Employee Health to report any symptoms and receive help arranging a COVID-19 test.

More details about quarantine and isolation can be found at https://together.vcu.edu/public-health-measures/#quarantine.

Masks: When and where to wear them

Masks are required to be worn indoors throughout the university. Masks are also required outside at events where physical distancing of more than 6 feet is not possible or at an event with 50 or more people. This requirement is for everyone, even if you are vaccinated. Just like last year, it’s a good idea to pack an extra clean one.

Need another mask or extra supplies? Vending machines with supplies are located throughout the Monroe Park Campus and MCV Campus. For a full list of locations and details about how to use the machines, visit https://together.vcu.edu/public-health-measures/#supplies.

International Travel Advisory Committee

The International Travel Advisory Committee has been established for the purpose of reviewing petitions for university-sponsored international travel for essential purposes to U.S. Department of State Level 3 countries for faculty, staff and students. ITAC develops and implements the petition and petition review processes and makes recommendations for international travel policies for university employees and students from a risk management and safety standpoint. The purpose of the ITAC review process is to provide a holistic assessment of the risk of travel for the individual petitioner going to the specific destination for the particular purpose indicated.  For more information about ITAC, please visit the ITAC website at https://global.vcu.edu/itac/.

FAQs for faculty

The Office of the Provost created a One Stop for faculty to help them navigate the public health measures in the classroom. As the semester progresses, questions have come up that can provide faculty additional guidance. These questions are updated often and can be found at https://provost.vcu.edu/planning/faq2021/.