VCU Together Update for students - 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 together.vcu.edu. Receive notifications by downloading VCU Mobile from your iOS or Android app store.

Five things for first week 

Tuesday marks the first day of classes on the Monroe Park Campus and we’re excited to see campus activities back this semester. Lots of changes in terms of the health and safety protocols have occurred over the last several weeks. Here are the top 5 need-to-knows.

1. Grab your mask before going to class.

Or anywhere on campus. Masks are now required to be worn indoors. 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. 

This is one of many public health measures in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19, particularly the Delta variant, and is based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

2. Pre-load your Entry Pass for the day and make sure you have your Green Check ready.

Entry Pass is your fast pass at VCU. Many classes and offices will require you to present your daily Entry Pass before entering the room or building. You can load it through VCU Mobile - CampusReady or you can log in to entrypass.vcu.edu and print it out before you head out for the day. 

  • Green Check = Ready to go! If you have reported your COVID-19 Vaccination to VCU, you should have a Green Check each day. If you have an exemption on file or have not yet finished reporting your vaccine, you will need to be sure to complete your Daily Health Check and, if called upon, sign up or complete your Surveillance Test. 
  • Red X = Something is out of compliance. Most likely you need to complete your Daily Health Check or Surveillance Test. 

Check here for more information about Entry Pass.

3. Check your course schedule and find your way to class.

If you haven’t already, double check your course schedule in Navigate and get a map that will take you directly to your classroom. Check out the Resources section to find the contact info for your advisor, financial counselor and faculty, and make an appointment when you need help!

4. Take care of you. And ask for help when in doubt. 

Lots of changes have been underway on top of all that you balance as a student. VCU has quite a number of support services and resources  both for your academics and for your overall well-being. Many of these services are offered both in person and virtually so you can do what works best for you. We encourage you to make use of these from day one. Here are a couple of webpages that provide you with a quick directory:

5. Bookmark Together.vcu.edu and set your email preferences to recognize together@vcu.edu

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 together.vcu.edu and communicated in Together Updates, like this one. 

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 together@vcu.edu.

COVID-19 Relief Funds still available, application to close soon 

Earlier this week, VCU opened the application for Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund grants. These student grants are made available for financial assistance related to the coronavirus pandemic as authorized by the American Rescue Plan of 2021. The funds are available to all students (U.S citizens and non-citizens).

More than 8,900 applications have been received so far by Student Financial Services. While the application will close soon, there are still funds available for students in need and have not submitted the application yet. Remember, you do not have to have a FAFSA on file to apply. VCU encourages you to apply as soon as possible, if you have not already. 

Trying to decide whether to apply or not? Here are the top five reasons why assistance has been requested:

  • Help with tuition and fees: 44.7% 
  • Assistance covering rent or housing payments: 33.2%
  • Expenses related to textbooks, calculators, study guides and class equipment: 6.3%
  • Desktop or laptop purchase for online education/research needs: 4.7%
  • Groceries or meals away from home while attending class or to study: 4.1%