VCU Together update for students - Jan. 14, 2022

Boosters, COVID testing, public health measures and important deadlines for students

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 the changing guidance, best practices and circumstances related to COVID-19. 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.

Booster shots required

VCU community members eligible for a booster must report receiving one to VCU by Feb. 1 or within 30 days of becoming eligible. Students can begin reporting boosters through the VCU Student Health Web portal.

VCU community members must be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical or religious exemption. VCU considers fully vaccinated to be 1) having received an initial vaccination shot (or shots) and 2) having received a booster shot when eligible. For information about how to report your vaccination and/or booster to VCU, visit the vaccine FAQ for students.

If you have not yet received your COVID-19 vaccination, you can make an appointment on-campus through University Student Health Services or at a provider near you (search vaccine availability at www.vaccines.gov).

Responsible Together Course for new-to-VCU students due Tuesday, Jan. 18

The Spring 2022 Responsible Together Course (RTC) is now available in CANVAS.  All new-to-VCU students, and students returning to VCU who did not attend classes in the Fall 2021 semester, are required to complete this course by Tuesday, Jan. 18. 

If you completed the Fall 2021 RTC course, you do not need to complete the Spring 2022 course. For more information, visit: https://students.vcu.edu/dsa/rtc/

2021-22 Public health measures required compliance

All members of our community share responsibility for individual and collective efforts to maintain a healthy and safe environment during the COVID-19 pandemic. Consistent with that commitment, all incoming and returning students are required to acknowledge and comply with public health measures designed to promote the health and safety of all members of the university and local community. Students agree to these measures through the Responsible Together Course in CANVAS (completed once in either Fall 2021 or Spring 2022 semesters).

Attestation of remote status for spring 2022

Currently enrolled VCU students who are not in a fully online program of study and who are not vaccinated against COVID-19, including those with an approved medical/religious exemption, may opt out of the Spring 2022 COVID-19 Surveillance Testing Pool if they access no in-person university activity or services, regardless of location. Qualifying students must have fully online courses for Spring Semester 2022. To opt out of the testing pool, please complete this DocuSign form by Jan. 28.

Limited at-will testing is available

Limited at-will testing appointments are available for asymptomatic VCU community members. At-will testing appointments can be made for any reason other than symptomatic testing (i.e., if you have symptoms) or to comply with weekly surveillance testing (if required). If you are symptomatic, call 1-804-MYCOVID or 1-804-692-6843 for a referral for symptomatic testing. If you are required to participate in weekly surveillance testing, follow the instructions that are emailed to you from covidtest@vcu.edu

Tested positive? Need a test? Been exposed? Contact MYCOVID

If you recently tested positive, have symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19 — whether you are fully vaccinated (initial dose(s) and booster), partially vaccinated or unvaccinated — contact the MYCOVID call center at 1-804-MYCOVID or 1-804-692-6843 for further guidance. Through the MYCOVID call center, you can report positive tests (taken outside of VCU), report exposure to a known positive case, find testing opportunities on-campus or connect with Student Health Services or Employee Health.