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 . 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 University Student Health Services. Call 804-MY-COVID when you have symptoms of COVID-19, have been exposed to a positive case or have tested positive. The University Student Health Services 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

Students are required to report their vaccination status or request a medical or religious exemption. Students who have not yet responded will continue to have a hold placed on their registration, which limits their ability to make changes to their schedule or register for classes. They are also required to report for surveillance testing on a weekly basis. Students who do not report for testing will face disciplinary action up to and including administrative withdrawal from classes for the fall semester. Students will receive a warning if they miss one test; if they miss two they will be administratively withdrawn. Students who are required to participate receive an email from COVIDtest@vcu.edu with instructions and a link to set up an appointment. 

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

Fully vaccinated students and 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 University Student Health Services 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.

For specific information about quarantine/isolation for students living on campus, visit the Residential Life and Housing website: https://housing.vcu.edu/together/.

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.

Monitor your health

While the Daily Health Check survey is only required for students and employees who are not vaccinated, everyone should continue to monitor their health and report any symptoms to 804-MY-COVID. The vaccine is an important shield to help prevent serious illness from COVID-19, but the Delta variant and other variants are still hard at work trying to break through the shield. Because of this, it is important to keep a check on your health and stay home if you have the slightest symptom and are not feeling well.

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/.