VCU Together Update for faculty and staff - Oct. 2

Dashboard updates, flu shots 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 weekly 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.

Supply refills

VCU students and employees can use their VCU ID to obtain a replacement supply kit, while supplies last. Each kit includes launderable face masks, disinfectant spray, hand sanitizer and information about safety protocols. Kits can be obtained at service desks at the following locations:

  • Cary Street Gym
  • Hunton Student Center
  • Larrick Student Center
  • University Student Commons

Please recycle empty hand sanitizer and disinfectant bottles in recycling bins provided throughout campus.

VCU Libraries face covering reminder

To ensure a safe environment for the VCU community, VCU Libraries has implemented new guidelines for all users while in any VCU Libraries space. Users must wear a face covering that covers the nose and mouth at all times while in the library. Face coverings must be worn while in group study rooms, even when users are by themselves. Users who fail to adhere to these practices will be given one warning. If found non-compliant a second time, users will be asked to leave the building and may be subject to additional disciplinary measures, as stated in the Use of Libraries policy or through the Student Code of Conduct. For additional information about what to expect while visiting VCU Libraries, please visit the Study Safer page.

Dashboard updates

The One VCU: Responsible Together dashboard provides transparent details about the number of positive cases in the VCU community and data related to testing and on-campus isolation and quarantine. The dashboard now includes the total number of tests broken down by test type, additional definitions, details about the monitoring of test results, clarity about comparison metrics and information about VCU's partnership with the Virginia Department of Health. Visit together.vcu.edu/dashboard.

Flu shots

Public health experts advise that getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever. As the pandemic progresses, a flu shot can help decrease your risk of other viral infections. Protect yourself and the people around you from the flu, and help reduce the strain on health care systems responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. For details, visit https://hr.vcu.edu/current-employees/worklife/flu-clinics/.

Asymptomatic prevalence testing

VCU samples asymptomatic VCU community members to participate in COVID-19 testing each week at on-campus locations. VCU community members who wish to participate in COVID-19 testing, but who are not presenting with symptoms of COVID-19, can volunteer to participate for asymptomatic testing. VCU will contact you if and when you are selected to participate. Residential students are automatically enrolled in the asymptomatic testing pool. Non-residential students and employees must volunteer by filling out this online form. If you are selected to participate, it is important that you make every effort to complete your test. Email covidtest@vcu.edu if you have questions or conflicts.

New COVID-19 Rumor Mill

With so much information out there, it can be difficult to discern what is rumor and what is fact. Submit a rumor and have VCU medical and public health experts clarify the rumor with facts. Visit Rumor mill.