VCU Together Update for students - May 14

Face covering requirement continues for weekend graduation ceremonies, travel updates and more 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 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 Receive notifications by downloading VCU Mobile from your iOS or Android app store.

Face covering requirement remains in effect for this weekend's graduation ceremonies

This week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that fully vaccinated individuals no longer need to wear face coverings or masks indoors. VCU's Public Health Response Team reviews all Virginia Department of Health and CDC guidance and then makes recommendations for our VCU community, which are then reviewed and determined by VCU leadership. VCU will continue its public health measures, including face coverings, for our current graduation guidelines. This will allow the PHRT time to review the latest guidance and make informed recommendations, prioritizing the health and safety of our community.

Exemptions for vaccinated students begin May 17

Effective May 17, VCU students who are fully vaccinated are exempt from quarantine, surveillance testing and daily health attestation requirements. Vaccination will be verified.To report your vaccination to VCU, visit the University Student Health Services website for information about how to submit immunization records. Examples of documentation include a photo of your completed COVID-19 vaccination record card or documentation from your health provider or pharmacist. Please allow three business days for VCU to verify your vaccine documentation.

  • Exempt from quarantine means that if you are fully vaccinated, you do not need to quarantine if you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. However, if you present COVID-like symptoms, you should quarantine until you can be tested and receive a negative result. Call 804-MYCOVID to connect with University Health Services.
  • Exempt from surveillance testing means that if you are fully vaccinated, you will not be invited to participate in VCU surveillance testing.
  • Exempt from daily health attestation means that you are no longer required to complete a VCU daily health check. It may take several days before you stop receiving daily email reminders. You should still pay attention to your health and reach out to University Student Health Services or call 804-MYCOVID or your health provider if you experience COVID-like symptoms. Once your vaccination is verified, your Entry Pass will automatically display a Green Check, indicating that you are exempt from health checks and surveillance testing.

How will I know if my vaccination record is verified? Starting May 17, vaccine reporting confirmation will be available in the University Student Health Services portal. If you continue to receive email reminders to complete your daily health check, check the status of your vaccination record in your Student Health portal. 

Need a vaccine? VCU continues to offer on-campus vaccination opportunities by appointment. Students can make an appointment online through University Student Health Services. To search all vaccination opportunities near you, visit

At-will COVID-19 testing resumes May 27

At-will COVID-19 testing is currently halted and will resume on Thursday, May 27. A limited number of appointments will be available on a first-come, first served basis each Thursday beginning on May 27 and through the summer months at the Capital Assets and Real Estate Building on the Monroe Park Campus. VCU students and employees can schedule an appointment as long as they are asymptomatic and have not been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19. At-will testing is voluntary and is offered at no cost.

Appointments can be scheduled at least two weeks in advance by clicking here.

Updates to university-sponsored travel

Effective Aug. 15, 2021 for students, university-sponsored domestic and international travel for essential purposes to U.S. Department of State Level 1 or 2 countries is permitted. Coordinate your international travel plans through the Global Education Office (GEO).

University-sponsored international travel for essential purposes to U.S. Department of State Level 3 countries and Level 4 countries (if the travel advisory Level 4 is due to COVID-19 only, and not due to other risk indicators) for faculty, staff, and students will be considered by petition to an ad hoc committee coordinated by VCU’s Incident Coordination Team International Subcommittee with assistance from GEO.

Travel, variants and vaccines. VCU encourages COVID-19 vaccination for employees and students, and recommends that travelers delay international travel until they are fully vaccinated. Per CDC guidelines for international travel, fully vaccinated travelers are less likely to get and spread COVID-19; however, international travel poses additional risks and even fully vaccinated travelers are at increased risk for getting and possibly spreading new COVID-19 variants.

Questions? Details regarding this update, including definition of essential purposes and links to petitions for travel, are available on the Public Health Measures section of

Some Study Abroad Programs to resume for the fall 2021 semester

Beginning Aug. 15, 2021, Study Abroad Programs will resume to U.S. Department of State levels 1 and 2 countries and a petition process to levels 3 and 4 countries for essential academic purposes will be in place. More information is available on the website,  and select the heading, Study Abroad Planning.