Safety protocols

We each have roles and responsibilities to promote safety in our learning, work and living environments. This page highlights the resources provided as well as the safety protocols in place.

Resources provided by the university

Fostering the safety of our students, faculty and staff takes a team effort. Each of us has a role to play in protecting the well-being of our community.

The university will provide resources including:

  • Supply kits for on-campus students and employees that include washable cloth face coverings, hand sanitizer and disinfectant spray
  • Facilities cleaned at an increased schedule with focus on high-touch surfaces in common areas
  • Cleaning supplies will be available in numerous locations
  • Hands-free temperature screening stations
  • Website and/or app for daily health monitoring
  • Required training for students, employees and managers
  • Communications campaign and signage with a focus on responsibility of students and employees
  • Guidance for managers and employees on telework, leave and resources

Public Health Response Team

VCU will form a Public Health Response Team to carry out the following activities:

  • Monitor the prevalence of COVID-19 in the VCU community and develop protocols for response to rise in incidence rate
  • Develop protocols for call center operations and contact tracing team
  • Manage response to local outbreaks of COVID-19
  • Make recommendations to VCU administration regarding local and general closure

Testing and screening procedures

Testing for the prevalence of COVID-19 in the VCU community will be conducted throughout the year to monitor the health of our community. This data will help identify trends and outbreaks, and to inform our actions going forward.

Daily health checks

Students and employees will be required to complete a daily health check survey. This survey is web-based and will initially be sent via alert/email. 

Interim reporting process 

The following reporting process is in place through Aug. 1, at which point a new process will be announced and implemented.

Process for employees: If an on-campus employee identifies symptoms, has tested positive for COVID-19 or has come into contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, that employee should contact VCU Employee Health Services. At that point, isolation should begin and contact tracing will be performed by Employee Health Services. Symptoms will be monitored and the employee should refer to a medical provider if symptoms worsen, or be released from isolation after 14 days, if symptom-free.

Process for students: If an on-campus student identifies symptoms, has tested positive for COVID-19 or has come into contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, that student should contact University Student Health Services. At that point, isolation should begin and contact tracing will be performed by Student Health Services. Symptoms will be monitored and the student should refer to a medical provider if symptoms worsen or be released from isolation after 14 days, if symptom-free.