Public health measures

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 measures in place to keep the VCU community safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Need a vaccine?

With the concurrence of our Public Health Response Team, VCU strongly encourages COVID-19 vaccination and boosters. Unvaccinated individuals are more likely to become infected and hospitalized compared to those who are vaccinated. VCU continues to offer a number of on-campus vaccination opportunities by appointment. 

Students: Make an appointment online through University Student Health Services.
Employees: Call VCU Employee Health at (804) 828-0584 to schedule an appointment.

To search all vaccination opportunities near you, visit vaccines.gov.

Need a test?

VCU offers COVID-19 testing on campus for students and employees. Symptomatic testing is for when you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. At-will testing is for when you are not experiencing symptoms but need to be tested for any reason. Learn more about how to be referred for symptomatic testing or how to make an at-will appointment here.

Operational decisions

How will VCU decide whether to close campus should an outbreak of COVID-19 occur? The university will look at a number of factors when making such decisions. In the event of an outbreak, closure of the university would likely take a phased approach or could result in a partial campus closure, depending on the number of community members affected. Learn more about the factors driving operational decisions, as well as the Public Health Response Team's role in making such decisions.

Reporting symptoms, exposure and test results

Testing

Testing plays an essential role in VCU’s COVID-19 response. Learn more about testing options and procedures.

Face coverings

As of March 21, 2022, masking is voluntary indoors and outdoors on campus, with the exception of classrooms, clinical settings, and health system facilities. VCU’s Public Health Response Team continues to strongly encourage masking for individuals at risk for severe COVID-19 infection. Community members who wish to wear masks are also encouraged to do so — we must all continue to treat one another with kindness and respect. 

VCU continues to provide access to KN95 and cloth masks at no cost to students and employees.

Resources to help you stay safe

Supplies

VCU Facilities Management provides disinfectant supplies, including hand sanitizer and disinfectant spray stations, throughout campus based on supply.

Students and employees can use their VCU ID to obtain hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes and face coverings at no cost from vending machines located throughout campus. Individuals are allotted one swipe per item per month (i.e., one of each item can be obtained each month).

Monroe Park Campus vending machine locations:

  • Bowe Street Parking Deck, 1st floor, elevator lobby
  • Snead Hall, East Hall, center lobby across from the security desk
  • T. Edward Temple Building, auditorium wing across from the atrium entrance, between Rooms 1160 and 1165
  • James Branch Cabell Library, 1st floor, center of building, near the printers
  • Student Commons, 1st floor, near Suite 104

MCV Campus vending machine locations:

  • Larrick Student Center, right of Starbucks
  • Health Sciences Library, 1st floor, left of the main entrance, near the elevators
  • VCU Health Sciences Research Building and Annex, 1st floor, lobby
  • McGlothlin Medical Education Center, 1st floor, across from the elevators
  • Hunton Student Center, 1st floor, right of the information desk

Transportation: Riding GRTC

Students and employees can continue to utilize GRTC for essential travel. GRTC has taken additional safety measures to help ensure the well-being of drivers and passengers during COVID-19. Some of their most recent safety efforts include: implementing enhanced daily bus cleaning procedures, installing sanitizer dispensers on all vehicles, redistributing buses from low-ridership routes to high-ridership local routes to help promote physical distancing, disinfecting high-traffic areas periodically with Steriphene aerosol disinfectant and encouraging more frequent staff testing.

As of April 19, 2022, masks are optional on GRTC buses. GRTC encourages passengers to wear a mask to their comfort level. Passengers with symptoms of illness are asked not to ride. You can learn more about how GRTC is responding to COVID-19 at ridegrtc.com/news-initiatives/news-updates/grtc-and-covid-19-coronavirus.