Spring 2021 information

VCU resumed in-person classes and hybrid courses on March 4. Course information for the spring semester was set previously and faculty are expected to follow the course modalities as listed in the revised and published spring 2021 Schedule of Classes. Students with question should check https://www.pubapps.vcu.edu/scheduleofclasses or contact their professors with questions about an individual class. Review the FAQs for additional information.

Most public health measures and protocols in place to address COVID-19 will carry over from the fall semester. The information below is intended to provide a snapshot of what’s new for (or specific to) the spring 2021 semester.

Asymptomatic surveillance testing is mandatory

Asymptomatic surveillance testing (previously referred to as "prevalence" testing) is mandatory for residential students, students who attend on-campus classes and employees who come to campus to work — including employees who are designated as hybrid on-campus/telework. Students should check the revised Schedule of Classes to determine the modality of their courses — if the schedule indicates that a course is in-person or hybrid, the student will be required to participate in the testing. Employees designated as telework, who solely work remotely, are not part of the surveillance testing pool. If you have questions about your work designation, please contact your supervisor or HR professional. VCU samples asymptomatic VCU community members for testing each week in order to monitor COVID-19 within the VCU community. If you are selected to participate, you will receive an email from covidtest@vcu.edu that includes instructions for setting up your Kallaco portal, links to available appointment slots and other information to help you prepare for your COVID-19 test. If you are selected to participate, you must schedule your test and attend your testing appointment.

Calendar

The semester will start a week later than planned. Spring break is canceled but two reading days have been added. Important dates are listed below, and the full academic calendar is available at academiccalendars.vcu.edu.

  • Jan. 25 - Official start of most spring semester undergraduate and graduate courses
  • Feb. 23 - Reading Day
  • March 24 - Reading Day
  • May 5 - Last day of classes, Monroe Park Campus (exams to follow)
  • May 7 - Last day of classes, MCV Campus (exams to follow)

Course modality and schedule of classes

All classes will begin virtually, except in instances where a student is involved in clinical and field placements, practica, co-ops, internships and other work-related experiential learning activities. 

Information about course modalities, including definitions and examples, can be found on the Records and Registration website.

The spring schedule of classes is searchable by course modality.

Daily health surveys

Daily health surveys will continue to be required for all students and employees, but beginning Dec. 7, residential students will no longer be able to use their Kallaco accounts to complete them. Instead they must use dailyhealth.vcu.edu or click CampusReady in the VCUMobile app.

Entry Pass will be required

Entry Pass, a new digital tool available now in the VCUMobile app and soon to be available online, shows if you are in compliance with completing daily health checks and/or asymptomatic surveillance testing. Starting in January, all students and employees will be required to use Entry Pass to access some VCU facilities such as the library and Rec Sports. Those who fail to complete the daily health check, as well as those who do not comply with asymptomatic surveillance testing, will face building access restrictions and/or disciplinary action. More information about how Entry Pass works can be found in the Public Health Measures section of this website.

Entry testing, move-in and on-campus housing

Visit the Residential Life and Housing website for complete updates: see housing.vcu.edu/closing-returning and housing.vcu.edu/springtesting.

Returning in January: Brandt, Gladding Residence Center, Johnson and Rhoads

Residents may return to on-campus housing between Friday, Jan. 15 and Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, for classes starting on Monday, Jan. 25. Residents will have to take a COVID-19 test and receive a negative test result to regain access to the residence hall and complete a Spring 2021 Return to Campus course. More information on the spring re-entry testing procedures, the Return to Campus course and return procedures will be emailed to residents' VCU emails by the end of the fall semester.

Returning in January: Ackell, Broad and Belvidere, Cary and Belvidere, Grace and Broad, West Grace North and West Grace South

Residents not remaining on campus over the winter break may return to on-campus housing between Friday, Jan. 15 and Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. Residents living in apartment-style halls will be required to take a COVID-19 test and receive a negative test result to remain in housing for the spring semester and complete a Spring 2021 Return to Campus course. More information on the spring re-entry testing procedures, the Return to Campus course and return procedures will be emailed to residents' VCU emails by the end of the fall semester.

Required training

All VCU students and employees are required to complete spring 2021 training before returning to campus after winter break or by Jan. 25 if they are working or studying remotely. An updated manager training is required as well. Students and employees have received instructions via their VCU email accounts.

Study abroad

Due to the continued uncertainty of the global COVID-19 pandemic, VCU has decided to cancel all study abroad programs through May 2021. This includes spring 2021 and spring break 2021 programs, and applies to all study abroad types, including, but not limited to, exchanges, direct enroll, third-party provider programs and independent study.

This recommendation is made in light of VCU’s current suspension of study abroad programs and the recently updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which recommends that institutions of higher education consider postponing or canceling upcoming student international travel programs due to the possibility of students facing unpredictable circumstances such as travel restrictions, challenges returning home and challenges accessing health care while abroad.

We will continue to monitor guidance from the CDC, U.S. Department of State and Virginia Department of Health, as well as the destinations’ offices of foreign affairs and ministries of health to make recommendations regarding summer 2021 programs. In the meantime, students are encouraged to visit the Keep on Studying Abroad website for ways they can maintain momentum in planning their study abroad experience.

Supply kits

Starter supply kits are available to students and employees with a VCU ID at University Student Commons and Hunton Student Center while supplies last.

  • University Student Commons Information Desk Daily, 12 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Hunton Student Center Information Desk Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Supplies available in vending machines

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, first 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, first floor, center of building, near the copy machines
  • Student Commons, first floor, near Suite 104

MCV Campus vending machine locations:

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