Spring 2022 information

We look forward to an exciting campus experience this spring. Below are some key highlights as you plan your spring. 

Vaccine requirements

  • Students: Vaccination is required for all students who live, learn, work or will be on campus for any reason (excluding those with religious or health exemptions). The requirement also applies to students who are enrolled in virtual classes (unless the degree program is one of VCU's entirely online degree programs). Students must submit their vaccination documents to University Student Health Services before registering for classes. For more information about full vaccination, documentation requirements, religious and health exemptions, and confidentiality, see the student vaccine FAQ. Students who have already submitted vaccination documentation do not need to resubmit.
  • Employees: All VCU faculty and staff must be vaccinated or have a VCU-approved religious or medical exemption from vaccination. New hires are required to report COVID-19 vaccination or, if applicable, submit requests for medical or religious exemptions within the first three days of employment. Review the employee vaccine FAQ for more information. Employees who have already submitted vaccination documentation do not need to resubmit.
  • Boosters and flu vaccines: While booster shots are not required, they are encouraged when you become eligible. Keep your booster information in a safe place alongside your original COVID-19 vaccination documentation. Click here to learn more about booster shots and eligibility. Students and employees are also urged to receive their flu vaccine. Since flu symptoms are similar to COVID-19 symptoms, a flu shot can reduce unnecessary missed time from school/work and, above all, keep you feeling healthy. Students interested in flu shots through University Student Health Services can visit health.students.vcu.edu/immunizations/#flu.

Campus facilities will be open

Both the Monroe Park and MCV campuses continue to be fully operational. Capacity in most buildings may still need to be reduced to some degree, as circumstances warrant.

Classes and academic resources will be in person (with virtual options)

Course modalities

The Spring 2022 Schedule of Classes is now available and is searchable by course modality (how the course will be taught: in-person, online or a combination). Nearly 70% of total courses in Spring 2022 are significantly face-to-face instruction compared to the 57% in fall 2021.

Student support

Offices providing academic, career and financial support to students will be open for in-person appointments and will continue to offer virtual appointments. Hours and other details will be available on each office’s website.

Faculty resources

The Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence, Academic Technologies and Online@VCU/ALT Lab will continue to provide in-person and virtual resources for instructors.

Campus life will be supportive and engaging

Events

Many in-person events are planned for the spring semester. Masks are required for all indoor events and are required for outdoor events with more than 50 people or where physical distancing of more than 6 feet is not possible. 

Residential housing

Residential Life and Housing works closely with the university concerning safety precautions related to the residential experience. The most up-to-date information on safety guidelines can be found on the Residential Life and Housing website.

Dean of Students office

The Dean of Students office (including Ram Pantry and Off-Campus Student Services) will be available to meet in person or online with students who need assistance.

Recreational Sports

RecWell facilities are open and require all RecWell participants to wear face masks indoors. The only exceptions are in the pools and showers. For the latest updates regarding RecWell facilities and programs, visit https://recwell.vcu.edu/.

University Counseling Services

University Counseling Services will be available to provide services to students both in-person, consistent with CDC and university guidelines, and virtually for counseling services.

University Student Health Services

University Student Health Services will offer both telehealth and in-person clinic visits when appropriate. COVID-19 screening and testing will continue to be available for students.

VCU Libraries

Both James Branch Cabell Library and the Health Sciences Library will be open, providing access to support student and faculty needs. In-person assistance, services and physical collections will be available. VCU Libraries will also continue to offer robust online support through chat, text, online consultations and librarian-led webinars and tutorials, plus access to streaming media, e-books, online articles, databases and more.

Your health and safety continue to be a priority

Health and safety measures, including face coverings and daily health monitoring, are likely to continue. We will continue to follow applicable CDC, state and VCU Health System guidance. Any changes will be communicated to the VCU community via Together Updates.