For students

It takes each of us acting responsibly together to promote safety in our learning, work and living environment. We appreciate the input we have received from students, families, faculty and staff so far and it continues to help shape planning efforts. The VCU Return to Campus plan follows Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Virginia Department of Health, city and VCU Health guidance. To be together means we are responsible together.

Required Responsible Together course

All new incoming students are required to complete the Responsible Together Course by the time you arrive on campus for move-in, on-campus classes or to access any activities on campus. This course is available in Canvas for all students who are registered for at least one semester course. Visit the Responsible Together Course information page for details and how to access the training course. 

Masking: 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. For more information, see the masking FAQ.

Vaccines: COVID-19 vaccination and boosters, when eligible, are strongly encouraged for VCU students. Students who are dually enrolled with VCU Health System must continue to follow health system vaccination requirementsUnvaccinated individuals are more likely to become infected and hospitalized compared to those who are vaccinated. Vaccinated-yet unboosted individuals are also at risk for breakthrough infection and possible hospitalization. For more information, see the vaccine FAQ.

Monitor your health
Students should not report to on-campus classes or activities if experiencing symptoms of or testing positive for COVID-19. Call 1-804-MYCOVID or 1-804-692-6843 to connect with Student Health about testing, isolation and quarantine. Inform your faculty that you will not be reporting to on-campus classes or activities. You are not required to disclose a reason.

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