Academics and classes
- The decision has been made to move the summer classes that begin in July to remote (online) instruction, as are the sessions held in May and June. Instructional modes for summer classes on the MCV Campus vary by school; students should contact their dean’s offices for additional information. More information is available on the Summer Studies 2020 Update Webpage.
- The Keep on Studying Abroad website offers tips for students to time their study abroad in light of COVID-19, connect virtually with a study abroad adviser, explore funding options and consider virtual internships and online classes.
- Due to the continued risks associated with traveling abroad during the worldwide outbreak of COVID-19, VCU has made the difficult decision to cancel all study abroad programs for fall 2020. This decision was also made in light of the U.S. Department of State's current Level 4 (Do Not Travel) global health advisory level. VCU has taken the proactive measure to cancel programs now to provide students with time to identify housing options and academic plans at VCU for the fall semester. This cancellation applies to all program types (exchange, direct enroll, provider programs) for the fall 2020 semester. The Global Education Office will provide students with refunds for any application fees paid to VCU, which may include the $150 GEO fee. These refunds will be issued to your original form of payment and will be available in the next 30 days.
- VCU has established a COVID-19 emergency relief funding website, which outlines the qualifications to be considered for federal (CARES) or institutional relief funds. Review a copy of the email notification students received for contact information or visit the COVID-19 Relief Funding website for details about the two funds and to apply.
- A temporary update to the Continuance in Undergraduate Program Regulation for summer 2020 has been made in order to protect undergraduate students from a negative change in academic standing. For details and FAQ, visit https://provost.vcu.edu/virus/summer/.
- Technology Services has provided information to help individuals navigate the process of improving their internet connections, or finding alternative means to connect while still maintaining social distancing so that they can teach, learn and work during the rest of this semester. Information about free and low-cost wifi, data and hot-spot options is also included at: https://ts.vcu.edu/askit/network-services/home-network-troubleshooting/.
Frequently asked questions
VCU will hold remote classes for the remainder of the semester to ensure that students can complete the semester as safely as possible and with as much continuity as possible.
Multiple resources have been developed and are being updated continuously. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions received through COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org. Additional questions as well as specific resources to support academics and research are available through the Office of the Provost's COVID-19 Updates website.
Tuition and Mandatory Fees (University, Library, Technology, Campus Learning Center, Activity, Health, etc.) ensure VCU can provide instructional and support services to students as they pursue their education. Although VCU has moved to remote instruction for the Spring 2020 semester, we continue to provide essential services that promote, facilitate and support student learning in a remote environment. Thus, no reimbursement for tuition and/or mandatory fees will be granted for the Spring 2020 semester.
VCU is providing refunds for student housing, dining, parking and the School of the Arts tuition differential. More information available on the Refunds page of this website.
A new, temporary pass/fail grading option for undergraduate and graduate students has been established for the spring semester. Choosing this option for one or more classes is an important decision that should be carefully considered. Review the checklist for undergraduate or graduate students to decide which grading option to choose.
VCU Records and Registration has created an electronic Change in Grade Mode Authorization form to allow students to select the pass/fail grade option for their courses.
Professors will reach out to their students with further details and instructions specific to their classes, labs and studios. Please contact your dean’s office if you need further information or have questions specific to your programs or courses.
VCU aims to approach all aspects of academic continuity with flexibility, care, compassion, kindness, creativity and positivity. The university has created a checklist for students to help prepare for remote classes.
Student success remains the core of VCU's mission, and during these “remote” times, VCU's goal across the university is to continue to provide resources to help all VCU students accomplish the successful completion of this semester. To aid in this, VCU ALTLab developed a toolkit called Keep on Learning with several resources for students.
In addition, the School of the Arts, Technology Services and Cabell Library announced that a limited, two-month license for Adobe Creative Cloud is now available for free to all VCU students. This new license can be installed on unlimited personal devices, including tablets and smartphones, and gives you access to all Adobe Creative Cloud applications, including Fonts, Portfolio, Spark Premium and Behance. This new opportunity allows us to make technology equitable and accessible for those who could not previously afford to take advantage of the discounted pricing. For additional details, visit: adobe.vcu.edu. Students also can receive their licenses directly at: vcu.onthehub.com.
The university recognizes that some students who previously did not need Section 504 Academic Accommodations, and who have a qualifying condition or disability, may need support or assistance during the return to campus process. A modified approach for the temporary and more permanent need for accommodation has been developed and implemented to provide students with full access to programs and activities related to their academic majors. Because every case is different, student requests are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Please share your need for an accommodation with the Student Accessibility and Education Office after you have worked directly with your faculty member.
Traditional online classes will also follow the new academic calendar, meaning that even if a course is already online those students will still have an extended spring break and begin their next online session on March 23.
The decision has been made to move the summer classes that begin in July to remote (online) instruction, as are the sessions held in May and June. Instructional modes for summer classes on the MCV Campus vary by school; students should contact their dean’s offices for additional information. More information is available on the Summer Studies 2020 Update Webpage.
Faculty should note that a resource-heavy website, Keep on Teaching, launched recently to aid in preparing and planning for their courses. This resource site will be continually updated. In addition, VCU issued a message to faculty with resources and tips for a successful transition to remote learning.
VCU University Counseling Services in the Division of Student Affairs sent a letter to all VCU faculty with information and tips on supporting students who are expressing stress with both their new learning format and the international COVID-19 crisis. As a reminder, a new form has been created for faculty to refer a student for support. That form is posted for easy access on the Keep on Learning website.
Research and libraries
The Office of Research and Innovation is devoted to providing VCU and VCU Health researchers guidance to prepare for and respond to disruptions to normal research operations because of COVID-19. Researchers should review information at https://research.vcu.edu/covid-19.
While you may not be able to go the library in person, you can access them online. VCU Libraries has created and curated services and resources to support you during this COVID-19 emergency. The guide includes information on how VCU Libraries can digitize physical course materials that students need for their remote work. Check out the library guide for details and updates on services and resources.
- Provost’s COVID-19 web page: The central source for academic, faculty and student information.
- Vice President for Health Sciences COVID-19 web page: The central source for the health sciences.
- Vice President for Research and Innovation's COVID-19 web page: The central source for research operations and continuity.
- VCU email: Monitor your VCU email account regularly for updates.
- Social media: University-wide announcements will be posted to VCU’s official social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram Stories.)
- If you don’t find the answers you need at the locations above, please email COVIDemail@example.com.