Campus operations

Latest updates

  • Residential Life and Housing has announced move out information for students needing to collect their belongings. Visit their website for details: https://housing.vcu.edu/help/move/
  • 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.
  • Effective Monday, April 20, VCU is executing a salary freeze for all employees. This is another way to mitigate the financial risks the university continues to face both this year and next. Find both hiring and salary freeze information on the COVID-19 hiring and salary freeze page.
  • View the workshops, social connection opportunities and operational events provided across the Division of Student Affairs. Visit the division's Virtual Offerings page for more information.
  • VCU leadership is in the early stages of planning for a return to campus this fall. Details about a return to campus are still undetermined, though we anticipate a phased approach. The transition plan will be informed by input from the VCU and VCU Health community as well as guidance from the Commonwealth of Virginia, Virginia Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Decisions about returning to campus will be communicated as they are made.
  • All designated university employees must wear a cloth mask or face covering when in public areas of university facilities and unable to maintain a physical distance of more than 6 feet. If these cloth masks or face coverings cannot be acquired through employee supervisors, then employees are authorized to follow CDC guidelines in making their own. Per the governor’s stay-at-home order that ends June 10, only designated employees are authorized to work on campus and travel for university business at this time.
  • VCU Health has established different zones of risk to help team members supporting VCU Health understand the risks of exposure to COVID-19 or potential COVID-19 patients. These zones will be made visible around the hospital and clinics so you can be more aware of any areas that may increase your risk of COVID-19 exposure. VCU Health monitors this situation closely. Frequent hand washing and physical distancing between team members when possible is expected in ALL zones. Zones are listed on the VCU Health website.
  • VCU has posted procedures to request an exception to the hiring freeze. Deans, vice provosts, and vice presidents may seek additional exceptions on a case­-by-case basis. For details, visit https://hr.vcu.edu/covid-19/hiring-freeze/.
  • As a result of the recent executive order from Governor Northam, non-designated VCU employees will continue to telework until Wednesday, June 10. During this time, employees are encouraged to complete required training and review resources specifically curated for working remotely. For more information, see the full announcement.
  • Student parking will be refunded for the remaining months in the spring semester. Employee parking will be reimbursed based on permit type. This process will take place over the next several weeks, with priority given to student refunds. VCU Parking and Transportation will communicate directly with subscribers with details about parking refunds and how they will be applied. For additional information regarding parking permit refunds, view the FAQs at https://parking.vcu.edu/covid-19/.
  • Housing, Dining or School of the Arts Differential Tuition refunds/credits will be issued to eligible students. More information is available on the refunds page of this website.
  • Due to the impact of COVID-19 on K-12 school systems throughout the country, VCU has decided to move the freshman response deadline from May 1 to June 1 for students who were accepted to the university by April 1. Review the checklist.
  • 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

Multiple resources have been developed and are being updated continuously. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions received through COVID-19@vcu.edu.

Additional information is available through Student Affairs and VCU Human Resources

For students

For VCU employees

Research and libraries

Facilities

Police and safety

VCUarts Qatar

VCU Health 

Staying informed

If you don’t find the answers you need at the locations above, please email COVID-19@vcu.edu.