Campus operations

Latest updates

  • NEW: VCU Health System submitted letters to the state health commissioner and director of the Virginia Department of Health requesting authorization to expand its licensed capacity by 460 beds. This request is in anticipation that the need for inpatient beds may greatly exceed current capacity as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. For additional details, visit VCU News.

  • NEW: VCU and the VCU Health System are working with state and local officials to prepare in the event of a surge in patients caused by the COVID-19 epidemic that could exceed the total capacity at the VCU Medical Center. One of the sites that has been identified for potential non-COVID-19, low acuity patients is the Honors College residential housing, which originally was built as a hospital.

    Minor modifications have begun to ready the building to accommodate non-COVID-19, low acuity patients and their medical care. Students' belongings that are in the Honors College housing are being inventoried, boxed, labeled and relocated to storage at no cost to the student. These students have now been contacted by Residential Life and Housing with more information on retrieving their belongings.

    Unfortunately, this work began before we were able to notify students and their families of this emergency decision. We apologize for that. We are operating in a crisis situation with many moving parts. We will do better and ask for your understanding as we work through this crisis together. Our priority remains the health and safety of our students and our community.

    We hope that there is no need to use the building for overflow low level acuity patients, but we consider it part of our community service mission to be prepared to help in this time of crisis. There is every intention to return the building to Honors College housing once the crisis has passed.

  • NEW: VCU Health is now accepting donations of personal protective equipment (PPE). We currently have sufficient PPE supplies, but we cannot predict the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are an organization or business (labs, construction, machinery, salons and other personal services) with items including surgical masks, N95 masks, face shields, disposable gowns, latex-free gloves, goggles, shoe covers, head covers and germicide wipes, please consider donating these to help us protect the VCU Health physicians, nurses and team members working on the frontlines of this pandemic. Please bring donations to the valet entrance at the VCU Medical Center Gateway Building, 1200 E Marshall St., Richmond, VA, between the hours of 5 a.m.-11 p.m., Monday-Friday. Valet personnel will assist you with your donation. For more information on donations, please call (804) 628-0400.
  • NEW: Two funds have been created to support students and patients affected by the COVID-19 crisis. The VCU COVID-19 Response Fund, administered by the Office of the Senior Vice President for VCU Health Sciences and CEO of VCU Health System, supports research and clinical care related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The VCU Student Life and Learning Fund, administered by the Office of the Provost, provides unrestricted dollars dedicated to enriching the life and learning experiences of VCU students or student groups. This is a newly-created fund that will serve students during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. For details, visit: https://www.support.vcu.edu/covidresponse/.
  • VCU Mail Services has suspended delivery to departments effective Tuesday, March 24. The VMI Building and the Valentine House are open 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Mail Services will hold department mail until further notice. For arrangements to pick up essential mail, contact Donnette Haynes at haynesds@vcu.edu or 804-828-1343.
  • VCU has issued an update on reporting COVID-19 cases, based on guidance from local and state health authorities. Read the full statement.
  • 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

Will campus housing remain open?
Will VCU reimburse room and board?
Will VCU reimburse student parking permits?
Is there financial support available for students that have lost their job or have had unexpected travel because of the COVID-19 pandemic?

For VCU employees

Am I required to telework?
What is a designated employee?
I’m not used to teleworking. What resources are available to me?
What if I need some type of temporary ADA accommodation during this time to perform the essential functions of my job?
What should I do if I need to get into my building but can’t get in or forgot my VCU ID card?
Am I able to access or pick up my mail?
What happens to compensation for student workers and work-study students who can’t work?

Research and libraries

Are research facilities open?
Are libraries open?

Facilities

How will I know if there has been a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 on campus?
What is VCU doing to clean and disinfect facilities?

Police and safety

What is the best way to contact VCU Police and access services?

VCUarts Qatar

How is VCUarts Qatar responding to the COVID-19 outbreak?

VCU Health 

What are the latest patient and visitor guidelines from VCU Health?

Staying informed

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