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Return to Campus FAQ

The CHS Dean’s Office has created this webpage to provide you with answers to your Return to Campus questions. As the situation is very fluid, this page will change often. Please keep in mind that some of these answers are not yet official VCU policy; however, they have been assembled from communication with VCU administration.

If you have a question you would like answered, please send an email to Alexis Finc, director of communications, at alfinc@vcu.edu.

We also encourage you to visit the One VCU: Responsible Together webpage for additional information. The site contains its own FAQ page with important Return to Campus information.

COVID-19 Contact Tracing and Notification Process

Contact tracing will follow CDC guidelines with the assistance of state- and local-level public health officials working as a contact tracing team. VCU is required to report all testing data to the Virginia Department of Health and the CDC. Visit the One VCU testing and screening page for more information on contact tracing, testing and screening.

VCU administration is currently working on a reporting and notification process. They hope to publish this information the week of August 3. We will update this information with a link once it is posted.

VCU administration is currently working on a reporting and notification process. They hope to publish this information the week of August 3. We will update this information with a link once it is posted.

If exposed to the virus, students, faculty and staff will be tested and expected to self-quarantine. Presently, self-quarantine is for 14 days, if symptom-free. Buildings will be closed immediately for cleaning. Once cleaned, the building will reopen.

(Information provided by Carolyn Conlon, director of communications, VCU Administration)

Face Mask Policy

Yes. Please review the health and safety protocols FAQ page on the One VCU: Responsible Together website.

Non-Compliance Issues

While maintaining social distancing, approach the student and attempt to privately and discreetly ask them to put their mask on during class. If needed, remind them they can go to the building coordinator to request a mask. Ask them to leave class and return after they are wearing a proper mask.

If a student does not comply and wear a proper face covering, dismiss the class for the day and remind them of any course-related materials available online.

Follow up with an email to the non-compliant student stating you must refer the situation to the Dean of Students office for a possible student Code of Conduct violation. Use the Incident Reporting Form to notify the Dean of Students office of the incident. Inform the student they cannot return to your class until they wear the proper face covering.

Any student referred to the Dean of Students office may not return to class until they meet with a representative from the Dean of Student office. (Information from START STRONG: Faculty Guidelines for Creating a Safe Learning Environment [PDF])

VCU's strategy is to educate all members of our community as to why face coverings and masks are essential components of our return to campus. If a faculty member refuses to wear a mask and has not received an accommodation through the public health response team, then the faculty member will be referred to their department and school for a conversation about ways to move forward. (Information from the One VCU: Responsible Together health and safety protocols page)

VCU's strategy is to educate all members of our community as to why face coverings and masks are essential components of our return to campus. If a staff member refuses to wear a mask and has not received an accommodation through the public health response team, you should inform your supervisor even if you don't share a supervisor. If the employee is your supervisor, you should notify Danielle Hairston, director of human resources administration for CHS.

Contract Workers/Campus Visitors

Visitors to campus are expected to follow the same protocols we all have in place (wear a face mask, keep a social distance of six feet and wash hands regularly), and should stay home if they are not feeling well or have symptoms. Concerning contract workers, each vendor has signed a contract specifying that all employees will comply with VCU requirements for safety while on campus.

Fall Course Modality

Any faculty member needing to change the modality of the course should contact their department chair/director. Students have already experienced a lot of change and made decisions based on their schedule. We recognize some unique challenges can surface during the semester, but these should be rare changes. (Information from the Provost’s Office)

No, you should not give an exam or any other assignment that has a specific required meeting time if the rest of the course is asynchronous. This could result in a conflict with other courses that have scheduled meeting times at that specific time. You could give an option for students to take the exam at the specific time (and encourage students to do so), but should still have the asynchronous option available for students who cannot meet at that time. There should be no special incentive (e.g., extra points) given for students who take the exam at the specified time.

Syllabi and Course Outlines

Yes. Please review the provost office's recommended sample syllabus statements for fall 2020 [PDF].

Classroom Audio and Video Technology

Each faculty member must follow the procedures for returning to campus safely. More specifically, the faculty member must contact their chair/director for approval to return. The chair must then ensure the faculty member will receive a supply kit upon arrival on campus. In addition, the chair/director will inform Danielle Hairston so she can verify that the reboarding online module in Talent@VCU has been completed and provide final approval.

Once approved it will take 24 hours to process the request. The faculty member will know if they have been approved by receiving a “VCU Daily Health Check” email.

CHS Scheduled Classrooms

For CHS scheduled classrooms, faculty can contact the building managers or the department chair/director to gain access. Please report any problems or concerns to the department chair/director or the building manager.

For additional classroom technology support for CHS scheduled classrooms, please contact HASTECH at hastech@vcu.edu or (804) 828-6180.

Centrally Scheduled Classrooms

For centrally scheduled classrooms, Technology Services's Monroe Park Campus Classroom Technology webpage contains a list of the AV/IT equipment located in each classroom.

For additional classroom technology support for centrally scheduled classrooms, please visit the Technology Services Classroom Tech Support webpage.

Additional training on how to use a webcam and supported lecture and video capture software is available at the following link: AltLab Lecture and Video Capture.

The following outside areas across campus are recommended by Network Services for having strong wifi:

  • Siegel Center near the ticket booths
  • Depot Annex outside the front door
  • ICA outside of the cafe and around the front doors
  • ICA 2nd floor outdoor seating area
  • WGSHN courtyards
  • WGSHS courtyards
  • GBRC 1 courtyard
  • Cabell Compass area
  • ALC courtyard
  • Commons front entrance area
  • Commons area between Commons and Harris Hall front
  • Commons area outside of food court
  • Trani and Oliver courtyard
  • Johnson old bus stop and areas near bus stop
  • Temple outside seating areas
  • Temple by the Trani walkway
  • Engineering West courtyard
  • Rhoads and Brandt outdoor seating area
  • Monroe Park around Round House
  • Cary and Belvidere courtyard
  • Singleton courtyard behind Hibbs
  • Sanger courtyard
  • Larrick outdoor seating area
  • School of Nursing courtyard
  • 111 N. 4th St. rooftop

School Closures/COVID Disruptions

HR is working on a side-by-side document for faculty and staff to let them know what types of leave would be available to them based upon certain circumstances—COVID, school closures, childcare, etc. They hope to have it available by the beginning of August. We will update this link with the new information as it becomes available. (Information provided by Danielle Hairston, CHS director of human resources administration)