RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia Commonwealth University will issue refunds to students due to the coronavirus.
Those refunds include money back on student housing, dining, and parking.
The university said it would not be issuing refunds for tuition or mandatory fees since courses are still being completed and instructional services are being provided.
In terms of parking refunds, students will get money back for the remaining months of the spring semester -- and those refunds will be given out over the next few weeks.
VCU will also issue refunds to student’s accounts for housing and dining on Thursday. All eligible students who left the residence halls after campus closed March 13 will automatically receive a credit or refund.
Students not living in on-campus housing as of April 6 will receive dining refunds.
However for students with a dining plan that are still living in on-campus housing -- a credit will not be processed.
In addition, Students Accounting will begin issuing any other refunds for students with financial aid or scholarship funds starting Friday.
All other students will receive a statement Monday with instructions on how to request other refunds.
For more information on refunds for VCU students click here.
Most patients with COVID-19 have mild to moderate symptoms. However, in a small proportion of patients, COVID-19 can lead to more severe illness, including death, particularly among those who are older or those who have chronic medical conditions.
COVID-19 spreads primarily through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
Symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Symptoms appear within 14 days of being exposed to an infectious person.
Virginia health officials urged the following precautions:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer only if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.Stay home when you are sick.
- Avoid contact with sick people.Avoid non-essential travel.