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Masks, smaller classes likely when VCU resumes in August

Posted at 11:09 AM, Jun 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-03 18:33:56-04

RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Commonwealth University will begin its fall semester on August 17, the university announced Wednesday. Classes will continue, without a fall break, until November 24.

VCU students have not been on campus since March when classes moved online to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

“After the Thanksgiving holiday, finals will be conducted remotely November 30 through December 4 for MCV Campus classes and November 30 to December 7 for Monroe Park Campus classes,” the university announced.

“For all of us, the world has changed in profound ways during these two months, but we know you need to move forward with making personal plans and understanding what to expect when we come back together this fall,” VCU President Michael Rao said.

Other notes released by the university include:

  • On-campus courses may be smaller because of physical distancing requirements.
  • Some classes may require students to alternate in-person attendance.
  • Many courses may be blended, conducted in-person and online.
  • Fall commencement, originally scheduled for Dec. 12, will be affected.
  • VCU will follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the state, provide flexibility to vulnerable community members, monitor community health, respond quickly to infection rate increases, and work to adjust to waves of COVID-19 infection and new medical guidance.
  • VCU will distribute supply kits to students and employees that include washable masks, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant spray.
  • VCU will implement an increased cleaning schedule for campus buildings
  • VCU will provide health monitoring and prevalence testing
  • VCU will require students, faculty, and staff to complete return-to-campus training.

Additional information is available here.