RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia Commonwealth University is "committed" to an in-person fall semester in the wake of covid-19, university president Michael Rao announced Monday.
"Following public health planning and proper safety protocols, I am committed to an in-person fall semester in which we are back together in our classrooms, laboratories, studios, and clinics on both campuses," Rao announced Monday.
"The curve of the coronavirus in our society will determine our start date," Rao said, adding that the school is working on scenarios for an on-schedule or late start to the fall semester.
VCU students should expect campus life to look and feel different due to "unprecedented" safety measures, Rao said.
"It is clear that COVID-19 will be a constant presence in the foreseeable future. Like us, colleges throughout the country are embracing the new reality of maintaining our mission safely amidst the continued risks posed by COVID-19."
Safety measures would include social distancing protocols, deep cleaning of facilities, and "return kits" for students and faculty with personal protective equipment and supplies.
The university is also pursuing more opportunities for remote teaching, learning, and working, including hybrid options, particularly for at-risk community members.